MALONE — Academy Award-winning screenwriter and actor Matt Damon was in Malone Wednesday, apparently learning more about wind farms.
The star of “Good Will Hunting” and “The Bourne Identity” franchise could also be gathering information for a film he is rumored to be making for his directorial debut.
The lunch crowd at Jon’s Family Restaurant on Finney Boulevard was abuzz with people getting their picture taken with Damon and actor John Krasinski, who plays Jim Halpert on the NBC sitcom “The Office.”
One of the fans who got close Wednesday was Katie Nason, who works at Giggles and Wiggles child-care center in Malone.
“It was pretty exciting. I was there with my husband, and my in-laws were arriving,” she said.
There was a lot of commotion at a table behind them, with the waitresses and restaurant staff crowding around and taking pictures with a man in a hat and glasses.
“My husband said, ‘It must be somebody famous,'” Nason said.
She said she got a look at who it was causing the excitement, “and I lost my breath. It took me 10 minutes to go over there and talk to him.
“I was like, ‘I can’t not get this.’ My mother-in-law took the picture on her iPod.
“He was very polite and just as cute in person,” Nason said. “You could tell he was used to it.”
The actors were apparently in the area to learn more about wind farms for a future movie and were accompanied by Town Council member Jack Sullivan, a vocal wind-farm opponent.
Sullivan could not be immediately reached for comment.
Damon is the co-founder of H2O Africa and Water.org, which work to improve living conditions in developing countries through clean water.
The film Damon might direct and star in is tentatively called “Father and Daughter,” according to a website entry for New York Magazine.
“I’ve got a few things that I really want to direct, and one I’m actually going to start at the first quarter of next year,” he said in the article.
He would play a criminal on the run with his daughter.
Damon would not say much about the film but did tell the magazine, “John Krasinski is in it.”
Sony has moved the release date for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium one week to March 1st, 2013, per Box Office Mojo. The film was originally set to open on the 8th, the same day as Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful directed by Sam Raimi. This seems like a smart move, as the burgeoning cast of Raimi’s fantasy prequel to The Wizard of Oz will most likely do some serious business. Elysium stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Wagner Moura, and Sharlto Copley. Details on the plot are very much under wraps, but it’s said to take place in the future on another planet, and will be in the social allegory vein much like District 9. Foster plays the head of the alien planet.
VANCOUVER — Hollywood superstars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster will be calling Vancouver home this summer while filming blockbuster alien flick, Elysium.
Foster, whose resume of big-screen hits includes Panic Room, Nell and Silence of the Lambs, will join thrill-chaser Damon (The Adjustment Bureau, The Bourne Identity) for filming in B.C., which is scheduled to take place from July 25 to Sept. 27.
According to internet movie database IMDB, the plot of Elysium goes like this: “Aliens come to earth to do battle with man kind so they find peace on earth and live like human beings.”
Foster is said to play the head of the alien planet.
The movie, directed by District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, is scheduled to be released in 2013.
Remember George Miller? Dr. (as in physician) George Miller, the director who brought you ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Babe,’ ‘Lorenzo’s Oil’ and ‘Happy Feet’? Well, five years after he introduced dancing penguins to the world, he’s back with a ‘Happy Feet’ sequel titled, appropriately enough, ‘Happy Feet 2 in 3D.’ Set for a November 18 release, the film uses the voice talent of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Hank Azaria, Alecia Moore (Pink) and Sofia Vergara. ‘Happy Feet’ charmed audiences of all ages with its story about the world of the Emperor Penguins — who find their soul mates through song — into which a penguin is born who cannot sing … But he could tap dance something fierce. The sequel takes the next logical step — the hero of the first film has a son who is dance shy. Warner Bros. has just released a teaser trailer — to coincide with the release of ‘Kung Fu Panda 2.’
The eagerly anticipated sequel to the Oscar-winning hit Happy Feet Two finds tap-dancing penguin Mumble and his pals using their smooth moves to save the penguin nation. Mumble and Gloria (voice of Pink) have started a family of their own. Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because tiny son Erik is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven — a penguin who can fly!! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s “guts and grit” as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures — from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals – to put things right.
Screen caps from the movie, enjoy!
The lastest on DVD/Blu-Ray. Beautiful movie! Enjoy the caps!
Following up on updates, now it’s The Good Shepherd.
Screencaps from both movies are up in the gallery.
