Patterson, MacDonald, Reisman, Lyons, Brustein and Dershowitz
photo credit: Peter Simon
Boston lawyer Alex MacDonald hosted a benefit for the ACLU at his place in Chilmark the other night, and guests includes Arnie Reisman and Paula Lyons, co-hosts of NPR's "Says You," as well as author Richard North Patterson, A.R.T. founder Robert Brustein, and celebrated Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz...Elsewhere on the Vineyard, hotelier Dick Friedman and his wife Nancy hosted a "water tasting" fundraiser at West Tisbury spread for Vineyard House, a residential program for people dealing with alcohol and substance abuse issues.
Tony Shalhoub is looking forward to spending some time on Martha's Vineyard, but he and his wife, Brooke Adams, have to finish their Broadway run of "Lend Me a Tenor" first. The "Monk" star is hopeful he can at least make it to see his new movie, "Feed the Fish," at the Woods Hole Film Festival. (It's screening Monday and again next Saturday.) In the film about a children's book author who's having a mid-life crisis, Shalhoub plays an obsessed sheriff. It takes place in the middle of winter in Shalhoub's home state of Wisconsin. "I was overwhelmed by the cold and the snow and the bleakness of it," he said. "It reminded me why I live in Southern California." Or, in the summer, on the Vineyard. Shalhoub said he isn't by bothered by the tourist traffic generated by Obama's visits. "He has to vacation somewhere, right?" said Shalhoub. "Where we stay, it's kind of remote. We really don't see too many people."
Because Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has ushered in a new era of openness, and made a lot of money in the process, the gang at the Gawker media blog Valleywag thought it would be fun to have a photographer follow him around for a few days, giving Zuckerberg the paparazzi treatment. The pics are mostly unremarkable: His car, house, and wardrobe are hardly what you'd expect of America's youngest billionaire. But we do get a glimpse of Zuckerberg's girlfriend, who happens to be local. Priscilla Chan is a Braintree native, who graduated from Quincy High School in 2003. According to her Facebook profile - Chan is a friend of a friend - she attended Harvard, where Zuckerberg was also a student, and now studies at University California San Francisco and works at Facebook.
Will Eates and Bridget Moynahan on location for "Blue Bloods" on the streets of Manhattan
At least for now, Donnie Wahlberg is hanging up his dancing shoes. But he's still on the move. After finishing the most recent New Kids on the Block tour in June, and enjoying a little R&R back in the Bay State, Wahlberg is off to the Big Apple to begin work with Bridget Moynahan on the new CBS show "Blue Bloods." But first he had a press junket in Beverly Hills. Sitting alongside co-star Tom Selleck, who plays his dad and New York's police chief on the cop drama, Wahlberg said he was excited about the resumes of the folks involved with the show. (There are multiple Emmy winners, including former "Sopranos" producers/scribes Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, and Selleck.) "Obviously, I know of all of their work, but the humility they all have for such success is amazing," he said. Selleck, especially, is a formidable foil, he said. "He has a gaze that reminds me of my dad."
Congressman Barney Frank called us today to say we shouldn't believe everything we read, especially if we read it in Rupert Murdoch's New York Post. Earlier this week, the Post reported that Frank caused a minor scene when he was denied a $1 senior discount on his ferry fare to Fire Island. While it's true that his partner, James Ready, inquired about the discount for the 70-year-old lawmaker, Frank says it's false that he made a fuss. (He needed a Suffolk County Senior Citizens ID to get the discount, but he didn't have one.) "Nobody argued. (Ready) jokingly said, "Doesn't he look old enough?" Frank told us. So why would the Post report that he'd complained? "It's a right-wing paper," he said. "I'm a target for these people."
