Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday gift guide for made-in-Boston movie fans

On the prowl for a perfect present for that hard-to-please movie buff with a lot of hometown pride? You're in luck.

With more than a dozen big-budget flicks shot in Massachusetts in 2009 ranging from Adam Sandler's ultimate buddy movie "Grown Ups" to Tom Cruise's spy flick "Knight & Day," inspiration is literally around the corner.

Here are a few holiday gift ideas--roused by films recently shot in town and others already released in theaters--pulled from the influx of made-in-Boston movie action:

Rob Schneider @ Wilbur Theatre
Missed Adam Sandler and his crew of former SNL cohorts filming "Grown Ups" throughout Massachusetts? Didn't satiate your in-person "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" cravings at Water Wizz of Cape Cod, the Boston YMCA on Huntington Avenue as well as the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Southborough? No worries. Snag tickets (435-$42) to see "Grown Ups" co-star Rob Schneider at the Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St. at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 here.

Lehane-inspired T-shirts
So, your movie fan is a Dennis Lehane junkie? The homegrown author of a series of made-into-movie novels like "Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone," and the latest "Shutter Island," has teamed up with PROTECT, a political lobby group for child protection based in Knoxville, Tenn. for a series of T-shirts inspired by his novels. For a mere $24.95, snag an Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane T-shirt straight from the pages of "Shutter Island." Because at Ashecliffe, you definitely want to make sure you're on the right team. The shop also boasts a Hurley's Drive-In shirt from "Mystic River" and a Kenzie & Gennaro Investigations Novel-Tee from his series featuring Patrick and Angie including "Gone Baby Gone."

'The Company Men' premiere
Downsizing drama for Christmas? Try early 2010. The Sundance Film Festival USA plans to unveil the made-in-Boston drama "The Company Men," starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones and Rosemarie DeWitt, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. Tickets will be available online here and at the theater's box office beginning Monday, Jan. 4 for Coolidge members and Wednesday, Jan. 6 for the general public.

Kelly's Roast Beef T-shirt
Speaking of "The Company Men," crews with the downsizing drama filmed scenes with Harvard Alum Tommy Lee Jones at the private Marblehead residence of Brian and Nancy McCarthy of Kelly's Roast Beef fame last May. As part of the agreement to use the stunning Crowninshield Road home, Ben Affleck agreed to sport a Kelly's Roast Beef T-shirt, like the one seen here for $15.95, in the indie film slotted for theaters in 2010.

'Boston Noir'
The short-story anthology "Boston Noir" hit shelves last month and the Brooklyn-based publisher offered a limited-edition hardcover version of the book, autographed by editor Lehane himself. While the "Boston Noir" series is also available in paperback, 100 copies of the hardcover were printed armed with a specially designed black-and-silver cover. This collector's edition costing $100 is available here.

'Big Screen Boston'
Also, film critic Paul Sherman penned a stellar homage to former made-in-Boston films called, "Big Screen Boston: From Mystery Street to The Departed and Beyond," available for $12 here.

Director's Clapper Clock
If anyone watched the film action going down on the streets of Boston, it's obvious that most Hollywood types have issues with being on time. For a mere $89.99, buy a Director's Clapper Clock here, which includes an alarm as well as the exact date and time. It's perfect for the die-hard cinemaphile with a penchant for tardiness.

Click here for additional holiday gift ideas from Loaded Gun Boston.
--Rob Schneider photo by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

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