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Casting Call: America's Biggest A$%hole - 7/13 & 7/15

6/30/2009 12:58:00 AM 1 Response
All I can say is one: this is a pretty hilarious sounding show, and two: my friend Eric would be PERFECT for this show. Casting call details are below.


OPEN CASTING CALL FOR NEW SPIKE TV
REALITY SHOW
'AMERICA'S BIGGEST A**HOLE'


Monday, July 13, 10 AM- 4 PM at
Boston Casting
and
Wednesday, July 15, 6 PM - 9PM at
Red Sky, Faneuil Hall

Can you irritate a perfect stranger? Are you quick on your feet? Can you handle a very strong personality? Are you a practical joker?

Do your friends tell you that you have all the charm of Vince Vaughn, Denis Leary, and Stiffler rolled into one?

EVEN THOUGH SOME PEOPLE THINK YOU ARE HYSTERICAL, DO YOU HAPPEN TO PISS A LOT OF PEOPLE OFF?

Win cash, fame, and respect for your ability to say what mere mortals could only dream of saying! Audition for the new reality show 'America's Biggest A**Hole'!

Come to one of the Open Calls, bring a photo and bio, and tell us your story!

Open Call Information:
Date: Monday, July 13, 2009
Time: 10AM - 4PM
Location: Boston Casting, 129 Braintree Street, Boston

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Time: 6 PM - 9 PM
Location: Red Sky
16 North Street, Boston (Faneuil Hall)
In conjunction with Boston's "A" List!

If you are unable to attend an Open Call, e-mail a photo, contact information and a few lines about why you should be on the show to Julie@bostoncasting.com.
Must be 18 years or older.



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Be in "The Fighter" 7/14-7/16

6/30/2009 12:48:00 AM 1 Response
So I post quite a bit about casting calls, this one is sort of like a casting call but even better. This is for folks that want to be a spectator in the upcoming movie "The Fighter" which features Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.

Wanted to give you a heads up that the producers are allowing BeInAMovie.com to invite people to Be In The Movie as spectators during the big fight scenes. No headshots, auditions, stress required. This is about coming out, having fun, and giving people an opportunity most never get.

These are not paid extra positions but it is a great way to experience a day on a real movie set with all the stars and see the industry from the inside out.
Plus its all FREE! Anyone 16+ can be our guests on a movie set for a day and receive free food, entertainment and eligibility to win prizes throughout the day's activities.

The filming will be taking place in Lowell, MA on July 14, 15, 16. Participants choose which day to attend and do not need to come to all three days (although, given how fun it is many may come more than one day)


I'm going to be relatively free those days so I'm thinking about doing it myself. How cool would it be to be in a the movie? I'd totally buy multiple copies of the dvd and send it to my friends and tell them exactly when the 1.5 seconds occur that you can see my face as the camera pans across.

Click (here) for details.



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The Lemonheads Signing - 6/30

6/29/2009 12:46:00 AM 0 Responses
I spotted this sign outside the Newbury Comics on Newbury Street. The Lemonheads will be here on Tuesday 6/30 at 6pm for a performance and signing.



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Review: House of Blues Gospel Brunch

6/29/2009 12:34:00 AM 1 Response
So I went to the House of Blues yesterday for their Gospel Brunch (here). It was pretty delicious! As the billboard advertised, it was a southern style brunch buffet with almost all my favorites: fried chicken (which I ate on waffles), cheese grits, hash browns, roast beef, bread pudding ... the list goes on.

Here's how it went for those that are interested. I showed up a few minutes before 11:30am (when doors open) and stood in line. Once they open the doors, they show people to their tables (assigned seats) and you're put at a long table that seats 12. There's three stations for food: a carving station, the main buffet station, and a dessert station. I'll spare you all the exhaustive list of food that was there, I think you can find the menu online, but it was all quite tasty.

After about an hour of eating, the gospel singers came out and performed for about 45 minutes to an hour. I've never heard gospel music live before - only seen it on tv or in movies - it was pretty awesome.

According to the site, there's at least one more Gospel Brunch left this season (on 7/5). I highly recommend you check it out.


Click (here) to get tix for the 7/5 show!

PS. When I said they had almost all of my favorites, they were missing one thing: fried okra.



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KangaROOS Store on Newbury Street

6/29/2009 12:26:00 AM 1 Response
It seems like every time I walk down Newbury Street these days, another store has closed. But today was different, I was and saw something new that had opened: A KangaROOS Store!

Now, KangaROOS are near and dear to me because they are the first pair of shoes that I can actually remember wearing. They were dark blue and they had two velco straps, because I hadn't learned how to tie my shoes yet. They also gave me the ability to jump really high - or at least that's what I told myself.


There you have it. 292 Newbury Street. In talking to the sales girl, she said they just opened this past Friday and if I didn't hear wrong - it's also the first KangaROOS store in the U.S.



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Mosquito "Explosion" Expected Due to the Rain

6/25/2009 12:23:00 AM 1 Response
Great ... I just got eaten alive this past weekend by mosquitoes while I was traveling for work and I come back to rain, fairly brisk weather, and a news article that says there's going to be a mosquito "explosion" this weekend.

John Smith of the Norfolk County Mosquito Control Project says the wet, cool weather of late has given the mosquitos time to build up their numbers. To make matters worse, the recent coastal storm and high tides have inundated salt marshes on east-facing coastlines, creating even more habitat for the voracious salt-water species.

"This species is nasty, and travels miles to find a blood meal. And they're just as active during the day as night," Smith said.

Looks like my first stop tomorrow will be CVS for some bug spray. It's been quite some time since I've had to contend with bug bites, and the itch is quite irritating. Guess it's time to switch from my usual John Varvatos cologne to eau de citronella for the time being.

It is funny though, when I read that last line about being active during the day and traveling miles for blood, I couldn't help but think "At least it wasn't an article about zombies."


