Before they head to Gisele Bundchen's seaside spread in Costa Rica, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brady are spending some quality time together in LA. The paparazzi caught the couple chilling with the QB's kid, John, on a balcony in Pacific Palisades the other day, and clothing was optional. Maybe it's because he's got a bum knee, but Brady looks a little soft around the middle, not as beefcake as we expected. Several gossip and sports websites posted the pics yesterday, eliciting a bunch of smart-aleck responses. Here are a few of our favorite comments posted by readers of the sports site Deadspin.com:
Guess what Peter King's new screen saver is?
Oh god, not another link to alien autopsy pictures.
Needs more baby goat.
Meanwhile, Gisele's grandfather Walter is giving the glamorous couple's union his seal of approval. Grandpa Walt this week told the Brazilian mag Quem that he's delighted the supermodel is settling down. "Marriage is a natural thing that happens in people's lives," he said. "I wanted so much to see her married!"
In other T.B. news, E!Online reported yesterday that our QB will appear in the next season of "Entourage." He'll film next week in LA, an HBO publicist told the site. "He will be playing himself at a celebrity golf tournament." Wonder if show producer and Dorchester's finest Mark Wahlberg had anything to do with it?
U2 live, in Somerville?
Depending on whom you ask, U2 is playing at the Paradise, the House of Blues, the Middle East, Showcase Live, the Wilbur Theatre, and Berklee Performance Center next week. Since we reported first that Bono
, the Edge
, Larry Mullen Jr.
, and Adam Clayton
are coming to Boston Wednesday as part of a three-city promotional blitz, guessing the venue has become a parlor game. Radio stations continue to promote the show, giving away tickets to listeners without disclosing the location. So where's it going to be? Try the Somerville Theatre. While the band might have preferred to play the Paradise, where they first performed in 1980, we're told they'll be taking over the 900-seat theater in Davis Square. They're expected to do a Q&A and also play at least a few songs from their new CD, "No Line on the Horizon." Or are they? Ian Judge
, the theater's director of operations, told us last night, "No show featuring U2 or any other group has been booked at my theater for March 11. If anyone confirms such a show, I am sure they would undoubtedly contact us first." (This wouldn't be the first time a superstar has played the Somerville Theatre. You'll recall Bruce Springsteen
did two shows there in 2003.) As you might expect, there's intense interest in the U2 show, and fans are trying everything they can think of to score a ticket. (The Wailers show at the Paradise next Wednesday is sold out because fans thought - or hoped - the reggae act was a ruse.) But, relax, it won't be your only chance to see the lads. Their US tour will include a show - though only one, we're told - at Gillette Stadium. Tickets for that gig, which will be either Sept. 20 or 21, should go on sale soon.
WBC trip for Ortizes
Those yakkers on WEEI may not care much for the World Baseball Classic, but Big Papi
takes it seriously. Very seriously. "No one's more passionate about his country than David," Tiffany Ortiz
, the slugger's spouse, told us yesterday. "David's really excited. There's nothing like playing for the Dominican fans." Tiffany and the couple's two children, Alex
, leave tomorrow for Puerto Rico, where they'll watch the first few games of the WBC. She'll be back next week, in time to host a party March 16 with her pal, Boston Common cover girl Eliza Dushku
. (The event at Alibi is a benefit for Camp Hale, which takes city kids to the White Mountains and Lakes region of New Hampshire every summer.) Big Papi's better half said she hasn't read the new Manny Ramirez
book but probably will. "I do believe he's misunderstood," Tiff told us. "But I'm kind of surprised he wrote a book. I never felt he had a need to defend himself because I never felt he cared what people said."
Regan falls ill
Boston PR king George Regan
passed out at the Seaport Hotel yesterday, but it looks like he'll be OK. Regan was leaving a talk by Mayor Tom Menino
- part of a monthly speaker series he hosts with Seaport CEO John Drew
and GM Jim Carmody
- when he fainted, said Regan VP Mariellen Burns
. Taken by ambulance to Mass General, Regan underwent testing but appeared to just have a touch of the flu, she said. (We tried to contact Regan directly, but we're guessing the hospital made him turn off the cell.) The hospital kept him overnight for observation. Also at the talk: construction magnate John Fish
, car mogul Herb Chambers
, convention center head Jim Rooney
, Urban College president Linda Edmonds Turner
, Caritas Carney president Dan O'Leary
, and Bank of America's Jim Mahoney
Menounos to host film fest Maria Menounos
is good to her alma mater. The "Access Hollywood" reporter will host and executive produce the ninth annual Emerson Film Festival, a showcase of student work, today at the Writers Guild of America Theater in Beverly Hills. A panel of Emerson alums - editor Michael McCusker
, DreamWorks bigwig Holly Bario
, Columbia veep Andrea Giannetti
, and production exec Pam Abdy
- selected the fest's final flicks. Menounos, by the way, was spotted this week at Cosmopolitan mag's Fun Fearless Male Awards, which honored Rainn Wilson
, Bradley Cooper
, Chace Crawford
, Aaron Eckhart
, Michael C. Hall
, Adam Levine
, Ben Silverman
, and others.
Third shot at charity
Celtics star Glen Davis
has been trying to shoot hoops with kids at Faneuil Hall since his birthday celebration was canceled on New Year's Eve. (It's just been snowstorm after snowstorm.) "Big Baby" will try it again Saturday - shooting with kids ages 14 and under for a $5 donation each - at a fund-raiser for the Pitching in for Kids Foundation, also supported by Sox stars Tim Wakefield
and Jason Varitek
. Mix 98.5 FM jocks Karson
are expected to emcee.
Braude gets new NECN slot
NECN is broadening its 6 p.m. newscast. Beginning March 16, NECN will begin airing "Broadside: The News With Jim Braude
" in place of "Right Now With R.D. Sahl
." Braude (inset), who has been hosting "NewsNight" at 8, will give his spin on the top news stories each weeknight. "You'll still get all the news, but with commentary," Braude said in a statement. Braude already imparts his opinions on the day's news as cohost of a three-hour show with Margery Eagan
on WTKK-FM (96.9). "The new program unleashes Jim Braude," said NECN news director Tom Melville
. The new show goes against the grain at 6 p.m., when the more traditional dual anchor newscasts air on Boston broadcast channels. Longtime NECN anchor Sahl will move into the 7 p.m. slot with an eponymous show focusing on the top stories from New England.
Moynahan lands role
Remember Beverly Cleary
's "Ramona" books? Turns out "Ramona and Beezus" is being made into a movie and Tom Brady
's baby mama Bridget Moynahan
has scored a role, along with BU grad Ginnifer Goodwin
and "Sex and the City" hottie John Corbett
. The Hollywood reporter says Goodwin will play 10-year-old Ramona's favorite person, Aunt Bea, and Moynahan and Corbett will play Ramona's parents, Dorothy and Bob Quimby.
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