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Happy 40th Matt!
  • Matt turns 40 today, and celebrated with a party for family and friends Thursday night in New York. Great photo tributes are at PopSugar and Swoonworthy, and some previous birthday photos are below.



  • Ben says he and Casey are re-writing the script for The Trade, and that Matt may consider directing the film - from MTV.

    "I don't know how it'll come together, acting and directing, but Casey and I have decided to write it together," Affleck said. "Once the script's kind of ready, then it's like: Who's doing what? What's the time frame? Matt, me, Casey directing? Particularly for Matt, he's had this extraordinary career where he's worked with these great directors. He's a very good director who just hasn't directed a movie. Can you imagine? Spending all this time with all these great directors? It’s the only thing I’m really jealous of."

  • EPK footage of Matt and Clint making Hereafter is at ET Online.

  • Tina Fey talked about Matt's possible return to 30 Rock:

    "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm, who has won back-to-back Emmy nods for his disarmingly goofy guest appearances on the sitcom, is due to reprise his role as crushingly handsome but clueless Dr. Drew Baird in the live telecast, but fans will see return engagements for several of their other favorite guest stars as well this season, most notably Matt Damon as Carol, an airline pilot who may just be Liz Lemon's (Fey) dream man. Despite the actor's busy schedule, Fey says she hopes Damon will make recurring appearances on her show.

    "We're also trying to find a way for Carol to be a 'condition' in Liz's life even when Matt the actor is away doing movies or something," she says. "But he's a New Yorker, and he has been very generous with us about doing something, so I feel pretty sure we will see him at least one more time.

  • Doug Liman shot a PSA with Matt for Feeding America earlier in the week. Photos from the shoot are at Liman's blog. Liman later discussed working with Matt again at Movieline.



    Despite the behind-the-scenes fights and acrimonious nature of The Bourne Identity shoot, director Doug Liman has absolutely no hard feelings toward Jason Bourne himself, Matt Damon. The director — who was famously barred from directing any Bourne sequels by Universal — was so pleased with Damon that he’d even consider working with him again on The Bourne Legacy. “I would definitely do something with Matt, whether it’s Bourne or something else,” Liman said at the New York premiere of Fair Game last night. Sounds good, though perhaps he should be concentrating on the “something else.”

    Still despite those protestations to the contrary, Liman thinks Damon’s final decision will rest with what’s on the page.

    “Matt and I are both script whores. We really are,” Liman said. “Obviously there is a lot of money to be made on Bourne Identity for me and him. But all Matt cares about is that he believes it will be a good movie and that’s why Matt is still so respected. […] He is the opposite of a sellout. He is a self-proclaimed script whore. As am I.”

  • A very positive review of Hereafter is at Newsweek. The junket for the film should start today, concluding with the NYFF premiere on Sunday.

    Clearly, at this point in his life, questions of mortality aren’t far from Eastwood’s mind, and you can feel his identification with these characters, whose encounters with death both separate them from the rest of the living and give them a sense of urgent purpose. Damon, with his understated but deeply felt performance, and the wonderfully versatile De France supply the movie’s aching soul. And Eastwood keeps it honest. Hereafter confronts a topic that could have descended into mawkish, mystical hokum, but not in Eastwood’s no-nonsense, uncynical hands. He looks at death, and beyond, with clear, open, inquisitive eyes.

  • This interview may not be legitimate.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's b-day

    Happy Birthday!!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Happy 4-0 Matt! Thanks for all the great movies!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MATT!!! If you do "Legacy", I know it'll be a great film. Keep being you--I can't think of any other actor who hits as many right notes,both personal and professional. Looking for "Hereafter" to be a smash and for Oscar to rear his shiny head!

    MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY!!!

    I.B.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt's Birthday

    Happy 40th Matt! Hope you have a great time celebrating with family and friends! You are such an inspiration to us all!
    Karen
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 8th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Video

    Video of Matt impersonating Jack Nicholson at the Golden Globes in 1998 is included in this video:

    http://rush.popsugar.tv/Video-Matt-Damon-Impersonating-Matthew-McConaughey-Other-Celebrities-11389569

    A video tribute from Australia's Today show:
    http://video.au.msn.com/watch/video/matt-damon-turns-40/xyoa9gr?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    Edited at 2010-10-09 01:50 am (UTC)
    From: ext_279706 Date: October 9th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Matt Damon Website

    Hey there,

    Great news page you have here! Perhaps you wanna check out The Matt Damon Website at http://www.justmatt.net that I launched yesterday. And if you like it, spread the word :)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: October 9th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
    This was just posted on Hollywood Elsewhere

    New Bourne not a reboot, Matt isn't being replaced. It will have a whole new hero.

    http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2010/10/gilroy_corrects.php
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 9th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne 4

    This comment from Gilroy made me smile. "I'm building a legend." Sounds just like himself, doesn't he?
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 9th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne 4

    I was so glad to read Tony Gilroy's comments and find out that Matt is not being replaced but it will be very interesting to see what Gilroy comes up with and how it ties in to Jason Bourne.
    Karen
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 10th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    30 Rock & Bourne

    I just see the 30 Rock episode with Matt as guest star.I liked,was funny and better than the previous with Matt as guest.
    So, is a final NO to another Bourne to Matt? Sad to hear that.Syl.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 10th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Press conference and premiere

    A brief report and a few photos from the press conference today:

    http://networkedblogs.com/8WSEi

    Lucy joined Matt on the red carpet (as did Alexia, Lucy's mother, Kyle and his kids etc).

    First photos at this Twitter account:
    http://twitter.com/tasog

    Edited at 2010-10-10 10:46 pm (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: October 11th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
    Here's a video from the premiere where Matt confirms that Lucy is having another girl.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voTLiWxhcsE
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 11th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the link and the news. How did it get cut off there at the end? I need a part two!

    (And was that a reporter from People?)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: October 11th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
    The reporter he was talking to was from Entertainment Tonight.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 27th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Hereafter

    I am looking forward to seeing Hereafter on Friday night with my husband.

    Happy belated and congrats!

    see ya. alli
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