Damon joined up with Jimmy Kimmel for a spoof of the United Airlines 'passenger bumping' scandal.
Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel put aside their light-hearted ‘feud’ for a hilarious segment skewering United Airlines for its recent passenger-bumping PR disaster on the latter’s late night chat show this week.
The two have been engaged in fictitious feud with each other for eight years, largely revolving around how Damon never gets invited as guest to ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!” However, they joined forces for the sake of capitalising on the great social media talking point of the last fortnight – the United Airlines scandal in which a passenger was dragged off a United airplane by airport police because he had been bumped from the internal flight.
Matt Damon settled his 'feud' with Jimmy Kimmel for a United Airlines skit
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Damon talked about 'The Great Wall', which is out cinemas now.
Upon the release of his new epic movie The Great Wall, Hollywood star Matt Damon, whose name is credited in some of the most prestigious movie projects ever, believes that he’s never been involved with anything on the scale of this – even the subject matter of the Wall itself.
“There’s no way to describe the Great Wall – it’s almost unimaginable that human beings made that. I mean, it just goes on forever!”
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Matt Damon talks about his new film The Great Wall
When Matt Damon was cast in veteran filmmaker Zhang Yimou's new adventure The Great Wall, the internet erupted with cries that putting a Western actor into the story was "whitewashing" Chinese history. But the actor was quick to point out that the movie is a fantasy and his character was written to be Western.
"The whole idea of whitewashing, I take that very seriously," Damon says. "This was designed as a giant East-meets-West coproduction creature-feature monster movie!"
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Matt Damon talks about the complexities of his character in a short featurette for his latest movie 'The Great Wall'; a film set in China during the Song dynasty which follows William Garin - a young man captured and given to the army at a very young age. Together with his loyal companion Pero Tovar, he fights every battle and they always have each other's back. Pretty soon though, he starts to wonder if there's more to life than just fighting for money. But he'll have to break through more than just the defences of the Chinese army if he wants to find out, because there are supernatural and monstrous forces at work here.
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George couldn’t wait to tell BFF Matt his exciting news.
Damon said he first found out the exciting news last fall, when Amal was just eight weeks pregnant, and his immediate reaction was to remind his friend about the ’12-week rule’ when it comes to sharing pregnancy news.
Matt Damon knew about The Clooney’s baby knew before anyone else
This may not be the cheeriest movie of the season, but it's so skilfully written, directed and acted that it's impossible not to be pulled into its powerfully wrenching drama. Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (see also 2011's sleeper masterpiece Margaret) creates characters so vivid that they get deep under the skin, and he allows his actors to so fully inhabit them that they become unforgettable.
This is the story of Lee (Casey Affleck), a janitor who is hiding in Boston from his past. When his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) has a heart attack, he returns to his hometown Manchester to take care of Joe's 16-year-old son Patrick (Lucas Hedges), who isn't remotely happy about this set-up. But Joe's estranged wife Elisa (Gretchen Mol) has vanished, and Lee's ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams) has started a new life. So while Patrick struggles to maintain his independence, Lee tries to build some sort of relationship with him. But both are still reeling with pain over things that happened to them over the years.
Yes, the central theme here is grief, and Lonergan piles mountains of it onto these characters. As details about their back-stories are revealed, the intensity of the emotions becomes nearly unbearable, and yet neither Lonergan nor the actors ever give into sentimentality or trite sermons. This is achingly realistic, an exploration of how people survive even the worst things life can throw at them. And Affleck delivers his best performance yet in the role, a devastatingly transparent turn that holds the audience in rapt attention. Newcomer Hedges matches him beat for beat as a deeply likeable teen whose prickly reactions make him even more sympathetic. And both Williams and Mol add some blistering electricity as women struggling to reinvent themselves. In just a few scenes, Williams very nearly steals the film.
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The Mrs Doubtfire actor committed suicide two years ago
Matt Damon’s career was given an invaluable boost when he and Ben Affleck appeared beside Hollywood heavyweight Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting and the actor has revealed he always thought he would be able to pay the funnyman back the "incredible debt" both he and Affleck owed him.
Matt Damon feels his career was kickstarted by the late Robin Williams
Now the Oscar award-winning actor has revealed he finds it hard to come to terms with Williams’ suicide two years ago and the fact he will never be able to thank him properly for launching his career.
Matt Damon is set to star in ''a little bit'' of 'Ocean's Eight'.
Matt Damon is set to star in ''a little bit'' of 'Ocean's Eight'.
The 46-year-old actor - who played the role of Linus Caldwell in the 2001 hit movie 'Ocean's Eleven' alongside George Clooney and Brad Pitt - has revealed he will star in the all-female reboot of the highly-anticipated production.
The forthcoming production will star Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Minday Kaling and Cate Blanchett, and will see the group of actresses undergo a heist at the Met Gala.
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The spin off film of the highly popular Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Twelve is due out in June 2018
Filming on the all-female Ocean’s outing in Ocean’s Eight began earlier this year and, in a little nod to the original outing, one of Ocean’s Eleven’s main stars will be making a cheeky cameo: Matt Damon.
