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17 February 2017 - The Great Wall to be released
22 December 2017 - Downsizing to be released
  • 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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  • Matt, Lucy and Ben attended the LA premiere of Manchester By The Sea on Monday. Photos from Zimbio. Reports are at the Daily Mail, more at the Daily Mail, and PopSugar:

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  • At the premiere Matt revealed he has a cameo in the currently filming Ocean's 8.

    Speaking with ET's Carly Steel at the premiere of Manchester By The Sea at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, on Monday, Damon – who starred as pickpocket Linus Caldwell alongside Brad Pitt and George Clooney in Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen -- revealed that he's going to be shooting a cameo.

    "I'm doing a little bit in the movie," Damon shared. "I haven't read it yet, but the cast is phenomenal and I'm excited to see what those women do with it. It's going to be fun."

    As for Manchester by the Sea, Damon couldn't help but heap praise on star and frequent collaborator Casey Affleck.

    "We clash in a really good way creatively," explained Damon, who's been friends with Affleck since childhood and served as a producer on his latest film. "He just cares so much. He takes every moment so personally and seriously and that's why he's one of the best actors in the world and I'm really, really proud of him. I couldn't be happier for what he did in this movie."
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  • Matt participated in the Hollywood Reporter's annual producers roundtable - a summary of the interview is here, with video highlights here:



  • More Manchester by the sea press: a Kenneth Lonergan interview in the LA Times and a Casey Affleck interview in the New York Times.

    But this is exactly how Mr. Affleck insists he wants it. “I have no desire to be famous at all,” he wrote by email after our chat. Given his comparably less lustrous career, this might be a defensive crouch. But Mr. Damon, one of the producers of “Manchester by the Sea,” said that Mr. Affleck had long coveted privacy, especially after witnessing the relentless scrutiny aimed at Ben.

    "He’s leery about putting himself out there too much, and he also saw what his brother and I were going through 20 years ago,” Mr. Damon said. “He’s also somebody who’s somewhat humble and doesn’t like to talk about himself that much or as much as other actors do.”

    This aversion to publicity has complicated Mr. Affleck’s career. He has lost jobs that directors wanted him for, he said, because the business-side people felt he lacked enough exposure. He is also exceedingly picky about roles. Mr. Damon said he has spent hours on the phone as Mr. Affleck obsessed about whether to take a part. Whatever side Mr. Damon took, he said, Mr. Affleck would argue. “He always errs on the side of the caution until he runs out of money and takes whatever he has to take,” Mr. Damon said. "He agonizes over these decisions because he’s got a lot of integrity. Way more than either his brother or me."
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  • Matt and father Kent attended a private fundraiser for the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center over the weekend in LA. A report and photo is at the Boston Globe (below), and a photo of Matt, Lucy, Stanley Tucci and wife Felicity is at the Boston Herald.

    Matt Damon recently hosted a private fund-raiser at the Montage Beverly Hills in California to benefit the Center for Cancer Immunology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Damon spoke at the event as did his father, Kent , who’s received treatment at the Mass General Cancer Center since he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma six years ago. Other speakers included Dr. Peter Slavin, president of Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Daniel Haber, director of the Mass. General Cancer Center, Dr. Nir Hacohen, director of the Center for Cancer Immunology, and Dr. Noopur Raje, director of the Center for Multiple Myeloma (and Kent Damon’s oncologist).

  • A long article about Kenneth Lonergan is at the New Yorker - excerpts below. An article about why Matt had final cut on Manchester by the sea is at Variety. The film received five Gotham Awards nominations.

    Matt Damon, who plays a geometry teacher in “Margaret,” is among those friends who sought to remedy Lonergan’s despair—in Damon’s case, by getting Lonergan to write “Manchester by the Sea” for him. It was, Damon admits, partly a ruse. “A lot of his friends were, quite frankly, worried about him. He needed money, but he couldn’t write—it was this horrible limbo,” Damon told me. “We got Kenny paid to write a draft.” It took Lonergan more than two years to finish one, but when he did, Damon says, “It was long, and it was meandering, and it was fucking incredible.” Lonergan revised the script and showed it again to Damon, who says, “I called him and I said, ‘Kenny, you are the only person who can direct this—this is completely a Kenny Lonergan movie.’ He put up a little fight, but those characters really had their claws into him.”

    Damon promised Lonergan that he would star in the movie. Scheduling conflicts ultimately prevented him from doing so, but he remained involved as a producer. Damon recalls, “I told Kenny, ‘Look, it’s not going to be anything like “Margaret.” It’s going to be easy, and it’s going to be fun.’ Kenny said”—Damon switched to an impersonation—“ ‘I don’t believe you can have fun making movies.’ ”
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  • Matt presented Ridley Scott with the American Cinematheque award in LA on Friday. A report is at Variety with photos at Zimbio.

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  • Photos of Matt on the set of Suburbicon earlier in the week are at the Daily Mail here and here.
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  • Matt and Ben attended the live reading of Good Will Hunting in New York with John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Daveed Diggs and Harvey Weinstein. A report is at The Hollywood Reporter.

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  • Matt and Pedro Pascal attended a New York Comic-Con event to promote The Great Wall. A report is here and the new trailer is here.
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  • Jason Bourne has now passed $400 million worldwide - from Variety.

    The film has grossed an estimated $161.8 million in North America and $238.6 million internationally to date. It’s the highest-grossing “Bourne” film of the series abroad and the second-highest-grossing worldwide.

    The movie launched in its final international market, Japan, on Friday. “Jason Bourne” scored No. 1 openings in 49 markets and became the highest-f “Bourne” franchise film in 51 territories.

    The highest-earning markets are: China ($66.3 million), U.K. ($30.3 million), South Korea ($19.1 million), Australia ($16.7 million), and France ($11.6 million).

  • Update:Matt, Ben and Harvey Weinstein participated in attend John Krasinski's live reading of Good Will Hunting in New York on Friday. John talked about the live read on GMA, where Ben Affleck made a surprise appearance. A photo of the reading with John, Emily Blunt, Margo Martindale, Daveed Diggs, Keegan-Michael Key, Matt and Ben by Sandy Hall:

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  • Matt will attend the NY Comic-Con to promote Great Wall on Saturday (his 46th birthday).

    Dave Karger‏@davekarger
    In NYC to moderate #TheGreatWall panel at #NYCC with #ZhangYimou #MattDamon @PedroPascal1 @JingTian #WangJunkai. Who else will be there?

  • Matt met Idina Menzel after a Jimmy Kimmel skit during the week.
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