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True Grit, various
  • True Grit wrapped in Austin, Texas, last Friday. Matt wasn't in Austin for the final days of filming, but great photos from the set are at Austin 360 and this blog. Update: Despite various sites reporting that filming had wrapped, filming appears to be continuing this week at a ranch near Lampasas, Texas.

  • Matt's tribute/roast at the American Cinematheque award show aired last Thursday. The full show is not available online (yet), but various clips are available - see the comments section in the last post for some clips. This article at the Daily Mail has some quotes and stills from the show.

  • Composer Kyle Eastwood (son of Clint) discussed swimming with sharks in South Africa with Matt at Times Online:

    For Invictus, we set up a studio in my dad’s hotel, a beautiful place called the Cape Grace, on the Cape Town waterfront. I didn’t get much free time, but one day Matt Damon came to me and said I absolutely had to take the day off to go cage-diving with sharks. I was apprehensive, for me and the sharks, but he had done it the day before and said he was going again. He was so wild-eyed and enthusiastic, I had to go along to see what had got him so worked up.

    So we go out in this boat and they churn the water, and time goes by. You get into a wetsuit, but not much happens. Then, after about 20 minutes, just when you are lulled into a false sense of security, wham, this monster comes by. Well, I thought the first one was a monster, then a second appears, 14ft or 15ft long, and I’m like, whoa! And Matt yells: “Get in the cage, quick!” What? Oh, okay. The actual cage is bolted to the boat, with most of it just below water level, so you basically just take a deep breath, jump in and hold your breath while these amazing creatures come right by, bumping the bars. As Matt said, it’s awesome, and I’m glad I did it. Once.

  • Happy Feet 2 will be released in 3D on 18 November 2011.

  • The Rounders screenwriters discussed the possible sequel at Cinematical:

    Cinematical: I also saw that you guys are potentially working on Rounders 2. Is that any sort of reality?
    Levien: Well, that was something that we've been talking about for a little while because all the guys who were in it, and John Dahl and everybody wants to do it. So it's just a question of figuring out, like, you know, Miramax obviously is no more. So it's sort of like a project without a studio.
    Koppelman: Yeah, we won't do it on the, I mean, we won't do it unless it's Matt [Damon] and Edward [Norton] and John Malkovich. And John Dahl.

    Cinematical: You wouldn't do a Port of Call New Orleans?
    Koppelman: We have to all decide that we think there's really an idea that's worthy of it.
    Levien: I mean, we got a way into the story, I think, in that we all started talking about it and then somehow, I think maybe Matt said something in an interview and that's how it became news or news fact. But it's something that we all want to do and hopefully will happen at some point.
    Koppelman: I mean, Matt's told us many times that that's the movie still that he gets stopped on the street about the most. Which is weird, because, you know, it only took $22 million at the box office. But I think every, every guy who's ever gone to college, at some point during those four years, watched that movie 15 times with his friends. And so we don't want to, you know, Bill Simmons, the sports guy, would kill us if we f*cked it up.

  • Matt may be involved with a music video to promote the World Cup in South Africa.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 31st, 2010 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    30 Rock in Australia

    And for Australian readers, Matt's episode of 30 Rock will air on Channel 7 this Sunday at 11pm (double episode).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 1st, 2010 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: 30 Rock in Australia

    Thank you soooo much for this news!!! I'm so excited! I wasn't sure how I was going to be able to see it.
    Karen
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 1st, 2010 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: 30 Rock in Australia

    I didn't even know the last season of 30 Rock was being screened in Australia at the moment - a pleasant surprise.

    Random sightings:
    Matt and extended family were in Martha's Vineyard over the weekend, and back in NY for lots of sightings on Monday.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 4th, 2010 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    30 Rock, various

    The full video that was on NBC with Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin talking about (and praising) Matt is now available on YouTube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPbwxGLxpzk

    True Grit now should have finished filming around Austin.

