Ben Affleck may have scored his best gig yet. The rabid Red Sox fan and father of 1-year-old Violet will be heard in the new kiddie DVD "Red Sox Baby: Raising Tomorrow's Boston Red Sox Fan Today" when it comes out next month. The DVD promises to help teach "counting, spelling, and color recognition. It will also instill a love of the Red Sox in young ones," according to a promotional blurb . The Oscar winner isn't the only celeb in the series. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner gives voice to the DVD trying to teach spelling and the like to the wee ones in the Evil Empire.
Southie native lauded for new book
Author Michael Patrick MacDonald, the Southie native who wrote "All Souls," received an award from Irish America magazine for his most recent book, "Easter Rising." The award -- along with several others, including one for Senator Hillary Clinton -- was given Sunday night in Manhattan at a gala dinner that featured a performance of the new Broadway show "The Pirate Queen," by fellow honorees Moya Doherty and John McColgan, the producers of "Riverdance." (Doherty and McColgan, summer residents of Martha's Vineyard, are the reported owners of a 4.7-acre estate for which they paid an island-record-setting $25 million.) Also honored were comic Kathy Griffin, actor Milo O'Shea, and psychologist Garrett O'Connor and his wife, actress Fionnula Flanagan, who is best know to local viewers for playing the mom on Showtime's "Brotherhood," which is filmed in Rhode Island.
'Nurses' is a funny role for Dushku
To the delight of her many male admirers, the enchanting Eliza Dushku is set to play a nurse in a new one-hour pilot for Fox. The network announced yesterday that the Watertown native will star in "Nurses," about the lives and loves of a team of nurses. Dushku, best known for her role on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," will play a young woman just out of nursing school who joins the hospital run by her father. Katheryn Winnick was originally cast in the role, but the part was recast after the character was made more comedic.
A delay for 'Where the World Ends'
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has postponed the world premiere of Where the World Ends a much-anticipated commission from New England Conservatorys Gunther Schuller, and replaced it with Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee, an earlier Schuller piece. Ive been looking forward very much to [the] new piece as part of my final Symphony Hall program this season, BSO music director James Levine said in a release. As it turns out, its scope and language require more rehearsal time than it could possibly receive in the context of this months program as I had originally conceived it. The BSO doesnt yet have a new date for the world premiere of the commission celebrating the BSOs 125th anniversary.
Globe correspondent June Wulff contributed to this report. Names can be reached at names@ globe.com or at 617-929-8253.