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New production company at WB
  • As first reported by PopSugar at Sundance, Ben and Matt will be setting up a new production company at Warner Bros. The deal is expected to be announced within days, and was first reported in detail at New York magazine, followed by the Hollywood Reporter.

    Vulture has learned that the Oscar-winning duo of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are teaming up once again — this time re-forming their production company, which they are negotiating to have a first-look deal at Warner Bros.

    It's an interesting development for the two men, who couldn't be more different despite their long friendship and close association.

    As for Matt Damon, insiders say that at first blush he seems like the last person who'd want or need a first-look producing deal. Per Forbes, he's consistently in the top ten Hollywood stars offering the best return on investment, and as such, is in rarefied club of "first-dollar gross participants" — those few actors who are paid a share of a movie's grosses before anyone else, including the studio that made the film and the theaters screening it. But while Damon has primarily been focused on his acting, insiders also point out the Bourne star has told close associates that he does intend to direct films someday, and has chosen his roles accordingly.

  • Not surprisingly, Warner Bros. has also signed today to distribute Contagion, the new Steven Soderbergh film, now rumored also to have cast Gwyneth Paltrow.

  • Matt will appear on Letterman in the next few weeks to promote Green Zone. Actor Said Faraj has written on his Facebook page that he will be attending the Green Zone premiere in New York on 25 February.

    Late Show had planned to take off in early March but will go dark next week instead, an unusual move during a ratings sweeps. It has booked A-list guests including Jerry Seinfeld (Leno's first prime-time guest), Tom Hanks and Matt Damon for its first two weeks against Tonight.

  • A good collection of Matt's quotes from the Invictus junket in December are at the Philippines Star, including this new comment.

    Listening to him talk intimately of his family’s fascinating encounter with Mandela provided an insight into another layer of the handsome actor’s personal life. "My little one is gonna have a picture of herself as a baby on the guy’s lap and it’s just amazing." He showed us the pictures on his blackberry and told us he used the picture of his stepdaughter and Mandela as his wallpaper.

    His close relationship with his kids was never more apparent than at the beginning of our interview when we caught him taking pictures of himself on his blackberry. When I asked him, he said it was for his stepdaughter who was asking where he was at the time.

  • Matt's involvement in Happy Feet 2 was confirmed at the Sun-Herald.

    Is it true that two of Hollywood's hottest stars have joined the cast of big-name actors doing voice-overs for Happy Feet 2?

    An Australian-based movie insider has confirmed that Matt Damon and Brad Pitt — both doting dads — have already attended voice-recording sessions in Los Angeles as part of the making of the film. Crews now working on the movie in Sydney were there during the US recording sessions.

    An official announcement is yet to be made about their involvement but such a stellar cast for his sequel would be sure to make George Miller very happy indeed.

  • A sighting from the New York Post:

    Sighting: Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr. and their wives at Elio's on Second Avenue.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 19th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    New project? Fresh Air interview

    The wife-swapping baseball project has finally come back on the radar after an absence of about 10 years. Ben to possible star and write, Matt to possibly star (or envisaged starring in years ago).

    http://www.deadline.com/hollywood/warner-bros-finally-going-ahead-with-shocking-film-about-yankees-sex-scandal/

    http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/2008-12-6-motion-captured/posts/are-matt-damon-and-ben-affleck-trading-wives-with-dave-mandel

    **
    Matt and Steven Soderbergh are on NPR's Fresh Air program tomorrow to promote the DVD release of The Informant. It was just a repeat of the September 2009 interview, but the link is below.
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123850045&ft=1&f=1008

    Edited at 2010-02-19 08:26 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 19th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Ben Affleck

    The collaboration with Ben sounds interesting. Truthfully, I don't much care for Ben Affleck's acting skills. He seems a nice enough guy though.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 19th, 2010 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben Affleck

    I don't even know if your last comment is accurate.

    To me, the production deal seems purely for Ben's benefit. Matt doesn't seem to have any time to commit to it, is very unlikely to be based in LA to be near an office, and doesn't need the back-up support of a studio at this time in his career. And wanting to direct has nothing to do with it - if he is involved with a quality project, any studio would want it.

    Universal must not be impressed. They seemingly bought the Adjustment Bureau to keep him happy, and there's no Bourne and no Universal projects in the works yet to film.

    Edited at 2010-02-19 07:29 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 20th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben Affleck

    Do you think maybe Matt's thinking a year or two or three into the future that this would make a good platform to launch a directorial effort? I agree that for now this is mainly for Ben's benefit, but Matt is a sharp cookie and may be setting himself up. Waddya think?

    I.B.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 20th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben Affleck

    Pesonally, I'm glad to see Matt cozying up with Warner Bros. They seem to be the class of the field in Hollywood right now.

    Paula
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: February 19th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Matt and Ben are going to be interviewing Jeremy Renner for Oprah's Oscar special.

    http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2010/02/gold-derby-nuggets-avatar-.html
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 19th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It's Ben interviewing his pet project, not Matt. The article has copied the original report incorrectly.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: February 19th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    oh sorry. feel free to delete then. It does make me happy though, Im already tired of the Ben and Matt show part 2.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 19th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'll leave it up if for anyone else who sees that LA Times report.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 22nd, 2010 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Adjustment Bureau re-shoots

    At the NY Public Library on 21 February:

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