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Matt Damon to make the leap from actor to director. Who's next in line?

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

Bill Clinton one-ups Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, and best of all, Sean Penn, in new FunnyOrDie video

When watching a group of smart, socially-minded A-list celebrities try — and fail — to come up with new ideas for the Clinton Foundation in the new FunnyOrDie video, you almost can’t believe how hilariously self-aware each one of them is. There’s Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig, who put her creative mind back to work by coming up with a stop-breathing-for-one-minute-a-day initiative. There’s the still bald, still bad-ass Matt Damon championing a Clinton Foundation softball team, the Clinton Clobbers (whose mascot would be a cheetah, “the fastest animal on land.”) Then, of course, there’s the most politically-charged one of them all, Sean Penn. But the Oscar-winner wasn’t there to rally for one of his many causes. No, he’d simply like for everyone to stop stealing his lunch. (He labels his food for a reason!)

Of course, as funny as the stars are in the clip, which also includes turns by Ben Stiller, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Kevin Spacey, and Jack Black, they all get one-upped by the man himself, former President Bill Clinton.

Watch the full clip, which debuted over the weekend during a 10th anniversary concert for the Clinton Foundation at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, and is potentially the single greatest argument of why Hollywood and politics should mix, below: READ FULL STORY

'Contagion' cast: Just how many Oscar-nominated actors does it have?

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 Evefive 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?

Read more:
‘Contagion’ review
25 Fall Movies We Can’t Wait to See
Oh my God: Steven Soderbergh killed Gwyneth!

Matt Damon for President? Michael Moore wants the Oscar-winner to run, but would you vote for him?

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

Matt Damon stands up for teachers, slams reporter, all while bald

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

Armadyne invites you into the world of 'Elysium,' nearly two years before it opens

You know the old saying, “It’s never too early to start a viral campaign.” No? Well, it seems Neill Blomkamp and company are more than familiar with the adage. A new site stealthily promoting the District 9 director’s sophomore effort, Elysium, appeared on the web earlier this week despite the film’s distant March 2013 release date. Under the guise of a recruitment ad for the tech company, Armadyne, the spot promises “The Most Ambitious Project Ever Undertaken by Mankind,” and speaks in generalities about the optimistic possibilities of future technology. Check it out below.


Matt Damon goes bald... for 'Eurotrip 2'?

Please tell me that Matt Damon’s new haircut means he’s signed on for a sequel to Eurotrip! READ FULL STORY

Rachel Weisz eyes new 'Bourne' film, but what is a Bourne Girl?

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

Matt Damon to receive Critics' Choice award, but when will he direct?

Matt-DamonImage Credit: Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic.comThe Broadcast Film Critics Association announced today that Matt Damon will receive its Joel Siegel Award on Jan. 14 at the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Damon appeared in three high-profile films in 2010, including the Coen brothers’ current hit Western True Grit, as well as Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter and Paul Greengrass’ Green Zone. I specifically mention the directors because since Damon burst upon the scene with 1997′s Good Will Hunting, he’s shrewdly partnered up with an impressive string of accomplished directors for what his pal Ben Affleck has called “the world’s greatest apprenticeship”: Gus Van Sant, Steven Spielberg, Anthony Minghella, Robert Redford, Steven Soderbergh, Greengrass, Terry Gilliam, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Eastwood, and the Coens, just to name a few.  READ FULL STORY

Ode to Barry Pepper, the teeth in 'True Grit'

true-grit-pepperImage Credit: Lorey SebastianThere are plenty of reasons to see True Grit, the Coen brothers’ remake of the 1969 John Wayne Western, which opens today to usher in the Christmas weekend. A one-eyed Jeff Bridges, for one. The Coens’ cockeyed attempt at a traditional Western. Matt Damon pretending to be Tommy Lee Jones. And Hailee Steinfeld, who is as good as advertised as the precocious Mattie Ross (though she’s egregiously, if wisely, mislabeled as a Supporting Actress for this season’s Oscar campaign — her character drives the plot).

Buried deep in the background — and behind the gnarliest set of teeth since Nosferatu — is a winning performance from Barry Pepper. The 40-year-old actor, best known for his work in Saving Private Ryan, 61*, and 25th Hour, is practically unrecognizable, playing a red-eyed marauder named Lucky Ned, who finds himself in cahoots with Josh Brolin’s villainous fugitive. Lucky Ned, well… let’s just say he’s not so lucky, but Pepper gives the film a boost when he and his gang are forced to confront Bridges and Damon’s posse of two-and-a-half.

Pepper, who’s also currently starring in the Jack Abramoff movie, Casino Jack, is one of those rare things: a character actor in a leading man’s body. Terrence Malick hired him for his next film, and he might be the rare actor his age whose best days are still ahead.

In True Grit, it’s striking to see him and Damon together on screen, both looking worse for wear from their last cinematic encounter. Those who recall that initial meeting (Damon was trying to hold a French bridge against some tanks while Pepper was picking off Nazis with his rifle from the temporary shelter of a church tower) might appreciate the irony of their final violent confrontation in True Grit.

So can I get some love for Barry Pepper? And can someone explain to me why he’s not more of a star?

Read more:
‘True Grit’ EW review
Why did ‘True Grit’ strike out at the Golden Globes? The answer may surprise you. (Or not.)
‘True Grit’: Will it be an Oscar player?

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