Matt Damon will make a cameo appearance in Ocean's Eight
The star, who played Linus Caldwell in the all-male 11 and 12 films, will feature "a little bit" in the newest franchise which is being headed by Sandra Bullock and produced by George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh.
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William Garin and Pero Tovar journey it far and distant lands in a bid to find weapons to help them prevail in fierce battles. Their travels take them to China where they approach the heads of one of their most feared armies. William tells the men that they wish to trade but their request falls on deaf ears and the two foreigners are locked up in a cell.
When Garin learns that the soldiers stationed at The Great Wall of China are protecting their land from something much worse than any human army, he decides that he must earn the soldiers trust and join to fight with their cause.
The Great Wall is acting as a barrier between human civilisation and a continually growing number of wild monsters that crawl the land like humongous dragon lizards. Their main aim is to procreate and feed on any other living being that they come across. The army who protect humanity have spent their entire life training in a bid to defeat the monsters but as the four legged creatures grow stronger their mission becomes harder and harder. The fighters and their warriors must use all their force to try overcome the onslaught once and for all.
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The film has been accused of whitewashing for not casting a Chinese actor in the lead role.
Matt Damon has defended his new film The Great Wall after accusations of ‘whitewashing’.
The actor said the criticisms of the movie were a “f****** bummer” and added he’ll be surprised if people still have that reaction after seeing the finished product.
Matt Damon stars in upcoming action move The Great Wall
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson earned $64.5 million according to Forbes' annual list - nearly $20 million more than the highest-earning female actor, Jennifer Lawrence.
In a list that’s sure to reignite the debate about the gender pay gap in Hollywood, Dwayne Johnson has been named the highest-earning male movie star in the last 12 months, with an income of $64.5 million – nearly $20 million more than Jennifer Lawrence, the top-earning female actor.
Forbes published its annual list of the highest-paid movie stars in the business on Thursday (August 25th), and it revealed that ‘The Rock’ has more than doubled his earnings over the period of June 2015 to June 2016, thanks to a combination of big-budget movies such as The Fast and Furious franchise and the disaster film San Andreas, plus upfront fees for the likes of Central Intelligence, Fast 8 and the new Baywatch film.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is the highest-earning actor in the world
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Rihanna is set to star in 'Ocean's Eight' alongside Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock in the spin-off of the popular crime thriller starring George Clooney.
Rihanna is set to star in 'Ocean's Eight'.
Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett in the upcoming sequel to the crime thriller movie, which is a spin-off of 'Ocean's Eleven', which starred Brad Pitt and George Clooney, according to Deadline.
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After The Bourne Ultimatum opened in 2007, Matt Damon memorably replied to a question about future films in the franchise: "We have ridden that horse as far as we can. For me, I kind of feel the story that we set out to tell has now been told."
Both he and director Paul Greengrass ruled out any further films, prompting the studio to make the 2012 reboot The Bourne Legacy. A few years later, Damon and Greengrass agreed to come back. "It's a tough thing to earn an audience's trust and so we didn't just rush into it," Damon says. "We waited for 10 years or so and got a good story."
The new film, simply titled Jason Bourne, opens with a big fistfight. "We shot that scene, that first fight, on the first day and it was like, we're doing this," Damon says. "It won't be said that we came to pick up a pay cheque. We're going to give it absolutely everything we have!"
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It's been nine years since Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass collaborated on The Bourne Ultimatum, and now they're back. The plot feels like it was agreed by a committee, as thin as the non-title of this film. Honestly, this franchise offers endless options for titles, and they just decided not to bother this time. So even though the story has a whisper of soap-opera silliness about it (yet another blurred memory comes to light), the film is relentlessly entertaining, building momentum as it surges from dark drama to intense action.
Since finally figuring out who he is, Jason (Damon) has been earning a living as a bare-knuckle boxer on the Greek-Albania border. Then his former cohort Nicky (Julia Stiles) uncovers a new piece in his life puzzle, which allows the CIA's Director Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) to track them down. As he sends in a ruthless assassin (Vincent Cassel) to get rid of them once and for all, plucky CIA analyst Heather (Alicia Vikander) takes a different approach, determined to bring Jason back into the firm. But he's not coming in without a fight, and as the stakes rise, the chase shifts from Athens to Berlin, London and finally Las Vegas.
As all of this is happening, Dewey is also trying to strong-arm the billionaire founder (Riz Ahmed) of a hot social media platform to allow the CIA to have access to its customers. And he's heading to Vegas as well. This sideplot integrates cleverly with the main narrative, although its message about government overreach is a bit heavy-handed ("Privacy is freedom!"). Still, it adds some kick to the whizzy computer gadgetry that fills this franchise, from tracking devices and tiny earpieces to miraculous hacks.
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He knows he'll be too old to continue the franchise for another decade.
Matt Damon has spoken out to say that he is thoroughly comfortable with the fact that, should the Jason Bourne franchise continue for some time, he'll eventually have to be replaced. This much isn't too surprising given that he's already taken a step back from the franchise previously, with Jeremy Renner taking over in the last movie.
Matt Damon reprises his titular role in 'Jason Bourne'
He's currently promoting the fifth installment of the franchise, entitled simply 'Jason Bourne', which is being released fourteen years after the first film 'The Bourne Identity'. It's been going this long so far, so there's nothing to stop it continuing for another decade or so - but Matt Damon will be well into his 50s by then.
