Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Ben Affleck says he urged Matt Damon to move in near him in Miami. (Photo: Erin Lassahn)

In honor of today’s mass watching (and tweeting) of “Good Will Hunting” — set to start at 2 p.m. EST and use the hashtag #GWHLive — it’s time to catch up with more recent endeavors of stars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and other Cambridge luminaries.

The news with Affleck and Damon is that they’re still Affleck and Damon. After growing up together in Cambridge, the two have had homes on the same Miami street for some six weeks, according to The Sun.

“Our wives can’t really believe it. They’re like, ‘Wait a minute, Matt’s coming over here? You just left from Matt’s house.’ We’re regressing,” Affleck is quoted as telling the U.K. tabloid.

Additionally, Damon told screenrant.com that he was confident Jeremy Renner’s “The Bourne Legacy” would be “a big hit” and and said he would “love” joining Renner for a fifth movie in the Bourne series, for which he starred in the first three:

We’ve been kind of dancing around it. We just never could find a story that we felt was good enough. And if we could, then we’d do it, and we’d do it in a second. We love the character, we love the world and I’d love to do it … the last movie was really, really tough. We had no script and we were making the movie for a release date on the fly. And at that budget it was really terrifying and stressful, and there’s no reason to do that.

Producer Frank Marshall doesn’t see it happening, though, according to digitalspy.com.

In other Affleck news, younger brother Casey Affleck is reported by Variety to be writing (and some say directing) “Thunder Road,” a biopic on Texas Rangers outfield star Josh Hamilton — bound to be a little confusing, since there’s a different “Thunder Road” scheduled to come out next year. (He previously wrote 2002’s “Gerry” and 2010’s “I’m Still Here.”) He’s also filming “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” in Louisiana with Rooney Mara, in which he stars as a prison escapee in the 1970s who travels cross-country to find his wife and daughter. Finally, he’s the voice of a character in “ParaNorman,” an animated film due for release Aug. 17.

The “ParaNorman” trailer:


Mindy Kaling, meanwhile, is taking time off from filming her Fox sitcom “The Mindy Project” for another animated film, according to cinemablend.com: Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” about an arcade-game character sick of being a bad guy who visits other video games to see if he can be a hero. Also cast: John C. Reilly, Rachael Harris, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Ed O’Neill, Sarah Silverman and Alan Tudyk.

Jane Curtain recently got the good news she would be returning as part of the cast of CBS’ “Unforgettable” (about a character played by Poppy Montgomery who solves crime by using her perfect memory). Three other series regulars were dumped when the show was brought back for a second season, tvline.com said.

In the music world, electropop band Passion Pit, led by Michael Angelakos, is getting applause for a sophisticated iPhone and iPad app based around its sophomore album, “Gossamer.” Musically.com says the $1.99 app has interactive videos for two songs and “remix tools for fans to play with both tracks.”

Pitchfork.com has a lengthy story on why Angelakos felt the need to take a mental health break, canceling all of the band’s shows for July. Fuse.tv offers a summary but urges people to read the entire Pitchfork piece by Larry Fitzmaurice.