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Uma Thurman Coming to Boston - 11/7

10/30/2009 12:02:00 AM 1 Response


Uma Thurman is going to be in Boston hosting the Room to Grow Fall Gala on November 7th. I'm trying to remember if she's been in town recently, and I don't think she has. I thought maybe she had won the Hasty Pudding award at some point, but the last two years were Renee Zellweger and Charlize Theron. Regardless, she's coming in about a week. Get your dancing shoes ready.

Room to Grow Fall Gala with special co-chair, Academy Award-nominated actress Uma Thurman. The Amherst, Massachusetts-raised star will lend her support to the deserving organization during its Marquee fundraising event at Boston Center for the Arts’ Cyclorama.

Also included in the evening are custom cocktails and delicious cuisine from Boston’s most accomplished chefs and restaurants including Rialto, Olives, Littlenecks Bar and Grill, Waterfront Grille, Tresca, Inn by the Sea, Avila Modern Mediterranean, BOKX 109, POE's Kitchen at The Rattlesnake, Eastern Standard, Lineage and The Fireplace.


Room to Grow's program provides parents raising babies in poverty with one-on-one parenting support and essential baby items throughout their children's critical first three years of life.

WHEN:
November 7, 2009 @ 6 p.m.

WHERE:
Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

Click (here) for more info and to get tickets.



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1000 Words: Banh Mi

10/30/2009 12:02:00 AM 2 Responses


In case you were wondering what I had for lunch today. I had a couple of banh mi (vietnamese sandwiches) from Mei Sum in Chinatown not to be confused with Maxim's. Off the top of my head I can think of four different places that make banh mi in Chinatown. I like Mei Sum the best.

I'll spare you the details as to why I like it theirs the best - you're better off just doing a taste test on your own.

I usually get the beef ones, which typically contain: beef, mayo, carrot, radish, onion, cucumber, and cilantro. For $2.75, I prefer these over burgers from Wendy's or McDonald's.


Click (here) to read about banh mi on wikipedia.

PS. Stop drooling.


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1000 Words: W Hotel "Living Room"

10/29/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses


I already told you guys how I'm psyched to checkout the W Hotel bar once it opens today. Here are a couple pics of the bar, called Living Room.


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Webchat with Jason Bay - Today!

10/28/2009 11:34:00 PM 0 Responses


Interesting little opportunity today at noon. Jason Bay is going to be taking questions online at WEEI.com. It'll be a little dicey if you've got to at work, but maybe you could do it during your lunch break.

Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay will drop by the Virtual Press Box on Thursday, Oct. 29, at noon to take questions in the third installment of WEEI.com’s Thursday baseball chat series.

In 2009 — his first full season as a member of the Red Sox after coming to Boston at the 2008 trade deadline — Bay hit .267 with a .384 on-base percentage and .567 slugging mark, finishing third in the American League with 36 homers, second with 119 RBIs, and led all A.L. outfielders with a .921 OPS. His performance earned Bay his third career All-Star nod.

Click (here) for chat details.



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W Hotel Opens Thursday - 10/29

10/27/2009 01:22:00 AM 1 Response


We're just two days away from the opening of the W Hotel. I've been eagerly awaiting it's arrival ... you guys know how I love to go to hotel bars. It'll be tough to beat out the Intercontinental (they are the reigning champ). But it will be interesting to see who wins out for second place, the new W or the current contender: the Liberty Hotel.

Officials at the W Boston, a 28-story hotel that opens Thursday with 235 rooms and 123 residences, sifted through 7,000 applications over the summer to find 300 candidates to carry out its unique brand of corporate culture. W employees are encouraged to act like the cast of a theatrical production, with hotel guests in the starring role: Housekeepers are called “stylists’’ and elevators are called “lifts.’’ Hotel staff is also encouraged to use some words that begin with “W.’’

“W’s overall intention is still to be the coolest place in town,’’ said Eva Ziegler, global brand leader for W Hotels. “The target audience are the trendsetters - people who are interested in the latest, newest, hippest, coolest. “

Ok, so I'm not trendsetter, nor have I ever been described as hip, but gosh darn it, I'm definitely cool. At least that's what I tell myself.

Click (here) to read more.

PS. I own the W Hotel feather bed (they sell it online), it's dreamy. Makes it damn near impossible to get out of bed in the morning.



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Harry Potter Exhibit at Museum of Science

10/27/2009 01:09:00 AM 2 Responses


I'm a big fan of Harry Potter. I actually remember when I started reading the books back in high school, which is now over a decade ago ... wow. So I was pretty sad that I didn't get to attend the preview event for the new Harry Potter exhibit at the Museum of Science. But, Bloggery Media Rep Dan did get go to and this is what he had to say:

This past Thursday I had the pleasure of visiting the Museum of Science for a sneak preview of the Harry Potter exhibit. While there, I had the opportunity to speak to Matthew Lewis, the actor who plays Neville Longbottom about his impression as he toured the exhibit. The exhibit, which opened Sunday, is truly a required trip for any Harry Potter fan.

The exhibit consists of props and artifacts from each of the Harry Potter films. In some cases, entire walls of the set were removed and shipped to Boston. In fact, to accommodate one window of the Great Hall, a ceiling at the Museum of Science was knocked out! The result is a unique trip through the films that truly recreates the wonder of the books.


