Here come the brides

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Globe Staff / April 8, 2008

Actresses Anne Hathaway (in green) and Kate Hudson were all smiles yesterday on the set of their new movie "Bride Wars." In the film, which director Gary Winick was shooting yesterday in the Back Bay, Hathaway and Hudson play best friends who become rivals when they schedule their weddings for the same day. From the looks of it, this scene takes place while they're still buddies.

Cheers for the chef
Toro's chef/owner Ken Oringer was surrounded by a few dozen family and friends Sunday at his South End eatery to watch him beat Cat Cora on "Iron Chef America." In the episode, which was taped in New York last fall, Oringer bested Cora in all three categories - taste, presentation, and originality - with the six dishes he made using coffee, the secret ingredient. Also catching the Food Network show with Oringer & Co. were Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner, who brought nearly a dozen people to Toro, and at a separate table WHDH-TV anchor Frances Rivera.

Honoring Halberstam
The Harvard Crimson may soon have a new address. The Cambridge City Council is considering a proposal to change the name of Plympton Street to honor David Halberstam, the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was once the school newspaper's managing editor. The idea's being floated by former Cambridge city councilor Frank Duehay, who was a classmate of Halberstam's at Harvard. "I was contacted by a few of David's colleagues, who asked me, 'Do you think the city would like to do this?' " Duehay told us yesterday. "I happen to like the idea, and I said I'd be happy to put it forth." Halberstam, who died in a car accident a year ago, won a Pultizer for his reporting on the Vietnam War. He went on to write best-selling books on topics ranging from politics to business to football. (His 2005 book "The Education of a Coach" was about his Nantucket neighbor Bill Belichick.) "David was incredibly idealistic, tough, and courageous," Duehay said. "People will have an opportunity to speak in favor of this or not."

Not quite a family film
There were a few excruciating moments at Sunday's screening of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Not for the audience, but for the star, Jason Segel, who invited a slew of family and friends to watch the film with him at the Regal Fenway. The issue? Segel is completely nude for the first few minutes of the film. "It was really embarrassing because, like, my cousins' wives were there," Segel said during an appearance yesterday on WZLX's morning show "Karlson & McKenzie." "It was inappropriate. I'm really sorry to my family." Described as the world's first romantic disaster comedy, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" costars Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Paul Rudd, and Jonah Hill. It opens April 18.

'Velazquez' exhibit Roark's MFA swan song
The soon-to-open "El Greco to Velazquez" exhibition will be Jaime Roark's last at the MFA. Roark, who designed the museum's popular "Fashion Show" a few years ago, is bound for the Guggenheim Museum in New York, where she'll serve as senior exhibitions designer.

Well-respected man
Ray Davies had just a few minutes to chat after his gig at the Orpheum the other night. The longtime Kinks leader recalled watching his first rock concert, a Little Richard/Duane Eddy double bill. "I was amazed at Duane Eddy's horn section," said Ray, who's touring in support of his new CD "Working Man's Cafe" "He sounded exactly like the records." Davies also suggested a strategy to save the youth of America from Hannah Montana. When visiting his tweenage daughter in Ireland, the legendary rocker loads the car with R&B and jazz discs. Now, the girl has a taste for Chuck Berry. "She says, 'Mr. Chuck, is he a nice man?' I say, 'He's OK. He's a great writer. But I wouldn't want you to meet him.' "

'Brigadoon' revival hits Boston, then Broadway
A revival of Lerner and Loewe's 1947 musical "Brigadoon" will open in Boston this fall before heading to Broadway. The new incarnation will feature a book by Tony-winning playwright John Guare and will be directed and choreographed by fellow Tony winner Rob Ashford. No word yet on casting or which theater will host the musical that is probably better known to most audiences through Vincente Minnelli's 1954 movie, starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. The "Brigadoon" announcement comes just a couple of weeks after news leaked from New York that a revival of the 1926 Gershwin musical "Oh, Kay!" starring Harry Connick Jr. also will open in Boston this fall before opening on Broadway.

Radiohead coming
The good news is that Radiohead will be playing here this summer. The bad news is that the British band won't be thrilling fans at Fenway. Thom Yorke and the lads have announced the second leg of their North American tour, and it includes an Aug. 13 gig at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield. Call us delusional, but we were holding out hope that Radiohead might rock Fenway. Instead, it's looking more and more like James Taylor and Neil Diamond will play the park. Taylor's assistant confirmed for us that the Grammy winner's been asked, but nothing's official.

Still supports Summers
If it was up to Tommy Lee Jones, Larry Summers would still be president of Harvard. The actor, who was Al Gore's roommate at the World's Greatest University, says Summers's ill-advised women-in-science comment should not have cost him his job. "I think this politically correct [expletive] is self-important and stupid," Jones says in an interview in the new 02138 magazine. "The thing that bothered me - yeah, it was a stupid [expletive] remark. Of course, it was. But you shudder to think that the pillars of the empire could be shaken by such a triviality." According to editor Richard Bradley, who conducted the interview, the actor's publicist asked Jones if he wanted that last part to be on the record, and he said he did. The new issue is out this week.

Geoff Edgers of the Globe Staff contributed. Names can be reached at or at 617-929-8253.

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