Click (here) to read the article.


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Hermione Going to Columbia?

6/25/2009 12:11:00 AM 0 Responses
Ok, this is what I get for getting some of my news (not all, just some) from celebrity gossip sites. I'm guessing this has still to be verified by a real source, but now the gossip sites are saying that Emma Watson is going to be Columbia University rather than Brown like I had previously blogged about last month (here).

Here's what Perez had to say:

With the Harry Potter film franchise finally coming to a close, Emma can now start looking to her future and she has decided to go the academic route for awhile. The actress applied and received acceptance from several Ivy League schools, including Yale, Brown, and Harvard, but in the end she choose the hustle and bustle of NYC.

Emma reportedly plans to attend Columbia University in the fall. In an attempt to gain some anonymity, Emma changed her name while being included into the student directory, filing under "Charlotte E Watson" instead of her given name "Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson".


Just wanted to get it out there in case someone stumbles across my older blog entry about her possibly going to Brown. I guess time will tell. Too bad she decided not to come to Harvard.

Click (here) for a link to Perez.



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1000 Words - Tom Brady & Son

6/25/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Hope everyone took their dad's out this past weekend for Father's Day. I'd been going back and forth for the last week about whether or not I really had any desire to post about Gisele being pregnant settled on "no" (although I probably missed out on a lot of internet traffic from curious googlers)

Instead, I found this pic of Tom and his son Jack hanging out on Father's Day and would much rather post this instead.


PS. Gisele is supposedly pregnant with Tom's second kid. If you google it, I'm sure someone will have all the facts for you.

Click (here) for the blurb.


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New DunkinRun Website & App

6/24/2009 12:27:00 AM 0 Responses
Dunkin Donuts has released a new website and iphone app called DunkinRun.

The Dunkin' Run is the easiest way to grab that delicious pick-me-up for you and your friends. Here's how it works:

INVITE: Start a run at DunkinRun.com from your computer, mobile device, or our iPhone application . You are now "the runner", and pick which friends you'd like to invite by providing their email or mobile phone number (no spaces or dashes e.g. 1234567890).


ORDER: Select what you want from the menu, and we'll contact your friends and tell them to do the same.


RUN: Go get the goods. We'll compile all orders for you, and you can print it out or have it sent to your mobile device (if you print it, just hand the print out to the Dunkin' crew member at the shop and they'll take it from there).


ENJOY! Bring the goodies back, and enjoy the deliciousness, along with the hero worship from your friends. It's that Easy. Simply Invite, Order, Run, and Enjoy!


Hmm. Good idea but not my cup of tea - or coffee in this case. First off, it's been several years since I've had coworkers so I have no one to get stuff for. Second, when I did have coworkers, we used to use coffee runs as an excuse to get out of our cubicles for a few minutes. Can't do that if I have someone else fetching my coffee for me.

Click (here) to check out DunkinRun



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Maine Lobstermen Still Hurting

6/24/2009 12:18:00 AM 0 Responses
Lobster prices are higher than they were six months ago (here) but they're still not good, according to an article I read last night. As a result, Lobstermen are going direct to us rather than selling to wholesalers.

Prices for lobster plunged last year to levels not seen in 20 years, leading Turner and a growing number of other lobstermen to sell from the backs of pickup trucks, from garages, and even on Craigslist. By going directly to consumers, lobstermen say they can make roughly $1 more per pound than what they get from lobster dealers.

In the past couple of weeks, lobstermen were selling one-pound lobsters for about $4.25 to $5.25 a pound, roughly $1 a pound more than they could get from lobster dealers. At the same time, Portland-area seafood shops and supermarkets were selling one-pounders for about $4.99 to $6.99 a pound.


Any lobstermen out there want to chime in on what's happening? Is it the recession that's causing this? I'm ready to do my part - who wants to drive to Maine and pick up some lobsters and stimulate the economy?

Click (here) to get read the full article.



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1000 Words - Chuck Liddell @ The Place

6/24/2009 12:12:00 AM 1 Response
Awwww, I wish I knew he was in town. I would have tried to go meet him. According to the Herald, Chuck Liddell (of UFC fame) was in town and hanging out at The Place. Here he is in a pic with one of the Dollhouse DJ's.


Anyone know why he was in town? I just finished reading his book "My Fighting Life" and he did mention that one of his favorite cities is Boston (where Dana White spent some time). Just curious.

Click (here) for the original blurb.



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Skateboard Art Challenge

6/23/2009 12:01:00 AM 1 Response
There's a reason why big fat dudes usually don't ride on skateboards. It's because they tend to fall off and sprain an ankle five minutes after they try to get on the darned thing. Or at least that was my experience trying to skateboard my freshman year. Here's something that might be a little safer - geared towards the artists out there.

Skateboard Art Challenge

At the Duxbury Art Association we support the artist in everyone and believe that art is everywhere...even under a skateboard.


Enter your original, (made by you with your own design), artwork in the Duxbury Art Association's first ever Skateboard Art Show.


Artwork may be submitted in 2 ways:

1. On the deck of an actual skateboard*

2. On paper, board or canvas in the shape and size of a skateboard**


*Long boards by Edje skateboards can be purchased (without wheels or trucks) for a substantial discount
**Sample template can be found on the DAA website.

The contest ends on July 10th, so get cracking!

Oh, and the pic in this post is by Audrey Kawasaki. Hopefully none of you get in trouble for a little bit of cartoon boob. While typing up this entry, I remembered that she had one piece that was done on a skateboard and decided to look it up.

Click (here) for more details.



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Aquarium Fashion Show & Beach Party - 6/25

6/23/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I've been out of town for the last two weeks on business, so I haven't experienced the recent weather first hand, but according to that little weather thingy on my macbook - it has not been good. Has it really been raining for that long? If so, you're going to want to come out this Thursday 6/25 to the NE Aquarium for The Reef’s "Finally Summer Beach Party" and Live Blue Fashion Show.

