Thursday June 9th, 2011 · by Annie

Matt Damon in Malone

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.”

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Tuesday February 8th, 2011 · by Annie

Hit Somebody to Reunite Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

When director Kevin Smith revealed at Sundance that he is self-distributing his horror movie Red State, he also announced that Hit Somebody will be his final movie as a director. Earlier today, Kevin Smith announced that he plans to bring back actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon for cameo appearances in Hit Somebody. Here’s what he had to say about the actors portraying Boston hockey players in his movie.

“They’re all coming back. It’s like The Muppet Movie. You’ve got your core cast, and then a zillion cameos. It’s going to sum everything up. We’ll have a team in Boston, and who do you think I’m going to call? Both of those dudes.”

He even said that he would extend an offer to Bruce Willis, who starred in his movie Cop Out, to cameo in Hit Somebody.

“I’m not even ruling out Bruce Willis at this point. I’d duck, but I’d put a stick in Willis’ hand.”

Hit Somebody, which is based on the song by Warren Zevon, will center on a hockey enforcer who aspires to be more well-rounded player.

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Saturday February 5th, 2011 · by Annie

Matt Damon, a humble soul

Hollywood heavy-hitter Matt Damon has his head on straight, as CARMEL MELOUNEY discovers

MATT Damon is renowned as the consummate Hollywood professional, so it feels a little disconcerting to walk into a hotel room and be ignored by the man crowned Sexiest Man Alive in 2007.

It’s especially awkward because only two people are in the room.

In New York to discuss his new film, Hereafter, Damon is anxiously awaiting news from his wife Luciana, who is about to give birth to her fourth baby and the couple’s third child together.

The Oscar-winning actor met his Argentine wife while she was bartending in Miami in 2003.

Damon’s dedication to his family is evident as he frantically texts on a Blackberry after taking a seat, and apologises for his lack of attention.

“OK, I’m a terrible multi-tasker,” he says as he drops his Blackberry on the floor. While other actors may have appeared rude as they juggled a Blackberry and a waiting journalist, Damon is unfailingly polite about it and clearly uncomfortable with having to do so.

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Thursday January 20th, 2011 · by Annie

Neill Blomkamp’s ELYSIUM Set 100 Years in Future

Neill Blomkamp’s ELYSIUM Set 100 Years in Future; BLADE RUNNER Production Designer Syd Mead Joins Film

Elysium, the upcoming film from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, is continuing to gain heat. After casting Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Sharlto Copley, the film is currently being pitched to various studios (with the exception of Disney, which won’t make expensive R-rated movies). Deadline reports that Blomkamp is going from studio to studio with a storyboard presentation. Also, while we knew the story (which is still being kept under wraps) would take place in the distant future and on another plantet, Deadline is reporting that the film takes place 100 years into the future, is “an unabashedly big movie”, and has the same social allegory of District 9.

Hit the jump for more details on Elysium including the hiring of Blade Runner production designer Syd Mead.

Syd Mead, whose credits include not only Blade Runner but also Aliens and TRON, will design the sets for the movie. Mead doesn’t work on a lot of films these days (his only credits in the past decade are Mission to Mars and Mission: Impossible III) , but he was impressed by District 9 and that encouraged him to join Blomkamp’s follow-up.

According to Deadline, the film will begin prep in April and start shooting in Vancouver this July before moving on to shoot in Mexico City in the fall. Elysium is being set up for release in holiday 2012, but the release date decision ultimately falls to whichever studio decides to pick up the project. Considering the talent already on board, I imagine we’ll be announcing a home for Elysium in the very near future.

Sony has reportedly picked up the film for $120 million.

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Thursday January 20th, 2011 · by Annie

Damon: Bourne back in five years?

Matt Damon is confident the Bourne franchise will return – but fans will have to wait a while.

“I think it’s kind of a thing where enough time has passed where it won’t matter if we wait five more years and do it,” the actor admitted backstage at the Critics Choice Awards.

“We just want to make sure if we do it we do it right,” he insisted.

“There’s been a lot of pressure for us to do it, obviously because it’s successful, but that’s that moment I think where you’ve got to step back and make sure you don’t make a mistake and make it for the wrong reasons.”

Since the success of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, Matt says he and filmmaker Paul Greengrass have been keen not to rush into anything.

“It’s really up to Paul Greengrass because I’ve always said I wouldn’t do it without him,” Matt said.

“When it feels like the right time, I think Paul will be open to doing it.

“I think Paul’s probably going to do one or two other films that he’s got cooking but then after that, I’m sure.”

Matt was at the Critics Choice Awards to receive the Joel Siegel Award for Service to the Community. The 40-year-old was keen to talk about his charity Water.org which is helping developing countries get safe drinking water and basic sanitation.

“I see when these things are implemented and the affect that they have, that’s a great story to be able to bring back and that to me is what gives me an optimism about it.”

