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« Reply #120 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. 
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« Reply #121 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

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« Reply #122 on: May 28, 2009, 11:52:53 PM »

Congrats Palooka.. That made fantastic reading...... What an amazing experience.
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« Reply #123 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.
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« Reply #124 on: June 03, 2009, 05:30:36 PM »

Thanks Palooka for a great article...
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« Reply #125 on: June 04, 2009, 02:52:35 AM »

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« Reply #126 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.
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« Reply #127 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. ;)
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« Reply #128 on: June 04, 2009, 09:03:03 PM »

Warner Bros. Press Release link

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.


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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. ...
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« Reply #129 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.
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« Reply #130 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
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« Reply #131 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)

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« Reply #132 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. ;)
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« Reply #133 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.
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« Reply #134 on: June 23, 2009, 09:05:05 AM »

The Wrap link

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. ...
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« Reply #135 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.
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« Reply #136 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
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« Reply #137 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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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.
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« Reply #138 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!
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« Reply #139 on: August 20, 2009, 12:14:32 AM »

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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 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.
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