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Title: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Brendan on September 24, 2007, 09:49:39 PM
http://www.variety.com/VR1117972666.html

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Clint Eastwood eyes Mandela film
Morgan Freeman to star in 'Factor'
By MICHAEL FLEMING

A movie about how the 1995 Rugby World Cup helped heal post-apartheid race relations in South Africa is fast becoming a major film event.

Morgan Freeman had already signed on to play Nelson Mandela in "The Human Factor," an adaptation of the John Carlin book "The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the World." Now, Warner Bros. is in talks to finance the picture, with Clint Eastwood eyeing it as a directing vehicle, and Matt Damon in preliminary talks to play the captain of the Springboks.

Freeman and Revelations partner Lori McCreary are producing with Mace Neufeld, and South African scribe Anthony Peckham ("Don't Say A Word") wrote the script.

Freeman, who stars with Jack Nicholson in the upcoming Rob Reiner-directed WB film "The Bucket List," went to South Africa with McCreary last spring to get Mandela's blessing on the project.

Story is set right after the fall of apartheid, and after Mandela was released from a long imprisonment and became South African president. Mandela recognized the significance when South Africa was selected host of the 1995 Rugby World Cup after the team had been barred from even competing since the 1980s because of apartheid.

Eastwood was brought onto the project by Freeman, who starred in the Eastwood-directed "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby."

Eastwood next directs Angelina Jolie in "The Changeling," a Universal co-production between his Malpaso and Imagine Entertainment.
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Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 25, 2007, 04:06:35 AM
If that comes to fruition it will be fantastic.
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Post by: lovelyrita on September 25, 2007, 06:44:49 AM
If that comes to fruition it will be fantastic.

ABSOLUTELY No Doubt.  
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Post by: WeAllHaveItCominKid on September 25, 2007, 06:58:05 AM
If this happens, you can bet on more Oscar's for Eastwood and Morgan Freeman possibly getting a Best Actor nomination, at least!
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Post by: Americanbeauty on September 25, 2007, 07:31:36 AM
I read about it this morning on EW.com.

That's exciting. Eastwood and Freeman teaming up again ... (http://www.discodelic.netfirms.com/happy-cloud9.gif)
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Post by: MC on September 26, 2007, 10:28:02 AM
Tremendous. Eastwood and Freeman are a dream team, and Matt Damon is at the top of my list of actors I'd like to see work with Eastwood. Sounds like a great project...
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Post by: Gant on September 28, 2007, 04:35:16 AM
Sounds great.. It was also mentioned (briefly)  in an interview with Freeman in todays Guardian newspaper
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Post by: KC on September 28, 2007, 05:28:23 AM
And here is a link ...

http://film.guardian.co.uk/interview/interviewpages/0,,2178329,00.html

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After Street Smart and Driving Miss Daisy, Freeman found himself heavily in demand before settling into a sort of "Bad-Back Pack" of older actors who are never out of work, many of whom have been his co-stars: Gene Hackman (his Unforgiven nemesis), Jack Nicholson (soon to be seen with Freeman in The Bucket Club, about two old farts who escape the terminal ward and do everything they never had the guts to do before they kick the titular pail), Clint Eastwood (who may soon direct Freeman for the third time, as Nelson Mandela) and Anthony Hopkins (a fellow adherent of the "just act, dear boy" school of performance).

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Post by: KC on February 26, 2008, 07:32:40 AM
There's now an IMDb page for this project.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: iconfan on February 27, 2008, 08:06:41 AM
The project is looking more and more (over time) like an actual (next) project for Clint since nobody from Malpaso has issued a denial and especially since IMDB has put up a page for it.

Hopefully they'll start filming this year. (And since the subject matter can be considered Oscar worthy they'll probably release it October or November 2009 much the way The Changeling is being handled (November of this year))

The way things look--Clint's 'back nine' can certainly be considered head and shoulders above his earlier works-He has most definately grown and matured from just a well liked working actor (who also directed many of those same films-which in and of itself is a feat no other actors who've tried can come close to equalling) into a mature, well respected director.

Arguably, since Mystic River, he has chosen and directed much more mature themes than anything he has done earlier in his career. He is an icon who has earned the respect and admiration of not only his audience but his peers as well.

The most highly admirable challenges I have seen him take on- with little (known)complaint- is that many of the latter films he has directed (again, since Mystic River), were given quite shameful budgetary limitations.

And yet-- thanks to the support of the many actors (and especially crew) who worked for much less than they were worth at the time (just for the opportunity to work with the man for two or three months) ---and his ability to get his vision on film DESPITE the challenges a limited budget presents.......those very films went on to not only make money, but were awarded Oscars and multiple other awards as well.

Quite an accomplishment in one lifetime.
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Post by: JSE on February 27, 2008, 09:35:47 AM
Well said iconfan!
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Post by: Richard Earl on February 27, 2008, 08:45:19 PM
I very much agree. I have grown to love Clint as a director. I have paid attention to his directing as of late compared to his acting that I have loved for so many years.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Americanbeauty on April 05, 2008, 11:34:58 PM
I just found this Morgan Freeman interview that was published in the November / December 2007 issue of AARP Magazine (http://www.aarpmagazine.org/entertainment/entertainment/entertainment/morgan_freeman_home_again.html):

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Freeman has no desire to slow down his work pace—“I love moviemaking,” he says. He will produce and star in a film about Nelson Mandela that tells the story of the 1995 rugby World Cup, held in South Africa. “That’s gonna be a real challenge,” he says. He hopes to persuade Clint Eastwood to direct, which would afford him the pleasure of joining two of the three people he says he most admires: Mandela, Eastwood, and the Dalai Lama.

That was close to 5 months ago, but I thought it was still worth mentioning.

The project is looking more and more (over time) like an actual (next) project for Clint since nobody from Malpaso has issued a denial and especially since IMDB has put up a page for it.
Yes, and now it does list Eastwood as the director (see the link in KC's post) -even though if you go on the Eastwood page it says "In talks" next to the film title.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 03, 2008, 10:26:32 PM
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Matt Damon has committed to star in "Human Factor," joining Morgan Freeman in the Clint Eastwood-directed film for Warner Bros.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117986842.html?categoryid=13&cs=1
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Post by: iconfan on June 04, 2008, 04:29:32 AM
Great news!

Now if both Mr. Freeman and Eastwood stay in good health (they are both in their seventies!!) so they can film this story next year..... this will be a very good film to add to their resumes (Damon as well)
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Post by: peppermint819 on June 04, 2008, 11:53:28 AM
it be nice to see clint and morgan work together hope and keep fingers crossed it come off ;) :)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 04, 2008, 10:16:40 PM
The title of this topic has been changed to The Human Factor Production News & Information since it will be Clint's next project after Gran Torino.  8)
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Post by: Madison on June 05, 2008, 08:02:16 AM
Matt Damon has signed on.


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Damon will play rugby star Francois Pienaar, who created, with Nelson Mandela, an event that gave whites and blacks in South Africa a common cause to rally around as the country was trying to heal from the wounds of apartheid.

Mandela, freed from 27 years in prison and elected president, decided to get behind South Africa’s Springboks team when the country was selected as host country for the 1985 Rugby World Cup. The Springboks had been banned from international competition because of the country’s apartheid practices.

The majority of blacks viewed the team as a symbol of exclusion, but they rooted along with white countrymen as the Springboks won in overtime against New Zealand to capture the Cup. Pienaar was the Springboks captain who developed a relationship with Mandela during the team’s run.

Freeman and Revelations partner Lori McCreary will produce with Rob Lorenz and Mace Neufeld. Freeman got Mandela’s blessing and brought the project to his pal Eastwood and also to WB, where both Revelations and Eastwood’s Malpaso have their overall deals.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117986842.html?categoryid=13&cs= 1 (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117986842.html?categoryid=13&cs= 1)
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Post by: KC on June 05, 2008, 04:26:01 PM
Thanks, Madison. The Schofield Kid already posted a link to that particular item. It's on the previous page.  :)

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=6950.msg123891#msg123891
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Richard Earl on June 05, 2008, 08:18:46 PM
This is good news. Clint is a busy man and will be for a long time.
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Post by: Madison on June 06, 2008, 12:34:03 AM
Thanks, Madison. The Schofield Kid already posted a link to that particular item. It's on the previous page.  :)

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=6950.msg123891#msg123891

Oops!  Sorry, I was in a hurry when I posted and failed to check out previous page.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on June 06, 2008, 05:31:02 AM
No problem. Thanks for helping us keep up with the news. :)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 16, 2008, 03:18:05 AM
The New York Times has a review of the book by John Carlin which this film will be based. I must say I do prefer the title of the book, Playing The Enemy to The Human Factor.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/17/books/review/Keller-t.html
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Post by: KC on August 16, 2008, 08:11:15 AM
Thanks, SK.

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Carlin has already sold film rights to Morgan Freeman, who seems born to play Nelson Mandela. Matt Damon is signed up to play the Springbok captain, and Clint Eastwood (a rugby fan) is directing. In those hands, there’s a chance the movie will do justice to the story.

Clint is a rugby fan? Who knew? ???
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Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 16, 2008, 02:22:28 PM
Clint is a rugby fan? Who knew? ???

Had a little chuckle, when I saw that bit too.
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Post by: higashimori on August 17, 2008, 12:00:08 PM
 :)   " Eastwood needs All Blacks for Mandela film "

             " Rugby fan Clint Eastwood is looking for actors to play the parts of New Zealand's All Blacks in the 1995 World Cup. "

                    http://www.stuff.co.nz/4659092a1860.html

            I don't know well a Rugby but I like to watch ' The Haka Dance ' of ' All Blacks '    8)

                   http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=uHW1K2LeQXE&NR=1

             I hope that Clint will use this Dance !   :D






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Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 27, 2008, 04:01:35 PM

  I don't know well a Rugby but I like to watch ' The Haka Dance ' of ' All Blacks '    8)
          
  I  hope that Clint will use this Dance !   :D


I am sure he will, it is always performed at All Black games.     They are my number one Rughy Union Team.   I have supported them since I was a little girl. (a 100 years ago)   I have been lucky enough to see them play a few times.
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Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 27, 2008, 05:09:48 PM
It's a pity they don't put as much effort in during the game, then they do during their pre-game intimidation dance.  :P

The actual world cup final game that this film centres around is a perfect case in point.  ^-^
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Post by: Richelieu on August 27, 2008, 11:14:17 PM
Hi all

I have been visiting this site for 10 years now and finally registered as a user. I felt compelled to do so seeing that I live in Cape Town, South Africa, and it might be that Clint will be shooting a movie close to me. I'm not sure that everybody on this board understand how massive rugby is in our country as well as what an icon Nelson Mandela is for us. Not to mention what a huge moment that World Cup rugby final was and the impact it had on SA just a year after our first democratic elections.
I'm sure that the film will enjoy a lot of attention here and hopefully the premier will be in Cape Town, where Nelson Mandela was in prison for 27 years.
I just hope that this film captures the essence of South Africa, gets the accents and people right, so many films before have failed.
Firstly, the choice of Matt Damon, I think he's a great actor but Damon to play Francois Pienaar?? I was on the same flight as Pienaar a few weeks ago - he is a massive man,about 6 foot 4 and weighs 110kg. Damon is not and does not look like him at all. In South Africa, he will not be a credible choice, other rugby playing nations like England, France, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand will probably laugh at this as well.
I think Freeman is the correct choice, hopefully he gets the accent right.
Hopefully Clint will look at some South Africans in Hollywood for parts - Charlize Theron, Arnold Vosloo, Alice Krige and cast some local actors in smaller roles.
I think that Vinnie Jones might capture the Francois Pienaar role, he comes from a sporting background although he might be a bit old. Paul Bettany would be a good choice, he would have to bulk up though.
I think that Clint is the perfect director to handle this film, I just hope that he goes for authenticity instead to impress the academy.

Regards
Richelieu
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Post by: higashimori on August 28, 2008, 04:58:09 AM
 :) 
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I have supported them since I was a little girl. (a 100 years ago)
 really Lin ?   :D

    Hi , Richelieu !  Welcome on this grate board !  :)
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Post by: KC on August 28, 2008, 05:40:45 AM
Welcome to the Board, Richelieu! We'll be interested to see your comments as work on this movie progresses. 8)
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Post by: iconfan on September 20, 2008, 05:45:35 AM
internet movie data base (imdb.com) claims that filming begins early 2009

Hopefully all goes well and we can have another Eastwood directed film late 2009
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Post by: richnlorna on October 25, 2008, 01:48:56 AM
Clint directing Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon about S.African apartheid - this could be special.

They may as well just rename the Oscar the 'Clint'.

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Post by: Richelieu on November 05, 2008, 11:10:17 PM
"Ragtag South African rugby crew" ??? Say it ain't so Clint! I hope that they've done their research properly on this one. The South African rugby team of 1995 was not a 'ragtag' team. The Springboks(as the national team is known), as host nation for the World Cup, was one of the favourites to win the tournament. The Springboks are a well respected and feared team in world rugby.
Hollywood wants to make this another 'from zero to hero' story. Just tell the truth, the World Cup was exciting enough.

On another matter, does Malpaso have a contact email address - I would love to contact them and ask how I can apply for en extra in this film, seeing that I live in CT.
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Post by: KC on November 06, 2008, 12:33:06 AM
Richelieu is reacting to a quote in an interview from the Wall Street Journal that was posted in the "Changeling reviews and features" thread, but since it's about The Human Factor, I moved it here. The quote in question is this:

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Q. Your next film, "The Human Factor," is a biopic about Nelson Mandela, with Morgan Freeman in the title role. When do you start shooting?

A. We're going to start next March or April in South Africa. That one will be as true as we can make it. It picks it up after he's been in prison for 26 years and gets out, runs for president and wins. Matt Damon co-stars as the captain of this ragtag South African rugby crew that Mandela talks into becoming a championship team in 1995 to help bring the country together.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122481061489365183.html

As for Malpaso's contact address, all we have is this, from the site F.A.Q.:

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Q: What is Clint Eastwood's mailing address?
A: The official address to write Clint Eastwood is:

    Clint Eastwood
    C/O Malpaso Productions, Warner Bros.
    4000 Warner Blvd,
    Burbank CA, 91505

That's also the general fan mail address, so I don't know how helpful it will be. Perhaps you can find some tips on the Internet, in places like these:

http://www.moviextras.com/

So you wanna be a movie extra? (http://www.soyouwanna.com/site/syws/movieextra/movieextra.html)

Good luck!

