Jimmy Fallon's Red Sox Marketing Tie-In

Jimmy Fallon | Donatella VersaceNelly

Red Sox Win Already Has Movie Tie-In

Yes, that was former "Saturday Night Live" actor Jimmy Fallon at the Red Sox-Cardinals game last night.

And yes, that was Fallon caught live on Fox extravagantly kissing a blonde who looked a lot like Drew Barrymore on the field right after the Red Sox won the World Series.

(I loved the headline on Boston.com last night right after the game: "Pigs can fly, hell is frozen, the slipper finally fits, and Impossible Dreams really can come true."

The reason for their appearance: Jimmy and Drew are filming a new movie called "Fever Pitch" about an obsessed Red Sox fan and the girl he loves.

The upcoming movie is based on a book by British writer Nick Hornby, who also wrote "High Fidelity." It was originally about soccer, but was changed to Red Sox baseball after it was optioned for an American film.

The Farrelly brothers, Peter and Bobby, of "There's Something About Mary" fame, are producing and directing; Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel — who usually work with Ron Howard or Garry Marshall — adapted the screenplay. The distributor, let's hope by coincidence, is 20th Century-Fox.

Of course, this column was the first to report the "Fever Pitch" story earlier this summer.

But what a genius promotional tie-in — and how unbelievably fortuitous that the Red Sox have won the World Series for the first time in 86 years just as this movie is being filmed.

So far, the Farrellys have shot at least two Red Sox games for inclusion in the film. It's likely they've been filming World Series games too, and that Jimmy and Drew's kiss will be included in the final cut.

Just in case you were wondering, Fallon was born in Brooklyn and, I dearly hope, is a Yankee fan. He's probably only being paid to be enamored of the Red Sox.

Donatella Wants a Dose Of Reality

Count fashion-designing sister Donatella Versace as the latest celebrity to get a reality show. Aren't we sick of these things yet?

Donatella, I am told, has signed a deal with Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen Network to do a show in which several contestants vie for the chance to become her intern. We will be subjected to the results sometime next year.

Winning on this show may be an ignominious distinction. Donatella rose to power and fame when her brother, designer Gianni Versace, was murdered in Miami several years ago.

She more recently made headlines after going into rehab. Maya Rudolph does a dead-on imitation of the dead-eyed, blonde hair-flipping designer on "Saturday Night Live."

Versace is not the only celebrity pitching a reality show to networks. I'm told that hip-hop star Usher has also proposed one, and that several other pop stars are desirous of the success Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey had with MTV's "Newlyweds" and Donald Trump had with "The Apprentice."

The question is: How many more of these faux game shows will people really be interested in?

Nelly: Many Meanings for 'Suit' CD

You may or may not know that rapper Nelly has two CDs at the top of the charts. One of them is a rap album called "Sweat" and the other one is a more polished R&B album called "Suit."

"Suit" is more palatable for — let's say — the older generation. But its name may be more of an unintended allusion to legal problems than to suave clothing.

Nelly, you see, does not write "songs" as we know them. He writes "lyrics," i.e. rap lyrics, which means he had to get someone else to write the actual melodies on "Suit."

And that's where the fun comes in. Nearly all of the songs on the album carry an explanation or advisory, no doubt provided by Nelly's legal team.

And forget about sampling — that's old school. Now the song "Pretty Toes" includes an "interpolation" of another song called "Crumblin' Erb."

The single "My Place" — very clearly a reworking of the Teddy Pendergrass hit "Come Go With Me" — not only has a sound-alike in singer Jaheim but has "elements of" Pendergrass’ original, "embodies portions of" two others and samples an old LaBelle record, just to be nostalgic.

By now, Pendergrass should be calling his lawyers, since it's the second time that Jaheim has mimicked him this fall. (The first was on the charity single of Teddy's "Wake Up Everybody.")

That's not all: On "N Dey Say," Nelly largely remakes Spandau Ballet's old hit "True" by sampling the entire track. This would be interesting, but PM Dawn did it back in 1991 with "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss," which means Nelly has remade a sampled song.

And yes, "Suit, which is selling like hotcakes, sounds great. Why not? It also sounds very familiar, because almost all of it comes from someplace else. If only Marvin Gaye or any of the many other legendary R&B composers such as Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Willie Mitchell, Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield or Donny Hathaway had thought of that.

Of course, their music did not include "interpolations" of existing music or "embodied portions of" previous works by other artists. It was — dare I say it — original.