A publicist for the Bourne Identity actor Matt Damon told a magazine that after dating for two years, Damon popped the question to Luciana Barroso "shortly before Labor Day." Damon's publicist, Jennifer Allen, didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press. The couple hasn't set a wedding date. It would be Damon's first marriage. Barroso has a daughter, Alexa, from a previous relationship. Damon's screen credits also include The Brothers Grimm, Ocean's Eleven and The Talented Mr. Ripley. He shared a screenplay Academy Award with his friend Ben Affleck for 1997's Good Will Hunting.
Controversial director Michael Moore is seriously considering making a movie about the government lapses that surrounded Hurricane Katrina according to US media.
A Web site quoted a source close to Moore as saying that the issue "has all the elements that made Fahrenheit 911 such a powerful film ... the political outrage, the human suffering and the incredible footage".
Moore has already lashed out at the way that the administration of US President George W. Bush handled the disaster, posting a scathing critique of the federal response on his own Web site.
"There is much to be said and done about the manmade annihilation of New Orleans, caused NOT by a hurricane but by the very specific decisions made by the Bush administration in the past four-and-a-half-years," he wrote.
"Do not listen to anyone who says we can discuss all this later. No, we can't. Our country is in an immediate state of vulnerability. More hurricanes, wars, and other disasters are on the way, and a lazy bunch of self-satisfied lunatics are still running the show."
Tackling the role of the nation's chief in an altogether different manner, actor Leonardo DiCaprio is to portray former US president Theodore Roosevelt in a biopic of the leader to be directed by Martin Scorsese according to a trade paper.
The movie will be based on Edmund Morris' Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and will chronicle the leader's rise from New York politics to a military leader and on to the White House, where he served from 1901 to 1909.
Scorcese and DiCaprio are currently filming the crime drama The Departed about the rise of the New York Irish mafia. They have previously made Gangs of New York and The Aviator.
In 2000, Roosevelt was voted the fourth-best president in US history by 60 American history professors.
"His life reads like a movie that requires a big bag of popcorn," screenwriter Nicholas Meyer said.
Also making it onto the list of favorites in the US is former child star Shirley Temple Black who has been chosen to receive a life time achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild, the organization has announced.
Temple Black will receive the award in January, in recognition of her "inspirational contributions" to the entertainment world, said Screen Actors Guild President Melissa Gilbert.
Born Shirley Jane Temple on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California, she made her screen debut in 1932 in What's to Do and was Hollywood's number-one box office draw from 1935 to 1938, when she headlined such hits as Curly Top, Captain January, Poor Little Rich Girl, Stowaway, Heidi and Little Miss Broadway.
And harking back to another bygone era, an untitled new musical featuring
OutKast duo Andre Benjamin and Antwan Patton will be released by Universal Pictures, according to media reports.
The musical, financed by HBO Films, is set in a speakeasy in the South during prohibition and will feature an ensemble cast that includes Ving Rhames, Jackie Long, Patti LaBelle and Macy Gray.
It stars Benjamin as the house piano player and Patton as the lead performer and speakeasy manager trying to stave off gangsters who want a piece of the club.
The movie will include numerous tracks from OutKast's award-winning album Speakerboxx/The Love Below, but will also feature numerous new songs that will serve as OutKast's next album.
Johnny Depp, the chameleon-like actor who has played so many different roles that he may not have a self, says he's finally found a role he wants to stay in: the buccaneer Captain Jack Sparrow. Sequels frighten Depp, but he said the chance to reprise his role as the suave Sparrow in the next two editions of Pirates of the Caribbean was too delicious to pass up.
It has been 26 years since Nicholas Gould hosted his last Issues and Opinions radio show for ICRT a recording studio on Roosevelt Road. He remembers the familiar ‘whoosh’ as the door to the soundproof room closes and recognizes the carpet, but the recording equipment is gone, with half of the space being used for storage. Gould is filled with nostalgia as he greets his guests, two financial writers who are here to discuss Taiwan’s post-COVID-19 economy for his new podcast, Taiwan Matters. Gould had been thinking of revisiting his old career for a while, but being allowed access to
The 22nd Taipei Arts Festival (臺北藝術節) opens tonight with three productions, a slightly scaled-down pandemic version that seeks to keep its tradition of big ideas, challenging programs and international connections alive and moving forward in an increasingly uncertain world. The theme of this year’s festival is “Super@#S%?” — as good a term as any when descriptives and superlatives seem not only inadequate, but somewhat irrelevant in a world where so many people cannot imagine being able to return to theaters, either as performers or audience members — they are too worried about having a job and their health. Technically, however, it is
Shuanglianpi (雙連埤) is both a Hakka outpost and a place of great ecological interest. The conjoined body of water from which it gets its name is the centerpiece of the 17.16-hectare Shuanglianpi Wildlife Refuge (雙連埤野生動物保護區). No waterways of significance fill or drain this scenic lake in Yilan County’s Yuanshan Township (員山鄉). During the 1895 to 1945 period of Japanese rule, the colonial authorities — struggling to secure Taiwan’s foothills — encouraged Han people to settle in areas adjacent to indigenous communities. Around 1910, a 49-year-old Hakka pioneer called Tsou Cheng-sheng (鄒成生) from what’s now Taoyuan decided to begin farming at
Wild Sparrow (野雀之詩) is simple and extremely slow paced, told through the eyes of Han (Kao Yu-hsia, 高於夏), an introspective, shy grade schooler who lives with his great-grandmother in the verdant countryside. Han has a fascination with sparrows, which are either flying high in the sky or trapped in cages and nets, providing a constant metaphor throughout the film. In the most ironic scene, a man catches the birds just to charge people to set them free again, taking advantage of Buddhists who engage in the ritual of “releasing” animals from captivity. Han takes a badly injured sparrow home and