Jason Bourne comes as the fifth instalment in the revival of Bourne to our screens where the film sees the return of Matt Damon as the protagonist and its returning director Paul Greengrass. Bourne is a former secret agent who has previously failed to understand his own identity and battles with a constant process of finding out new information about himself. In this sequel Bourne is once again at war with the people that have turned him into the man he is and struggles to cope with the sheer amount of pressure he is put under from the state.
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Fantastic Films And When To Find Them...
This year is turning out to be an exciting year for the film industry. With all the award shows over and done with for 2015, we're keeping tabs on some of the major pictures of 2016 to see what's in store for next year's Oscars. Looks like there's some serious competition.
So far, among the major releases we've had are 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice', 'Deadpool', 'Hail, Caesar!', 'Zootopia' and '10 Cloverfield Lane'. That is literally the tip of a very large iceberg for what 2016 has to bring to screens this year.
Here are 20 more you need to watch out for:
That must've taken some muscle from Affleck.
Matt Damon might have failed at landing a Best Actor Oscar this year, but he has managed to make his way onto 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' finally with the help from his best friend Ben Affleck. Of course, his stay was very brief as Kimmel was soon able to kick him off, but it was enough to please the audience.
Matt Damon sneaks onto Jimmy Kimmel Live
As part of the post-Oscars show, Ben Affleck arrived onto the stage of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', nonchalantly wearing a massively bulging overcoat and claiming that finishing training for his Batman role has meant that all his muscle has turned to fat. In response to Kimmel's comment that he's 'ballooned', Affleck quipped: 'I didn't think this was going to be about body-shaming tonight'. But Kimmel was not to be fooled by the absurd moving bump and immediately got up to see what Affleck was hiding. It turned out to be a very red-faced Matt Damon, panting a little from the lack of oxygen, who unstraps himself from a body harness that Affleck is wearing and garners huge applause from the audience, to Kimmel's chagrin.
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Matt Damon returns in a new Bourne sequel.
A new instalment to 'The Bourne Identity' franchise is set to hit this summer in the form of 'Jason Bourne', seeing the return of Matt Damon in the starring role. It's a welcome comeback for the actor, after the poorly received previous flick from 2012, 'The Bourne Legacy' starring Jeremy Renner.
Jason Bourne is back and he's badder than ever
It's not that there was anything wrong with Renner's performance, it's just that Jason Bourne's story was generally a lot more engaging, and so pulling him out of retirement for a fifth instalment of the franchise is a much needed resumption to the original layout.
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Jason Bourne is used to living in the shadows. Since uncovering the wrongdoings of operation Blackbriar and Treadstone, Bourne has been in hiding, to the outside world Jason Bourne does not exist. Once again finding himself having to surface, Jason Bourne is a hunted man.
Memories of his past are slowly returning to Bourne but what as his limited allies are quick to remind him, there's a war going on and what Jason might not remember are the things that might be most important.
Leonardo DiCaprio was named best actor at the ceremony on Sunday, as 'The Revenant' also took home best picture.
The Revenant swept the board at last night’s 73rd annual Golden Globe awards. The historical drama took home the Best Picture and Best Director awards at the star-studded ceremony, while Leonardo Dicaprio was named Best Actor.
Leonardo DiCaprio was named Best Actor at the Golden Globes.
Accepting the award, DiCaprio, who played frontiersman Hugh Glass in the drama, described taking home the gong as ‘an incredible honour’. 'Wow, that meant a lot,’ he continued.
With the announcement of the nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, also known as the Baftas, the awards season enters its more serious phase.
This is the point where the industry weighs in on the conversation that has been limited mainly to critics so far. Unsurprisingly, Carol and The Revenant feature heavily in the BAFTA race. But unlike the awards season to date, genre films like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian were virtually locked out of the major categories. (The Martian managed nods for actor Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.)
Also unexpected for Bafta was the absence of local favourites like Tom Hardy, Charlotte Rampling and Carey Mulligan, and not even one craft nomination for Spectre. Bafta voters also failed to nominate two other current favourites: Creed and Joy.
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Matt Damon , Luciana Barroso - Matt Damon and his wife holding hands as they arrive at their local gym , in Beverly Hills, CA. - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Wednesday 30th September 2015
See Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and Rob Lowe as you've never seen them before in Behind The Candelabra!
Steven Soderbergh lands in sunny Cannes this week with his HBO movie Behind the Candelabra, a biopic of the flamboyant pianist Liberace, played by Michael Douglas. The American entertainer's personal life was embroiled in scandal with rumors of homosexuality which he always vehemently denied - this despite his close relationship with a young chauffeur named Scott, 39-years his junior.
Scott, played by Matt Damon, becomes an important figure in the pianist's life and he is even persuaded to under facial surgery by the pianist. It led to a desperate struggle with drugs and various fiery arguments between the pair. "I didn't want to do a biopic in the traditional sense. I wanted to go narrow and deep," Soderbergh told the Los Angeles Times of the movie, "It's Alice going down the rabbit hole. That's a much more elegant way to get into Liberace's life." On his love scenes with Damon, Michael Douglas told the New York Magazine, "Once you get that first kiss in, you are comfortable.Matt and I didn't rehearse the love scenes. We said, 'Well - we've read the script, haven't we?"
