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Back to Vegas, Shepherd
  • A sighting from Friday's Las Vegas Review Journal:

    Tiger Woods, celebrating his 29th birthday with Matt Damon and gal pal Luciana Barroso, and Charles Barkley at Light nightclub (Bellagio) on Wednesday night.

  • From the transcript of an interview with Ocean's Twelve actor Carl Reiner on NPR:

    Mr. REINER: I've never had more fun. I was in Rome, Chicago. We did some of it out here. And the best thing about it is playing with otters. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, Scott Caan, they play all day long, and, as a matter of fact, the last day in Rome I saw them doing things--they are really funny, but they're like little kids. And I said, 'After this picture is over, are--you're going to have to make play dates,' because they really are like kids.

  • Matt's next project, The Good Shepherd, has been a promising but long-gestating film for many years. Two snippets from its long history follows; the first from an interview with director John Frankenheimer in September 1998:

    "There's a chance I'll be back next spring to shoot "The Good Shepherd." It's the best script I've ever read. By Eric Roth, the guy who wrote "Forrest Gump." It's the story of the first 20 years of the CIA, told through a family. Sort of a "Godfather" movie about the CIA. It takes place all along the East Coast, so maybe we'll do something in Atlanta."

    And an article from the London Mirror, January 2000:

    Jude Law is among the actors who reportedly have been auditioning for Robert de Niro and Martin Scorsese for a role in The Good Shepherd.

    The British actor joined Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, John Turturro and Christopher Plummer at a reading of the script at De Niro's New York offices last weekend, according to a Hollywood newspaper.

    The Good Shepherd, in development for several years, chronicles the history of the CIA through the experiences of a 40-year career agent.