For those of you that haven't been, The Reef is the outdoor bar/dining area outside of the Aquarium.

Hang 10 at The Reef and wax up for a totally tubular “Live Blue” fashion show and Finally Summer Beach Party. The Big Splash is Thursday June 25


Surf’s up at 5:30 p.m. with free appetizers until 6:30 p.m., and cool drinks, giveaways, and live music all night long. Enter raffles to win Reef flip flops, loaded goody bags, gift certificates and free tickets to the New England Aquarium. The “Live Blue” fashion show kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with Mix 98.5 spinning tunes, and Fashion Boston contributor and Boldfacers.com creator Lisa Pierpont serving as emcee.


I checked and as of right now, Thursday is supposed to be the first day of non-rain in a while. I'm coming back today from 95+ degree weather. 60's and rain is going to be unpleasant.

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Tom Cruise Coming to Boston!

6/22/2009 02:09:00 AM 1 Response
What a long list of celebs that made movies in Boston so far: Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis, Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler. Ok I'll stop there with the old celebs. And here's the news on the new celeb that's on his way here: Tom Cruise.

A slew of screen idols are about to descend on Boston to shoot new movies, including, we're told, Tom Cruise. That's right, the world's most famous movie star is nearly certain to shoot his latest flick here starting in September.

Called "Wichita," the action comedy would be the biggest budget movie ever to film here, and Cruise and co-star Cameron Diaz could be hanging around the Hub for up to three months. The film, one of several high-profile projects Cruise has been considering, will be directed by James Mangold, whose credits include "Walk the Line" and "Girl, Interrupted."


Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in Boston for three months. Sounds good!

Click (here) to read the rest of the article.


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Pop Art Now Website Launches

6/22/2009 01:57:00 AM 1 Response
I'm always a fan of local businesses and local entrepreneurs, and I just recently got an email about a pop art store that has just launched their new website.

Browse our visual extravaganza of art, collectibles, apparel, and so much more. We feature an ever-changing variety of interesting and high quality vintage labels, hard to find posters, and beautiful and imaginative photography for you to decorate your home or business with. All of our distinctive offerings will make great gifts for your friends and family.

Please come back and visit us often, as new products will be added every day. There are many products still being developed but all of the current categories are listed to build anticipation and whet your appetite for what is to come.


I'm going to be furnishing a new apartment soon (have I complained about furniture prices on here yet?) and some vintage movie posters might look pretty good on the walls.

Click (here) to get your shop on.



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Casting Call: Dogs for Shakespeare on the Common

6/19/2009 12:04:00 AM 1 Response
This casting call is just about as specific as the one for "The Fighter" where they only wanted Cambodian men that spoke Khmer. This one though, is for our four legged friends out there.

One very important part has not yet been fully cast. The Company is in search of some four-legged cast members –specifically greyhound dogs. One dog is needed each night, and will be required to walk across the stage on a leash, accompanied by an actor. Interested greyhounds should call (617) 426-0863 for more information.

Oh and if you're wondering which play they're doing this summer, it's going to be The Comedy of Errors.

The Comedy of Errors will be performed July 31—Aug. 16 outdoors at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common, in partnership with the City of Boston and Mayor Menino. The program, which has become a beloved civic institution, will draw an estimated 75,000 people over 15 performances. Performances take place Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m., weather permitting. Press night will be Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.

If The Comedy of Errors wasn't one of the plays your highschool made you read, you can brush up before the show by reading the wikipedia entry (here) - which is what I'll be doing. We read mostly tragedies - that and A Midsummer Night's Dream.



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Channel Cafe Friday Nights

6/19/2009 12:03:00 AM 1 Response
I think I've been to the Seaport District more times in the last month than I have in the past several years. I used to go either to grab some food at No Name or to pick up some sushi-grade fish at Sea-To-You. But now I've been going to grab dinner and drinks - Persephone and Drink to be exact.

Well, there's another reason to head there - a new hangout spot named Channel Cafe. I missed the announcement last week, but better late than never, right?

We’re very excited to introduce you to Channel CafĂ© - Boston’s best bohemian hidden gem. Please join us this and every Friday from 6-10pm for great cocktails, comfort food and a sexy lounge ambiance that can’t be beat! We hope to see you there.

There's such a concentration of great places in that area, you can definitely make an evening of it. I'm still trying to convince some folks to go grab dinner with me at Sportello one of these evenings. Then there's Drink, Persephone, Lucky's Lounge, and now Channel Cafe!



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Life is Good Festival 2009 - 6/20

6/19/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses
It's that that time again. The time in the summer when the Life is Good Festival takes place and this year it's going to be bigger and better than ever and it's happening this Saturday.

On a mission to spread good vibes from coast to coast, The Life is good Company will once again take over the Boston Common on June 20, 2009, with a free-day-long family festival. From great music to good food – and all for a good cause – the Life is good festival is the place to be for all optimists…and those who want to be.

The free, outdoor celebrations feature great live music, classic backyard food, and a colorful mix of good-time games and activities for all ages. From seed spitting and Double Dutch to soccer kicks, tug-o’-wars and football flings, the Life is good Festival on the Boston Common is an invitation to free family fun and healthy play.


The Life is good Festival on the Boston Common will feature top live entertainment, including music from The Blind Boys of Alabama, Brett Dennen and family-favorite SteveSongs.


So grab the whole family and head over to Boston Common tomorrow for a day in the city. The current forecast is for rain, but hopefully it'll let up so that we can spend a nice day outdoors.

Click (here) for more info.


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IMAX Coming to Danvers

6/18/2009 02:13:00 AM 2 Responses
Anyone else eagerly awaiting the release of the second Transformers movie? I used to watch that cartoon every day as a kid. That and having Megan Fox in the movie is a huge plus as well. Does anyone know if that twitter account is really hers? Cause I've been reading it religiously. But I digress.

