Affleck taking his best shots Ben Affleck
was spotted in Southie late last week doing some reshoots for his local bank robber movie, “The Town.’’ There was no sign of Affleck’s costars Blake Lively
, Jon Hamm
, or Jeremy Renner
, but it was exciting nonetheless. “The Town,’’ which is based on local writer Chuck Hogan
’s thriller “Prince of Thieves,’’ is expected to be released this fall.
Working at home
Wellesley-bred actress Ari Graynor
is making the most of her time at home. Technically, she’s in town to film “What’s Your Number?,’’ a new rom-com starring Anna Faris
and Chris Evans
in which she’ll play Faris’s sister, but the local job has given Graynor the opportunity to see family, to sightsee in her old hometown, and to help out the community. This past weekend, for instance, Graynor was at Reebok’s headquarters in Canton to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. “I love being back in Boston,’’ Graynor told us at the walk. “It’s rediscovering a whole new city because you don’t appreciate it the same way when you’re around it growing up.’’ Said Graynor of her Sudbury-bred costar: “Chris Evans is a Boston boy too, so it’s been really fun to sort of have this whole movie world next to both of us being home.’’ Graynor, whose resume includes “Mystic River,’’ Drew Barrymore
’s “Whip It,’’ and “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist,’’ told us she’ll start filming “Number’’ today, and that locals can expect to see crews for the movie in the North End, Chestnut Hill, and Gloucester through June. The cast list for the film, which features Faris as a single woman seeking out old boyfriends, already has its share of big-name actors, including Zachary Quinto
of “Star Trek,’’ Joel McHale
of “Community,’’ and “Brothers and Sisters’’ star Dave Annable
, but Graynor said Bostonians can expect at least a few more superstars to be walking the streets as well. “I’ve heard whispering of stuff; I can’t say anything yet,’’ she said. “They’re definitely looking around to get some fun people to do some good cameos.’’
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