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Post by: KC on November 06, 2008, 12:42:32 AM
According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springboks), the Springboks were seeded ninth in the 1995 tournament. It doesn't say how many teams competed in the tournament, though.
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Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 06, 2008, 01:28:38 AM
According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springboks), the Springboks were seeded ninth in the 1995 tournament. It doesn't say how many teams competed in the tournament, though.

Clicking on 1995 in that wikipedia article takes you to the 1995 Rugby World Cup (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1995_Rugby_World_Cup) page.

Number of nations that competed was 16.
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Post by: palooka on November 13, 2008, 11:56:03 PM
I am extremely excited as I just won this,  in fact excited doesn't really begin to cover it ...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Walk-on-Part-for-a-Clint-Eastwood-Movie_W0QQitemZ140279624121

 (mods feel free to edit this link down?)

If all goes well I'll be happy to report back here!!
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Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 14, 2008, 01:12:28 AM
CONGRATULATIONS  Palooka.       That is wonderful.   I am so happy for you.
We will be looking forward to your reports and then 'finding' you when we see the move.   
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Post by: KC on November 14, 2008, 06:26:54 AM
That's sensational, Palooka! (And I did edit your link.)

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   100% of the final sale price will support Best Friends Animal Society (Small deduction may apply)
   
About this nonprofit:
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A walk-on part for the Clint Eastwood movie - "The Human Factor", to be filmed in South Africa starring Matt Damon. Includes three night stay for 2 in the same hotel as the film crew, the Mt. Nelson in Capetown. Includes 60,000 American Airline miles. A truly once in a lifetime experience. Priceless!   

Have fun! I can't wait to hear your report!
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Post by: higashimori on November 14, 2008, 07:10:05 AM
CONGRATULATIONS  Palooka.       That is wonderful.   I am so happy for you.
We will be looking forward to your reports and then 'finding' you when we see the move.   

 :)  I agree !  I'm so happy for you too , Palooka !    8)
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Post by: Sylvie on November 14, 2008, 09:06:21 AM
FELICITATIONS !!!

What a fantastic experience !  8)

I'm very happy for you Palooka ! :)
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Post by: higashimori on November 18, 2008, 04:27:46 PM
 :)  " Hollywood epic can't gloss over row behind scenes for Springboks "

       
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http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard-sport/article-23588493-details/Hollywood+epic+can't+gloss+over+row+behind+scenes+for+Springboks/article.do

         
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Anyone who believes that sport and politics do not mix has never been involved with South African rugby. The seemingly endless conflict has led to serious internal strife and one seismic occasion which Hollywood is turning into a blockbuster directed by Clint Eastwood.

 
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Post by: Americanbeauty on November 20, 2008, 03:28:29 PM
Wow Palooka, you lucky--- punk!!!  :-\ ;D Kidding. You're still super lucky though. And so is the person going with you  8)
You better report back here often. We want pictures. Details. Well, anything will do, really  ;)

Anyway, congrats on that win -would you qualify this as your best eBay 'purchase' so far?  ;)
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Post by: Hemlock on November 23, 2008, 05:42:47 PM
The film will be witout a doubt great but when I saw the real face of Francois Pienaar I some how thought that Woody Harrelson looks more like him than Matt Damon does  ;)

(http://www.worldrugbyawards.com/images/Rugby/Pienaar.jpg)(http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2007/news/070402/woody_harrelson180.jpg)
...or not  ::)

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Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 24, 2008, 07:17:00 PM
I don't know how true this is but.......

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Dwayne Johnson (former WWE star The Rock) has signed on for a small role in a future Clint Eastwood-directed movie on South Africa's 1995 Rugby World Cup-winning story.

The movie will focus on "how the 1995 Rugby World Cup helped heal post-apartheid race relations." Johnson will play the role of Jonah Lomu from the "All Blacks" team.

http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/Other_News_4/article_28802.shtml
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Post by: Richelieu on January 28, 2009, 12:04:16 AM
http://152.111.1.87/argief/berigte/dieburger/2009/01/26/SK/3/cahollywood.html

The above link is an article that was published in the local Afrikaans newspaper here in Cape Town. It basically says that Francois Pienaar is honoured that Matt Damon will be playing him. Pienaar said that he has read the script.
The article refers to the film as 'The Human Hunger'.
The article also states that the film crew will be in Cape Town next week and that filming in Cape Town will be about 3 months.
The spokesperson for the Cape Film Commission did not want to reveal when the 'stars' would arrive.
He did say though that a lot of research took place for the film and that many South Africans were involved in that process.
The article also states that when Nicolas Cage shot 'Lord of War' in Cape Town a few years ago he said that the SA crew was the best he ever worked with.
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Post by: palooka on January 28, 2009, 01:10:27 AM
Filming is March through May. I'll be flying out at the end of March.
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Post by: WeAllHaveItCominKid on February 05, 2009, 03:46:10 PM
This is going to be another triumph for Clint. I have no doubts about it.
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Post by: Christopher on February 05, 2009, 05:50:33 PM
Filming is March through May.
So does that mean we can probably expect this film later this year? I checked and saw that IMDb does list it as a 2009 film. O0
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Post by: palooka on February 06, 2009, 01:39:58 AM
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So does that mean we can probably expect this film later this year? I checked and saw that IMDb does list it as a 2009 film.

I'm sure it will be released in time for Oscar contention. So I would expect a Decemeber opening even if a limited release like Gran Torino.
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Post by: Dan Dassow on February 21, 2009, 12:51:30 PM
Wales On Line link (http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2009/02/21/welsh-actor-wins-role-in-clint-eastwood-s-mandela-biopic-91466-22976065/)

Wales News Welsh actor wins role in Clint Eastwood’s Mandela biopic
Feb 21 2009 by Robin Turner, Western Mail

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ONE’S a double-Oscar winning Hollywood icon... and the other is a little-known Welsh actor most famous for his roles in Welsh dramas like Caerdydd and Belonging.

But Julian Lewis Jones is preparing to fly to South Africa after being handpicked by screen legend Clint Eastwood to star in a new biopic of political colossus Nelson Mandela.

The 40-year-old Carmarthen-based actor, who has also appeared in S4C soap Pobol Y Cwm and ITV drama Where The Heart Is, is flying to Cape Town this weekend to prepare for 11 weeks of filming on a project based on South Africa’s historic World Cup victory in 1995.

Directed by Dirty Harry star Eastwood, the film will feature Morgan Freeman as Mandela and Bourne Identity actor Matt Damon playing Francois Pienaar – the man presented with the trophy in a moment widely seen as the birth of modern South Africa.

The film is based on a book by British journalist John Carlin, called Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation, which tells the story of the win.

With the working title The Human Factor, the film will centre on the transformative effect of the sporting win.

The Springboks’ World Cup victory at home came a year after the country’s first democratic elections and is seen as a defining moment in the history of post-apartheid South Africa.

The image of then-president Mandela clad in a Springboks jersey presenting the Webb Ellis trophy to Pienaar became a symbol of new-found unity in the so-called Rainbow Nation, given rugby’s long association with the country’s white minority.

It was Driving Miss Daisy star Morgan Freeman who had the idea for the film and he brought Eastwood and Damon on board.

Freeman has described the chance to play Mandela as “the role of my life”.

Jones, who was born in the Anglesey village of Brynteg and who now lives in Llanarthne, Carmarthen – he moved there from Cowbridge two years ago – tried out for the film when he went for an audition at Twickenham Film Studios in London.

He was aiming for a pivotal role as the leader of Nelson Mandela’s white bodyguards – a central part of the book and the film.

Julian, an avid Scarlets fan, said: “My agent told me I would hear if I had got the role soon.

“I knew Clint Eastwood was casting, so understandably I was quite nervous.

“Fortunately it was the weekend of the Wales Scotland game in Murrayfield so I had something to distract me.
“I heard I had the part on the Monday after the game.

“That was some weekend.

“I saw Wales win, I carried off the sweepstake at my local pub in Carmarthen for guessing the correct final score then on the Monday I was given a part in Clint Eastwood film.”

The actor has had previous parts in films Solomon and Gaenor and the Bank Job with Jason Statham.

But he said yesterday : “This is a big role in a big film and I can’t wait to start work.

“It’s also a privilege to take part in a film about someone who is a modern legend, a person revered around the world.”

Julian, who lives with his wife Kim – who he met in the Welsh College of Music and Drama, in Cardiff – and their children Ieuan, eight, Mared, six and two-year-old Sion, is one of only three British actors in the film.

The other two are actresses Penny Downey and Adjoa Andoh.

Julian said: “I’ve never been to South Africa before but I’m looking forward to the weather, the wildlife and meeting the people out there.

“I’m going to be working hard on my South African accent.”

Now a rugby pundit and born into a working class Afrikaaner family, ex-Springboks captain Francois Pienaar lives in Cape Town with his wife Nerine and their two children, one of whom has Nelson Mandela as his godfather.

Pienaar has admitted his wife was especially “pleased” the star of blockbusters such as The Bourne Identity and The Talented Mr Ripley was to play him.

The movie covers the turbulent period between 1985 and 1995. After filming is competed later this year it is expected to be released early in 2010.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on March 02, 2009, 08:18:12 AM
 :)  " 'Human Factor' producers worry about Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman "

        http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2009/03/02/2009-03-02_human_factor_producers_worry_about_clint.html

       
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The producers of the forthcoming "The Human Factor" flick are so concerned with the health of director Clint Eastwood and star Morgan Freeman, they're flying a private doctor to the set in Africa to monitor them. Freeman, 71, who plays Nelson Mandela in the movie, is under special scrutiny "because of his near fatal car accident back in August. There's a huge budget for the film at stake," an insider tells us. "These guys are getting up there in age," said our insider. "Sure, they had physicals before leaving; everyone has to. But [the private doctor] was just an agreed upon decision on all sides of the table." We also hear super producer Mace Neufeld will be on set with his talent.

PHILIP'S DOING DOUBLE DUTY

Philip Seymour Hoffman is having a minor internal meltdown on the set of "Jack Goes Boating," now filming in N.Y.C. "It's his directorial debut and he's the star," our source said. "But Philip's not used to doing both, and on the days where he has to act and direct, he's extra frazzled on the set. He just chain smokes and paces," our spy said. At least the actor is still a pleasure around the crew. "He's so sweet to everyone on set, so it's even harder to watch him get into these moods." A rep for Hoffman didn't respond to calls for comment.

Private Doctor who accompanies with Clint has a big chance. !    8)
         
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 03, 2009, 05:28:52 PM
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Director Clint Eastwood begins production in Cape Town

Principal photography commenced March 2 in South Africa on Warner Bros. Pictures’ as-yet-untitled drama, being directed by four-time Oscar winner Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”). The film stars Academy Award winners Morgan Freeman (“The Dark Knight,” “Million Dollar Baby”) and Matt Damon (the “Bourne” franchise, “Good Will Hunting”).

So, the title won't be The Human Factor?


http://www.filmmaker.co.za/readarticle.php?article_id=4475
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on March 04, 2009, 01:00:21 AM
I've been told a couple of times now that "The Human Factor" is a working title.

Sometimes the working title sticks.

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on March 05, 2009, 04:12:01 PM
 :)  " New film sees Clint Eastwood tackle rugby "

        http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2009/03/05/new-film-sees-clint-eastwood-tackle-rugby-91466-23067663/

       
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Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood is getting to grips with the wonderful but complicated world of rugby union, yes rugby union, for his latest film. So we thought we’d give the classic Western hero a Western Mail masterclass on the sport’s good, bad and the ugly. Robin Turner reports

Q: I know rugby is akin to American football, but are your guys as tough? we are sure Eastwood would ask.

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Q: That just settles it then?

A: No, there’s plenty more World Cups to go and you’re only as good as your next game. When all the preparation work is done and you come up against the best you’ve got to ask your-self a question: “Do I feel lucky?”

 
       
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Peter Greenhill on March 07, 2009, 06:51:32 AM
I've been told a couple of times now that "The Human Factor" is a working title.

Sometimes the working title sticks.



I think the title of the book the is based on, 'Playing The Enemy' would be as good a title as any.

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 08, 2009, 12:17:19 AM
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Hollywood action hero Matt Damon sprained an ankle while training to portray a rugby player in his latest film on the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Damon portrays former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar in the movie , which is being filmed under the working title “The Mandela Project”.

Another new working title?

http://www.thetimes.co.za/PrintEdition/Article.aspx?id=954297
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on March 12, 2009, 06:34:51 AM
 :) This info from contactmusic but it is to be interested .

       
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Filmmaker CLINT EASTWOOD has cast his son SCOTT REEVES, 22, to play sports star JOEL STRANSKY in his upcoming drama THE HUMAN FACTOR, about the South African Springboks’ Rugby World Cup win in 1995.

 
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Post by: Dan Dassow on March 15, 2009, 07:31:42 AM
Rope of Silicon link (http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/article/first-looks-at-clint-eastwoods-untitled-nelson-mandela-feature)
First Looks at Clint Eastwood’s Untitled Nelson Mandela Feature
Damon gets his kicks in South Africa
BY: Brad Brevet | March 15th 2009 at 2:42 AM

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Gossip blog The Bad and Ugly (http://www.thebadandugly.com/2009/03/14/first-look-the-human-factor/) has uploaded the Internet’s first look at Clint Eastwood’s upcoming Untitled Nelson Mandela feature currently operating under the working title The Human Factor based on John Carlin’s book “The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the World.”

The film stars Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar, a rugby star and captatin of the South African team, who along with former South African president Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) created an event that gave the country’s whites and blacks a common cause to rally around as the country healed from years of apartheid. Mandela, freed from 27 years in prison and elected president, decided to get behind South Africa’s Springboks team when the country was selected as host country for the 1985 Rugby World Cup. The Springboks had been banned from international competition because of the country’s apartheid practices.

The pictures come from the location set in South Africa. You can check out the complete batch by clicking here (http://www.thebadandugly.com/2009/03/14/first-look-the-human-factor/).