What's better than Megan Fox .... I mean Transformers ... on the big screen? Well that would be Megan Fox (and Transformers) on IMAX.

In conjunction with the release of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,’’ an Imax theater is being installed in the AMC cinema at Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers.


The theater in Danvers, which will open Wednesday, will feature a 56-foot-by-29-foot screen, a digital projection screen, and a new sound system, said Imax spokesman Jackson Meyers.


I hope they play Transformers at the NE Aquarium IMAX, that's the closest one to me. They had Batman there for a while, but I never got around to watching it there.

Click (here) to read the Globe article.



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Filene's Basement May Come Back to Dtown Crossing

6/18/2009 02:03:00 AM 1 Response
What a soap opera. Have you guys been following this Filene's Basement debacle over the last several weeks? First they're bought, then they're not. Then Men's Wearhouse buys them. Then they back out. Now they've been bought by Syms in collaboration with the real estate companies that own the big gaping hole in Downtown Crossing that Filene's was supposed to go back into.

Syms offered $62.4 million for the beleaguered business in a venture with New York real estate firm Vornado Realty Trust and Gale International, the two firms that own the downtown Boston property where the Basement has operated for more than 100 years. That location has been closed since 2007 because of a stalled $700 million redevelopment project that has been unable to secure financing.

The current lease runs through 2024 and requires Gale and Vornado to pay Filene’s Basement $500,000 a month until the flagship can reopen again in the redeveloped site.
With the development on hold, it would likely take at least two years to reopen the Filene’s Basement store, meaning Gale and Vornado would have to pay an additional $12 million during that period, an obligation they erased by participating in the acquisition.

I was pretty curious when the purchase happened as to why a real estate firm would want to buy an ailing retailer. But now it all makes sense.

For those of you that watched Amy Poehler's new comedy "Parks & Recreation" doesn't it seem like the entire premise of that show could be applied to the Downtown Crossing pit?

Unfortunately, I hafta travel for work (and need my legs), otherwise I'd gladly get drunk and fall down the pit if it meant someone would try to turn it into a park rather than leave it a big gaping hole.

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Presale - Britney Spears 2nd Concert Presale Today!

6/18/2009 01:52:00 AM 1 Response
The following would be hilarious, but would also make your dad want to kill himself.

You: "Hey Dad, Happy Father's Day! Here's your gift."
Your Dad: "Oh great! What is it?"
You: "Tickets to Britney's 2nd Boston Concert on 8/29. I picked them up this weekend"

*gunshot*

Ok just a joke. It's late at night, and I'm in an odd mood. I was fixing to go to bed and then realized I hadn't done any blogging for the day. That's what happens when I'm traveling - I get thrown off my usual schedule.

If missed her concert the first time around (it was quite good), she's coming back at the end of August and pre-sale tickets are supposed to go on sale (According to Ticketmaster) today at 10am EDT.

TD Banknorth Garden
Boston, MA
Sat, Aug 29, 2009 08:00 PM

Presale begins: Thu, 06/18/09
10:00 AM

I did some googling and according to a site called PresaleToday.com the presale password is: "RINGLEADER" About 50% of the time I get notifications from somewhere about presales and their passwords, but this time I didn't, so don't shoot the messenger if it doesn't work.

Click (here) for a link to Presaletoday.com

Click (here) for a link to Ticketmaster



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Lashion Show RSVP Needed

6/18/2009 01:45:00 AM 0 Responses
I was just informed that the Shu Uemura Lashion Show (here) is open to the public but that you need to RSVP in order to attend. I'm sure you can still call this morning if you'd like to attend later this evening. To RSVP call 617-247-3500.

In celebration of shu uemura’s heritage in eyelashes and the 26th Anniversary of the first shu uemura boutique opening in Tokyo, the shu uemura Boston boutique will host a “Lashion Show,” cocktail reception and eyelash retrospective on June 18, 2008, from 6pm to 8 pm. Guests will receive complimentary eyelash application with purchase of eyelashes during the event, and will be treated to a “Lashion Show,” featuring pieces from shu uemura’s extraordinary new LASHES IN NATURE collection.




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Shu Uemura "Lashion Show" - 6/18

6/17/2009 12:03:00 AM 0 Responses
A long, long time ago, in a land far, far away (NYC), I had my one and only experience with fake eyelashes. It was my ex'es birthday and she insisted on getting some to wear to her birthday celebration. That being said, this event is for the ladies:

In celebration of shu uemura’s heritage in eyelashes and the 26th Anniversary of the first shu uemura boutique opening in Tokyo; the introduction of LASHES IN NATURE Collection, Tokyo Lash Bar 2009

As an expert in the art of false eyelashes, shu uemura’s Tokyo Lash Bar collections have established themselves as the hottest beauty staples in the world. For the Tokyo Lash Bar 2009 collection, shu uemura asked four makeup masters, Gina Brooke, Kakuyasu Uchiide, Yuji Asano, and Mina Matsumura to design eyelashes inspired by the elements of nature. The resulting LASHES IN NATURE collection features nine wearable masterpieces infused with inspiration from flowers, forests, oceans and the sky, creating the perfect balance of nature, science and art.

WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2009, 6pm to 8pm

WHERE: shu uemura boutique 130 Newbury Street


Event is open to the public, but they MUST RSVP to the store to attend. To RSVP, call 617-247-3500.


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1000 Words - American Idol Tryouts

6/17/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses
Over 8,000 folks endured the rain on Sunday for their chance to audition for the bajillionth season of American Idol. Good luck to all the folks that made the cut, hopefully we'll see you on TV this season.



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Eliza Dushku's Valediction

6/17/2009 12:01:00 AM 1 Response
I've received a handful of emails asking about this recently and realized I haven't once posted about it, so I guess better late than never right? Eliza Dushku was in town for the last couple of weeks filming a movie called "Valediction."

