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Cinematheque tribute
  • The Cinematheque tribute to Matt airs on ABC tonight (Thursday) at 9pm. Here's a preview from David Wild at the Huffington Post, including:

    Still, I want to take this opportunity to draw your Huff Po attention towards what I believe to be an excellent hour of television airing Thursday night at 9PM on ABC called Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon: An American Cinematheque Tribute. I've been honored to work as a writer on these American Cinematheque Tributes for years alongside my friend Paul Flattery, one of the show's Executive Producers, as they have increasingly become that perfect combination of a loving tribute and a hilarious roast. This year's show -- airing for the first time on a major network -- is an entertaining salute to Matt Damon, an fine actor, screenwriter, philanthropist and as it turns out, one funny bastard.

    From there, it's noting but love and laughs from the star-studded likes of Robin Williams, Clint Eastwood (who KILLED), Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, Charlize Theron, former faux flame Sarah Silverman, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck and last but not even close to least, Matt Damon, who gave every bit as good as he got. There are also taped bits here you won't want to miss from George Clooney, Ben Stiller and someone named Bill Clinton.

  • And another preview at Cincinatti.com:

    "What can I say about Matt Damon that hasn't already been said about Brendan Fraser?" the always-sharp Jimmy Kimmel asks in his introduction. Damon, 39, offers a large target for what feels like a witty roast. He's ranged from action to comedy; he has an Oscar (for writing "Good Will Hunting" with Ben Affleck) and two acting nominations.

    Throw in clips and a serious glimpse of Damon's charity projects and you have a terrific hour.

  • As previously advised, Matt narrates the new documentary from Charles Ferguson titled Inside Job, which was the best reviewed film at Cannes (via Indiewire). Ferguson talked about why he chose Matt for the job in a video at Hollywood Elsewhere:

    Ferguson: He was somebody I didn’t know a lot about, and it’s not like I knew him personally, I had never met him. I had a sense and people had told me that he was an intelligent man who was interested in political and policy matters in an intelligent way to whom this might appeal and that proved to be totally true. He was also just great to work with, just a great guy. He was very astute and he took the time to read the transcript carefully, quite carefully, it was clear he read it thoroughly and understood every word and he had several very good suggestions that we incorporated in the film. So it was actually a very cool experience.

  • Photos of Matt and Lucy at the Pearl Jam concert in New York last Friday are here.
  • 26 comments or Leave a comment
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 28th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Cinematheque tribute

    As I can't see the tribute, I'd love if those who can see it can post their comments and feedback.

    Are there many reaction shots from Lucy? And there's a few Twitter posts saying Ben doesn't look too happy.

    Edited at 2010-05-28 01:26 am (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: May 28th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
    The show itself was good, I felt it was a bit rushed and there was a TON of commercials. After reading the tweets when they were filming the actual show some of the funnier stuff was left out, but I guess that was to be expected. It was pretty funny and Matt's speech was great. George's video was weird, but funny. There were some reaction shots of Lucy, a really nice sweet one when Matt was giving his speech. Ben did look totally pissed during the whole thing. He "played" pissed during his speech, but in the audience he just didnt look happy at all.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 28th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
    Many thanks for the report. Most Twitter responses questioned why the event was on it all, but people seemed to enjoy it.

    I wish a full, unedited version was available. I'd buy it.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: May 28th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
    I think the reason most of the people questioned why it was happening was because this is the first time it has aired on a major network. all the other times it's been on AMC or another smaller network so people arent familiar with the award show. But you are right most people did enjoy it and said that they loved Matt's speech the most...he does a hell of a Clinton.

    I would like to see an unedited version too, they cut out Greengrass altogether and just showed Bourne clips.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
    Damn! I forgot to tune in to the tribute! I was so amped to see it and it slipped my mind. Well, crap. I was wondering, do you know if ABC will air it again, anytime soon? Or if you know where I might be able to stream it in the future?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 28th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Clips

    Don't know - will post any links or info that I find.