The film is set to be released this December by Warner Bros.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on March 15, 2009, 08:46:58 AM
 :)  Thanks, Dan !   That is very nice to know that the workaholic Clint began work again !     O0

     Those photos are very interesting.   O0
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on March 15, 2009, 12:51:50 PM
Rope of Silicon link (http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/article/first-looks-at-clint-eastwoods-untitled-nelson-mandela-feature)
First Looks at Clint Eastwood’s Untitled Nelson Mandela Feature
Damon gets his kicks in South Africa
BY: Brad Brevet | March 15th 2009 at 2:42 AM


There's a typo in the quote as Dan posted it (since corrected on the site). It should be "1995 Rugby World Cup." ;)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Aline on March 16, 2009, 05:16:47 AM
Very nice pics. This will be the first movie with Matt Damon I might watch.

Clint has a fascination with Africa or what?
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 17, 2009, 02:33:25 AM
I am really looking forward to this movie.   Nelson Mandela and my all time favourite sport.  Rugby Union.   I wonder what Clint thought of the game and the rules.   :-\

There's a typo in the quote as Dan posted it (since corrected on the site). It should be "1995 Rugby World Cup." ;)


It really should read 1995 Rugby Union World Cup. There is also Rugby League, a totally different game!!  (agree SK???)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 17, 2009, 03:05:25 AM
It really should read 1995 Rugby Union World Cup. There is also Rugby League, a totally different game!!  (agree SK???)

Yeah, rugby league was so much better. Now they're both a bore.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on March 18, 2009, 04:40:16 AM
:) This info from contactmusic but it is to be interested .

       

   " Clint Eastwood film lands familiar name "

      http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i9195894d101675e3bf7e4ff845a7d723

     
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Director's son Scott joins Nelson Mandela drama
By Jay A. Fernandez

March 17, 2009, 11:00 PM ET
Like father, cast son.

Scott Eastwood has nabbed a role in the untitled Nelson Mandela drama being directed by his father, Clint, for Warner Bros. and Spyglass Entertainment.

The younger Eastwood joins Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in the real-life story of how Mandela, as the new South African president, worked with the captain of the national rugby team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite the country after apartheid. Eastwood will play a member of Pienaar's team, which makes a run at the 1995 World Cup Championship.

South African writer Anthony Peckham adapted the screenplay from John Carlin's book, "Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation."

Clint Eastwood, Lori McCreary, Robert Lorenz and Mace Neufeld are producing the film. Freeman, Tim Moore, Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum are exec producing.

Scott Eastwood, whose credit often reads "Scott Reeves," also had roles in his father's films "Gran Torino" and "Flags of Our Fathers." The actor, repped by UTA and Joanne Horowitz 

 I hope that Scott gives better performance than the last movie and think that he should study more performances.   Anyway he has enough time to do it !   :)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on March 18, 2009, 06:29:48 AM
Didn't you like his performance in Gran Torino, Higashimori? I thought he was just fine.

Here's the picture from the Hollywood Reporter site ... that's Scott on the left, I suppose I should add! ;)

(http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/photos/stylus/75255-eastwood_eastwood_freeman_damon_490x200.jpg)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: right turn clyde on March 18, 2009, 04:24:23 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7950488.stm
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: right turn clyde on March 18, 2009, 04:30:14 PM
The film might have a hazy look to it !

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2326021.ece
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 18, 2009, 05:01:06 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7950488.stm

Thanks rtc, but Higgy posted practically the same story two posts above yours. :)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Aline on March 19, 2009, 05:37:44 AM
Didn't you like his performance in Gran Torino, Higashimori? I thought he was just fine.

Here's the picture from the Hollywood Reporter site ... that's Scott on the left, I suppose I should add! ;)

(http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/photos/stylus/75255-eastwood_eastwood_freeman_damon_490x200.jpg)

He has a big resemblance to Clint even more than Kyle! :)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Lin Sunderland on March 19, 2009, 07:35:00 AM

(http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/object/event/wireimage/15/034/164_g.jpg)


(http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/photos/stylus/75255-eastwood_eastwood_freeman_damon_490x200.jpg)

He has a big resemblance to Clint even more than Kyle! :)

I think Kyle looks more like Clint and there are better pictures than the one I have posted that make me see Kyle as Clint's son.   I think I would not have noticed a likeness between Scott and Clint if I had seen him billed as Scott Reeves.    Sorry but that is my opinion only.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on March 19, 2009, 07:06:46 PM
Off topic, but I'm wondering who the young man standing front and center in the Rails and Ties premiere is. ???
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Doug on March 19, 2009, 09:05:29 PM
Off topic, but I'm wondering who the young man standing front and center in the Rails and Ties premiere is. ???

I'd say Miles Heizer, who starred in the film.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on March 19, 2009, 09:56:03 PM
Oh yeah, I saw the movie, and I forgot what the kid looked like.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Richelieu on March 20, 2009, 12:13:45 AM
Hi all

Just to give you some news from Cape Town....
A friend told me about twee weeks ago that Morgan Freeman was seen with Francois Pienaar at a Stormers training session.
The Stormers is the local Cape Town rugby team that play in the Super 14 competition.
The local press showed quite a few photos of Matt Damon and Francois Pienaar taking part in the Argus cycle tour competition.
I must say, Matt Damon is very small...Francois Pienaar is huge....somenone made the remark that if Damon plays Pienaar then the rest of the cast will surely have to be midgets.....
Matt Damon is not a very popular choice for Pienaar around here. Hopefully Clint will use some smart camera angles or CGI to make him appear big. Or cast midgets.
Morgan Freeman gave a brief interview on a local Cape Town radio station.
Clint is very quiet, no interviews, that I've heard, no pics in the paper.
We have had a lot of veld fires in the Western Cape area since February, it's very hot and dry here.
My wife emailed the local radio station, Kfm, and told them that it has been my life long dream to meet Clint and that she wondered if they could arrange a meeting. She hasn't heard a thing and it seems that my best chance to meet my hero, here in my hometown, is slipping out of reach.
There was a call for extras as they were shooting at Newlands rugby stadium this week, from Monday to Thursday, starting at 07h30 each day.
Pay is R300 per day and the email I got said to 'bring all your friends along', so it's obviously for crowd scenes.
Unfortunately I have been out of town for work, by the way, I saw Francois Pienaar at the airport.
Apparently Matt Damon injured himself, kicking the ground and not the ball. This has been getting a lot of laughs around the offices and even fuelling the fact more that he is not a good choice for the role. It makes him seem soft. If I were the film company I would have kept that news out of the press...
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on March 20, 2009, 06:34:57 AM
Thanks for the update, Richelieu! I hope you get to meet Clint after all!
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on March 22, 2009, 06:27:22 AM
 :)  " Life on the set with Clint Eastwood, by Welsh actor "

         http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2009/03/22/life-on-the-set-with-clint-eastwood-by-welsh-actor-91466-23201827/

         Mar 22 2009 by Robin Turner, Wales On Sunday

         
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WELSH actor Julian Lewis Jones currently filming the Nelson Mandela-rugby movie The Human Factor in South Africa, has paid tribute to the “coolness” of the film’s iconic director Clint Eastwood.

He said the veteran double Oscar- winner was nothing like his famous “Dirty Harry” screen persona.

He said: “He’s a lovely man. He’s gentle and quiet on set and yet everything goes like clockwork.

“He’s so slick, everything goes so fast but he’s still very relaxed, but he’s in charge and he’s very hands on. A lot of people call him ‘Boss’ on set and understandably so. He’s such a cool guy. He expects everyone on set to be prepared and that is really refreshing.

“Everyone takes the view that ‘if the boss is happy I’m happy’.”

Scarlets fan Julian, 40, who has appeared in Welsh dramas like Pobol y Cwm, Caerdydd and Belonging, was handpicked by screen legend Eastwood, 78, to play the head of Nelson Mandela’s Afrikaans bodyguard.

The film is based on the unifying effect of South Africa’s 1995 Rugby World Cup victory.

The image of then-president Mandela clad in a Springboks jersey presenting the Webb Ellis trophy to Pienaar became a symbol of new-found unity in the so-called Rainbow Nation, given rugby’s long association with the country’s white minority.

Veteran Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman, 71, (who plays Mandela) bought the film rights of British journalist John Carlin’s book about the World Cup victory entitled Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation. Eastwood, fresh from his success as the director/star of Gran Torino, agreed to produce.

And Bourne Identity star Matt Damon is playing Francois Pienaar (now a rugby pundit) and has dyed his hair an uncharacteristic blond for the role.

The film, which has the working title The Human Factor, is thought to be the only major movie with rugby union as its theme. Eastwood and Freeman have been at Cape Town’s famous Newlands rugby stadium to watch the testosterone filled Super-14 match between the South African based Stormers and the Aussie Queensland Reds.

And Matt Damon has been getting a feel for the game by training with a provincial team in Cape Town.

Anglesey-born Lewis Jones, 40, who lives in Llanarthne, Carmarthen, has been working on the film for a fortnight. He auditioned for his part in front of Clint Eastwood at Twickenham Film Studios in London last November... wearing his Scarlets tie.

He heard he had the part after watching Wales beat Scotland at Murrayfield last month.

He said: “What a weekend, I saw Wales win, I carried off the sweepstake at my local pub in Carmarthen for guessing the correct final score then I was given a part in a Clint Eastwood film.”

He said his wife Kim, who was driving when the took the call from his agent, almost crashed from excitement. Julian and his wife (they met in the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff) have three children Ieuan, eight, Mared, six and two-year-old Sion.

Speaking from Cape Town, he said he believed the secret of Clint Eastwood’s long-term success as a director was the star’s Malpaso Productions Company.

He said: “Malpaso is a legend in the film industry and some of the guys working with Clint Eastwood have been with him for 25 years so they all know exactly what they are doing. It’s great to be involved with them.”

Malpaso Productions, originally called The Malpaso Company, is Clint Eastwood’s film production vehicle.

The name is derived from a creek south of Carmel, in California, where Eastwood was once mayor and where he has spent much of his life.

Malpaso is the Spanish word for “bad step” or “misstep”. When he agreed to take the role of the Man with No Name in the now classic “Dollars trilogy” his agent told him that it would be a “bad step” for his career.

But the three movies (A Fistful of Dollars, 1964, For a Few Dollars More, 1965, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 1966) struck box office gold.

Eastwood decided to run his own production company and thought “Malpaso” would be an appropriately ironic choice of name.

The Human Factor covers the turbulent period in South Africa between 1985 and 1995. After filming is completed in May this year it is expected to be released just before Christmas.
 
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on March 25, 2009, 05:37:59 PM
 :)  " Forward Feaunati lands film role "

        http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/rugby_union/7963921.stm

       
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Former Bath forward Zak Feaunati is to appear in a Hollywood film which tells the true story of how Nelson Mandela used rugby union to unite South Africa.

Clint Eastwood will direct the as yet untitled film, which stars Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman as Mandela.

Feaunati, who coaches rugby at a school in the Midlands, said: "I had to talk about myself for the casting director, and then she asked me to do the haka.

"I might have scared one or two of the ladies, but I guess it did the trick."

The film will tell how Mandela rallied South Africa's underdog rugby team to win the World Cup on home soil in 1995.

Feaunati, who won 13 international caps for Samoa, was born and raised in New Zealand and will play one of the All Blacks team who were beaten by the Springboks in the final.

"The first call I got about it was from my old team-mate [Bath prop and Professional Rugby Players' Association chairman] David Barnes, asking me if I wanted to be in a Clint Eastwood film, so I was 99% sure it was a prank," said Feaunati.

"But when I got a further call from the PRA offices, it dawned on me that maybe this was serious."

The number eight, who is now Head of Rugby at Bishop Vesey's Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield, played for London Irish and Leeds before joining Bath in 2003.

He made 131 appearances for the club before retiring in the summer of 2008.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on April 05, 2009, 08:36:16 AM
I have just returned from Cape Town where my wife and I had an incredible time. What an amazing place it is.

We filmed a scene at the famous V&A Waterfront on Monday 30th and also visited the set to watch more filming another day.

After the days filming and watching Clint work we got to spend a few minutes with him and got a couple of photos and a signature. He was a true gent and it was an amazing moment for me.

I'll fill in full details where I can later and post a picture. I just wanted to check in. Most of the time I spent with the crew was in trusted circumstances that it would be completely unfair to divulge much of what we saw and I'm sure you appreciate that.

One thing I can say is that the movie will not be called The Human Factor nor will it be called Playing The Enemy. The title is still undecided its still currently called "Untitled Mandela Project"
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 05, 2009, 09:25:49 AM
palooka,   What an amazing trip you had.  How wonderful to speak to Clint and to get an autograph.   That is one signing you know is genuine.  :)    So looking forward to seeing the pictures and reading all about your trip.  It was kind of you to let us know your news.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Sylvie on April 05, 2009, 09:42:39 AM
How happy am I for you palooka, really !

I "just" saw Clint Eastwood in 2007, and was sat close to his seat  ... but ... TALK TO HIM ... waouuu ! You're a lucky man, and I am sure that it will be one of your unforgettable memories ! :)
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Post by: higashimori on April 05, 2009, 09:44:20 AM
 :) Hi, Palooka !   That is so great !    I am very happy that you spent a very enviable event !   I am looking forward to your reports.     Can't wait !      O0
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: -satu- on April 05, 2009, 09:56:42 AM
wooouu!!  :D I can't wait to hear more, palooka!  O0

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Post by: Aline on April 05, 2009, 10:31:11 AM
Amazing, palooka. You're lucky! O0
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Christopher on April 05, 2009, 11:51:09 AM
Looking forward to hearing more, palooka! :) O0
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Post by: KC on April 05, 2009, 12:59:46 PM
Congratulations, palooka! I can't wait to hear more (and see that AUTHENTIC autograph)!
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: eagle on April 05, 2009, 09:10:52 PM
Clint is now at Ellis Park Johannessburg is their anyone that i can ask if possible to meet and greet or even i hour on the set is this so dam hard to achieve a life long dream to meet my hero i even work at ellis park  on occation doing sport and i cant get near anybody to help.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on April 05, 2009, 09:18:59 PM
I'm afraid we can't help you here, eagle ... this is just a fan site, and we have no way to contact Mr. Eastwood. Good luck, I hope you somehow manage to make your dream come true!
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on April 06, 2009, 05:17:59 AM
Well firstly I have to say what an amazing place Cape Town is. When I initially won this auction I thought it might be a nice glamorous location to film and put a nice edge to our trip. But Cape Town is wonderful, full of relaxed friendly folk and the 2 weeks we spent there were simply awesome.

