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When the behind-the-scenes indie filmmaking series Project Greenlight first aired in December of 2001 on HBO, producer Chris Moore had already made one Oscar-winning film (Good Will Hunting) and even had his own blockbuster franchise (the American Pie movies). But when the show hit airwaves, while his producing partners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were the famous faces of the show, Moore himself became something he had never expected: a reality TV star. Project Greenlight, the first show to get eliminated in Vulture's reality TV bracket, which kicked off yesterday, detailed the process whereby a first-time writer and director, chosen through an online contest, was given a real budget and crew to make his or her first feature. Project Greenlight didn’t last long — just three seasons — and it may have just barely qualified as reality television anyway. Even today, Moore isn’t entirely comfortable using the term to describe »
- Bilge Ebiri
Oscar doesn’t always translate to career gold, but winning an Academy Award can boost reputations, earning power and/or brand value. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the poster children of Hollywood’s rags-to-riches stories, launched their careers by winning an Oscar for original screenplay in 1997 with “Good Will Hunting.” Since then, the two friends have become bona fide superstars — in Affleck’s case, both in front and behind the camera.
In the past 20 years, Oscar winners such as Quentin Tarantino (“Pulp Fiction”) and Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for her third Academy Award in four years, have proved that an Oscar win or even just a nomination can take a showbiz career to a whole new level.
After a four-year acting hiatus, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
The Oscars are finally here! We're gearing up for the star-studded night by taking a look back at some of the Academy Awards' most iconic moments. Way back in 1998, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won their first statues for Good Will Hunting and showed off their excitement in the press room, Adrien Brody laid a big kiss on Halle Berry in 2003, Angelina Jolie's right leg became famous when she posed with Brad Pitt for the 2012 show, and Jennifer Lawrence made the audience gasp when she tripped up the stairs en route to accept her 2013 best actress award for Silver Linings Playbook For these moments and many more, keep scrolling through the historic photos, and then gear up for the Academy Awards by voting in our Oscars ballot or printing out one of your own. View Slideshow › »
- Brittney Stephens
Everyone's got an opinion when it comes to the Oscars, unfortunately most people's are negative, censored or ridiculous
Oscars predictions are to Los Angeles what political gossip is to Washington DC, and during the week of the Oscars it's pretty much impossible to walk down the street, let alone open a newspaper, without somebody giving you their tuppence on the matter. As with arseholes and opinions, everyone's got their own prediction but in the final days before the ceremony one verdict was becoming increasingly loud: Gravity will beat 12 Years a Slave to Best Picture. Why? Because a true story about slavery is, well, kind of a downer.
"For many, 12 Years a Slave is too hard to watch," declared a front page headline in the La Times above a story by the paper's film critic, Betsy Sharkey, suggesting audiences have shied away from the movie. But a brief glance at the »
- Hadley Freeman
Ben Affleck knows the Oscars. The winner of two Academy Awards himself (writing for "Good Will Hunting" and Best Picture for "Argo"), the actor-director-writer-producer knows the system. So who does he think should win best picture in 2014?
Of course, Affleck is a little biased toward this film -- his wife, Jennifer Garner, co-stars. He also points out that the rest of the film helps too though, especially the social issues and emotionalism. "My heart is with 'Dallas Buyers Club,'" Affleck explains. "To me that's my personal, emotional favorite."
That said, Affleck isn't counting anyone out. In rapid succession he mentions other nominees: "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle," "Wolf of Wall Street." Affleck really doesn't want to choose.
"It's a shame, because there really isn't a best," he says. "It's not like »
As much as we talk about the stats and trends of the Oscars, each year of the awards seems to present us with a new piece of history. This year, Dallas Buyers Club could make history as the first film to win both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a film that did not receive a Best Director nomination. While Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto seem to be locked into their wins, this did provide an interesting jumping off point to look at the recent history of this category.
