It was all smiles for "Real Men Cry" stars Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo, and Amanda Peet as they gathered on M Street in South Boston early yesterday for the first day of filming. The gritty crime flick, written and directed by Southie native Brian Goodman, is about two friends who turn to crime as a way to get by and will be filming in the area for the next couple of months. Donnie Wahlberg also stars.
LA lures SteinbergIt appears Dr. Charles Steinberg's stay on Yawkey Way is coming to a close and he's heading to Los Angeles to help the Dodgers mark 50 years in the City of Angels next season. League sources told the Globe's Gordon Edes that owners Frank and Jamie McCourt offered Steinberg a front office job orchestrating the celebration while the Sox marketing magician was in LA for the Thanksgiving holiday as their guest. A dentist by trade, Steinberg arrived in Boston after John Henry bought the team in 2002, and quickly established himself as the P.T. Barnum of the BoSox organization, crafting the pre- and post-game flourishes that have become common at Fenway in recent years. (Who can forget the dramatic Opening Day ceremony in '05? Or the Ted Williams memorial service?) Steinberg, who did some consulting for the Dodgers last season, could not be reached yesterday.
Willis coming to townBruce Willis could be in Boston as early as February to film Disney's big-screen, big-budget adaptation of "The Surrogates," the graphic novel by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele. The futuristic action flick will be helmed by Jonathan Mostow, whose credits include "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" and "U-571." We hear production on "The Surrogates" is getting fast-tracked because Oliver Stone's "Pinkville" (in which Willis also stars) is on hold due to the writers' strike. Willis will also portray Boston native Richard Clarke in the Robert Redford-directed film based on Clarke's memoir, "Against All Enemies."
Power to the profDavid Cutler shows up on Details magazine's highly arbitrary "Power List," an annual ranking of the 50 most influential men under the age of 45. A Harvard economics professor, Cutler, 42, served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during Bill Clinton's administration. (He's currently advising Barack Obama's presidential campaign.) Also on the list is Tufts grad Ben Silverman, the new cochairman of NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio.
Good works pay offBusy Norwell teens Brittany and Robbie Bergquist have raised more than $1 million for phone cards so that deployed US soldiers can keep in touch with their families back home. Now AT&T, a supporter of the Bergquists' effort, is doing a little something for them. Yesterday on "The View," the telecom announced that each of the teens would receive a $100,000 scholarship for college.
Au courant currencyNotwithstanding her claims to the contrary, Gisele Bundchen is, in fact, insisting on being paid in euros. Tom Brady's supermodel sweetheart just renewed her contract with Colcci, and we're told it calls for her to collect a big pile of euros - 1.7 million of them, to be exact. Bundchen, by the way, will be at Fashion Rio in January, but is planning to spend Christmas and New Year's Eve in New York with her mom and dad. Who else will be there? The Brady bunch, we're told, including No. 12's mom and dad.
Blushing CrimsonsHarvard has its share of goody-two-shoes grads, but those aren't the folks featured in the new issue of "02138," which comes out today. The magazine concerns itself with famous alums who've been caught up in sex scandals of one sort or another. The most recent example is Louisiana Senator David Vitter, whose telephone number showed up in "DC Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey's little black book. But, as the magazine makes clear, there are many, many others, including former New Jersey governor James McGreevey, Congressman Barney Frank, former Washington senator Brock Adams, and former American University president Richard Berendzen. The mag's masthead gets so carried away it includes billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, who's facing multiple charges of unlawful sex with minors. Epstein didn't graduate from the World's Greatest University, but he's tight with professor Alan Dershowitz and has pledged $30 million for Harvard's Program for Evolutionary Dynamics.
Extreme: Lets just rockMotivated , they say, by a love of music not money, Extreme is getting back together. The former Boston band, which scored a No. 1 hit with "More Than Words" and sold over 10 million records before breaking up in the early '90s, is recording a new CD and will undertake a world tour next year. "If we were going to get together and rejoin forces, it had to be because we had something new to say," said guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, who grew up in Hudson. "I didn't want to tour on our past laurels." Vocalist Gary Cherone and bassist Pat Badger are back in the fold, but drummer Paul Geary has opted out of the reunion. (A Medford native, Geary is busy working with legendary band manager Irving Azoff in LA.) Extreme's first official gig with new drummer Kevin Figueiredo will be Saturday at the Boston Music Awards. "[Aerosmith drummer] Joey [Kramer] reached out to us, and we thought it'd be great to do it for Boston," Bettencourt said. "It's not like the Stones are reuniting, let's be realistic, but it could be fun." After the breakup, Cherone briefly fronted Van Halen and Bettencourt formed several bands, including Satellite Party with Perry Farrell. "When Perry and I started out, it was a 50/50 thing," he said. "But live, it didn't reflect where I wanted to go - it was more of a cabaret show than a rock show." The same will not be said of the reunited Extreme. "Who gives a [expletive] about being artsy," said Bettencourt. "Let's just rock."
Swept up in the sweepNeed a Fenway fix? You're in luck. Major League Baseball last night released the official "2007 World Series Film: Rockies vs. Red Sox." The DVD, narrated by Matt Damon, premiered at the Citi Wang Theatre, and Sox skipper Terry Francona and pitchers Curt Schilling, Manny Delcarmen, and Jon Lester were on the guest list. . . . Not to be outdone, Team Baby Entertainment is releasing a World Series edition of its "Red Sox Baby" DVD narrated by Ben Affleck.
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