Right about now, Johnny Rzeznik and his Goo Goo Dolls should be somewhere around New Jersey. But in less than a week, the Buffalo band will be back in Boston, which Rzeznik swears is one of his favorite places to play. He's not just paying us lip service, or plugging his show. To prove it, he told us about one of his first shows in the Hub. It was at the Channel, the former stomping grounds of Boston bands from the Cars to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. "Boston's a great rock city," Rzeznik told us by phone the other day. "I always remember the first show at the Channel. That was awesome. That was . . . crazy. People in Boston like their rock music." Rzeznik and his bandmates headline Monday's MixFest, the annual show put on by Mix 104.1. The band will be joined by "American Idol" winner Kris Allen and Steven Page, formerly of the Barenaked Ladies, at the Bank of America Pavilion. Rzeznik told us the band hasn't settled on a set list, but he does know where he wants to eat. "It's the North End, right? Where all the Italian restaurants are?" Rzeznik asked, reminiscing about one of his trips through the Boston neighborhood. "It was like you could eat the buildings. The smell was so incredible."
Linda Pizzuti Henry and her husband, Sox owner John Henry
We love "Cribs," the MTV show featuring the super fancy homes of celebrities such as 50 Cent, Pamela Anderson, Johnny Damon, and Carmelo Anthony. Well, NESN's working on something similar. Called "After the Game," the show was conceived of by Linda Pizzuti Henry, wife of Sox owner John Henry, and her producing partner Kelly Boullet. But unlike "Cribs," which is all about bling, big cars, and fabulous bathrooms, "After the Game" will showcase not only fabulous pads, but also detail the player's charitable work. In the first episode, airing this fall, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield takes the cameras around his Florida home and talk about the causes he supports, including Space Coast Early Intervention Center and Pitching in for Kids. "Fans want so much to believe in athletes," Pizzuti Henry told us, "but most of what gets printed about them off the field is when they misbehave." She said the show isn't "preachy," but tries to highlight the good deeds being done by the likes of Bruin Patrice Bergeron, Pats lineman Matt Light, Celts scrub Brian Scalabrine, soccer star Kristine Lilly, and Heisman hero Doug Flutie. (We're told Sox chairman Tom Werner may also be featured in an episode.) Neither Pizzuti Henry nor Boullet, who used to work as a producer on "Access Hollywood," E!, and Bravo, appear on camera. A la "Cribs," the athletes themselves host the show, talking directly to the camera. "Boston can be a tough town. The athletes are celebrities here," says Pizzuti Henry. "I'm hoping this gives people a different perspective."
"StyleBoston" co-host Anthony Corey and Linda Holliday at B mag party
Boston magazine held its annual shindig celebrating the "Best of Boston" issue at Joe Fallon's Fan Pier the other night. The crowd included Channel 7's Francis Rivera, Channel 5's David Brown and Bianca de la Garza, longtime "Chronicle" host Mary Richardson, Channel 4's David Wade and Kate Merrill, Doris Yaffee, Reebok's Paul Foster, Cartier's Cedric Tonello, Bill Belichick's girlfriend Linda Holliday, Louis Boston's Debi Greenberg, Eastern Standard owner Garrett Harker, Four Seasons GM Bill Taylor, Hotel Commonwealth GM Adam Sperling, flacks Marlo Fogelman and George Regan, Blue Cross Blue Shield's Jeff Bellows, Gemvara.com CEO Matt Lauzon, the mayor's main man on tourism Tony Nunziante, and Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis.
Things will be heating up for Marcia Cross this fall on "Desperate Housewives." The Marlboro-bred actress, who plays picture-perfect homemaker/businesswoman Bree Hodge on the ABC show, will have her neatly manicured world rocked by Brian Austin Green in the series' seventh season. The buff former "Beverly Hills 90210" star - and new husband of "Transformers" babe Megan Fox - will come to Wisteria Lane as a hunky contractor who woos Cross's buttoned-down character. "I'm still blushing," Cross told us this week, recalling one of the pair's first scenes together. (Dedicated TV fans will recall that Cross and Green previously inhabited the same universe when she was on "Melrose Place," the "90210" spin-off.) Cross said she'd be taking some time away from "Housewives" to work on an indie film written and directed by actress Famke Janssen called "Bringing Up Bobby." After getting married and having kids, Cross said this is the first time in recent really had a chance to work outside the show and says she found it reinvigorating. "To be able to do a little bit of that and keep this incredible job is like having a sundae with extra cherries, I mean it's insane." Cross told us she'll start shooting "Bobby" this week and a release date was yet to be set.
