January 20th, 2006

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Remake officially denied

  • Here's the official denial of the ridiculous Butch and Sundance remake rumor from the Boston Herald. You would have expected Redford to have more sense and check the facts of the story, and for him to have had more faith in Matt.

    Aging Hollywood hunk Robert Redford says he finds "depressing" reports that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will star in a remake of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” — his smash 1969 buddy hit with Paul Newman.

    "There is no shortage of good, original ideas and there’s just no point to remakes," said Redford, who is preparing for the opening of his annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

    "Why do they have to mess with things that were perfect the first time around," Redford said with a groan, the Deseret Morning News reported.

    Well, even though cowboy duos are tres chic at the mo, Bobby will be happy to learn that there apparently was no truth to the OK! maggie report that Matt and Ben would team up again for a Butch and Sundance remake.

    "No truth at all," said Ben's spokesguy Ken Sunshine.

    Matt’s gal Jennifer Allen seconded the motion.

    "I checked with their agent when this appeared in OK last week," she said. "It is not true."

  • From an interview with Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass at Chud, conducted when Greengrass wasn't officially confirmed in his role.

    Q: But you have one coming up right after the one you’re doing, don’t you? Is Bourne next after Flight 93?

    Greengrass: We’re talking about it, me and Universal. We’re discussing it, when it might be, all that’s sorts of things. That’s another film – I would like to do that film too, because I believe in the Bourne franchise. It’s a happy position to be in – you’re always looking for things that are in your register. If you’re a singer, you’re looking for things that are in your register, things that you can sing. The interesting thing is that all three of those films, Bourne Supremacy, Flight 93 and Watchmen, they all appeal to different parts of me, but they’re all clearly within the same register. They’re all gritty, and they’re all one way or another about today.

    [Note: As of last week Paul confirmed he will be directing The Bourne Ultimatum, starting pre-production three days after Flight 93 is released]

  • From an interview with model and actor David Silk here:

    Siik already has landed a small role in a big movie: "The Good Shepherd," currently in production under the direction of legendary actor Robert DeNiro and starring DeNiro, Angelina Jolie, Joe Pesci and Matt Damon.

    "It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing, to be directed by Bob DeNiro," Siik said. "We filmed all over New York City. The story is told in two eras and I am in the 1940s group. My scenes are with Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon.

    "It's just a small part but it was an incredible learning experience. Mr. DeNiro kind of acted like a dad to all of us."

  • A reader says that one or more of Matt's appearances on Oprah are on her 20th Anniversary DVD. Does anyone know on which of the six DVDs in the set Matt is included?