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Aronofsky for The Fighter, German one.org advertisement
  • Darren Aronofsky, who most recently directed the almost incomprehensible The Fountain, may be the director selected to add some much needed edge to The Fighter - details at IGN.

    IGN has learned from reliable sources that there is now a director set to step into the ring for The Fighter, a fact-based boxing drama that will reteam Departed co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon.

    We have learned that Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain) will helm the Paramount drama. The pic is expected to be the next project for both Wahlberg and Damon, with filming slated to commence in Massachusetts this summer.

    Both Paramount and Aronofsky's reps at CAA had no comment.

  • Update: Variety has now confirmed the news here:

    Darren Aronofsky is in talks to direct Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon in boxing drama "The Fighter" for Paramount Pictures. Pic would mark Aronofsky's second studio project. Sci-fi romancer "The Fountain" fell flat at the box office when Warner Bros. Pictures released it last fall.

    Project is based on the rise of Boston boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, who nabbed the world lightweight title with the help of his once down-and-out half-brother Dicky, who became a trainer.

    While Par would look for Aronofsky to turn in a pic with broad appeal, he isn't necessarily expected to take a traditional approach.

    Wahlberg and Damon are ready to commit to making "Fighter" their next movie if they like a rewrite that scribe Paul Attanasio is doing. If the two thesps give their OK, lensing could begin in early summer in Massachusetts.

  • More photos of Matt filming The Bourne Ultimatum in New York are at Just Jared.

  • An ad for the German one.org equivalent is now available at this U2 site. The ad will be shown during the upcoming June G8 Summit in Germany. In the ad Matt, Ben, Bono and other celebs (speaking in German) call for the end to poverty and seek people to sign on to this site. Link and details from a poster, stranger, at Just Jared - a still below.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 27th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)
    I read in last week's Third Sector that all 15 countries who signed up to the Make Poverty History campaign at the last G summit in 2005 are expected to default on most of their promises targeted for completion in 2015.

    There is going to be a relaunch here in the UK to coincide with the German summit this summer. Neither Bono or Bob Geldof were expected to be involved when the magazine went to print. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 27th, 2007 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)
    That's really depressing news Marcia. I think Geldof (and definitely Bono) are in this ad.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 27th, 2007 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)
    It came as no surprise to me, nor should it be to anyone who works in this field. No government no matter how well intentioned will pursue policies that will negatively affect the standard of living of their citizens on a large scale.

    I understand Matt's passion for this, he's seen with his own eyes what living with extreme poverty can do to a human being. Compassion without guilt is the best way to deal with it as an individual I think (the words of James Coburn). Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 27th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm impressed that he did the advert in German. It's not an easy language to wrap your tongue around.

    From: sunnysanstar Date: March 28th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
    Do you speak it? If so, do you know what Matt or Ben were saying?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 28th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
    At the Just Jared link I posted (comments section), the whole of the text is transcribed, but not what each person says.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 28th, 2007 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    German language

    I will have a more thorough listen tonight and work out what they each say. I must say that most of the German was pretty good - Matt had a little trouble with some diction 'ist' but I put that down to the 'allergy' he was suffering - looks like it was filmed during the Berlinale. Matt's German is better than Brad's. Ben's is pretty good too. I can just see the vocal coach behind the camera though trying to get them all through it. Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 28th, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: German language

    Funny, I thought Ben's was the worst (other than Penelope Cruz). I think everybody that isn't native or speaks a similar gutteral-type language has trouble with the "ist" bit. Matt was able to wrap his tongue around those one syllable words that sound like they have three in German. I have the hardest time with those, hence why I noticed ;o)

    Bravo to all of them, though, and I shouldn't criticize. When I speak my own tongue (Dutch) I've been told that I sound like a challenged two year old.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 31st, 2007 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)


    We have a problem here in Rhode Island. The Governor has closed one of the largest locations for the homeless. We need help to re-build. We are not going to get it from the State. Need help. Allison
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