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'The Great Wall' Movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon Collaboration Proof Countries Should Work Together?

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: Awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, […]


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'The Great Wall' Movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon Collaboration Proof Countries Should Work Together?



Golden Globes: 'Diversity' Hollywood Style & Leo and Kate Reunited

Golden Globes' historic gif moment: Lady Gaga and Leonardo DiCaprio. 2016 Golden Globes: 'Diversity' Hollywood Style & Leo and Kate together again There was plenty of “diversity” at the 2016 Golden Globes ceremony, held on Jan. 10 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Winners were male, female, white, […]


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Golden Globes: 'Diversity' Hollywood Style & Leo and Kate Reunited



National Board of Review Awards: 'Mad Max' Success & Turkish Freedom of Expression

'Mad Max: Fury Road': National Board of Review Best Film Award winner. National Board of Review 2015 Awards: First indication of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' awards season potential Going over the December 2015 movie awards not previously discussed on this site, we begin with the National Board of Review Awards, […]


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National Board of Review Awards: 'Mad Max' Success & Turkish Freedom of Expression



'True Grit' 2010 Movie Review: Much Better Than 1969 John Wayne Western

'True Grit' 2010 movie: Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges in 'wonderful' Joel and Ethan Coen Western. 'True Grit' 2010 movie review: Joel and Ethan Coen version 'far Superior' to 1969 John Wayne Western I've gotten to the point with the Coen brothers where I just expect something wonderful every time […]


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'True Grit' 2010 Movie Review: Much Better Than 1969 John Wayne Western



SAG Awards Nominations: Helen Mirren Double Dose, Surprises & 'Snubs' Galore

SAG Awards' surprise double nominee Helen Mirren as Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in 'Trumbo.' 2016 SAG Awards' nominations: Sylvester Stallone, Matt Damon 'snubbed' while Helen Mirren among surprising inclusions Screener issues (see further below) and online streaming possibilities hated by film exhibitors and the Hollywood Establishment were two of […]


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SAG Awards Nominations: Helen Mirren Double Dose, Surprises & 'Snubs' Galore



'The Martian' Movie Review: Ridley Scott Has Some Greatness Left

'The Martian' movie: Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. 'The Martian' movie review: Ridley Scott still has 'greatness left in him' The Martian is the story of a man in trouble and in desperate need of saving. Brilliant and resourceful, he must marshal all of his creative powers […]


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'The Martian' Movie Review: Ridley Scott Has Some Greatness Left



Teresa Wright: From Broadway Hit to 'Somewhere in Time' and 'The Rainmaker'

Teresa Wright in 'The Dark at the Top of the Stairs,' with Pat Hingle. Teresa Wright Broadway comeback: 'The Dark at the Top of the Stairs' (See previous post: “Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Mother Roles and 'The Miracle Worker.'”) In 1952, Teresa Wright was featured alongside fellow Hollywood […]


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Teresa Wright: From Broadway Hit to 'Somewhere in Time' and 'The Rainmaker'



Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Daring Enough? + Ronan Farrow vs. Woody Allen Tribute: Golden Globes

Golden Globes telecast hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (photo © HFPA) Tina Fey and Amy Poehler funny enough at the 2014 Golden Globes telecast? Acting as a lighter version of Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took a series of (mostly) mild jabs at the rich and famous […]


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Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Daring Enough? + Ronan Farrow vs. Woody Allen Tribute: Golden Globes



Matt Damon Space Movie 'Elysium': Trailing 'District 9'?

Matt Damon 'Elysium' movie box office: weekend leader? Aug. 11, '13, update: Directed by the widely acclaimed District 9's Neill Blomkamp, the R-rated futuristic sociopolitical thriller Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, should have no trouble landing in the top spot at the North American box office this weekend. […]


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Matt Damon Space Movie 'Elysium': Trailing 'District 9'?