To be honest, we're not sure whay everyone's fixated on Chelsea Clinton's wedding. But since they are, we spend a few days talking to people familiar with Bryan Rafanelli, the Boston-based event planner orchestrated the whole affair. Here what we discovered: He's charming, probably rich, and plans a mean party. Read our profile.
There's an advantage to being old, and Barney Frank wants it. The New York Post reported yesterday that the congressman asked for the $1 senior discount on his ferry fare to Fire Island's popular gay haunt, The Pines, last weekend, but was denied at the dock in Sayville because he didn't have the required Suffolk County Senior Citizens ID. A witness told the tabloid, "Frank made such a drama over the senior rate that I contemplated offering him the dollar to cool down the situation." Frank's spokesperson told the Post that his partner, James Ready, had asked the ticket office for a regular ticket for himself and a senior ticket for Frank, "but was turned down because Frank didn't have a resident ID." For the record, Barney is 70.
Casey Affleck, his wife Summer Phoenix, and brother Ben
Sued by a female producer for allegedly making ‘‘unwanted sexual advances,’’ Casey Affleck has hired an LA attorney with lots of experience defending actors accused of sexual harassment. Marty Singer, whose clients have included Steven Seagal and ‘‘Bones’’ star David Boreanaz, claims in court documents filed in LA that the producer, Amanda White, is resorting to claims of sexual harassment because previous ‘‘extortionate tactics’’ to get money from Affleck failed. In addition, Singer says White, who worked with Affleck on documentary ‘‘I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix,’’ had signed an agreement with Affleck stipulating that ‘‘all disputes that may arise between the parties...will be determined solely by arbitration.’’ The 25-page filing also includes a statement from Affleck, brother of Ben Affleck, claiming that White never mentioned anything about harassment until now, 15 months after she quit working on the project. ‘‘(The) claims are completely fabricated,’’ he says. ‘‘(She) repeatedly expressed to me that she was very happy to be part of the project.’’ In her $2 million lawsuit, filed last week, White alleges that Affleck, whose acting credits include ‘‘Gone Baby Gone’’ and ‘‘The Killer Inside Me,’’ denied her producing fee after she refused to spend the night with him in a hotel room. She also claims that she was forced to endure debauched behavior during production of the documentary about Phoenix. Casey Affleck, 34, is married to Summer Phoenix, with whom he has two sons.
Actor Casey Affleck, brother of Ben and star of "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Killer Inside Me," is being sued for sexual harrassment by a producer of Affleck's upcoming documentary about Joaquin Phoenix. According to the $2 million lawsuit, which was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Affleck subjected the woman, Amanda White, to lurid sexual harassment and denied her producing fee after she refused to spend the night with him in a hotel room. In the suit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, White alleges that she was forced to endure debauched behavior during production of "I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix," including "uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace" and an impromptu shoot in a Las Vegas hotel room filled with hookers and transvestites. White, who also worked on "Good Will Hunting" with Ben and Casey Affleck, and later collaborated with producer Chris Moore on other projects, says she agreed to a $50,000 fee to help produce the documentary about Phoenix's attempts to reinvent himself as a rap artist. "On one occasion, Affleck instructed a crew member to take off his pants in order to show (White) his penis, even after (White) objected," the complaint alleges. "Affleck repeatedly referred to women as 'cows'; he discussed his sexual exploits and those of other celebrities that he allegedly witnessed; and asked (White), after learning her age, 'Isn't it about time you get pregnant?'" The complaint goes on to say that White was prevented from going to her bedroom during a shoot in Costa Rica because "Affleck and Phoenix locked themselves in her bedroom with two women." According to the lawsuit, "Affleck also attempted to manipulate (White) into staying in a hotel room with him, and when she resisted, he grabbed her in a hostile manner in an effort to intimidate her into complying." A rep for Affleck, who's married to Summer Phoenix, with whom he has two children, declined to comment on the lawsuit. Neither Phoenix nor Magnolia Pictures, which will distribute the film, is named as a defendant in the suit. Here's Ben and Casey talking about "Gone Baby Gone."
