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The first footage from Ford v Ferrari has been shown at CinemaCon. Details are available at Indiewire and Variety.

Perhaps newly-minted Disney employee and Fox Film vice chairman Emma Watts said it best herself: movies like the studio’s “Ford v. Ferrari” are “an endangered species.”

Lucky, then, that Disney inherited the film earlier this month when it acquired 21st Century Fox, and Watts along with it to continue in her role as production president and one of the top creative forces. Watts presented the film to global movie theater owners on Wednesday at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The film, a muscular look at the engineer and driver who overcame the odds to build a race car for Ford that challenged Ferrari’s dominance, could be an Oscar contender for Fox and its new parent company, Walt Disney Studios.

Ford v. Ferrari’ has always been a mystery with megawatt talent — Christian Bale and Matt Damon star, James Mangold (“Logan”) directs the true story. The Ford car was designed to win the 1966 Le Mans race in France, a legendarily grueling competition that lasts 24 hours and leaves many an automobile in the junkyard.

The racing sequences are exhilarating, made elegant by the vintage car designs and exciting by how often they fall to pieces, catch fire or simply disintegrate in pursuit of glory.

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Matt and family continue to enjoy an extended holiday in Australia, and have recently spent time camping and surfing in Western Australia. Photos from Rottnest Island are available here. More details of the sponsored promotional arrangements for the tour (more than a year in the making for Hemsworth/Pataky), are available here.

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  • Matt, Lucy and family are currently visiting Australia for a holiday. After being in Byron Bay earlier in the week, Matt and Lucy today attended a UFC event in Melbourne with Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky - photos are at the Daily Mail.

  • Matt discussed water.org and Ford v Ferrari with the Toronto Sun:

    When we spoke last year, you had nothing on the docket. This June, you’ll be back on the big screen in Ford v. Ferrari. What can we expect from that?
    Well, it’s got Christian Bale in it, so that’s a reason to go see it. Whatever you may think of me, Christian Bale is in the movie, so come see it. It’s going to be really good.
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  • Matt and Gary White have been promoting water.org in Davos and in Spain. From an interview at Mens Journal, thanks to Irina:

    What can you tell us about your upcoming movie Ford v. Ferrari?
    Damon: I’m really excited for people to see that. It’s coming out in June, and it’s about Ford trying to take down Ferrari at the Le Mans race. James Mangold directed it and Christian Baleis in it with me. It was surreal to work with Christian because I’m one of his bigger fans. He was coming off Vice—and from the time we decided to do the movie to the time we started shooting, he dropped 70 pounds. The first day on set, I asked him: “How did you do that?” I’ve lost weight and gained weight for parts, and there are lots of theories on how to do it. And he just looked at me and said: “I didn’t eat.” That guy is cut from a different cloth. He has a monk-like discipline that’s just really impressive to see.

    You originally were going to direct Manchester By the Sea. Do you still have an interest in getting behind the camera?
    Damon: John Krasinski and I originally commissioned Kenny [Lonergan] to write Manchester By the Sea, because I was going to direct it. When I read the script, I went to Kenny and said: “You have to direct it. This is a Kenny Lonergan movie.” So I was going to play the main role, but The Martian was starting, and I just couldn’t get it in. So Casey took over, and that turned out okay. With directing, it’s still something I’m interested in. I’m just looking for the perfect project to do it.
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    All is quiet and no photos or additional information has been released yet for Le Mans 66/Ford v Ferrari.
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    Matt's episode of Saturday Night Live was well received — a summary is at The Hollywood Reporter

    Matt and family returned to LA for Lucy's birthday this week.

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  • Photos of Matt and Lucy in New York ahead of their 13th wedding anniversary are at the Daily Mail. Matt is hosting Saturday Night Live next week.

  • Matt and Lucy attended the Mary Poppins premiere in LA recently - photos at the Daily Mail. Matt also wrote about Emily Blunt and John Krasinski for EW.
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  • Matt honored Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy with an award at the Governors Awards. Video is at YouTube:

  • Matt's new video with Bank of America to promote water.org is also at YouTube:

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  • A new interview by Sam Jones with Matt will air on Off Camera on Monday. Three clips are at online. The full episode will be up at offcamera.com and later on Netflix.

  • Photos of Matt and Colin O'Hara in Santa Monica are at Just Jared.
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  • Actor Josh Lucas has just wrapped on Ford v Ferrari and has posted photos from the set on his Instagram with these comments:

    jlucasthe I call this series the sunset of Leo Beebe. After almost 4 months tonight I finish this astounding film I keep calling the LAWRENCE OF ARABIA of car racing films. I can not wait for the world to see what Christian Bale, Matt Damon and our brilliant director James Mangold have done here! The 3rd photo is of Leo Beebe who had truly original hair. The 4th photo is of Ray McKinnon who plays Phil Remington & Jack McMullen.. 📸 @derekhill28 #christianbale #mattdamon #jamesmangold #fordvsferrari @20thcenturyfox

  • Photos of Matt and family out in LA are at the Daily Mail.

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