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Remake officially denied
  • Here's the official denial of the ridiculous Butch and Sundance remake rumor from the Boston Herald. You would have expected Redford to have more sense and check the facts of the story, and for him to have had more faith in Matt.

    Aging Hollywood hunk Robert Redford says he finds "depressing" reports that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will star in a remake of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” — his smash 1969 buddy hit with Paul Newman.

    "There is no shortage of good, original ideas and there’s just no point to remakes," said Redford, who is preparing for the opening of his annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

    "Why do they have to mess with things that were perfect the first time around," Redford said with a groan, the Deseret Morning News reported.

    Well, even though cowboy duos are tres chic at the mo, Bobby will be happy to learn that there apparently was no truth to the OK! maggie report that Matt and Ben would team up again for a Butch and Sundance remake.

    "No truth at all," said Ben's spokesguy Ken Sunshine.

    Matt’s gal Jennifer Allen seconded the motion.

    "I checked with their agent when this appeared in OK last week," she said. "It is not true."

  • From an interview with Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass at Chud, conducted when Greengrass wasn't officially confirmed in his role.

    Q: But you have one coming up right after the one you’re doing, don’t you? Is Bourne next after Flight 93?

    Greengrass: We’re talking about it, me and Universal. We’re discussing it, when it might be, all that’s sorts of things. That’s another film – I would like to do that film too, because I believe in the Bourne franchise. It’s a happy position to be in – you’re always looking for things that are in your register. If you’re a singer, you’re looking for things that are in your register, things that you can sing. The interesting thing is that all three of those films, Bourne Supremacy, Flight 93 and Watchmen, they all appeal to different parts of me, but they’re all clearly within the same register. They’re all gritty, and they’re all one way or another about today.

    [Note: As of last week Paul confirmed he will be directing The Bourne Ultimatum, starting pre-production three days after Flight 93 is released]

  • From an interview with model and actor David Silk here:

    Siik already has landed a small role in a big movie: "The Good Shepherd," currently in production under the direction of legendary actor Robert DeNiro and starring DeNiro, Angelina Jolie, Joe Pesci and Matt Damon.

    "It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing, to be directed by Bob DeNiro," Siik said. "We filmed all over New York City. The story is told in two eras and I am in the 1940s group. My scenes are with Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon.

    "It's just a small part but it was an incredible learning experience. Mr. DeNiro kind of acted like a dad to all of us."

  • A reader says that one or more of Matt's appearances on Oprah are on her 20th Anniversary DVD. Does anyone know on which of the six DVDs in the set Matt is included?
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 20th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    What does Robert Redford know

    Redford is such a smug jerk, calling his movie "perfect." He claims to be such an advocate of art over profit, but here he's basically saying that a person shouldn't strive to make a movie that they really want to if somebody did it before them. That's so hypocritical. The guy is rediculous.

    I'm really sorry to hear Ben & Matt won't be doing this movie. I was really looking forward to it, but I got to remember this happens all the time. You never really know what movies are going to be made or not, and thats what kind of sucks about hearing such info so early on--it really gets your hopes up, and who knows if they'll stay there! :)

    From: f_isbaella Date: January 21st, 2006 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: What does Robert Redford know

    Hi Stephanie!

    I don't think he meant it in a way to say that others shouldn't profit off of some similar success. I actually feel the same way about remakes. I think, for the most part, that they are a waste of time. I don't think everyone who creates and does a remake is doing it for profit, though. Most of the time it is done, I assume, because they want to show it in their own eyes or in a different translation or just to improve upon the old one with better technology. Film makers and many involved are in it because they are passionate about the experience, NOT just for the money.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 21st, 2006 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: What does Robert Redford know

    >Most of the time it is done, I assume, because they want to show it in >their own eyes or in a different translation or just to improve upon the >old one with better technology. Film makers and many involved are in it >because they are passionate about the experience, NOT just for the money.

    I think the *exact* same thing, isbaella! I mean really, you hit the nail right on the head! But its because I believe what you have said that I think so very little of Robert Redford. I don't think he believes people should have the opportunity to put their own spins on the classics. We all have different intrepretations and artistic POV's, and why shouldn't they be expressed? I stand by what I said, I think he made some awfully judgmental comments and I don't think they can be excused by the fact that the poor man may have been under "pressure."

    But this is a column about Matt, so I apologize for complaining so much about Redford here. He and I will take it outside. :D
    From: f_isbaella Date: January 21st, 2006 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: What does Robert Redford know

    Cool. I totally get what ya mean. I can understand why you say what you say and agree that excuses shouldn't be made. Your diplomatic approach has me smiling in awe.

    Have a good weekend!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 20th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    In Redford's defense, I suspect that when he was asked about the Butch Cassidy remake rumor -- and importantly, who knows if the rumor was actually presented to him by the reporter as a rumor, or as a done deal? -- the question probably came in the middle of a series of rapid-fire questions about the Sundance Film Festival and movies in general, and he was being asked to comment without any opportunity to do any fact-checking or background inquiries. Given such a scenario, he (quite reasonably, in my opinion) responded from the gut, and I have no quibbles whatsoever with the response he gave (and I doubt that Matt would, either). It IS depressing -- or disheartening, at least -- that so many remakes are made of what were, indeed, perfectly realized original films, just as he's also right about there being no shortage of good, original ideas. What there is a shortage of is the political will and commercial confidence to take a chance on new ideas; lack of such is exactly what would produce a Butch Cassidy remake featuring Matt and Ben which, as much as I am a fan of Matt's, especially, is something I, as someone who's passionate about films, would not favor.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: f_isbaella Date: January 21st, 2006 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Right on!

    Hi Jeff,

    First I want to say that I am happy to see someone like you posting. I have read your other posts and enjoy them. :) Felicity deserves more of this sort of discussion than what she has had to put up with in the past and will have to put up with in the future. ;)

    I agree with what you have said re: the question probably coming in the midst of a large amount of questions catching him off guard and at what is stressful, though fun at the same time, for him.

    I went to Sundance a few years ago and enjoyed my visit, though short, in Salt Lake City and the Sundance area. You live in a lovely area.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 21st, 2006 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Right on!

    Thanks for the compliment, f_isbaella! And thanks, too, for the kind comments about the area where I live. I'm not native to Utah -- I moved from NYC to SLC a little more than 3 years ago now -- but it's probably the most beautiful place I've ever lived...and while the liberal-minded East Coast boy in me rails against many aspects of the conservative culture here, the area offers a number of other graces in compensation. Anyway, thanks again for saying hi! :-)

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 21st, 2006 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)


    I would love to see that remake!
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