Those rumors about a Cars reunion? They might be true, and then again, they might not be. Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes was coy when we asked if he and frontman Ric Ocasek, guitarist Elliot Easton, and drummer David Robinson are about to "Let the Good Times Roll" again. (Bassist Ben Orr died in 200.) "I hate to be vague, but I really can't say," said Hawkes, even as he acknowledged that a recent picture of the band rehearsing was posted last week on Facebook. "It's a crazy world," said Hawkes. The Cars released their last LP in 1987 ("Door to Door") and broke up a year later. Since then, Ocasek has had success as a producer; Easton has worked as a hired gun, playing with the likes of Creedence Clearwater Revisited; Robinson runs an art gallery in Rockport; and Hawkes plays occasional ukulele shows, the next one being July 29 at Club Passim. (Easton, Hawkes, and Robinson also teamed with Todd Rundgren on The New Cars a few years back, but that seems to be in the rearview mirror now.)
Celtics captain Paul Pierce is finally a married man. No. 34 wed his longtime girlfriend Julie Landrum in California over the weekend. The couple exchanged vows in front of about 80 friends and family members, a crowd that included coach Doc Rivers, Pierce's teammate Kevin Garnett and wife Brandi, as well as Patrick Roy, Pierce's former basketball coach at Inglewood High School. The intimate seaside ceremony took place Saturday night under a gazebo at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, Calif. Landrum, a 27-year-old interior designer, wore a strapless Ines Di Santo gown while Pierce, 32, looked sharp in a custom tux by Elevee Custom Clothing. The couple's daughter, 2-year-old Prianna, served as the flower girl. We're told the menu was inspired by Katana, one of Pierce and Landrum's favorite LA restaurants: Appetizers included Robata-grilled skewers of meat, fish and chicken, and dinner was served in a bento box with a choice of beef tataki, black miso cod, asian chicken, or lobster. For cocktails, there was a saki bar with a choice of infused flavored saki. The cake? A multi-tiered confection with chocolate, red velvet, and coconut layers. A jazz quartet serenaded celebrants during dinner and the wedding party worked off the calories afterward dancing to DJ Tendaji Lathan. The couple's first dance was to R. Kelly's "You Made Me Love You." Mr. and Mrs. Pierce will be in Boston for awhile. The 2008 NBA Finals MVP just signed a four-year, $61 million contract.
(photo credit: Simone & Martin Photography)
The trailer for "The Social Network" has finally hit the 'Net. The film, directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, is about the travails of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his Harvard classmates. The trailer, which looks promising, is set to the music of Scala & Kolacny Brothers' rendition of Radiohead's "Creep." The movie, which was partially shot in Boston (though not at Harvard) is opening the New York Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 24 through Oct. 1.
Stomper Sal Baglio
Word is a third band will be added to the Aerosmith/J Geils Band bill at Fenway Aug. 14, but it won't be the Stompers. The Boston band fronted by Sal Baglio was approached about opening the show, but the deal fell through. The band, which played its first show in 1977 and opened for J. Geils in 1980, is best known for the singles "Coast to Coast" and "Never Tell An Angel (That Your Heart's On Fire)." "At one point we were asked to open the show at Fenway," a rep for the band told us. "The band accepted and then after numerous emails and phone calls were told that it was not happening." (Still want to cath the Stompers, they're playing July 30 with the Fools on the Provincetown II, the largest party boat in Boston Harbor.) So who'll be warming up the crowd at Fenway? Options could include vintage acts like the Lyres and the Neighborhoods or newcomers Eli "Paperboy" Reed and garage-soul purveyors Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents.
