The New York Post reported on October 8, Oscar winners, best friends, and Boston-area-born boys Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will reunite on the big screen for a new film based on, the Yankees, of all things. The film, titled The Trade, follows the true story of two Yankee pitchers from the 1970s who swapped spouses. While the irony of two die-hard Sox fans taking helm of a story that already raises eyebrows could potentially lead to explosive results, Affleck insists via MTV News:
“It’s a pre-Steinbrenner Yankees, so it’s a different club.” but quickly adds “As an institution, disdain. Contempt.”
Though the pair first caught Hollywood’s eye as the Academy Award winning pair who brought us Good Will Hunting, short of a few cameo appearances, the two have not worked together on a film for over nine years. Affleck is currently in the process of rewriting the script with his brother Casey. Both Ben and Matt will be involved either in starring roles or behind the camera. Ben Affleck’s most recent movie, The Town, has proven to also be his most successful turn as a director to date.
Coincidently, Damon turned the big 4-0 the same day the Post broke the news. Damon also recently broke headlines when it was announced that he and his wife of 5 years are expecting their third child together, a daughter. No due date has been released. The Cambridge born star will be back on the big screen later this month when he stars in the film Hereafter. The film is currently in limited release and will open nationwide on October 22nd.
★ NECN’s “TV Diner” co-host, Billy Costa, appears at Cambridgeside Galleria’s 20th Anniversary Cupcake Celebration on October 3.
★ Medford resident, Frank Imbergamo, was featured on ‘Emeril Live!’ for his winning meatball recipe.
★ Casey Affleck nearly goes bankrupt making movie about Joaquin Phoenix.
★ The Social Network becomes third made in Mass. flick (after The Town and Shutter Island) to top U.S. box-office. The film creates questions about Facebook co-founder from Harvard. Turns out, Harvard grad Natalie Portman helped with research on movie.
★ Michael Cunningham (below), author of The Hours, the book which the movie was based on, signs autographs at the Boston Public Library on October 6.
★ A sexual harassment lawsuit is being brought against Casey Affleck (above), brother of Ben.
★ Pics of the “Biggest Loser” casting call at the Boston Seaport Hotel, courtesy of the Boston Globe.
★ Bostonian Vulcan Leonard Nimoy makes his mark as a photographer too.
★ Concord, MA’s Steve Carell’s movies disappoint at the box office.
★ Brookline’s Conan O’Brien sells spacious New York City apartment.
★ ”American Idol” contestant Ayla Brown sings at the Pan Mass Challenge in Massachusetts.
★ Burlington, MA Amy Poehler has her second son with Will Arnett.
★ Star of the movie Shazaam, basketballer Shaquille O’Neal signs with the Celtics.
★ Dorchester’s own Mark Wahlberg gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and appears at the Hingham Shipyard for another Wahlberg brother’s new restaurant opening; check out our story and footage in yesterday’s story below!
While it’s no secret Boston has become the unofficial capital of Hollywood East, with numerous films and TV shows shooting here each year, it’s been hard not to stumble across camera crews and make-shift sets, despite sometimes very well-guarded production details. What has been kept slightly more hush hush has been the hotspots in the Hub that the stars of these projects hit when they’re not on the clock.
Boston’s restaurant scene has caught the Hollywood wave and starting offering more upscale options. Not surprisingly, many of the celeb favorites are centered around the Back Bay/Newbury Street area. Long-time favorite Sonsie has played host to Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Hulk Hogan, Roger Clinton, and Donnie Wahlberg.
For dessert, it seems that everyone in fact does scream for ice cream. The Newbury Street location of Ben & Jerry’s posts pictures on their walls of the famous faces that often stop by their store. Alec Baldwin, John Mayer, Jane Fonda, Ellen Pompeo, and players from the Celtics have all grabbed a cone recently.
In order to keep in shape (and perhaps work off the pounds from all that ice cream) the Sports Club/LA, adjacent to the Ritz Carlton hotel is arguably one of the most upscale gyms in town. That’s why it’s not surprising that The Rock, Justin Timberlake, Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, and Emilio Estevez, Reese Witherspoon, and Britney Spears have all been spotted working out there at one time or another.
To blow off a little steam in a different sense, Felt Nightclub is a big favorite with the glitterati. Stars like Brendan Fraser, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Chris Rock have all made a presence there in the past year or so while they’ve been in town for projects. Other stars like Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, and Ben and Casey Affleck frequent the hip spot whenever their roots call them home again.
Speaking of Mark Wahlberg, he and Will Farrell will be at his restaurant, Alma Nove, in Hingham, MA celebrating the premiere of their new flic, The Other Guys, showing at the Patriot Cinemas in Hangham. The Alma Nove restaurant is owned by three Wahlberg brothers, including chef Paul Wahlberg, and family friend Ed St. Croix.
There’s a plethora of other places HEC has spotted celebs during their off hours. Singer Seal was seen in Boston’s Public Garden last spring while he was in town to sing the national anthem at Fenway Park. Actress Natalie Portman was in Cambridge in February for a friend’s wedding. Brooke Shields was spotted in her off-time from shooting Furry Vengeance at South Boston eateries Flour2 and Sportello. Funnymen Denis Leary and Lenny Clark grabbed lunch at the Four Seasons last spring while Leary was in town for his son’s graduation from Emerson College. Grown Ups costars David Spade and Colin Quinn were seen last summer grabbing a weekend bite at Sel De La Terre on Boylston Street.
With the film festival season already in full swing, New Englanders should be prepared for a spring and summer filled with eclectic movies that they would have an otherwise hard time seeing at their local theaters.
The Boston Underground Film Festival kicked off the slew of film festivals coming to New England and next up are the Boston International Film Festival taking place from April 16 to 25 and the Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFF Boston) happening April 21 to 28.
While these two festivals both overlap and strive to honor independent filmmakers, the Boston International Film Festival focuses on international and lesser known movies while IFF Boston features titles that have become staples on the film festival scene, including Sundance and the Tribeca Film Festival.
Some noted films at the Boston International Film Festival are Harry Brown starring Michael Caine and Land Gold Women, a nationally award winning Indian film about a father and daughter’s heartbreaking relationship.
IFFBoston features a documentary about Massachusetts native and Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt, Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields and The Killer Inside Me, starring well known New England native, Casey Affleck, as a deputy sheriff whose violent tendencies resurface. Be sure to also look out for their closing film, Saturday Night, a documentary by James Franco featuring a behind the scenes look at Saturday Night Live.
Passes and individual tickets are now on sale for both the Boston International Film Festival and IFF Boston. For more on each festival’s lineup and to buy tickets, be sure to check out their respective websites.
If you would like to know what other film festivals are heading to the New England area, check out the Film Festivals section at Hollywood East Connection.
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