Here are the films in the past 25 years that have managed a Best Actor and Supporting Actor nomination:
1989: Driving Ms. Daisy – Morgan Freeman and Dan Ackroyd
1993: Schindler’s »
- Terence Johnson
The Oscars are just a couple days away, and surely one of the big highlights of the event will be the speeches -- for better or for worse. As Melissa Leo can surely attest, a bad or bizarre (or both) Oscar speech can be the next morning's top water cooler topic, and haunt you for the rest of your career. So we browsed through the Academy's archive of past Oscar speeches and picked out 10 that stood out as examples for whoever makes it to the podium this weekend (note that they are all from the past 15 years or so, as the Academy archive doesn't go back much further). For your consideration... Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (Best Original Screenplay, 1998) Hollywood loves a feel good story and no story is sweeter than that of childhood friends who grow up to not only act together but write an Oscar-winning film. Looking back »
London, Feb 24: Minnie Driver, who received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for 'Good Will Hunting', has revealed that her son, Henry, thinks all mothers are famous and working in show business.
The 44-year-old actress told Parade.com that Henry, 5, believes she is a princess and everyone's mom appears in magazines, the Daily Express reported.
Driver added that she finds her son's innocence really sweet.
Henry is Driver's child with former love TV producer Timothy J Lea. (Ani) »
- Anita Agarwal
Matt Damon frequently finds himself on the receiving end of jokes and jabs from his close pals Ben Affleck and Jimmy Kimmel, who’ve recently accused him of being something of a Luddite. For retribution, Damon faxed them a photocopied picture of his bare butt.
Matt Damon's Butt Fax
"Dear Ben & Jimmy," read the note on the now infamous fax. "Here's my fax. Love, MD. Faxtag: KimmelHasManBoobs."
.@BenAffleck - did you see what your "friend" Matt faxed to us? Nsfw http://t.co/xbIL4I8Ypc pic.twitter.com/O0y20yTwD7
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 15, 2014
When Affleck was promoting an Eastern Congo Initiative and Water.org charity contest last week, »
They are, without doubt, Hollywood royalty. After winning joint Academy Awards for their writing work on Good Will Hunting, and multiple nominations between them, Ben and Matt, or Matt and Ben (Affleck and Damon, or Damon and Affleck rather), come across in the this rather cool charity video more like Ant and Dec (Google it Us friends).
Here they are kicking it for great causes and giving fans a chance to be flown out to Hollywood to go out with the two of them as their VIP guests to a private star-studded event. The charities that will benefit are the Eastern Congo Initiative and Water.org, causes both of the actors support.
Head here for more info on the prize and the cause, but take a look below at a hilarious video of the two of them mocking the heck out of one another.
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- Paul Heath
In case you were wondering what Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s marathon writing sessions for “Good Will Hunting” were like, we think it went something like this. Or at least, we hope it did. Ben and Matt (or is it Matt and Ben?) appear together in a new video sponsored by Omaze.com — a website that allows people to sponsor unique life-affirming experiences and benefit charities through crowdsourcing — to raise money for their charities, the Eastern Congo Initiative and water.org. Also read: Ben Affleck-Matt Damon Comedy ‘More Time With Family’ Gets Pilot Order From CBS The »
- L.A. Ross
Via: E! Online
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon take some friendly shots at each other in this video promoting a contest being held by Omaze charity. With a $10 minimum donation, one lucky fan and a friend will be flown to Los Angeles to hang out with the two actors. The proceeds raised will go towards the actors’ charities, Eastern Congo Initiative and Water.org.
As Ben and Matt explain what the “best friend double date” will entail, they start taking some seriously funny jabs at each other about who has more Oscars, who wrote the majority of Good Will Hunting, and much, much more.
For more info on the contest and the charities you’ll be benefiting, click here.
- Eli Reyes
At the ages of 25 and 27, respectively, fresh-faced Hollywood dreamboats Ben Affleck and Matt Damon took home dual Oscars for writing the screenplay to a little film called "Good Will Hunting," and at that very moment a million double-date fantasies were born instantaneously all across the nation. Now, your all those other people's double-date fantasies could actually become a reality, as Ben and Matt/Matt and Ben are offering the once-in-a-lifetime chance to hang out with them at a fancy Tinseltown event in the exotic locale known as Hollywood, where dreams go to die are made a reality. All you have »
- Chris Eggertsen
Matt Damon, the greatest good sport ever, is taking shots again, now from actor buddy Ben Affleck. But he’s firing back this time. The two appear in a video together to promote their latest cause: The deal is you donate $10 that will go toward both the Eastern Congo Initiative (Affleck’s choice) and Water.org (Damon’s choice) and you (plus a friend) will also be entered to win a trip to go to Hollywood and attend a VIP event with the duo.