Jenny Dee and a few of the Deelinquents
Lindsay Buchholz, Yuka Okajima and the rest of the Sox wives and girlfriends are again hosting a Picnic in the Park at Fenway, and we're told this year's event will include a performance by Blue Man Group. Auction items include a chance for you and up to 13 friends to see BMG at the Charles Playhouse in September, and a walk-on role on the Fox hit, "Glee," and lunch with the show's co-creator, Newton native Brad Falchuk. How'd they hook that up? The event's emcee is Sox super fan Mike O'Malley, who was just nominated for an Emmy for his role on "Glee." Picnic in the Park is Aug. 1 and tickets are available here.
Former TV newsman Jack Hynes holds a photo of John Henning with a group Playboy Bunnies during the reception following today's funeral. (Bill Brett/Boston Globe)
Over 500 mourners filled a church in Boston's West End today to say farewell to longtime local anchorman John Henning, whose stints on channels 4, 5, and 7 spanned 25 years. One of his sons, Greg, delivered the eulogy, calling his dad his compass and mentor. He said his dad was read two newspapers a day, a habit that left ink on his favorite chair at home. Among those paying their respects at the church or at the reception at Amrheins afterward were Henning's brother, Dan, the Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator, Mayor Tom Menino, former senate presidents Thomas Birmingham and Robert Travaglini, city councilor Michael Flaherty, long-ago AG Robert Quinn, Joe Kennedy Jr., former TV anchorman Jack Hynes, ex police commissioner Francis "Mickey" Roache, WBZ radio newsmen Don Batting and Gary LaPierre, former WRKO host Listo Fisher, and former colleague and TV types Liz Walker, Joyce Kulhawik, Mary Richardson, Emily Rooney, Paula Ebben, Kasey Kaufman, Mariellen Burns, Shelby Scott, Susan Wornick, Suzanne Bates, Bob Lobel, Peter Mehegan, Joe Shortsleeve, Harvey Leonard, and Andy Hiller.
Singer Mike Posner, whose single "Cooler Than Me" is in the top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100, rocked the mic at the Ocean Club at Marina Bay the other night. The recent Duke grad - he recorded the tune in his dorm room - is drawing big crowds even without a CD to promote. (His still-untitled debut album is due out in August.) Posner's managed by Daniel Weisman, son of Newton filmmaker Sam Weisman.
Talking to the media is not Bridget Moynahan's favorite activity. Invariably, the actress is asked about her 3-year-old son, John, with former boyfriend Tom Brady, and, of course, the QB's subsequent marriage to statuesque supermodel Gisele Bundchen. If she can help it, Moynahan usually remains mum. But because the 39-year-old Longmeadow lass has a couple of new projects to promote - the movie "Ramona and Beezus," due out July 23, and next fall's TV show "Blue Bloods" - she's opening up a little more. In the new issue of SELF magazine, Moynahan talks about life after No. 12 and even takes a few swipes at Brady's bride.
"Being a mom, whether single or not, is not easy! Certain individuals and the press present motherhood as if it's easy or painless, and that's irresponsible," Moynahan says, perhaps referring to Bundchen's drug-free water birth. "Girls see pictures in magazines of mothers with fancy baby bags and think it looks glamorous, and that's not necessarily the case. I'm not complaining about anything in my life - it's fantastic. My son is so well adjusted. He has two parents who live in different homes, and that's what he knows. Having a child didn't hold me back from a career or a love life or traveling; it has enhanced my life."
"The paparazzi are intrusive, offensive and aggressive. It's not something that I respect or, quite frankly, deserve," she says. "I don't search it out. I lead a quiet life. I don't go out as much as I'd like because I don't want my son to be involved in that. We do things privately, like reading Dr. Seuss, playing games and listening to music. That's why you haven't seen many photos of us. I don't need to parade him around. I want to raise him with a strong sense of self and integrity. He'll learn from his mistakes. I'm not a believer in encouraging bad behavior or sweeping it under the rug. It better be out on the table."
So how does she cope?
"No matter what's been thrown at me in the past couple of years, I try to find the positive. There are a thousand magazines that like the negative. It's easy to bitch and to listen to your people bitch, so if someone going through a divorce asks me for advice, I say, 'All the he said/she said stuff doesn't matter. And your kid will pick up on that energy. Keep your kids the focus,'" she says. "When [my life] was in the news or when challenging things arose while trying to work things out with another person, my attitude was to take the high road. My drama isn't different from anybody else's, except people get to see it."
