Saturday, January 30, 2010

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

"There were some hardcore fans who said that he's a gift from God and one fan even said that she 'rides the crazy train everyday.' Some fans were in tears or shaking from excitement."

--Loaded Gun Boston photographer Ryan Miner says Ozzy Osbourne, signing his book "I Am Ozzy" at the Barnes & Noble in Kenmore Square on Thursday, Jan. 28, still has bite among his legions of diehard, Boston-area fans.

"Ah, yes. I should have had a scene there shouldn’t I? Dunkin’ Donuts. Well of course they were invented in Boston. Absolutely in fact, you can’t go into any street in Boston with finding Dunkin’ Donuts. No, it’s a very good point. Well, I just slipped up. I fucked up."

--Martin Campbell, director of the made-in-Boston flick "Edge of Darkness" with Mel Gibson, jokes about his lack of a Dunkin' Donuts product placement in the locally shot film.

"His writings have changed the consciousness of a generation, and helped open new paths to understanding and its crucial meaning for our lives."

--Noam Chomsky, a left-wing activist and MIT professor, eulogizes BU professor Howard Zinn whose "People's History of the United States" was inspiration for a memorable scene in the Matt Damon and Ben Affleck flick "Good Will Hunting."

"It sounds really cliche, but I worked with the most wonderful crew out here. A lot of Bostonians took really great care of us. I also lived right by Boston Common, so I really enjoyed taking my dog there. I especially loved that I never got a ticket for letting my dog run off the leash.”

--Anne Hathaway, snagging the Hasty Pudding Theatricals' 2010 Woman of the Year award on Thursday, Jan. 28 in Harvard Square, says she had a blast filming "Bride Wars" in Boston.
--Ozzy Osbourne photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Anne Hathaway snags Harvard Hasty Pudding pot

Actress Anne Hathaway, known for her work in movies ranging from the made-in-Boston film "Bride Wars" to "Rachel Getting Married," today made the trek down a snowy Mass. Ave. to the university's renovated New College Theatre to accept the Hasty Pudding Theatricals' 2010 Woman of the Year award.

Tucked between two Harvard men (Hasty prez Clifford Murray and VP Derek Mueller) dressed in drag, Hathaway donned a bright red jacket and waved to the crew of onlookers gathered to catch a glimpse of the Oscar-nominated beauty as she was escorted through Harvard Square.

During the roast, Hathaway said she loved filming "Bride Wars" in Boston adding that she was able to walk her dog in the Common without getting a ticket. The actress also joked that she will use her Pudding Pot for some after-roast cocktails.

Justin Timberlake, who co-stars in the upcoming partially made-in-Boston flick based on local author Ben Mezrich's tell-all book about the founding of Facebook, has been tapped to receive the "Man of the Year" award on Friday, Feb. 5.

Both Timberlake and Hathaway have ties to all of the locally shot film action. In the upcoming movie "The Social Network," Timberlake plays Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became the founding president of Facebook.

Unlike Hathaway who shot a majority of her locally-shot flick "Bride Wars" in town, Timberlake filmed his scenes in California and never made the trek to Boston when director David Fincher shot scenes here in October.

Renee Zellweger and James Franco were honored last year. Christopher Walken and Charlize Theron were tapped as the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man and Woman of the Year in 2008.

Hathaway's stint after Harvard? She's been tapped to unveil the 82nd Academy Awards® nominees on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Click here for the lowdown.
--Photos for Loaded Gun Boston by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Justin Timberlake heads to Harvard on Feb. 5

Justin Timberlake, who co-stars in the upcoming partially made-in-Boston flick based on local author Ben Mezrich's tell-all book about the founding of Facebook in a Harvard dorm, has been tapped as the 2010 Man of the Year by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

Slotted to receive the award on Friday, Feb. 5, the former *NSYNC performer joins actress Anne Hathaway as this year's Harvard honoree. Both Timberlake and Hathaway have ties to all of the made-in-Boston film action. In the upcoming movie "The Social Network," Timberlake plays Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became the founding president of Facebook.

