SideTrack: Matt Damon, Jenny Slate, Melissa Leo and more...
DOCU-DRAMA: One of the participants in “Backpack Full of Cash,” the public school documentary narrated by Matt Damon, gives the film an “F,” claiming the producers misled her. According to the Hollywood Reporter, in the trailer for the doc that critiques school choice, Jeanne Allen of the Center for Education Reform is seen using her phrase, Backpack Full of Cash, along with a cartoon visual of a student with dollar bills flying from his backpack. Allen fears she’s been made the villain in the movie and claims that Turnstone Productions, Stone Lantern Films and producers Vera Aronow and Sarah Mondale misled her about the nature of the film when they interviewed her. Damon, an advocate for public schools — via his mom, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, a professor in early childhood education — sends his own children to private schools. He also did not respond to a Hollywood Reporter request for comment.
ORDER UP: Great news for fans of “Bob’s Burgers,” the animated Fox show whose voice actors include Worcester’s own H. Jon Benjamin (as Bob Belcher) and Milton actress Jenny Slate (as Tammy Larson). Our fave family is getting its own feature film in 2020. Yeah, that’s a while to wait, but show creator Loren Bouchard explained in a press release, “We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had.”
OUT AND ABOUT: Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo had an early dinner at Deuxave Wednesday night. She dined solo on the patio and read a book while noshing ... Meanwhile, former NYC, LA and Boston police Commissioner Bill Bratton, in town to speak at Curry College, celebrated his 70th birthday with a quiet dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel with his wife, CBS legal analyst Rikki Klieman, and his pal, PR guru George Regan.