Stephen Rebello

Matt Damon in Elysium

While discussing his new film Promised Land and how boring he is, Matt Damon told Playboy (don’t click if you dislike looking at a lot of butts) about the experience of filming in a massive trash dump for Elysium and got humble about the roles he missed out on. “Having to say no to Avatar was tough because I particularly wanted to work with James Cameron, and still do, because he’s fantastic,” Damon said. “He knew he was the star of that movie and that everyone was going to go see it anyway. When he said, ‘Look, I’m offering it to you, but if you say no, the movie doesn’t need you,’ I remember thinking, Oh God, not only do I have to say no because of scheduling, but he’s going to make a star out of some guy who’s going to start taking jobs from me later.” Damon also talked about missing out on Milk and Brokeback Mountain, but ultimately concluding that Josh Brolin and Heath Ledger were the right actors for the parts because of how stellar they portrayed their respective characters.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, author Stephen Rebello joins us to share the insight of “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,” and Gallery 1988 co-founder Jensen Karp gets crazy for cult and explains what Edward Scissorhands is doing in a painting with Jack Skellington. Plus, our very own Fatguy Kevin Carr joins me to play Good News/Bad News and tries to envision a spy thriller directed by Edgar Wright. Listen Here: Download This Episode

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Last week (June 16th to be specific) was the 51st anniversary of the theatrical release of Psycho. Alfred Hitchcock’s most influential film has a legacy that cannot be understated, and I’ll be discussing that legacy on this week’s Reject Radio (which goes live tomorrow) with author Stephen Rebello. Rebello wrote the must-read “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” which most consider to be the authoritative text on the background, production history, and impact of the slasher from the master of suspense. It’s not a new book, but it’s an important one, and it’s new to the world of e-books. Fortunately, we’re lucky enough to have this exclusive excerpt from the text where we get introduced to Ed Gein – the killer that stood as inspiration for the original “Psycho” novel by Robert Bloch.

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