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Youth Without Youth, Julia Stiles
  • Youth Without Youth was screening for potential distributors on the weekend, and it may be sold shortly - details at Variety:

    The new United Artists led by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner is in talks to acquire "Youth Without Youth," Francis Ford Coppola's first film since 1997's "Rainmaker." Move would reunite Coppola with Cruise, whom he cast as an unknown in his 1983 pic "The Outsiders." UA had no comment.

    Financed independently with foreign pre-sales from Pathe Intl. and funds from Coppola's own winery, the $5 million film, which Coppola shot last winter in Romania, stars Tim Roth as a 70-year-old who is struck by lightning and suddenly gets younger and more brilliant. His quest: to understand the origin of language and consciousness. By movie's end, he and the love of his life (Alexandra Maria Lara) are literally speaking in tongues. Bruno Ganz also stars, and Matt Damon makes a cameo appearance.

    "Youth Without Youth" is both "intellectually challenging and emotionally remote," said one acquisitions exec at a studio subsid. Another distrib likened the film to an arty "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

  • Julia Stiles discussed her roles in the Bourne films, and Paul Greengrass talks about Julia, in an article at Elle magazine.

    ELLE: What guides you in choosing a project—say, a feminist picture like Mona Lisa or a tiny role in a big movie like The Bourne Identity?

    JULIA STILES: Mona Lisa Smile just felt personal to me. As for the first Bourne movie, I liked [director] Doug Liman's work and Matt Damon's, and I'd read the book. I was supposed to die, but if they were going to do a sequel, they wanted somebody as a witness to what happened in the first. With the third I really lucked out.

  • A sighting from the New York Post:

    Sightings... Robert De Niro and wife Grace Hightower - in a cast - with Matt Damon checking out Lawrence Wright's solo show, "My Trip to Al-Qaeda," at the Culture Project in SoHo.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 20th, 2007 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Youth without Youth

    I've been a fan of Tim Roth ever since Made in Britain by the BBC about 103 years ago, he played a member of the National Front(now rebranded as the middle-class friendly BNP, like the KKK with an English accent and no bedsheets) he was a violently racist skinhead who becomes involved with an Asian family, it's been ages since I've seen it but I seem to recall that he fell in love the with the daughter in the family. He's a hugely talented, very underrated British actor. I hope this movie finds a distributor, having Matt in it might make it an easier sell, but I think it's a little cerebral for most tastes (including my own). Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 20th, 2007 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Youth without Youth

    I don't think the movie will ever make money, but it's an interesting, ambitious project that probably helped inspire Coppola to make other movies (like the one he's already set up with Matt Dillon). But if he's not going to promote Matt's role (it's meant to be unbilled), that probably won't help sell it, except for a dedicated few.

    The Al-Qaeda project sounds quirky (for again a dedicated few) - a non-fiction writer discussing his own book, with props.
    paisleychick From: paisleychick Date: March 27th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Youth without Youth

    I think it will totally make money - 5 million is not much to make up. Even if it only makes 25-50 million, that's a pretty damned good ROI. From what I know, Matt's role is more of a cameo than anything else, but I haven't seen it yet, so I'll have to wait until it comes out like everyone else.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 21st, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Finally saw Departed

    I know this posting is not relevant to "Youth" however...
    I finally saw Departed last week --- was good but not great like Casino or Goodfellas or even Raging Bull. Matt Damon was suburb. DiCaprio, Nicholson, Baldwin, Sheen -- all great! Mark Wahlberg was SO on the money as the chip on his shoulder, attitude smirking cop - I believed he was his character.

    I really enjoy this site...thanks so much
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 21st, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Finally saw Departed

    I liked The Departed better than Goodfellas. I've never seen Casino. But I agree with everything else you said.
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