In hot pursuit of McConaughey

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February 22, 2008

Word that Matthew McConaughey was in the Leather District meant dozens of people - yes, mostly women - braved the wind and cold yesterday to catch a glimpse of the star (above, on South Street near South Station) of "The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past." McConaughey's costar Jennifer Garner also caused a stir, but there were fewer fans, it appeared, waiting for her autograph. When filming finished on South Street last night, the production decamped for a couple of weeks of filming on the North Shore. On Wednesday, the Mark Waters-directed flick was filming at Sonsie on Newbury Street. During a break, Garner made a beeline across the street to the North Face store, where she bought a winter coat. Good choice. Garner, hubby Ben Affleck, and their 2-year-old daughter, Violet, started their day yesterday with breakfast at Henrietta's Table in the Charles Hotel.

Getting into the act

Wareham native and BU alum Geena Davis gave some local girls a chance to see how the Los Angeles media world works - something they've been studying back in Boston. The Oscar winner hosted girls from local journalism mentoring program Teen Voices at a recent LA conference. On hand were student/peer leaders Tanasia Barboza-White and Adanma Ude, executive director Jenny Amory, and program director Saun Green.

ART’s 'Orpheus X' in Hong Kong

"Orpheus X" creators Rinde Eckert (left) and Robert Woodruff (second from left) were the toast of the Hong Kong Arts Festival last night when their production - featuring the original cast from Harvard's American Repertory Theatre - played to a full house. The sold-out run, which features actors John Kelly and Suzan Hanson (both above right) - ends Sunday.

Some shamrocking kicks

Celtics guard Rajon Rondo wore some fab kicks during the NBA's Rookie-Sophomore game last weekend. Reebok made Rondo five pairs of Celtics-themed ATR Vertical III shoes - with green shamrocks! - for the game. Afterward, the Canton-based shoemaker put the shoes up for sale on the website for $90 a pair and they went quickly. Yesterday, we found one pair for sale on eBay for nearly 10 times that amount. Speaking of Reebok, last night in New York the company hosted a party to kick off its "Freestyle World Tour" ad campaign. The guest list included pop singer Christina Milian, Vanessa Minnillo, and her boyfriend, Nick Lachey, rapper Lil' Kim, and "Gossip Girls" stars Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, and Jessica Szohr.

Keeping it going

Boston hip-hop dancers Status Quo survived another round of MTV's "Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew" competition and are one of six troupes still in contention for the show's $100,000 top prize. In jeopardy after finishing among the bottom two vote-getters the previous week, Status Quo bounced back last night with a dazzling performance highlighted by Ernest "E-Knock" Phillips's acrobatic off-the-stage flip. Phillips had been nursing an injured ankle but came up big when it mattered most. He and fellow crew members Jamal Weaver, Joshua Green, Jayjion Greer, Dwayne Hines, and Darius Rutledge dance again Tuesday in a competition scheduled to air Thursday night on MTV.

Emotional responses touch Peirce

It didn't surprise director Kimberly Peirce (inset) that more than a dozen people were waiting to talk to her after a Boston screening of her new film, "Stop Loss," about soldiers fighting in the Iraq war. "We've been to 10 of 22 cities scheduled for screening . . . and the questions are different, but people want to talk about the war and their family's experiences," Peirce said. "That's the same wherever we go." The film, which stars Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish, opens March 28. But the "Boys Don't Cry" director, who has a brother in the military, said she welcomes the dialogue the drama sparks. "We had an 18-year-old woman come up to us here, and she's probably less familiar with the military life than a girl in Texas," Peirce told us, "but she's still feeling the same emotions."

Ahmir takes prize

Boston-based R&B quartet Ahmir won a recent competition on BET's "106 & Park." Their prize? The group - Leon Jones, Michael McDonald, Mark E. Robertson Jr., and K.C. Washington - will get their own concert on BET this summer.

Ashlee on her way

Ashlee Simpson will be hitting town next Friday to host a night at Gypsy Bar. Jessica Simpson's little sis is making the promotion rounds for her new single "Outta My Head," which is from her new CD "Bittersweet World." No word on whether Simpson's kohl-eyed beau, Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, will be in the house.

Walker doc gets WBZ airing

On camera, former WBZ-TV anchor Liz Walker is the host of "Sunday With Liz Walker." Off-camera, she's a filmmaker who produced the new documentary, "A Glory From the God." The film, which has been shown at local churches, museums, and the Boston Public Library, will be broadcast at 7 p.m. tomorrow on WBZ. The documentary follows the spiritual journey of Boston pediatrician and pastor Gloria White-Hammond as she works to raise awareness about the genocide in Sudan.

Joseph P. Kahn and Johnny Diaz of the Globe staff contributed. Names can be reached at or at 617-929-8253.

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