September 18th, 2009

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Hereafter confirmed, various

  • Limited details about Hereafter are now available from Variety (below). Update: Movieline has posted details about the main characters and themes.

    Matt Damon will star in "Hereafter," Clint Eastwood's next producing-directing project for Warner Bros., with lensing on the thriller set to begin this fall.

    For Eastwood, the project's a move into supernatural territory. Warner Bros. is keeping the logline under wraps beyond describing the project as a thriller in the vein of "The Sixth Sense."

    Peter Morgan, who received an Oscar nomination for "Frost/Nixon," penned the script.

    Eastwood's producing through his Warner-based Malpaso banner with Kathleen Kennedy and Eastwood producing partner Robert Lorenz. Kennedy and Marshall's company will receive a production credit. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Morgan and Tim Moore are exec producing. Project was originally set up at DreamWorks.

  • Reviews for The Informant! are strong - including four stars from Roger Ebert, four stars at the National Post and a great review at the New York Times. The movie is released today in the US and Canada.

  • Baz Bamigboye at the Daily Mail mentioned a possible new project with Matt and George Clooney.

    George Clooney, who hopes to direct Matt Damon in a new film next year called Hamdan v Rumsfeld.

    'It's about the so-called war on terror, but set in a courtroom,' Clooney told me in Toronto, after a screening of one of his films, The Men Who Stare At Goats, was shown.

    Hamdan v Rumsfeld is about Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who was Osama bin Laden's former chauffeur. He was captured in Afghanistan and shipped off to Guantanamo and eventually his laywer (the role Damon will play) took his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Matt talked about the newspaper articles that have recently engaged him at the Daily Beast.

  • Matt has filmed a spoof endorsement video with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg - details here.

  • An interesting article at MTV on why Matt is everybody's favorite everyman.

  • Drew at HitFix (Moriarty) has posted a video interview with Matt and related commentary.

  • There's a good interview with Scott Bakula at Movieline, including:

    Question: When you started rehearsals, had Matt Damon already gained the weight?
    Bakula: We didn’t actually have rehearsals. We all just showed up in Decatur and started shooting. I don’t know if Matt had his full 30 pounds on by then, but he was well into 20, 25 pounds by then. He was having a ball. He had Doritos, anything he could eat that was fattening. He had done so many films where he had to be the perfect physical specimen, the Bourne stuff, this was kind of a great release for him. We’d be sitting at the bar at night, and he’d be ordering a dark beer. "Most calories! Most calories!"

    I think that halfway through the movie he found out he was going to have to do reshoots on this other movie he had been working on. That meant that he was going to have to strip this weight off immediately; we were all wishing him well on that one. But he was enjoying it, and I have to say, there’s a scene that’s not in the movie, where he had to swim in a pool in Hawaii, and it was just hysterical.

    Question: Was he self-conscious?
    Bakula: Oh, no. He was loving it! He’d smack his gut and grab it. He was just having the best time. In this day and age people are always sneaking pictures, so the very next day his picture got out, by the pool without a shirt on. It was so funny.

  • More photos from the set of Adjustment Bureau are at PopSugar.