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  • Matt is the narrator of a documentary about the global economic crisis by Charles Ferguson, titled Inside Job, that will premiere at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. More details are in this Indiewire article.

    Sony Pictures Classics will launch three films at the Cannes Film Festival this year with Charles Ferguson’s doc “Inside Job” rounding out its roster for the event. Narrated by Matt Damon, the film is an in-depth look at the recent financial crisis and has just been completed, SPC said Sunday.

    The company boarded the Ferguson’s project more than eighteen months ago, and is his follow-up to the acclaimed "No End in Sight."

    "After having immersed myself in research and the making of this film over the past 18 months, I am enormously gratified that ‘Inside Job’ will premiere at Cannes," Ferguson said, in a statement, "It is my great hope that the film can contribute to national and global debate about this extremely important subject."

  • Details about The Adjustment Bureau from EW's summer preview:

    What kind of movie is The Adjustment Bureau? "It crosses so many different borders and genre styles," says costar Emily Blunt, "that it's hard to say." Director George Nolfi, who makes his feature debut, also finds the film hard to pin down. "There's a little bit of a political drama, but primarily it is a love story," he says. "Combined with a fantastical premise. Combined with a chase thriller. Kind of." Matt Damon just laughs. "If the director can't answer that question," he says, "I don't know what to say, other than it's a really tough movie to pitch."

    Well, let's start with what we do know. Damon plays a politician who falls in love with a ballet dancer (Blunt), but their relationship is star-crossed, since the titular bureau, a shadowy collective of fedora-sporting agents acting as the arbiters of fate, is trying to keep them apart. Whew. And while it's based very loosely on a Philip K. Dick short story, Nolfi insists the film isn't really science fiction. "Sci-fi to me conjures up lasers and spaceships and time travel," he says. "This movie is told very realistically."

    So realistically, in fact, that Blunt had to train for months in contemporary ballet. "It was terrifying at first," she remembers, "because I'd never donned a pair of ballet slippers in my life." Damon, however, got off easy. "Normally, I'm the one that has to do all these crazy physical things for the role, so it was nice to be able to sit back and have it be somebody else this time."

  • A good video from the Cinematheque event, including clips and interviews is at YouTube.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 20th, 2010 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Thanks

    Thanks for all the recent postings in the past weeks -- being webmaster is a tough job and the readers enjoy all the information.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 20th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Thanks

    And thanks for your comment. It's pretty quiet at the moment after a really busy six months. Nice to see Matt chilling out in NY with his family at the moment.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 21st, 2010 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Tender is the night

    There's another possible project on the horizon, but it will probably come to nothing.

    Pajiba is reporting as an 'exclusive' that Matt and Kiera Knightly have been offered the lead roles in 'Tender is the night'. However, this 'news' came up weeks ago in a message board posting at this site: http://trackingboarddeluxe.wordpress.com/

    It's just offers, and Matt's come up before as being up for projects which later went to other people (or were offered to others). Not a reliable source, but interesting to see the dreck that's out there as project concepts.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 21st, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    My Informant! Review

    As it's very quiet at the moment I thought I'd let you know that I have at last seen the Informant!

    Overall I thought it was a very good, if unusual film. Matt was excellent as Mark Whitacre; his portrayal of someone suffering from bipolar disorder was excellent. I had a friend who suffered with this illness who eventually committed suicide a few years ago. It's truly a nightmare illness.

    My problems with the movie were that even having followed the production on your site I found it really hard to follow at the beginning. The supporting actors were all excellent, I especially enjoyed Joel Mchale, very good in a straight acting role.

    I thought Melanie Lynskey's role was really underwritten, she was given little to do than be the long-suffering, supporting wife.

    She's an excellent comic actress and could have been brought to life more (I love her as Charlie's stalker in Two and a Half Men, I keep hoping they'll bring her character back). She kept her family together whilst her husband was in prison, and had to endure a great deal; I think her story might actually have been more interesting than her husbands'.

    The voiceover was superb though, it really gave an insight into Mark Whitacre's mental state, it was sad but humorous, and touching.

    Now I've seen it I can see why it didn't do great at the box office. A really hard sell containing mental illness, comedy actors in straight acting roles, a baffling central story line, and all very understated and oddly English. It seemed a very European style film to me.

    Overall I give the movie a B+. Matt's choosing such quirky roles these days, I'm glad he's going to be doing roles that appeal to a wider audience in his next two big movies, True Grit and Contagion. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 23rd, 2010 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: My Informant! Review

    Thanks Marcia. It still draws very diverse reactions, but most viewers seem to enjoy Matt's performance. Maybe it is a movie that will be remembered fondly in years to come.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 22nd, 2010 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Santa Fe

    A rare reference to Matt being in Santa Fe for True Grit filming.
    http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-5361-sfr-talk-a-short-way-home.html

    Matt may be in Austin/Texas for the filming around Granger next week.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 26th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Lion King

    Matt apparently took Isabella to the Lion King in NY on Sunday afternoon with friends. There's protected video at Newspusher (not available to the public), but no photos yet.

    The young kid who plays Simba talked about meeting Matt on his blog:
    http://alphonsojones2.blogspot.com/2010/04/meeting-matt-damon.html

    There's video from X17 at two locations but it's pretty horrible: Matt carrying Isabella and trying to shield her from photographers during a short walk to and from the theater. Alexia and a nanny are also there.

    http://x17video.com/celebrity_video/matt_damon/matt_damon_takes_the_family_to.php

    http://www.videosurf.com/video/matt-damon-takes-the-family-to-see-lion-king-in-nyc-134475142

    Edited at 2010-04-26 10:05 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 26th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Adjustment Bureau

    There's a nice interview with Emily Blunt at MTV. Keeping my fingers crossed for success for this movie.

    http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1637725/story.jhtml

    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 26th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Adjustment Bureau

    If we only had a trailer, or a poster a few months before release. Universal's not trying yet.

    Photos from the Lion King visit:
    http://splashnewsonline.celebuzz.com/2010/04/peek-a-boo-2.html?bfm_index=0&bfm_page=0
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: April 26th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Adjustment Bureau

    I'm still confused why they havent released the the trailer I saw a couple of weeks ago on the net. I swear I saw it, Im not lying.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 26th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Adjustment Bureau

    Hopefully it was a test trailer and they're improving it. Emily said in the interview they were working on it.
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