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« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2009, 06:59:20 PM »

Matt is on the Early Show on 8 December.

The production notes for the film are now available at the official website through this PDF link:
http://invictusmovie.warnerbros.com/assets/images/about/notes/invictus-notes.pdf

An article on Welsh actor Julian Lewis-Jones, who plays a security guard in Invictus:
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/2009/12/05/i-had-to-ask-myself-oh-my-god-what-am-i-doing-here-i-used-to-work-for-anglesey-aluminium-91466-25324707/
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« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2009, 07:56:57 PM »

Interview with Clint
http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/article211980.ece

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Eastwood also shares an incident that tells me a great deal about how he works.

"One day, after the shoot, we were driving home from the township, and there was an open space full of garbage on which a bunch of black kids were playing rugby," he says. "My host pointed them out and remarked that that if Madiba had not pushed for the Springboks, or if they had not won the World Cup, those kids would not have been playing rugby. But there they were, barefoot, in cut-off jeans and torn T-shirts, and I said: 'We have to get a shot of this'."

So in the middle of a township, with no security detail beyond a couple of bodyguards, they unpacked their cameras and filmed the impromptu game and that footage became the closing credit sequence of the film.

It wasn't just a bit of atmospheric local colour. Eastwood, with his spontaneous, instinctive skill as a director, saw its value. It wasn't in the script and nobody had even thought of the idea, but Eastwood looked through the car window after a long day's shoot and knew exactly what to do with those images.

This unplanned footage provides the perfect closing to the film and it's emotionally resonant and politically true.
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« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2009, 11:26:41 PM »

The Sunday New York Times has a front-page feature in the Arts & Leisure section on Morgan Freeman and his performance in Invictus:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/06/movies/06invictus.html

It's by Bill Keller.

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... As someone who studied Mr. Mandela over the course of three years while he replaced an apartheid regime with a genuine democracy, I found Mr. Freeman’s performance in the film “Invictus,” directed by Clint Eastwood, uncanny — less an impersonation than an incarnation.

He gets the rumble and halting rhythm of Mr. Mandela’s speech, the erect posture and stiff gait. There is a striking physical resemblance, enhanced by the fact that Mr. Freeman, 72, is just a few years younger than Mr. Mandela was in the period the film covers. More important, Mr. Freeman conveys the manipulative charm, the serene confidence, the force of purpose, the hint of mischief and the lonely regret that made Mr. Mandela one of the most fascinating political figures of his time. This is not, as the film’s screenwriter, Anthony Peckham, put it, “Rich Little doing Mandela in Vegas.”

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[John] Carlin [author of the book the film is based on], who covered Mr. Mandela in his political prime and spent many hours with him for the rugby book, said Mr. Freeman “channels Mandela beautifully.”

Most important, Mr. Carlin said, Mr. Freeman, abetted by the screenwriter, “impressively conveys the giant solitude of Mandela.”

Though an admirer of Mr. Freeman, Mr. Carlin has seen Mr. Mandela gotten wrong often enough that he braced himself for disappointment. After attending a screening in Paris last month, he sent an ecstatic e-mail message: “They didn’t screw it up!” he wrote. “WHAT a relief!”

For me the realization that Mr. Freeman had nailed it came as the film ended. Alongside the closing credits came still photos of the actual rugby match, and the actual Mandela. And for a second I wondered, “Who is that impostor?”

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« Reply #23 on: December 06, 2009, 03:17:29 PM »

A positive review on At the Movies.  The video isn't up on their website yet, but keep checking because it shouldn't be long.

http://bventertainment.go.com/tv/buenavista/atm/index.html
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« Reply #24 on: December 07, 2009, 08:14:37 AM »

The video from At The Movies is now available.

The full press conference (junket) interview with Morgan, Matt and Francois Pienaar discussing the film is at Latino Review:
http://www.latinoreview.com/news/interview-matt-damon-morgan-freeman-on-invictus-8723
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« Reply #25 on: December 08, 2009, 01:55:22 AM »

Most of the press conference interviews with Morgan, Matt and Francois Pienaar are now available.  The majority of the press coverage from this point will be versions of these interviews.

