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10 items from 2004

Berry Reveals Her Damon Crush

22 July 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Halle Berry left Matt Damon red faced when the Oscar winners appeared on MTV show Total Request Live together yesterday - when she confessed to having a crush on him. Damon blushed as Berry recalled meeting the actor for the first time on The Tonight Show in America, just after his big break in Good Will Hunting. She recalled, "Remember I saw you on Jay Leno and you were a guest there, and you seemed so brand new at the time. I remember thinking, 'God, he is so bleepity bleeping hot.' That movie (Good Will Hunting) really stuck in my mind because I watched it with extra zeal because I'd just met you on the stage that night." »

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Driver Strikes $1.8 Million Record Deal

19 July 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie actress Minnie Driver's brand of "atmospheric pop" music has landed her a $1.8 million record contract with heavyweight label EMI. The Good Will Hunting star, who started singing at the age of 15, will release debut single "Everything I've Got In My Pocket" in September. An album will follow in October. An insider says, "Minnie is so happy with the album - it's like atmospheric pop with a hint of folk. She is heavily influenced by Bruce Springsteen and even covers one of his songs. Singing has always been her first love and she is at a stage in her life where she feels she can have a serious stab at launching a pop career. A lot of people will mock her, but it's probably best to wait until you've heard how good it is before you knock it." »

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Damon: Affleck Knew J.Lo Was Bad for Him

12 July 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ben Affleck feared dating Jennifer Lopez could wreck his career. The actor confessed to close pal Matt Damon that he knew his J.Lo romance wasn't good for him, and Damon admits he felt sorry for his Good Will Hunting co-star. Damon says, "It was pretty tough, I guess, mostly because it really preyed on my own sense of fairness. There was this misconception that, 'Oh he's trying to get this attention, ' and he said to me in the middle of it all, 'This is the worst thing for my career, I know that.' He knew it was bad for him." »

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Weinsteins in Talks with Fox?

3 June 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood heavyweights Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein are reportedly planning to quit Disney and take their Miramax studio to 20th Century Fox. The brothers are thought to have fallen out with Disney bosses after they rejected Michael Moore's Palme D'Or-winning film Fahrenheit 9/11 - reportedly fearing the controversial anti-George W. Bush movie would jeopardize alleged tax breaks afforded to their Florida theme parks by the state's governor, George's brother Jeb Bush. And now they are considering striking a deal to take the hugely successful studio - behind hits Chicago, Shakespeare In Love and Good Will Hunting - to Rupert Murdoch's Fox. A source tells American newspaper the New York Daily News, "There are four scenarios. They could stay with Disney. They could leave Disney with the name but not their 500-film library. They could leave Disney with the library but not the name. Or they could leave with nothing and start over. Notice that three out of the four involve leaving Disney." »

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Driver Gives Stars Paparazzi-Dodging Advice

1 April 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actress Minnie Driver has simple advice for celebrities complaining about constant attention from the paparazzi - stay way from star-studded hot- spots. The Good Will Hunting star insists most celebrities up in arms about cameras following them everywhere need only stay away from the most obvious of places to achieve privacy. She says, "It's pretty easy to avoid - you don't go to those restaurants and you don't take your clothes off where there are cameras. There's a lot of whining about how hard it is, the notion of being a celebrity, and you do get your picture taken, but you can avoid it. You can avoid it quite more easily than you'd think. I do it quite well, I think." »

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Driver Wins Music Festival Slot

17 March 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Minnie Driver is close to realizing her dreams of a career in music after being booked to perform at the South By Southwest music festival in America this week. The Good Will Hunting beauty, 34, had planned to break into the music industry prior to landing the lead role in 1995 romantic drama Circle Of Friends. And now Minnie - who has already recorded her debut album - is following in the footsteps of last year's hottest new band The Darkness by performing in their slot this year. »

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Minnie Driver Attacks Globalization

10 February 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actress Minnie Driver was horrified to discover the level of exploitation endured by factory workers in Cambodia. The Good Will Hunting actress has called on the international community to limit the effects of globalization on workers in developing countries, during a trip to Phnom Penh. The 34-year-old - visiting the region as part of British charity Oxfam International's Make Trade Fair campaign - wants western corporations to "really consider their buying practices". During her visit, some garment workers wore clothes with the slogan, "Made in us...US$0.25 per hour". Driver says, "The poorest people with the least are making sacrifices for those of us who have the most. I'm a consumer with my point of view from the west, and I came here in a massive state of ignorance - an ignorance that was only revealed as I learned. Every time they squeeze to get lower production costs, faster production, it's nobody but the working women who suffer, and so do their families back at home." »

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Affleck Throws Himself Into Damon Screenwriting Collaboration

27 January 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Newly-single superstar Ben Affleck is throwing himself into a new screenwriting collaboration with best pal Matt Damon, following his split with fiancee Jennifer Lopez. The Good Will Hunting Oscar-winners burst into Tinseltown in 1997 with their acclaimed script about a math genius and his troubled relationships - and now the pair hope to repeat their success with a brand new project. Sources say that Dogma star Affleck is desperate to reclaim his credibility after spending much of 2003 the subject of salacious gossip columns thanks to this romance with J.Lo. And in an effort to lower his profile, the hunky star plans to concentrate on "spending more time behind the camera, writing, directing, producing". An insider says, "The script is along the same lines as Good Will Hunting. It's set in Boston and deals with relationships. He's tired of his face being on the National Enquirer and wants to dial it all back a bit." »

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Matt Damon and Eva Mendes Officially Together

6 January 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Stuck On You co-stars Matt Damon and Eva Mendes have made a public demonstration of their love, following months of media speculation. Good Will Hunting star Matt has always sidestepped questions about his close friendship with Mendes, who he met on the set of the Farrelly Brothers comedy while still dating long term love Odessa Whitmire. But onlookers were left in No Doubt about the couple's burgeoning romance when they celebrated the New Year with pals Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in Las Vegas, Nevada. An insider tells website Page Six, "They were definitely together." »

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Affleck Remarks Infuriate Weinstein

6 January 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star Ben Affleck is in danger of permanently falling out with pal Harvey Weinstein following remarks he made denouncing the movie mogul. The 31-year-old actor first upset the Miramax boss in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, when he accused Weinstein of "whoring" him and Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon. Affleck said, "Matt Damon and I were a very successful marketing hook for Miramax, and they used it. It felt a little bit like we were whoring our friendship, like a guy out there with an organ grinder and a monkey." And now Affleck has again angered the film boss with his involvement in Peter Biskind's new book Down And Dirty Flicks, which heavily criticizes Weinstein. Insiders fear Affleck has put his floundering career in even worse jeopardy by alienating the powerful and influential Weinstein - his latest film Jersey Girl is financed by Miramax, reports website Page Six. A source says, "It is ironic. Right now, Ben's career is hinging on a Miramax film, and Ben makes comments like that?" But Affleck's spokesperson says, "Harvey is Ben's business partner and moreover his friend. He has nothing but respect for him, has true affection for him and loves teasing him." »

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