The most remarkable feature of the exhibit was the extraordinary attention to detail. Not only were all the props used in the movies exceptionally precise, but the exhibit itself was intentionally arranged as it took you from the sorting ceremony, to the Hogwarts Express, through the Forbidden Forest, to the Great Hall, and everywhere else in between. Even the museum employees working the exhibit add to the ambiance as they all speak in impeccable British accents and, when asked, will all tell you they hail from "London proper". In the end, I truly felt like I had had an experience unique from all the movies and books.


A perfect example, among the many, many available, of the intricacies of props on display is the collection of
The Daily Prophets at the exhibit. Each newspaper only appears for seconds on camera, but each of these is complete with real articles corresponding to their headlines regarding the goings-on in the Harry Potter universe. According to Matthew Lewis, these detailed props created an environment on set helped the actors truly live their roles; these newspapers were not simply props, but were part of a living breathing universe. This detail was visible throughout the exhibit, from the 20,000 real feathers used to make the hippogriff Buckbeak, to the precision of the Tri-Wizard cup.

Even the portions of the set that did not ever make it on film were quite meticulous. For example, although the Hungarian Horntail dragon Harry faces off with in the movie was entirely computer generated, a life size bust of the dragon was created to be scanned in. The advantage of creating a life-sized model was to maximize the detail present in the final product.


With all of these little touches, it was quite apparent to me just how these films cost hundreds of millions of dollars in total!


So, while I certainly questioned why an exhibit consisting of the props of a movie about magic was in a museum dedicated to science, I certainly enjoyed myself and truly found the experience... magical (sorry, I had to).


Wow, the man is verbose isn't he? But he's also quite convincing. I'm thinking of maybe making a trip over this week.

Click (here) for more info on the exhibit (website has sound).


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Obama's Speech at MIT

10/26/2009 01:20:00 AM 0 Responses


If you're like me, you missed Obama's speech at MIT. I was busy during the time of the live webcast, but I did get to read it afterwards when the Globe printed a transcript of it. I figured at least a few of you are in the same boat as me, so here's a couple of excerpts. If you'd like to read the rest (it's five pages long) click the link below.

Thank you very much. Please, have a seat. Thank you. Thank you, MIT. (Applause.) I am -- I am hugely honored to be here. It's always been a dream of mine to visit the most prestigious school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Applause.) Hold on a second -- certainly the most prestigious school in this part of Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Laughter.) And I'll probably be here for a while -- I understand a bunch of engineering students put my motorcade on top of Building 10. (Laughter.)

Now, Dr. Moniz is also the Director of MIT's Energy Initiative, called MITEI. And he and President Hockfield just showed me some of the extraordinary energy research being conducted at this institute: windows that generate electricity by directing light to solar cells; light-weight, high-power batteries that aren't built, but are grown -- that was neat stuff; engineering viruses to create -- to create batteries; more efficient lighting systems that rely on nanotechnology; innovative engineering that will make it possible for offshore wind power plants to deliver electricity even when the air is still.

MIT the most prestigious school in Cambridge. I like the way that sounds...

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



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Chowdaheadz Contest Winners!

10/26/2009 01:14:00 AM 1 Response


Thanks to everyone that entered the latest giveaway sponsored by the folks over at Chowdaheadz (here). Congrats to the following six lucky folks for winning the drawing:

Neal D - Boston Shamrock T
Sharon A - Boston Home Sweet Home T
Cara S - Believe In Boston T-Shirt
Todd G - Boston Sports Capital Of America T
Joyce L - Believe T
Kathryn K - Believe In Boston T

I hope you guys enjoy your prizes. And for those of you who lost, fret not, I'm working on another giveaway as we speak. Hopefully I'll be able to get it worked out before the week is out.

Click (here) to visit Chowdaheadz.



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Gabriel from Gossip Girl Joins The Social Network

10/26/2009 12:50:00 AM 0 Responses


I've watched a handful of Gossip Girl episodes. Not the current season, some of the old stuff. I don't quite remember who Gabriel is. But if you see him walking around town, it's because he word is that he's joining the cast of The Social Network (the Facebook movie).

According to blog The Playlist, which picked up on filmmaker Richard Kelly's Twitter account, a single actor has been cast: 23-year-old Armie Hammer, best known for the role of moneyed sleazebag Gabriel on teen drama "Gossip Girl."

A thread on screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's Facebook page reveals that additional young actors cast include Max Minghella, Rooney Mara, Dakota Johnson, Brenda Song, andJosh Pence--but no character names were provided.


"The Social Network," which kicked off filming in Boston this week, is an adaptation of Ben Mezrich's unauthorized Facebook tell-all, "The Accidental Billionaires." Founder Mark Zuckerberg will be played by actor Jesse Eisenberg, while pop star Justin Timberlake will play Valley it-boy Sean Parker.

Click (here) to read the article.


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Industry Halloween Party - 10/27

10/26/2009 12:43:00 AM 0 Responses
Stuff and Rumor are teaming up to host an Industry Halloween Party tomorrow. First place in the costume contest wins $500. Not too shabby. And I'm assuming 'open cocktail hour' means free booze. It's been a while since I've had Sauza. I usually drink Patron, but this past week I had Tres Generaciones and it was pretty good.


You guys decided where you're going to be on Halloween yet? I think my friends and I will be heading over to Felt.

Click (here) to RSVP.



