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Elysium in Mexico, Zoo
  • A report on the filming of Elysium at Tlalpizahua, Mexico, including details about Neill Blomkamp's directing style, is at Diario.com (includes spoilers).

  • New promotion for Happy Feet 2: a behind the scenes clip at the studio, an interview with Matt and a new scene with Matt and Brad's characters. A photo of Matt in the studio is from IMDB.



  • A new interview with Cameron Crowe is at the LA Times:

    "The zoo is like the mall in 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High,'" Crowe said during filming, as Church and Damon tried to do a scene while the ostriches kept pushing against them, mistaking their tool belts for feed bags (the animals, including the tiger from "The Hangover," were mostly imported from local teaching zoos). "It's not just the setting, but a pressure cooker — an incubator."

  • Matt talked about Zoo in the AP holiday preview:

    In “We Bought a Zoo,” Matt Damon plays a dad trying to hold his family together by doing just what the title says – moving with his kids to a rundown zoo that they begin to rebuild. Sounds sappy, concedes Damon, who interrupts himself when he describes the movie to point out that it’s directed by Oscar winner Cameron Crowe (“Jerry Maguire,” “Almost Famous”). (Opens Dec. 23)

    “It’s one of those movies that sounds like it could be the worst Disney movie ever,” Damon said. “My pitch for it normally is, ‘So this guy buys a broken-down zoo and in the course of rebuilding the zoo – look, Cameron Crowe directed it.’ ... So you go, OK, this could work.”

  • A quote from an interview with Steven Soderbergh when asked about his retirement:

    How will Matt Damon survive? He is in all your movies!
    Soderbergh: Do not worry about Matt, he has many other friends.
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    Comments
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 6th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Nice behind the scenes look at Elysium. I got the impression from some tweets from extras I believe that they filmed late into the night.

    I reall love your journal keep up the good work

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 6th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium

    Here's another article which doesn't seem to say much more than Diego Luna and Matt are friends on and off the set and that details about the filming are confidential:

    http://www.elgolfo.info/elgolfo/nota/89454-unen-fuerzas-contra-alienigenas/

    Edited at 2011-11-06 08:33 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 7th, 2011 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Happy Feet 2

    B-roll clip of Matt and Brad in the studio:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD9KWMyv-Os
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 7th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Funny filmed appearance by Matt this morning on Regis and Kelley defining and commenting on "bromance" and Regis. He finally asks, mock-brokenheartedly, "I'm a good=lookin' guy. What does a guy have to do to get noticed around here?" Hilarious--he breaks up at the end.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 7th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 7th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Unfortunately, that's a very heavily edited clip. Matt was on quite a lot. I hope a full version of the clip becomes available; the whole thing was a wonderful spoof.That clip, though, does give you a small taste of the fun.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 8th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
    And it was clearly filmed the day Matt was on the set of Regis to promote Contagion.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: November 8th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
    The whole video was posted on this persons tumblr.

    http://houseatpoohcorner.tumblr.com/
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 8th, 2011 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the link - very strange ending.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Very cute - thanks! Matt is always such a good sport.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 7th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Rodrigo Prieto

    Matt says he's in talks with Rodrigo Prieto (We bought a zoo) to be the cinematographer for his directorial debut. Matt previously said Soderbergh had agreed to do it, but he's filming another project at the same time.

    http://www.cinepremiere.com.mx/node/20323

    In the small world of Hollywood, Prieto is currently shooting 'Argo'.

    Edited at 2011-11-07 11:49 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 8th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Photos from Mexico

    Ramey has some small pics of Matt in Mexico, probably at his hotel. I can spot Sharlto Copley and Johnny Cicco (friend) - any others?

    http://www.rameypix.net/index.php

    Edited at 2011-11-08 11:20 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos from Mexico

    Is it possible to post any of the pics? It won't let me see them
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 8th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos from Mexico

    Go to the Rameypix main site and do a search for Matt - it will bring all recent search results.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium in Mexico

    Do you know if Matt will be the entire duration of the filming in Mexico?
    Or he will return to NY on the weekends ?

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 9th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium in Mexico

    No idea. He does't seem to have returned to NY yet since the filming in Mexico started. It would depend on the length of filming and whether they're shooting five or six days a week.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 8th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Another Zoo poster

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

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    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: November 9th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
    TheInSneider Jeff Sneider
    Hearing the working title for Matt Damon's directorial debut is GOLD MIST.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 9th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)
    Interesting, thanks.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 9th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Thanks for asking the question and I love the answer

    davekarger: I really liked it. Matt Damon is excellent. RT @loganX_2 have you heard anything about We Bought a Zoo? ·

    **
    It's not going to be a disaster.

    Edited at 2011-11-09 01:51 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 9th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Thanks for asking the question and I love the answer

    YAY!

    And - "Gold Mist"? It sounds like the name of a hair product...I guess I can't laugh seeing as I'll be first in line to see it :)

    Grace
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