Unlike Hathaway who shot a majority of her locally-shot flick "Bride Wars" in Boston, Timberlake filmed his scenes in California and never made the trek to Boston when director David Fincher filmed scenes here in October.

"The Social Network" follows founder Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, getting dumped at a Boston-area bar (shot at the Thirsty Scholar Pub in Somerville) and ends with him adding his former girlfriend to his friend list on his multibillion-dollar social networking site. The story is based on Mezrich's latest book, "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook. A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal."

The flick shot in Boston beginning Monday, Oct. 19 and moved in November to Los Angeles, where it's scheduled to wrap in February.

While in Boston, crews transformed the upscale South End gift shop Posh, located 557 Tremont Street, into a Harvard-esque bookstore called the "Crimson Emporium." The storefront boasts "clothing & collectibles."

They also set up shop at Wheelock College, located at 200 Riverway, as a stand-in for a certain Ivy League hot spot in Cambridge. Crews spent the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 19 covering the college stand-in with fake snow.

Hathaway will receive her Pudding Pot on Thursday, Jan. 28--an honor given by Harvard's undergraduate drama troupe--preceded by a parade kicking off at 2:30 p.m. in Cambridge's Harvard Square where the star will be escorted in a convertible followed by several Harvard men dressed in drag. The Hasty Pudding ceremony will take place at the university's renovated New College Theatre, 10-12 Holyoke St.

Renee Zellweger and James Franco were honored last year. Christopher Walken and Charlize Theron were tapped as the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man and Woman of the Year in 2008.

Click here for photos of Timberlake snagging his pudding pot.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

“I need to look successful. I can’t just look like another a–hole with a résumé.”

--Ben Affleck, starring as Bobby Walker in the made-in-Boston downsizing drama "The Company Men," muses to his on-screen wife played by Rosemarie DeWitt after getting the ax from his high-paying job. The flick, slotted to premiere in Boston at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 28, is already earning rave reviews at Sundance.

"You steal the time. You steal a date, you steal a kiss, you steal a whisper. You sit next to each other on the couch with computers on your laps. After the kids are asleep you . . . well, you know. Whatever it is."

--Jennifer Garner, star of several made-in-Boston flicks including "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" and "The Invention of Lying," gives Parade magazine the lowdown on how she keeps the romance alive with Cambridge homeboy Ben Affleck.

"Putting 20 years of work into 90 minutes is a hard task that can never be put on screen."

--Lori Gorski, spokesperson for the Cambridge-based Genzyme, says the real behind-the-scenes story of trying to find a cure for Pompe disease which served as inspiration for the flick "Extraordinary Measures" starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford was more dramatic than any "based on a true story" movie.

“You better give me a part in your [expletive] movie."

--Erica McDermott, a 36-year-old actress and mom based in Scituate, impressed casting scouts and earned a role in the Mark Wahlberg flick "The Fighter" after spewing a few well-chosen words.

Friday, January 22, 2010

MTV's 'Jersey Shore' is heading to Boston area

Time to whip out the fake tan and hair gel. Two castmates from MTV's oh-so-popular reality TV show "Jersey Shore" are fist pumping their way to the Boston area.

On Friday, Jan. 22 at 10 p.m., the guilty pleasure's self-proclaimed "guidette" Snooki, also known as Nicole Polizzi, is slotted to hit the Foxwood's super-swank club Shrine at MGM Grand in Mashantucket, CT.

Admission is $10 and ladies get in free before 10 p.m. Click here for the details.

On Thursday, Jan. 28 from 7-9 p.m., the folks over at McFadden's Boston, located 148 State Street in the Financial District, will roll out the red carpet for Pauly "Pauly D" Delvecchio.

Admission is $20 and includes a complimentary Italian buffet, guaranteed entrance before 8 p.m. and a chance to win the McFadden's Wave Runner which will be given out by Pauly D. Click here for tickets.