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Pairings Opens 10/26

10/23/2009 12:18:00 AM 2 Responses


I never actually ate at Bonfire when it was around. In terms of celebrity chef restaurants, I tend to gravitate towards Barbara Lynch's places rather than Todd English's. For those of you that hadn't heard, Bonfire closed down and will reopen as Pairings next week on 10/26. And if I remember correctly, Todd English isn't affiliated with the new restaurant.

Pairings, relaxed social dining accented by an extensive list of wines by the pour and innovative small plate options - this evolution of the restaurant is a meritage of warm autumnal tones, textural & tactile fabrics & dark wood, juxtaposed with natural light & vaulted ceilings.

Floor to ceiling open windows & patio dining create a neighborhood destination with just enough edge to be interesting yet inviting.


Grubstreet Boston got a sneak peek at the menu. Looks tasty. I've never had a lobster corn dog. But anything battered and fried is ok in my book.

Click (here) to check out the menu.



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Boston Underwater Festival - 10/24

10/23/2009 12:10:00 AM 0 Responses


Concerned about global warming? Want to meet up with others that share your concern? There's going to be an event going on this weekend at Christopher Columbus park to raise awareness

On Saturday October 24, hundreds of people from around the Greater Boston area will gather for the Boston Under Water Festival on Boston’s water front, an event to raise awareness about the threat that Katrina-like flooding poses to the city if action is not taken to stop global climate change.

Participants at the tongue-in-cheek event will wear goggles, snorkels, life vests and other aquatic props, and the event will culminate in a photograph of hundreds of people posing for a human-and-sandbag “sea wall”. The event is one of more than 2,000 actions in over 150 countries to call on President Obama and other world leaders to secure a fair, ambitious and binding global deal in Copenhagen this December at the UN Climate Change Conference.

WHO: Organizers include the 350 Massachusetts Coalition, Greenpeace USA, the Somerville Climate Action Network, Massachusetts Powershift, the JP Greenhouse, the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston, The Williams Agency and the Mass Council of Churches.

WHAT: Tongue-in-cheek climate festival to draw attention to Katrina-like flooding that Boston will face if action is not taken to stop global warming.

WHEN: 3:00 p.m., October 24th, 2009

WHERE: Christopher Columbus Park, next to the Aquarium T stop.

Click (here) for details.



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David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic - 12/3

10/22/2009 01:51:00 AM 0 Responses
This one is for the ballers/golfers out there. Normally, I only write about stuff going on in Boston, but this one involves Red Sox players and a magical place that I visited last year called Cap Cana.

On December 3-6, 2009, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will host the second annual David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic. The star-studded event benefits the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, providing children in New England and the Dominican Republic access to the pediatric critical care they need to live full and productive lives.

The annual event is held at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic, one of the most spectacular resort communities in the world. Guests will stay at the five-star luxury Sanctuary Cap Cana Golf & Spa, overlooking the turquoise waters and pristine beaches of the Caribbean Sea. The tournament itself will take place at the Jack Nicklaus-design and signature golf course, Punta Espada. The 72-hole resort, selected as The Best Golf Course in the Caribbean and Mexico by Golf Week Magazine, has eight holes that play spectacularly along the Caribbean Sea, with stunning views of the white sand beaches.

When I went to DR, we stayed in Punta Cana, but we took a day trip out to Capa Cana and let me tell you, if you were to ask me to describe it, I'd tell you to picture your favorite Corona commercial with the beaches and palm trees and white sand - that's what Cap Cana is like.

Click (here) to get more info.

PS. Now is a good time to start requesting vacation days for December.



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Littlenecks Bar & Grill Opens Today!

10/22/2009 01:45:00 AM 0 Responses


Those of you who know me know that I love to eat and that I love to try new restaurants. And it seems that there are a handful of restaurants opening soon. Jean Georges place at the W, the restaurant that's replacing Bonfire (which I'm going to write about next) and also Littlenecks Bar & Grille which opens today!

Chef Tony DeRienzo, the owner and Executive Chef of Waterfront Grille on New Bedford Harbor, will open the doors to his new restaurant in South Weymouth at 4:30pm on Thursday, October 22nd. Littlenecks Bar & Grill is located at 1073 Main Street (Route 18), along “Medical Mile,” in the space formerly inhabited by Acapulco’s Restaurant.

Littlenecks Bar & Grill is a casual atmosphere with a contemporary twist. The restaurant boasts an immense lounge area—seating 35 at the bar, and another 40 in the bar area—surrounded by seventeen high-definition plasma screen TVs and a large projection screen. The dining room overlooking the open kitchen allots seating for 150. The main focal point of the restaurant is the 8-seat Expedition Sushi Bar which separates the bar area from the dining room. At the sushi bar, guests watch as a chef hand-prepares creations a mere one-foot away from them.

I'm typically a downtown dining kind of guy (I just had to googlemap Weymouth to see where it is). But that's not to say I won't leave my comfort zone now and again to try something new. I think the furthest south I've been is to eat in Quincy. Actually, I take that back, I did eat at the Taco Bell in Brockton once. Perhaps it's time for a field trip.



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Trailer: Edge of Darkness

10/21/2009 01:34:00 AM 1 Response


Woohooo! This movie looks like it's going to be awesome. As you may recall Edge of Darkness starred Mel Gibson and was shot in Boston last summer (here). The trailer is out and the release date is January 29th.





