The Dish: Movie news and tidbits for 7/31

  • Article by: CYNTHIA DICKISON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 30, 2011 - 4:19 PM

That demon Damon.

Steven Soderbergh, retiring? Where did that rumor (reported last December) get started? During a Comic-Con panel promoting "Haywire," he reveals that "Matt Damon apparently is as discreet as a 14-year-old girl." Details, please! "I had this drunk conversation with him while shooting 'Contagion' and four days later I read about it in the paper," Soderbergh said. "Nobody in this economy wants to hear about someone quitting a good job. That kind of got blown out of proportion. And it's Matt Damon's fault."

The final reel

The producers of "The Social Network" are looking to another network for their next film: An adaptation of the book "ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun." ... Harrison Ford is confirmed for the role of Wyatt Earp in "Black Hats." ... Zac Efron's frat boy will annoy family man Seth Rogen in an untitled R-rated comedy. ... Ron Howard has declined involvement with "The Lost Symbol," the third in the "Da Vinci Code" franchise. ... The anthology film "New Year's Eve" (think "Valentine's Day") boasts a cast of (deep breath) Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Jessica Biel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Jon Bon Jovi, Seth Meyers and Chris (Ludacris) Bridges.

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