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Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Ridley Scott to team for The Last Duel: Report

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The film would mark Affleck and Damon's first collaborative script to be produced since Good Will Hunting. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Ridley Scott to team for The Last Duel: Report Ben Kaye
'Despite having a show that was literally about getting scripts made into movies, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon haven’t had a collaborative screenplay produced together since 1997’s Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting . Over two decades later, it looks like that’s finally about to change. The duo are reportedly working with Nicole Holofcener ( Enough Said ) on an adaptation of Eric Jager’s novel The Last Duel — and Ridley Scott is in line to direct. Deadline   is reporting that the project is moving swiftly at Disney, who picked up the rights to the book in the 21st Century Fox merger. However, the studio won’t be giving the official greenlight until there’s a finished script. With Damon and Affleck also looking to co-star, though, it would seem too enticing a prospect to pass up. What could give the studio pause is the content of the plot, which may not align too well with Disney’s MO. The full title of Jager’s book is The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France , and the circumstances of the actual 14th century duel are rather intense. The story centers around Jean de Carrouges, a Norman knight who returns from war to accuse his squire, Jacques Le Gris, of raping his wife. (Affleck and Damon would play the two main figures, though it’s unknown which actor would take which role.) When a Count hands down a ruling that favors Le Gris, Carrouges appeals to King Charles VI. The King decides the two will duel to the death, with the survivor being a signal of God’s will; if Carrouges loses, his wife will also be burned at the stake as punishment for falsely accusing Le Gris. Yikes. Obviously it’s a good thing this was France’s last judicially sanctioned trial by combat. Not only would  The Last Duel find an Affleck-Damon script made for the first time in 22 years, it would reunite the latter with his The Martian director, Scott. Kevin Walsh, who is producing with Scott, also worked with Damon on Manchester by the Sea . Affleck and Damon will also produce under their Pearl Street banner. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Ridley Scott to team for The Last Duel: Report Ben Kaye'

Top Gun changes patches on Tom Cruise’s jacket to avoid pissing off China

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Cruise's leather jacket no longer features the Japanese and Taiwanese flags. Top Gun changes patches on Tom Cruise’s jacket to avoid pissing off China Lake Schatz
'Last week saw Tom Cruise suit up and finally take flight again in the first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick . But while he’s back to reprise his role, not everything is the way it used to be for Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. The patch on his signature leather jacket has been changed, and fans are speculating the fashion alteration was made in order to keep China happy. In the original  Top Gun from 1986, Maverick’s jacket had a patch featuring the Japanese and Taiwanese flags. However, his new updated patch is noticeably without both flags, their spots now replaced with unidentifiable symbols. (Read: The 80 Greatest Movies of the ’80s ) “There’s a new Top Gun movie coming out. And Maverick is wearing the same leather jacket — only this time it’s Communist Party of China-approved, so the Japanese and Taiwanese flag patches are gone (screenshot on right is from the new trailer),” wrote  The Globe and Mail correspondent Mark MacKinnon, one of the first to spot the difference in patches. Upon further research, MacKinnon pointed out that a good chunk of the new film’s production money comes courtesy of China-backed companies. Alongside Paramount Pictures, Tencent Pictures and Skydance Media are both listed as co-producers, and both happen to be owned by Tencent, a massive internet conglomerate based in China. There’s a new Top Gun movie coming out. And Maverick is wearing the same leather jacket – only this time it’s Communist Party of China-approved, so the Japanese and Taiwanese flag patches are gone (screenshot on right is from the new trailer)… pic.twitter.com/gUxFNFNUKX — Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) July 19, 2019 MacKinnon, as well as many Top Gun fans, believe that China’s heavy involvement in the film is the reason for the wardrobe update. The country notably has had strained relations with both Japan and Taiwan. China and Japan have long been competitors , especially as the former has skyrocketed to become a major world power in the last few decades. China’s history with Taiwan is similarly complicated . Taiwan is officially listed as part of The Republic of China, and economically depends on the the country, however, many of its citizens have lobbied for full independence. If Paramount did, indeed, censor the patch for China’s sake, it wouldn’t be the first time Hollywood has kowtowed to the country (and its huge market). As The Hollywood Reporter noted, it’s been well over 20 years since a mainstream film has openly critiqued China. Per THR , there could be another explanation for Maverick’s new patch, though, and one that doesn’t necessarily entail the ruffling of political feathers, The original patch is said to be from Maverick’s father’s Vietnam tour. The new patch appears to say “85-86” along with the words “Indian Ocean Cruise,” which was where the dogfights in the original Top Gun took place. Perhaps, by 2020, Maverick’s sartorial shout-outs are more about paying tribute to his own glory days. It’s 2019 and anything is possible. Cruise could have a UFC showdown with Justin Bieber , so why can’t Maverick don a China-approved jacket? In the meantime, revisit a trailer for  Top Gun: Maverick below. The long-awaited sequel arrives June 26th, 2020, and directed by Joseph Kosinski  ( Tron: Legacy ,  Oblivion ).  Val Kilmer  is  expected back  as Iceman and  Miles Teller was cast as  Goose’s son . Also starring are  Jennifer Connelly ,  Jon Hamm ,  Ed Harris , and  Glen Powell . [cos-videojs id=”strangerthingsandmalls-1562883127814,cossteph1-1501859611596,spicegirlsrammsteinsetlist-1560281006695,quentintarantino5-1513021071785,thehivessetlist-1560281597256″ auto_play=true show_playlist=true sticky=true] Top Gun changes patches on Tom Cruise’s jacket to avoid pissing off China Lake Schatz'