Matt Damon called in to KCRW’s “The Business” yesterday. Among other things, he discussed his step behind the camera for his as-yet-untitled directorial debut, confirming that Frances McDormand is co-starring in the film, written by John Krasinski. Damon also discussed his proclaimed “heterosexual life partner” Ben Affleck’s brush with tabloid infamy, working with Cameron Crowe and Tina Fey, and those cutting comments he made in a recent GQ article about Bourne scribe Tony Gilroy, who he accused of phoning-in the script for the third film. Check out the highlights, then listen to the full 28-minute interview below. READ FULL STORY
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'Saturday Night Live' recap: Host Katy Perry was surprisingly restrained. Matt Damon, Val Kilmer, and Alec Baldwin? Not so much
The word on the street about last night’s Saturday Night Live was that the show would be all about Katy Perry’s breasts. True, by “the word on the street” I really mean “something Katy Perry said earlier in the week to get people to watch.” But a heavage-heavy show wouldn’t have been a surprising scenario. After all, the last time the pneumatic hit machine appeared on SNL she was treated as something to be squeezed into a too-tight Elmo t-shirt rather than someone who could necessarily be trusted to bring the funny.
No one was surprised by yesterday’s news that Matt Damon would finally take his place in the director’s chair. Since co-writing Good Will Hunting and enjoying an amazing apprenticeship with Hollywood’s greatest working directors (like Clint Eastwood), the Oscar-winner actually seemed overdue to join his friend Ben Affleck on the other side of the camera. Maybe it’s his Harvard pedigree or his thoughtful talk-show banter, but Damon always seemed like an actor with vision and ambition who would thrive creatively as the captain of the film production.
As a result, Damon spent the last several years answering the question, “So when are you going to direct?”, and now that’s he’s committed to directing a small-town drama co-written by John Krasinski, we can pose the same question to other actors we’d like to see join the ranks of George Clooney, Sean Penn, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, and Sarah Polley as actor auteurs.
Below, I’ve listed my top-5 actors who I most want to hear say, “Action!”: READ FULL STORY
Despite what you have seen in the trailers, director Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion is really the Valentine’s Day of global pandemic thrillers. I’m joking, of course. But just as last year’s romantic-comedy invited a gaggle of beautiful Hollywood stars, including five Oscar nominees, to fumble for the glory of love, Contagion features eight actors in its cast who’ve been nominated by the Academy: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, John Hawkes, Elliott Gould, Jude Law, and Laurence Fishburne. While not unprecedented — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 also boasted eight performers who’ve been so honored by their industry — it’s a mighty deep pool of talent. (Mind you, that’s not even counting the likes of Jennifer Ehle and Bryan Cranston, who also have roles.)
But while Valentine’s Day and the upcoming New Year’s Eve —
five eight Oscar-nominated thesps — rely on stunt casting and Harry Potter is all about arming prestigious Brits with mighty wands, Contagion appears to be a uniquely collaborative superstar effort. Credit Soderbergh, who specializes in sprawling, multi-layered storytelling that lures serious actors and Hollywood stars to even minor supporting roles (See: Traffic, Out of Sight, Ocean’s Eleven). Or maybe Soderbergh simply tells his actor friends in each case that this movie is really really really going to be his last movie before he retires.
Can you think of a past movie that can give Contagion‘s cast a run for its money?
When you hear the name Matt Damon called, the first thing you might think of — well besides this — could now be “Hail to the Chief.” At least, that’s what controversial Oscar-winning director Michael Moore would like.
Over the weekend, Moore participated in FireDogLake.com‘s Virtual Town Hall to discuss third-party election strategies and he had one in particular that caught some attention: Vote Matt Damon!
“I think that [Matt Damon] has been very courageous in not caring about who he offends by saying the things that need to be said here,” said Moore. “And if you want to win, the Republicans have certainly shown the way — that when you run someone who is popular, you win. Sometimes even when you run an actor, you win. And I guess I only throw his name out there because I’d like us to start thinking that way.” READ FULL STORY
Just in case repeat viewings of The Bourne Identity on TNT didn’t remind you at least once a week: Matt Damon is one serious bad-ass who is not to be messed with. Because if you do (particularly if you happen to be a reporter armed with a politically provoking question), he will bring the pain.
Case in point: Over the weekend, Damon — who has recently gone bald for his role in the upcoming Neill Blomkamp film Elysium — attended the 2011 Save Our Schools rally in Washington. While there, a Reason TV reporter began to ask the Oscar-winner — who attended the event with his mother, a teacher — a question by implying that teachers should be driven by the same job insecurity that drives him and other actors to work so hard. To put it delicately, Damon was not amused by this query and didn’t let it slide. Watch the full, albeit fairly NSFW (the star has some choice words), clip below as Damon lays down some knowledge. READ FULL STORY
Hear the term Bond Girl and an immediate image comes to mind: a glamorous and curvy beauty with an appreciation for double entendres. But a Bourne Girl is something entirely different. In fact, it’s not exactly clear yet what a Bourne Girl is. In the original Bourne Identity with Matt Damon, Franka Potente played the punkish girl who got pulled into Bourne’s wormhole of amnesia and assassins. She wasn’t long for his world, of course, and the only other major female characters have been American versions of Bond’s M: Joan Allen’s skeptical CIA agent and Julia Stiles’ sympathetic Agency technician (and possible pre-amnesia romantic interest). So what is a Bourne Girl? Clone Dr. Lilith Sternin Crane and you’re in the ballpark. READ FULL STORY
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