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By Mark Shanahan & Paysha Rhone
March 16, 2009
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Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is very comfortable in front of the camera, as she demonstrated over the weekend when shutterbugs caught up with her and hubby Tom Brady eating soft-serve ice cream cones in Brazil. The couple, who got hitched a few weeks back, are in Brazil to visit Bundchen's family and friends. (Note that neither one is wearing a ring.) Zero Hora newspaper reports that the supermodel and Brady are in the southern Brazilian city of Horizontina to celebrate the 83d birthday of Bundchen's grandfather. The couple spent most of Saturday touring the town of 18,000 people, and Brady got a workout in at a local gym. This is not their last stop. We're told the newlyweds will also be spending some quality time at Bundchen's place in Costa Rica.

Following Tiant home

It's taken five long years, but Kris Meyer's movie about Luis Tiant is finally finished. Called "The Lost Son of Havana," the documentary about the Sox should-be Hall of Famer screens April 23 at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival. "Luis returned to Cuba for the first time in 46 years," says Meyer, who produced the pic with help from the filmmaking Farrelly brothers. "It's Luis's journey home and you see how he reacts. . . . There's a lot of love and a lot of loss." A longtime Sox fan, Meyer said he met El Tiante while working with Peter and Bobby Farrelly on "Fever Pitch," and was struck by the pitcher's powerful story. "We were having dinner and Luis told me he wanted to go home before he died," says Meyer. For political reasons, it took time to arrange the trip, but in November '07 - on Tiant's 67th birthday - the film crew finally touched down in Cuba. "We didn't know how he'd be received," says Meyer. "Cubans don't have much access to the outside world, so we weren't sure what they'd know." (Tiant pitched 18 seasons, winning 20 games four times, and throwing an amazing 187 complete games.) The movie's directed by Jonathan Hock, whose credits include "Through the Fire," the well-received documentary about Sebastian Telfair. Said Meyer: "This movie transcends baseball. Really, it's the American dream."

Backyard BoSox

Atari's out with a new edition of its popular video game "Backyard Baseball" and BoSox slugger David Ortiz is on the cover. Kids can play with or against greats like Ken Griffey Jr., Ichiro, Vladimir Guerrero, Albert Pujols, Alfonso Soriano, Ryan Howard, and our very own Dice-K. So does Big Papi play the game? "Mostly I play with my kids. They are real competitors, not sure where they get that," No. 34 said in an e-mail to us. And if you're wondering about those shorts, we were, too. "Hey, I think my 'Backyard Kid' image looks pretty cool," replied Papi. "It really captures my style."

Wood out, Cooper in

Alas, Ron Wood will not be performing at the April 26 benefit for Right Turn. Seems the Rolling Stones guitarist (inset) suddenly has a "scheduling conflict" and won't be able to make the fund-raiser for the Arlington-based recovery center for artists and entertainers. (Wood, who has a history of alcohol abuse, was recently warned by bandmate Keith Richards to shape up or ship out.) Replacing Ronnie as the headliner will be Alice Cooper, who'll be backed by the likes of Chad Smith, Simon Kirke, Ace Frehley, Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis, Barry Goudreau, Ricky Byrd, and others.

Around town . . .

A shout-out to 7-year-old Ryan Harvey, who's being treated for brain cancer at the Floating Hospital. A huge hockey fan, Harvey sat on the Bruins bench Saturday and high-fived the players, including his faves Blake Wheeler and Tim Thomas. Afterward, Harvey said hello to Hall of Famer Cam Neely . . . While in town for the Seafood convention, "Top Chef" winner Hosea grabbed a bite at Todd English's Kingfish Hall . . . Adalius Thomas was at Fleming's in Park Square with 10 Rhode Island cops who bid for the dinner with the Pats linebacker. It was a fund-raiser for Thomas's foundation Sportsmen Lifting Academics & Sponsoring Hope.

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