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  • The Star Trek film (if it happens), will start filming in fall for a Christmas Day 2008 release. More details from director J.J. Abrams here.

    "If there's something I'm dying to see, it's the brilliance and optimism of Roddenberry's world brought back to the big screen," said Abrams. "Alex and Bob wrote an amazing script that embraces and respects Trek canon, but charts its own course. Our goal is to make a picture for everyone -- life-long fans and the uninitiated. Needless to say, I am honored and excited to be part of this next chapter of Star Trek."

  • Francis Ford Coppola's Youth without youth, in which Matt has an uncredited cameo, recently screened for various directors - details here.

    On Thursday night in Napa, Francis Ford Coppola unveiled his first film in a decade, Youth Without Youth, to a crowd of collaborators, friends, and in a unique turn, major directors, including most recent Oscar winners.

    Spielberg, Lucas, and Scorsese were all there, as were other directors who received the elaborate invitation and were able to get up there.

    This is the first step of "test screening" for Coppola, who has always used test screenings (not NRG comment cards) to reshape his films. Word is that the film is "good, but very difficult."

  • A snippet from contact music:

    "I would walk on it (set) and all of a sudden there would be, like, a million babies, crying and stuff and I said, 'They should do the trailer for the movie just panning through all these babies crying and me with a Jack Daniel's." GEORGE CLOONEY on working with new dads MATT DAMON and BRAD PITT on the set of OCEAN'S THIRTEEN.

  • Another flashback story from the Boston Herald, dated 22 February 1998:

    Starstruck Damon rubs elbows with ex-Sox ace

    You might have caught "Good Will Hunting" star Matt Damon on ESPN the other night, presenting the Comeback Player of the Year award to former Red Sox ace pitcher Roger Clemens.

    That was quite a thrill for the 27-year-old actor, according to his dad, Kent Damon. Back in 1986, then 16-year-old Matt Damon, a huge Sox fan, turned down his dad's tickets to a game because he was furiously studying, hoping to get into Yale's drama school.

    Turns out, Clemens made major league history that night, striking out 20 batters. Ten years later, Clemens did it again.

    "Twenty minutes after the game, the phone rang," says Kent Damon. "It was Matty and he was out of breath. He said he couldn't talk long because he was at (director) Francis Ford Coppola's for dinner, but he'd heard about Clemens.

    "I said, `Matty, see what's happened in your life in 10 years. You got into a good college (Harvard). Your dreams are coming true."'
  • 3 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 28th, 2007 09:51 am (UTC) (Link)
    I love these old stories - thanks for digging them up Felicity.

    If Star Trek films in the autumn, what is going to happen to The Informant - that is the one of more interest, to me at least. Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 28th, 2007 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)
    Or what about the Paul Greengrass movie? I thought that had been mentioned for fall also. He's busy, busy ,busy. I hope everything keeps working out.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: March 1st, 2007 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
    Felicity, I too adore the blast-from-the-past stories from years ago -- thanks so much for finding and posting those, and please keep them coming! :-)

    I was just thinking as I was reading about the Youth Without Youth screening, how awesome it is for Matt that he's worked with 3 of those 4 directors, who are certainly among the very best directors out of Hollywood in the last 50 years, and arguably of all time. It's just thrilling to think about, and it makes me so happy for what he's accomplished in his still-young career. Just imagine what great work and great films await him in the years to come!

    *totally ignores talk about possible Star Trek movie*

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
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