How many scenes can you identify from the trailer?



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Obama Coming to MIT - 10/23

10/21/2009 01:29:00 AM 1 Response


Security is going to be tight on the MIT campus this upcoming Friday. President Obama is coming to town to give a speech on clean energy.

It is my great pleasure to announce that on Friday, October 23, President Barack Obama will be visiting MIT, where he will deliver an address in Kresge Auditorium on clean energy after meeting some of the MIT faculty and students whose work centers on energy. The President will be joined by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

President Obama’s decision to speak about energy from our campus is a high honor — and one that can truly be shared by the entire MIT community. Students, faculty and staff at the Institute are helping to frame the national policy debate on energy, push the frontiers of energy research, and revitalize energy education. With our flagship energy initiative — MITEI — MIT is bringing real-world solutions to the most challenging problems in energy.

For those of you that are interested, they'll be doing a live webcast (info here) at certain currently undetermined locations on campus.

Click (here) for the article.



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Beantown Bloggery Facelift

10/20/2009 04:31:00 AM 4 Responses


Ok, just like I promised, I've revamped the 'ol Bloggery based on suggestions that you guys gave me via email or comment.

I would have done it sooner, but like I mentioned a couple weeks ago my macbook died. And pardon my rant, but the folks at the Apple Genius Bar want $1300 to fix the macbook that I only paid $1400 for. Can we say highway robbery? Needless to say, my one year affair with Mac is over. It's back to PC's after Windows 7 launches. In the meantime I'm reduced to using my backup laptop - a super old Sony Vaio with a busted screen - I hafta plug it into an external monitor so I can use it. Sad, I know.

Based on your suggestions, I did the following:
1. Made the template a lighter color
2. Put full blog entries back on the homepage
3. Added the timestamps back on.

And if you'd like the tour, starting from the top and going down.

1. Top Navigation Menu
2. Subscription Options on the Top Right
3. 2nd Navigation Menu with Blog Labels
4. Search Bar to Search the Site
5. The Chatterbox
6. List of Movies/Shows Filmed
7. Blog Entries
8. Recent Comments
9. My Recent Twitter Updates
10. Sites I Like (Under Construction)

If you have additional suggestions for me, I'll take them. I'm still tweaking the site, so I may be able to incorporate your suggestions. But in regards to a total site revamp, that's not going to happen for a while.

Click (here) to check out the new site!


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Louis Boston Moving to Fan Pier

10/20/2009 01:57:00 AM 0 Responses


The title says it all. I'm suprised it took this long to find a new location, but the article mentions that it was due to the roller coaster ride that has been the real estate market here of late. It was back in May of 2008 that Louis Boston announced that they wouldn't renew their lease (here).

Clothing retailer Louis Boston has signed a lease for a 22,000-square-foot retail space at Fan Pier. Louis Boston will make the move next spring, at which point it will vacate its current retail space on Berkeley Street in Boston's Bay Bay.

Louis Boston, which will be joined by the Louis Café and Salon Mario Russo which operates a satellite salon out of the Back Bay store, will initially be housed in one of the temporary buildings before transitioning to a permanent retail space at the development.

Any readers out there shop at Louis Boston? Will you still go once it moves to Fan Pier?

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Market by Jean-Georges Opening - 10/29

10/20/2009 01:47:00 AM 0 Responses


I'm pretty psyched for this restaurant opening. I haven't had a chance to eat at Jean-Georges in NYC, but it's one of the few Michelin 3 Star restaurants in the US. Jean Georges' restaurant "Market" is opening next week in the new W Hotel.

Menus are being conceived, and sous chefs are doing a little light stretching while preparing for hurricane Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the culinary titan about to make windfall in our fair city.

Behold Market by Jean-Georges, opening next Thursday at the brand-new W Hotel in the Theatre District.


Speaking of the (still being finalized) feast, prepare for a greatest hits list from JGV's NYC scenes/eateries like Spice Market and Mercer Kitchen, with French, American and Asian flavors.


Yummmmmmm!



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Cellphones > Sex

10/19/2009 12:31:00 AM 0 Responses
File this one under 'hilarious.' Apparently, a good number of Bostonians prefer their cell phones over sex. This prompted me to think about it a little while and I think I could give up my cell phone for a year. But I don't talk much on the phone other than for work related stuff. What I wouldn't be able to give up is hi-speed internet access.

In fact, according to a new survey from Samsung Telecommunications America, 31 percent of adult Bostonians would rather forgo sex for an entire year, rather than give up their mobile phones for the same amount of time.

When it came to the battle of the sexes, however, Boston women (38 percent) were more willing than men (19 percent) to ignore their sex lives versus dropping their mobile phone use.

It might actually do us some good to not be tethered to our phones all the time. Who knows?

Click (here) for the article.



Contest: Chowdaheadz T-Shirt Giveaway

10/16/2009 02:22:00 AM 0 Responses
Good News! I thought I was taking a brief break from the whole giving-free-stuff-away gig, but I guess not. This time, it's the kind folks at Chowdaheadz that are sponsoring a t-shirt giveaway for six lucky readers.

Chowdaheadz has been around since 2004 and was started by Boston native Ryan Gormady. The office and store front is located in Woburn, MA. The company focus has been and always will be on items for the "Diehard Boston Fan". While many of our products are sports oriented when we say "Diehard Boston Fan" we also mean a fan of the city of Boston so not all our items are sports themed. Our specialty is our slogan & rivalry section but we offer a few thousand different items on our website including novelty items, gift packages, licensed team gear and much more.