Filming took place in a handful of areas downtown - off the top of my head: Whiskey Park andPost Office Square. If you saw any yellow movie set signs with the letters "LIF" on them, that was her movie. Here's the latest on Ms. Dushku according to the Globe:

Dushku, who grew up in Watertown, has been in town shooting "Valediction," a psychological thriller in which she plays a temptress. (The target of her affection? A married man played by "Chronicles of Narnia" actor Ben Barnes.) "On paper, it's 'Fatal Attraction' and 'Black Widow,'" she said. "But when we shot it, Ben's character was more redeeming." Dushku is returning to LA today to begin work on season two of Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse," and to get cracking on a biopic of famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Her company Boston Diva Productions is producing, and the actress's brother Nate is set to star. "We're working with the Mapplethorpe estate and Patti Smith is interested," said Dushku. (It'll be the first feature from "DiG!" director Ondi Timoner, whose most recent film "We Live in Public" bowled over the actress and her baller boyfriend.) Is Eliza intimidated to be producing? "I've been in this business now for 18 years, I've taken some notes," she said. "I can't settle for showing up and looking pretty." We may see her again soon: She just read for the part of a tough-talking Charlestown chick in "The Town."

That'll be cool if she ends up with a part in "The Town." That's Ben Affleck's new movie (here) that he's working on now - now that "The Company Men" has wrapped.

Click (here) for a link to the Globe.



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Casting Call: Deal or No Deal - 6/20

6/16/2009 12:15:00 AM 2 Responses
I don't really watch reality tv or game shows, so I'm not sure - but this is that show with the suitcases of money and the bald dude, right? Anyway - there's a casting call this Saturday 6/20. Details are below, and as usual - direct any questions you may have to Boston Casting - not me (because I won't be able to answer them).

OPEN CASTING CALL FOR 'DEAL OR NO DEAL'

Saturday, June 20, 10 AM- 4 PM at

Seaport Hotel, Boston


Do you have nerves of steel? A killer instinct? Raw intuition and an amazing personality?


Do you want the chance to win $1 million dollars?!


Come to the Open Casting Call for the hit TV show DEAL OR NO DEAL on Saturday, June 20th at the Seaport Hotel!


Boston Casting is looking for high-energy, dynamic and competitive men and women to audition for DEAL OR NO DEAL.


Must be over 18. For more information, visit www.dealornodealtv.com or www.bostoncasting.com.


Open Call Information:

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2009

Time: 10 AM - 4 PM

Location: Seaport Hotel

One Seaport Lane

Boston, MA 02210


Click (here) to goto Boston Casting.


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Concert Ticket Winners!

6/16/2009 12:11:00 AM 0 Responses
Another week, another contest to give away free stuff. If you will recall, last week's contest (which ended last night) was for free tickets to the Dirty Projectors concert at the Somerville Theatre and the Low Anthem concert at the Brattle (here).

Congrats to the following two folks:

Joe H. - winner of the Low Anthem tix
Lauren P. - winner of the Dirty Projector tix.

Thanks to everyone for entering, I'm sure it won't be long before I have another giveaway to post.




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Sauza Cocktails at the Rattlesnake - 6/17

6/16/2009 12:04:00 AM 0 Responses
Stuff Magazine has another event coming up tomorrow night (Wednesday 6/17) and if you're a tequila drinker (Sauza in particular) this one's for you.

Wednesday June 17 at the Rattlesnake 8PM – 1AM
Enjoy Complimentary Sauza Hornitos Cocktails from 8 – 10PM
Watch in Amazement at the Sauza Contortionist and Hot Hula Hoop Dancers!
Get your fortune read by the Sauza Hornitos Tarot Card Reader!

You're probably thinking the same thing that I am - two hours of free tequila cocktails is just what I need this week. It'll be hump day afterall.

Be sure to RSVP if you want to go, because they're usually pretty strict about being on the list. It's been a while since I've had Sauza - nowadays it's mostly Patron for me. But when it's free, I'm not gonna complain.

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Wilco Sidewalk Chalk Graffiti Contest

6/15/2009 12:51:00 AM 0 Responses
Thanks to Bloggery Reader Cassie for the heads up on a contest that's going on right now to win Wilco concert tickets. One of their concerts is going to be in Lowell and you can win tix.

Enter to win tickets to see Wilco at any of the following minor league ball parks this summer: July 10 (Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, DE), July 11 (LaLacheur Park in Lowell, MA), July 13 (Keyspan Park in Brooklyn, NY) and July 18 (Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, NY). Plus, the grand prize winner scores a pair of tickets to all 4 shows. All you have to do is draw a picture in chalk on the sidewalk that incorporates information about one of the 4 shows (date, location and wilcoworld.net), take a picture and send it to us at ballparks@wilcoworld.net (please no files larger than 1MB in size) with your name, location and phone number. We'll judge entries based on their creativity and informativeness. Contest ends June 30.

The above is the info from the Wilco site. In the email I received you I was told that you could also upload your picture to Flickr and link it to the Wilco site. I dont' use Flickr so I don't know exactly what that entails, but I figure if you do both, you can cover your bases.

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1000 Words - Buzz Aldrin & The Boston Pops

6/15/2009 12:39:00 AM 0 Responses
Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin was at Symphony Hall on 6/11 performing with the Boston Pops.

Fighter pilot, MIT doctor of science, and one of the first guys to walk on the moon, Buzz was narrating Gustav Holst's The Planets with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.


For those of you that were wondering (probably just me), Buzz was class of '63 at MIT. There's actually a website of "notable" MIT alumi (here).

Photo credits to: Michael J. Lutch.



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Village Smokehouse Wine Dinner - Tonight

6/15/2009 12:30:00 AM 1 Response
I'm currently in Texas for a business trip, so I've had BBQ on my mind for the last several days. For those of you that are in the same boat as me (but stuck in Boston) - you might want to swing by the Village Smokehouse in Lowell tonight for a BBQ wine dinner that they're hosting.

