Down 2-1 to the hated Lakers in the NBA Finals, Celtics fans that filled the Garden last night really wanted a win. And they got it.
The incomparable Anita Baker sang the national anthem, and hinted to us afterward that she was rooting for the home team.
“I know Rasheed from the Pistons and I love Mr. [Paul] Pierce,’’ said the Detroit native and perennial Grammy winner. “That’s all I’m going to say about that.’’
The crowd included “Grey’s Anatomy’’ actress Ellen Pompeo, a big hoops fan who’s been MIA during these playoffs, sitting courtside with husband Chris Ivery. (We’re guessing their baby, Stella, was back at the hotel.)
As expected, “Access Hollywood’’ correspondent Maria Menounos and comedian Dane Cook were in the house, hooting and hollering at Kobe and company. Earlier in the day, Menounos and Cook stopped by Children’s Hospital Boston to cheer up the young patients. Cook also took time out yesterday to tweet a picture of Tom Brady from Game 3. The comedian apparently isn’t a fan of the QB’s new ’do. Or is he?
“Tom Brady’s been Bieber’d. His hair looks like a yummy new Wonka confection. Tom Bieber & the Caramel Coif!’’
Pats pulling for the Celts last night included Tully Banta-Cain, Leigh Bodden, Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, Darius Butler, Gary Guyton, Fred Taylor, and alum Troy Brown. (Brady, who was at the Garden for Game 3, was nowhere in sight.) Celebrated C’s in attendance included Bill Walton, KC Jones, Gerald Henderson, and Satch Sanders.
Also in the crowd was Sox chairman Tom Werner, Senator John Kerry, New Edition member Michael Bivins, nightlife nabob Patrick Lyons, Godsmack singer Sully Erna, Jets QB Mark Sanchez, best-selling author Ben Mezrich, Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner, Philadelphia Eagles owner and Martha’s Vineyard summer resident Jeff Lurie, chef Ken Oringer, and Harvard’s Alan Dershowitz.
Just before tip-off, we ran into “Saturday Night Live’’ newsman Seth Meyers, who was looking forward to his first playoff game of 2010.
“Our [‘SNL’] season was kind of winding up, so I haven’t been able to get to a game,’’ said Meyers, who’ll host the ESPYS on July 14. The New Hampshire native acknowledged that the Celtics crowd doesn’t have the same celebrity sizzle as the Hollywood horde. “I go from D-list to B minus,’’ said Meyers.
Also in the house were hip-hop impresario G. Roberson, sports agents David Falk and Aaron Goodwin, former BC standout and current Phoenix Sun Jared Dudley, BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo, former Ohio State basketball stud and prospective NBA star Evan Turner, UConn women’s hoops coach Geno Auriemma, basketball Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, and Bill Bradley.
Other familiar faces included former Bank of America big shot Chad Gifford, Comedy Connection owner Bill Blumenreich — wearing his Frank Caliendo hats, of course — SBLI’s Bob Sheridan, car king Herb Chambers, developer Ron Druker, Intercontinental Real Estate’s Peter Palandjian, Highland Capital’s Bob Davis, Davio’s Steve DiFillippo, Reebok’s Paul Foster, Entercom’s Julie Kahn, Eastern Standard owner Garrett Harker and GM Andrew Holden, Harrah’s CEO Gary Loveman, Mighty Mighty Bosstones manager Darren Hill, and flack George Regan, who told us he ran into Magic Johnson at the Boston Harbor Hotel before the game and the five-time NBA champ predicted a C’s win — in the game, not the series.
Dodgers count on good vibrations
Just when you thought the Frank
and Jamie McCourt
divorce couldn’t get juicier, along comes Vladimir Shpunt
. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Russian scientist was the McCourts’ secret weapon, hired by the couple to help their baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers
, be more successful. And how did the 71-year-old Shpunt do that? By sitting in his office in a Boston suburb and sending “positive energy’’ to the team. For real. Shpunt, who, according to the Times, was paid a stipend plus a bonus of six figures or higher, knows nothing about baseball. But he claims to be a healer, whose “energy’’ could help the team win perhaps 15 more games a year. He also aided Jamie with an infection in her right eye, and did a “distance healing’’ session on former Dodger Jayson Werth
’s injured wrist. You can’t make this stuff up.
They are hoping to get Anna Faris’s number
A few local funny guys are trying to get the attention of actress Anna Faris
while she’s in town filming the romantic comedy “What’s Your Number?’’ Christian Kiley
, director of film at ImprovBoston, and his pals Dennis Hurley
, Matt Paley
, and Dave Sawyer
hope they’ll have a YouTube hit (and make a fan of Faris) with “Dear Anna Faris,’’ a skit/song about their plans to impress Faris while she’s filming scenes down the street from Kiley’s apartment in Chelsea. Lines include, “I could show her the receipts for all the money I spent on 37 copies of ‘The House Bunny.’ ’’ Kiley admitted that while he is a fan of Faris, he spent four days making the video because he likes the limelight. “At best, I hope she offers me a bit part in her film because I’m really good at that stuff,’’ Kiley said, adding that he also “wouldn’t mind a tweet or a plain old e-mail.’’ . . . If you’ve been looking for Faris, she’s been filming more of “What’s Your Number?’’ at Bistro du Midi near the Four Seasons. The actress and her onscreen mom, Blythe Danner
, filmed a dinner scene and a patio scene at the Heritage on the Garden restaurant over two days.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race’’ stars Tyra Sanchez
were the celebrity judges at Wednesday night’s “Boston Pride Idol’’ competition at Club Cafe, which was won by Angela Rolling
. The night featured a performance by former “American Idol’’ contestant and Chelsea native Ashley Rodriguez
Tweets and eats
Not surprisingly, big C’s fan and Twitter addict Donnie Wahlberg
has announced that his new CBS
show, “Blue Bloods,’’ which costars homegal Bridget Moynahan
, has a Twitter page. You can follow the show at www.twitter.com/bluebloods_CBS
. . . . We hear that photogs from Rolling Stone will be at Royale tonight to shoot “Jersey Shore’’ star Pauly D
during his visit to the nightclub. Perhaps there’s another magazine cover in his future? . . . In dining-around-town news, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
was spotted having chowder at Legal Sea Foods at Long Wharf, while Lakers coach Phil Jackson
and his family had dinner in a private room at the Park Square Legal. Avoiding C’s fans, no doubt. Charles Barkley
was spotted sipping drinks at the InterContinental bar RumBa. . . . And comedian Dane Cook
was hanging with a few friends in a cabana at Frank DePasquale
’s new joint Splash Ultra Lounge & Burger Bar.
‘Prom’ queens at the Armory
The Somerville Arts Council and the Center for Arts at the Armory hosted an “Art Prom’’ the other night to benefit both organizations. Revelers included artsy types Tori Costa
, Heather Balchunas
, and Rachel Strutt
. Tunes were spun by DJ Brother Cleve
"I was an admirer of Gong Li for so long. . . . A role like this, to work with such great actors is a rare honor." -- John Cusack
, talking about his "Shanghai" costar Gong Li
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