Hmmmm, diehard boston fan? I think I know thousands of them. Oh and that over there on the left, that's Ben Affleck wearing a shirt that you can get from Chowdaheadz.

Ok so pay attention, because this contest requires a little more work on your part. But it's only because I want to get you the shirt of your choice if you win.

1. Click (here) and pick a t-shirt from the "Rivalry & Slogan Section"

2. Send me an email with the subject heading "Chowdaheadz"

3. In the body of the email include the following info: name, address, tshirt style that you'd like, and size.

Did you get all that? If you don't pick a t-shirt, the kind folks at Chowdaheadz will send you one of their choosing.

The contest will end on Friday 10/23 at 10pm EST.

Click (here) to visit the Chowdaheadz site.

Personally, I've got my eye on the shamrock hoodie, (here) seeing as how it's getting chilly out.



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Justin Timberlake NOT Coming to Boston

10/16/2009 02:14:00 AM 3 Responses
So there's been a lot of news lately about the new Ben Mezrich movie - The Social Network. If you haven't heard, it's about the founding of Facebook and it stars Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield. Here's the kicker though (the ladies may be disappointed). JT will not be in any of the Boston scenes. Oh but if you're still curious - the film is supposed to start shooting next week on 10/19.

The crew of "The Social Network," the David Fincher-directed retelling of Facebook's earliest days, is headed to film in the Boston area soon with a widely reported start date of October 19.

A location manager for “The Social Network,’’ a biopic on the Facebook founders, starring Justin Timberlake, says scenes will be shot at the Thirsty Scholar Pub on Beacon Street next week, but the pop icon will not be there.


I haven't seen any casting calls for this one yet. Anyone heard any rumors?

Click (here) for the cnet article.

Click (here) for the Globe article.



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Stuff Cocktail Party - 10/19

10/16/2009 02:10:00 AM 0 Responses
I think this was from an episode of the Simpsons. "I'm a man of few words .... any questions?" I'll let the poster below speak for itself.



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MV Food & Wine Festival 2009

10/16/2009 02:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Looking for a day trip to go on this weekend? Or maybe a full weekend getaway? Consider swinging by Marth's Vineyard. The Martha's Vineyard Food & Wine Festival starts today and runs through the 18th and there's going to be some famous people there.

Celebrity Talent Festival Emcee Dan Michaud, Director of Special Events, Ruby Wines


Andy Husbands, Chef/Owner of Tremont 647 & Sister Sorel Author of “The Fearless Chef”

Bravo Top Chef Season Five Finalist Stefan Richter Festival

Host Chef Levon Wallace, Executive Chef Water Street, Harbor View Hotel & Resort


I just briefly skimmed through the schedule of events for the weekend, and I saw a few of my favorite words: wine, oysters, and champagne.

Click (here) for more details.



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Big Black at McFadden's Tonight

10/15/2009 12:26:00 AM 2 Responses
I think I've seen a total of two episodes of that MTV show Rob & Big. If you haven't seen any episodes. Rob is a skateboarder and Big is (I believe) his bodyguard. The show basically follows all their shenanigans. If you are a fan of the show, Big is going to be at McFadden's tonight.


Anyone know what a "bud light pony" is? Then again for $1, does it really matter?



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Suri Goes to School

10/15/2009 12:20:00 AM 0 Responses
You'd think with just one month of filming left in Boston that Tom & Katie would just home school Suri. But according to Perez, Suri's enrolled in a Catholic School in the area.

While Tom Cruise is working on his new flick Wichita in Boston, he and his wife Katie Holmes have supposedly come to the mutual decision to enroll little Suri Cruise in a Catholic pre-school.

The Yawkey Centre for Early Education and Learning is run by Catholic Charities and apparently Katie's family is thrilled about their decision.


Oh, and that pic of Suri is from a couple of days ago off of the Superficial's site. They've got a little tidbit about Suri going to school in the area as well.

Click (here) for a link to the Superficial.

Click (here) for a link to Perez's post.



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Wichita Becomes Knight & Day

10/15/2009 12:13:00 AM 1 Response
So for the last couple of months, we've all been referring to the Tom Cruise & Cameron Diaz movie as "Wichita." Well as of today, it's been renamed. Articles in both Variety and the Herald are confirming that the movie's new name is "Knight & Day"

Months after landing Tom Cruise over several other studios that courted him, 20th Century Fox has finally found a title for the film he is currently shooting.Studio has firmed "Knight & Day" as the new title for a film that had previously been known around town as "Wichita" and "Trouble Man."

The primping and preening continues on the set of the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz flick, now - thankfully - renamed “Knight & Day.” The flick, which will also shoot in Spain, Austria and in the tropics, pulls out of Boston around Nov. 15

Oh and one other tidbit, it seems that the movie is supposed to come on next July 4th. Exactly one more month of shooting. If you haven't seen Tom or Cameron yet, better get out there.

Click (here) for the Variety article.

Click (here) for the Herald article.



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Wichita Filming at Jacob Wirth's

10/14/2009 12:05:00 AM 4 Responses
Those of you who follow my Twitter already know this, but according to Bloggery Reader RB - Wichita has been filming at Jacob Wirth's since yesterday.