In other "Jersey Shore" news, a writer over at Slate echoes ESPN's Bill Simmons suggestion to orchestrate a spin-off of the MTV show set on the North Shore of Boston.

Yep, instead of Italian-American "guidos" and "guidettes," the hypothetical "North Shore" house would sport a crew of "massholes" who "possesses a nearly carnal love for the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins; operates motor vehicles in an aggressive fashion; drinks Sam Adams; and overuses the adjective 'wicked.'"

Can't get enough of the MTV show? Click here for the wicked hilarious "Jersey Shore" nickname generator. For the record, our Jersey-inspired moniker is "Danny Tan-ner." Can I have a fist pump, please?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Robert Altman celebration hits Brattle Theatre

A handful of director Robert Altman regulars including Elliot Gould, Sally Kellerman and Michael Murphy are slotted to celebrate the late filmmaker's work this weekend with the first event hitting Boston University's Tsai Performance Center at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.

Sponsored by BU's College of Communications, the bash includes a screening of the Altman classic "M*A*S*H" coupled with a panel discussion with Gould, Kellerman, Murphy and a crew of experts including Altman's wife Kathryn, film critic Ty Burr, professor Paul Schneider and Altman biographer Mitchell Zuckoff.

Admission to the event listed here is $10 and free for students.

On Saturday, Jan. 23, the Altman pack heads to the Brattle Theatre located at 40 Brattle Street in Cambridge's Harvard Square.

Kellerman and Murphy will appear at the 4 p.m. screening of "Brewster McCloud" followed by a Q&A with Gould at "The Long Goodbye" event at 7 p.m.

The Brattle also plans to screen the hard-to-find flick "Come Back To The Five & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" starring Cher and Altman regular Karen Black at 1:30 p.m.

An all-day pass to "Celebrating Robert Altman" is $30 to the general public and $25 for Brattle members.

Click here for the lowdown.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

'The Company Men' movie trailer showcases Boston

The official trailer for the made-in-Boston downsizing drama "The Company Men," starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper and Rosemarie DeWitt, yesterday surfaced online.

The clip, a montage of footage showcasing various Boston locales, is a nicely shot sneak peek of what moviegoers will see when the film premieres at Boston's Sundance Film Festival screening slotted for Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010.

There's no dialogue. So, it's hard to tell if the indie flick has punch. But, the cast alone is enough to generate some pre-Sundance buzz.

In the film, Affleck plays a corporate bigwig whose six-figure salary is suddenly cut after he gets a pink slip. The trailer begins and ends with the Cambridge homeboy standing in front of the he Fiduciary Trust Building located at 175 Federal St. near High Street in the Financial District.

Other locations showcased in the clip include the Hodgdon House located at 174 Highland Street in the Fort Hill section of Roxbury, Gannon Municipal Golf Course in Lynn, interior shots at a three-story brownstone located at 5 Union Park and one at 78 Waltham St. as well as Fish and Richardson in South Boston, a private residence in Wellesley and an impromptu football scene with Affleck in the Boston Common.

At the Sundance screening on Thursday, Jan. 28, Wells will unveil the made-in-Boston drama about three company men attempting to survive a round of corporate downsizing while trying to fend off its effects on their families and their identities.

Click here for the latest on "The Company Men." Also, click here for photos from the Hodgdon House set in Roxbury.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

'Bride Wars' star Anne Hathaway heads to Harvard

Here comes the bride?

Anne Hathaway, known for her work in movies ranging from "The Devil Wears Prada" to "Rachel Getting Married," has been tapped as the Hasty Pudding Theatricals' 2010 Woman of the Year.

Nope, her stint in the less-than-stellar, made-in-Boston flick "Bride Wars" didn't dissuade Pudding officials from honoring the Oscar-nominated beauty.

"What impressed us the most has definitely been her range and the ability with which she can play such diverse characters," press manager David J. Smolinsky tells the Harvard Crimson.

