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Matt Damon Looks Up to Clint Eastwood

Matt Damon wants to have Clint Eastwood’s career.

The Hollywood star - who worked with the award-winning director and actor on upcoming movie Invictus - is in awe of Clint’s successful move behind the camera and would love to follow suit.

He said: “I don’t get starstruck in front of someone like him because I don’t care about the superficiality in this business. I care about his talent, and what really intrigued me was the fact that Clint made the transition from acting to directing,” Matt said. “He started directing when he was 39. I’m 38 now. I’m hoping to have the same career trajectory where I make movies as an actor until I’m 40 and then I start directing.”

Damon insists he is, of course, far from being the only star to have huge respect for 79-year-old Eastwood.

“Few people in life get to do something they love so much. I talk to other people I respect, like Ben Affleck and , and all of us look up to Clint,” he added to the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: June 9, 2009

Gran TorinoHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Crossing Over: DVD
  • Fatal Attraction: Blu-ray
  • Fired Up: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Gran Torino: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Indecent Proposal: Blu-ray
  • The International: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Predator 2: Blu-ray
  • The Siege: Blu-ray
  • Spinning Into Butter: DVD

Click here to see the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: May 12, 2009

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

Taken DVD

  • Big: Blu-ray
  • Black Sheep: Blu-ray
  • Fargo: Blu-ray
  • Force 10 from Navaraone: Blu-ray
  • Galaxy Quest (Deluxe Edition): DVD
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Blu-ray
  • The Grudge: Blu-ray
  • Licence to Kill: Blu-ray
  • The Man with the Golden Gun: Blu-ray
  • The Pianist: Blu-ray
  • S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Star Trek: Motion Picture Trilogy: DVD, Blu-ray

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Box Office Breakdown: He’s Just Not That Into You Debuts on Top

He's Just Not That Into You

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may have returned home with more losses this weekend, but Jennifer Aniston was a big winner.

For the third time in a row, the Friends star found herself in a familiar position. Although it is technically an ensemble piece, became the 39-year-old’s latest chart topper. (The Break-Up and Marley & Me also debuted at #1.) The adaptation’s $28 million gross helped push another romantic comedy offering, New in Town, completely out of the Top Ten. (The Renee Zellweger film had only been there for one week.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences are Taken with Liam Neeson

Maggie Grace in Taken

While it would seem logical to find a female-oriented movie on top after Super Bowl Sunday, an action thriller proved there was more than enough testosterone to go around. , starring Oscar-nominee Liam Neeson, took in $24.7 million making it the second best opener ever during the same football period. (Last year’s Hannah Montana concert film grossed $31.1 million.)

Meanwhile, a romantic comedy starring an actual Oscar winner, failed to do what counterprogramming options are meant to do: score a touchdown. , starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr., earned $6.7 million and a disappointing 8th place. (Apparently Academy Awards don’t guarantee future success.) The romantic comedy raked in about 1/2 as much as Zellweger’s Leatherheads did…and that’s saying a lot.

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Box Office Breakdown: New Life for Oscar Contenders

Slumdog Millionaire

Nominations? doesn’t need any stinkin’ nominations…

Although the 78-year-old was recently overlooked by the Academy, the actor/director still got some respect from the paying public. This past weekend, landed softly into third place and, most importantly, topped the actual Best Picture contenders.

But that’s not to say a nomination is pointless. Last week’s #10, Slumdog Millionaire, jumped 5 positions this week after nabbing 10 nods on Thursday. (It also bested Torino’s per screen average.) Meanwhile, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - thanks to 13 nominations - found itself reentering the Top Ten.

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Box Office Breakdown: Mall Cop Rolls Over Clint Eastwood

Kevin James in Mall Cop

Mall Cop? Mall Cop?

As strange as it may sound, Kevin James just took down Clint Eastwood, Notorious B.I.G. and a serial killer to become the current box office champ. ‘s $40 million take was the second biggest ever for a January opener. (Cloverfield took in $46.1 million at this same time last year.) The comedy was also partially responsible for giving the industry its largest MLK weekend of all time.

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Box Office Breakdown: Gran Torino Expands to a Win

Gran Torino

He may have lost out to Bruce Springsteen last night, but Clint Eastwood was still a big winner this weekend. After 4 weeks in limited theaters, the 78-year-old’s film became the top movie in wide release.

Eastwood’s directorial project not only pulled in $29.4 million over the last three days ($40.5 million to date), it outranked the vehicles from Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Will Smith. also earned the best per screen average of any charter in the Top Ten.

Despite opening on approximately 600 more screens than the first place finisher, #2’s grossed nearly $4000 less per theater. The Kate Hudson-Anne Hathaway comedy also averaged less than #3’s The Unborn.

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In Theaters This Weekend: January 9, 2009

The Unborn

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

2009 Golden Globe Nominations (Film)

Revolutionary Road

Although a looming SAG strike may threaten next year’s Academy Awards, the Golden Globes ceremony should finally go on as planned. The 66th annual event is scheduled to air on Sunday, January 11th, just 11 days before the Oscar nominations are announced.

Here are some of the noteworthy mentions from this year’s list of film nominees:

  • Frost/Nixon and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button both led the field with five nominations each.
  • Despite being chosen Best Film by the New York Film Critics, Sean Penn was the only nod Milk received by the HFPA.
  • Meryl Streep earned two nominations for her work in Doubt and Mamma Mia.
  • Kate Winslet is also up for two awards. Her films - Revolutionary Road and The Reader - are also up for Best Picture.
  • Heath Ledger did get a posthumous nomination as expected.
  • Although he was recently recognized for his acting work in Gran Torino, director Clint Eastwood (Changeling) was only acknowledged for his musical achievements.

(You can find the full list of film nominees after the jump. Click here for the TV nominations.)

 

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