This is a bit of a digression, but the worst part about my computer being busted is that I lost all my autosaved passwords. It took me forever just to log into twitter today because I forgot my password. Anyway, here's what RB had to say:

Not sure if this is of any interest to you but today and tomorrow(Tue/Wed)....Wichita is being filmed at Jacob Wirth’s restaurant on Kneeland Street. They rented out the place for the two days at $15,000 a day.

$15K a day, not a bad payday. Anyone in the restaurant biz want to comment on how $15K compares to what a regular day of revenue would be for a restaurant like Jacob Wirths? Is it more? Is it less? Comparable?



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Free Children's Opera - 3 Little Pigs

10/14/2009 12:03:00 AM 0 Responses
I downloaded the Kindle application on my iphone the other day. Apple gets enough of my money so I only download apps that are free. After downloading it, I looked for all the free books that were available. The first one that I came across was a book of fairy tales. When's the last time you read the original story of Aladdin rather than just watch the Disney version?

For those of you that are parents, maybe you've read the Three Little Pigs more recently than I have, but why read it to your kids when someone else will sing it to them for you? For Free!

The Boston Conservatory Opera presents FREE children’s performances of The Three Little Pigs, an operatic version of the classic tale of the same name. The opera, based on an adaptation by John Davies with music by Mozart, will be performed Saturday, Oct. 17 at noon and 2 p.m. at The Boston Conservatory’s Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, 4th floor, Boston. Admission is FREE and reservations are not required. For more information call (617) 912-9240.

The 45-minute show is geared toward children in grades K–6. Kirsten Z. Cairns, director of opera studies at The Boston Conservatory, directs. Brian Moll will play piano. All performers are students pursuing professional training at The Boston Conservatory.

All I remember is the part about huffing and puffing and blowing houses down. Anyone remember the moral of the story? Was it to build a house of brick rather than straw? I forget.

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Casting Call: Wichita Needs Tow Truck Drivers

10/14/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses
Obviously this this is a once in a life time opportunity to be in a Tom Cruise movie. But for those of you that are tow truck drivers, do you own your trucks? or are they a company car? Can you just take a day off and take the truck with you to be on a movie? Just curious.

Boston Casting is seeking Tow Truck Drivers to work as background performers on the film Wichita.

The job would shoot in the Boston Area on Friday Oct. 23rd.


Pay will be background rate. Depending on how long you are on set, (typically 9-12 hours), you should expect to make around $90-$100 for the day.


As well as being available for the shoot date, wardrobe may want to meet with you ahead of time on Friday Oct. 16th in Boston as well.


You must have both days completely free and available.


If interested and available, please email a photo, contact information, and driving experience to Ashley@bostoncasting.com.



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Casting Call: Generations Reality Show

10/14/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses
I think casting calls and movie related stuff makes up almost 1/3 of my posts nowadays. Not that I'm complaining. I think this stuff is super fun (not just fun). Read this one carefully because it's a little more complicated than the usual casting calls. It's for a new show called Generations.

The producers of MTV's "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County" are now looking for America's next breakout personalities to star in GENERATIONS. This new show will follow the lives of a group of friends who attend the very same high school their parents attended but on the flip side, it will also follow the lives of their parents who have not only remained friends with their high school chums but whose teenage children have also become friends.

GENERATIONS allows viewers to experience teenage angst, and memorable life changing high school experiences that remain timeless, in a new and exciting way. The backdrop remains the same as the new generation walks in the footprints of their moms and dads, at the same schools their parents attended. The world has transformed greatly for the second generation of high school friends. Cell phones, the internet, twitter and Facebook have become part of everyday life but we’ll learn that some things about being a teenager never change…


To summarize we are looking for a close-knit group of friends (5 to 7) who all attend the same high school that their parents attended. Additionally we need some of the parents (4 to 6) to still be friends today. To apply simply email us a brief description of all participants (names, ages, graduating class, brief bio) as well as recent photos of everybody to m.zemrak@yahoo.com




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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Are Related

10/13/2009 12:08:00 AM 1 Response
I would love to meet the person who's specific job it was to figure this out. It's like playing that Kevin Bacon game, but doing it for a living. Apparently, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are distantly related.

According to the New England Genealogical Society, they're also cousins. Tenth cousins, once removed, that is. Society researchers dug up evidence that both Damon and Affleck are descended from William Knowlton, Jr., a bricklayer who came to the U.S. from England in the 1630s and settled in Ipswich.

I guess it makes for interesting trivia to map out the family trees of celebrities. But honestly, I'm not even sure what a "tenth cousin, once removed" is. A cousin of one of my cousins = a 2nd cousin right? What does "once removed" mean?

I'm Chinese, so we keep it simple. I just call everyone "uncle" or "auntie."

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Ringling Bros Animal Walk - TODAY!

10/13/2009 12:04:00 AM 0 Responses
Is probably been twenty years since I've been to the circus. I really don't mind though, because I'm deathly afraid of clowns. Well, not so much anymore, but they still weird me out. I think it's probably because my older brother made me watch Stephen King's "It" with him when I was far too young to be watching it.

Ringling Brothers is back in town and they're making it known to everyone by doing an Animal Walk today through Cambridge and Boston.