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Thursday January 20th, 2011 · by Annie

Damon plans to reunite with Affleck

Actor Matt Damon is planning to reunite with best friend Ben Affleck on some project this year.

Damon has been trying to reunite with his “Good Will Hunting” writing partner for the past 10 years, but nothing worked out because of family commitments.

“We’ve been talking about it for years, so hopefully we’ll get to do it. But we also want to make our own film. We’ve been trying to work together again for 10 years now, but life has taken us in different directions,” femalefirst quoted him as saying.

“Having small kids is big. Most of your energy goes there. Having small kids and living in different cities just means that you don’t see each other a lot,” he added.

Damon added that he admires the way Affleck handles criticism.

“When his film ‘The Town’ came out and just did so well I was so proud and happy. He dealt with a lot of s**t for a lot of years that was unjustified and was the butt of a lot of jokes. So to watch all those people who have to eat their words, he was a bigger man about it than I was. I’m petty enough to really care about that stuff and laugh at the demise of all these idiots that just don’t know talent when they see it,” he said.

“There aren’t many people who the industry views as just being able to pull an idea out of the air: write it, direct it and star in it. So now I’m just looking for a job from him,” he added.

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Wednesday January 19th, 2011 · by Annie

Elysium Finds a Home at Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures has won the bidding war to distribute Neill Blomkamp’s thriller Elysium, with Universal Pictures in talks to co-finance the project.

Neill Blomkamp started setting up meetings with other studios today, but those meetings were canceled after the Sony/Universal scenario came together. We reported last week that Jodie Foster joined the movie alongside Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley.

Little is known about the storyline of Elysium, although it is believed to be set 100 years in the future on another planet. Elysium is slated for release in late 2012, with pre-production set to start in April, and filming slated to begin in July. Filming will take place in Vancouver and Mexico City.

Media Rights Capital, which is producing Elysium, has also signed a deal for another Neill Blomkamp project entitled Chappie. That movie will start production immediately after Elysium finishes. No plot details were revealed for Chappie.

Elysium comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Sharlto Copley, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster. The film is directed by Neill Blomkamp.

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Wednesday January 19th, 2011 · by Annie

Matt on the set of “We Bought a Zoo”

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Monday January 10th, 2011 · by Annie

‘True Grit’ Tops Weekend Box Office

Matt Damon in True GritRooster Cogburn can’t do nothing for you, son — nothing but entertain, that is, as the one-eyed, hard-drinking lawman currently enjoys his stint as the most-watched hero in theaters across the country.

After three weeks at the box office, Joel and Ethan Coen’s “True Grit” has emerged with a shiny gold medal for its very first weekend victory. The Western, starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, roped in a winning reward worth $15 million over the weekend, a modest result but enough to secure first place. “True Grit” currently stands atop a domestic gold mine worth $110.4 million, easily the Coen brothers’ single-best performer of all time with virtually no signs of slowing down in sight.

As Cogburn’s quest to bag-and-tag the cowardly Tom Chaney and Lucky Ned Pepper’s gang continued to electrify moviegoers everywhere this past weekend, Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro’s “Little Fockers” lost its grasp on audiences. The comedy threequel fell to second place, earning $13.8 million and bringing its current tally up to $124 million.

The first new wide release of 2011 landed with a dud, as “Season of the Witch” tracked down a measly $10.7 million bounty from Friday through Sunday. Starring Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman as a pair of Crusades-era warriors escorting a suspected witch to a faraway monastery, “Season of the Witch” failed to make an impression with the moviegoing masses, barely putting a dent into its $40 million production budget.

The fourth place “Tron: Legacy” continued on its path towards clearing its production budget, while “Black Swan” managed yet another impressive showing by earning an $8.4 million fifth-place finish. “Country Strong,” which expanded into wide release over the weekend, performed decently with $7.3 million to its name.

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Monday January 10th, 2011 · by Annie

Matt Damon “I’ll make my own Bourne!”

Matt Damon’s still smarting over Universal ditching him from the fourth Bourne movie, and now says he’d consider making his own Bourne flick without the studio.

The actor inists the rights are available, and he’d happily make the movie with director Paul Greengrass at the helm.

Despite saying he wasn’t against Universal’s plans to continue the series without him and Greengrass, Damon has made it clear he resents the way he found out, hearing about it through the press, like everybody else.

Damon told Empire, “No one told me, literally nobody called me. People think I have inside information, but you can get a sense of where I am in the pecking order.

“I’d do it again with Paul. Universal doesn’t actually own the Bourne character – the estate does – so technically I could go to Warner Bros… and Universal could read about it online.”

Matt Damon played the amnesiac assassin in three movies between 2002 and 2007, while Paul Greengrass helmed the second two movies, Supremacy and Ultimatum, to much critical acclaim.

Last summer Universal announced plans for a fourth movie, which would feature characters from the previous movies, but wouldn’t include Jason Bourne himself, nor would it be directed by Greengrass. Universal did, however, leave the door open for Damon’s return.

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