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"Talk to Me" director Kasi Lemmons may have the Hollywood life now, but there are things about Boston she misses. The "painted foliage," the changing seasons, and Boston Common are among the favorite memories Lemmons has of her time growing up in Newton. Lemmons was in town to promote her film, which stars Don Cheadle.

M. Ward falls out of Pops' EdgeFest
Why were M. Ward's shows with the Boston Pops suddenly postponed? Depends on whom you talk to. The alt-folk singer, who was set to play Symphony Hall June 26 and 27 as part of the orchestra's fledgling Edge- Fest series, has cited "unforeseen circumstances." (Oddly, the same circumstances haven't caused Ward to cancel any other concerts.) The peeps at the Pops, meanwhile, say the plug was pulled because, well, the songs weren't ready. "It frankly wasn't falling together the way we would have liked it to," said Pops artistic director Dennis Alves. "We love what he does but . . . it's just different." Alves said the shows could be rescheduled next year.

Agganis shows off vroom with a view
Manny Ramirez was there, as was visual artist Giovanni De'Cunto, and real estate developer Joe Romano, who we're told just returned from Miami with his yacht. By there, we mean the housewarming bash Greg Agganis threw Saturday night at his swanky, two-story penthouse atop the Ritz-Carlton Towers. Agganis is the great-nephew of Boston Red Sox legend Harry "The Golden Greek" Agganis, namesake of the Boston University arena. A North Shore native, Agganis works in the family business, which includes a Cleveland Indians farm team. (That explains why former Indian Manny was being Manny at the party.) The proud owner of a new yellow Ferrari 430 Spider, Agganis invited a bunch of his pals from Boston's luxe auto set to the fete, including Porsche's "Racetrack Rick" Scourtas, Mercedes Benz sales whiz Julia Lisa Papagno, JetSet Events' Ted Stamas, and Kelly Automotive Group honcho Brian Kelly.

Tribute participants are still up in the air
No wonder the band Boston hasn't reunited in more than 25 years. The dinosaur act is so dysfunctional that Live Nation issued two press releases yesterday announcing an Aug. 19 concert honoring late singer Brad Delp. The first release said that original members Sib Hashian, Barry Goudreau, Fran Sheehan, Fran Cosmo, and Tom Scholz would share the stage at the Bank of America Pavilion extravaganza. But in a second release three hours later, Scholz's name was missing. What gives? In a statement e - mailed late yesterday, Scholz sought to clarify, but managed to be even more mystifying. He said Boston will play six or seven songs, but he didn't specify which Boston -- the band that broke records in 1976 with "More than a Feeling" or the lineup on 1994's "Walk On"? He did say Michael Sweet of Stryper, Starship's Mickey Thomas, and Sammy Hagar have offered to sing in place of Delp. To close the show, Scholz said: "We have invited Barry Goudreau, Fran Sheehan, and Sib Hashian to join us onstage for 'Don't Look Back,' which will be sung by Fran Cosmo . . . All of us are currently very busy with other projects, including completing some new Boston studio recordings. However, we are excited about getting together for this short performance."

Hair guru heads for hills to open his new salon
Mario Russo is opening his first salon outside of Boston -- in Vermont, of all places. Russo, who owns a home in the Green Mountain State, will begin teasing tresses at the Stowe Mountain Lodge this fall. "It'll be a five-star resort, and I'm doing all the beauty," Mario told us just before boarding a plane for Italy. "This is a great way to broaden the . . . brand since 25 percent of the clients will be from overseas."

These women are exceptional too
Candy O'Terry and Gay Vernon, creators of Magic 106.7's "Exceptional Women," have won two more Gracie Awards for the Sunday morning show ( giving them 11 total). The duo will be honored at a luncheon today for regional award winners at New York's Tavern on The Green.