'Elysium' Movie Review: Matt Damon in Well-Intentioned But Uneven Futuristic Sociopolitical Adventure

'Elysium' with Matt Damon. 'Elysium' 2013 movie review: Lateral move for 'District 9' director Neill Blomkamp If Elysium were South African director Neill Blomkamp's debut feature film, it would have been hailed as a superior work of speculative fiction, shot through with au courant references to illegal immigration and class […]


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'Elysium' Movie Review: Matt Damon in Well-Intentioned But Uneven Futuristic Sociopolitical Adventure



'Behind the Candelabra': Michael Douglas Liberace Movie HBO Ratings Near-Record

Behind the Candelabra HBO Hit: Liberace movie starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon nearly breaks record Behind the Candelabra, the Steven Soderbergh-directed Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover-chauffeur Scott Thorson, was first aired Sunday evening on HBO. The result: 2.4 million television viewers, […]


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'Behind the Candelabra': Michael Douglas Liberace Movie HBO Ratings Near-Record



'The Bourne Legacy': Jeremy Renner Trailing Matt Damon Bourne Movies

'The Bourne Legacy' with Jeremy Renner. 'The Bourne Legacy' box office: Jeremy Renner thriller tops chart, but below expectations Aug. 13, '12, update: Directed by regular Bourne franchise screenwriter Tony Gilroy and starring Jeremy Renner, The Bourne Legacy ended up performing more modestly than Universal expected. According to weekend (Aug. […]


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'The Bourne Legacy': Jeremy Renner Trailing Matt Damon Bourne Movies



Matt Damon vs. Tony Gilroy 'The Bourne Ultimatum' Screenplay

Matt Damon, The Bourne Ultimatum The Bourne Legacy director-writer Tony Gilroy mentioned in the previous post (Jeremy Renner 'The Bourne Identity' Reboot to Succeed?) is the guy The Bourne Identity star Damon dissed (and later more or less apologized for dissing) in an candid interview for GQ magazine. After stating […]


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Matt Damon vs. Tony Gilroy 'The Bourne Ultimatum' Screenplay



'MI4': Tom Cruise to Save Domestic Box Office? + Two Steven Spielberg Underperformers

MI4 Ghost Protocol with Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. Even though there's no chance Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol a.k.a. MI4 will reach the (inflation-adjusted) domestic box office heights of the first two entries in the Tom Cruise-led film franchise, the Brad Bird-directed thrill ride is officially the biggest December […]


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'MI4': Tom Cruise to Save Domestic Box Office? + Two Steven Spielberg Underperformers



Michael Douglas as Liberace & Matt Damon as His Lover: 'Behind the Candelabra'

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will play, respectively, Liberace and lover Scott Thorson in the HBO production Behind the Candelabra. With Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh at the helm of the Liberace movie, filming should begin in the summer of 2012. Richard LaGravenese, whose latest credit was the Reese Witherspoon-Robert […]


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Michael Douglas as Liberace & Matt Damon as His Lover: 'Behind the Candelabra'



'Limitless' Film No. 1 & Matthew McConaughey 'The Lincoln Lawyer' Modest

Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Limitless March 24, '11, update: Starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, and Robert De Niro, Neil Burger's thriller Limitless topped the U.S. and Canada box office for the sixth straight day on Wednesday, March 23, even though it was down by 21 percent. Limitless […]


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'Limitless' Film No. 1 & Matthew McConaughey 'The Lincoln Lawyer' Modest



'The Departed' Review: Jack Nicholson Nearly Capsizes Mob Thriller

Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, The Departed Best Picture Academy Award winner The Departed boasts a respectable pedigree: the cop thriller was directed by Martin Scorsese; edited by Thelma Schoonmaker; shot by Michael Ballhaus; accompanied by Howard Shore's music; adapted by William Monahan from the 2002 Hong Kong hit Infernal Affairs; […]


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'The Departed' Review: Jack Nicholson Nearly Capsizes Mob Thriller



'Rango' Tops: Animated Chameleon Beats Matt Damon & Alex Pettyfer

Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, The Adjustment Bureau March 7 Directed by Gore Verbinski, and featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fischer, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Timothy Olyphant, and Ray Winstone, the Paramount/DreamWorks animated feature Rango topped the North American box office this […]


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'Rango' Tops: Animated Chameleon Beats Matt Damon & Alex Pettyfer



Anthony Hopkins 'The Rite' Tops, 'True Grit' Oscar Box Office Boost

Anthony Hopkins, Marta Gastini, The Rite Directed by Mikael Hafstrom (1408, Evil, Derailed), and starring Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Colin O'Donoghue, The Rite topped a slow Jan. 28-30 weekend in North America, with the Hafstrom-Hopkins horror flick taking in $15 million, according to studio estimates found at Box Office […]