    Jimmy Kimmel on his show tonight played the clip of Guillermo pushing Matt off the stage at the end, and that's on YouTube. Matt thanked his family who attended (and we see a shot of Kent and his wife Celeste), but I presume wasn't even allowed to thank Lucy before being pushed off the stage - I hate that.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39MHGpdZcwk

    And the clip with Charlize Theron is also available (including two crosses to Lucy in the crowd):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DSlHCwsYh0

    ET Online has video of some of Clint's speech and Matt's acceptance:
    http://www.etonline.com/news/2010/05/87676/index.html

    Clips and interviews from ABC:
    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/hollywood_wrap&id=7465803

    Edited at 2010-05-28 09:03 am (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: May 28th, 2010 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Clips

    I dont know what was shown on the clips, but Matt did thank Lucy and the girls before he was pushed off stage.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 28th, 2010 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Clips

    Thanks for that - I'm pleased to hear he could thank his family. In the clip you only hear him thanking his brother, father and family in Boston before going off stage.

    More of Jimmy Kimmel's introduction:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68qusSQKabg

    This article at the Daily Mail has some stills and quotes:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1282151/Matt-Damon-handed-prestigious-American-Cinematheque-Award-proud-best-friend-Ben-Affleck.html

    Edited at 2010-05-28 12:09 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2010 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Cinematheque tribute

    Thank you for the links, this looks so good, hopefully i will get to see the whole thing at some point, Summer Phoenix looked bored, Ben grumpy but Lucy as always has a lovely smile and looks lovely
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 28th, 2010 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cinematheque tribute

    Thanks for your comments. In the clips Summer did look particularly bored, Don Cheadle is always laughing, and Lucy looks great.

    Liked this Twitter post about the ceremony:

    amazingg22: I think its cute that Matt Damon's wife has a permanent smile on her face tonight...she should!! #AmericanCinemathequeAward
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2010 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I agree that Ben (and also Casey) looked pi**ed all evening. But, then I think Ben always looks that way with his short hair -- so unflattering. Maybe they're feeling a little threatened? Clint Eastwood, Robin Williams and Don Cheadle looked to be having a great time. Clint was funnier than I've ever seen him and obviously has a lot of affection for Matt. At the end of his comments he said, "This is more than I've talked in my last three movies." Lol. Lucy smiled a lot and looked lovely.

    And, yes, it'd be great to see the cable version with all the blue jokes on it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 28th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Invictus DVD and Jerry Weintraub book

    And thanks for your comments.

    My Blu-Ray DVD of Invictus arrived today, so it's been a Clint kind of night.

    There are two good features on the Blu-Ray DVD, and there's also in-screen commentary and behind the scenes footage available during the movie.

    One of the mini-features is Matt learning to play rugby, which is really Matt smiling and not doing much rugby but everyone talking about how lovely and similar to Francois he is. There's also some good footage of Matt and Kyle during the bike race and lots of nice quotes.

    Another mini-feature has similar footage, more interviews and good quotes from film-makers, the rugby players etc.

    I think the standard version of the DVD (not Blu-Ray) doesn't have the Matt and rugby feature.

    And if anyone was thinking about looking at or buying the new Jerry Weintraub book for Matt quotes/stories - don't. I bought it blind as it's not available in Austraila and there's nothing new or specific about Matt - old stories, old quotes.

    Edited at 2010-05-28 12:56 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 28th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Save the children event - and Lucy's sore foot

    Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford spoke about the Save the Children event (which they attended) on the Today show on 21 May.

    I hope Lucy's foot is OK (do people literally trample over her to get to Matt?) She appeared to be wearing high heels at the Gateway benefit.

