Fun and film in P-town...
It was the kind of awards ceremony that would have been rated “for mature audiences only’’ if any network dared broadcast it. At what film festival, other than Provincetown, would you find director Kevin Smith talking to legendary P-towner John Waters about everything from battling over movie ratings with the MPAA to Smith’s public fight with
Before Waters and Smith had the audience blushing, Scottish actress Tilda Swinton accepted her Provincetown film festival award for excellence in acting. In a conversation with film critic B. Ruby Rich, Swinton said that she does not consider herself an actress and often dreams of retiring to tend to her chickens. Of course it is hard to imagine Swinton, who was looking glamorous at the ceremony and at the intimate after-party with a severe coif and simple black dress and exotic shoes, in the countryside spreading chicken feed.
The after-party saw Swinton laughing with Waters, and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch’’ actor/director John Cameron Mitchell chatting with directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, who were at the festival to pick up an award and show their latest, “Howl.’’ Despite the star power, there were a few disappointed faces because “Howl’’ star James Franco was a no-show. “I can’t believe I got my chest waxed for nothing,’’ said one sad gentleman guest at the party.
. . . and on Nantucket
Not far from the celebs in P-town were the A-listers on Nantucket who gathered to celebrate the Nantucket Film Festival and all things screenwriting. Anne Meara, a staple at the annual festivities, was busy recovering from surgery, but her son, Ben Stiller, was there to crack jokes on her behalf. “She said to say she had open heart surgery and you should feel sorry for her,’’ Stiller quipped. As usual, the highlight of the weekend was the comedy roundtable, which this year featured Stiller, New Hampshire gal Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis of “The Hangover,’’ Andy Samberg of “Saturday Night Live,’’ and moderator Brian Williams.
Patriot Vince Wilfork hosted the third annual BELL Bowl at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. The flag football tournament raises money for children’s education in Boston. Wilfork launched the event in 2008 with then-Pats Tedy Bruschi and Jarvis Green, and former Pats Steve Grogan and Andre Tippett. BELL stands for Building Educated Leaders for Life.
“Irish’’ Micky Ward, the Lowell-bred boxer who’s the subject of the forthcoming biopic “The Fighter,’’ starring Mark Wahlberg, will be talking about his life in and out of the ring this week. Ward is doing a Q&A with writer Richie Farrell on Friday at Andover High School as a benefit for Team Micky Ward Charities and the Michael Briggs Community Center in Manchester, N.H., named for a police officer who was gunned down in October 2006. “The Fighter,’’ directed by David O. Russell and costarring Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, is due out in November or December.
Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium were visited over the weekend by pop divas known for their extravagant, costume-like wardrobes. While Rihanna cheered on her Dodger boyfriend, Matt Kemp, at Fenway, Lady Gaga rooted for the
It was boy band heaven at Madison Square Garden over the weekend when New Kids on the Block Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, and Danny Wood were joined onstage by Backstreet Boys Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, A.J. McLean, and Howie Dorough. The Boston-bred Kids and the Orlando-spawned Boys teamed up during the show for a performance of the Boys’ hit, “I Want It That Way.’’