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Liberace was an American pianist and entertainer well-known for his flamboyant lifestyle and the sense of grandiose he carried about with him. His personal life was embroiled in scandal with rumours of homosexuality which he vehemently denied. While everyone saw him as a figure of extravagance and individuality, behind closed doors was a turbulent relationship with a young chauffeur 39 years his junior. Scott Thorson became an important figure in Liberace's life; not only as a driver, but also like a son, a brother and a best friend. They embarked on a 5 year affair that saw Liberace persuade Scott into facial surgery to resemble himself, something which led to a desperate struggle with drugs on Scott's part and many a fiery argument between them. Just what was life for Liberace like behind the glitz and glamour of his luxurious existence?
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Hydraulic fracturing might not be the most compelling subject for a movie, but it provides a topical backdrop for this engaging drama about ethics. It also lets actor-screenwriter Damon reunite with his Good Will Hunting director Van Sant for another strikingly well-made movie centring around a handful of strong characters. And while we know what the filmmakers feel about this contentious issue, at least the script isn't heavy handed about it.
The story takes place in a rural New England town, where oil company workers Steve and Sue (Damon and McDormand) are trying to secure the leases needed to drill for natural gas. The farmers badly need the cash to keep in business, but a retired science teacher (Holbrook) voices concern about the potential dangers of "fracking". He's joined by environmental activist Dustin (Krasinski) to turn the town against Steve and Sue's multinational corporation. And Dustin even starts to meddle in a budding romance between Steve and local teacher Alice (DeWitt).
The script is cleverly constructed to make us wonder who is telling the full truth. There are obviously risks associated with fracking, but have they been exaggerated by politically motivated campaigns? Damon plays Steve as a straight-arrow, a nice guy who genuinely believes that the process is safe. Meanwhile, Krasinski is a but more slippery as the grassroots voice of caution, and the terrific McDormand gets all the best lines.
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The Bourne Trilogy actor and his wife dashed off to the tropical paradise of St. Lucia for a lavish ceremony
While some of us are still struggling to get their bearings after winter, Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barroso decided to jet off to the tropical island of St. Lucia to renew their vows, PEOPLE confirms.
With a $600 000 price tag and some extremely tight security around the island price tag, the ceremony is hardly quaint, but it’s still an intimate affair. The couple are set to exchange vows in front of their four daughters and some close friends, including Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. The Damon family have been together since 2005, when they married in a modest civil ceremony in New York city. They met in 2003, while Damon was shooting Stuck on You and Lucia was bartending.
While reports that the resort is being closed down for the ceremony have been discredited by E!News, the St. Lucia authorities are still taking serious security measures for the event.
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It's the year 2154 and Max Da Costa is living in the densely populated, crime and war ravaged wasteland that is the planet Earth. Meanwhile, the rich and the privileged live on an orbital settlement in space called Elysium which boasts perfect landscapes, no poverty and medical advancements that can eliminate illnesses such as cancer in half a second. Despite Earth being a disease-stricken planet with little resources to go around, Secretary Rhodes is vehemently strict with her immigration laws disallowing anyone of a lower class to be allowed into their utopia even in the case of the most serious of illnesses. An ailing Max is determined to survive, however, even if it means embarking on a highly dangerous mission to break into the highly guarded space habitat and retrieve medical resources that could save him and the rest of the suffering population.
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Neill Blomkamp returns with his first movie since the Oscar-nominated District 9.
A new trailer has been released for ‘Elysium,’ Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to his well-received debut feature District 9. Set in the year 2145, the movie follows a number of wealthy Earthlings who have relocated to a paradise space station named Elysium, where there is no poverty, no war, no sickness and strict immigration measures in place.
However, after an unexpected turn of events that leave tough guy Max (played by Matt Damon) fighting for his life, he agrees to attempt a risky scheme to save himself. Blomkamp earned plenty of acclaim for District 9, and Elysium appears to fall into similar territory. According to the Los Angeles Times, the director showed off 10 minutes of footage from the film to journalists in Hollywood on Monday, with Damon (participating via video-link) saying he “could not pass up the chance” to work with Blomkamp because he’d admired District 9 so much. That movie was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars for its story of an extra-terrestrial race forced to live in slim-like conditions in South Africa.
After a celebrity gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, there isn’t much left to prove, is there? Still, we hope Jimmy Kimmel keeps working and entertaining, because, even after taking up the same slot as late night heavyweights Leno and Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live keeps delivering top notch entertainment. After Matt Damon “hijacked” the show on Thursday evening, on Friday, Kimmel accepted the honor alongside his parents, his wife and former JKL intern Carson Daly.
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As was widely expected, a movie about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is set to go into production after Bad Robot partners JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk snapped up the rights to Juliet Macur’s forthcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, reports Deadline.com. Macur – a sports reporter for The New York Times – has covered Armstrong’s career for over a decade, through the cyclist’s Tour de France wins, his recovery from cancer and eventual doping revelations. The American had denied using performance enhancing drugs for years, though finally admitted to cheating during a much-publicized interview with Oprah Winfrey last week.
