LOS ANGELES - Matt Damon will be honored with the ShoWest 2005 Male Star of the Year award, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event. Damon will be presented with the award at ShoWest's closing night ceremony on Thursday, March 17th at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.
"Damon's undeniable talent and versatility as an actor is what had made him one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents," said Neuhauser. "Delivering with equally spectacular results when it comes to action, drama or comedy he continues to redefine what it means to be a star. We are thrilled to recognize Matt Damon for all of his outstanding work by presenting him with the ShoWest Male Star of the Year award."
Tax break means most of Hub film Departs for N.Y.
By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
The Big Apple is taking a big bite out of the Boston production of "The Departed" - apparently because director Martin Scorsese was offered a tax break he couldn't refuse.
The latest buzz on the set-in-Boston gangster flick is that the Matt Damon-Leonardo DiCaprio project kicks off in New York on April 4 and will remain there until the Hub shoot starts June 17.
After a month of filming at Harbor Point, Castle Island, New England Baptist Hospital and other local sites, the production returns to the Apple until the third week in August, when it will return to Boston to wrap up. Bottom line: Scorsese has to film 75 percent of his Boston cops-and-gangsters flick in Gotham to get the tax breaks offered by the city and state.
"And who could blame him," said Mass. Film Bureau gal Robin Dawson, who has been lobbying local pols to pass similar tax legislation. Sen. Brian Lees (R-Longmeadow) filed a filmmakers tax incentive plan in the Senate.