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Anthony Hopkins 'The Rite' Tops, 'True Grit' Oscar Box Office Boost



From Paul Newman to Leonardo DiCaprio – Non-Nominated Actors: Biggest Oscar Snubs #8g

Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg in David O. Russell's The Fighter. The film, director Russell, Bale, and actresses Melissa Leo and Amy Adams were all nominated; Wahlberg was left out. Biggest Oscar Snubs #8f: Non-Nominated Actors - From Jean Simmons to Tom Cruise Paul Newman, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990) Al […]


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From Paul Newman to Leonardo DiCaprio – Non-Nominated Actors: Biggest Oscar Snubs #8g



Robert Pattinson & Zac Efron Golden Globes Presenters + Producers & Writers Guild Nominations

Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey in writer-directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra's I Love You Phillip Morris David Seidler's widely praised screenplay for The King's Speech was left out of the 2011 Writers Guild of America (WGA) nominations announced earlier today. Also missing from the WGA shortlist were Debra Granik […]


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Robert Pattinson & Zac Efron Golden Globes Presenters + Producers & Writers Guild Nominations



'Little Fockers' Proof That Audiences Prefer Dumb Movies? Not Necessarily

Jessica Alba in Little Fockers. Best known for her portrayal of Sue Storm in two Fantastic Four movies, Jessica Alba displays to advantage her face and figure in Paul Weitz's critically lambasted Christmas season box office hit Little Fockers, starring Ben Stiller, and two-time Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Dustin […]


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'Little Fockers' Proof That Audiences Prefer Dumb Movies? Not Necessarily



Golden Globes' Omissions: Leonardo DiCaprio & Cher Surprisingly Missing in Action

Golden Globes' omissions: The absence of megastar Leonardo DiCaprio for his performance in either Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island or Christopher Nolan's Inception was this year's biggest surprise. After all, the Golden Globes are well known for their fixation on movie stars. Governments around the globe & Golden Globes' omissions & […]


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Golden Globes' Omissions: Leonardo DiCaprio & Cher Surprisingly Missing in Action



'Paranormal Activity 2' Tops, 'Hereafter' Expands

Diane Lane, Margo Martindale, boy rolling eyes in Randall Wallace's Secretariat Oct. 29 On the eve of Halloween weekend, Tod Williams' horror flick Paranormal Activity 2 grossed $1.97 million (up a healthy 6.1 percent) at the no. 1 spot in North America on Thursday, Oct. 28, as per Box Office […]


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'Paranormal Activity 2' Tops, 'Hereafter' Expands



Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon in Joel and Ethan Coen's TRUE GRIT Trailer. Looks Appealing?

The trailer for Joel and Ethan Coen's Western True Grit, featuring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Hailee Steinfeld, received wild raves by various online pundits earlier today. Perhaps I'm the only one who has been left totally unimpressed. Not only that, as much as I admire Jeff Bridges, […]


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Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon in Joel and Ethan Coen's TRUE GRIT Trailer. Looks Appealing?



Clint Eastwood 'Hereafter' Reviews: Alejandro González Iñárritu Possession?

Bryce Dallas Howard, Matt Damon, Hereafter The Clint Eastwood-Peter Morgan collaboration Hereafter, which involves metaphysical questions and narrative coincidences and convergences, sounds like something Alejandro González Iñárritu would direct from a screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga. Or perhaps something that Fatih Akin would write and direct inspired by González Iñárritu and […]


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Clint Eastwood 'Hereafter' Reviews: Alejandro González Iñárritu Possession?