Sony Pictures has long had an Armstrong movie project in the works, though that movie was dropped when the cyclist’s fall from grace began. It was set to star Jake Gyllenhaal and would have told the ‘American hero’ narrative of Armstrong’s rollercoaster career. Of course, the story has changed dramatically and Abrams film will focus on a cheat who pays a high price for his lies. As movie writer Mike Fleming Jr reports, the whole thing is reminiscent of when Tom Cruise and Cameron Crowe made a deal with Phil Spector to tell the story of the producer’s life story, though the director went on record as saying the film “lacked a good third act.” That was obviously provided shortly afterwards when Spector was convicted of shooting the actress Lana Clarkson, but Universal, Crowe and Cruise never went forward with the project. It’s likely that JJ Abrams and his team will tackle the Armstrong project head on, but who could play the man himself? Who has the presence to portray such a complex character on-screen? Here’s 10 actors who we think could become Lance:
"Jodie Foster comes out!" were the cries from the entertainment press following the actress' Golden Globes speech on Sunday (January 13, 2013) during which she cleared up any ambiguity surrounding her sexuality and made a heartfelt plea for privacy in Hollywood. Foster - who was accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - told the star-studded audience, "I already did my big coming out about a thousand years ago in the stone age, in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends, and family, co-workers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her."
"If you had been a public figure since the time you were a toddler, if you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe you too would value privacy above all else," she added. Ok, so everyone applauded Foster's openness (several audience members even cried), though after a long and distinguished career, is the 50-year-old still considered amongst Hollywood's premier band of leading ladies? Quiz anyone on their favourite Jodie Foster movie and the answer will invariably be Taxi Driver, The Accused or Silence of the Lambs, the latest of which hit cinemas in 1991. Ok, so there's been a couple of good movies since - most notably Panic Room (2006) and Inside Man (2006) - though shouldn't a two-time Oscar winner have been offered stronger roles in the supposed peak years of her career? Perhaps Foster still has award-winning roles ahead of her, ala Meryl Steep, Helen Mirren and Glenn Close.
A recent directorial foray with The Beaver didn't turn out well. Although the comedy-drama had an interesting premise, Mel Gibson's central performance was panned by critics. The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw said, "Contrived, self-admiring and self-pitying, unfunny, burdened with a central performance which is unendurably conceited and charmless." Perhaps things will turn around for Foster with Elysium, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp's forthcoming sci-fi set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population reside on a ruined earth. Sounds a reasonable enough sci-fi offering, though something in the script has attracted Matt Damon to play the lead role of Max. Foster will play a government official.
Continue reading: Jodie Foster Comes Out; But Is Her Movie Career Still Alive?
Matt Damon gets political in his new movie Promised Land, which tackles the issue of ‘fracking,’ the process of hydraulic fractured drilling, which has been at the root of great political debate in the US for some time. Its effects on drinking water and the debate surrounding energy use is a controversial one and has been gaining notoriety. The arrival of Promised Land will inevitably bring that debate to the awareness of even more American citizens.
In an interview with Reuters, though Damon was not prepared to weigh in on either side of the environmental debate. "The point is that the movie should start a conversation. It's certainly not a pro-fracking movie, but we didn't want to tell people what to think.” Damon also said that whilst the issue of fracking was at the centre of the story. “It wasn't that we said we wanted to make a movie about 'fracking' as much as we wanted to make a movie about American identity, about real people. We wanted to make a movie about the country today, where we came from, where we are and where we are headed.”
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With Tom Cruise on the bill, a film is almost guaranteed to do well, but Jack Reacher had already hit problems when fans were disappointed by the 5ft 7 actor playing a man meant to be at least 6ft as well as being pushed back a week out of respect after the tragic shooting in Newtown. It opened its first week at number two in the box office, but dropped to fifth place this week, beaten by The Hobbit, Les Miserables, Django Unchained and Parental Guidance. With those initial setbacks and some seriously stiff competition at the cinema, the mixed reviews certainly won't be helping it out either.
The Radio Times describes it as "underwhelming" adding that "Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie... piles on the shoot-'em-up clichés and corny dialogue." The Financial Times gives it a mere two stars saying that it's "It's high-gloss tripe with noir pretensions." And no one seems to get away without being lampooned as the New York Times criticizes Cruise noting that "Reacher is a character Mr. Cruise could play in his sleep, which is pretty much what he does."
In contrast, however, the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw was fairly generous, with three stars he describes it as an "outrageous but entertaining pulp-melodrama thriller." And Empire Magazine enjoyed it too, according to them "Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise deliver on their promise, with a witty, violent take on Reacher that makes up for its lack of height with an abundance of smarts and thrills."
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The reviews are in for Matt Damon’s Promised Land and, well, they aren’t great.
Most critics tend to say the same things – good casting, interesting premise, but the devil is in the details. In this case, the detail is that the film is “too gimmicky for its evident earnestness”, according to LA Times reviewer Kenneth Turan. The New York Times’s A.O. Scott calls the film’s treatment of the topic “both honorable and disappointing” while The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday calls the film “a well-intentioned dry well”, with regard to Damon and Krasinski’s performances. Overall, the reviews are luke-warm at best, but that doesn’t necessarily seal Promised Land’s fate at the box office. As we’ve seen more than once in the past, critics and movie-goers tend to disagree sometimes.
