Ta-daaa! Eleven years after You Can Count On Me and six years — six! — after it was initially filmed, we finally get our first look at Margaret, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s star-studded New York story about a teenage girl (Anna Paquin) who is suffocating with guilt over a fatal bus accident she suspects she may have caused. The clip is jarring, from the moment she asks an apathetic classmate (Kieran Culkin) to deflower her, to the sudden tragedy that changes her life. YCCOM vets Mark Ruffalo (the bus-driver) and Matthew Broderick (a high-school teacher) appear, and Matt Damon, who plays a concerned teacher, looks practically… six years younger than he does today. Take a quick look at the long-in-the-works Margaret — pronounced Mar-ger-ETTE, courtesy of poet Gerald Manley Hopkins: READ FULL STORY »
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Eleven years after his heralded first film, You Can Count on Me, director Kenneth Lonergan’s sophomore effort is finally going to be released. Margaret, the story of “a 17-year-old New York City high-school student who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that has claimed a woman’s life,” will receive a limited-platform release on Sept. 30, according to Fox Searchlight.
Filmed in 2005 with an eclectic cast that includes Matt Damon, Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo, Allison Janney, and Matthew Broderick, the movie has been stuck in limbo after Lonergan initially submitted a three-plus hour cut that was deemed unreleasable by the studio. Dueling lawsuits were filed in 2009, and several high-profile Hollywood powerbrokers were recruited to mediate the dispute and persuade the director to deliver a shorter, more commercial film. Fans of the actors and Lonergan, who has also cowritten films such as Gangs of New York, will be eager to see on Sept. 30 what ultimately made the released version — so they can then speculate about what did not.
All right, before you freak out, it’s not a spoiler. It’s right there at the start of the trailer, so let’s not act like this revelation ruins the movie, though it is pretty shocking to see Gwyneth Paltrow so quickly eradicated. She has a way of making her widowed leading men really lose it: Will “What happened to her!?!” become the 2011 version of “What’s in the box!?!” READ FULL STORY »
Anyone who caught the underrated hybrid romantic sci-fi thriller The Adjustment Bureau last spring almost certainly fell for Matt Damon as a ne’er-do-well senatorial candidate and Emily Blunt as the dancer who wins his heart — even though his fate dictates he cannot be with her. You also were likely thrilled by the film’s multiple mind-warping chase scenes, as the brimmed-hat-wearing members of the titular fate-guiding bureau move about New York City by using doorways to travel distances that would otherwise be miles away. The film’s writer-director George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum) says he was confident he knew how to pull off most of these chase scenes as he was writing them. But then there was the “Blue Door” sequence.
In this exclusive clip from the DVD of the film — out today — the film’s visual effects supervisor Mark Russell discusses how he executed the sequence, which Nolfi tells EW he did not know how to pull off when he wrote it. READ FULL STORY »
Diego Luna is in talks to join Elysium, director Neil Blomkamp’s District 9 follow-up that will star Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Sharlto Copley. A spokesperson for the production confirmed a Variety story, which reported that Luna, best known for Y Tu Mama Tambien and Milk, could play Damon’s character’s best friend during a war between aliens and humans. The film is scheduled for release in March 2013.
After an exhaustive search for the right leading man, EW has confirmed that the lead role in The Bourne Legacy has been offered to Oscar-nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Town). Written and directed by Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), the film is not a reboot of the Bourne franchise; Renner would play a new character within the Bourne universe, an agent in a different covert government program than the one that ensnared and pursued Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne. While Damon will not appear in The Bourne Legacy, his character will be a presence in the new film as the title suggests. (Deadline first reported the story.)
Renner will next appear this December alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, and will play Hawkeye in Marvel Studios’ The Avengers, due to begin shooting later this year. The Bourne Legacy will likely start production in September.
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While Hereafter has been pulled from theaters in Japan due to its devastating tsunami scenes, Warner Bros. has announced plans to pledge funds to the disaster relief effort when the Matt Damon film is released on DVD in this country on March 15. According to the Los Angeles Times, an unspecified percentage of video sales, estimated to yield about $1 million, will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society. In a statement, director Clint Eastwood said, “The devastation and loss Japan is facing is almost incomprehensible. I’m glad to join Warner Bros. in this effort to help the Japanese people.”
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Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter, the Matt-Damon film that features a terrifying re-enactment of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami, has been pulled from Japanese movie theaters, according to the AP. Warner Entertainment Japan Inc official Satoru Otani said that the film’s tsunami scenes were “not appropriate” in light of the horrible devastation caused by Friday’s earthquake and tidal surge.
Elsyium, director Neill Blomkamp’s much-anticipated futuristic follow-up to his first film, the Oscar-nominated District 9, will open in theaters on March 8, 2013, as initially reported in the Hollywood Reporter. Brazilian actor Wagner Moura has joined a cast that already features Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and District 9‘s Sharlto Copley.
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