The first week we spent sight seeing and soaking up the atmosphere. Table Mountain and Robben Island the must see places. We noticed the production signs all around town – they were filming all over the place using locations for the vast majority of scenes. They have just passed the halfway point of filming and, as noted in a post above, are currently at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

We were given our filming details on the Saturday for shooting on Monday. We were asked to attend production base camp for 11.30 and wear winter clothing without logos. This required a quick trip to the mall as we had obviously packed for the glorious autumn weather. The items we picked passed the 1995 test with the wardrobe department and we were filmed in the clothes we bought.

The scene we did took place at the “Ferrymans” bar in the Waterfront area of the city. It is close to the aquarium and a popular place with tourists day and night. I have attached an image below so that those near by might check it out.  We stood in the background for a number of shots with Matt Damon before taking a more prominent position for “our” scenes. The scenes ultimately spilled out on to the streets outside and there was a large crowd there watching before the end.

I really don’t want to say anything just yet about what was actually filmed as it really should be kept private at the moment. I’ll go into much more detail as the film is released. Security and privacy on set was paramount and I don’t want to break the trust we were given by announcing on here what we did. I am sure the readership here will understand that.

At the end of the day we got to meet the great man himself. He is a gentleman of the highest order. Very softly spoken, friendly and considerate. (in fact it was often difficult to know when the cameras were actually rolling as things were done so gently and without fuss – a true genius at work!) He was clearly tired after a day of filming yet took the time to pose for photos and signed a call sheet for me (a call sheet is the daily production information pages given to cast and crew detailing the shots and other requirements, like health and safety, for the days filming) I was especially delighted to get this signed as it is the best possible souvenir of the day. 

We received VIP treatment the whole day and the trip was everything I could have possibly wished for.  It was an honour to watch Clint Eastwood work and it will be a memory I’ll cherish forever.

I’m happy to try and answer any questions if folk here have them but I really can’t divulge any details of the movie itself.

The location ..

(http://propstore.com/img/products/916/ferrymans.jpg)

And the legend that is Clint Eastwood ..

(http://propstore.com/img/products/916/timdizclintS.jpg)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Aline on April 06, 2009, 06:36:00 AM
wow wow wow
you're so lucky, palooka! O0
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on April 06, 2009, 06:42:33 AM
If that's Mrs. Palooka, I'm not sure I like the way Clint is putting his arm around her. ;)

Just kidding ... what a wonderful experience, and thanks so much for sharing it with us.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on April 06, 2009, 06:51:46 AM
That is indeed Mrs Palooka.

Clint said, "now lets see if I can just cuddle up here" as he put his arm around her. She LOVED it.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Sylvie on April 06, 2009, 08:00:37 AM
That is indeed Mrs Palooka.

Clint said, "now lets see if I can just cuddle up here" as he put his arm around her. She LOVED it.

 ;) LUCKY WOMAN !!!

Thank you palooka for sharing with us those impressions and pictures ! :)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on April 06, 2009, 10:25:15 AM
 :)    Wow..........!        What a wonderful experience !  8)         I'm very happy for you and Mrs.Palooka !    :)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Ivy on April 06, 2009, 02:13:14 PM
Clint said, "now lets see if I can just cuddle up here" as he put his arm around her. She LOVED it.
Aww.. that's so sweet.
A wonderful experience, indeed. And the picture is lovely.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: _Clintan_ on April 06, 2009, 03:53:43 PM
What an amazing time you must have had, I'm so jealous of you right now, but at the same time very happy for you. Love the pic!
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 06, 2009, 10:12:34 PM
Palooka,   What a wonderful time you had.   That picture is one to treasure forever.   It certainly is a trip you will never forget.    When the movie is out on DVD and can stopped at certain spots we can see if we can find you in the scenes you appeared in.   It will be great to point you and Mrs Palooka out saying "I know them!"  ;)       The smiles on both your faces say everything you are feeling at that moment.   I am so happy for both of you, even if a little (lot?) jealous.  :)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on April 07, 2009, 03:16:58 AM
Palooka,   What a wonderful time you had.   That picture is one to treasure forever.   It certainly is a trip you will never forget.    When the movie is out on DVD and can stopped at certain spots we can see if we can find you in the scenes you appeared in.   It will be great to point you and Mrs Palooka out saying "I know them!"  ;)       The smiles on both your faces say everything you are feeling at that moment.   I am so happy for both of you, even if a little (lot?) jealous.  :)
:) The same thought !    I think that you and Mrs.Palooka are in the movie !    O0     And the next ?   Make us share early without irritating !       :D   ;D
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on April 07, 2009, 03:20:42 AM
 Sorry had to delete that image.  More to come
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: philo on April 08, 2009, 04:25:54 AM

What an amazing thing to happen for you Palooka.

Congratualtions

Philo .
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Americanbeauty on April 13, 2009, 02:30:00 PM
Wow that's truly awesome that you got to do that  O0
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: DonPacollo on April 21, 2009, 12:51:48 PM

Primeramente felicitaciones a Palooka, por su gran imagen, demuestras alegria pura en esa fotografia jeje

--

Firstly congratulations to Palooka, by its great image, you demonstrate to pure joy in that photograph jeje


dp:http://babelfish.yahoo.com/translate_txt me ayuda, osea it helps me!!

Saludos desde Chile.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on April 21, 2009, 05:27:37 PM
Saludos, DonPacollo! I think that there might be a slightly better translation for that, how about,

"First, congratulations to Palooka for his great picture, you demonstrate pure joy in that photograph, lol!"
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on April 21, 2009, 11:26:00 PM
Thanks for the nice words DonPacollo, I think its fair to say, in ANY language, that i was very happy indeed!  O0
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: DonPacollo on April 22, 2009, 08:25:02 AM
si escribo asi me entiendes, pues para mi un gran trabajo ir a babelfish.yahoo para leerles.

jeje

Saludos..

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on April 29, 2009, 03:18:48 AM
 :) " Matt Damon hangs up boots "

       http://entertainment.iafrica.com/news/1646811.htm

       
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Filming on the set of the movie about Nelson Mandela and the 1995 Rugby World Cup has wrapped up.

'The Human Factor' stars Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon and is directed by Clint Eastwood.

The film, most of it shot in Cape Town, concluded two weeks ahead of schedule with a portion filmed in Johannesburg at the Coca Cola Park Stadium.

It was believed the cast may return to South Africa when the film releases towards the end of the year.

Morgan Freeman played the role of Madiba while Matt Damon tackled the role of former rugby captain Francois Pienaar.

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on April 29, 2009, 06:54:31 AM
For those who don't know (I didn't):

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In South Africa [Nelson Mandela] is often known as Madiba, an honorary title adopted by elders of Mandela's clan.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on April 29, 2009, 08:13:55 AM
Typical Clint efficiency to get this latest project finished early (6 days early, not two weeks) I bet Clint came in under budget too.  O0
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on May 12, 2009, 11:35:59 PM
I found this video on line with some covert filming of the wrap party.

http://www.zoopy.com/video/ux8/wrap-party-for-clint-eastwood-s-film-called-the-human-factor
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: antonis on May 15, 2009, 10:44:50 AM
check out some new photos over here


http://www.emailjokes.co.za/pictures/more/44341_Movies?active_image=443412-Photo0412_57277_44341_1.jpg#subject
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: antonis on May 18, 2009, 11:03:19 AM
http://www.deviantart.com/download/110655451/The_Human_Factor_by_Raats.jpg(http://)

I don't know if I managed to copy the entire picture but here is the link for an early poster of the film.

http://fc07.deviantart.com/fs41/f/2009/034/0/d/The_Human_Factor_by_Raats.jpg
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on May 18, 2009, 11:27:55 PM
Thanks Antonis, I'm still expecting the title to change but I like that initial concept.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: stuckonlife on May 20, 2009, 12:47:49 AM
For a fake (fan-made) poster, it is quite good.  It was online several months ago.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on May 27, 2009, 06:45:22 AM
I've written a more detailed article about my visit to the set of The Human Factor here ..

http://www.propstore.com/southafrica.htm
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Sylvie on May 27, 2009, 06:57:32 AM
 :) Thank you so much palooka !
That's a nice article, and I'm pleased you shared it with us, I've just read it and I can feel your happiness through your words !

I would simply love to have an avatar as beautiful (and unique !) as your own ! ;)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Lucky Punk on May 27, 2009, 11:25:08 AM
Well done Palooka, nicely written article mate and great photos too.

I agree with Sylvie, how cool it would be to have an avatar like yours.



Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on May 27, 2009, 07:17:12 PM
Great article, Palooka! Thanks for sharing the details of your experience.

Whatever your bid in that auction was ... you got a bargain. 8)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: stuckonlife on May 28, 2009, 12:14:20 AM
Thanks for the longer report Palooka.

You didn't mention that you had also met Matt on set.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on May 28, 2009, 06:33:40 AM
 :)  Thanks, Palooka for a very nice article !   You had a really great  experience.  O0      The pic with Matt is wonderful, too.   8)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Lin Sunderland on May 28, 2009, 01:07:31 PM
Thank you for sharing that fantastic day with us Palooka.   It is a day you will never forget.    I am so happy you won the auction because you truly appreciated it. 
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: JSE on May 28, 2009, 01:50:08 PM
WOW! Thanks Palooka for a very entertaining read. What a fantastic experience, I feel very happy for you both!  O0

I'll be cutting and pasting your article for a re-read in the future - gives me hope that one day I'll meet Clint too  ;D

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Gant on May 28, 2009, 11:52:53 PM
Congrats Palooka.. That made fantastic reading...... What an amazing experience.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: cattman on June 03, 2009, 10:49:56 AM
 :)Congratulations Palooka!
Thanks for sharing that story with us.Hopefully your scene will be kept in the movie.
Best,Scott C.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: PMFM on June 03, 2009, 05:30:36 PM
Thanks Palooka for a great article...
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Sylvie on June 04, 2009, 02:52:35 AM
http://www.melty.fr/le-prochain-film-de-clint-eastwood-the-h-actu19062.html (http://www.melty.fr/le-prochain-film-de-clint-eastwood-the-h-actu19062.html)

in French, no really "news" ... but pictures !  ;)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Lin Sunderland on June 04, 2009, 05:38:14 AM
Nice pictures Sylvie.    Morgan Freeman does look a little like Nelson Mandela, at least in that picture, although he is quite a lot taller.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on June 04, 2009, 04:25:28 PM
Well, I understand Matt Damon is quite a bit shorter than the rugby player he's impersonating, so that evens out, I guess. ;)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on June 04, 2009, 09:03:03 PM
Warner Bros. Press Release link (http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090604006089&newsLang=en)

June 04, 2009 03:53 PM Eastern Daylight Time   
Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” Will Open Nationwide on December 11, 2009
Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon Star

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that “Invictus,” Clint Eastwood’s new South Africa-set drama, will open nationwide on December 11, 2009.

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Directed by four-time Oscar® winner Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”), the film stars Oscar® winners Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby,” “The Dark Knight”) and Matt Damon (“Good Will Hunting,” the “Bourne” franchise).

“Invictus” tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team (Damon) to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Spyglass Entertainment, “Invictus” is being produced by Eastwood; Lori McCreary, under her and Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment banner; Eastwood’s longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz, for Malpaso Productions; and Mace Neufeld for Mace Neufeld Productions. The screenplay is by native South African writer Anthony Peckham, based upon the book Playing the Enemy, by John Carlin. Freeman, Tim Moore, and Spyglass Entertainment’s Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum are serving as executive producers.

Re-teaming with Eastwood, the behind-the-scenes creative team is led by director of photography Tom Stern, production designer James J. Murakami, editors Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach, and costume designer Deborah Hopper.

Filming on “Invictus” was accomplished entirely on location in and around the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.


Variety link (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118004552.html?categoryId=13&cs=1)

Posted: Thurs., Jun. 4, 2009, 8:00pm PTClint's Mandela film due Dec. 11
Eastwood's 'Invictus' stars Freeman, Damon
By PAMELA MCCLINTOCK

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Warner Bros. will open Clint Eastwood's "Invictus," the Nelson Mandela pic toplining Morgan Freeman, on Dec. 11.
Matt Damon also stars.

Film's working title had been "The Human Factor," adapted from John Carlin's tome "Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation."

"Invictus" follows Mandela's attempt to use the 1995 Rugby World Cup to heal his nation following his release from prison, the fall of apartheid and his election as president of South Africa. ...
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on June 04, 2009, 09:48:54 PM
Personally, I like "Invictus" as a title.  But if there were fears that the title Changeling was too obscure to attract an audience, what about Invictus? ???

Guess we'd better change the thread title.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on June 04, 2009, 10:05:20 PM
By the way ...

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Invictus
 
OUT of the night that covers me,   
  Black as the pit from pole to pole,   
I thank whatever gods may be   
  For my unconquerable soul.   
 
In the fell clutch of circumstance
  I have not winced nor cried aloud.   
Under the bludgeonings of chance   
  My head is bloody, but unbow'd.   
 
Beyond this place of wrath and tears   
  Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years   
  Finds and shall find me unafraid.   
 
It matters not how strait the gate,   
  How charged with punishments the scroll,   
I am the master of my fate:
  I am the captain of my soul.
--William Ernest Henley, 1849–1903

http://www.bartleby.com/101/842.html
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: The Schofield Kid on June 04, 2009, 10:06:36 PM
When I saw Invictus as the new title, I thought "What!".

But a quick internet search on the word, and I came across this at wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invictus

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Invictus is a short poem by the British poet William Ernest Henley. The title is Latin for "Invincible". It was first published in 1875.

Which KC posted as I was typing.  :)

Invincible is most appropriate.   8)

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on June 04, 2009, 10:24:01 PM
Actually, the Variety story mentioned the source of the new title ...

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Eastwood drew the title of the film from a short poem often recited by Mandela. "Invictus," penned by William Ernest Henley, speaks to the will to survive in the face of adversity.

I've changed the thread title. If and when we're all used to the new title, maybe we'll change it again. ;)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Christopher on June 05, 2009, 01:45:20 AM
Hey, it opens on my birthday! :D

I like the title, based on now having read the poem. But I wonder too how obscure it might sound to people.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on June 23, 2009, 09:05:05 AM
The Wrap link (http://www.thewrap.com/article/thewrap-predicts-oscars-and-no-we-havent-seen-movies_3826?page=1)

June 22, 2009, 12:58PM CDT MOVIES
TheWrap Predicts the Oscars -- and No, We Haven't Seen the Movies
As mid-year approaches, a look ahead to possible contenders.
By Michael Speier

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It may not yet be the Fourth of July, but it's always Oscar time in Hollywood. ...