Hathaway will receive her Pudding Pot on Thursday, Jan. 28--an honor given by Harvard's undergraduate drama troupe--preceded by a parade kicking off at 2:30 p.m. in Cambridge's Harvard Square where the star will be escorted in a convertible followed by several Harvard men dressed in drag. The Hasty Pudding ceremony will take place at the university's renovated New College Theatre, 10-12 Holyoke St.

Harvard's Man of the Year award will be announced in the coming weeks, with a celebration slotted for early February.

Renee Zellweger and James Franco were honored last year. Christopher Walken and Charlize Theron were tapped as the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man and Woman of the Year in 2008.

Click here for the lowdown.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

“Every scene that I had was a heavy scene. I mean, the scenes were - I hate to sound dramatic, but they were cataclysmic. I’m screaming, I’m crying, I’m fighting, I’m on drugs, I’m in the hospital. They were all very, very rough. Rough to perform, rough to watch or to experience. But they were rewarding, because you feel like, wow, I can do that. I did that.”

--Blake Lively, known as Serena van der Woodsen from "Gossip Girl," tells Esquire magazine that her role as Ben Affleck's troubled ex-girlfriend in the blue-collar heist flick "The Town" was a challenge.

"The whole movie kind of hinges in a lot of ways on her performance, and I knew it was going to be the hardest part to cast. This girl came in, and no one had said to me beforehand, 'Hey, look for this person.' And obviously she was really attractive, and so I thought, 'Oh, here comes some blonde girl.' She came in, did one reading, and just crushed it."

--Ben Affleck, director and star of the made-in-Boston movie "The Town," echoes the Lively's enthusiasm regarding her performance in the locally shot flick.

“I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction.”

--Brookline native Conan O'Brien slams NBC execs after refusing to take an after-midnight time slot as host of "The Tonight Show" to accommodate Jay Leno's move back to late night.

"Nobody is without sin. You have to try to make amends if you can. You have to shut up and move on and not whine about it. And you have to deal with it like a man. … You've just got to accept your own culpability."

--Mel Gibson, star of the made-in-Boston thriller "Edge of Darkness" slotted for theaters on Friday, Jan. 29, sympathizes with Tiger Woods and the scandal surrounding his alleged affairs.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

INTERVIEW: Tom Everett Scott on TNT's 'Southland'

Tom Everett Scott, an East Bridgewater native currently in Boston to promote the upcoming season of his TNT crime drama "Southland," says he jumped at the chance to revisit his hometown roots.

"It's just like home. I never got to know the city of Boston as well of some of friends who went to school here," he says, sitting on a couch in the posh Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons. "But growing up in Bridgewater, I would come into the city a lot to visit my dad who was a civil engineer."

Scott continues, "I love Boston. I really do. I can't believe they put me up in the Four Seasons overlooking the Boston Common. There's snow on the ground. It's just beautiful."

On Thursday, Jan. 7, Scott's mother (who recently relocated to Holden) and sister joined the 39-year-old native at an exclusive screening of the first episode of the new season of "Southland" at Ned Devine's Parris Room.

"I don't often get to do this sort of thing," he says, adding that it's been years since he made the trek home to film the flick "The Love Letter" in Rockport. "While I was making that movie, I became friends with the couple who owned the condo I stayed at in Rockport, which was right on the water in front of this beautiful rock jetty. The last time I was in town was eight years ago where we ate some great food and was able to take in a game at Fenway."

For the record, his wife's brother was a chef at Audobon Circle, a place he says was his favorite Boston hot spot.

Scott, known for his break-out role in "That Thing You Do!" as well as parts in "Boiler Room" and "Saved," made the return trip home from Los Angeles to celebrate the acclaimed cop show's move from NBC to TNT. The revamped series is slotted to begin airing the first 13 episodes with an extended version of the explosive pilot scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12.

The "Southland" run on TNT includes six brand-new episodes, which are set to hit the small screen on Tuesday, March 2. "Southland" is a raw, authentic look at police work in Los Angeles that takes viewers inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families.

