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Good Shepherd, Ben
  • The Good Shepherd may be coming to Showtime as a TV series - details at Indiewire.

  • There's a few quotes from and about Matt in an interview with Ben Affleck at the New York Times:

    Since “Gigli” Mr. Affleck actually tied the knot with a different Jennifer, surname of Garner. They’ve been married more than seven years and had their third child in February. And two days before the interview for this article, he turned 40.

    How did he mark it? “I wept and gnashed my teeth,” he said, kidding. “We had dinner at the house.” It was a quiet evening, with just a few couples, including Matt Damon and his wife, joining him and Ms. Garner for a meal of — he couldn’t remember.

    The kiss [with Jason Lee] was on his mind, he said, because Mr. Damon was working on an HBO movie about the pianist Liberace — he plays Liberace’s boyfriend, while Michael Douglas plays Liberace — and had recently talked to Mr. Affleck about it.

    “Matt’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to make out with Michael Douglas tomorrow,’ and it triggered that memory,” Mr. Affleck said, adding that he later watched the moment of Mr. Damon’s big lip lock. “Not that it would be hard to be better than my kiss, but it was much better than my kiss. Maybe Michael Douglas is sexier than Jason Lee.”

    ...A headline in The Onion from that period summed up his slump: "Ben Affleck Hoping Jason Bourne Has Sidekick in Next Movie."

    "He was just getting kicked in the teeth," Mr. Damon said in a recent phone interview.

    Mr. Damon said that Mr. Affleck had been directing, at least in his head, since their teenage years, when he would emerge from a movie they had just seen and instantly tick off ways it could have been improved.

    "He’s really, really good at doing that," Mr. Damon said. "'The Town,’ for instance, was a script that was around. I read it. It got sent to me. And I dismissed it out of hand." When he later learned that Mr. Affleck had taken on the project, "I called him and said: ‘Are you out of your mind? The script isn’t good.’ And he said, ‘No, no, here are the six things I’m going to do.’" Mr. Affleck worked on the screenplay, ultimately receiving partial credit for it, as well as directing the movie.

  • Matt's appearance at the Stand up to cancer event opening the show with Michael Douglas was pre-recorded.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 7th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Nice article about Ben. We saw the Argo trailer at the movies the other day. It looks quite entertaining.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I hadn't heard before that Matt passed on the script for The Town and it shows their approaches may be quite different. And nice to see that Ben was on the set or has been watching footage of Behind the Candelabra.

    Edited at 2012-09-07 10:29 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 8th, 2012 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Stand up to cancer event

    Happened to be in the right place and the right time and caught the very beginning of the broadcast. Matt opened up the show with a touching speech about how cancer tried to take his dad a man who runs marathons loves his grandchildren and tolerates his kids. But so far his dad has won. Then they showed Michael Douglas right beside him and he gave his account of fighting cancer.

    Since there was a sighting of Matt in NYC earlier I take it they are in ny.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 8th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Stand up to cancer event

    It might have been pre-taped. Thanks for the summary (it's not shown in Australia). Two stills of Matt on the show are at Getty Images.

    There's various sightings of Matt in Toronto, but they could be false.

    Edited at 2012-09-08 02:03 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 8th, 2012 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Stand up to cancer event

    If Matt is truly in Toronto there will be pictures. He was supposedly at telluride film fest too but he was clearly in Vegas at the time.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 8th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    Argo premiere

    #MattDamon & Luciana supporting buddy @BenAffleck at tonight's #TIFF gala screening of #Argo. #bromance instagr.am/p/PTGYerhlGu/
    9:59pm - 7 Sep 12

    He really is in Toronto.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 8th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Argo premiere

    Emily Blunt, John Krasinski and Ewan McGregor were also at the screening. Wonder if there will be a special screening of Promised Land during the festival.

    Reports from the after-party and other parties:

    Camille Dupas‏@CDupas
    Audi marketing at each #TIFF pavilion. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon eating at Terroni #Argo http://instagr.am/p/PTHWqUtl4J/

    Jenny Cooney‏@JennyCooney
    At #TIFF2012 Argo after-party watching #BenAffleck hanging out with BFF #MattDamon and their wives. So cute.

    Amy Burstyn-Fritz‏@AmyJac
    Just got body checked by Matt Damon--and it feels so good!

    Elaine L.‏@LaineyGossip
    Currently booth neighbours with Matt Damon and his wife. #GreyGooseSohoHouse #etalkTIFF12

    Photos of Matt and Ben at the premiere are at Getty.

    Edited at 2012-09-08 06:16 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 29th, 2012 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Fracing

    Matt Damon is a typical hollywood-hypocritical-narcissistic-idiot. His propaganda movie about frac'ing is based on a croc of lies and BS.

    I WILL NEVER GO TO OR WATCH A MOVIE WITH THIS IDIOT IN IT.

    WHAT A DUMBASS
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