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Oscar hopes for The Departed
  • Roger Friedman at Fox News seems to be starting an Oscar push for The Departed, including:

    Is this finally, at last, Martin Scorsese's year? Is it possible that the director of "The Departed" will be recognized for his work and for his movie, get his Oscars and finally be able to let go a sigh of relief?

    It sure looks better now than ever.

    Scorsese's "The Departed" is a hit, a bona fide, solid hit, raking in more than $60 million and holding the No. 1 slot down for 12 days. And with that domestic take and $17 million in international sales, "The Departed" will not just break even but make some money.

    Now here's "The Departed," with so many strong actors that the word has not come down yet about who will be tapped for lead and supporting Oscar nods. Is Jack Nicholson's crazed villain supporting? Yes. But he's on screen at least as much as Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, both of whom deserve shots at the lead awards. Then there's a host of supporting players, starting with Alec Baldwin, who do great work.

    And there's one other thing: Everyone likes "The Departed." There's no debate about it. Audiences love it. Strangers and people outside of the business talk about it. Scorsese has not had a popular hit on this scale since "Goodfellas," which was some 16 years ago.

  • And yet more on the Clooney tribute from Marc Malkin's new column at E! Online:

    In a taped tribute from Tangiers, Matt Damon demonstrated just how world famous his buddy is. The camera panned to a local movie theater showing Clooney's Batman and Robin (you know, the one that features infamously large nipples on his costume). Seconds later, Damon was giving refunds to the outraged North African audience who lashed out at Clooney for ruining the Caped Crusader movie franchise. "Float me some cash," pleaded Damon. "The Peacemaker is opening here in, like, three months."

    But in the end, Clooney got his revenge. He showed embarrassing photos of everyone who chided him on the stage's big screens. There was a bare-chested Don Cheadle in a cowboy hat striking a come-hither look with a finger on his lips. A very young Damon was shown in a shiny orange suit and caught in a midair, arms-flapping dance step.
  • 13 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2006 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
    I would like to see this film nominated. Matt, at the very least, deserves an Oscar nod although the part was not intense enough to win.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne Ultimatum filming in London

    I've just discovered that they will be filming The Bourne Ultimatum in London the week after next in MY BUILDING! I can't believe it. :-) A lot of filming goes on in my area anyway, but never a production I've been terribly interested in. It will be just my bad luck that they won't be scenes with Matt. I find this quite funny actually because I have a friend in Berlin who lives in one of the streets they filmed Supremacy in.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 22nd, 2006 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne Ultimatum filming in London

    Thanks Jan, you're obviously very well connected!

    And Matt's apparently in London for the filming for three weeks, so you could be lucky. Is it the same building mentioned at IMDB in EC1?

    Two different locations in this thread:

    We look forward to all the details! Is there anything special about your building??
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2006 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne Ultimatum filming in London

    There are two locations I know about - this weekend they are filming near Holborn in EC1 - I found this on the IMDB. I actually went down there as I live so close and there is definitely filming going on - it was very quiet and they were working down a small side street. No sign of any actors - just lots of lights. In two weeks they will be filming in the building I live in (I did post a comment on IMDB) which is also in EC1 but nearer the City of London.

    There is nothing particularly special about the building - it is quite ugly actually and strangely it is a grade 2 star listed building. 50s architecture. On the inside there is a kind of atrium, open to the elements - with railings all the way around the walkways and the flats opening on to this. It has a very eastern European communist feel about it and, as they have asked residents to take away their window boxes and plants from the area (some of the old dears who live here will surely object), I am wondering whether this is going to stand-in for something in Moscow. They will be filming in one of the doorways of the flats and around the stairwell. The film company wrote a really nice letter and will make donations to the tenants and owners associations.

    I shall keep my camera handy and the kettle ready to boil to make Matt a cup of lovely English tea!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 22nd, 2006 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne Ultimatum filming in London

    Thanks Jan - sounds like a lot of fun (and it's your contribution, in a way, to the film). I look forward to reading more!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I'm sorry Felicity! Forgot to sign off on my post re Bourne filming. It's Jan!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I agree with Roger Friedman but i am afraid that they will forget about this movie and overlook the wonderful performances come oscar time. I really cant wait to see the Clooney tribute video! that should be fun to watch...

    by the way there are 3 videos on youtube, video's of matt taping the bourne ultimatum if you are interested.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 22nd, 2006 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
    Those videos have been up for a few days. You can't see much - Matt walking through the crowds in Tangier or on the scooter.
    sonnenschein308 From: sonnenschein308 Date: October 21st, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)


    ok.. so i have fould conflicting articles..so does Matt still own his apartment in NY and did he adopt Alexia or no? thanks i need to know for a paper i'm doing.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 22nd, 2006 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: confused

    Yes he still has the apartment in NY and no, he did not adopt Alexia (he still calls her "step-daughter").
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It would be nice to see Matty get a nomination for "The Departed", but I honestly don't see that happening. I'm campaigning more for a nom for his performance in "The Good Shepherd".

    -Jeka (actually, I've posted a few things anonymously on this site without indicating who I am in any sense... this is the closest I'm coming to having any kind of identity)
    From: _peachtrees_ Date: October 23rd, 2006 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)


    But Robert De Niro provided the event with a grand finale when he attended a public interview and screened footage of his CIA thriller "The Good Shepherd" Saturday.

    Dazzling, if a bit outre, 10-minute trailer of De Niro's depiction of the CIA's origins included a scene in which protag Matt Damon is urinated upon as he squirms in mud as part of an initiation rite into what appears to be Yale U.'s Skull & Bones secret society, from which early CIA agents allegedly were recruited.

    "It's kind of ambitious," De Niro told the more than 1,500 fans packed into Rome's Parco Della Musica Auditorium.

    Budgeted at a reported $110 million, "The Good Shepherd" goes out Stateside via Universal Dec. 22. Medusa is releasing in Italy.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 23rd, 2006 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: RomeFilmFest

    Thanks, just saw your post, but had posted it in a separate item.

    I can no longer view this site at work, but can update (illogical firewalls), so unscreening posts may now take a while.
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