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Sandler returns to high school

Principal John Rist (left) and Adam Sandler at Manchester Central High School’s commencement. Principal John Rist (left) and Adam Sandler at Manchester Central High School’s commencement. (Josh Gibney/New Hampshire Union Leader)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / June 15, 2010

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Manchester Central High School grad Adam Sandler made a surprise visit to his Granite State alma mater to give a speech at commencement on Saturday. Sandler warned the group that life beyond high school is “mean and scary,’’ and compared the high school experience to Disney World. Sandler’s niece Jillian was one of Saturday’s graduates.

A ‘Memphis’ win, celebration in Beverly
The recently reopened North Shore Music Theatre had plenty to celebrate on Sunday when “Memphis’’ won four Tonys, including best new musical. The show, which was scored by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, debuted at the NSMT in Beverly in 2003, and the production’s original stars, Boston Conservatory grad Chad Kimball and Montego Glover, kept their parts when it got picked up for Broadway. New NSMT owner Bill Hanney and artistic director Evans Haile were in New York for Sunday’s festivities and sat with the “Memphis’’ crew. NSMT spokesman Mike Ceceri told us yesterday that as soon as the show won the big award, “There was a large phone chain going around at about 11 o’clock. A lot of the staff that’s back — a lot of us worked on the show.’’ Ceceri said that Hanney has already talked about bringing “Memphis’’ back to the North Shore once it becomes available for smaller theaters.

‘Number’ news
Crews with the Anna Faris movie “What’s Your Number?’’ are expected to camp out at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester this week to film a wedding scene. Faris spent last week filming around Boston with costars such as Blythe Danner, who plays her mom in the film. We noticed on the Internet Movie Database that more names have been added to the cast of the local comedy. Joining Faris’s costars, who include Chris Evans, Joel McHale, Ari Graynor, and Andy Samberg, are Reese Witherspoon’s ex, Ryan Phillippe, and a number of local actors who’ll play smaller parts, including Tyler Peck, who was also in the recent Lowell-based pilot for the CBS show “The Quinn-tuplets.’’ Sadly, we hear “The Quinn-tuplets,’’ which was to star Amber Tamblyn and Anna Chlumsky from “My Girl,’’ wasn’t picked up by CBS. But Lowell residents can still look forward to Mark Wahlberg’s movie “The Fighter,’’ which was filmed in Lowell and due out this fall.

Aguilera pregame
Pop diva Christina Aguilera, who’s pushing her new album, “Bionic,’’ will sing the national anthem before Game 6 of the NBA Finals tonight at the Staples Center in LA. Aguilera was supposed to perform at the Comcast Center in July, but recently postponed her tour.

Burns gets lead role
Wondering why “Avatar’’ director James Cameron has been replaced by documentary film guy Ken Burns as Middlesex Community College’s celebrity forum speaker at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium tomorrow night? Apparently, Cameron canceled because he’s busy making a documentary about indigenous groups in Brazil. Tickets for Burns’s talk are still available.

Dishing around town
Celtics legend Bill Walton, who was at the Eagles show at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, ate at Orta in Pembroke before the show. . . . Mayor Tom Menino, Governor Deval Patrick, and MassDevelopment CEO Bob Culver were seen having pizza at Santarpio’s after the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center groundbreaking yesterday.

Speaking for animals
Pet expert Wendy Diamond, who fancies herself a real life Elle Woods, was one of the speakers at The H+ Summit @ Harvard University over the weekend. The conference was about technology and the human condition. Diamond, who brought her dog Lucky to the event, spoke about the future of the animal condition.

Lending a helping hand
Just before the Celtics took on the Lakers Sunday, Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis hosted a Hits for Kids party at the Harpoon Brewery for children’s charities. The night included a silent auction for items such as Youkilis’s personal seats behind home plate. There were also plenty of Harpoon brew to go around. . . . David Ortiz led Saturday’s 5K Run of Hope, a benefit for Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. Other participants included NESN’s Heidi Watney, New England Revolution GM Craig Tornberg, City Councilor Mike Ross, and Four Seasons GM Bill Taylor. The Four Seasons hosted the event. . . . Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek hosted the “Capital Grille & Pitching in for Kids 2010 Celebrity Golf Classic’’ at Granite Links Golf Club at Quarry Hills yesterday. The guest list for the benefit included Clay Buchholz, Doug Flutie, Bruins legend Derek Sanderson, and comedian Tony V. The afternoon included Wakefield and ’Tek trying for a hole in one from 165 yards out.

Gisele tweets from Brazil fashion show
Fans of Boston mom Gisele Bundchen got a treat on Sunday when the supermodel tweeted from her dressing room at the Colcci show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week. After answering some questions from fans, Gisele wrote, “Buy, guys. Thank you for following me on the Twitter tonight and always I hope you liked the coverage . . . I have never tweetted before and I thought it was a quite different experience . . . Kisses, lots of light and God be with you!’’ Forgive her typos. As far as we know, there’s no spell check on Twitter.

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