Domestic press conference: http://www.latinoreview.com/news/interview-matt-damon-morgan-freeman-on-invictus-8723

International press conference (Matt's quotes only): http://www.moviehole.net/200922002-matt-damon-2

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Did the studio ever seem hesitant to make the movie?
Clint's track record is so great that the studio has tremendous faith in him. He told a story yesterday- Clint was directing a film at Warner Bros when the new exec called and told him that ‘the film is fantastic - but I have a few notes'. Clint's response? ‘Sure, we can get together - at my new office at Paramount' [Laughs]. So, I think Clint gets what he wants - and deserves to; if you can put together a library of films like that, and for the one studio, you can pretty much do what you want.
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« Reply #26 on: December 08, 2009, 08:55:34 AM »

Today's Vancouver Sun has a good article on Matt Damon and his preparation for Invictus:

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After reading the script by South African writer Anthony Peckham, Damon called Eastwood.

"I can't believe this happened," he told the 79-year-old filmmaker. "I can't believe this happened."

Eastwood's response: "I couldn't either, at the beginning. But it is true."

But after looking up Pienaar online and seeing photos of him, Damon was also incredulous he'd been asked to play the part. "Clint, this guy is huge," Damon protested. "We've never met, but I'm only 5 foot 10."

Eastwood started to laugh. "Oh hell, don't worry about that," he said composedly. "You go worry about everything else!"

http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/Matt+Damon+transformed/2313619/story.html
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« Reply #27 on: December 09, 2009, 03:54:04 AM »

 :)  " Clint Eastwood's 'Invictus' is a predicable pleasure "

 By Steve Persall, Times Film Critic    In Print: Thursday, December 10, 2009

 http://www.tampabay.com/features/movies/clint-eastwoods-invictus-is-a-predicable-pleasure/1057356

 
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Clint Eastwood's late filmmaking sprint in a long, illustrious career doesn't seem to have a finish line. At age 79, he's churning out movies faster and better than most filmmakers half his age, recently two per year.

Perhaps it's inevitable that Eastwood's new film Invictus — it could've been the next one — is the first time this century when a measure of creative fatigue creeps into his work. Eastwood is still a devoted storyteller and an actor's best friend on the set, but Invictus feels misplaced from TV where it should be.

Maybe it's because there aren't any surprises springing from this factual story of South African President Nelson Mandela relying upon a rugby team to promote racial harmony. There's no late Million Dollar Baby twist of tragedy or Gran Torino violence, no view from fresh perspectives like his Iwo Jima dramas. Invictus is a solid movie, but from a revered filmmaker like Eastwood that simply isn't enough.
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Eastwood isn't faulted for his storytelling precision. Again working with cinematographer Tom Stern (a collaboration stretching back to 1982's Honkytonk Man), Invictus always places the camera where it will convey the most. Nothing tricky because that isn't Eastwood's style.

The script and actors do the rest. Usually no frills from Eastwood will signal a surprise is coming, something richer than the material suggests. Not this time.
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« Reply #28 on: December 09, 2009, 10:09:35 AM »

"Eastwood talks about his legacy" on ELLEN 8)

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« Reply #29 on: December 09, 2009, 01:27:13 PM »

I found this article with an interview with both Clint and Morgan.  I haven't seen it before and the two of them are really funny with each other.  It's a little long to show the whole article so I'll just post the link:

http://apnews.myway.com//article/20091209/D9CFSNBG2.html

BTW - Clint was hilarious on the George Lopez show last nite.  He gave Lopez a wrapped present which turned out to be a leaf blower.
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« Reply #30 on: December 09, 2009, 05:54:35 PM »

 Thanks, AB !  Very funny !   :D
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« Reply #31 on: December 10, 2009, 05:55:02 AM »

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20091209/FEATURES07/912090367/1042/SCENE/Wednesday+s+TV+Talk

Wednesday's TV Talk
December 9, 2009

7:00 (NBC) Today: Director Clint Eastwood; 10 toys under $20; actress Jenny McCarthy; “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi. (N)

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« Reply #32 on: December 10, 2009, 06:50:26 AM »

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20091209/FEATURES07/912090367/1042/SCENE/Wednesday+s+TV+Talk

Wednesday's TV Talk
December 9, 2009

7:00 (NBC) Today: Director Clint Eastwood; 10 toys under $20; actress Jenny McCarthy; “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi. (N)

Here's the link to the show's website:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/33612883

And to the Eastwood/Freeman interview:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/34361304#34361304



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« Reply #33 on: December 10, 2009, 09:41:29 AM »

I liked that Today Show interview! ;D
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« Reply #34 on: December 10, 2009, 03:43:04 PM »

Morgan Freeman appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on December 9

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« Reply #35 on: December 10, 2009, 11:09:28 PM »

Today is Opening Day in the U.S. (and South Africa), so there should be plenty of reviews from major critics.