This year, movies like Battle: Los Angeles, I Am Number Four, Hoodwinked 2 (did anyone even see the first one?), another Tyler Perry movie, Red Riding Hood, and the Justin Bieber documentary all easily made their way into theaters. Know what hasn’t come out this year (or the past couple) while films like Something Borrowed get their big studio pushes?
Kenneth Lonergan‘s follow-up to his brilliant debut, You Can Count on Me, has had a notoriously rough time making it to theaters, both due to legal issues and a dispute over final cut.
The film was shot almost six years ago. The editing process has been called a nightmare. Lonergan has a three-hour cut that Fox Searchlight isn’t too keen on releasing. Why? Because they won’t release a version over two hours long. Lonergan has final cut, which hasn’t made the situation any easier. Great talents such as Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese, Scott Rudin, and Sydney Pollack did passes on the film to get it down to a shorter length.
And right now, Scorsese is doing another edit of the film with Lonergan.
I was lucky enough to speak with the movie’s co-star Mark Ruffalo yesterday for his directorial debut, Sympathy for Delicious, and of course, I had to ask about Margaret. Ruffalo described the three-hour cut he saw as a “masterpiece” and explained that “it’s a love letter to a post-9/11 America and New York City.”
You’d think a film of that possible caliber and with a cast including Matt Damon, Anna Paquin, Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Kieran Culkin, Olivia Thirlby, and Ruffalo would be a sure thing for awards season, but sadly, that’s been proven incorrect over the past few years. The reality that a bold talent like Lonergan has to fight this hard to get this film released is a truly sad commentary on commerce kicking art’s ass.
Here’s part of my exchange with Ruffalo on the status of Lonergan’s long-awaited film:
When will we actually be able to see Margaret?
Ruffalo: [Sighs] Oh, it’s so… I don’t know. Marty Scorsese has come on now to do a pass on it with Kenneth. It was a movie that started at 186 pages. It was just a very, very finely interwoven piece of material and it’s so beautiful. When he tried to cut it down, he had a very hard time. The studio was saying they wanted no more than two hours, and the rough cut I saw was a little bit over three hours long. It was absolutely incredible. It was beautiful, moving, and such a fine piece of work on so many levels. It was beautifully shot, beautifully acted, and the writing is incredible. It’s a love story to a post-9/11 America and New York City.
He couldn’t get it cut down. He had a really hard time. The studio, basically, said they weren’t going to release it. That’s where it’s been. It got tied up in lawsuits with Gary Gilbert, who tried to take the movie away and have someone else edit it behind Kenny’s back. It was a surreal, big, ugly thing. Now Kenny has got it and Marty is kinda arbitrating his cut. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing it soon.
First time you hear Father Daugher Time, it sounds like one of those titles on posts where they are shooting big projects at everyday locations (remember Rory’s First Kiss?). But alas, this title is true to its name and is already considered a huge project. Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses, written by Matthew Alrdich, is about a man who goes on the lam with his daughter on a three-state crime spree. This film is already under the watchful eye of various studios with one ahead of the four.
Deadline is reporting that Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, Relativity Media, Walter Parkes, and Matt Damon and Chris Moore have made offers to buy the script. But Warner Brothers has already made the moves to be the one studio with the exclusive rights to produce the pic, with Matt Damon likely to star in and make his directorial debut.
According to the site, Alrdich wasn’t looking for making a deal and just wanted to make a movie. With five parties vying for the rights of the film, it looks as though he got more than he bargined for. But the scribe said that “The script is not high concept, it’s a smallish, very personal, dark but playful road movie about a father and daughter.”
Intially Alrdich was worried that his script would become a big budget film and he wants to keep it in the spirit of the indie film. But with the possibility of Matt Damon being involved in both an acting and directing capacity, there is a chance that it could stay true to Alrdich’s vision.
“When one of the biggest movie stars in the world, who also happens to be an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, gets on the phone with your client and offers to protect the writer’s vision and opens his hand to be a creative partner, it’s hard to say no,” Ross said. “The money becomes secondary. This script is not the obvious studio movie. There are no explosions. It will require delicate handling. Avoiding years of development hell was our goal.”
Considering that Damon has starred in some of the biggest and smallest projects with some of the best directors in Hollywood, one has to wonder what we can expect from the actor should he decide to direct. It’s possible that we could see some Coen Brothers, George Clooney, and Clint Eastwood influences on this film, and I think this small indie film is perfect way for the actor to to possible kick start his directing career.