    KOTB: We went to an event last night that Jim Bell's wife, Angelique Bell, was a chairperson of.
    GIFFORD: Aptly named. She is an angel, this lady.
    KOTB: She's awesome.
    GIFFORD: Yeah.
    KOTB: This is the--this was the Save the Children dinner.
    GIFFORD: Yes. In Greenwich, Connecticut.
    KOTB: And there's Kath and Frank and me standing. And then later--I think we have a couple other happy snaps of Ann and Meredith there. Ann emceed it, did a great job.
    GIFFORD: Ann did--always does a wonderful job.
    KOTB: And Matt Damon was there.
    GIFFORD: And then oh, oh, I'm sorry.
    KOTB: Oh, oh, oh.
    GIFFORD: Is that Matt Damon?
    KOTB: I think he was there.
    GIFFORD: Oh, was he there?
    KOTB: Yes. Hm.
    GIFFORD: Yes. What a nice guy.
    KOTB: Sweet. Sweet.
    GIFFORD: Wasn't he? I didn't--I'd never met him before.
    KOTB: And he--his wife was there.
    GIFFORD: Beautiful. She went into the ladies room as Hoda and I were coming out.
    KOTB: Hm.
    GIFFORD: She's pregnant with their third child, and he was just standing at the door like concerned about her.
    KOTB: Waiting for her.
    GIFFORD: Somebody had stepped on her toe or something.
    KOTB: Smashed her toe. I think it was bad.
    GIFFORD: Really?
    KOTB: I don't know. He said it was--she really got stomped.
    GIFFORD: Oh.
    KOTB: Anyhoo. So there's...
    GIFFORD: Did someone say I'm sorry? Because people don't do that, either.
    KOTB: I don't know. People aren't apologizing.

    Edited at 2010-05-28 01:00 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Save the children event - and Lucy's sore foot

    Poor Lucy, if that was a high heel stamping on her foot that would be sore, hope she's ok
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Cinematheque tribute - George Clooney

    George Clooneys video message

    http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/05/28/george-clooney-gets-a-rectal-exam-while-talking-to-matt-damon-v/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    "And if anyone was thinking about looking at or buying the new Jerry Weintraub book for Matt quotes/stories - don't. I bought it blind as it's not available in Austraila and there's nothing new or specific about Matt - old stories, old quotes."


    Thanks for that tip. I have it on request at my local library and I will now probably cancel the hold. Weintraub seems like kind of a strange guy IMO - in his interviews he struck me as being really obsessed with hanging out with "stars" - like he gets some reflected glory or something.

    And I don't recall seeing any reviews here of Trinette Faint's book (I'm sorry if I missed anyone's reviews; I did see the article links about her posted here). She is Matt's former personal assistant who wrote that book about a personal assistant and a movie star falling in love (but, of course, claimed that nothing in the book had anything to do with Matt. I can believe her claim that she and Matt didn't date, but after reading the book I do think at least a few of the descriptions she drew upon for the character are likely based from her working with Matt.)

    Anyway, I bought it because it wasn't at the library or at a local bookstore (where I could check it out first) and I couldn't find any reviews about it. Big mistake. When I got it, I saw that the book was self-published and now I see why no book agency picked it up.

    She's a terrible writer IMO, and the main characters (the assistant and the movie star she worked for) were generally selfish and immature, though they were supposed to be the hero/heroine (and the groupie girl the movie star was also dating was supposed to be the evil person). Having them both be so immature ruined the book for me. I have a feeling the author didn't see that these characters could be seen as unlikable. The only decent person was the *other* movie star character, who was supposedly in love with the assistant and treated her well - though she wasn't interested in him and cheated on him with the main movie star guy (her boss). Charming. And the whole fashion designer plotline included in the book was ridiculous.

    She (Trinette the author) is really pretty, though. I saw the pictures from when she recently won the Harper's Bazaar "modeling at any age" contest and she is quite striking.

    Did anyone else read it? To be fair, I did think some of her descriptions of a day-to-day personal assistant job's lifestyle, travel, and duties were interesting.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 28th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Trinette's book

    Sorry, I could have warned people about that book. It started with promise and kind of self-destructed as it went along.