Something that certainly does not bid well for Promised Land, however, is its current score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. With an overall ”rotten” score of just 48% and liked by just 40% of viewers, the environmental drama (if that's even a genre) is far from a smash hit. What a disappointing start for such a promising film! Of course, this is far from being the final nail in the coffin, but it does means that the flick probably won’t be competing with the likes of Django Unchained or The Hobbit for box office attention.
As you might expect, Damon, who is no stranger to screenwriting, most notably with the critical success Good Will Hunting, is putting in the effort with this one as well. The film, due to be released in April of 2013, is co-written by him and Dave Krasinski. Interestingly enough however, unlike partner-in-crime Ben Affleck, Damon did not manage to get in to the director’s chair for his most recent project, New York Daily News reports and instead the job went to big name director Gus Van Sant. Of course, the famed director has had some hits and misses in his day (Remember Paranoid Park? Yeah, neither do we), but teaming up with Damon has always seemed to work in the part. Not to mention that according to Krasinski, the fact that Van Sant signed on to direct at the last minute was what ultimately saved the project, after good old Matt had to step down due to a scheduling conflict.
The film itself is in the increasingly popular of late “social awareness” genre and stars Damon as an employee of a natural gas drilling company and Krasinski as the guy, trying to stop him from having his evil, corporate way with the beautiful nature of rural Pennsilvania. Either way, even if the premise doesn’t sound quite groundbreaking, this writer/director team has proven that they have it in them to make a solid memorable movie. And with so much early hype, it looks like Promised Land will be one of the biggies in 2013.
Matt Damon rarely makes a bad film, but with a 49% rotten rating on review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, something has clearly gone wrong for his latest movie Promised Land.
Promised Land is about 'Fracking', which is a technique of drilling the ground to exhume natural resources from the Earth including oil and natural gases. Damon plays a salesman who is trying to buy rights for drilling in a rural American town, only to be met with great resistance, despite the money of the potential sales being needed after the economic downturn.
Clearly, this is a serious movie. However, as the New York Times says, that seriousness seems not to align itself with the movie's intentions: "Promised Land feels divided against itself, not quite sure how to reconcile its polemical intentions with its storytelling impulses, and thus finally unable to fulfill its own promise." Likewise, the Village Voice doesn't see the film's clarity saying it's "a hard-sell movie because it doesn't have the confidence in its audience to make any other outcome seem personally viable, to give the opposition a fighting chance or persuasive voice." The Los Angeles Times considers it to be contrived and "an echo of a convincing film rather than the real deal."
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Ben Affleck’s reputation – and, effectively, his career – took a serious nosedive during the period of time that he dated Jennifer Lopez. Their joint cinematic effort, Gigli, was a laughing stock and their frequent appearances in the tabloid press overshadowed both of their careers.
Now, 14 years since he was awarded an Oscar (Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) along with Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting, it seems that Ben Affleck has finally put the shame of “Bennifer” behind him and has been accepted back into the upper echelons of Hollywood respectability. His latest movie, Argo, tells the real-life tale of the rescue of six American diplomats from Iran in 1980. There has been a muttering of Oscars-nomination possibilities surrounding Argo since it debuted. Now, with the movie having landed five Golden Globe nominations and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for its ensemble cast, those mutters are rapidly turning into firm declarations.
His former screenwriting comrade Matt Damon told Reuters that he’s glad Affleck is finally getting the recognition he deserves, once more. “It was tough to watch him get kicked in the teeth for all those years because the perception of him was so not who he actually was,” said Damon. “It was upsetting for a lot of his friends because he's the smartest, funnest, nicest, kindest, incredibly talented guy.” Let’s see if next year’s Oscars ceremony proves to be a turning point, then, for Affleck’s beleaguered career.
Continue reading: Has Argo Finally Buried The "Bennifer" Shame For Ben Affleck?
Awards season kicked off in earnest this week with two major critical bodies - New York Critics and the National Board of Review - both naming the Osama bin Laden raid thriller Zero Dark Thirty as their film of the year. Jessica Chastain stars in the movie, which reunites director Kathryn Bigelow with The Hurt Locker writer Mark Boal. The new trailer promises another exciting, intense military action drama.
Another major awards contender is Tom Hooper's film of the epic musical Les Miserables, with a high-powered cast including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried. All of them attended the glitzy red carpet world premiere in London this week. The film opens in America on Christmas Day, and in Britain in early January.
Steve Butler is a successful businessman as part of a natural gas company who wishes to close down failing farming communities in order to obtain resources. He and his business partner Sue Thomason go to visit a particular town that is suffering a lot in the economic crisis in the hope that it will be easy to get drilling rights for the farmers' land in order to gain important resources through hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as 'fracking'. Things do seem easy at first, with his proposition providing some hope of economic relief for many members of the community, however he is soon challenged when a highly regarded teacher from the school and a determined grassroots campaigner object to the proposal and go about trying to get the rest of the town to vote against it.
