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We bought a zoo, Time
  • A photo of Matt and Benjamin Mee on the set of We Bought A Zoo, from Twitter. Ben and family are visiting the film set this week.



  • Readers can currently vote for Matt on the Time 100 poll - here's Matt's entry:

    Matt Damon
    Age: 40
    Occupation: Actor, activist
    Previous TIME 100 appearances: 0
    With performances in blockbusters such as The Adjustment Bureau and the Oscar-nominated True Grit, as well as a recurring role on NBC's hit comedy 30 Rock, Matt Damon dominated both the big and small screens this past year. Yet he poured equal energy into Water.org, a nonprofit he co-founded in 2009, which aims to take safe and clean drinking water to developing countries.

  • From an article at the Hollywood Reporter about the recent premiere of His Way:

    "I want to welcome you all to Jerry Weintraub’s second bar mitzvah!” That’s how HBO co-president Richard Plepler opened the screening and afterparty on the Paramount lot March 22 for the the new documentary about Weintraub's career.

    Matt Damon’s production schedule nearly kept the star from attending the premiere. (Damon, right, is shooting Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo in Thousand Oaks, Calif.). But after Weintraub (left, with HBO’s Michael Lombardo) offered to send a helicopter, the filmmakers decided to break early and spare Jerry the cash.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 7th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Set photos

    A few photos and details from the set of We Bought A Zoo at Cameron Crowe's official site:

    http://www.theuncool.com/2011/04/07/5-things-i-learned-about-we-bought-a-zoo/
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 8th, 2011 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Ben in the Great Gatsby remake?

    Off-topic comment just because...

    Ben in a remake of Great Gatsby? I know we're not aiming high with Baz Luhrmann as director, but that would appear to be a poor choice.

    http://www.deadline.com/2011/04/ben-affleck-in-great-gatsby-talks/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 9th, 2011 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben in the Great Gatsby remake?

    I know - Luhrmann is kind of awful, right? I couldn't sit through the first five minutes of "Australia"...and it wasn't just because of Nicole Kidman's face.

    But I personally am not a fan of Leo DiCaprio either (over-acts everything), so I guess Carey Mulligan is gonna have to save that film.

    But isn't Ben's character a cocky ass? Maybe he could play that well (no diss intended). Hopefully he will surprise us, but I feel like directing is more his thing...
    G
    PS: I'm getting increasingly excited for "Zoo". The still with dad-Matt in the girly room was too, too cute!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 9th, 2011 06:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben in the Great Gatsby remake?

    Luhrmann can't really direct and Ben is not a good actor (to me). Maybe it's a good combination. They should combine it with Jennifer Garner's choice in role selection (see Arthur, Valentine's Day).

    Shots from the set of Zoo are really beautiful - the crew appears to be working very long hours but loving the work. Lots of extras on set this week and next week as zoo patrons.

    For photos of the set and some animals - try this tumblr by a crew member:
    http://stephenmallett.tumblr.com/page/1

    Ellen also visited the set as it's near her home - video from the set with Crystal the monkey (everybody's got a photo with Crystal)

    Edited at 2011-04-17 08:16 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 9th, 2011 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    WBAZ

    Tom Cruise was on the set of We Bought A Zoo today.

    The shoot was extended from 62 to 66 days - only a week or so left.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 9th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: visits to the set

    Ellen shot a cute 'behind the scenes' video on the We Bought a Zoo set... look whose chair the monkey is in - lol!
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 12th, 2011 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Ben Mee talks about the visit to set

    Back home in Plymouth, Ben Mee talked about meeting Matt and visiting the set on BBC Radio Devon - at the 2 hour 20 mark:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p00fv428

    A quote from Ben about Matt:

    "He was on show the whole time, as he had to be. He was just nice, genuinely nice and everybody on the set liked him. He spent loads of time just being nice and kind and attentive to everyone and chatting casually in between scenes."

    Edited at 2011-04-17 08:16 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 15th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    People magazine

    Matt's apparently in the 'Most Beautiful' issue of People magazine (Jennifer Lopez cover).

    He's in the Shining Stars category due to his involvement with charity work.
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