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By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / December 23, 2009

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Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz were running around South Boston shooting scenes for “Knight & Day’’? Well, the trailer for the film directed by James Mangold is already online, and, truth be told, it looks pretty entertaining. (The same cannot be said about too many made-in-Massachusetts movies of recent vintage - “Bride Wars,’’ “My Best Friend’s Girl,’’ “The Proposal.’’) An action-comedy originally called “Wichita,’’ “Knight & Day’’ is about a handsome man of mystery and his accidental paramour who become embroiled in a bit of international intrigue. (The film costars Maggie Grace, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Dano, Marc Blucas, Olivier Martinez, and Viola Davis.) The bulk of the movie, which will be released next summer, was shot in and around Boston. We get a glimpse in the high-octane trailer of the fiery plane crash staged in a cornfield in Bridgewater and the high-speed car chase that was handled by Cruise’s stunt double Casey O’Neill. At one point, Diaz’s character tells her friend: “They snatched me up and the next thing you know I’m in Grand Theft Auto on I-93.’’ If we have a complaint, it’s about the ball cap Cruise is wearing. It’s blue with a B on the front, but it looks to us more like a UCLA Bruins hat than a BoSox lid.

Guys night out
Celts CEO Wyc Grousbeck hosted a holiday reception for a few friends at Sonsie the other night. There were 35 guests at the all-male get-together, including Sox owner John Henry, nightlife nabob Patrick Lyons, Celts super fans Marty Joyce, Mike Rotondi, and Donnie Wahlberg, hedge fund honcho Jim Pallotta, Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer, Boston Culinary kahuna Joe O’Donnell, developer Steve Karp, Lycos founder Bob Davis, and chef Ken Oringer, among others.

Here they go again
Following their show at the Colonial the other night, the cast of “Mamma Mia!’’ stopped by Club Cafe, where they performed in an “All I Want for Christmas’’ benefit cabaret. Hosted by Frank Ribaudo, the owner of the South End club, the shindig benefited Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the nation’s leading industry-based nonprofit HIV/AIDS fund-raising organization.

JoJo sticks with music
JoJo came this close to putting her singing career on hold and enrolling at Northeastern. In an interview with the webzine Rap-Up TV, the 19-year-old Foxborough native says she was so frustrated with the music business that she almost walked away. “I was so broken down and upset about some things that were going on that I was going to go to school and take four years, and maybe try to do it again after [college],’’ said the singer, who’s in LA now working on her third CD. “But my heart wasn’t fully satisfied with that, and I said, ‘Can I live with myself for four years knowing that I could be pursuing my dream and making music and really giving this the shot it deserves?’ And the answer was no.’’ JoJo is working with Timbaland, whom she calls a “genius,’’ and says she hopes to record with Pharrell. But judging from her tweets, JoJo’s current fave is John Mayer. The other day, she posted the pic of Mayer on the cover of Details. “Ooooooh la laaa!!!!’’ she wrote.

Nutty for Boston Ballet
Boston Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker’’ is the winner of the 2009 Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, given to the best production of the holiday favorite as voted by Goldstar members. (The California-based Internet company offers discounted tickets to cultural and sporting events around the country.) “Boston Ballet is thrilled to accept Goldstar’s annual ‘Nutty’ Award,’’ Boston Ballet’s executive director Barry Hughson said in a statement. Now if we could just buy a ticket without paying a ransom to scalpers.

Fox on ‘Dollhouse’ just in time
Eliza Dushku is doing her part to keep boyfriend Rick Fox in front of the camera. Fox, a former NBA player who appeared on HBO’s “Oz,’’ among several other TV shows, will guest star on the Jan. 8 episode of Dushku’s series, “Dollhouse.’’ The show, which has been canceled by Fox, airs its final episode two week later. Dushku, who hails from Watertown, will clearly miss it. This week she tweeted: “I love these peeps - we’re crazy-proud of what we made here & love that you’ve loved w/ us!’’

A cool time at Winter Ball
It was all blue bloods and black ties at the 2009 Winter Ball. The event, held at the Park Plaza Monday night, was a benefit for the women’s care division of Massachusetts General Hospital.

Good sports, good deeds
First-time platelet donor Amy Waterman of Brimfield donned a bit of Joe Andruzzi’s Super Bowl bling yesterday at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber. A former cancer patient, the former Pats lineman understands the need for platelets. . . . Sox pitcher Manny Delcarmen dropped by the Natick Collection yesterday as part of the Comcast promotion “Dream Big, Call the World’’ during which family and friends of service members were able to call anywhere in the world to reach their loved ones.

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