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Keeping up with Tom and Gisele

By Mark Shanahan & Paysha Rhone
Globe Staff / November 19, 2008
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TMZ.com posted a short video yesterday of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen leaving the supermodel's New York City apartment. While the Pats QB isn't using crutches, he does walk with a discernible limp, and steps very gingerly into the back of a waiting SUV. Apparently, reports that No. 12 hasn't recovered full range of motion in his left knee are true. You can't see Bundchen too well on TMZ, but she shows up great in the new video for the Blackcowboy song "Come On." Directed by "Entourage" actor Kevin Connolly, the vid is available now on YouTube.

Showing off their style
Best-selling author Ben Mezrich's better half is embarking with a few friends on a new TV show. We're told Tonya Chen Mezrich is teaming with former Boston Common staffers Terri Stanley and Anna Cheshire Levitan on a 30-minute show titled "STYLE Boston." No one's willing to talk about it yet, but word is the weekly show will focus on Boston's hottest trends, hippest people, and most happening parties - a high-end version, in other words, of Billy Fairweather's lively "Dirty Water TV" show.

Some private time
Is no place sacred? Not for actor and "Entourage" producer Mark Wahlberg, who is upset about people pestering him at church. "I go to church and people ask me if they can be on 'Entourage,' what's gonna happen. I go to church to worship, I don't go to church to talk about it," Wahlberg told Starpulse.com. "The stuff that I did with my entourage back in the day is stuff that I'm not proud of and I'm asking forgiveness for; I don't want things brought up in church, but if you go to church in Beverly Hills, those kind of things happen."

Obama tributes
Brace yourselves for the inevitable end-of-year tributes to Barack Obama. Seems likely the president-elect will be Time's Person of the Year, and GQ has already announced that the former Illinois senator is one of four winners of the mag's Man of the Year. (Swimmer Michael Phelps, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and "Mad Men" actor Jon Hamm are the others.) So what? The GQ tribute to Obama is written by Senator Ted Kennedy.

NYC bridge renamed
New York City's Triborough Bridge will get a new name today: the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. Known for bridging Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx, the bridge will now be named for the New York senator known for bridging the divides between people of different races and cultures. A slew of family members are expected at the dedication, including: Ted Kennedy, Ethel Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Maria Shriver, and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. Also on the guest list: Bill and Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Michael Bloomberg, and Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps bigwigs Phil Johnston and Edward P. Kelley.

A personal connection
"Blood Diamond" director and Harvard alum Ed Zwick was in town yesterday to chat up his new film, "Defiance," about the resistance three Jewish brothers built against the Nazis in the Belarusian forest. The film, starring Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Jamie Bell, opens Jan. 16 and has deep meaning for Zwick, who lost family members in the Holocaust. "It is really personal," he admitted. "My relationship [with it] as a writer, the relationship of relatives, and the love of history. It covers a lot of ground in my life." And he's a big fan of Craig, a.k.a. James Bond, who plays the very physical role of Tuvia, the reluctant leader of the rebel community. "He's a working-class British actor who happened to become a movie star at age 40." Which apparently is a great time to become a star. "I think there is a difference" between actors who hit the big time later and those who've been stars their whole lives, Zwick said. "They've struggled . . . there's extraordinary gratitude."

'Masterpiece' host
Actress Laura Linney will be the new host of "Masterpiece Classic," WGBH announced yesterday. She begins her duties with a new adaptation of "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" in January. Most recently, Linney won an Emmy for her role as Abigail Adams in HBO's "John Adams." "Laura Linney is a classic, all by herself," said "Masterpiece" executive producer Rebecca Eaton.

Scene and heard
Uber producer Daniel Lanois dined at Via Matta with Peter Wolf, owner Michael Schlow, and BostonCoach CEO Larry Moulter. Lanois was leaving for London to finish work on the new U2 disc. . . . Designer Jennifer George was in town for a trunk show at Portobello Road, the chic Chestnut Hill boutique owned by Kristina Hare Lyons and Marina Kalb. George, whose clients include Madonna, Halle Berry, and Mariah Carey, is famous for her distinctive necklaces, bracelets, and belts. . . . Actor Dan Aykroyd grabbed a late-night bite at Sonsie over the weekend. Pats rookie defensive back Terrence Wheatley also hit the hot spot for dinner with the family.

Hub goes Hollywood
Word is Walter Hill has started filming Spike TV's two-hour pilot about the Irish mob. The director began shooting Chris Bertolini's script this week, and the cast includes Matthew Marsden and Kevin Chapman. Called "War of '04," the pilot's about the explosive battle that ensues after a Boston mob boss abruptly vacates his position and rival factions face off. . . . Meanwhile, producers of the TNT pilot "Bunker Hill" have added Brian Dennehy to a cast that already includes Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan. The cop drama is due to begin shooting next month in Charlestown. . . . By the way, the New Kid's 10-year-old nephew Oscar Wahlberg - son of Donnie's brother Bob Wahlberg - has a star turn in the Southie drama "What Doesn't Kill You."

Fuzzy feelings
Actors Esther Stilwell, who plays Lady of the Lake in "Spamalot," and Matthew Greer, who's Sir Lancelot in the show, soothed their conscience at the Animal Rescue League of Boston's South End shelter yesterday by cuddling an adoptable rabbit. "Spamalot," which is at Colonial Theatre through Sunday, features a killer rabbit.

Skating out the door
Coolidge Corner Theatre executive director Joe Zina, who's leaving after 10 years, was given a fond farewell at an event hosted by author Susan Orlean. At one point, Zina appeared on stage in roller skates, parodying a scene from the Barbra Streisand film "Funny Girl."

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