WHO: 6 elephants on foot, 10 horses, and 2 ponies join Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey trainers and handlers as they walk through the streets of Cambridge and Boston to the TD Garden. Following the pachyderm parade will be Ringmaster, Chuck Wagner, three Ringlettes and several clowns all aboard a Boston DUCK who will greet the crowds as they pass.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at APPROXIMATELY 7:00 PM*

Best Viewing Areas:

Along Memorial Drive in between the Mass Ave/Harvard Bridge and the Msgr. O'Brien Highway/Charles River Bridge and in front of the Museum of Science on Msgr. O’Brien Highway.

Ringling Brothers is here from 10/14-10/18.



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Contest: BigD and the Kids Table

10/13/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses
I'm taking a short break in the 'giving stuff away' department (that is until I find something else to give away) but luckily RockNRollBoston is picking up the slack. They shot me over an email today to let me know that they're currently running a contest to give away a pair of tickets to a BigD and the Kids Table concert coming up later this month.

Legendary Boston band Big D and the Kids Table is playing two shows at the Paradise Rock Club on Oct. 29 and 30th. YOU and a guest could be going to one of them for free! Leave a comment anywhere on the site, using your real name and email address (those are kept confidential, so don’t worry) and we’ll pick someone at random a few days before the show. Good luck!

Now just so you don't get confused, this isn't my contest, so don't leave me a comment hoping to win. I've got nothing to give you this time around. I'm just the messenger.

Click (here) to visit RockNRollBoston and enter.



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Ringling Brothers Cocktail Night - 10/13

10/12/2009 12:03:00 AM 1 Response
Is Tuesday too early in the week to drink? No? I didn't think so either, but I just wanted to check. My buddy DanDan did tell me once that it's only considered a drinking problem if I feel bad about it ... just kidding.

Coming up tomorrow 10/13 is a Stuff event - the Ringling Brothers Cocktail Party at the Landsdown Pub.


Click (here) to RSVP for the event.



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1000 Words: Wichita in Southie

10/12/2009 12:03:00 AM 0 Responses
Want to see a series of AMAZING pics from the Wichita shoot in Southie last week (10/8)? Bloggery Reader Ronda just sent me a link to her picasa album and the photos are awesome. Here are a few (she's got WAY more).



Click (here) to see all 76 pics!



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Winner: Green River Ordinance Tix!

10/12/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses
Whew, sorry for the sparse postings lately guys. I was in SF for a week for a wedding and then some biz meetings and while I was there SOMEONE spilled a drink on my laptop and didn't fess up to it. So I went to check my email and found my poor macbook sitting in a puddle of water on my desk - thereby leaving me with no means to blog.

The folks at the SF Apple store would not let me send it in for repairs and pick it up from a local Apple store once I returned home so it had to wait until I got back yesterday. For now I'm on my backup computer, but postings should get back to their regular frequency.

Congratulations to Bloggery Reader:

Stephanie D

For winning the pair of tickets to the Green River Ordinance concert this week on 10/14 (here).





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Styleboston Clip - Lucky-Madewell

10/09/2009 12:10:00 AM 0 Responses
Have you guys been watching Styleboston (here)? If not, here's a little clip of one of Tonya Mezrich's segment to fill you in on what you're missing.


Click (here) if you can't see the video.


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$100 Halloween Costume Contest

10/08/2009 12:03:00 AM 1 Response
What are you guys going to be for Halloween? Last year I went as a Geek Squad guy, the year before I went as Ryu from Street Fighter. I need a new idea. And if you've got a good idea, you should enter HEC's Costume Contest that's going on right now.

Hollywood East Connection is an independent, Massachusetts-based entertainment news and career website celebrating creative talent in New England. We provide readers with engaging news and profiles of everyday people getting ahead in the movie and t.v. industries. We also have the most comprehensive career resource directory focusing on New England.

We thought you and your readers might want to know about our costume contest this month. We're giving away $100 to the person with the best costume depicting a movie or TV character.


Best costume for a movie or TV character. Hmmmm. My buddy Troy was the Mayor of Imaginationland (from South Park) last year. That was a pretty awesome costume. I'd like to be Greenman from It's Always Sunny, but I would not look good in a tight green body suit.

Click (here) for more contest info.


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Boston Casting Needs Celtic Band

10/07/2009 03:57:00 AM 0 Responses
My macbook is still dead. They won't fix it out here, I have to bring it to the Apple Store when I get back in town this upcoming Sunday. Even after I return, they said it'll take 5-7 days to fix, if they can fix it at all. Bleh. Anyone want to buy me a new macbook? So in the meantime, blogging will be sporadic at best.

Boston Casting is seeking a 4 person Celtic Band to work as background performers on the film Wichita.

The job would shoot in the Boston Area on Thurs Oct. 22nd.

Each band member will receive background rate plus a bump for bringing your instrument as a prop. Depending on how long you are on set, (typically 9-12 hours), you should expect to make around $90-$100 for the day.

As well as being available for the shoot date, wardrobe may want to meet with you ahead of time on Thurs Oct. 15th in Boston as well.

We are only looking for band members to work as extras, you will not be playing your own music. This is more for the fun of just being in a movie than anything else.

If interested and available, please email a photo and contact information to Ashley@bostoncasting.com.



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No New Blogs For A Little While

10/05/2009 03:33:00 AM 0 Responses
Sooooo, my macbook is dead right now. Which leaves me without a computer and no means to blog. I had to beg, borrow, and steal just to get access to a laptop so that I can let you guys know that I sadly will not be able to blog for a few days.