Huddling with Flutie
Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski and long snapper Lonie Paxton were among the pros out last night to help former Patriots QB Doug Flutie raise money for autism research. Flutie got things started with a gala last night at the Hyatt Regency downtown. Events continue today with a golf tourney at Pinehills in Plymouth. Among the boldface names on the guest list: TV stars Rob and Amber Marino, ESPN sports gal Wendi Nix, and Celtics forward Wally Szczerbiak

Swanson pressing assault charges
Kristy Swanson is pressing assault charges against the ex-wife of her companion and former "Skating With Celebrities" partner, Lloyd Eisler, the actress's representative said. Police took pictures of bruises on her back and other parts of her body to document injuries Swanson claimed she got during a scuffle with Eisler's ex-wife, Marcia O'Brien, on Friday in Canada, said Swanson spokesman Michael Sands. O'Brien filed a complaint against Swanson first, however. Swanson told People magazine she was arrested Saturday night for allegedly assaulting O'Brien. Swanson, 37, said she was released after posting bail in Kingston, Ontario. Sands said Eisler and Swanson were in Kingston to visit Eisler's children and discuss custody with O'Brien. (AP)

Spector's ex-lawyer cited with contempt
An ex-defense attorney for Phil Spector was declared in contempt of court yesterday after she tearfully refused to testify that she saw a defense expert in the murder case pick up possible evidence. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler ordered the attorney, Sara Caplan, to be jailed until she testifies. But he stayed the order to allow for an immediate appeal before she was put behind bars. Without the jury present, prosecutor Alan Jackson asked her a series of questions based on her earlier testimony that defense forensic expert Henry Lee picked up a small white object with tweezers at the scene where actress Lana Clarkson died and put it in a vial. Such an item has never been turned over to the prosecution. An emotional Caplan repeatedly refused to answer the prosecutor, citing attorney-client privilege and constitutional reasons . (AP)

It's a second son for Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts has welcomed her third child, a boy named Henry Daniel Moder. Henry was born yesterday in Los Angeles. He weighed 8 1/2 pounds, said Roberts's publicist. Roberts, 39, and her husband, 38-year-old cinematographer Danny Moder, have 2-year-old twins, Hazel and Phinnaeus. (AP)

Michael Jackson settles lawsuit
Lawyers for Michael Jackson settled a lawsuit yesterday brought by a New Jersey financial company that was seeking $48 million. The lawsuit by Prescient Acquisition of Hackensack was settled just as jury selection was set to begin in US District Court. Terms of the settlement weren't released. Steven Altman, a lawyer for Darien Dash, who owns Prescient, said Dash was owed the money for helping Jackson refinance a $272 million bank loan and secure $573 million in financing to buy Sony Corp.'s half of the Beatles' song catalog . Jackson, 48, had claimed he never heard of Dash and didn't remember signing an agreement. (AP)

How low can Brown go?
What's become of Bobby Brown? A month after telling a California judge he's got no dough, it looks like Whitney Houston's ex-husband may, in fact, have hit the skids. Brown's sometime girl- friend, sultry Karrine Steffans (below), has posted a video in which the Roxbury-bred singer is passed out -- and loudly snoring -- on her couch. In the clip, titled "Burnt Out Bobby" and posted at, Steffans laughs at the bloated Brown. "That has got to be the sickest [expletive] on the planet," she says. The star of numerous hip-hop videos, Steffans is also the author of "Confessions of a Video Vixen," a New York Times bestseller about her relationships with Shaquille O'Neal, Vin Diesel, and Fred Durst, among others. (In the book, Steffans wrote that during a date with Brown, he told her he was "a member of Al Qaeda and that President Bush was looking for him.") Brown, who's seeking spousal support from ex-wife Houston, told a judge in May that he's been strapped for cash since his divorce. "I was," he said, "for all intents and purposes, homeless."

Jon the prognosticator
'Who knows? This record might be over in three weeks. Or it might have 10 singles on it.' Jon Bon Jovi, accurately predicting the success of the band's new album, which comes out today.

Wesley Morris of the Globe staff contributed. Names can be reached at or at 617-929-8253.