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By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / October 27, 2009

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Crews on “The Social Network’’ were out on the Charles River over the weekend filming more of the movie about the Harvard kids who created Facebook. The film, which is being directed by David Fincher of “Fight Club’’ fame, stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield as the Harvard students who developed the site, and Justin Timberlake as Napster creator Shawn Fanning. Insiders on the set told us that the rowers pictured in this scene are real Harvard students. Those insiders also told us that the guy sitting second from left in the boat has big red dots drawn all over his mug (see inset) so that Timberlake’s face can be superimposed over it with the help of CGI. (Word is that Timberlake won’t be shooting any of his scenes in Boston.) Ah, the magic of cinema. Ben Mezrich, author of “The Accidental Billionaires’’ - the book on which Aaron Sorkin based the script for “The Social Network’’ - tells us that he’ll be visiting the local movie set sometime this week. As of now, Mezrich doesn’t have a cameo in the film. “I didn’t in ‘21’,’’ he said, referring to the Kate Bosworth-Kevin Spacey film that was based on his book “Bringing Down the House.’’

“I would do one if they asked me to.’’ Hint, hint.

Ornstein returns to 'Anarchy'

Here’s a good reason to watch the FX biker show “Sons of Anarchy’’ tonight - one of the show’s guest stars is one of our own, a resident of the Barnstable village of Cotuit. Actor Michael Ornstein, who moved with his family to the Cape a few years ago, appears in the show for the second season in a row as Chuck Marstein, an accountant with an unusual sexual issue. “It’s a very unique tick,’’ Ornstein explains with a giggle. “It’s a big problem.’’ Ornstein, 46, who has had roles in “NCIS: Los Angeles,’’ “Law & Order,’’ and “Seinfeld,’’ tells us he’ll play Marstein in four episodes this season. The work on “Sons’’ has had him traveling between the Cape and Los Angeles, but he says he’ll be home in the Bay State to watch the show tonight. “Maybe my kids can stay up a little late to watch,’’ he joked. “Sons of Anarchy’’ airs at 10 p.m. on FX.

Coming swoon?

Attention “Twilight’’ fans: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, or Taylor Lautner will be in Boston in a few weeks. OMG, you say? OMG indeed. One or two of the cast members - but not all three - will visit the Natick Collection sometime around Nov. 9 as part of a publicity tour for “The Twilight Saga: New Moon’’ sponsored by Nordstrom and Hot Topic. (The date was originally set for Nov. 9 but word is it might be rescheduled.) No word yet on which of the actors we’ll get, but we’ll let you know when we hear. For details on how to get a pass to see the stars, visit www.nordstrom.com/newmoon and www.hottopic.com. . . . In other celebrities-coming-to-town news, Amherst-bred Uma Thurman, who was recently in Boston to screen her new film, “Motherhood,’’ is coming back to the Hub to host Room to Grow’s Fall Gala at the Boston Center for the Arts on Nov. 7. Room to Grow helps babies in need.

Power shoppers
AFI lead singer Davey Havok, in town over the weekend for a show at the Hard Rock Cafe, was spotted at the new Ben Sherman store on Newbury Street. Meanwhile, Revolution player Taylor Twellman, recently named Massachusetts’ sexiest bachelor by Cosmopolitan magazine, is one of the local celebs who has stopped by the new Mad Hatter-themed Ted Baker store, which has opened in the Newbury space that used to house the Gap. The retailer gave away socks all weekend (called Ted Sox - get it?) to celebrate its new digs.

Suri ready for Halloween
After being spotted over the weekend browsing the pumpkin display at Brooksby Farm in Peabody, Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise were seen in Boston yesterday shopping for Halloween gear. Suri wore what looked to be a wee crown and a blue, princess-like gown. Once again, little Suri was wearing her high heels, which caused some fashion controversy when she unveiled them walking around town last month.

Eastern Standard on top
Eastern Standard owner Garrett Harker and bar manager Jackson Cannon were given the Sante magazine award for Spirits Hospitality Restaurant of the Year last week. The ceremony took place at the Sagamore on Lake George.

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