I'm heading to the Genius Bar tomorrow to see if they can fix it. I'll be back in business as soon as that happens.

Cheers everyone!



Great American Book Drive - 10/3

10/02/2009 03:36:00 AM 0 Responses
I just recently rediscovered the public library and the whole 'reading books' thing. It helped that my tv was busted and I also got rid of all my premium channels - which allowed me to watch a little less tv and spend some time reading again. I'm happy to report that I do indeed still know how to read.

Coming up this weekend is the Great American Book Drive. A chance for you to get rid of your old books, and make room for some new ones.

Better World Books invites Bostonians to clear off their cluttered shelves for a good cause. In what’s become a local tradition, area residents and community members of all ages are asked to stop by the Great American Book Drive™ and donate new and used books to help raise money for the Prison Book Program and City Mission Society of Boston.

Last year’s drive collected over 22,000 books – carloads and suitcases full! – and this year’s organizers are looking to top that figure.


Saturday, October 3, 2009
The Non-Profit Center
89 South Street, Boston, MA
10 am – 3 pm


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Gun License Update

10/02/2009 03:25:00 AM 7 Responses
One of my most commented posts of all time was the one I made detailing out the steps I went through to get my gun license in Boston and the requirements that were made. I just got an update from Bloggery Reader Larry that is pretty monumental, and I think it warrants its own post. Here's what he had to say:

Just as an addendum to this article, which I really appreciate you posting - I spoke to the head licensing officer today (Oct. 1, 2009), and you no longer need to be a member of a gun club. He said that he inherited that requirement, and didn't necessarily agree with it, so it has been rescinded. Thought you all might like to know.

My license is good for five years, so It'll be a while before I personally go down to verify this, but if anyone else is on their way to getting an LTC in the Boston area - report back and let us know what you find out.

Now the only other requirement that I personally think they should get rid of is the marksmanship test. How are you supposed to practice for a marksmanship test if you're not able to own a gun? That never made sense to me.

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Harvard Produces Most Billionaires

10/01/2009 12:45:00 AM 0 Responses
I've been sitting on this article for almost two months. Partly because it's wayyyy back in my bookmarks list of stuff to blog about and partly because it's about Harvard. Forbes did a study of billionaires and what schools they came from. Harvard is at the top of the list (by far).

Want your kid to become one of the richest people in the world? Send them to Harvard.

The Cambridge, Mass., school tops our first-ever billionaire college study with an alumni base that features 54 10-figure titans, more than 5% of the world's billionaires. Of those 54 plutocrats, 11 received an undergraduate degree, 41 earned a master's, doctorate or juris doctorate, and two earned two degrees.


For those of you that are curious, here's the whole list by school:

Harvard 54
Stanford 25
Upenn 18
Columbia & Yale 16
MIT 11
Northwestern 10
U of Chicago 10
Cornell 9
UC Berkeley 9
USC 9
UT Austin 9

So between Harvard And MIT, there are 65. So MA has wayyyy more than any other state. That's how I like it.

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The Ego & The Oracle

10/01/2009 12:37:00 AM 2 Responses
I moved to Boston in 2000. That's a fairly long time ago. And after all those years, I've found myself in a little bit of a social rut. Not that I'm complaining, I love my friends (except Dan Dan, him I hate). But sometimes, there's that desire to try something new. A press release just popped into my email that seems to fill that job description: A show called "The Ego & The Oracle"

Straddling the line between theatre, comedy and concert, "The Ego & The Oracle" invites audience members to ask questions, and the answer is interpreted after "un-pop" band Jim's Big Ego performs a randomly chosen song from their repertoire like a Ouija Board plugged into an iPod Shuffle. Time after time and tune after tune, "Oracle" and "Ego" reveal their responses with often uncanny results.

While centered on prognostication, every performance is unpredictable. Questions from the audience are randomly pulled out of a box, and "The Oracle" works through a carnival-like Wheel of Songs with dozens of titles recorded by Jim's Big Ego.

Upcoming Shows:
Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
6:30pm doors / 7pm show
Back Room at The Burren Davis Square, Somerville
All Ages, but best suited for mature audiences
$15


Curious? Me too. The first show is tonight! And if this doesn't work, it's probably time to find a place to go skydiving.



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Smashion Launch Party - 10/2

10/01/2009 12:26:00 AM 2 Responses
This has been the longest week ever. I can't believe it's only Thursday. I'll seek solace in the fact that tomorrow is Friday and that means I can hit up the Smashion Launch Party. I haven't blogged too much about Fashion Week this week, but here's an event that I didn't want you guys to pass up - the Smashion Launch Party.

Smashion is a social fashion site that features a free marketplace connecting buyers and sellers with a passion for fashion.

You're invited to the Smashion Launch Party at District Lounge during Boston Fashion Week, complete with a fashion show by LF boutique, local designer exhibits, hors d'oeuvres and company brand launch.

District Boston

180 Lincoln St
Boston, MA 02111


Friday, October 2, 2009
6pm-9pm


I recently had to stop wearing a bunch of my clothing because i lost a lil over 20 pounds over the past few months (calorie counting blows btw). And I'm contemplating getting a nicer wardrobe to replace the old stuff. Maybe I should brush up on my fashion sense.

Click (here) for details about the event.



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