''The Departed" has finally arrived and will be with us for the next three weeks. During that time, director Martin Scorsese, who's been issued 56 separate permits to shoot, will be filming in seven Boston neighborhoods, according to Patte Papa, director of the city's film office. Set in Boston, ''The Departed" is a remake of the Hong Kong hit ''Infernal Affairs." In August, some members of the cast and crew will be due back in Boston to shoot ''major scenes," according to someone familiar with the script. And brace yourself: Now that filming's begun, there'll be the requisite celebrity spottings, since Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin, and perhaps Jack Nicholson will all be in town. Cameras were set to roll for the first time last night at the Quincy Shipyard. The set, tucked behind a dilapidated former mill building once owned by General Dynamics, is not visible from the street. It's apparent, however, that the crew, which is staying nearby at the Quincy Marriott, is from out of town. ''It took one of the guys an hour to get here from the hotel," said a security guard, laughing. . . . ''The Departed" isn't the only action going on around town. Yesterday, writer-director Brad Gann's ''Black Irish" was shooting near Doherty Park in Charlestown. ''[Both films] will be using some of the same sites, but not at the same time," said Papa. ''We've already heard of local residents being used as extras."
Holmes freeOne celeb you won't see around town is ''Batman Begins" star Katie Holmes. There's a story circulating among real estate types that Tom Cruise's new girlfriend is buying a place in Dartmouth. But before you exchange your ''Free Katie" T-shirt for a ''Welcome Katie" T, know this: Holmes's publicist Leslie Sloane Zelnick says the story is ''not at all true"; Holmes ''hasn't been there."
No close callNot to worry, No. 12 is fine. Tom Brady was not -- repeat not -- onboard a small corporate jet that skidded off a runway at Norwood Memorial Airport yesterday. The Dassault Falcon Ten was supposed to pick up the Pats QB and take him to a speaking engagement in Las Vegas. Team spokesman Stacey James said Brady called an audible and made other arrangements. Earlier yesterday, the Super Bowl signal-caller signed autographs and posed for photos with four Make-A-Wish children, one of whom, 5-year-old Michael Lanosa of Lowell, wowed Brady with a rendition of Sinatra's ''I've Got the World on a String."
Fenway fund-raiserSox GM Theo Epstein and brother Paul are using their celebrity to do some good. They've started A Foundation to Be Named to support programs for at-risk and underprivileged kids. (Horizons for Homeless Children, Roxbury Youthworks, and West End House are among the charities that'll benefit.) Today, Epstein and Peter Gammons will announce the details of ''Hot Stove, Cool Music Fenway Sessions," a July 16 fund-raiser for the foundation.
Star-spangled winnerDerrick Williams, winner of the 2005 NEXT competition, sang the national anthem last night at Fenway.
Celebrated Boston band the Pixies, making a racket at Agganis Arena tonight with opener 50 Foot Wave featuring Kristin Hersh, received their ''Surfer Rosa" gold albums the other night.
They said it'The feminist in [my] head has had a lot of issues with the whole concept of being a wife.' Singer Alanis Morissette, asked why she hasn't yet married her fiance, Ryan Reynolds.
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