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Elysium, new project, Happy Feet 2
  • Photos of Matt with cast and crew of Elysium in Mexico are at Rameypix. Cast member Diego Luna says they will be filming in Mexico for six weeks.

  • A new poster for We Bought A Zoo is at Collider:



  • Dartmoor Zoo owner Benjamin Mee says he has received an invitation to the We Bought A Zoo premiere in New York, but hasn't yet replied:

    Benjamin visited the Los Angeles set in April for two days with his two children, Milo aged 10 and Ella aged eight.

    During the visit the family met Oscar-winner Matt Damon who Benjamin described as being a "really genuine" person and revealed the two men enjoyed a chat about "recycling and the environment".

    The Hollywood actor also posed for photographs with Benjamin and the children wearing a Dartmoor Zoo T-shirt.

    "He's an actor with a brain and a conscience," Benjamin said.

    Benjamin said while he hasn't yet seen the finished film, he likes the atmosphere of the production and said it feels "familiar". "I see echoes of me in the character which is quite surreal," Benjamin added of the film which is based on his memoir 'We Bought A Zoo'.

  • In an interview at Cinepremiere, Matt said he was in talks with cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto for his directorial debut, rumored to have the working title of Gold Mist (as posted by Jeff Sneider on Twitter).

  • The Happy Feet 2 production notes are available here - some excerpts:

    [Director George] Miller was happy to have the opportunity to pair Damon and Pitt in the recording studio to capture both their irrepressible banter...and their singing. "They were really very free, working off each other, because they know each other so well. Matt Damon can sing, and Brad Pitt made it really clear upfront he couldn't. But Brad just said, 'This is a no-shame zone; I'm just going to go out there and give it a go,' and he did remarkably well. His singing is in the movie."

    Damon admits, "The singing was a bit of a surprise. It was fun to just go for it and say, 'What the hell?' It's definitely not my strong suit, but I figured, you gotta go loud or go home."

    Doug Mitchell adds, "We learned later on that Brad's and Matt's kids are fans of the first film, and I think it is safe to say that they had a lot to do with them taking the roles."

    One should never undervalue the contribution of the small. Filmmakers learned that lesson, as Bill Miller comments, "Do not underestimate the power of children to pester their parents to act in a film. Matt Damon told us he hadn't even cracked open the screenplay to 'Happy Feet Two' before his daughter said, 'Dad, you're doing it.' Matt really had no choice."
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 9th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Zoo poster

    Adore the Zoo poster - it's utterly charming, as I hope the movie will be, too!
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 9th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium in Mexico

    More details of filming in Mexico - this time in Ecatapec today and tomorrow:

    http://www.milenio.com/cdb/doc/noticias2011/da8a1b307f3b9fbb185b78f7ea2a533c
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 10th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Man from UNCLE

    Interesting discussion on Man from UNCLE at The Playlist:
    http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/bradley-cooper-wont-be-the-man-from-u-n-c-l-e

    When Kinnaman exited the picture, WB wanted a lead star and they wanted Matt Damon who is busy prepping his directorial debut that shoots around the same time in early 2012. WB pushed to shoot the film the following year, in early 2013 with Damon in the lead, but Soderbergh – who definitely wants to make the Liberace biopic "Behind The Candelabra" his last film for at least the foreseeable future -- held his ground. With Damon and Depp out of the picture, Fassbender busy and Kinnaman as Lancelot, Soderbergh and WB settled down to look at names which they eventually agreed on to be Cooper and Edgerton.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 10th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New poster for We Bought A Zoo

    I ♥ the new poster for Zoo! Original & adorable.
    Syl.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: November 10th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
    There is an interview with Scott Z Burns about Contagion. He mentions Matt off and on, but he also tells a really great story while talking about the Informant. He says that Matt was sent a letter by Gene Hackman in which Hackman tells Matt how much he liked the movie, the script and Matt's performance. I know how much Matt admired Hackman so that letter must have meant a lot to Matt. Nothing earth shattering but I liked hearing that.

    The story is at about 20.25 mark.

    http://moviecitynews.com/2011/11/dp30-contagion-screenwriter-scott-z-burns/#respond
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 10th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the link. I'll find the quote later but before the film was released, David Fincher also praised his performance.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 11th, 2011 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Nice interview - wonder if Scott's viewed the script for Matt's directing debut and/or provided comments.

    The quote from Fincher in Empire about The Informant: "Damon is smokingly good." (emphasised in italics)

    Burns seemed genuinely sad that Informant wasn't seen by more people or recognised more.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 11th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ecatapec filming

    A detailed article (with a photo of Matt) on filming in Ecatepec, Mexico.

    http://www.record.com.mx/circo/2011-11-11/matt-damon-y-elysium-filman-el-futuro-en-mexico

    There's also a pic of a futuristic car as the movie is featured on the cover page of the paper.

    Edited at 2011-11-11 09:35 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 12th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    NY

    Matt's back in NY on a break from filming in Mexico (Friday).

    Update - and now he's left again for Mexico (Sunday). He didn't attend the Happy Feet 2 premiere in LA.

    Edited at 2011-11-14 01:02 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 14th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    NY photos

    This blog post includes a few photos of Matt, Lucy, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt out in NY. Maybe from the 1920 Bunker Club a few weeks ago?

    http://sopurpleish.blogspot.com/
    http://sopurpleish.blogspot.com/2011/11/thanks-girls.html
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: NY photos

    This Is gotta be that sighting from few weeks ago (I don't see Emily but she was there) I can't believe after all those sightings Lucy wasn't mentioned once. Nice work.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: NY photos

    Ok I do see Emily. Sorry I was trying to edit my post above but can't seem to do it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 14th, 2011 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: NY photos

    No problem. It's good to know that Lucy was there.
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