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  • True Grit continues to perform very strongly at the box office and has now grossed over $70 million. It will be the biggest financial success in the career of Joel and Ethan Coen. Latest details from EW:

    True Grit showed exactly that, as the Western throwback topped the box office on Friday with $8.2 million, according to early estimates. After 10 days in theaters, the Coen brothers film, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, spent its first day at No. 1 by rising 72 percent from last Friday. (Every wide release witnessed considerable jumps yesterday since last Friday was Christmas Eve, a traditionally slow day at the box office). True Grit has so far grossed $70.5 million, and by the end of today, it should pass No Country for Old Men‘s $74.3 million tally to become the Coen brothers’ biggest hit.

  • A reminder about the fake credit in True Grit involving the son of Ethan Coen - from Scott Feinberg's site:

    One funny note: when the end credits were rolling, I noticed a job described as “Mr. Damon’s abs double” — even though Mr. Damon’s abs are never seen in the film — that was attributed to one “Buster Coen.” Towards the end of the evening, I asked Damon what that was all about, and he laughingly told me that Ethan’s 15-year-old son; Buster had served as an assistant to the script supervisor on the set during the making of the film, but had indicated that he wanted a more important-sounding credit than that; and had apparently requested that one!

  • We bought a zoo starts rehearsals on 3 January, according to actor Colin Ford on his Twitter. The film will use specially trained animals, according to this report:

    Dartmoor Zoo's owner Ben Mee will be buoyed by news that filming on the adaptation of his book, "We Bought a Zoo," is to start on January 17.

    It had been hoped that some of the filming would take place in Sparkwell, but director Cameron Crowe has instead built a replica of the zoo on a Californian ranch, and populated it with specially trained animals.

    Mr Hyde said Ben hoped to visit the set during the 50 days of filming. He added that the zoo had been reassured that all the animals used in the film were kept to "very high standards."

    Using trained animals will speed up production, and trailers for the film could hit the screens by Easter.

  • Matt was named the fourth top money-making star of 2010 by motion picture exhibitors in this poll.

  • Matt's interview on The Early Show to promote True Grit is available here. It is not confirmed whether Matt will attend the Berlin Film Festival to promote True Grit. And from Awards Daily on their list of forgotten awards contenders:

    Matt Damon in True Grit and Hereafter – how is it that year after year Damon delivers one great performance after another and yet is routinely ignored? His work in Hereafter is so understated, and his performance in True Grit is the opposite: he plays a buffoon. He did the same thing last year with two performances and again was ignored. If he gets chosen for anything this year, voters might find some love for him as the Texas Ranger LaBouef, one of the best things about True Grit.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 2nd, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    True Grit is the Best!

    We saw True Grit last weekend and it is possibly the best western movie made surpassing the original because of its trueness, its authenticity, its acting, etc. Matt delved into his character that my companion didn't even know it was him until the credits. Hallie Steinfield was the best, along with Damon and Bridges.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    NY Times critics

    The NY Times critics released their hypothetical Oscar ballots and Matt is on their list for a best supporting actor nomination.

    The fact that the extremely influential AO Scott (who IMO rarely praises Matt) and Manohla Dargis (who seems to have always liked Matt)have him on their ballots could be helpful.

    I had discounted Matt's chances after the other award nominations, but maybe the momentum is building for an outside shot for him at the Oscars...

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/01/02/movies/awardsseason/20110102-oscarpicks-feature.html?ref=awardsseason
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 3rd, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: NY Times critics

    That sounds positive. The great box office for True Grit will help Matt chances for some recognition.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 4th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: AO Scott

    I'll have to disagree about AO Scott's attitude towards Matt. During the all too brief period when Scott was on "At the Movies" this year he went out of his way to praise him. He even hosted a special segment touting Matt's skills and his career. I think it's safe to say he's a fan, and since I consider him possibly the most insightful critic in America, I'm very happy to say that!
    Paula

    I would also add that there were several Matt-related placings in the NY Times Oscar section on Sunday in addition to his noms for best supporing actor. Inside Job and Grit were nominted for best picture, and Green Zone and Grit were nominated for best adapted screenplay.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 3rd, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium

    Jodie Foster is joining Matt and Sharlto Copley in the new Neill Blomkamp project Elysium:

    http://www.deadline.com/2011/01/jodie-foster-joins-neill-blomkamps-elysium/

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 5th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt arriving at LAX

    There are 2 pics at popsugar.com of Matt arriving at LAX

    http://www.popsugar.com/Pictures-Hot-Matt-Damon-Leaving-NYC-13104131

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 5th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New award

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 18th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    speaking of teddy bears......

    For the longest time,as the song goes, Prince Charles sleep's with his teddy bear, very very close, and must have been humming his favorite tune, Let me be your teddy bear by the King himself, you know who!!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 18th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt-adorrrrrrssssssss

    Imagine......................
    A shirtless Matt-adore....poolside by moonlight....twirling a red silk shirt....around....his motorcucle helmet-for-bull....doing a flamenco ballet....to....Liberace playing Malaguena !!!!
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