Ben Affleck and Matt Damon got their break with Good Will Hunting, and won their first major acclaim when their screenplay for that film took home the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 1998. A couple years later, the two produced the HBO show Project Greenlight, in which aspiring writers and directors competed to create a feature film.
The contest and the show return this year, and Affleck and Damon appear in a short promo for the show, where they outline the new contest specs. Even if you don’t have much interest in the show, the gentle banter between the two makes the promo an entertaining watch. Check it out after the break. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
UPDATE: Producer Frank Marshall has issued a straightforward denial that Matt Damon will be back for Bourne 5. More info below after the original story text.
Universal didn’t offer an official explanation when it announced this week that Bourne 5 had been pushed back a year to 2016. But the rumor mill, as usual, is happy to fill in the blanks.
The latest (unconfirmed) word is that Bourne 5 was delayed to accommodate a busy star. No, not Jeremy Renner. Matt Damon. Hit the jump for more on Damon’s possible return.
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Ridley Scott is going back to space, and not only with Prometheus 2. The producer/director is now set to direct The Martian, which is described as “an outer space adventure project” that is “in the vein of Cast Away and Apollo 13.” While those films starred Tom Hanks, this film will have Matt Damon in the lead role — and, in fact, the title role. Get more details on Ridley Scott’s The Martian below. Read More »
For years, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been trying to make a movie about a ’70s sex scandal involving two Yankees pitchers. Development has been slow going, and the film has been threatened with a lawsuit by one of its real-life subjects. But now The Trade is finally moving forward again, under new director Jay Roach.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that while Affleck and Damon are still producing, they’re no longer starring as originally planned. Hit the jump for the latest updates on this salacious project.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
Matt Damon has been saying for years that he’d gladly return for more Bourne, but only if director Paul Greengrass could come too. And even though Universal is currently in the process of making a second Bourne-less Bourne movie, Damon’s feelings haven’t changed on the matter.
In a new interview, Damon stated that he’d be “open” to reprising his role as the amnesiac spy. All he and Greengrass need, apparently, is some help cracking the story. Hit the jump for his latest comments on the matter.
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One of the most underrated reality series is HBO’s Project Greenlight. The show, executive produced and judged by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, began in 2001. The premise was that producers waded through submissions from filmmakers and screenwriters, then paired the best in each category to make a movie. Three feature length movies were made as a result of the show. The series launched the careers of Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, horror director John Gulager, and featured a young Shia LaBeouf, among others. Unfortunately, the reality series never really hit with mainstream audiences and HBO let it go after three seasons.
That’ll change soon though as Damon and Affleck are now bringing back the reality competition for a new decade. One person who won’t be involved, however, is another Project Greenlight producer: Chris Moore. He’s currently working on a similar film-centric reality series called The Chair for Starz. Read about both shows below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
The past few months have been kind to Drew Goddard, as he’s been selected to direct Sony’s Sinister Six and run Netflix’s Daredevil series. But all of these new projects mean he doesn’t have room anymore for some of his old ones, and so he’s had to drop Fox’s The Martian from his plans.
Nevertheless, the project is forging ahead without him and might even be closing in on a big bright star. Matt Damon is reportedly circling the sci-fi pic, which is based on the e-book by Andy Weir. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
For the last few years, one of the highlights of the Academy Awards night has been what comes after the Academy Awards. Namely, Jimmy Kimmel‘s post-Oscar spoof of Hollywood filmmaking at its grandest. This year was no exception.
After knocking it out of the park two years in a row with Movie: The Movie and its inevitable sequel, he switched gears this year to bring us highfalutin Oscar bait trailers starring the likes of Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ben Kingsley… based on the likes of YouTube classics “David After Dentist,” “Keyboard Cat,” and “Charlie Bit My Finger.” Check ‘em all out after the jump.
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