Already, studios, indies, publicists, managers, agents, caterers, limo companies and, mostly, film geeks, are looking ahead to the 2009-2010 race.

This year an army of celebrated directors returns to the fray (see sidebar): James Cameron is back. So is Peter Jackson, Jim Sheridan and Steven Soderbergh.

They'll be mixing it up with Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood and Pedro Almodovar.

So in the spirit of Oscar enthusiasm, here's TheWrap's ridiculously early list of potential, maybe, could-be and why-the-hell-not Oscar contenders for major awards consideration. ...

INVICTUS (a.k.a. The Human Factor, Warner Bros., Dec. 11)

If there were one film that feels like a sure-thing, this is it. Oscar's good will  ambassador, Clint Eastwood, directs Morgan Freeman in the story of Nelson Mandela. That's about all voters will need to hear to perk up their ears (and turn up their hearing aids?). Add in another role from Damon, a late platform release, Eastwood's recent awards history and historical gravitas, and it's likely this will be a big part of the discussion more than any other release this year. ...
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: gwb, pt deux on June 25, 2009, 11:11:12 AM
Anyone else see this?
http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/produced-by-clint-eastwood/

It mentions Invictus, hence it is in this thread... & it shows Clint with a beard.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on July 29, 2009, 02:32:28 AM
 :) " Eastwood picks famed pianist for Mandela movie "   

     " Kellaway Hired To Score Film "

       http://ovnblog.com/?p=1546
     
        By Cole Bettles

       
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Ojai is home to many legendary musicians and Roger Kellaway is one of them.  He plays and composes for a multitude of genres and said, “Each type of music has its own excitement.” Few musicians are lucky enough to create a successful career, but Kellaway found a way.

Recently, Kellaway received a call from Clint Eastwood. “He asked me if I would come over to the studio and do some work for him at the piano,” said Kellaway. One or two phone calls later, Eastwood asked Kellaway to help him with the score for his new movie. Eastwood, a jazz pianist, has a developed a score for the movie, but Kellaway was called in to refine the score and add some of his own colors.

“Clint and I are friends. He narrated for a project of mine, ‘Visions of America,’” said Kellaway. Kellaway composed music for “Visions of America,” a film that documents American democracy with photographs from another Ojai resident, Joseph Sohm. Kellaway is thrilled to work with Eastwood again and said, “I am most excited about conducting a full orchestra.” The orchestra is currently comprised of 44- strings, but he hopes to add a few more.

Eastwood’s movie, “Invictus,” is planned to be released sometime this fall so it can meet the academy’s deadline to be eligible for an award. The movie will star Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon and Scott Eastwood. “Invictus” is a William Ernest Henley poem that Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who was jailed for his major role as an anti-apartheid activist, often recited. Eastwood’s film is a biography of Mandela and concentrates on his life after the fall of apartheid in South Africa, including his first term as president. The movie also emphasizes how the 1995 Rugby World Cup served as an opportunity to unite his countrymen.

In two weeks, Kellaway will begin working with Eastwood at the Warner Brothers Studio. “One thing I really enjoy is being on the movie lots. Standing in front of a giant screen and conducting a full orchestra is one of the most exciting parts of being a musician,” said Kellaway. Although this is a thrilling task for Kellaway, he admits it will be quite stressful. Kellaway and the crew will score and mix the movie in only four days.

Kellaway lives in Ojai with his wife, Jorjana. Kellaway works from his home office around the clock and said, “I am really busy right now. It seems like I am always working on three or four projects.” To check out Kellaway or to buy some of his music, visit his web site at rogerkellaway.com
So " Invictus "'s  music score will be great !     O0
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on July 31, 2009, 06:57:50 AM
 :)  " Clint Eastwood is the master of his fate "

     http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies/story/1353625.html

     
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Master of his fate

Clint Eastwood’s next movie is called “Invictus.” That’s the title of the British poem with the famous line “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” Fitting for a film about South Africa’s Nelson Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman). It opens in a few cities Dec. 11.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 16, 2009, 07:30:12 PM
More release date info.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/releaseinfo

Set down for January 21, 2010 down here, although that could well change to a later date like what happened with Changeling. Better not though!
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on August 20, 2009, 12:14:32 AM
Rope of Silicon (link (http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/article/first-official-look-at-freeman-and-damon-in-invictus))
First Official Look at Freeman and Damon in 'Invictus'
BY: Brad Brevet | August 19th 2009 at 7:56 PM

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Ryan Adams at Awards Daily points us to Cineast.ch who premiered the above image (http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/Images/stories/2009/aug/invictusstill.jpg) offering the first look at Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar in Clint Eastwood's latest Oscar offering Invictus due out December 11 from Warner Bros.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on August 20, 2009, 06:13:48 AM
Thanks Dan - I just came here to post the very same link.

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: MC on August 28, 2009, 06:34:13 AM
From Entertainment Weekly's Fall Movie Preview (yes, December releases were included):

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Invictus

STARRING Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
WRITTEN BY Anthony Peckham
DIRECTED BY Clint Eastwood

When a venerated Nobel Peace Prize winner says that he'd like you to portray him in a movie, you take the request seriously. Sometime after Morgan Freeman met Nelson Mandela in the early 1990s, South Africa's then president gave the actor his blessing to play him should Hollywood ever bring his life story to the big screen. Invictus (the Latin word for undefeated and the title of a 19th-century poem that inspired Mandela during his 27 years in prison) centers on the anti-apartheid leader's efforts to unify South Africa during the early days of his presidency, culminating in the country's stun-ning upset victory at 1995's rugby World Cup. ''I'm not a big rugby fan, so I didn't know anything about the '95 World Cup,'' says Freeman, who acquired the rights to John Carlin's book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation and brought the project to director Clint Eastwood. ''But it's a wonderful, feel-good story.'' For his part, Matt Damon jumped at the opportunity to play team captain Francois Pienaar despite his near-total cluelessness about rugby. ''First of all, it's Clint Eastwood directing,'' Damon says. ''Second, it's Morgan Freeman playing Nelson Mandela. How can I pass up a chance to stand next to him while he does that?''

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20299727,00.html
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on August 28, 2009, 06:33:36 PM
The Envelope (link (http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2009/08/beyonce-taylor-swift-mtv-vma-george-clooney-news.html))
The Awards Insider
Los Angeles Times
Gold Derby by Tom O'Neil
August 28, 2009

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If Scott Feinberg is correct, the 10 Oscar nominees for best picture will be the following, listed in order of likelihood of winning: "Invictus," "Nine," "Amelia," "Up in the Air," "Precious," "Avatar," "The Lovely Bones," "An Education," "Capitalism: A Love Story" and "The Hurt Locker." In the derbies for best actor and actress, he puts Morgan Freeman ("Invictus") and Carey Mulligan ("An Education") out front. And the Winner Is (http://andthewinneris.blog.com/2009/08/26/projections/). . . .


SCOTT FEINBERG’S INITIAL 2009 AWARDS PROJECTIONS (link (http://andthewinneris.blog.com/2009/08/26/projections/))
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Posted by Editor at 19:38:14

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Scott Feinberg, the site's editor, is one of the film industry's most trusted awards analysts and has one of the world's best track records at forecasting the Academy Awards.

SCOTT FEINBERG’S INITIAL 2009 AWARDS PROJECTIONS
BEST PICTURE
Projected Nominees
[1] “Invictus” (Warner Brothers, 12/11) ...

BEST DIRECTOR
Projected Nominees
[1] Clint Eastwood (“Invictus”) ...


BEST ACTOR
Projected Nominees
[1] Morgan Freeman (“Invictus”) ...


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Projected Nominees
[1] Matt Damon (“Invictus”) ...
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Christopher on August 29, 2009, 05:11:48 AM
So they are doing 10 Best Picture nominees for this year?
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on August 29, 2009, 06:20:20 AM
So they are doing 10 Best Picture nominees for this year?

Yes. (http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2009/20090624.html)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: El Cigarillo on September 04, 2009, 02:45:26 PM
www.cinemaretro.com
has photos from the set
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on September 04, 2009, 03:56:36 PM
www.cinemaretro.com
has photos from the set
Or rather, the Daily Mail does, and Cinema Retro has published a link to them. Here's the direct link:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1211274/First-look-Morgan-Freeman-playing-Nelson-Mandela-new-film-Invictus.html
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: El bueno on September 04, 2009, 06:49:33 PM
www.cinemaretro.com
has photos from the set

Those photos aren’t even new.   ::)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on September 07, 2009, 06:54:18 AM
Does anyone know when we can expect the trailer? Many of the trailers for December's more "high profile" features are out already.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: El bueno on September 11, 2009, 12:20:30 AM
Does anyone know when we can expect the trailer? Many of the trailers for December's more "high profile" features are out already.

I was wondering the same thing….I would have expected that at least a teaser would be on the net by now
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Lin Sunderland on September 11, 2009, 02:05:20 AM
This movie is especially looked forward to not only for the story but to see Palooka and Mrs Palooka.  It will be great to watch such a movie and see someone we 'know' apart from the named actors and director.   

Nelson Mandela is a man I admire so much and I will be at the movies as soon as it reaches my area.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on September 11, 2009, 05:32:22 AM
Does anyone know when we can expect the trailer? Many of the trailers for December's more "high profile" features are out already.

I was wondering the same thing….I would have expected that at least a teaser would be on the net by now

If I recall correctly, the trailers for Changeling and Gran Torino were released about a month before they appeared in theaters. Since the current North American release date is December 11, 2009, I would expect the trailer should become available mid November.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Christopher on September 11, 2009, 01:08:15 PM
It would be so cool if I got to see the movie on my birthday, but I'm sure it'll probably only be in limited release on the 11th.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on September 12, 2009, 04:53:03 AM
San Francisco Chronicle (link (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/11/PK4R19IR4A.DTL))
'Informant!' - black comedy with no white hats
Walter Addiego, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, September 11, 2009

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Q: In "Invictus" you play the captain of the South African rugby team. Can you describe the movie?

A: "Invictus" is one of those scripts that I read and said, "Oh, my God," it was so well written. And Clint Eastwood directing, he's somebody I've been dying to work with. And then Morgan (Freeman) playing Nelson Mandela. The assistant I had 10 years ago heard me talking about Morgan Freeman so much that she actually called his assistant and arranged for us to have dinner together, and it was a Christmas gift to me, basically like a Make-A-Wish dinner. Do you remember the Chris Farley show on "Saturday Night Live" where he'd sit with somebody and go, "Remember when you did that? That was awesome!" That was basically the dinner that I had with Morgan Freeman. He was extraordinarily tolerant of a young actor just sitting there and badgering him with acting questions.

The movie is about the first year of Nelson Mandela's presidency, which culminated in the South African rugby team being welcomed back on the world stage and allowed to host the rugby World Cup. And the improbable victory they had. ... And how Mandela inspired them and the nation to come together and walk toward the light instead of the darkness. It's really a Mandela movie, with a number of really good supporting parts, of which I have one.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on September 13, 2009, 03:32:01 PM
 :)  Matt Damon sinks his teeth into new role

     http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/1765569,SHO-Sunday-damon13.article

     BY CINDY PEARLMAN

    
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Damon will return to the lean-and-mean look in Clint Eastwood's Nelson Mandela drama, opening on Dec. 11.

"Invictus" (the Latin word for undefeated) revolves around the anti-apartheid leader's quest to unify South Africa during the early days of his presidency and ends in the country's stunning victory at the 1995 rugby World Cup. Morgan Freeman plays Mandela, while Damon is the team captain Francois Pienaar.

Damon says Eastwood is a mentor.

"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 transitioned from acting to directing.

"He started directing when he was 39. I'm 38 now," Damon says. "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.

"Few people in life get to do something they love so much. I talk to other people I respect like Ben [Affleck] and George [Clooney], and all of us look up to Clint."

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He is teaching them to be baseball fans with an emphasis on Boston.

"The Red Sox winning the World Series changed my life. It changed the life of everyone in Boston. We had to reconsider our whole relationship with the world," he says, laughing.

"Now, I'm seriously hoping this happens for Chicago and the Cubs. It's been over 100 years for you guys. I've been to Wrigley many times and it's just packed. The fans are similar to the Boston fans in their enthusiasm."

But he would take time away from sports to film another "Bourne" movie.

Damon insists, "I want to make a fourth film, but first we need two little things: a story and a script. You just can't have this guy running around going, 'Wait, I forgot everything' again. I think the audience would throw popcorn at the movie screen and say, 'Get a grip, buddy!'"

Big Picture News Inc.

   www.canada.com/entertainment/tiff09/Damon+blows+whistle+Informant+role/1988136/story.html

   By Bob Thompson, Canwest News Service

    
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He said he's also enthusiastic about working with one of his heroes, director Clint Eastwood in the film Invictus, which opens in December. Damon plays a South African national team rugby player who befriends Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) as the anti-apartheid leader tries to unify his homeland.


"If I could keep working with those same four or five people," said Damon, "I would be a very happy person."

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on September 13, 2009, 07:32:53 PM
Wait a minute, wait a minute ... from the second quote in Higashimori's post just above:

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He is teaching them to be baseball fans with an emphasis on Boston.

"The Red Sox winning the World Series changed my life. It changed the life of everyone in Boston. We had to reconsider our whole relationship with the world," he says, laughing.

 >:(
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on September 15, 2009, 02:40:47 PM
Wait a minute, wait a minute ... from the second quote in Higashimori's post just above:

 >:(

 :)  Hi, KC !   That quote was not necessary for this thread, but I also took that one just for folks who interested the baseball deliberately.   ::)   You have a right to delete that, if you want to do !    :P
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on September 15, 2009, 02:50:43 PM
 :)  " Matt Damon wants to be the next Clint Eastwood "

        http://www.3news.co.nz/Matt-Damon-wants-to-be-the-next-Clint-Eastwood/tabid/209/articleID/121055/Default.aspx?ArticleID=121055

       
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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 star-struck 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.

"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 far from being the only star to have huge respect for 79-year-old Eastwood.

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

Meanwhile, Damon has revealed his biggest achievement so far in life is being a father.

