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Informant test screening, Torso
  • A positive early test screening for The Informant is at Aint it cool news.

  • A preview screening of The People Speak will be held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on 11 February.

  • Clint Eastwood discussed his plans for The Human Factor in an interview at the Courier Mail:

    Like Changeling, Eastwood's next project is based on the sort of extraordinary true story no director would have the audacity to make up. Starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, The Human Factor is about Nelson Mandela's campaign to host the 1995 World Cup during his first term as president of South Africa.

    When a film is based on real events, says Eastwood, he feels his responsibility towards his subjects keenly.

    "You definitely want to get it right. You don't want to take liberties with a true story. That's why it has to have all of the dramatics built in. You can't take it and say: OK, it's based on a true story, but we're going to dramatise it here, we're going to add a bit more of this, and make it a big romance here."

  • An update on plans for Ness/Torso at MTV:

    'Torso’ producer says film is still on despite rights issues

    On the red carpet for the Portland premiere of “Coraline,” producer Bill Mechanic told MTV News that a big-screen adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis‘ graphic novel “Torso” is still moving forward, with or without Paramount’s involvement.

    Just last month, word came through that the rights to Bendis’ original graphic novel had lapsed at the studio and that the previously-announced film version, to be called “Ness”, was in jeopardy.

    The film still has David Fincher attached as a director, but no studio has committed to back the picture. Mechanic now says that not only will the film still happen, it’ll still happen at Paramount.

    “We want them to make the movie and I think they want to make it. Cool heads will prevail and hopefully it’ll get started pretty quickly. If they don’t make it, somebody will. I’m focused on making the picture.”

  • A few new videos at YouTube: Matt discussing Good Will Hunting in a 1997 interview with Joe Leydon here, and an Australian interview with Heath Ledger for Brothers Grimm is here.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    NY Post story

    Strangest story of the day - the New York Post claiming Matt has a 21 year old sister, Sarah Bradford, who is a model. Maybe it was Matt Dillon, maybe it's a step-sister, maybe it was a bet to see if the story could make it through the fact-checkers to the paper...

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 10th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: NY Post story

    Clarified at the Boston Globe:

    We were interested to read in the New York Post that Matt Damon's sister, Sarah Bradford, is an aspiring model who will make her runway debut this week at Alvin Valley's fashion show in New York. Problem is, Matt doesn't have a sister - at least not one he's related to by blood. Bradford, we're told, is the 21-year-old daughter of the woman Damon's dad, Kent, is married to now.

    Edited at 2009-02-10 05:58 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 9th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    people speak

    wish I would have a chance on the MoMa event. I'm sure that will be a great and interesting reading and discussion forum as well. (live vid feed theater 2)
    hope they come over to Europe for some previews on festivals or at least with the DVD release.

    oig. project link http://www.thepeoplespeak.com/ ... support it... if interested.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 9th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: people speak

    Interestingly, I don't think Matt has taped his segment, and we're now up to the final product. He's not included in the list of performers on that site, and despite promoting the film for years and being an executive producer, he looks to have no on camera role (and Ben's now mentioned somewhere as a co-narrator). Josh Brolin has taken this one over as well (lots of monologues and now co-producer).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 9th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Off Topic

    Hi Felicity, I just wanted to see if you're OK? The fires have been extensively reported in the UK, I hope you aren't too badly affected.

    I hope Matt's dialect coach does a better job than he did with Leonardo Di Caprio (just awful).

    Keep safe.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 9th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Off Topic

    Thanks Marcia. This time I'm well away from the affected areas.

    The DiCaprio accent got a lot of flak because it wasn't a typical South African accent but a variation, so it sounded (to most ears) different than expected.

    Tim Monich's about the best in the business, and has worked with Matt before, but I'm sure there will still be criticism. Matt's completely the wrong guy to play Pienaar physically, so this will be another element they will attack.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt #9 in Forbes latest "bankable" star rating

    Hi Felicity, Just happened to see this article by Forbes, so thought I'd pass it along: http://www.forbes.com/lists/2009/58/star-currency-09_Matt-Damon_BM22.html . Number nine is pretty good! Take care, Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 11th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt #9 in Forbes latest "bankable" star rating

    Hi Cheryl, just looking at the Forbes site now. Great ranking, particularly considering Matt hasn't had a movie out in so long (or maybe that's a good thing).
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