A positive, thoughtful review from A.O. Scott in the New York Times:

http://movies.nytimes.com/2009/12/11/movies/11invictus.html

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It may not seem obvious at first, but Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus,” a rousing true story of athletic triumph, is also that director’s latest exploration of revenge, the defining theme of his career. It is hard to think of an actor or a filmmaker who so cleanly embodies a single human impulse in the way that Mr. Eastwood — from “Pale Rider” to “Mystic River,” from Dirty Harry to “Gran Torino” — personifies the urge to get even.

He has also, of course, taken a critical view of the drive for vengeance, investigating its tragic roots and terrible consequences. A movie like “Unforgiven,” most famously, suggests that violent revenge is regrettable. But rarely, in the world of Mr. Eastwood’s films, is it avoidable.

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But if “Invictus” is predominantly an absorbing character study of one of the most extraordinary characters of our time, it is also fleshed out with well-sketched minor players and subplots that illuminate the progress of racial rapprochement in its comic human dimension. The black bodyguards and their white colleagues proceed from hostility to wary tolerance to guarded warmth in a way that is pointed without being overstated. And that, for the most part, characterizes Mr. Eastwood’s direction, which is always unassuming, unhurried and efficient. In this film he tells a big story through a series of small, well-observed moments, and tells it in his usual blunt, matter-of-fact way, letting the nuances take care of themselves.

And once again, as in “Letters From Iwo Jima” — a tragic rather than heroic inquiry into the nature of leadership — they do. “Invictus” is more sprawling than that film, and more willing to risk hokiness. That is a chance Mr. Eastwood is often happy to take, and no genre is more susceptible to it (or earns it more honestly) than the victorious-underdog team-sports movie. That the sport is as alien to most Americans as it is to black South Africans presents its challenges, but by the end you might care about rugby more than you thought you would, even if it remains harder to understand than politics.

The convergence of the two provides an occasion for some potent, intelligent filmmaking — a movie that hits you squarely with its visceral impact and stays in your mind for a long time after.

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« Reply #36 on: December 10, 2009, 11:23:06 PM »

From Roger Ebert:

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091209/REVIEWS/912099994

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Freeman does a splendid job of evoking the man Nelson Mandela, who is as much a secular saint as Gandhi (who led his first campaign in Durban, South Africa). He shows him as genial, confident, calming -- over what was clearly a core of tempered steel. The focus is on his early time in office. I believe there may be one scene with a woman representing Winnie Mandela, but the dialogue is vague. Damon is effective at playing the captain, Francois Pienaar, an Afrikaner, child of racist parents, transformed by his contact with "the greatest man I've ever met." Clint Eastwood, a master director, orchestrates all of these notes and has us loving Mandela, proud of Francois and cheering for the plucky Springboks. A great entertainment. Not, as I said, the Mandela biopic I would have expected.
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« Reply #37 on: December 11, 2009, 12:07:19 AM »

Another positive review

full review http://www.screendaily.com/5008772.article

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An old-fashioned crowd-pleaser which is both a rousing sports movie and a testament to the nobility of Nelson Mandela, Invictus is another strong entry in Clint Eastwood’s fast-growing body of work. Boasting a finely controlled central performance from Morgan Freeman as Mandela, the film details how South Africa’s first black president used the 1995 Rugby World Cup to unite the black and white populations in his country.

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« Reply #38 on: December 11, 2009, 04:56:03 AM »

There's a detailed article on the making of Invictus (and Hereafter) at LA Weekly, including a visit by the writer to the Cape Town set.

http://www.laweekly.com/2009-12-10/film-tv/eastwood-on-the-pitch/


(Cross-posted in the Hereafter thread)
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« Reply #39 on: December 11, 2009, 06:28:06 AM »

There's a detailed article on the making of Invictus (and Hereafter) at LA Weekly, including a visit by the writer to the Cape Town set.

http://www.laweekly.com/2009-12-10/film-tv/eastwood-on-the-pitch/


(Cross-posted in the Hereafter thread)

Best article I've read for ages!
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