By People Staff
December 06, 2004 12:00 PM

Two for the Money
BROOKLYN Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Keanu Reeves have all teamed with Al Pacino onscreen. Now it’s Matthew McConaughey‘s turn for some mentoring from the Godfather. In this drama, which moved to New York City after shooting in Vancouver, McConaughey plays a former college-football star who blows out his knee and ends up in the sports gambling world, where he is recruited by big-shot bookie Pacino. During filming (above), McConaughey flees from another intimidating costar: an elephant Pacino’s character orders up for his daughter’s circus-themed birthday party.

CHICAGO Bundled up to brave life in the Windy City, Jennifer Aniston helped her thriller’s shoot get off on the right track. In the film Clive Owen (below right) plays and ad exec who meets Aniston after missing his morning train. The pair, both married, begin an ill-fated liaison. (Meanwhile, Aniston’s husband, Brad Pitt, was in L.A. doing publicity for next week’s Ocean’s Twelve.)

Trust a Man
MANHATTAN Top: Love hurts for Julianne Moore, whose character suffers a shiner when her little boy hurls a spoon. Above: Maggie Gyllenhaal (left) gets some lip from Ellen Barkin in the romantic comedy now shooting in New York City. (After her smooch, Gyllenhaal celebrated her 27th birthday with the crew.) Below: Bart Freundlich, Moore’s husband, directs David Duchovny, who plays her onscreen spouse.

War of the Worlds
NEWARK, N.J. After Tom Cruise‘s and Steven Spielberg’s high-profile sequels—Mission: Impossible 3 and Indiana Jones 4, respectively—hit production delays, the actor and director (below, right) quickly decided that the timing was perfect for a reunion. The two, who last teamed on 2002’s Minority Report, are diving back into the science-fiction world with this film adaptation of H.G. Wells’s 1898 novel about a Martian invasion. As shooting kicked off (above), Cruise—a native of nearby Glen Ridge—offered hugs to fans and grabbed a bite at a local restaurant. (War is due out June 29.)

The Honeymooners
BROOKLYN Hey, Ralphie Boy! Almost 50 years after the classic TV show first aired, Ralph Kramden (Cedric the Entertainer, right) is back, dragging Ed Norton (Mike Epps, left) into another get-rich-quick scheme. Most of the shoot took place in Dublin before moving to Brooklyn (below)