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Eastwood tribute, Bourne
  • Matt and Lucy did not attend the Invictus premiere in New York, but did attend the Museum of the Moving Image tribute to Clint Eastwood. Photos are from Zimbio via Getty Images.

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  • Clint Eastwood discussed the filming of Invictus and Hereafter at the Hollywood Reporter, including:

    THR: How do you approach working with an actor like Damon?
    Eastwood: We just talked a little bit about it. We got him a dialogue coach -- and that's very important: South Africans are very critical of actors who don't have the accents down.

    THR: Did you rehearse with him at all?
    Eastwood: We didn't rehearse too much, but we rehearsed some of the plays in the game. As far as rehearsing him as a performer, no, we just jumped right in.

    THR: Have you given much thought to plans for the next few years? You're doing "Hereafter," but after that?
    Eastwood: Everything is contingent upon the material. "Hereafter" came about as I was doing postproduction on "Invictus." I've already done over half that picture, but I'm taking a hiatus now until Matt (Damon) is available and then we'll come back to it in January.

    THR: How much of it have you done?
    Eastwood: We shot for three weeks in England and for a little over a week in France. Now I've got an American sequence that features him. It's three stories all converging together. We'll go back to England to do the final sequence.

  • All stills from Invictus are now available at IMDB and here.


  • True Grit is reportedly scheduled to start filming on 20 March 2010 in Texas and New Mexico, with a base in Austin.

  • More reports confirming Paul Greengrass is no longer attached to Bourne 4, and rumors of a possible replacement, are at Variety, The Playlist and The Wrap.

    Greengrass: "You won't find a more devoted supporter of the Bourne franchise than me. I will always be grateful to have been the caretaker to Jason Bourne over the course of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. I'm very proud of those films and feel they express everything I most passionately believe about the possibility of making quality movies in the mainstream.

    My decision to not return a third time as director is simply about feeling the call for a different challenge. There's been no disagreement with Universal Pictures. The opportunity to work with the Bourne family again is a difficult thing to pass up, but we have discussed this together and they have been incredibly understanding and supportive. I've been lucky enough to have made four films for Universal, and our relationship continues. Jason Bourne existed before me and will continue, and I hope to remain involved in some capacity as the series moves on."

  • Photos from the set of The Adjustment Bureau on Tuesday with Anthony Mackie are at Bauer Griffin, I'm not obsessed and here. Matt is set to film at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.
  • 7 comments or Leave a comment
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 2nd, 2009 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    LA premiere

    Matt will be attending the LA premiere, according to a comment posted by 'Joe' at OLV, and will be back in NY on Friday:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 2nd, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt talks Bourne

    Roger Friedman got the first quote:

    Star Matt Damon tells me he isn’t going ahead with the fourth “Bourne” movie without director Paul Greengrass.

    “I’m waiting for Paul,” Damon told me last night at the “Invictus” premiere for the Museum of the Moving Image. “And he’ll come back when there’s a script.”

    And a separate report on the Eastwood gala:

    Morgan Freeman is Mandela; Matt Damon is the captain, Francois Pienaar. They’re an unbeatable combo even if their characters — especially Pienaar — are more symbolic than three dimensional.

    Eastwood and Damon worked together so well that they’re making another film right now, “Hereafter,” a thriller shot in Paris. Damon is a good player for Eastwood, who likes smart actors who can just take direction.

    For his part, Damon — pumped up to play rugby — not only looks the part but sounds it. He’s completely absorbed into the role of Francois Pienaar, the real life South African sports hero. “The dialect coach came down to Florida and worked with me for six weeks,” Matt told me. The result is he’ll be on the shortlist for Best Supporting Actor along with Christoph Waltz, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Christopher Plummer, Stanley Tucci, Fred Melamed, and a few others.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 2nd, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt talks Bourne

    "... he'll come back when there's a script."


    Nice to see Lucy again.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 2nd, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Beautiful pictures of Matt&Lucy.
    I saw The Informant and I must say I like Matt's performance more than the movie itself, although the movie is good, Matt's work is really remarkable.
    I love the variety of characters he chooses to play.I like very much the music from the movie and I really think that his performance deserve a nomination in the next Award Session.
    PS.As always,your site is great.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 2nd, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you Syl. The movie finally opens in Australia today - first session only 11 hours away...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2009 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Lucy Damon

    How can you look that good after having 3 kids.
    I need to know your secret.
    from Mother of 2
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 15th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)



    I really enjoy the movies you have been in,especially "Good Will" and for all your other charity and your non-film work like "The People",keep up the great work.


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