Matt Damon & Robert Pattinson Movies Flop

Matt Damon in 'Green Zone': Political thriller is latest Universal and Iraq War box office bomb. Box Office: Matt Damon political thriller 'Green Zone,' Robert Pattinson romantic melodrama 'Remember Me' flop March 15, '10, update: Starring Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass' Iraq War thriller Green Zone landed far behind top movie […]


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Matt Damon & Robert Pattinson Movies Flop



'Green Zone' Reviews: Matt Damon Unusual War Movie

Green Zone: Amy Ryan, Matt Damon (top); director Paul Greengrass, Matt Damon on the Green Zone set Paul Greengrass' Iraq War thriller Green Zone follows a US Army officer (Matt Damon) who discovers there's a government conspiracy at work to dupe Americans into believing Saddam Hussein's Iraq had “weapons of […]


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'Green Zone' Reviews: Matt Damon Unusual War Movie



Howard Zinn Dies

Howard Zinn, author of the revisionist A People's History of the United States, died of a heart attack in Santa Monica, Calif., on Wednesday. He was 87. The Brooklyn-born writer and teacher – admired by progressives, reviled by reactionaries – had his People's History mentioned by friend and admirer Matt […]


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Howard Zinn Dies



'New Moon' Breaks Box Office Records Except Key One + Debilitating 'Twilight' Weakness

New Moon with Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Kristen Stewart. The second installment in The Twilight Saga movie franchise, New Moon has surpassed expectations, having become one of the biggest global blockbusters of the year – while nearly seizing from The Dark Knight (and runner-up Spider-Man 3) the title of […]


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'New Moon' Breaks Box Office Records Except Key One + Debilitating 'Twilight' Weakness



Golden Globes 2010 Predictions - Best Supporting Actor

2010 Golden Globe Predictions - Best Supporting Actor George Clooney, The Men Who Stare at Goats (with Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges) A man with a (goat-)killer stare Matt Damon, Invictus A rugby player attempts to Save His Nation Christopher Plummer, The Last Station Leo Tolstoy, wine-drinking radical ideologue Stanley Tucci, […]


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Golden Globes 2010 Predictions - Best Supporting Actor



Golden Globes Predictions: Best Picture Drama - Iraq War vs. Pandora War

2010 Golden Globe Predictions: Best Picture - Drama The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow; scr: Mark Boal A US Army elite unit disarms bombs in Iraq. Invictus (above, with Matt Damon), d: Clint Eastwood; scr: Anthony Peckham Newly elected South African president Nelson Mandela campaigns to stage the Rugby World Cup […]


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Golden Globes Predictions: Best Picture Drama - Iraq War vs. Pandora War



'Family Movies' Among Biggest Fall Box Office Hits

'Where the Wild Things Are.' Oct. 18, '09, update: Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are easily defeated its competition at the North American box office this weekend with a solid $32.4 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The big-screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved book scored […]


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'Family Movies' Among Biggest Fall Box Office Hits



'The Informant' Matt Damon & 'The Messenger' Ben Foster + War & Politics in Venice & Toronto

'Lebanon': Israeli war movie was Golden Lion winner at Venice Film Festival. Golden Lion winner Samuel Maoz: 'Lebanon' dedicated to war veterans – but not for flag-waving reasons “I dedicate this award to the thousands of people all over the world who, like me, come back from war safe and […]


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'The Informant' Matt Damon & 'The Messenger' Ben Foster + War & Politics in Venice & Toronto



Marisa Berenson & Elisabetta Canalis + Paris Hilton & Salman Rushdie: Venice Film Festival

Elisabetta Canalis and George Clooney. Elisabetta Canalis and George Clooney images: Venice Film Festival Pictured above are Hollywood actor George Clooney and Elisabetta Canalis, an Italian television presenter and sometime actress. Clooney attended the 2009 edition of the Venice Film Festival to plug his two most recent movies: Grant Heslov's […]


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Marisa Berenson & Elisabetta Canalis + Paris Hilton & Salman Rushdie: Venice Film Festival



'Saving Private Ryan': Great To Be Nominated

Steven Spielberg's 1998 Best Picture nominee Saving Private Ryan will be the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. The war drama will be screened on Monday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. […]


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'Saving Private Ryan': Great To Be Nominated



'Good Will Hunting' Screening: Gus Van Sant Goes Mainstream

Gus Van Sant's 1997 Best Picture nominee Good Will Hunting will be the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. The film will be screened on Monday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. […]


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'Good Will Hunting' Screening: Gus Van Sant Goes Mainstream



'Superbad' Does Good

Aug. 26 Superbad gloriously defended its No. 1 spot at the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$18 million. The teen comedy directed by Greg Mottola, and starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera defeated all new major releases, keeping the crown at the top of the chart […]


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'Superbad' Does Good