"I do look at men differently now," she says. "There's a whole category that isn't in the running: somebody who doesn't want a family. And, while I'd love to have more children, I'm not sure I want another on my own. One is portable; two are not. Anyone I date is going to have an open heart."
Going forward? Moynahan says she ready for anything.
"I'm in the same shape now I was prior to having a baby. I mean, there are little scars, battle wounds from giving birth, for sure, but I'm back to my fighting weight," she says. "It was a combination of wanting to be strong, fit and healthy and enjoying the stress release. If you are physically well, it feeds your mental and emotional state, and your child senses it. My son eats whatever I'm eating, so it's a sit-down dinner with protein and vegetables. I don't want him to snack between meals, so I don't. I do indulge sometimes. I'm a salty girl - potato chips or truffle fries and a martini. But for the most part, I live a very healthy life. I'm not going to sit and eat fried Twinkies!"
Some Boston accents, like Rob Morrow's in "Quiz Show," are bad, and some, like Leonardo Di Caprio's in "The Departed," are decent. And some, like Julianne Moore's in "30 Rock," are just bewildering. Appearing on "The Daily Show" the other night to promote her new movie, "The Kids Are All Right," the actress told Jon Stewart that she based the accent of her "30 Rock" character Nancy Donovan on the dialect she heard while working at a Boston bar. "I worked in a bar called the Up and Up Lounge in Kenmore Square on top of a Howard Johnson's and that's how I learned to talk like that," said Moore, who graduated from BU's School of the Performing Arts. "Everyone was from Dorchester or Somerville." Her accent on the NBC show is funny, but it's too broad - yah cahh is ovah thayuh - to sound authentic.
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We were able to scare up this high school picture of Jessica Simpson's new boyfriend. It's Needham native Eric Johnson, who played volleyball and football in at Needham High and went on to break several school records while catching passes as a wide receiver at Yale. (People.com reports that Johnson's buddies at the Ivy League school referred to him as "The Big Nerd.") Johnson, who's now six-foot-three and not nearly so spotty-faced, played tight end for the San Francisco 49ers. Simpson, of course, was formerly married to Nick Lachey and dated singer John Mayer and QB Tony Romo.
The crowd on the lawn for one of the three James Taylor/Carole King shows at Tanglewood
It wasn't quite Woodstock, but Tanglewood was teeming with people over the weekend, as an estimated 75,000 people turned out for James Taylor and Carole King's three shows at the BSO's summer home. Each night, the lawn was packed two hours before show time, and cars were wedged every which way in the parking areas. VIPs making the scene included cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who sat in on "Sweet Baby James" and "You've Got a Friend," actress Laura Linney, actress Idina Menzel and her handsome husband Taye Diggs, "Rescue Me" star Denis Leary and wife Anne, pianist Emmanuel Ax and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, singer Louise Goffin, whose mom is King and dad is Gerry Goffin, and, of course, Taylor's wife, Kim, who sang back-up on "Mexico." (All proceeds from the July Fourth show went to Tanglewood.) King may want to relocate to western Mass. The AP reports that the singer has put her 128-acre ranch in central Idaho ranch on the market with a "reduced" asking price of $16 million. The Robinson Bar Ranch compound includes a 7,300-square-foot lodge, a residence, a caretaker's home, a professional recording studio, guest cabins, and horse barns. King put the ranch up for sale in 2006 for $19 million.
