Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein

Mark and Meredith write the Names column for The Boston Globe.

‘Interview’ directors Rogen, Goldberg say they were just looking for laughs

Evan Goldberg (left) and Seth Rogen, co-directors of “The Interview,” during a visit to Boston.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Co-directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg knew they had made a controversial comedy, but they had no idea of the furor that would ensue.

St. Paul’s Choir School on ‘CBS This Morning’

The pastor of St. Paul Parish in Cambridge said the kids in the choir are becoming relaxed in front of the camera.

Does Ben Affleck make too much money?

Somehow, even with the success of “Gone Girl,” Ben Affleck made it onto Forbes’s “Most Overpaid Actor List.”

Quote of the day: Idina Menzel

The “Frozen” star reviewed Lea Michele’s performance of “Let it Go” on “Glee.”

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, right, and Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived for a news conference at police headquarters on Dec. 22.

Around town: NYC Police Commissioner

Bill Bratton was spotted having a pre-holiday dinner at Davio’s with his wife and his father.


New Replacements song leaked online

The track, a bizarre bit of improvisation recorded in October in Waltham, is being widely shared after it was mysteriously uploaded to Soundcloud.


Will Ferrell spotted in Wellesley

A Twitter user tweeted a pic of Will Ferrell at Wellesley’s freshmen girls basketball event on Monday.


Mark Wahlberg in a scene from “The Gambler,” a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan.

Movie Review

‘The Gambler’ pushes its luck

With a screenplay by William Monahan and a cast led by Mark Wahlberg, this remake of the 1974 existential thriller raises the stakes with no better luck.