"The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" star Matthew McConaughey spent most of Wednesday night on Marlborough Street working on a scene with his costar Emma Stone, who happens to play the title ghost in the film. (Actress Noureen DeWulf is the Ghost of Girlfriends Present in the romantic comedy about a notorious bachelor who goes to his brother's wedding and is haunted by - you guessed it - his past girlfriends.) The Back Bay filming attracted a fair number of gawkers - and not just those trying to catch a glimpse of McConaughey. What was so interesting? Production crews set up a bed with a leather headboard in the middle of the street and attached fake fall leaves to several trees lining the sidewalks.
Revere riding to big screen
Director Brian Ide thinks the story of Paul Revere's midnight ride hasn't really been told on the big screen. So the LA-based filmmaker is turning his short flick, "The Ride," into a full-length feature he hopes to shoot in Boston this fall. "There's a lot more to the story than that poem we all learned as kids in school," Ide told us yesterday. "Paul Revere was just a regular guy, a very unlikely hero." Officials from the Old North Church and Revere's historic homestead met with art director John Goldsmith, whose recent credits include "No Country for Old Men" and HBO's "John Adams." Last night, Ide and former state film office chief Robin Dawson (one of the producers on the movie), hosted a party at Stix to introduce the project to the film community. Others expected at last night's gathering were actor Dustin Booth and production manager Elizabeth Flaherty, a Milton native whose credits include "He's Just Not That Into You."
Getting out there
For a filmmaker who tends to fly under the radar, Errol Morris (above) is really getting out there to promote "Standard Operating Procedure," his documentary about the Abu Ghraib scandal. Morris spent yesterday at his Cambridge office doing interviews before heading to Brandeis for the local premiere of the film. Morris has also been invited by Robert De Niro to host a special screening of the doc at the Tribeca Film Festival next week. "Standard Operating Procedure," which won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, opens in theaters May 2.
Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (above) and Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain have a lot in common - and not just the storied rivalry of their ball clubs. As GQ points out in its May issue, on newsstands next week, both are 20-something Native Americans who burst onto the scene late in the 2007 season - and they're fun to watch on the field. "For once we weren't talking about Manny's wandering attention span or A-Rod's roving eye," writes GQ's Nate Penn. "To watch the two rookies is to be witness to something fresh, thrilling, and especially in Boston and New York, rare: baseball without the baggage." Indeed.
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