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Matt Damon is about to shoot The Martian with director Ridley Scott, and now he’s got a follow-up project set. Damon worked with Kenneth Lonergan on Margaret (above) and now the two are going to reunite for the Lonergan-scripted Manchester-by-the-SeaRead More »

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It’s been a very long road for You Can Count on Me director Kenneth Lonergan‘s movie Margaret, which stars Anna Paquin as a girl who becomes the center of a web of people impacted by a fatal traffic crash. The film was announced in 2003, shot in 2005 and has been in legal and editing room hell ever since.

Scott Rudin, the late Sydney Pollack (who also appears in the film), Martin Scorsese and his editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, have all had a hand in trying to shape and edit the film over the years, as Lonergan struggled to cut the film into what he deemed acceptable form. That endless tinkering led to lawsuits and plenty of speculation about whether the film, which also stars Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick, and Jean Reno, would ever see the light of day.

Now it is being released, finally, in a fashion that is more akin to limping into a few theaters than triumphantly striding down the red carpet. Along with that long-delayed release plan is a trailer, which you can see below. Read More »

Way back when, we reported on a film called Margaret by You Can Count on Me director Kenneth Lonergan. At that point — 2009 — the film had already been delayed for years, and our post was an explanation of the various reasons why. Now, three years after that, the film is finally set to get a release.

Starring Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Damon, Margaret revolves around a young woman dealing with guilt and grief in the wake of a tragic bus accident. The film marks a reunion for Ruffalo and Lonergan, who previously worked together on the excellent You Can Count on Me. Read more after the jump.

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What’s the Matter With Margaret?

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Kenneth Lonergan is the playwright behind This is Our Youth, The Waverley Gallery and Lobby Hero; the script-fixer that lent a hand to Gangs of New York and – incredibly – Rocky and Bullwinkle; and the writer-director of You Can Count on Me and Margaret. Not to put too fine a point on it, Lonergan is a very accomplished writer and, as displayed by You Can Count on Me, a fine director.

What, then, has happened to Margaret? Filmed in late 2005, Lonergan’s second film was to star Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Damon. The shoot seemed to go very well, and early signs were fantastic. Then, Lonergan stepped into the editing room and things started to wobble somewhat. Thanks to a series of legal documents that have come into the possession of The LA Times, the horror stories of what seems to be one of the most absurdly protracted post production nightmares, can finally come to light.

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