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'Gone, Baby, Gone' wraps shooting

With filming completed for ``Gone, Baby, Gone," it was time for one of its stars, Michelle Monaghan, to serve as the host of Saturday night's ``wrap" party for the crew and those who supported the production. Notably absent from the gathering at Patrick Lyons's King's bowling lanes in the Back Bay was the film's freshman director, Ben Affleck, who missed the bash, we're told, to attend to a family matter. (Also among the no-shows was Affleck's brother and Monaghan's costar, Casey.) The Boston Common magazine-sponsored party drew a packed house, and mag publisher Glen Kelley stopped by the set Saturday afternoon while the last of the scenes were being filmed to meet with Ben Affleck before they finished up on the set at the William A. Meaney park in Dorchester. But don't look for Affleck to have hours of free time on his hands now that he's done filming. At a Saturday afternoon press conference at which Affleck thanked the city and spoke about his positive experience making a film in Boston, the Oscar winner said he expects he'll be spending the next several months in the editing room getting ``Gone, Baby, Gone" ready. Affleck, who adapted the screenplay with Aaron Stockard from the Dennis Lehane novel, said he wants to bring the film back to Boston so that those who worked on it, including the people whose houses were used, can see it before it opens in theaters. He stopped short of saying Boston would be hosting a red- carpet premiere, however. ``I'd like for the people who made it to see it," Affleck said of the movie slated to open next year, most likely in the fall, as ``it's not a summer movie." Not only did Affleck praise the Legislature's passage late last year of a tax- incentive bill to bring in more film and TV biz to the Bay State, he said it was key to his getting ``Gone, Baby, Gone" shot entirely in the Boston area. Affleck noted that for ``Good Will Hunting," for which he won a screenwriting Oscar with Matt Damon, they ``only got to shoot 11 days in Boston ." Audiences will next see Affleck wearing his acting hat in the movie ``Hollywoodland," in which he plays TV Superman the late George Reeves, a project Affleck said he was drawn to because of it s ``compelling story."

Sox wives go the Pan-Mass distance

Red Sox wives Shonda Schilling, Dawn Timlin, Tiffany Ortiz, and Kathryn Nixon all finished this weekend's Pan-Mass Challenge to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Sox wives were part of a 46-member crew who made up ``Team 9," named for the legendary slugger Ted Williams, a longtime supporter of the Jimmy Fund. Also among the 4,300 riders in the two-day ride that will raise $25 million for cancer research and treatment were cycling great Greg LeMond, Olympic speed-skating star Johann Olav Koss, Boston Marathon champ Uta Pippig, and ex-congressman Joe Kennedy and his twin boys, Joe III and Matt. John Kerry sent an e-mail Thursday to some 3 million people asking for support of his ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge, and by yesterday the senator had raised more than $50,000. He finished his 111-mile ride on Saturday in 5 hours and 47 minutes.

Mandy Moore visits Barneys
The lovely Mandy Moore was spotted over the weekend, checking out the merchandise at Barneys New York in Copley Square, where, we're told, the actress/singer bought an Ella Moss dress. . . . Mayor Tom Menino took his wife, Angela, out the other night for a quiet dinner at Nebo restaurant in the North End. The couple were spotted adjacent to the bar having the pappardelle alla bolognese and spicy tripe. . . . Lawyer Danielle deBenedictis, who owns the Summer House with her husband, Peter Karlson, tapped her client and friend chef Todd English to help out the Nantucket Historical Association at its summer dinner dance over the weekend. Putting a twist on a now de rigueur auction item of having a chef cook dinner for a large group of the winning bidder's friends, deBenedictis convinced English to cook for 50 people who each ponied up $750 to attend a private dinner. Voila! A $37,500 windfall for the island's historical association. . . . Today on Martha's Vineyard, the annual Possible Dreams Auction is slated to take place at the Harborside Inn in Edgartown. The event's auction, which features columnist Art Buchwald's arm twisting on items supplied by Mike Wallace, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson, and Carly Simon, raises money for the island's Community Services organization.

And MiG Ayesa, a finalist on last year's ``Rock Star: INXS," played a set at the Hard Rock Cafe in the Back Bay on Friday night.

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