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Projects, Marky Mark
  • Variety announced today that it will be Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road, so cross that one off the possible projects list. From Baz Bamigboye's column in the Daily Mail on 23 March:

    At one point, Matt Damon was expected to be in the film, but his schedule is so full that filming would have had to be delayed until late next year. And in any case, he's going to be busy, starring in Paul Greengrass's movie Imperial Life In The Emerald City, based on Rajiv Chandrasekaran's hard-hitting book about how the U.S. messed up its occupation of Baghdad.

    Plus, he'll have his hands full launching Oceans 13 at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

  • Mark Wahlberg says a dream role for Matt would be to play an Australian character. Good luck with the local critics Matt, but we'd love to have you film here. Details at the Telegraph:

    "All I wanted was to play English and Matt wants to play Australian, yet the best roles we've gotten were playing guys from Boston - The Perfect Storm and The Departed for me and Good Will Hunting and The Departed for him; so we both said, 'What the f*** are we doing?' We're wasting all this time, man. We'd better just embrace it.'"

    Wahlberg can laugh now. "But it wasn't just Marty. The whole time I was in the character so I was mad at everybody. It was Leo [DiCaprio], Matt [Damon] and Jack [Nicholson]. F*** Jack, too."

  • Meanwhile, Wahlberg attacks his so-called friends in an article here, supposedly discussing Entourage:

    "It's cool for a minute to see these guys living the high life. But come on, you don't want to see that for so long. I remember hearing the cast of Ocean's 12 talking about how much fun they were having. I don't want to hear that, a bunch of rich people having a good time while everybody else is living in the real world. The more crap that they have to deal with, the happier I am."

  • And Wahlberg's new film keeps being compared to the Bourne movies. My favourite quotes from the St Louis Today, the New York Sun and weeklydig.com.

    St Louis Today

    Although "Shooter" is based on a book by Washington Post film critic Stephen Hunter, its true inspiration seems to be the series of espionage films starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. If Bourne dispensed with the deep thoughts and simply came out shooting, he'd be Swagger.

    New York Sun

    "Shooter" is an abnormally outspoken example of its genre, but otherwise it's an old-fashioned action movie. That is to say, it's really dumb. Remember a few years ago, when Matt Damon's brisk "Bourne" thrillers made the viewer play catch-up? They managed to convey that certain CIA higher-ups had gone rotten without having them bellow it into the camera. They acknowledged that some of us who like to watch gunfights and car chases do in fact have brains. The Bourne pictures may even have gotten some people saying that a new batch of sophisticated action flicks was on the way. At times, "Shooter" seems to have been made specifically to shut those people up.

    Weekly Dig

    Wahlberg seems as one-dimensional as a photograph, with all the emotional range of a lawn gnome.

  • A photo of Matt, Martin Scorsese and Boston mayor Thomas Menino on the set of The Departed, thanks to Arnzilla at The Totally Unnecessary Message Board and the City of Boston website.

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  • A NY Daily News sighting:

    Matt Damon, who plays a teacher in "Margaret," patiently signed several autographs at 76th St. and Second Ave. yesterday for a Wagner Middle School seventh-grader, who no doubt got brownie points by giving them to his teachers.

  • Youth Without Youth has been bought by Sony Classics, and is likely to be released in late fall - details here.
  • 7 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 23rd, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I love your description of Mark Wahlberg, couldn't have put it better myself, he obviously has no sense of irony. Wealthy, spoilt movie star disses other wealthy spoilt movie stars - Mark Whalberg clearly lives in an irony free zone.

    I will continue to avoid any movies with this talent free idiot. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 23rd, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Is it just me or is it disappointing that he would do Imperial Life In The Emerald City over Revolutionary Road?

    Thank you for the site.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 23rd, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I read a review of the book Imperial Life in the Emerald City last weekend and it sounds like a very interesting project. And very scary what went on there. I think it was in The Sunday Times (UK).

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 24th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
    I've bought the book of Emerald City but only read a couple of chapters so far because it's simply too uncomfortable to read - you can't believe what went on and the horrendous decisions that were made. It was essentially a deliberate attempt to sabotage any real efforts at assisting the situation in Iraq.

    I don't think this was the project that would have been the one to conflict with the timing of Revolutionary Road - it's just that Road and Imperial City are two projects the Daily Mail writer has been following.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 24th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Persevere with the book Felicity it's truly brilliant. I don't understand why more Americans aren't enraged that $8 billion of their tax money has disappeared in Iraq, money that was supposed to rebuild the infrastructure of the country. I know this isn't a political blog and I don't want to turn it into one but this book should be compulsory reading for everyone.

    And on a lighter note thank you for the lovely pictures and updates. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 24th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
    I hope, if "Revolutionary Road" and "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" are filmed and completed at the same time that one or the other, preferably Matt's movie, will wait a decent amount of time before release because I just don't want to put up with the De Caprio/Damon who's a better actor argument over and over again.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 24th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
    Oh yeah. I really wanted Matt to do Revolutionary Road (great book, but very unlikely to be a $100 million movie), and if he's lost the opportunity to do that to appear instead in 'The Fighter' with Wahlberg, I'll be very disappointed.
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