    The LA and Boston mayors have a bet on the NBA finals and Matt, Ben and Jack Nicholson are drawn in to the result (presumably without their consent):
    http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_15222497

    Joel McHale praises Matt:
    http://www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/articles/2010/06/04/stars_out_at_finals/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 4th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
    In regards to the recent discussion here about whether Matt would be an appropriate casting choice for the male lead in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" American remake: there are several reports today that Daniel Craig has been offered the role and negotiations are taking place this weekend.

    Are any Matt fans in the UK planning on seeing Casey Affleck's movie, "The Killer Inside Me", which opens in the UK today? This is the movie where some people walked out of the festival showings because of the explicit scenes of violence inflicted by Casey's character towards the characters portrayed by Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson. It's getting quite hyped up in the media, which will probably continue for the next few weeks until it opens in America (June 18).

    I know Matt's mother is not Casey's mother (smile), but since she's known for being so outspoken against violence in the media, and Matt/Ben/Casey are so interconnected in the public eye, it's interesting to me that Casey is the star of this movie. I know just from reading the extremely detailed descriptions of the on-screen beatings delivered by Casey's character (seriously, I wish some of the articles hadn't been so detailed because my stomach was turning), that I won't be seeing this movie. No matter how good Casey is in it - and he is supposedly quite good. (The movie itself is getting middling to bad reviews.)

    Still, "The Departed" was violent and "True Grit" is supposedly going to be quite violent, so I suppose Matt and his mother ultimately may have rather different views on how far violence in movies can go. But I would be curious to see if Matt ever comments on Casey's role after the movie is released in America, simply because his mother's views and writings about media violence are now more well-known because of his fame.

    To be honest, I had to avert my eyes during some of the violence in "The Departed", though I ended up liking (but not loving) the movie. I thought Matt was fantastic, but the movie itself? Not so much. I can't say I'm looking forward to "True Grit" either. As much as I want to support Matt, I've only liked one Coen Brothers movie of the several I've seen on DVD ("Fargo").
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 5th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Killer Inside Me

    The Sunday Times Culture magazine of last week had a report about the movie, and an interview with Jessica Alba. I knew nothing about the movie until I read these items, and now I know more about it will not be going to see it or renting the DVD.

    Jessica Alba's inane comments liken it to a love story where she wants Casey Affleck to kill her, she egged him on and provoked him because she couldn't just kill herself. Is it just me or are actresses actually getting dumber? When the interviewer asks her if the message that a women enjoys being hurt sexually, and even in her death throes is reaching out and forgiving her killer, it's troubling, here is verbatim what she says:

    'I don't think it's troubling. I think it's the reality of being in love with someone. I know when I've been in love with someone not even in love, I didn't see half the stuff everyone else saw. So, imagine this is your soulmate ...... you're not going to see any of that awful stuff, even if it's right in front of you.'

    Michael Winterbottom has always directed controversial movies 9 Songs when it was released was criticised for it's explicit sexual content. I think Casey Affleck is a really good actor; but no matter how you dress it up or intellectualise it, this is a movie that shows extreme and explicit violence directed towards women. Apparently not too much is shown on screen, it's left the audiences imagination, but that somehow seems worse to me. The director talks about showing what such violence actually looks like and then decides to pull his punches. You can't have it both ways.

    I saw the Departed only because Matt was in it, and it was OK, but I don't like a lot of violence in films so hid behind my hands a lot. Again I will see True Grit, but again only because Matt is involved. I lean closer to Matt's mother when it comes to violent content, but tastes differ and most people aren't bothered by this sort of thing. I think too much exposure brutalises people and makes them numb to real violence and its consequences.

    A friend of mine does voluntary work and came into contact with a woman whose daughter was murdered by her boyfriend. He beat her to death and then set fire to the flat she lived in. She left behind a small child and a devastated family. He justified his actions because she moved out because of his violence toward her. So not as stupid as Jessica Alba.

    I too would be interested to read Matt's views on Casey's role in this film. Marcia

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