In the series, Scott co-stars as Det. Russell Clarke, a complex man struggling with an unhappy marriage and a difficult living situation. At the end of the season finale, his character is gunned down on the front porch of neighbor during a climactic Fourth of July sequence.

"He was shot in the stomach and is having a hard time walking because of a spinal injury," he tells Loaded Gun Boston. "As an actor, it was cool that he was shot. It's a challenge playing this guy who was having trouble with his marriage and wasn't doing well connecting with people in his personal life."

Scott says he's enjoying Clarke's character arc. "He needs this job. It's his way to connect to the world," he explains. "And now that he's been injured it's going to be hard for him to come back. It''s great writing and as an actor, this is the sort of thing I really like to play."

Besides its obvious ties to homeboy Scott, "Southland" is helmed by Emmy-winning producer John Wells. For those in the know, Wells wrapped filming the made-in-Boston downsizing drama "The Company Men," starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones and Rosemarie DeWitt, during the summer.

Scott, who originally met Wells during his stint as Eric Wyczenski on "ER," says he chatted with the filmmaker during "The Company Men" shoot.

"The cast of that film is amazing," he says of the locally shot downsizing drama. "I remember being jealous that he was in Boston and had a chance to see the Red Sox during the summer."

When asked about all the made-in-Boston film action, Scott says he would welcome the opportunity to snag a role in a locally shot flick.

"There's always a chance and I would jump at the chance to work here. Maybe someday they'll film 'The Love Letter 2,'" he adds with a laugh. "You never know."--Photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Gordon Ramsay's 'MasterChef' casting in Newton

Gordon Ramsay, the tough-as-nails chef who takes the concept of tough love to the extreme on "Hell's Kitchen," has his knife drawn for some Boston fresh meat for his new FOX reality show called "MasterChef."

Casting directors are holding a regional casting call for amateur chefs from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10 at Create A Cook, 53 Winchester St. in Newton Highlands.

Expect a kinder, gentler Ramsay in this competition show geared for non-professional foodies.

In fact, the promo says that "MasterChef" is a show "that celebrates great people who make great food. The show will give contestants the opportunity to put their skills to the test while being encouraged, mentored and evaluated by the industry's best."

Encouraged and mentored? Nope, definitely not the Ramsay we love to hate on "Hell's Kitchen."

Producers are looking for amateur chefs who are passionate about cooking and are hungry to prove their talents. Those interested in auditioning should have no experience in professional kitchens and are at least 18-years-old.

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The week in quotes from Hollywood in the Hub

"There were fewer of them, and they hide behind things, so my kids aren’t aware of them, which makes all the difference in the world. (In L.A.) if I try to go to the supermarket, the police come (to escort her).”

--Jennifer Garner, who spent the summer in Cambridge while hubby Ben Affleck filmed two made-in-Boston flicks, says her family has considered moving to Boston to avoid the onslaught of paparazzi in Hollywood.

'It’s been a good year…what can I say? And it’s an honor to be asked to attend Sundance and be part of the entire team, maybe it’s not location, location, location…maybe talent finds a way to poke its head out considering our team is some of the most talented people in the world and they don’t all have salons on Rodeo Drive, 5th Ave or yes…even Newbury Street."

--Naz Kupelian, a Lexington-based salon owner, muses over the news that he's been tapped to style celebs at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

“We got him back. He always said he wanted to do it after, you know, taking care of his family.”

--Film producer Bobby Farrelly insists that the on-and-off again Sean Penn is on again as Larry in the soon-to-be-shot film adaptation of the "Three Stooges."

“I hope that they don’t make it seem like I was doing things that maybe I wasn’t doing that could potentially upset the community. I anticipate it’s going to cause me, probably, a tremendous amount of anxiety.”

--Kim Daly, the former medical director from Gloucester High, says she's not looking forward to the upcoming Lifetime Television movie called "The Pregnancy Pact," airing on Saturday, Jan. 23. The small-screen flick delves into the drama surrounding a 2008 controversy surrounding a group of 17 North Shore teens allegedly planning to become teen mothers.
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