The actor - who raises daughters Alexia, 11, Isabella, three, and one- year-old Gia with his wife Luciana - said: "It changes everything and makes you change the way you prioritise your entire life. It really is all about the family and what makes them happy.”

Invictus – about Nelson Mandela’s life during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa – is due for release on December 11.

BANG Showbiz
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: AKA23 on September 17, 2009, 11:06:34 PM
A trailer for this will likely not be out this month. Judging by Eastwood's history on previous films, it will probably be mid-October at the earliest before we see a trailer debuted.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on September 18, 2009, 12:10:25 AM
This movie is especially looked forward to not only for the story but to see Palooka and Mrs Palooka.  It will be great to watch such a movie and see someone we 'know' apart from the named actors and director.   

Nelson Mandela is a man I admire so much and I will be at the movies as soon as it reaches my area.

Thanks Lin!! Lets hope we don't end up on the cutting room floor!

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Sylvie on September 18, 2009, 12:42:44 AM
This movie is especially looked forward to not only for the story but to see Palooka and Mrs Palooka.  It will be great to watch such a movie and see someone we 'know' apart from the named actors and director.   

Nelson Mandela is a man I admire so much and I will be at the movies as soon as it reaches my area.

 ;) Same for me !  :)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: stuckonlife on September 19, 2009, 04:31:28 PM
Another quote from Matt where he talks about Clint's early reaction to the film:

From: http://www.cleveland.com/sun/intermission/index.ssf/2009/09/matt_damon_an_informant_who_is.html (http://www.cleveland.com/sun/intermission/index.ssf/2009/09/matt_damon_an_informant_who_is.html)

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Q: Have you seen "Invictus" yet?
MD: I haven't, but I have really high hopes for it. The script was great, so if we didn't mess it up, it's going to be really good. We had an incredible time in South Africa. I had about six months to prepare, working on that accent, and I felt just a tremendous responsibility because I was playing Francois Pienaar, and this is the most significant event in all of their lives that culminated in the World Cup. I have incredibly high hopes for it. I talked to (director) Clint Eastwood last week and he's buoyant, so I'm excited to see it.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on September 24, 2009, 04:02:33 AM
Oscar Contenders Housekeeping: Prediction Clean-Up
BY: Brad Brevet
Rope of Silicon (link (http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/article/oscar-contenders-housekeeping-prediction-clean-up))
September 24th 2009 at 1:57 AM

Best Picture (http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/awards/contenders/?id=picture)
1 Invictus
2 Up in the Air
3 Nine
4 An Education
5 Precious
6 The Hurt Locker
7 Bright Star
8 Amelia
9 Up 
10 A Serious Man 

Best Actor (http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/awards/contenders/?id=actor)

1 Morgan Freeman (Invictus)
2 George Clooney (Up In the Air) 
3 Daniel Day-Lewis (Nine)
4 Colin Firth (A Single Man) 
5 Ben Whishaw (Bright Star)

Best Supporting Actor (http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/awards/contenders/?id=supporting_actor)

1 Matt Damon (Invictus) 
2 Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones)
3 Alfred Molina (An Education)
4 Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
5 Richard Kind (A Serious Man)

Best Director (http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/awards/contenders/?id=director)

1 Jason Reitman (Up In the Air)
2 Clint Eastwood (Invictus)
3 Rob Marshall (Nine)
4 Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) 
5 Lee Daniels (Precious)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on September 24, 2009, 06:58:37 AM
Of course, I did venture a few bucks on the Oscars as soon as I returned from Cape Town.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on October 08, 2009, 10:29:48 PM
Invictus will open in 2800 locations across the US and Canada on December 11th and the trailer will appear in theatres from 13th November.

I don't yet know when the trailer might first appear online.

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on October 09, 2009, 04:54:44 AM
Invictus will open in 2800 locations across the US and Canada on December 11th and the trailer will appear in theatres from 13th November.

I don't yet know when the trailer might first appear online.

If we are lucky, you and your wife will appear in the trailer.  O0
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Christopher on October 12, 2009, 11:48:47 AM
Invictus will open in 2800 locations across the US and Canada on December 11th and the trailer will appear in theatres from 13th November.
Well, that's a wider opening than I expected! I may actually get to see it on my birthday. O0
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: exit00 on October 13, 2009, 03:22:44 PM
Invictus will open in 2800 locations across the US and Canada on December 11th and the trailer will appear in theatres from 13th November.


It will be interesting to see how Invictus does with the box office with the big Christmas movies coming out around the same time.  There's The Lovely Bones by Peter Jackson opening the same day and then Avatar opens the following week.  Plus there is the New Moon movie and some other probable blockbusters that will already be out a little prior to Invictus.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on October 21, 2009, 06:00:13 AM
Matt Damon in awe of Mandela during set visit.

http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/damon-in-awe-during-mandela-visit_1119629#

also here http://www.imdb.com/news/ni1101173/

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MATT DAMON is delighted NELSON MANDELA paid a visit to the set of his forthcoming movie - because seeing the former South African president meet his young daughters is a memory he will treasure forever.
The actor stars in Invictus, based on a book of Mandela's life during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in the country, and was stunned to meet him on-set.
Damon took his wife Lucy, her daughter Alexia, from a previous relationship, and their daughters Isabella and Gia, with him to meet the icon - and seeing Mandela interact with his family was an overwhelming experience.
He says, "Lucy and I just sat and watched them (the children). The stills photographer from the movie was allowed to come, and I was like, 'Take some pictures!' And so he took all these shots of Gia - she was about six months at the time. And the kids were captivated by him.
"They just got it instantly. Looking in his eyes, they understood everything. Alexia was very nervous. Isabella and Gia weren't at all because they didn't know (about Mandela), until they got into the room and were completely taken by him."


Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Brendan on October 22, 2009, 05:10:29 PM
The poster:

http://movies.yahoo.com/photos/movie-stills/gallery/2147/invictus#info

(http://l.yimg.com/k/omg/us/img/2d/a4/7479_5854506402.jpg)
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Post by: higashimori on October 23, 2009, 02:25:33 AM
 :) That's great !  With Nelson Mandela, himself !   8)    Thanks, Brendan to posting this first poster !   O0
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Aline on October 23, 2009, 05:04:34 AM
Amazing poster.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Brendan on October 27, 2009, 04:55:53 PM
Didn't see this mentioned (not sure if it was?) but the official Invictus website is online: http://invictusmovie.warnerbros.com/

Not much there except a link to download the poster and you can see a bigger image of the MPAA rating: PG-13 for brief strong language.
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Post by: stuckonlife on October 27, 2009, 11:31:51 PM
The trailer is now online and looking pretty awesome:

http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/invictus/

A non-Apple version is available here:

http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/article/trailer-for-clint-eastwoods-invictus-is-here
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Gant on October 28, 2009, 12:00:08 AM
Thanks stuckonlife.. Great trailer. Can't wait to see this film..
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: antonis on October 28, 2009, 12:24:59 AM
Didn't like the poster,but the trailer is pretty good.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on October 28, 2009, 12:44:08 AM
The excitement builds (for me anyway)

I like the trailer.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Hemlock on October 28, 2009, 07:49:44 AM
Poster is good enough but the trailer looked great...at least it made more intrested of this film that I was before.

It seems that Matt Damon has dropped all the extra fat from his body that he had gained for his previous role in Steven Soderbergh`s Informant  :)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Christopher on October 28, 2009, 08:18:14 AM
I'm glad to see the trailer online now! Really looking forward to the movie.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on October 28, 2009, 10:05:34 AM
 :) The trailer looks awesome and great !  Nice music, it's fit with the movie.  I like very much !   8)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on October 28, 2009, 04:16:43 PM
They just showed a spot for Invictus in the Fox broadcast of Game One of the World Series!
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on October 29, 2009, 11:01:10 AM
Awards Daily (link (http://www.awardsdaily.com/?p=14232))
Three Minutes of Invictus?
Posted by Sasha Stone On October - 23 - 2009

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This Variety story (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118010093.html?categoryid=19) says that at the end of an awards ceremony this past week at the Lyon Film Festival in France, they showed a three minute clip of Clint Eastwood’s Invictus.  Eastwood was there to receive the Prix Lumiere.  Strangely enough, there is no more information about it.  Anywhere.   But somewhere out there footage of Invictus has been seen.

Variety (link (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118010093.html?categoryid=19&cs=1))

Posted: Sun., Oct. 18, 2009, 2:51pm PTPrintTalk BackFrench fest honors Clint
Eastwood receives Prix Lumiere at Grand Lyon
By TODD MCCARTHY
Clint Eastwood was honored Saturday at France’s inaugural Grand Lyon Film Fest.
 
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LYON, France -- "I consider France my second home," Clint Eastwood said Saturday night as he became the first recipient of the Prix Lumiere at the inaugural Grand Lyon Film Festival in the city that gave birth to the cinema.

Eastwood, who will begin shooting for the first time in France today on his new film, "Hereafter," starring Matt Damon, received the award at a ceremony in front of 3,000 people. ...

A three-minute assembly of clips from Eastwood's forthcoming "Invictus" capped the evening along with a performance by the honoree's son Kyle and his jazz quartet.


Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on October 31, 2009, 10:39:57 AM
Los Angeles Times ()

Gold Derby by Tom O'Neil
Oscar derby update: 'Invictus,' 'The Hurt Locker' lead best-picture race

 (http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2009/10/avatar-invictus-oscars-movies-entertainment-news-story-article.htmllink[/url)
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Adding to the Oscar best-picture predictions we received this week from 14 leading pundits, Gold Derby just got two more batches — one from New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick, the other from Robert Osborne, star of Turner Classic Movies, host of the Oscars' red carpet and author of the official book "80 Years of the Oscar."

Robert foresees these 10 flicks being nominated for best picture: "Away We Go," "An Education," "The Hurt Locker," "Invictus," "Nine," "Precious," "The Road," "A Serious Man," "Up," "Up in the Air."

Lou picks these top 10: "2012," "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Invictus," "The Informant!" "The Lovely Bones," "Nine," "Up," "Up in the Air."
 
Combining those prophesies with the results of the three charts we featured over the past few days (here, here and here), below is a breakdown of how pundit support is split among these films. The number in parenthesis after each title is the tally of pundits predicting it will be nominated.  ...

Only "The Hurt Locker" and "Invictus" get backing from all 16 sages. Scoring 15 is "Precious" (Lumenick doesn't pick it) and "Up in the Air" (Lewin is a hold-out). Two gurus spurn "Up" (Feinberg and me) and three don't back "Nine" (Gaita, Pond and Wloszczyna). ...
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: exit00 on November 01, 2009, 08:14:52 PM
They just showed a spot for Invictus in the Fox broadcast of Game One of the World Series!

Tonite (Nov 1), they showed a preview for Invictus during Mad Men on AMC. Not sure if this is going to be the official trailer or not but it looked like it could be.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on November 01, 2009, 11:29:48 PM
Yankee Stadium, October 29, Game Two of the World Series:

(http://users.erols.com/kcoblenz/102909Burnett4.jpg)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on November 02, 2009, 05:27:17 AM
 :)  Advertising of 'INVICTUS' will be seen by many sporting events from now on!!  8)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: exit00 on November 02, 2009, 09:15:48 AM
Found the trailer for Invictus at this website as well. (if this is duplication, pls delete this post)

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=60416

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: stuckonlife on November 02, 2009, 10:37:56 PM
The trailer posted by exit00 is the same as the one earlier, but these television spots include some new footage:

http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/invictus/tv-spot-new-era (http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/invictus/tv-spot-new-era)

http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/invictus/tv-spot-new-era-ii (http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/invictus/tv-spot-new-era-ii)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on November 02, 2009, 11:04:59 PM
There was a profile of Matt Damon in the Sunday New York Times annual Holiday Movies issue. It barely mentions Invictus in passing, but I guess that's better than nothing.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/movies/01lim.html

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Alcatraz on November 04, 2009, 09:29:11 PM
Looking forward to this one.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on November 11, 2009, 06:48:51 AM
" South Africa in the Hollywood eye "

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-south-africa8-2009nov08,0,2541143.story

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Opening next month will be Clint Eastwood's "Invictus," a historical drama about the upset win by South Africa in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which helped unite blacks and whites during the crucial early months of Nelson Mandela's presidency. It stars Morgan Freeman as Mandela and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar, the team captain.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on November 12, 2009, 02:38:50 AM
 :) " Kyle Eastwood just finished composing a film score for his father, Clint Eastwood's, film "Invictus," to be released in December."

     http://www.argusleader.com/article/20091112/ENT/911120312/1005/rss05

     Maybe we can listen to one of them at ' New Morning ' on 23 ? !  8)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Sylvie on November 12, 2009, 04:43:10 AM
:) " Kyle Eastwood just finished composing a film score for his father, Clint Eastwood's, film "Invictus," to be released in December."

     http://www.argusleader.com/article/20091112/ENT/911120312/1005/rss05

     Maybe we can listen to one of them at ' New Morning ' on 23 ? !  8)

Thanks higashimori ! :)
Or maybe will he play it in Clermont Ferrand, Copérative de Mai, on the 24th of November, when I go to listen to him ? ;)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 14, 2009, 12:54:25 PM
Quote
Mandela movie captures moment of sporting misery

Article from New Zealand, hence the word Misery in the title.  :D

NZ Herald (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/movies/news/article.cfm?c_id=200&objectid=10609308)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Peter Greenhill on November 15, 2009, 06:44:23 AM
The trailer looks great, I too am really looking forward to this one.
I also have the book, which I'd like to read before seeing the movie.
Does anyone know when it opens in UK?

Pete
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 15, 2009, 07:01:32 AM
I don't know if this has been posted before however this is from the International Rugby Board.

http://www.irb.com/newsmedia/news/newsid=2034218.html
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on November 15, 2009, 08:07:03 AM
Does anyone know when it opens in UK?

Pete

The IMDb has "5 February 2010" as the release date for the UK.

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/releaseinfo
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on November 15, 2009, 05:45:21 PM
http://www.irb.com/newsmedia/news/newsid=2034218.html

 
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Invictus opens in US cinemas on 12 November 2009.
   :o  :o  :o
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on November 15, 2009, 06:21:16 PM
That seems to be an error. ;)

I just saw a longer spot for Invictus during a commercial break on AMC's remake of The Prisoner.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 15, 2009, 09:46:51 PM
That seems to be an error. ;)

I just saw a longer spot for Invictus during a commercial break on AMC's remake of The Prisoner.

