The filming of "Gone, Baby, Gone" here last year gave actor-director Ben Affleck a glimpse into how many people rely on such organizations as the Greater Boston Food Bank. "We did a lot of location scouting . . . and you knock on a lot of doors and you go into a lot of homes . . . and I saw the need," said Affleck, who worked with volunteers at the Food Bank yesterday. "What I saw sort of surprised me. I saw a lot of working poor." Affleck's visit, part of a national push by America's Second Harvest, is a prelude to Wednesday's groundbreaking for the Food Bank's new 110,000-square-foot facility behind the Roxbury center. As for whether he'll throw more than his star power behind the food bank, Affleck said, "I'm about to write a gigantic check." While in town, Ben and his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, went to the Sox game Saturday, where they sat in Sox owner John Henry 's seats. Last night, the couple was expected to catch Huntington Theatre's "Present Laughter," which stars Garner's "Alias" costar Victor Garber.
Better digs than Dix for Cianci
Former Providence mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci's first day of work at the luxe Beacon Hill hotel Fifteen Beacon has been delayed because officials from the Bureau of Prisons haven't signed off on his work plan. Cianci was released late last week from a federal prison in Fort Dix, N.J., where he had been since 2002, following his corruption conviction. He'll report for orientation tomorrow, and Wednesday will be his first day of working in the swank hotel's marketing department, according to George Regan, a spokesman for the Fifteen Beacon's owner, Paul Roiff. While in Boston, Cianci is staying in Coolidge House, a Huntington Avenue halfway house, where we spied him catching a smoke outside Saturday.
Former New Kid Joey McIntyre and his wife, Barrett, are expecting their first child. The 34-year-old song-and-dance man broke the news while kib itzing on his website about the couple's new house: ". . . In the meantime, I just bought a new house in LA . . . we loved the beach in Venice, but what can I say . . . that freakin' commute kills ya. Plus, it's really a dream house for us, and we are gonna need some more room . . . because MY WIFEY IS PREGNANT!!!!!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!!! I can!"
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has split with his wife of 10 years. The 35-year-old pro wrestler-turned-action star announced his separation from wife Dany Garcia Johnson in a statement to People magazine. "We've been fortunate enough to spend the last 17 years together as a couple and look forward to spending the rest our lives together as best friends and business partners," the statement said. "We will continue to advance and manage our business interests, our philanthropic efforts, and most importantly the raising of our child together." Garcia Johnson is the CEO of a wealth management firm. The pair have a 5-year-old daughter, Simone Alexander. (AP)
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" led the North American box office for a second weekend, while the pregnancy comedy "Knocked Up" opened No. 2 with better-than-expected sales. According to estimates issued yesterday, the third installment in
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