Since last week’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon, a number of celebrities and other notable stars have come together to lend a hand in their own way to support the city, from both near and far.
Former New Kid on the Block, Joey McIntyre was running in the marathon to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association and in honor of his mother who suffers from the disease. He finished the race mere minutes before the bombs went off. he’s since tweeted messages of love and support, along with Cambridge native Minday Kaling.
As a touching sign of solidarity, New York showed their love for Boston by singing Neil Diamond’s hit song, “Sweet Caroline” at Yankee Stadium. On Saturday, Diamond surprised the Red Sox fandom at Fenway, just hours after a citywide lockdown, by showing up to lead Red Sox fans in the song traditional sung a the top of the eighth inning. Diamond apparently flew to Boston before he even arranged the performance, and also told Rolling Stone, “I’m writing now and obviously affected by this situation in Boston, so I’m writing about it just to express myself.”
Victims of the bombings that are still recovering in local hospitals were surprise when actor Bradley Cooper stopped by the Boston Medical Center on Friday. Cooper is currently in town filming David O. Russell’s upcoming movie American Hustle.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman made sure to visit Jeffrey Bauman during his visit. Bauman, lost both of his legs in the bombing, but awoke from surgery and was able to provide the the FBI with important information for their investigation. Other NFL stars, Danny Amendola and Jermichael Finley (of the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers, respectively) have both pledged to give portions of their 2013 season salaries to the One Fund. Amendola will be donating $100 per catch and $200 per drop, while Finley promised $500 for both every dropped pass and touchdown to the relief efforts. “Now fans can cheer & boo me @ the same time!” Finley said on his Twitter page.
Late-night E! talk show host Chelsea Handler pledged her support to bombing victims in the form of a $25,000 donation to gofundme.com, an online recovery fund for Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, a mother and daughter from Lowell, Massachusetts, who were both severely injured at the marathon bombings.
Newton, Massachusetts, native Amy Poehler addressed the audience of her Smart Girls YouTube channel Friday by answering a viewer question on violent imagery. “It’s been tough, hasn’t it? Doesn’t it feel like we’re just bombarded with stuff now? That everywhere we go there’s just some picture that’s worse than before. I kinda feel like my eyes need a break.” She ended the video with a very simple message: “I love you Boston.” Poehler is a graduate of Boston College.
Other stars lent their support more simply. On Monday morning, “The View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck wore a red Boston jersey. The conservative member of the talk show panel attended and also graduated from Boston College. Likewise, Olympic gold medalist gymnast Aly Raisman was seen wearing Boston t-shirts in her aired rehearsals for “Dancing With the Stars.” The 18 year old lives in Needham, saying “It was really difficult,” of performing live on TV shortly after learning of the bombings. “I just want to say that I love everyone back home from Boston. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers.”
At the end of the day, someone goes to Disneyland and the other goes home. Unfortunately, New England came home, again. So as our post Superbowl buzz lingers, let’s talk Supermodel and everything in-between.
Following the bowl, Mrs. Brady reacted like most New England fans after the game. Upset, disappointed and in disbelief. While Gisele waited for an elevator to go console her husband, she was heckled by a fan. And let’s just say, Mrs. Brady had her husband’s back. It went something like this, ‘Eli owns your husband!’. ‘My husband can’t throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time’, Mrs. Brady went on to say, ‘I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times’. We can’t agree with you more.
The Patriots just ran out of that pre-Superbowl luck. New England was beaten by the better team, the NY Giants. Like all defeats, time will heal. We’re a city of epic champions.
Let’s rewind to halftime. Madonna bringing back the running man?! I’m in. You either loved or hated it, mixed reviews conclude. I thought Madonna was looking fresh faced, classy and it impressed me. Besides the wardrobe finger malfunction the show ran seeming less. Go Madonna.
Coin toss time. Who else was there? Were you? Who didn’t spot Marshfield native Steven Tyler who looked cozy in his NE fan box. New Hampshire comedian, Adam Sandler spotted and New Kids on the Block, Donnie Wahlberg were hanging tough. The oil stadium was certainly fueled with beautiful faces.
Will Ferrell also made a Super Bowl celeb appearance, in a commercial that is! Ferrell like countless celebs can add a superbowl square to their resume. Unless you live in Nebraska, most likely you didn’t see this commercial. While the majority of New England fans sipped on BL’s, Ferrell cracked an Old Milwaukee beer. He sold it kind of like the Dos Equis man does.
More commercials? Yes please. Polar bears were buzzed on Coke, M & M’s got chocolatey, John Stamos speechless eating Dannon yogurt, Go Daddy finally making sense, while “The Dog Diet Volks” had me laughing out loud. And M & M’s feature the “birthday suit” edition. Awesome.
We’ll end it with this, New England. ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your going to get’. We definitely didn’t want Sunday night, but that’s life. The better team won. Congrats to the New York Giants. Rivalry, to be continued.