I guess the IRB is not a movie site so they took a stab at the release date.  :D
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: stuckonlife on November 16, 2009, 01:08:56 AM
From Anne Thompson's column at http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2009/11/15/governors_honors_awards/ (http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2009/11/15/governors_honors_awards/)

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If director Clint Eastwood delivers yet again on Invictus, the movie could be the one to beat for Best Picture. When I told Freeman how much I admired the Invictus script, adapted from John Carlin’s book by Anthony Peckham, Freeman said, “I guarantee you, we did not mess it up.” Freeman plays Nelson Mandela opposite Matt Damon as rugby captain Francois Pienaar. In order to unite South Africa, the two men push to win the 1995 World Cup.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: El Cigarillo on November 16, 2009, 01:02:15 PM
I have only recently become aware of the background story of this film.
I originally thought it was a biography of Nelson Mandela..

I must say, after seeing the trailer (without sound!) and reading more about this film i am becoming excited about it.
I feel that Clint has directed GREAT films only when he starred in them (wales< unforgiven< torino ETC,)

This may be his first great director-only EFFORT.
A film about rugby? ya gotta love the guy!

btw i MUST HAVE MISSED IT - what does "invictus' mean?
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Christopher on November 16, 2009, 06:36:53 PM
btw i MUST HAVE MISSED IT - what does "invictus' mean?
"Invictus" is a poem by William Ernest Henley.

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Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


As for the word invictus itself, apparently it means: "Latin, meaning: unconquer, unconquerable, undefeated."

http://www.encyclo.co.uk/define/invictus (http://www.encyclo.co.uk/define/invictus)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on November 16, 2009, 06:37:18 PM
"Invictus" means "Unconquered." It is also the title of a famous poem by William Ernest Henley. According to a story in Variety (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118004552.html?categoryId=13&cs=1) ...

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Eastwood drew the title of the film from a short poem often recited by Mandela. "Invictus," penned by William Ernest Henley, speaks to the will to survive in the face of adversity.

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Invictus
 
OUT of the night that covers me,   
  Black as the pit from pole to pole,   
I thank whatever gods may be   
  For my unconquerable soul.   
 
In the fell clutch of circumstance
  I have not winced nor cried aloud.   
Under the bludgeonings of chance   
  My head is bloody, but unbow'd.   
 
Beyond this place of wrath and tears   
  Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years   
  Finds and shall find me unafraid.   
 
It matters not how strait the gate,   
  How charged with punishments the scroll,   
I am the master of my fate:
  I am the captain of my soul.

http://www.bartleby.com/101/842.html

Here is the first post in this thread where the new title is mentioned:

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=6950.msg137649#msg137649
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on November 16, 2009, 06:37:51 PM
Christopher and posted at almost the same time. :o
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Christopher on November 16, 2009, 06:41:31 PM
Hehe. I remember, KC, that you'd posted the poem before, but somehow overlooked it when I looked over the first few pages of this thread again.

I saw a TV spot for Invictus tonight as well--actually I heard it begin and went into the other room to watch it during Lie to Me.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: stuckonlife on November 16, 2009, 11:34:15 PM
Clint Eastwood will introduce a screening of Invictus on Tuesday or Wednesday at the Director's Guild of America and participate in a Q&A afterwards.

First opinions of the movie (on blogs/Twitter) will likely be available after the screening.

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Aline on November 17, 2009, 04:08:09 AM
I have only recently become aware of the background story of this film.
I originally thought it was a biography of Nelson Mandela..

I must say, after seeing the trailer (without sound!) and reading more about this film i am becoming excited about it.
I feel that Clint has directed GREAT films only when he starred in them (wales< unforgiven< torino ETC,)

This may be his first great director-only EFFORT.
A film about rugby? ya gotta love the guy!

I'm totally unfamiliar with rugby (http://planetsmilies.net/afraid-smiley-9553.gif)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on November 17, 2009, 06:46:14 AM
I'm sure you'll learn enough about rugby in the course of the movie to enjoy the story. :)

I don't know the first thing about it, either.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: exit00 on November 17, 2009, 07:49:59 AM
That seems to be an error. ;)

I just saw a longer spot for Invictus during a commercial break on AMC's remake of The Prisoner.

I saw the trailer this past Friday in the theatre prior to seeing 2012.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on November 17, 2009, 08:43:22 AM
I saw the trailer this past Friday in the theatre prior to seeing 2012.
That's too much !   ;D
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: El Cigarillo on November 17, 2009, 01:05:38 PM
all this OScar talk turns my stomach!

I care if the film is good or not. dont we all?
All the press can write about is the Best Picture "race"

Pathetic >:(
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Conan on November 17, 2009, 07:17:21 PM
I'm sure you'll learn enough about rugby in the course of the movie to enjoy the story. :)

I don't know the first thing about it, either.

I had a crash course last March when the Rugby Sevens tournament came to Hong Kong, which is 3 full days of games.  It was great (both the matches and the accompanying madness), and while every kind of sport has its nuances the basic rules are actually much more simple than baseball and our American football.  It's the only sport outside the U.S. that I can enjoy as a spectator, unlike cricket, badminton, football (soccer), etc...
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 17, 2009, 09:07:22 PM
Rugby Sevens is completely different to the 15 a side game though. And the way the game is played now, it's so stop, start with the referee blowing his whistle every minute of the game it doesn't flow, and the game has become a bore. More than it was anyway.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Conan on November 18, 2009, 12:57:01 AM
Rugby Sevens is completely different to the 15 a side game though. And the way the game is played now, it's so stop, start with the referee blowing his whistle every minute of the game it doesn't flow, and the game has become a bore. More than it was anyway.

  I should have clarified for movie research purposes that 15 is the correct version.  To a casual observer like me (and I think most Americans) its the same basic goal in that both teams try to get from one end of the field to the other by running, back passes and kicking and trying to regain possession when a player "fumbles".  Unlike cricket, which I need the Rosetta Stone to figure out.  I find both 7 and 15 a blast, though I have no idea what's league, union, or exactly how many points is being scored for what.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 18, 2009, 01:51:17 AM
Union is a 15 aside game
League is a 13 aside game

Union is my favourite from the two but I do like league as well.  The college I went to played Union so I took a greater interest and learnt the rules, however they have changed somewhat over the years but I have kept up with them.

Union scoring.      A TRY is worth 5 points and is scored when the player holding the ball places it down on the ground behind the try line.  If he runs over the line with the ball and is prevented from placing the ball on the ground by the opposing team members then there is no try allowed.
After a try is scored 3 more points are awarded if the try is converted i.e. the ball is kicked over the bar between the posts.

The OFFSIDE rule in Ruby is as follows.  Any player who is part of the attacking team must be behind the ball to take an active part in the game. A player taking up a position between the player with the ball and the opposition's goal is offside and can't join the game or try to prevent any sort of play.

The ball cannot be passed forward to another player by throwing it from player to player.  It must always be passed backwards, the ball can be kicked forward.  

If the ball is kicked over the touch line there is a throw in and the ball can be thrown in from one player to a member of his team or more usually a line out when equal numbers from each team line up behind each other about a meter apart and the ball is thrown in and both teams try to catch and take possession of the ball.

I think that is enough for now you will all be getting confused.   :D

Once you see the movie I think a lot of the rules will become clear.   I bet Clint has learnt the rules.  :)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Aline on November 18, 2009, 06:57:33 AM
I think that is enough for now you will all be getting confused.   :D
Very :D

I think the only time I saw something about rugby was in a Little Lulu cartoon magazine.

Little Lulu was one of the delights of my childhood and I'll be keeping the magazines in my closet forever. It was frustrating searching the story, but hope you understand it's hard to find it in my collection that makes 120 magazines or so :o

(http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh205/raissa_2008/minhacoleodaLuLu.jpg)

Anyway the story is basically with Lulu and Annie going to watch the boys playing rugby. As the game starts, they totally mess up, the girls can't understand a thing about it (and neither do I :D).

The story ends with the girls getting out of the "stadio" whining: "What a boring game this rugby thing, don't you agree, Annie?"

This comic strip is similar of what happened just in this one, the boys are playing baseball.
And once again, they didn't do it...quite well ;D

(http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh205/raissa_2008/trecholuluzinha.jpg)

I don't believe any of you never heard about that hilarious gang so this is some information that I took from wikipedia.

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Little Lulu is a comic strip character, created by Marjorie Henderson Buell. Little Lulu debuted in The Saturday Evening Post on February 23, 1935 in a single panel, appearing as a flower girl at a wedding and strewing the aisle with banana peels.

Little Lulu replaced Carl Anderson's Henry, which had been picked up for distribution by King Features Syndicate. The Little Lulu panel continued to run weekly in The Saturday Evening Post until December 30, 1944.

Little Lulu was created as a result of Anderson's success. Schlesinger Library curator Kathryn Allamong Jacob wrote, "Lulu was born in 1935, when The Saturday Evening Post asked Buell to create a successor to the magazine’s Henry—Carl Anderson’s stout, mute little boy—who was moving on to national syndication. The result was Little Lulu, the resourceful, equally silent (at first) little girl whose loopy curls were reminiscent of the artist’s own as a girl. Buell explained to a reporter, 'I wanted a girl because a girl could get away with more fresh stunts that in a small boy would seem boorish.'"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Lulu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Lulu)

http://michelesworld.net/dmm/lulu/comics/portugue.htm (http://michelesworld.net/dmm/lulu/comics/portugue.htm)


Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on November 18, 2009, 09:34:23 AM
I vividly remember seeing a bumper sticker stating: "In rugby there are no victors, merely survivors."   ::)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on November 18, 2009, 07:15:26 PM
Since Little Lulu was an American comic strip character, the game they were playing was almost certainly American football, not rugby. But it may have "become" rugby in Portuguese translation.

The kids are definitely playing football (and not baseball) in the picture you posted. :)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Lin Sunderland on November 19, 2009, 12:47:56 AM
I vividly remember seeing a bumper sticker stating: "In rugby there are no victors, merely survivors."   ::)

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Aline on November 19, 2009, 04:57:08 AM
Since Little Lulu was an American comic strip character, the game they were playing was almost certainly American football, not rugby. But it may have "become" rugby in Portuguese translation.

The kids are definitely playing football (and not baseball) in the picture you posted. :)

KC, you're right. In that picture they are playing american football but in the story which I couldn't find, it was really rugby. I can't imagine why they would translate that way to portuguese since we are not even familiar with the game. :)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on November 19, 2009, 06:39:37 AM
The only thing I can think of is that there's no easy way to translate "football" without making it clear that it's American football and not what Americans call soccer (and the rest of the world calls football).
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on November 19, 2009, 11:53:10 AM
The only thing I can think of is that there's no easy way to translate "football" without making it clear that it's American football and not what Americans call soccer (and the rest of the world calls football).

Sandlot American football tends to look more like rugby than high school, college or professional football.  :P
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: antonis on November 20, 2009, 04:50:07 AM

A first look ???


http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/article/mini-reviews-of-invictus-and-the-lovely-bones-from-an-industry-insider
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: El Cigarillo on November 21, 2009, 02:08:26 PM
How long before Spike Lee complains about the lack of black Africans on the rugby team?
 ;D
ahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Gant on November 22, 2009, 09:10:32 AM
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: clint got HOSED on November 22, 2009, 06:26:51 PM
That is not a good review to start the Oscar race with.  ::)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on November 22, 2009, 07:25:54 PM
Well, it's early yet. Besides, the film isn't quite in its final form yet. We'll see.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on November 23, 2009, 12:37:40 AM
Speaking as one of the "people gathered around a TV" I hope there are NO CUTS!  ;)

http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/article/mini-reviews-of-invictus-and-the-lovely-bones-from-an-industry-insider

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And then Mr. Eastwood's Invictus… Ugh, where to start. Well first off, going in we were told this still might not be the final version. And at 131 minutes and with all the plot lines he has going, any reduction in time makes this a better film.

Overall, I just don't think the film ever reaches the emotional climax Eastwood wants it to. Certainly there's a big Rugby match — and they win — but he must spend 30 minutes on the final match alone, with game footage, footage of Mandela in his box, of Damon's family in the stands, of the mixed-race security detail symbolically meshing as one, of a young boy outside the stadium cheering with police, of people gathered around TV's in like five different places… and it's from one to another to another over and over again.. and it really just doesn't work that well.

Leading up to that point, there are terrific moments, powerful moments, but also some very awkward moments where the script has characters explaining things that might have worked better as title graphics. Damon isn't given enough room to really shine though he's more than up for the role, and while I know there will be plenty of big Morgan Freeman supporters for his role, I think he might also find some detractors. His performance seems very uneven to me, not that he can't act the part, but perhaps not given enough direction.

It's all a bit inert and in its present form, it just seems to miss the mark. One could go back and practically remove the entire security-detail sub-plot. Since there's never an assassination attempt, it adds up to a whole lot of nothing, and [its removal would] greatly strengthen the movie.

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on November 23, 2009, 04:00:56 AM
The official website has been changed and has some new images up.

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: MC on November 23, 2009, 06:18:32 AM
I wouldn't sweat an early anonymous "insider" review like this. Case in point: the super-early buzz by the so-called "online insiders" regarding Gran Torino was that it was terrible ... perhaps even Razzie material.

Then the film opened to generally positive reviews, superb audience word of mouth (e.g. an outstanding 8.3 rating among IMDB users) and the highest box office take of Eastwood's career.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on November 23, 2009, 06:42:20 AM
Speaking as one of the "people gathered around a TV" I hope there are NO CUTS!  ;)

http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/article/mini-reviews-of-invictus-and-the-lovely-bones-from-an-industry-insider

Well, maybe they could cut SOME of those scenes ... just not the best one! ;)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: exit00 on November 23, 2009, 07:08:21 AM
"not that he can't act the part, but perhaps not given enough direction."   I couldn't help but laugh at that statement... as if Morgan Freeman needs to be constantly directed.  Maybe this guy didn't see Unforgiven or Million Dollar Baby???   ;D

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Conan on November 23, 2009, 08:59:16 AM
  Sure maybe the rough cut isn't great and so some subplots don't tie up in a nice bow yet, but after looking around that site nothing the reviewer says or relays via "comments that were sent in" holds any clout with me.  Even the layout of the site is annoying; way too much clutter (links, ads, videos) everywhere.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: antonis on November 23, 2009, 10:48:29 AM
Another not so good first look

http://filmexperience.blogspot.com/2009/11/invictus-yay-or-nay-maybe-bit-of-both.html
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: MC on November 23, 2009, 05:29:51 PM
And in this thread, an allegedly "in the know" insider claims Invictus has been getting a strong positive reaction:

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Invictus did not get “two so-so reactions.” Grown men were weeping. Hundreds of them. The last time men wept at a sports movie it was called Chariots of Fire and it won Best Picture.

