Damon is dying to direct

  • Article by: CYNTHIA DICKISON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 23, 2010 - 1:52 PM

Plus: Casting "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"


U.S. actress Scarlett Johansson makes a personal appearance at a central London store to promote Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics, Friday, July 31, 2009.

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The last frontier

We all know Matt Damon can do just about anything. Screenwriting? Check (see: Oscar for "Good Will Hunting"). Drama? Too many to name. Comedy? Have you seen "30 Rock"? Now, predictably, Damon says he's "dying to direct," and the only thing holding him up is all those darn roles he's been offered by guys named Eastwood, Soderbergh, Scorsese and Coen. He truly could be trying to burnish his Renaissance-man credentials; but we're guessing he just can't let buddy Ben Affleck be better at something than him.

The final reel

Tom Hardy will reunite with his "Inception" director Christopher Nolan for a role in the next "Batman" film. ... Lee Pace (TV's "Pushing Daisies") joins "Breaking Dawn." ... Megan Fox, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott star in "Friends With Kids." ... Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper are the latest to be attached to the film version of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." ... Robert DeNiro and Sigourney Weaver star in the paranormal drama "Red Lights" for "Buried" director Rodrigo Cortes. ... Alec Baldwin plays the former boss of Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, with Sharlto Copley ("District 9") as a "fast-talking Yoda-type alien," in "Men in Black 3." ... Roman Polanski brings the Tony Award-winning play "Gods of Carnage" to the screen, with Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz.


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