Texas-style BBQ and new world wine unite to spice up Lowell on June 15, 2009, at the Village Smokehouse in Lowell. This satisfying evening of food and wine will feature a fabulous Village Smokehouse buffet with expressive wine tastings from The Cono Sur Winery in Chile. Located at 98 Middle Street in Lowell, The Village Smokehouse’s Wine Dinner will take place on Monday, June 15, 2009 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 978-441-2272.

The June 15 event will feature various wines samples over the course of dinner with brief descriptions accompanying each wine from representatives of The Cono Sur Winery. The evening’s featured wines will include Cono Sur Vision Sauvignon Blanc, Cono Sur Vision Chardonnay, Cono Sur Vision Carmenere, and Cono Sur Vision Cabernet Sauvignon- the winery’s first wine made from organically grown grapes, certified by BCS Oeko Garantie GMBH Germany.

You know you want yourself some brisket and ribs. I actually have a free day tomorrow, so I may venture out myself and get some BBQ for lunch.

Click (here) for the Smokehouse website.



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Shutter Island Trailer

6/12/2009 12:03:00 AM 0 Responses
I used to just peruse the Apple website for new trailers every so often, but I recently smartened up and subscribed to their RSS feed so now I see the new trailers right when they come out. Sitting in my RSS feed today was the new trailer for Shutter Island - the movie that filmed in the area featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley (directed by Martin Scorsese).





Looks like a pretty exciting movie! Click (here) for my past blog entries on the filming of Shutter Island (Ashecliffe) from last year.

Click (here) for a link to Youtube


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$5 Off Rock & Blues Cruise - 6/20

6/12/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses
One of the highlights of summer (in my opinion) is the Rock & Blues Cruise series - and this year it kicks off next week on 6/20. Keep reading for a promo code to get you $5 off the ticket price to the season opening cruise!

Hipster Twang takes center stage on the Rock and Blues Concert Cruises season kick off June 20. The special Honky Tonk Harbor Cruise will feature Girls Guns and Glory, Yarn, and Josh Grider Trio. This cruise is a singular opportunity to become immersed in top-rate Americana music while sailing the Boston Harbor. Boarding for this cruise will take place at Boston Harbor Cruises at Long Wharf beginning at 7:30pm; the cruise will depart at 8:00pm. Tickets are on sale at www.RockandBluesCruise.com. The show is 21+.

And here's a peek at the rest of the summer schedule.

June 20, 8:00pm - Honky Tonk Blues Cruise with Girls Guns and Glory, Josh Grider Trio, and Yarn
June 27, 5:30pm, 9:30pm - The Ryan Montbleau Band with Caravan of Thieves
July 10, 8:00pm Bellevue CadillacTall Ships Party
July 11, 8:00pm Lez Zeppelin Tall Ships Party
July 18, 8:00pm Booty Vortex
July 24, 8:00pm Alternate Routes with Civil Twilight
July 25, 8:00pm The Brew
July 31, 8:00pm Will Dailey with special guest Gypsy Tail Wind
August 7, 8:00pm Entrain
August 8, 8:30pm Adam Ezra Group
August 14, 8:00pm Ellis Paul Band
August 21, 8:00pm Enter the Haggis with Hot Day at the Zoo
August 22, 8:00pm Beatlejuice
August 27, 8:00pm Virginia Coalition

And for my kickass readers, here's a $5 discount on tickets for the 6/20 Girls, Guns and Glory cruise. Use code: “GGG” – case sensitive – good until Monday 6/15.

Click (here) to get your tickets.



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Win A Chance to Interview Dustin Pedroia

6/12/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Does your kid need a bank account? And is he a baseball fan? If he signs up for one with Salem Five Bank prior to Monday 6/15 he could have a chance to interview Dustin Pedroia.

WEEI.com, along with Salem Five and Young Sportscasters of America, will give one lucky youth the opportunity to interview reigning American League Most Valuable Player Dustin Pedroia and have their story featured on WEEI.com in the Junior Press Corps Contest. Children under the age of 18 can enter by signing up for a Salem Five Gold Star Saver account at WEEI.com/SalemFive.

The grand prize winner of the Junior Press Corps Contest will conduct a one-on-one interview with Pedroia on July 8th at LeLacheur Park, the home of the Lowell Spinners. The interview will be videotaped and featured on WEEI.com and the article written from the interview will be published on WEEI.com. Prior to the interview, the winner will have an interview coaching session with WEEI.com Site Editor Rob Bradford at The Young Sportscaster of America facility. The grand prize winner will also participate in Salem Five’s “Play Ball with Dustin!” event.


Seeing as how we're in a recession, it's not a bad time to teach your kid how to start saving for a rainy day such as the ones we're having now. Especially when it comes with an added incentive.

Click (here) for more info.



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Contest: Free Tix to 2 Concerts on 6/18

6/11/2009 12:03:00 AM 0 Responses
There are two concerts going on 6/18 and I have a pair of tickets for each of them to give away to two lucky winners. The first band is the Dirty Projectors at Somerville Theatre and the second band is Low Anthem at the Brattle. Here's a little bit about each of the bands.

Providence, Rhode Island-based The Low Anthem celebrates the Nonesuch Records release of their previously self-released Oh My God, Charlie Darwin with a show at the Brattle Theatre. This trio of multi- instrumentalists plays languid, elegant music that is truly American.

The Low Anthem's Nonesuch debut offers an elegant and original take on Americana. The simple, folk-like structures of its songs are distinguished by hushed, hymn-like, chamber-music arrangements—as well as by the occasional, deliriously free-spirited acoustic rave-up. They have drawn comparisons to Tom Waits, Simon & Garfunkel, The Band, Grant Lee Buffalo, and the Scud Mountain Boys.

