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  • A few links of interest:

    Video of the O12 stars playing a 'stump the stars' game on The Insider.

    Another video from Extra.

    Various clips from the press tour, including Matt on Letterman, is at StevenSoderbergh.net.

    Information about the black-tie O12 premiere from a press release.

  • A writer from the Star Telegram is dismissive of the current crop of male stars except for Matt and Leo:

    With the exceptions of Matt Damon (whose Jason Bourne -- a stripped-down, self-loathing killing machine -- is arguably the most interesting mainstream movie character to emerge in the past few years) and possibly Leonardo DiCaprio (whose role as Howard Hughes in the upcoming The Aviator could finally push him over the top), moviegoers now find themselves confronting an unprecedented and vexing landscape.

  • Author John Grisham still believes The Rainmaker to be the best film adaptation from one of his books - from here.

    Q: What's your favorite movie made from one of your books?

    A: The Rainmaker. Francis Ford Coppola directed it in '96 or maybe '97. It had a very young Matt Damon, Jon Voight, and Danny DeVito. I spent more time on that set. Coppola is a writer, and he really wanted me to read the script and make suggestions.

    The movie opened the weekend before The Titanic and made about $50 million. It's doing okay on home video. That's the big thing now: movies are like the previews for video.

  • Here's an excerpt from an article talking about The Good Shepherd, Matt's potential new project, back when a financier dropped out a few weeks ago:

    The studio says it remains committed to the project, but production won't go forward unless another financier can be found to cover the $110+ million production budget.

    This isn't the first stumbling block the film has encountered, the project was initially being developed at MGM before changing studios. DeNiro is also the third director attached to the project with the likes of Philip Kaufman and the late John Frankenheimer also developing it.

    IEG's withdrawal though was amicable, the company's head Graham King saying "It's one of the best scripts I've ever read (but) you can't make the movie for any less than we have it budgeted for. I certainly wouldn't disrespect Bob by getting him to cut the budget of the film".