'Promised Land' is a particularly appropriate film for the current economic climate and raises important issues that are of real concern to many. It has been directed by Gus Van Sant ('Good Will Hunting', 'Milk', 'Paris, je t'aime'), written by the movie's stars John Krasinski and Oscar winner Matt Damon (writer of 'Good Will Hunting') and based on a story by Dave Eggers ('Away We Go', 'Where the Wild Things Are') and is set to hit screens in the UK next year on April 19th 2013.
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
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After his wife dies, Benjamin (Damon) is struggling to keep his kids - 14-year-old Dylan (Ford) and 7-year-old Rosie(Jones) - happy, mainly because he has lost the daredevil storyteller within himself. So against the advice of his goofy-but-sensible brother (Church), Benjamin buys a run-down zoo and moves there with his children to get it up and running again. Zookeeper Kelly (Johansson) and her team (including Macfadyen and Fugit) don't think he'll stick it out. And indeed, it's more of a challenge than he ever imagined.
Continue reading: We Bought A Zoo Review
Lisa (Paquin) is a Manhattan teen living with her single mother Joan (Smith-Cameron), an actress starring in her breakout stage role while seeing a new man (Reno). One day Lisa distracts a bus driver (Ruffalo), who hits a woman (Janney) in the street, an accident that sends Lisa into a spiral of sublimated guilt, as she lashes out in different ways at a nice classmate (Gallagher), her teachers (Damon and Broderick) and mostly her mother. And she doesn't stop there, meddling in people's lives in her effort to achieve a sense of justice.
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Mumble (Wood) thinks he's inadequate as a father since his non-dancing son Erik (Acres) feels like such an outsider. So when Erik runs off to visit the guru Lovelace (Williams) and meet flying penguin star Sven (Azaria), Mumble follows.
Meanwhile back home, an ice-shelf collapse has trapped the entire Emperor colony, so now Mumble, Erik and Lovelace's colony must find a solution. Perhaps some passing humans can help. Or a gang of tetchy sea elephants. Or maybe it'll be down to two renegade krills (Pitt and Damon) who are trying to find their individuality.
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In Minneapolis, Mitch (Damon) is horrified when his wife (Paltrow) comes home from a business trip to China, collapses with the flu and dies. But she's only the first of a series of similar cases around the world, and soon officials from the Centers for Disease Control (Winslet, Fishburne and Ehle) and the World Health Organisation (Cotillard) are on the case, trying to manage emerging clusters while tracing the disease back to its source. Meanwhile, a blog hack (Law) is pestering a San Francisco scientist (Gould) for a cure.
Continue reading: Contagion Review
While the Emperor penguins of Antarctica find their mate by singing their 'heartsong', Mumble is different. Instead of singing, he has a talent for tap-dancing and it was this that won the affections of his old friend Gloria. His unique gift also helped ban overfishing in Antarctica which saved the fish population from extinction.
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What if our future was planned, if everything in life was part of one big plan, sometimes being in the right place at the right time is more important than you'd think, and if you're running late, the consequences can be greater than you realise. One event may lead onto a totally different outcome. Politician David Norris is about to learn just how important his set fate is to the world. After meeting an intriguing and beautiful woman called Elise, Norris is instantly drawn to her but their first meeting should have been their only one yet when fate gives him a break he once again sees Elise.
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George (Damon) has a gift: he can see into the afterlife and help people communicate with their lost loved ones. But he feels it's more like a curse.
Meanwhile in Paris, star journalist Marie (De France) has just recovered from a near-death experience. Instead of working on her planned biography of Mitterand, she instead starts investigating why accounts of after-death experiences are so shunned. And in London, pre-teen Marcus is looking for ways to communicate with recently deceased twin (they're played by Frankie and George McLaren).
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The Departed is based on the Hong Kong blockbuster Infernal Affairs, in which a cop goes undercover in the mob while the mob places one of their own as a mole in the police force. In Scorsese's version, the scene shifts to Boston, where mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) puts loyal-from-boyhood employee Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) through police training. As Sullivan rises through the ranks, Special Investigations Unit chiefs Queenan (Martin Sheen) and Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) recruit rookie Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) to get "kicked off" the force and do time to gain Costello's confidence.
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Over the course of three seasons, Greenlight made mountains out of molehill-sized production problems for the benefit of its drama-craving audience. The program also took joy in vilifying bullish producer Chris Moore, a headstrong professional whose chief crime was trying to keep unfocused amateur film makers on track. Not surprisingly, the weekly episodes ended up being more entertaining than the theatrically released films.
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Stolen Summer tells the poignant tale of two energetic 8-year old youngsters living in the hazy days of Chicago circa 1976 where disco music and polyester profoundly dominated the scene. Pint-sized rabble-rouser Catholic schoolboy Pete O'Malley (Adi Stein) is sternly lectured by his teacher and told that he must change his mischievous ways over the summertime. And so Pete is released from school with some serious thinking to do while he basks in the glory days of the upcoming summer. But Pete's overworked firefighter father (Aidan Quinn) and stay-at-home mother (Bonnie Hunt) are harried by all their responsibilities and just don't have the time to cater to all the personal and emotional needs of their brood. Thus, Pete has to find his own way to spiritual salvation.