In the video, Affleck bashes Damon’s height, Damon opens an old wound by pointing out »
- Ariana Bacle
Can we talk about the official Oscar site for a minute? The past few years they've really improved it but some things are questionable. Like their live blog of the nominee luncheon being just a series of photos or this weird article about the biggest Oscar surprises evers that seeks to rewrite history and imagine a world where everyone didn't know that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were winning Screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Lmfao. Everyone knew that. But I have to say that I love their nominee questionnaire. Especially the handwritten responses from various celebrities and filmmakers.
Glenn Dunks Laura Dern's greatest faces
i09 the cast of Frozen, including Idina, did a live concert. Will Disney »
- NATHANIEL R
This week I caught three movies in theaters, two I've already reviewed -- The Lego Movie and The Monuments Men -- and the other is Winter's Tale, which I don't think I'm able to review just yet, but I will say I was expecting something terrible and that's not what I got... I'll say more next week when it hits theaters. At home I watched Francois Truffaut's Jules and Jim on Criterion Blu-ray, which I reviewed and only two people, sadly commented... Hopefully more people come to the table with thoughts and opinions when I review Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent this coming week. I watched the new Criterion Blu-ray this week as well. Also, I finally saw Paul Thomas Anderson's Hard Eight, which played Sundance and Cannes in '96 before being released in the States in '97, the same year Anderson's Boogie Nights was released. In fact, »
- Brad Brevet
Via: The Wrap
There was a time when I didn't really care for Matthew McConaughey. Can you blame me, though? He was making a lot of crappy movies! He's made a big change recently, and the guy has taken on some great roles in some fantastic films! Right now I'm enjoying his performance in the HBO series True Detective. He's also set to appear in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.
The plot follows one man, played by McConaughey, who is planning to kill himself in the forest at the base of Mount Fuji. While in the “sea of trees,” he comes into contact with another man, played by Ken Watanabe, who has been contemplating his own suicide. »
- Joey Paur
It seems as if you can’t go one day in the movie-world without seeing a headline relating to Batman Vs Superman these days. After several controversial casting announcements (Ben Affleck-Batman, Gal Gadot-Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg-Lex Luthor), rumoured two-part filming plans and a delayed release date, interest surrounding the project is at an all time high.
Several people close to Affleck such as his wife Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club) and writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks) have previously expressed their excitement at the actors Batsuit and the film in general. Now Affleck’s closest friend and collaborator Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) has given his opinion on his friends decision to star in the film and the costume he will wear. You can read the interview below:
‘I’ve seen a picture. I have seen a picture. It’s excellent. And I’ve talked to him about the storyline, »
- Ben Read
The Oscar-tipped actor will star alongside Ken Watanabe in the film about a pair of men who meet in a Japanese 'suicide forest'
The film centers on a pair of men who travel to the Aokigahara forest in Japan, a popular location for suicides – but instead of killing themselves, their meeting prompts a reflective journey. Ken Watanabe, the Japanese actor known for his roles in Inception and Letters From Iwo Jima, will play the second man.
It's the latest in a series of weighty dramas from McConaughey, previously the king of the glitzy romcom – his critical appreciation has exponentially increased with roles in the likes of The Lincoln Lawyer and Killer Joe, alongside deft, crowdpleasing turns in Magic Mike and The Wolf of Wall Street. He's now the firm »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Next month we'll see if Matthew McConaughey takes home the Oscar for Best Actor for his spectacular turn in last year's Dallas Buyers Club, and now we have a new project for the actor as well. The Wrap reports McConaughey, who has been enjoying quite the career surge over the past few years, has joined the cast of Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant's new drama Sea of Trees. The script hails from Buried writer Chris Sparling and follows McConaughey as a man who takes a journey into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foothills of Mount Fuji (that's a real, depressing place) with the intention of killing himself. However, a Japanese man (Ken Watanabe of Inception) who has had second thoughts about his own suicide interrupts him as he attempts to find his way out of the forest. As you might expect, the two take an interest »
- Ethan Anderton
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