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Family and fans greet Wahlberg in Hingham

Fans crowd around Mark Wahlberg (right) outside the restaurant Alma Nove in Hingham yesterday. Fans crowd around Mark Wahlberg (right) outside the restaurant Alma Nove in Hingham yesterday. (Photos By Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / August 4, 2010

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Just a day after Dorchester’s own Mark Wahlberg premiered his comedy “The Other Guys’’ in New York with costars Will Ferrell and Eva Mendes, he took the film to Hingham — more specifically to Alma Nove, his brother Paul Wahlberg’s new restaurant in the Hingham Shipyard. Mark was joined on the South Shore last night by “Entourage’’ producer Eric Weinstein, former Patriot Tedy Bruschi, Bruin Milan Lucic, as well as Paul, his brother Jimmy, and his mother, Alma, for the local screening of the Adam McKay-directed cop comedy. The party was a benefit for the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, which helps inner-city kids. The actor-producer has hosted other movie premieres here, but this was the first time he’s rolled out the red carpet on the South Shore. So will he be back at Alma Nove for the premiere of “The Fighter,’’ set for release this December? Mark sounded optimistic. “If it goes well tonight, we’ll do it again, but we’re definitely going to do something for ‘Fighter’ for sure.’’ As for Paul, who opened his Mediterranean-style restaurant just last month, he was thrilled to show off his new hot spot. Amid the crowds of autograph seekers and young fans, we asked the chef how he felt about having his family in the house: “Fantastic,’’ he quipped with a smile, “except they’re all looking for free food.’’

Parenting communities were in a tizzy yesterday after excerpts from a Harper’s Bazaar UK story were released quoting Boston mom Gisele Bundchen as saying that breast-feeding should be mandatory.“. . . there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months,’’ Tom Brady’s wife says in the story. The outcry was so intense that the supermodel took to her blog by day’s end to soften her statements. “I understand that everyone has their own experience and opinions and I am not here to judge,’’ Gi wrote. “. . . I think as mothers we are all just trying our best.’’ Founder-editor of BostonMamas.com, Christine Koh, said she’s all for breast-feeding, but that she couldn’t agree with Bundchen’s desire to mandate the practice. “It’s very difficult to make a statement like that. For some people, they try and they try and try but it doesn’t work out. With that, and with so many things with parenting, you can’t dole out judgment like that. Every situation is different.’’ Koh said she wonders whether Bundchen’s many blunt comments about pregnancy and childbirth since the model gave birth to her son, Benjamin, have simply been lost in translation. Koh’s family is Korean, and she says sometimes people who speak English as a second language use harsher words than they mean to. Koh also says that her friends and readers do take celebrity statements about child rearing personally, and that most have found a role model in another honorary Boston mom, Jennifer Garner, who has been candid about having trouble losing her baby weight and is often photographed in jeans and sweatshirts with husband Ben Affleck and their kids. “I think it’s a little harder to stomach the celebrities who say, ‘Oh, you can drop that baby weight in four weeks,’ ’’ Koh said. “Sure you can — if you have a trainer.’’ For the record, Gisele never said that she only breast-fed Benjamin for three weeks, though another Boston paper quoted the supermodel mom as saying she did. In fact, the local tabloid wrongly attributed a quote from British TV personality Denise van Outen to Gisele. Whoops.

Ben Affleck’s film to hit Fenway
We’re hearing that Ben Affleck will premiere his local thriller “The Town’’ at Fenway Park next month red carpet-style, just like Drew Barrymore and company did with “Fever Pitch’’ a few years ago. It would make sense; scenes for Ben’s film, which costars Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Rebecca Hall, and Jeremy Renner, were filmed at the ballpark last year.

One woman, many sides
Actor-comedian Sue Costello plays it two ways — she’s either hilarious or portraying a drug addict in movies such as “Southie’’ and the upcoming local boxing film “The Fighter.’’ For whatever reason, she’s convincing as both a laugh riot and a mess. Tonight and tomorrow night, she’ll bring her comedy — and some drama — to the Foundation Room at the House of Blues when she performs her one-woman show “Minus 32 Million Words’’ to benefit the mentoring program Strong Women, Strong Girls. Costello tells us that even though she’s performed the show about her Dorchester upbringing dozens of time, the material is still changing. That means if you’ve seen it before, it’s worth seeing again. “In New York they come back three and four times,’’ she says. Of course, when Costello was in town to promote the show the other day, we just had to ask her about her “Fighter’’ costar Christian Bale. Costello and Bale spent hours and hours filming scenes for “The Fighter’’ in Lowell and surrounding parts. Costello plays a crack addict pal of Bale’s Dickie Eklund, brother of Lowell boxing legend Micky Ward, who’s portrayed by Mark Wahlberg. “He was awesome, awesome — awesome in a very respectful and gentle way,’’ Costello said of Bale, adding of the actor’s dramatic weight loss for the film, “I walked into the trailer and I said, ‘Christian, you look awesome, you look like my bother Jimmy.’’

Celebs attend Vineyard benefit
“The Bourne Identity’’ director Doug Liman and his pals Tamara Buchwald (daughter-in-law of Art) and actress Abigail Rose Solomon hosted a benefit for the Vineyard Playhouse over the weekend in Chilmark. Guests included Bob Brustein, Judy Blume, Alan Dershowitz, and Vineyard Playhouse artistic director MJ Bruder Munafo.

Deadheads remember Garcia
Deadheads gathered at Long Wharf the other day for a cruise celebrating the late Jerry Garcia’s birthday. The party started at 4:20 p.m. Garcia would have been 68 on Sunday.

Around town
Adam Levine and Maroon 5, who are known around these parts as Red Sox owner John Henry and Linda Pizzuti Henry’s wedding band, were at Sam’s at Louis on Monday night. The act surprised fans at 104.1’s MixFest, who didn’t know they were on the bill. Maroon 5 will be back to play the Bank of America Pavilion on Monday. . . . Bruin Milan Lucic and former Bruin Cleon Daskalakis dined at Game On! before Monday night’s Sox-Indians game. . . . Congressman Barney Frank joined Bob and Myra Kraft at Patriot Place on Monday to announce the completion of a 525-kilowatt rooftop solar power system. Here comes the sun. . . . We hear that Will.i.Am, in town to perform with the Black Eyed Peas last night, spent part of his day yesterday schmoozing with local venture capitalists to raise money for his scholarship foundation. He was expected to DJ at Underbar late last night after the show.

Globe correspondents Terri Schwartz and Taylor Adams contributed. Read the Names blog at www.boston.com/namesblog. Names can be reached at names@globe.com or at 617-929-8253.

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