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The Bourne Identity is based upon Robert Ludlum's famous series of spy thrillers about the elusive and extra-human Jason Bourne. Matt Damon plays Bourne, a spy who survives a shipwreck in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea but does not remember his identity or past. Implanted in his back are a series of bullets and a capsule containing an account number for a safety deposit box in Zurich. Once inside the box, he uncovers a supply of passport identities, money, and weapons - which only adds to his confusion.
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Starring a bunch of nobodies, leavened with a few clever star cameos, and written and directed by guys you've never heard of, Eurotrip wastes no time with the setup and getting its young stars to Europe. Upon graduating from high school, Scotty (Scott Mechlowicz) gets dumped by his girlfriend (Smallville's Kristen Kreuk), who then makes out with the lead singer of the band playing at the graduation party (an oddly-placed Matt Damon, lip-synching a song called "Scotty Doesn't Know"). Simultaneously, Scotty discovers that his German e-mail pen pal, whom he thought was a guy, is actually an extremely hot blonde. Unfortunately, drunk and despondent, he has just told her to stop writing (thinking it was a guy coming on to him). Spiritually devastated, Scotty decides to head across the Atlantic with his friends - requisite crazy guy Cooper (Jacob Pitts), nerd Jamie (Travis Wester), and Jamie's tomboy sister (Michelle Trachtenberg) - to seek the Aryan beauty of his dreams.
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Let's look at the facts: You have Matt Damon as Will Hunting -- apparently the smartest man on the face of the earth who can also kick anyone's ass over breakfast, and has a history of run-ins with the law. Oh no! Affleck is his down-to-earth best bud. Driver, the hoity-toity love interest. Williams and Skarsgård as Hunting's mentors, the guys that rescue him from a prison sentence for assaulting a police officer. And it is made abundantly clear that the film is also about the class stuggle in Boston.
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Staying 100-percent true to the surprising, cerebral, cliché- and catch-phrase-eschewing spirit of 2002's "The Bourne Identity," screenwriter Tony Gilroy (returning from the original) and director Paul Greengrass have put together a breathless sequel with tense intellectual punch, smart, seat-gripping action, and a hero who is utterly compelling, almost without saying a word.
Still suffering from amnesia and nightmarish recovered flashes of his past assignments as a CIA assassin, the now-tempered Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), and the girl (Franka Potente) who helped him survive a relentless manhunt in the first picture, begin "The Bourne Supremacy" having their peaceful incognito existence on an Indian beach shattered by a rogue Russian secret service agent (a silently daunting Karl Urban) with a sniper rifle.
In one of the film's few conventional contrivances, the plot is set in motion when, after a nerve-racking chase through the tight, ancient streets of this third-world seaside town, their jeep plummets off a bridge and this otherwise professional killer heads home, assuming they're dead. Bourne in turn assumes the CIA has come to finish the job they started two years ago, and immediately begins a hunt of his own -- fulfilling his pledge that "if I even feel somebody behind me, there is no measure to how fast I will bring this fight to your doorstep."
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Isn't it ironic that Robert Redford, the Sundance sugar daddy of independent film, seems to have become incapable of directing a movie that isn't utterly conventional, soft-focused Hollywood melodrama?
Granted, he's good at it. There's a certain beauty and poetry to films like "A River Runs Through It," "The Horse Whisperer" and his new golf-as-philosophy fable "The Legend of Bagger Vance," but it's a Hallmark card kind of beauty and poetry, printed on flimsy paperboard and worth $2.50 at most.
The title character of "Bagger Vance" -- a folksy, Southern, porch swing spirit guide played by Will Smith -- even speaks a lot like a Hallmark card.
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When Walt Tenor (Greg Kinnear) decides he wants to become an actor, he tries to convince his twin brother Bob (Matt Damon) -- his conjoined twin brother -- to move out to Hollywood with him by saying, "You could be my stunt double!"
Yes folks, "Stuck On You" is another cheeky comedy of good humor and questionable taste from the Farrelly Brothers ("Kingpin," "There's Something About Mary" and "Shallow Hal"), and yes, folks, they get a surprising amount of mileage out of jokes like that one -- rim-shot-quality punchlines given winkingly ironic sparkle by the wily writing-directing team's laughing-with-not-laughing-at sensibilities.
There's the scene in which Walt walks his shy sibling over to a pretty blonde in a bar, then takes over the seduction himself when Bob blows it -- and ends up bringing the girl home (Bob tries to ignore their moaning from the other side of a makeshift curtain). There's Walt's "one-man" stage show about Truman Capote, in which Bob tries to slouch as inconspicuously as possible behind Walt's back.
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Thanks to all the is-it-or-isn't-it-blasphemy controversy surrounding "Dogma," writer-director Kevin Smith has added a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer to the opening of this renegade ribbing of the Catholic church that is so amusing ("...God has a sense of humor, just look at the platypus") it will have audiences in stitches even before the first line of dialogue.
Whether or not you'll think the movie stays this funny will depend on how sensitive you are about your position on the religious yardstick, your threshold for soapbox pontification and what it takes to gross you out.
Smith, the maverick Generation X satirist responsible for ragtag underground hits "Clerks" and "Chasing Amy," makes no bones about testing the limits of irreverence and good taste in this ironically snappy and smart-mouthed theological deliberation.
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