In the same thread, Awards Daily's Sasha Stone (a reputable source) mentions that the film is still embargoed ... so take anything you hear until then with a grain of ye old salt  ;) 

http://www.awardsdaily.com/?p=15224#more-15224
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on November 23, 2009, 09:53:29 PM
Well, I got a nice piece of mail today from the American Film Institute, of which I'm a member: A fancy looking invitation to the Los Angeles benefit premiere of Invictus on December 3, to be "immediately followed by a private after party" at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel ... festive attire suggested. Only two problems: 1) it's in Los Angeles; and 2) the cheapest ticket is $350. Rather surprisingly, for that price, you do get into the party. Actually, if I were in Los Angeles, and had a suitable party-going companion, I might consider it. Festive attire ... pish, I have my Yankees World Champions 2009 t-shirt! Did I mention that it's in Los Angeles, though?

If I had a private jet and could fly out to Los Angeles for the premiere, I think I'd go for the highest-priced deal: the AFI Platinum Package: 10 tickets to the premiere, 10 party tickets, a thank-you in the program, and hosted parking, all for $25,000!

But seriously ... If anyone is (or will be) in Los Angeles and is interested, you don't need an invitation in the mail ... just go here and check it out:

http://connect.afi.com/site/PageNavigator/InvictusPremiere

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Aline on November 24, 2009, 04:34:55 AM
Too many excuses for not going, KC.
Just GO! :D
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on November 24, 2009, 06:37:04 AM
And in this thread, an allegedly "in the know" insider claims Invictus has been getting a strong positive reaction:

In the same thread, Awards Daily's Sasha Stone (a reputable source) mentions that the film is still embargoed ... so take anything you hear until then with a grain of ye old salt  ;) 

http://www.awardsdaily.com/?p=15224#more-15224

Reviews should become available around December 10, 2009. Likewise, many of the Oscar pundits have not seen the film.

I wonder whether Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon will be promoting the film on the talk show circuit.

I found these two comments (taken with a huge grain of salt) on the Awards Daily article interesting.

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3 - Hunter
November 22nd, 2009 at 11:11 am
Invictus did not get “two so-so reactions.” Grown men were weeping. Hundreds of them. The last time men wept at a sports movie it was called Chariots of Fire and it won Best Picture.

5 - Hunter
November 22nd, 2009 at 11:23 am
Back to Sasha’s main point: what movies do the Oscars award in hard times? Spiritually uplifting pictures, sheer entertainments and awe-bringers. So that means good news for Invictus, Sherlock Holmes and Avatar.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: stuckonlife on November 24, 2009, 10:27:13 PM
Time has a preview of Invictus, including a new still:

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1942819_1942818_1942807,00.html (http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1942819_1942818_1942807,00.html)

Morgan Freeman is so far set to appear on two shows: on Live with Regis and Kelly on 2 December and The Jay Leno Show on 3 December.

Matt's not scheduled on any shows yet.

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Gant on November 25, 2009, 12:11:50 AM
That sounds better... and now the man follows Japan and South Africa with a stint in the Elephant and Castle... now that takes guts !
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on November 25, 2009, 12:41:27 AM
Wallpapers now available to download from the official site.

http://invictusmovie.warnerbros.com/#/Downloads
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on November 25, 2009, 04:42:00 AM
Business Wire (link (http://losangeles.dbusinessnews.com/viewnews.php?article=bwire/20091124006208r1.xml))

November 25, 2009 0116 +0000 UTC

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents INVICTUS

--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Warner Bros. Pictures:

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WHEN: Thursday, December 3rd

WHERE: Academy of Motion
Picture Arts & Sciences

Celebrity Arrivals: 6:00pm

Screening: 7:00pm

WHO:

Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon will be joined by celebrity guests to be announced shortly.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Spyglass Entertainment, a Revelations Entertainment / Mace Neufeld production, a Malpaso production, "Invictus," starring Oscar ® winners Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby," "The Dark Knight") and Matt Damon ("Good Will Hunting," the "Bourne" franchise). The film is produced by Eastwood, Lori McCreary, Robert Lorenz and Mace Neufeld. The screenplay is by Anthony Peckham, based upon the book Playing the Enemy, by John Carlin. Freeman, Tim Moore, Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum are the executive producers.

- Your coverage of this event is invited -

**Press Credentials will be issued at the event**

INVICTUS will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

The film has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for brief strong language.

http://www.invictusmovie.com

For downloadable general information and photos please visit: http://press.warnerbros.com

INVICTUS opens nationwide on December 11, 2009.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Lucky Punk on November 25, 2009, 11:07:31 AM
Oh Dear.

I hate to say this but it looks so clunky I fear this may be a poor showing for Clint.

After such a run of excellent movies covering a wide subject matter I sincerely hope I'm wrong.

The trailer, the voiceover, the crowds it is just so predictable. I'm not sure any Hollywood director could handle this subject matter without coming unstuck.

Again I hope I'm wrong and I'll be first to sing it's praises if I am but I don't want Clint to sour such a great run of movies let alone jeapordise the release of Hereafter - where I think he will be on much stronger footing.

Feel free to tell me otherwise.

LP
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Gant on November 26, 2009, 01:01:04 AM
People who already saw it seem to be giving Invictus glowing reviews over on the IMDB
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on November 26, 2009, 04:36:48 AM
Could be publicity shills for the film.

I, for one, will wait to see the film myself before I form a judgment about its quality.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Sylvie on November 26, 2009, 04:49:46 AM
Just like you KC, I 've always done the same, even if , in some cases, I did not like the main actor or actress, or the plot of the film ... sometimes, I have been really surprised, in the good way of the surprise (I think of Angelina Jolie in "Changeling", for exemple.)

This is why I always go to see an Eastwood film the exact day of its diffusion on French screen THEN I read the critics, sharing them or not, and to me that is not important if someone else doesn't have the same feeling in front of a film.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on November 26, 2009, 05:46:46 AM
People who already saw it seem to be giving Invictus glowing reviews over on the IMDB

Could be publicity shills for the film.

I, for one, will wait to see the film myself before I form a judgment about its quality.

I would take whatever is written on the IMDb with a huge grain of salt. At one time the IMDb and the USENET group rec.arts.movies where it originated consisted primarily of true fans of cinema. Unfortunately, extreme fanatical supporters and detractors have taken over the majority of the discussions.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on November 27, 2009, 06:53:08 PM
I've moved a few posts out of this thread and into a new one titled "INVICTUS: Reviews and Features in the Media." You'll find it here:

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=8116.0

From now on, this is where "regular" reviews and features in the media should be posted.

I've also started another thread for awards news and rumors (leading off with one of Dan Dassow's, formerly in this thread):

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=8119.0
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: stuckonlife on November 30, 2009, 08:26:52 PM
The New York premiere of Invictus will be held on Tuesday 1 December at the Paris Theatre.  After the premiere Clint will be 'saluted' at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Details at Variety: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118011858.html?categoryId=3824&cs=1 (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118011858.html?categoryId=3824&cs=1)

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TIP SHEET
What: Museum of the Moving Image Salutes Clint Eastwood
When: Tuesday Night
Gala screening: "Invictus," Paris Theater, New York City, 6:30 p.m.
Gala dinner: 583 Park Ave., New York City, following screening

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on November 30, 2009, 08:57:45 PM
Thanks, stuckonlife! I've quoted your post in the thread about the Museum of the Moving Image tribute, and I've added an excerpt from the Variety article to the "Reviews and Features in the Media" thread for Invictus.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on December 02, 2009, 02:44:25 AM
37 images now available to view on IMDB

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/mediaindex
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: higashimori on December 02, 2009, 03:04:45 AM
 :)  " Captains of our souls: Mace Neufeld teams with Clint Eastwood on Mandela drama 'Invictus' "

  Nov 30, 2009 -By Daniel Eagan

 http://www.filmjournal.com/filmjournal/content_display/news-and-features/filmmakers/e3ieb5bac4c91e0ce36cb7bf5460268cfe6?imw=Y

 
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In a career that spans over 35 years, producer Mace Neufeld says he never completed a film as quickly and easily as Invictus. Based on the book Playing the Enemy by John Carlin, and directed by Clint Eastwood, the Warner Bros. release shows how South African President Nelson Mandela used the 1995 World Cup rugby championships to help counteract the lingering effects of apartheid. Starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, the film is opening in the United States in December in time for Oscar consideration.

Neufeld attributes his success as a producer to perseverance and luck, but the march of Invictus from script to screen is a story of networking as well. Screenwriter Anthony Peckham had worked on another Neufeld project, a remake of the John Frankenheimer thriller Seconds. Neufeld knew Freeman from producing The Sum of All Fears, a 2002 adaptation of a Tom Clancy novel. Freeman saw an opportunity to involve Clint Eastwood, having worked with the actor and director on the Oscar-winning Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby. And because Freeman already knew Mandela from researching the political activist and leader's autobiography The Long Walk to Freedom, he was able to fly to South Africa to get the politician's personal blessing for Invictus. Neufeld shares producer credit on the project with Lori McCreary, Freeman's producing partner at  Revelatons Entertainment, and Malpaso Prods. partners Eastwood and Robert Lorenz.
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Production took place entirely in South Africa, primarily in Cape Town but with some scenes shot in Johannesburg. As for working with Eastwood, Neufeld exclaims, "If I had Clint directing all of my films, I probably could have done twice as many. He's fast. He knows what he wants. The actors show up totally prepared and they do their stuff in at most three or four takes."

Over the years, Neufeld has worked with numerous directors, from veterans to newcomers. More than Eastwood's speed, Neufeld was impressed by his command of the material. "Working with Clint is unique. He's a very judicious filmmaker. He has it all in his head, he knows what he's looking for, and he trusts his crew," he observes. "And the key members of the crew have worked with him for ten or twelve years in some cases. They know what's expected. You're never waiting for them. Clint would stand next to the camera operator, Steve Campanelli. After a take, he would turn and say, 'How is it, Campy? You happy?' Campy'd say, 'I got it all,' and Clint would tell the others, 'Good, let's move on.' Really, that's how you want it done."

Although he can consult a half-dozen wireless monitors on the set, Eastwood doesn't use video recording. By avoiding video playback, he can save 60 to 90 minutes a day. But that leaves little margin for error, especially since the negative was processed in California. Neufeld for one wasn't worried. "Unless the lab reported something wrong with what was shot, there really wasn't much of a need to look at dailies." He adds, "Everyone was smiling on this production."

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Aline on December 02, 2009, 05:22:55 AM
37 images now available to view on IMDB

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/mediaindex

Usually I don't like to look at any material related to Clint upcoming movies until I have an idea of when it will open here. It's scheduled to open January, 29 so I think I can handle take a look at some pictures.

They look great, I'm looking forward to watch it. :)
http://www.cinemaemcena.com.br/ficha_filme.aspx?ID_FILME=6435&aba=fotos (http://www.cinemaemcena.com.br/ficha_filme.aspx?ID_FILME=6435&aba=fotos)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: AKA23 on December 02, 2009, 12:08:05 PM
I am probably less interested in this film than I have been since any Eastwood project since The Bridges of Madison County. That being said, I often suffer from too high expectations, and I hope that my lowered interest will increase my enjoyment of this ambitious film. I am, however, looking forward to seeing how Eastwood handles a more uplifting story. Given his recent output, I thought he had lost interest in the sunnier side of the human condition.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: DonPacollo on December 03, 2009, 04:13:21 AM
[quote author = palooka link = topic = 6950.msg148457 # msg148457 date = 1259747065]
37 imágenes disponibles para ver en IMDB

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/mediaindex
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thank you very much by the Link, I want to lower the photos, I do since it.

ahora los leo en español gracias al traductor de Google.! je

Eso
Saludos desde Chile
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on December 07, 2009, 05:04:36 AM
Four movie clips here ..

http://www.flicksandbits.com/?p=497
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on December 07, 2009, 05:26:50 AM
Also, a request for those in the US that will see the movie this week. Please keep an eye out for me and the missus!!

All being well, we will (hopefully) be seen as the final rugby match is played. My wife and I are in a pub with the players wives watching the game on TV. We are wearing costumes as per my Avatar although I'm wearing a green cap too.

As I won't get to see the film until the 24th I'd be most grateful to know if we actually made the cut.  ;)
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: Dan Dassow on December 07, 2009, 06:25:03 AM
Also, a request for those in the US that will see the movie this week. Please keep an eye out for me and the missus!!

All being well, we will (hopefully) be seen as the final rugby match is played. My wife and I are in a pub with the players wives watching the game on TV. We are wearing costumes as per my Avatar although I'm wearing a green cap too.

As I won't get to see the film until the 24th I'd be most grateful to know if we actually made the cut.  ;)

I will look for you when my wife and I see the film. I hope you and your missus made the cut. We should know in four days.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on December 07, 2009, 06:37:40 AM
Does anyone think there are likely to be anything you could call "spoilers" for this movie, or can we have a single thread for members' reactions and reviews this time?
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on December 07, 2009, 06:55:12 AM
As the story is based on factual events that are public record, with the main one being the result of the tournement itself, I would say it would be tough to "spoil" this one.

Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on December 13, 2009, 11:58:47 PM
I'm pleased to say that my wife and I made the cut. A couple of friends in the US have reported sigtings of my wife and I on the big silver screen!  :)

I'll finally get around to seeing Invictus myself next week and we can enjoy the movie without the worry!!
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: KC on December 14, 2009, 06:39:31 AM
I looked and looked, Palooka, but those shots in the bar went by so fast, I missed your big moment! I'm glad others were sharper-eyed.
Title: Re: Invictus (formerly: The Human Factor): Production Information & News.
Post by: palooka on December 14, 2009, 08:29:11 AM
I looked and looked, Palooka, but those shots in the bar went by so fast, I missed your big moment! I'm glad others were sharper-eyed.

 ;D Look harder!!