Fresh from a US tour with TV on the Radio and an appearance at Bonnaroo, the Dirty
Projectors, the Brooklyn-based vehicle for musical visionary David Longstreth, tour with an expanded six member lineup in support of their June 2009 release of Bitte Orca, their fifth full length album and first for Domino Records. Art rock with African, punk and R&B influences, the music of The Dirty Projectors is difficult to categorize, but names like David Byrne and Prince have been used as comparisons.

So, same rules as always. Send me an email with the name of the band that you want to see in the subject heading (Dirty Projectors or Low Anthem). Or if you wouldn't mind hearing either band, put both band names in the subject heading and I'll enter you in both drawings.

I'm going to do a separate drawing for each band. Oh, and in the body of the email, put your first and last name - I'll be submitting the winner's name to be put on the will call list of each concert.

Contest ends: Monday 6/15 @ 10pm EDT.



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Zipcar Low Car Diet 2009

6/11/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses
As some of you may know (if you were reading my blog last summer), I participated in Zipcar's Low Car Diet and had a pretty good time. I got to drive a Prius for the first time, and it also made me calculate just how much owning my car actually costs me each month - it's not pretty (here).

Well Zipcar is doing it again this year for a crop of new participants and they're currently accepting applications.

What is the Low-Car Diet?

For a month, we're asking you to put down your keys, dust off your bike, trike or roller skates and find out what the Zipcar way of life is all about.


Folks from across all 13 of our cities worldwide will rise to the challenge, committing their keys and their consciences to being car free.


Think you’re ready to join them? Fill out the questionnaire below.


Participants (assuming you've been approved as a safe driver) will get their first year's annual and application fees waived, and driving credit (along with a "car-free" survival kit filled with goodies from our sponsors) for the duration of the program.


Eligible entrants selected to participate will be notified by email.


Click (here) to apply.



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American Idol Auditions - 6/14

6/11/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I don't think I've watched American Idol since the first season - which I guess was 8 years ago since they're currently casting for Season 9. For those of you singers out there that are still waiting for your chance to make it on the show, wait no longer. They're coming to Boston to cast this upcoming Sunday - 6/14.

Sunday, June 14th Boston - Gillette Stadium
Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. With its rich history, architecture, and education system, Boston attracts 16.3 million tourists each year. It is no wonder Boston natives have so much hometown pride. Wicked awesome!


Auditions Wristbands will be distributed from 7:00 AM on Friday, June 12 until 8:00 AM on Sunday, June 14. Auditioners will not be permitted to camp out. Once auditioners obtain their wristbands, they will be asked to return to Gillette Stadium by 5:00 AM on Sunday, June 14.


Gillette Stadium

1 Patriot Place

Foxborough, MA 02035

(508) 543-8200

www.gillettestadium.com


Front Of Line: W1 Lobby


No charge for parking on registration days (June 12-13).

No overnight parking.


Parking: $20 on audition day only (Sunday, January 14).

No in or out privileges.


American Idol is not responsible for any parking rates or rules.


There you have it folks. If you decide to audition and you make it, let me know. I'll get a post up for you so we know who to vote for when the new season starts.

Good Luck!

Click (here) for more info.



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House of Blues Gospel Brunch Lineup

6/10/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses
Brunch is one of my favorite meals. I swung by Metropolis Cafe this past weekend for the first time in a while just for the blueberry muffin. Those things are amazing. But I digress. The reason I'm posting is because the House Blues has determined the lineup for their gospel brunch (here).

June 7 Reverend Lee
June 14 Joyful

June 21 TEST-A-MONY

June 28 Freda Battle & The Temple Worshippers

July 5 Ray Greene & Inner Vision

July 12 Troy Durden & Judah

July 19 Living Water

July 26 Freda Battle & The Temple Worshippers

Beginning on June 14, 2009, Gospel Brunch will take place every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Tickets for House of Blues Gospel Brunch are $45 for adults, $38 for Senior Citizens and $25 for children aged 4-10. Children under age 4 are free. Tickets are available at the Orpheum Theater box office and on the web.

Click (here) to pick up tickets for the Gospel Brunch.



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Casting Call: Family Reality TV Show

6/10/2009 12:01:00 AM 1 Response
This could be a pretty good opportunity for a family out there that's in a bit of financial trouble and wouldn't be embarrassed to share it with the world while getting some help getting bailed out.
A production company is looking to make a reality tv show about helping a family to get out of debt. And that family could you yours.

Established Los Angeles TV production company is looking for a FUN, outgoing family with multiple children located anywhere in the US (although West Coast / West Coast-Adjacent preferred) who is currently dealing with BIG-TIME debt and totally FREAKING OUT about what to do. We are looking to potentially feature them in their own docu-style series that would help them go from big spenders to big savers -- and educate viewers (who can surely relate) along the way. Is this your family? Or someone you know? Did you buy a house before you were ready? Have you gone credit card crazy and now you're really paying for it? Are the student loan payments, car payments, mortgage, and daily expenses adding up? We want to help you get on track in a FUN, LASTING way! This is a positive, UPBEAT show! Interested?

Contact us for more information about our company and show. Please include a description of your family, 1-2 pictures, and your contact info.


Respond to: Reality_Casting@pietown.tv



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Taste of Somerville - Tonight!

6/09/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses
For those of you that aren't into sweets and will be skipping the Scooper Bowl (here). Here's another option for you - the Taste of Somerville.

It’s been a few years, yes. But Taste of Somerville has never been forgotten. Together, the Somerville Chamber of Commerce and SCM Community Transportation are delighted to bring this choice celebration back to life. On June 9, 2009 a bountiful bevy of the area’s best restaurants will set up shop at the Somerville Holiday Inn, dishing out their finest for all who attend. You can expect live music from great local bands. You can expect fun activities for the kids. You can expect raffles and giveaways. And you can expect to have your taste buds tickled.

