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  • Matt spoke about Promised Land to Word and Film:

    Indeed, at the “Argo” premiere Damon could barely contain his excitement about Affleck’s success in retrofitting the filmmaking (and marketing) process to more closely resemble the old model, merging quality and commerciality. And he’s only slightly less bullish about Promised Land’s prospects to do the same. "It's a really good film and I’m proud of it," Damon said, with a sly grin. “Now I just hope people go see it.”

  • Ben on Matt's new haircut and a quote from OK magazine:

    Ben Affleck is giving a thumbs up to his BFF Matt Damon's new 'do — even if it is a shocker.

    “It takes you off guard,” the 40-year-old told Celebuzz exclusively at Thursday’s charity screening of his new flick, Argo. “I never saw Matt as the skinhead type. But it looks good on him.”

    You could be up for another Oscar with Argo. You won your first for Good Will Hunting, which you wrote with Matt Damon. Are you two still close?

    Affleck: Matt lives down the street from me. I told him, 'Dude you have got to move here.' And I've been hounding him and hounding him to live here so that our kids can know each other and go to the same schools and hang out the way we did. Finally he just caved and he moved here - and I've already seen him like 73 times! We're back and forth. Our wives can't believe it, like, 'Wait a minute, Matt's coming over here? You just left Matt's house'. It's like we're regressing to high school and it's really, really fun. And their kids were over all day. I'm really glad to have that happen and it's cool."

  • Matt and Gary White will be interviewed by Maria Bartiromo for The Wall Street Journal Report on NBC on Sunday.

  • Another report on the visit to The Box last week from Us magazine, which confirms that Lucy was part of the London visit.

    Tom Cruise is letting loose!

    The actor, 50, partied with his All You Need Is Kill costars Emily Blunt, 29, and Bill Paxton, 57, at Matt Damon's 42nd birthday blowout at London burlesque club The Box in London October 6, sources tell the new issue of Us Weekly (out now).

    "They were all having fun," says an onlooker. "Matt and his wife [Luciana] were jumping on couches, kissing and doing shots."

    A solo Cruise -- who split with wife Katie Holmes, 33, in late June -- stayed out until 3 a.m., enjoying the club's wild circus and comedy acts. Says the source, "He even got paddled by the transgender hostess!"
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Maria Bartiromo show must have been recorded a few weeks ago or so....since last week Matt went bald.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Matt seemed to do all of the recent interviews for water.org in a couple of days before the Clinton Global Initiative.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 14th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bartiromo interview

    The Bartiromo interview was a pretty good one. She said part two will air next week.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 15th, 2012 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Family Reach event

    More photos of Matt and Lucy at the Family Reach event are at this link:


    Edited at 2012-10-15 08:10 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 16th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium pushed to August 2013


    Sony Pictures said today it is moving its Neill Blomkamp sci-fi thriller Elysium onto the studio’s summer slate next year, giving it a August 9, 2013 wide release date.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 16th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium pushed to August 2013

    Sounds like good news to me.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 17th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium pushed to August 2013

    With the release date change I'm wondering if they've moved the re-shoots planned for this week (Matt's not in Vancouver yet).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 17th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium pushed to August 2013

    I wondered the same thing when I saw the report of Matt in the UK. Maybe that was incorrect?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 17th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium pushed to August 2013

    The London report is old. There are sightings in NY the last few days.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 16th, 2012 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Site credit

    If you are taking text directly from this site for other locations (eg tumblr) could you please credit this site? (If I typed the text from a magazine to this site I know it's not available elsewhere.)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 16th, 2012 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land script review

    A positive script review of Promised Land (may or may not be the final draft), including spoilers:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 17th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land script review

    There are a lot of comments on the site now. I particularly like this:

    "Really deep and interesting script that somehow manages to make really old, cliched topics seem fresh. Damon has a knack ( I say knack - in the 2 scripts he's done) for spinning uninteresting scenes as interesting as they possibly can be, and I found myself staying up far too late to finish the last page.

    I also think that the fact it's two actors writing gives the whole thing a slightly unhinged vibe which is interesting if not technically brilliant. Like GWH, the characters don't speak like characters, they speak like people, and that is both clunky and affecting.

    Very interested to see how this all translates to film..."


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 17th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land script review

    How did everyone get the script? It wasn't clear if it has been posted somewhere.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 17th, 2012 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land script review

    I have no idea.

    But now that lots of people apparently have access to it, it should be available somewhere pretty soon.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 17th, 2012 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land script review

    Nice comments, I agree the same can be said about ´Good Will Hunting´.

    There´s no release date in Buenos Aires yet (sad face)
    but Argo opens this week, I´m a little surprised.

    I can´t believe I´m saying this, but after what Universal did with Bourne,
    I´m waiting for the Bond movie.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 16th, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)


    There's a newspaper report that Matt went on a Duck Tour when visiting London.

    Alistair Bigos ‏@alib668
    That awkward moment when u realise Matt Damon went on our tour and u had no idea pic.twitter.com/z747A6U6

    Quote: "Matt Damon is also in town and took to the River Thames for an amphibious Duck Tour. “I am just enjoying some down time" he told the crew.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 17th, 2012 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
    Here´s a video of the interview by Maria B.


    I commented before I nominated Water.org for a TED Prize, sadly it´s not moving forward I should have nominated Gary instead of Matt...
    Maybe they´ll get it anyway...

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 17th, 2012 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)


    NY Post sighting:

    Steven Soderbergh and his “Behind the Candelabra” stars Matt Damon and Scott Bakula at Il Bastardo in Chelsea.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 17th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium pushed to August 2013

    Why the change of date for the release of the movie? Does it mean an improvement? When do we get a trailer?

    (I know I did a lot of questions, but the news surprised me a little)

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 17th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium pushed to August 2013

    Nobody really knows why it was moved. On the plus side - there will be more time for re-shoots, more time to get the film ready, it can be promoted at Comic-Con in July, it may now get a bigger summer push, and it puts the release date on a similar path to District 9.

    On the bad side - it's moved to the end of summer and pushing a movie is usually a concern (but not always).

    There probably won't be a trailer now until about March.

    Edited at 2012-10-17 09:28 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 18th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium pushed to August 2013

    Elysium will be a sleeper hit!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 18th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Independent Film Awards

    The Gotham Independent Film Awards will be announced tomorrow (Thursday). Promised Land may be nominated if it was submitted for consideration. Matt will be receiving a career tribute at the awards in November.


    Promised Land was not nominated (and may not have been shown for consideration).

    Edited at 2012-10-18 09:11 pm (UTC)
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