Ben Affleck is directing a pilot for Fox:
Set in ’60s Boston, the drama follows FBI agent Rudy MacAteer and his informant, Irish-American gangster Mickey Flood. In his effort to take down the Italian-American mafia, MacAteer finds himself breaking the law. Eventually, he and Flood pave the way for the rise of the Irish-American mob.... Read more
South Boston native Billy Baker has a long exposition in the Globe today on the decline of Olde South Boston. His initial point seems to be that all the reality shows being filmed there will make Southie the laughingstock of America by turning it into Jersey Shore North. But read the whole thing and you get to the point where he explains that Matt... Read more
Not everybody in the North End is thrilled to bits that Affleck's "The Town" will take over pieces of the North End for filming next month (hey, they're closing the entire Charlestown Bridge during daylight on both 10/3 and 10/4). La Diaba begins to ponder her own personal protest when the crews take over her street:
I'm not saying I want to ruin... Read more
Watch where you walk these days, or you might be inadvertently immortalized on film, as Kevin James and a few dozen of his closest friends film "The Zookeeper" in the Public Garden and Back Bay (via Hub on Location), and Ben Affleck and his sweetie Jennifer Garner draw crowds and snarl the snarled traffic in Harvard Square while filming "The Town" (via... Read more
Now, don't get me wrong. I thought "Good Will Hunting" was a very good movie and am glad it won a couple of Oscars. And it does a far better job at capturing the real Boston than, say, "Celtics Pride" or "Blown Away" (to the point of including a line that only a local who was around before CharlieCards would understand: "He wanted to get... Read more
The Gray Lady goes on a tour of Southie and Dot with Ben Affleck, in which he does display some regret at forsaking verisimilitude in "Gone Baby Gone" by setting a climactic scene in a Southie bar:
"It's sort of a cheat," he said. "Because there's no real reason a guy from Dorchester would come all the way to Southie to find a bar.... Read more
Kristen can barely contain her glee at the news that Cambridge's own Ben Affleck will narrate a kid's DVD called "Red Sox Baby: Raising Tomorrow's Boston Red Sox Fan Today:"
... I'm sorry, but that is the cutest thing ever. Can you imagine, burly Affleck with the wee little one, going through the Sox yearbook and being all, "Oh, that's Papi. We'll teach you... Read more
Dave Copeland stops just short of calling for an Affleck ban at Sox home games:
... I was just wondering: Has anyone figured out the Red Sox won-loss record when Ben Affleck is at Fenway? I know I've been to two games in the past six or seven years when he's been in attendance, and the Sox lost both of those games. ...... Read more
The Girl in Camo hangs with Ben Affleck. Well, gets to the bar when Jennifer Garner's better half is there:
... So yeah, we head down to the Local around 8:45 and as soon as I walk in the door I see him, and I want to yell out, "RE-TAIN-ER! Retainer." Because no one works without a retainer in this town, right? But I... Read more
Mike Mennonno dishes the dirt on rundown Meaney Park and why it's all the ubiquitous actor's fault.