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21-23 January - Matt at the Sundance Film Festival
17 February - The Great Wall to be released (US)
22 December - Downsizing to be released
TBA - Suburbicon to be released
  • Matt is now at the Sundance Film Festival to promote water.org's promotion with Stella Artois and a film he executive produced titled Bending the Arc - details here, thanks to Irina and Paula. A photo of Matt at the water.org brunch with chef Marcus Samuelsson is at Grace Cha's Instagram.

    World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim will attend the world premiere of the stunning new documentary feature BENDING THE ARC at Sundance Film Festival and will be reunited with lifelong friends and co-founders of Partners In Health Dr. Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl (daughter of British novelist Roald Dahl) and patients from around the world whose lives were saved by their remarkable work. From directors Academy Award-Nominee Kief Davidson, Primetime Emmy Award Winner Pedro Kos, and producer/writer Academy Award-Nominee Cori Shepherd Stern.

    A powerful documentary about the extraordinary team of doctors and activists - including Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, and Ophelia Dahl - whose work thirty years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all. Epic, yet intimate, the film is a compelling argument for the power of collective and personal vision and will to turn the tide of history.

  • Matt was in Davos for the World Economic Forum earlier in the week. A report is at USA Today, and a video is here.

  • From an interview with Ben at the Inquirer, thanks to a reader.

    "Matt lives down the street from me. I am very lucky. Our kids get together all the time—they have sleepovers and parties.

    In terms of professional matters, Pearl Street Films is my and Matt’s company, which has a production card on “Manchester.” Matt is the producer. We try to produce movies together as much as we can. We share scripts and give each other advice. We watch football together and do things that people do."
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  • Matt will be attending the World Economic Forum over the next few days. Session details are from Irina, with details of the visit from The Age:

    Matt Damon will launch a new clean water campaign with Stella Artois.

    Tuesday 17 January 13.00 - 13.45 Congress Centre - Aspen 2

    A conversation with clean-water pioneers Matt Damon and Gary White on scaling solutions for universal fresh water and sanitation access.

    This session will be livestreamed on TopLink and the Forum website.

    Matt Damon, Co-Founder, Water.org, USA Gary White, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Water.org, USA; Social Entrepreneur

  • Photos of Matt and Lucy at dinner with Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky are at PopSugar, the Daily Mail (incorrect reporting) and video with Lucy is here.
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  • Matt and Lucy attended the Live by night premiere in LA on Monday. Photos from Zimbio and Twitter. A report is at the Daily Mail.

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  • Another report from the Globes parties:

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    Ben Affleck celebrated his brother Casey's best-actor Globes win for Manchester by the Sea (which Amazon bought at the Sundance Film Festival early last year) at this bash. The elder Affleck hung out in a back room for bit, then made his way to the front of the party. "Where's Matt?" he asked, walking by a crowded dance floor in search of Matt Damon. Found him! His longtime pal was tucked in a corner with his wife, Luciana, who was dancing with Pataky.

  • Matt will no longer direct Father Daughter Time.
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  • Matt attended the Golden Globes with Lucy (both in Versace) and presented an award to Emma Stone. Casey Affleck won Best Actor, Drama (video available here). Photos from Zimbio and Torsten Witte's IG.

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  • A few links: Matt's interview on the red carpet, Matt seeing Brad Pitt on stage, Matt's reaction to Casey's speech and Matt meeting Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges on the red carpet. The red carpet interview with E is here.

    Affleck also gave some love to fellow Cambridge-tied A-lister and childhood friend Matt Damon, who produced the film. “To Matt Damon, for giving me the opportunity, your support, [and] your friendship,” said Affleck. “I suspect you won’t be passing on any more movies in the future that I might be anywhere nearby.”

  • A report from the after-party from People (a fan pic with Matt and Chris at the party is here:

    Also seen at the Amazon party were Matt Damon and Chris Hemsworth, chatting it up at the bar. Hemsworth appeared to be fixing Damon’s hair at point, if you can picture it.
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  • Matt will be a presenter at the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday 8 January. Manchester by the Sea is nominated for five Golden Globe awards, including Best Picture Drama.
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  • Matt with Casey Affleck and the Manchester by the sea team at the recent Critics Choice Awards.

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  • Today is Matt and Lucy's 11th wedding anniversary. An article celebrating their relationship is at Vogue and a great photo is at PopSugar.

  • Matt has returned to LA after completing the press junket for The Great Wall in Beijing.
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  • Photos of Matt and Lucy on Friday night, possibly leaving the Suburbicon wrap party, are at the Daily Mail.

  • An extended trailer for The Great Wall is available here.

  • Casey Affleck and Manchester by the Sea are winning a range of early critics awards, including the National Board of Review.
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  • Manchester by the sea opened in limited release last weekend before a wider release in coming weeks. Matt attended two Q&A sessions in LA on Sunday after screenings. A picture with moderator Leonard Maltin is on Leonard's twitter.

  • Matt and George Clooney played basketball with Tony Parker on George's court on the WB lot earlier this week during filming of Suburbicon.
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