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Menounos in town to debut ‘Serial Buddies’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / September 20, 2011

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If it seems as if Maria Menounos has taken her time making “Serial Buddies,’’ she has. It was over two years ago that we watched the Medford native - and her boyfriend, writer-director Keven Undergaro - shoot scenes in a Woburn warehouse. “Director Alexander Payne is a good friend of ours, and about six months after we finished filming, he saw some of it and said, ‘You have something interesting here. Don’t be afraid to take your time with it,’ ’’ said Menounos, who’s been plenty busy anyway with her new gig cohosting “Extra.’’ “[Payne] said he spent two [years] with ‘Election’ and look how that turned out.’’ (“Election,’’ based on the book by Belmont author Tom Perrotta, received an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay.) Tonight at the Boston Film Festival, “Serial Buddies,’’ which Menounos describes as “Napoleon Dynamite’’ meets “Superbad’’ meets “Dexter,’’ will finally be screened. And if you need another reason to buy a ticket, the incomparable Artie Lange is in it.