It’s no secret that Bostonians are crazy about their sports. With the tremendous amount of attention our baseball, basketball, football, and hockey teams have garnered in the the past decade, its no wonder that our top athletes quickly become on par with major celebrities when it comes to name recognition, creating headlines, and developing a fan base. In an age where the average person can become a known around the country through the plethora of reality shows we’re bombarded with, the crossover potential for a talented athlete to have success in movies or TV is a formula that many seem to be enjoying lately.
Celtics star shooting guard Ray Allen began his college career at the University of Connecticut, departing after his junior year to pursue a career in the NBA. Before joining the Celtics in 2007, the All-star starred in a number of films, including Spike Lee’s He Got Game, and Harvard Man.
During his brief stint as a Celtic, Shaquille O’Neal continued to host his popular TV series, “Shaq vs.” The larger than life athlete with the personality to match has been prolific in terms of his TV and movie appearances throughout his career, and just recently wrapped a film entitled Jack and Jill, costarring Katie Holmes and Adam Sandler.
John Cena, who was born in West Newbury, MA, got his start as a professional wrestler, began venturing into new territory with a part in the drama by WWE Films called Brother’s Keeper in 2009. He’s gone on to have roles in a variety of movie and TV projects, including The Reunion, which is due out this year.
Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady, though admittedly possessing the good looks required of most television and film actors, has thus far stayed away from any major roles in either of those arenas, save for a cameo in Stuck on You, costarring Massachusetts native Matt Damon in 2003, and a very successful hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” in 2005.
Recent addition to the Patriots, Chad Ochocinco, has had his own experiences in the television spotlight, with appearances on shows like “Cubed,” “The Mo ‘Nique Show,” “X-Play,” “The League,” and “Dancing with the Stars.”
★ Celebrity connections, HEC exclusive: Spotted at the Boston Harbor Hotel on the morning of March 15; Venus Williams and Apollo Anton Ohno, in town for a charity event. Spotted at the TD Banknorth Boston Garden, Matt Damon taking in the Lady Gaga concert.
★ Yale paper gets told off by James Franco after publishing an article about his poor performance as host of the Oscars.
★ Matt Damon criticizes President Obama, while his buddy, Ben Affleck is busy, first teaming up with Cindy McCain, before appearing at the House Foreign Affairs committee hearing.
★ Berklee alum and successful movie score composer of films like The Polar Express and Forrest Gump returns to Boston to conduct Back to the Future concert.
★ Boston set “Fringe” moves to Friday nights–not a good sign.
★ 2010’s “Best and Worst Movie Posters” feature movies made in Massachusetts, as well as New England stars and story lines.
★ The formely red-hot Mass. movie industry may be showing significant signs of decline but Mass. economic secretary plans a pow pow with LA studios, NBC-Universal, Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, FOX, Paramount, and others to pick up the pace.
★ Newton’s Matt LeBlanc talks to Boston Magazine about his new TV show, and putting in a kitchen in Brighton.
Tuesday evening at the all new Regina Pizza in Allston, Dirty Water TV will be taping an entire episode of its Boston-based pop culture TV show. Stop by an enjoy a slice at the grand opening, and get your chance to be on this NESN TV favorite, hosted by an eclectic cast of Bostonians, who by birth or by nature have come to know and love Boston, and love to show everyone why it’s a great place to be through their TV show.
Dirty Water TV is in the midst of unveiling its own new look–including a new website. The show is hosted by a number of local talents including New England Patriots Tight End Christian Fauria, former WBZ-TV4 Sports Master Bob Lobel, and Kiss 108‘s “Matty in the Morning Show” talent Lisa Donovan.
The taping will be starting around 7PM and last around 11PM. Guests who have dinner or drinks at the restaurant during that time will be able to take part in T-shirt and other prize giveaways. Regina Pizza is located at 353 Cambridge Street in Allston, and can be reached at 617-783-2300. Free parking is available for all patrons in the front of the establishment.
★ Actress Jill Clayburgh died at age 66 at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut.
★ The show “The Whole Truth” staring Mass. native Maura Tierney has been axed by ABC.
★ Brookline’s Conan O’Brien prepares for his return to TV, and opens up about the shake-up with fellow Mass. native, Jay Leno.
★ Massachusetts and Connecticut could be possible contenders for landing a new TV show on HBO.
★ Ben Affleck aging over the years; a timeline.
★ New England Patriots star Tom Brady gets a raise, but is it enough to compete with his supermodel wife?
★ Cast of the Bay State film, Fury Vengeance talk about real life animal encounters at the premiere (above).
★ Two-time Tony Award winning actress Frances Sternhagen, also known as Cliff’s mom on Cheers and Bunny MacDougal on Sex and the City, performs at the Salem Theatre Company.
★ Katie Holmes to star as Jackie Kennedy in HBO miniseries.
★ Scott Brown’s daughter, and former “American Idol” contestant, Ayla, gets job on CBS’s “The Early Show”.
★ “Project Runway” contestant, designer Kara Janx, to appear at the May 12th and 13th Stylefixx event in Boston, previewing her spring 2010 line.
★ The New England Patriot Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen drop $20 million to build the their ideal home in Brentwood, California.
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