Going with green all the way
Bring it on. That’s the attitude of Celts stalwarts Maria Menounos and Donnie Wahlberg, who say they aren’t abandoning the green team just because KG and company were crushed by the Lakers in Game 6. Asked whether she’ll be at Staples Center for tonight’s Finals finale, the normally well-mannered Menounos grinned and said, “[expletive], yeah.’’ Menounos, who played hoops at Medford High, has been courtside throughout the C’s improbable playoff run, usually sitting with Arlington-bred comedian Dane Cook. Wahlberg, meanwhile, says he won’t be there. He and his New Kid comrades — Joey McIntyre, Jordan and Jonathan Knight, and Danny Wood — have a show tonight at Radio City Music Hall. “I just want them to win,’’ Donnie told us. “Whether I’m there or not doesn’t matter. It’s about the players and the city of Boston. I got to celebrate with the team in 2008. If I have to miss this time, that’s fine, it’ll be great regardless.’’ . . . What was Newton-bred actor-director Eli Roth’s reaction to his
They reign in SpainTom Cruise and Cameron Diaz re-created scenes from “Knight and Day’’ on the streets of Seville, Spain, yesterday to promote the made-in-Massachusetts film, which opens next Wednesday.
Moviemaker Andrew van den Houten confirmed to us yesterday that after being denied government funding to make his horror movie “The Woman’’ in Michigan, he has arranged to film it in Western Massachusetts in August. The film made national news this week after Michigan rejected van den Houten’s request to take advantage of local filmmaking incentives based on the content of “The Woman,’’ a cannibal-themed sequel to the gruesome “Offspring,’’ which van den Houten filmed in Michigan and released last year. Van den Houten told us he has had no problems setting up his shoot in Massachusetts. He added that he’s thankful that Nicholas Paleologos’s Massachusetts Film Office doesn’t consider content when doling out incentives. Van den Houten said it’s dangerous for the government to make choices about what films are worth public funding. After all, what if someone in Boston had deemed “The Departed’’ too violent? “This whole idea of a film commissioner being able to make decisions like that. . . . At what point should the state have input in the content that’s being produced?’’ Van den Houten said he’s pleased he’ll get the chance to make a movie in the Bay State. He went to Emerson College, so he’s familiar with and loyal to the area. “I love Emerson,’’ he told us, proudly. “The Woman’’ will costar Sean Bridges (“Deadwood’’) and “Land of the Lost’’ actress Pollyanna McIntosh.
Boston will face off against Portland, Ore.; Greensburg, Kan.; Austin, Texas; and Salt Lake City for the “Do Something City Award,’’ which will be presented July 19 as part of VH1’s Do Something Awards. Boston was nominated as a do-gooding city for “its commitment to transforming the lives of children through innovative teaching at welcoming schools,’’ according to VH1. You can vote for Boston at www.dosomething.vh1.com. While you’re there, you may want to vote for Matt Damon, who’s nominated against Leonardo DiCaprio, Jessica Biel, Natalie Portman, and Salma Hayek as this year’s Do Something Movie Star. Jane Lynch of “Glee’’ will host the awards show.
The Boston Phoenix has a new editor. Carly Carioli has taken the helm of the alt-weekly, president Brad Mindich announced yesterday. Carioli, 37, has spent the past four years as the online editor for the Phoenix papers. Lance Gould, who was hired as editor only three years ago, was dismissed in an editorial shakeup, according to executive editor Peter Kadzis.