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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.
  • 21 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 18th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Man that Clint Eastwood Movie

    Hit me out of the blue. He's doing that and the Liberace movie? When are they gonna find time for Bourne?

    Oh well. I'm having a good time following the Informant on Twitter. Lots of tweets like this "Who knew that Matt Damon was a such a draw for Senior Citizens?" and "Why are so many old people in the theatre?" For some reason, that is cracking me up. Some people hated most enjoyed it. But most people did not get what they were expecting. They were expecting a slapstic comedy but it wasn't. There are a few who get it. Thanks for posting all this stuff. Its hard for me to keep up with it all. But I'm gonna catch up.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 19th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Man that Clint Eastwood Movie

    I took two weeks off work just to keep up with the media coverage. There will be less coverage for Invictus as most of the profile pieces will have been done. But it's been fun :-)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 19th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Man that Clint Eastwood Movie

    I've been slacking off at work trying to read it all, lol.

    Thanks again. It is well appreciated.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 19th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Informant

    Yeah, my audience was also almost entirely senior citizens. Of course, at 4 in the afternoon on a workday that's the available audience for an R rated film. Judging by the laughter I would say that the back half of the theatre got it and the front half didn't. There were about 6 or 7 big laughs from the 'in-crowd'.

    It's complelely ridiculous that this film is R rated. A few swear words, that's it. I don't know if Soderbergh was attempting an expose of the American ratings system, but this movie certainly reveals it as completely ridiculous.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 19th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Informant

    Hi Paula,

    Go to admit, I'm glad the seniors got a movie they could go and see. Nothing but teen fluff for the last few months.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 19th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Informant

    I just hope people go and they like it. Predictions are all over the map for how much it will make - from $9 to $16 million. Anything over $10 million and I'll be happy. Especially as it only cost $22 million to make (now Green Zone will be another story).

    Mixed messages from Frank Marshall on Twitter today:

    BOURNE4 will start next summer...
    Yes, we start shooting HERAFTER soon with Clint...

    Adjustment Bureau films til mid-December, and that somehow includes Matt's promotion for Invictus.

    Movieline reports that Hereafter is essentially a three-person story, so maybe they could film the other roles first. And a report on Twitter says the film is set in Thailand.

    Matt said they won't be filming Bourne 4 for two years, but the producer still says they're filming next summer. That will be interesting.

    Edited at 2009-09-19 02:43 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 19th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Informant

    Even though the reviews are all over the map, the one thing that's pretty consistent in most is the praise of Matt's work. Really, Soderbergh is the polarizing factor here. He is either loved or truly hated, lol. I got to believe the movie will make at least 10 million.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 19th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Informant

    I hope so.

    Dave Karger at EW loved the performance and he's posted part 2 of his interview with Matt from Toronto. Matt says he recorded the voice-over commentary on the set each day and read them out to Lucy for fun.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 19th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Informant

    Maybe he's saying Bourne will be made with or without Matt, LOL.

    Nah, he can't be saying that. I do know Universal is desperate for a hit movie. They are pushing this hard.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 19th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Complete cast and crew list

    If anyone spies a full crew list for The Informant on the web, could you please post the link? I'm looking for the entire crew, not just the IMDB listing. The official website has the production notes, but not the cast and crew listing.

    Thank you.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 19th, 2009 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Venice ring

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 19th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    critical response

    As of Saturday am, Rotten Tomatoes has The Informant at 77%. Thats pretty good!

    Wanted to thank you again for the incredible job you've done here.
    From: jennaz123 Date: September 19th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Great job on the coverage, as always! It is highly appreciated. I'm glad the critics are taking note of Matt's performance. Too often they seem to overlook his more nuanced roles.

    I love the fact that Clint Eastwood wants to do a second movie with Matt. Just shows how impressed he must be with him.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 20th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)


    Two of the other actors in the Eastwood film have just been announced (or leaked by the actor). The lead female will be Cecile de France, who I adore. She's a wonderful and beautiful French actress (The Singer). The other French actor is less well known. Google translation below.

    Apparently filming starts in London in December.

    September 18

    Thierry Neuvic ( "Do not Look Back") announced at a press conference his presence in the next film by Clint Eastwood along with Cecile de France ("The Russian Dolls"). The story, with hints of disaster movie, is that of a French couple face the tsunami.
    On the occasion of a press conference at TF1, the actor Thierry Neuvic announced he would form along with Cecile de France leading the couple's next film Clint Eastwood. The project, which has no definitive title at the moment, will discuss the tsunami through the eyes of a couple of French victims of the disaster. Filming should start in during 2010. This year, we could see Thierry Neuvic alongside Sophie Marceau in Do not Look Back. Viewers know him through his role in Clara Sheller, but with the feature Clint Eastwood, the actor's career should take a decisive turn. It will also provide an opportunity for Cecile de France to start an international career.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 20th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    NY City Premiere

    Thanks again for your excellent, constant updates. My parents attended The Informant Premiere in NY City and found it to be fantastic. Warner Brothers had them walk the red carpet and do some interviews with the media. Prior to the film was shown, the President of Warner Brothers asked the Director to stand-up, then the actors, and then he asked "the real Mark Whitacre to stand up", at which time Matt Damon stood up again along with my father, and pointed right at my father with a big smile. My parents were so impressed with Matt Damon, and he hugged them both as soon as he met them just like he knew them forever. They talked to him for quite awhile and he asked many questions. He was so impressed how the family stayed together, and really impressed how my mother was able to do that. He told them that he hoped he portrayed mental illness in a sensitive manner. He said that his goal--and the Director's goal-- was to portray my father as a sympathetic and likable character because of the mental illness. Matt Damon's wife also joined in the conversation and told my mother how impressed she was that she was able to keep the family intact during the ordeal. She then told my mother about their children. My parents said you could easily tell they were all about family, and so down to earth. They were really impressed with the Damons. Matt Damon introduced them to his father and his brother. They took many photos while there and Matt Damon autographed several cards for our family since we were unable to attend. They also said all of the actors, Director and producers were very nice too just like Matt Damon, and they spent quite a bit of time with several of them. Melanie Lynskey spent some time with my mother asking lots of questions about the case, and she told my mother that she too was very impressed how far our family has come since the ordeal 15 years ago. Many pictures were taken at the after party and some were posted at my father's site at this link
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 20th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: NY City Premiere

    Thanks so much for sharing your family's story about the premiere - it sounds like a wonderful night. The photos on your dad's site are great and I'll link to it on my next update. He's got a fantastic smile.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2009 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    From Russia with Love

    He was born on October, 8th, 1970. Anybody also did`n know that in thirty years it will be one of the most successful and well-known actors in the world. But so happened. Today a star of Hollywood 39 years old are executed. All admirers from Russia congratulate him with this fine day, wish a sound health, strong relations in a family, successful development of career and love of fans.

    The Player Jason Bourne`s Game.
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