    Edited at 2010-05-28 07:09 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    As I've said before, gotta love this guy. This was the classiest tribute show I've seen. I taped it and watched it a second time. Clinton's remarks about Matt were outstanding, and if we ever needed to know how big he (Matt) is on the world stage, that would tell you. Jennifer Garner thanked Matt for marrying Lucy who "keeps us sane while Matt and Ben are talking Red Sox". A fine mention, as Lucy sat there beaming. Ben and Casey are Boston Beaners which means they're always going to look unexcited and defensive, always ready to zing someone with some acid put-down.That's why their comments and attitude about Matt were so spot-on and so much a tribute to him. He's one of them.

    Matt really was the funniest of the lot. He took it all in stride and ripped everyone with Massachusetts style wit--even Eastwood after he says he won't f**k with him. And they're right: his Clinton is on the money, like his McConaughey. Really, you just gotta love this guy.

    I.B.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 29th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Garner clip

    Thanks I.B.

    The clip with Jennifer Garner is available at a fansite:
    http://jen-fans.com/hollywood-salutes-matt-damon/

    Part of Don Cheadle's speech:
    http://video.aol.com/video-detail/roasting-damon-cinematheque-tribute/36028814861341059

    Edited at 2010-05-29 12:44 pm (UTC)
    From: tivafan Date: May 29th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    I'd love to see the show again!

    Do you happen to know where I can download the 1 hour special? I also enjoyed it a lot when it aired and would love to watch it again.

    I think all the actors gave funny speeches. And the show was indeed classy and definitely fun.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 30th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: I'd love to see the show again!

    I don't think it is available to download. If anyone links become available, I will post them.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 29th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    re :cinematheque tribute

    I don't know why people are always putting Ben down.I thought Ben looked happy for him .He's always been closer to Matt than even his own brother.I think Matt speech said it all;He couldn't be more happier receiving this award from his hetero life mate.Like it or not ,haters,rumors ,box office hits or not ,they're going to be best friends for life.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 29th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: re :cinematheque tribute

    Nope - Ben did not look happy -- I would say the word to describe him would be "snarky." That's just commenting on the way Ben looked that evening and not to be a commentary on what he's like, his acting, his friendships, etc.
    From: tivafan Date: May 29th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    I saw it!

    I thought the show was awesome. Fun and entertaining! Definitely enjoyed it.

    As another poster mentioned, I don't know why Matt's fans have the need to constantly bash Ben Affleck or their friendship.

    Regardless of who is a better actor or not, Ben and Matt are best friends. Basically brothers. So fans can bash Ben all they want, they'll still maintain to be close.

    And I think that's admirable. They've known each other since they were like 7 years old. And are both now in their 30s. We could only be so lucky to have such friends.

    As for Ben's personality during the show, I just don't think he is into the whole "Hollywood" attention thing at the moment. If anything, he now avoids red carpets and extra publicity stuff. So I think him looking grumpy or whatever had more to do with him not being into the "spotlight" thing anymore. I can't recall the last time I saw Ben arrive on a red carpet.

    And I thought Matt made a lovely speech by also adding that Ben is his best friend and a "hetero-lifemate." So to me, that says it all.

    So fans can bash Ben's acting choices or appearance or whatever, that won't make Matt stop being his friend.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 29th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: I saw it!

    I'm not sure why people don't get this, but Matt, Ben and Casey were having a love-fest. They adopt what is tantamount to a Southie attitude. You show love through witty put-downs. They all bashed each other that night. Those three are bonded--they are as much brothers as brothers can be. Ben and Matt have supported each other through thick and thin--in and out of the movie business. WE can think what we like about them as actors, but they are family to each other. You have to understand that Massachusetts culture. Doesn't matter how old they get, it will always be them against the world. You gotta love 'em all.

    I.B.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 30th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: I saw it!

    Thanks again I.B. for your response.

    Could we please have no more comments about Ben or Casey's attitude? Fans of all actors may see things differently.
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