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GMA, Letterman and new film project

  • Matt appeared yesterday on GMA and Letterman. He was not scheduled to be on Letterman, but filled in for George Clooney who has cancelled a number of east coast media appearances due to a back injury.

    On GMA Diane Sawyer asked about Ben's most recent SNL appearance where he mock-seriously (or more serious than mockingly) attacked Matt's recent statements and behaviour, which Ben believed had been aimed at him. Matt said he had watched "with his jaw to the floor", but Ben had called him backstage, immediately after the skit, laughing.


  • Matt may replace Leonardo DiCaprio in a new film to be directed by Robert De Niro called The Good Shepherd. The film is scheduled to begin filming in March, which would obviously conflict with The Departed, where Leo is a co-star. Details from Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

    Damon's good for U

    By Dana Harris

    (Variety) Matt Damon will replace Leonardo DiCaprio in Robert De Niro's passion project "The Good Shepherd," and Morgan Creek is negotiating a deal to handle the pic's foreign rights.

    Universal Pictures remains onboard to distribute the film in North America. If all deals close, the film could keep its March 7 start date.

    Earlier this month, Graham King's Initial Entertainment Group pulled out of financing the pic, which was written by Eric Roth and was slated to star DiCaprio and De Niro. ( Daily Variety, Nov. 11)

    A history of the CIA as seen through the eyes of a career agent, the film was already in pre-production. However, with a budget north of $110 million, the foreign market found it tough to accommodate the drama.

    De Niro serves as the film's producer as well as director and star. De Niro's partner in Tribeca Prods., Jane Rosenthal, also produces. Francis Ford Coppola, Rick Schwartz and Chris Brigham are credited as executive producers.

    Damon most recently shot "Syriana" opposite his "Ocean's Twelve" co-star, George Clooney. He's also slated to star in Martin Scorsese's next film, "The Departed" for Warner Bros. Pictures.

    Damon spies lead role in 'Shepherd'

    By Liza Foreman

    Less than three weeks after Graham King's Initial Entertainment Group decided against financing "The Good Shepherd," the film appears to have found a new lease on life. Matt Damon is in discussions to join "Shepherd," the long-gestating project about a career CIA agent. It is expected that he would step into the role that was originally to have been played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

    Financier Morgan Creek is in early discussions to board the project, which Universal Pictures would release domestically. A spokesperson for Morgan Creek said that no offer has gone out to Damon. But sources said early discussions about the actor's participation have begun. Damon would star opposite Robert De Niro, who is to take a co-starring role in the film, which he also plans to direct. De Niro and partner Jane Rosenthal are producing through their Tribeca Prods. De Niro is aiming for a March 7 start date in the New York metropolitan area. Damon is repped by Endeavor.

  • From a Boston Herald article about Casey Affleck, and his new cover feature in Boston magazine.

    Casey, a vegan and animal-rights yahoo who has a baby son, Indiana August, with galpal Summer Phoenix, says he's been closer to boyhood pal - and "Good Will Hunting" co-star - Matt Damon than Ben lately.
    "Ben kind of went his own way and doesn't stay in touch as much," he said. "But Matt is better at that."