Call it constituent service. Senator John Kerry sent an email to supporters yesterday asking them to help make Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis an All-Star. "All 3 million of you in the johnkerry.com community have done incredible work these last seven years on some of the biggest fights of our lives. This isn't one of them," Kerry wrote. "But it's not small potatoes either if you're a Red Sox fan." The statesman is upset because Youk is trailing Yankee Nick Swisher in MLB's All-Star balloting. "Swisher's having a fine year, but Youk is better in just about every category: batting average, slugging, home runs, everything, and he plays Gold Glove defense to boot," wrote Kerry. (To be fair and balanced, Swisher actually has more hits and walks, and fewer strikeouts than Youk.) Wrote Kerry: "Please don't let anyone say that Swisher beat Youkilis because Sox fans have gone a little soft after '04 and '07...Youk deserves to be in the All-Star game -- while the team has grinded it out in spite of injury after injury, he's been a rock."
Chelsea Clinton will apparently not be getting married on Martha's Vineyard, which should come as a relief to summer residents of the island. The AP, among other media outlets, is reporting that the former first daughter plans to tie the knot with fiance Marc Mezvinsky in the upstate New York village of Rhinebeck on July 31. The couple will wed at a private mansion two hours north of New York City. Mezvinsky is an investment banker in New York and Chelsea is the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Boston-based party planner extraordinaire Bryan Rafanelli is handling the super-exclusive nuptials.
When we heard Lady Gaga was confirmed to attend Thursday's after party at the Ames Hotel, we knew she wouldn't show up. And she didn't. Instead, the star of the post-show gathering was Gaga's potty-mouthed opening act, Semi Precious Weapons, who dropped dozens of F-bombs during their brief set at the Garden and a few more at the party. The Berklee grads swilled drinks and deejayed for their adoring fans. New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, who's worked with Gaga, was at Thursday's gig. Club Cafe threw a party for Lady G tonight, and GM Jim Morgrage created a Gaga cocktail: a Cosmo with vodka, citronage, blue curacao liqueur, cranberry, and Valencia orange wedges.
Mitt and Ann Romney at the unveiling of his official portrait (Jim Davis/Globe)
Just when it looked like maybe Mitt Romney was done with Massachusetts, he's back. The former governor, who sold his Belmont mansion a year ago for $3.5 million, has purchased a new place. According to Banker & Tradesman, the prospective 2012 presidential candidate paid $895,000 for a townhouse in Woodlands at Belmont Hill, an upscale Belmont condo development near McLean Hospital. The 2,116-square-foot home includes two bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, and a "cook's kitchen." The development is surrounded by 100 acres of conservation land. Last year, Romney and his wife Ann said they were downsizing when they sold their place on Main Street. (They also sold a ski house in Utah for $5.25 million.) The couple still owns a $12 million home in La Jolla, Calif., and a $10 million home on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.
Boston Police were called to the Ritz-Carlton last night after a photographer allegedly got into a scuffle in the parking garage with one of Lady Gaga’s bodyguards.
New York photographer Carl Wu told police that he was punched by one of Gaga’s guards and thrown to the ground when he tried to get a photo of the “Alejandro” singer, who's in Boston for shows tonight and tomorrow at the TD Garden. Ritz security guards who witnessed the alleged skirmish told police that Gaga’s guard did push Wu to the ground, but only after the photographer was asked to leave, became confrontational with the bodyguards, and was escorted out of the parking area. According to the police report, the photographer ran down the garage ramp again, still trying to get photos.
Police would not release the names of the parties involved. Wu contacted the Globe shortly after the incident.
In an interview with the Globe, Wu said he suffered a cut lip and injuries to his hand during the alleged incident. Boston Police at the scene at 11 p.m. Wednesday noted in their report that they did not see any injuries and that Wu declined medical attention. No charges have been filed.
Boston Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said that “in a scenario where it’s essentially a he said-he said, the two parties are advised to seek complaints in court if they feel that is necessary.” Driscoll said that even though there are more high-profile celebrities in Boston than ever, paparazzi-related incidents haven't been an issue.
“Typically, even though there has been an increase with movie companies coming to town, we have always experienced our local photographers to be very respectful,” Driscoll said.
Wu said he was at the Ritz on a tip from someone who knew the pop star would be staying there.
“Usually it doesn't happen like this,” Wu said, of his paparazzo experience. “Usually they'll say go away. You want to be polite. You want to give them space.”
Representatives for Lady Gaga declined to comment on the incident.
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