Doors open at 5:30pm. Should be a good time and fun for the whole family.

Click (here) for the event site.



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The Breakup Workbook

6/09/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Local author MJ Acharya has released a new book for the ladies entitled: The Breakup Workbook: A Common Sense Guide to Getting Over Your Ex. From what I'm reading, it's not just a book, it's an interactive experience.

The Breakup Workbook was written for everyone who has gone through; is going through, or who most probably will go through the pain and misery of a failed relationship. The book is the first to use technology to the reader’s advantage: it works concurrently with a website, www.BrokenHeartedGirl.com, an interactive forum and a reference blog to maximize the reader’s healing potential. The forum contains nearly 20,000 posts from its 1,500 members from 32 different countries. Additionally, readers are encouraged to email the author for advice.

You know me and my love of supporting everything local. So for those of you that have an ex you need getting over - check out this book. It may just do the trick.

I have half a mind to pick up a copy and send it to my friend S.H. who just recently went thru a breakup and has been down in the dumps lately.

Click (here) for the website.

Click (here) for the blog.



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American Craft Beer Festival - 6/19

6/08/2009 12:03:00 AM 0 Responses
I've been to my fair share of beer festivals. Not as many as my friends - they're much bigger beer aficionados than I am - but my fair share. Coming up in a couple weeks is the American Craft Beer Festival. I went last year and it was pretty good. Not as good as the Belgian Beer Fest, but still fairly decent.

Join us Friday & Saturday - June 19 & 20 for the return of the east coast's largest celebration of American craft beer at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston, featuring 75 American brewers, 300 craft beers, and more ...

Tickets are $40 per session (service fees apply) and include:
  • Entry into one session; 21+ w/ valid ID
  • All 2oz beer tastings
  • Access to over 300 craft beers!
  • Fest guide
  • Tasting cup
  • Friday, June 19, 2009 = Friday Session; 6-9:30pm
  • Saturday, June 20, 2009 = Session One; 1-4:30pm
  • Saturday, June 20, 2009 = Session Two; 6-9:30pm
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Strawberry Picking Season Soon

6/08/2009 12:02:00 AM 2 Responses
There are lots of different fruits and vegetables that we're able to pick here in New England during the summer and fall. Personally, I've never done it, but I've heard it can be pretty fun and delicious. Here's what the Improper Bostonian has to way on the topic:

This is about as short and sweet as it gets. For a few precious weeks - roughly June 20 - July 4 - New England fields flush a familiar shade of scarlet. Strawberry season at Ward's Berry Farm and at many other orchards, marks the unofficial start of the annual pick your own season...

Has anyone gone strawberry picking before? They grow on bushes right? Seems like it'd be a lot of work to pick strawberries. I envision being hunched over most of the time. Also, for those of you that have gone fruit/veggie picking before. Where do you like to go?



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Scooper Bowl Starts - 6/9

6/08/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
It's that time again in the summer when we try to enjoy the somewhat warm weather we're having and gorge ourselves on ice cream. The 27th Annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl starts tomorrow 6/9 and runs through 6/11.

The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl presented by FedEx is the nation's largest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival. The event serves up ice cream from nine of the nation's leading ice cream companies while raising money for the Jimmy Fund, which supports cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Thanks to your generous support, the 2008 Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl presented by FedEx raised more than $345,000, bringing the 26-year total to more than $2 million.

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl
Presented by FedEx
June 9 – 11, 2009
Noon – 8 p.m. every day
City Hall Plaza, Boston

Sadly, I'm counting my calories these days and after this past weekend, I don't think I should be partaking in an all you can eat ice cream event.

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"The Town" Starring Ben Affleck

6/05/2009 12:04:00 AM 1 Response
Thanks to Bloggery Reader Bill for the reminder of where I was reading about The Company Men's last few shoots. He reminded me it was in the Herald, and so I dug up the blurb which basically said that the Company Men won't finish shooting at Fenway Park until the weekend. So hopefully they'll still be there today if anyone's interested in looking for them.

On to newer news. Now that The Company Men is wrapping up, it allows Ben to move on to his next film called "The Town" which is going to be filmed in Charlestown.

Ben Affleck will rewrite, direct and star in The Town, a Warner Bros. adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel "The Prince of Thieves," reports Variety. Graham King is producing through his GK Films.

Affleck would play a career thief who becomes smitten by the manager of a bank.
The project — which most recently had director Adrian Lyne attached — would be based in Charlestown, Mass., a gritty blue-collar Boston suburb similar to the one that Affleck captured in his directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone.

There was a casting call last week for "The Town" (which I missed the news on - sorry) so I guess that means filming will be commencing soon.

Click (here) for the Herald blurb.

Click (here) for The Town blurb.



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Black Eyed Peas Listening Party - 6/6

6/05/2009 12:03:00 AM 0 Responses
I've been to one Black Eyed Peas concert. It was a couple of years ago when they were on tour with the Pussycat Dolls. I didn't really want to see the Peas, my interest was really just in the PCD's. Imagine my discontent when I showed up and found out that PCD had canceled and they got Danity Kane instead. But as it turned out the Black Eyed Peas were really good and Fergie also debuted that London Bridge song of hers.

The Grammy award winning Black Eyed Peas have announced Felt Club Boston as the Boston-area venue to house the premier listening party for their new album, “The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)”on Saturday, June 6th from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. The album will officially launch to the public on June 9, 2009. This event is free and open to the public with RSVP.

The listening party, hosted by Universal Music Distribution for Interscope, Geffen and A&M Octone will also feature a “Boom Boom Pow” cocktail in honor of the BEP’s current single off the new album. The first 20 people in attendance will receive Black Eyed Peas t-shirts and one lucky winner will receive an 8GB nano-chromatic iPod. This premier party is for young professionals, ages 21+.

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