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Hollywood Reporter interview
  • Matt, Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, Alan Arkin and John Hawkes were interviewed for a Hollywood Reporter Actors roundtable - full and short videos are available here, with photos here. Selected quotes are below.

    "I would try to steer my daughters away from acting," Damon tells THR, "Women are in a different business than we are. It is just brutal for women. For us, the roles get really good at 40 and beyond. And that’s really when you start doing your best work."

    THR asks whether the actors worried about their career and Damon reponds with "Always. I mean, every single one of us started out getting rejected repeatedly, and I don’t think that ever leaves you. I took a lot of jobs earlier on; had I taken my foot off the gas a little bit, I could have been better. I just didn’t want to stop working, partly out of that classic actor insecurity."

  • Matt will appear in an undisclosed role in a new climate change documentary produced by Jerry Weintraub and James Cameron.

  • Water.org announced a new partnership with Zynga.org.

    Water.org continues to partner, promote, explore, and launch ideas that engage supporters of the water crisis online. As a result of this partnership, Water.org will have the opportunity to engage with players of Farmville 2 (which today has more than 8 million daily active users and 60 million monthly active users) to gather ever increasing support for solving the water crisis in our lifetime. Last week, the nonprofit was one of 11 organizations included in the Facebook Gifts integration to benefit charities. And next week Water.org will launch its online campaign for Toilet Day, inviting supporters to "Talk sh_t" for the week of November 19th on their social media channels.

  • More photos of Matt on the set of Zero Theorem in Bucharest are at MSN.
  • 31 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 9th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hollywood Reporter interview

    I really enjoyed the video thank you. Normally most interviews are on the characters in films/subject of films, so it was really inspiring to hear the personal stories of each actor and especially liked what Matt had to say.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 10th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hollywood Reporter interview/Elena

    Me too I HEART Matt Damon so much!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 11th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Filming over?

    Has anyone seen any sightings of Matt back in NY, or has there been any confirmation that Matt has left Bucharest?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 11th, 2012 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming over?

    I have seen no sightings. But I'm thinking he's not in Bucharest anymore because there have been no articles since Thursday I believe. The press seemed to be on top of his every move while there. He's disappeared again.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 11th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming over?

    Haven't heard a thing.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 11th, 2012 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Post-Globes interview

    They were so young, and it's legitimate shock. Here's a fun video of Matt and Ben being interviewed by Bob Goen of ET after they won the Golden Globes award:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 11th, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Post-Globes interview

    Hi couldn't get the video to work it was blank...but then again mom's computer sucks and I'm using hers since I'm at her house for the weekend.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 11th, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Post-Globes interview

    I love seeing old videos like this. I remember Ben saying that since they hadn't won the writer's guild screenwriting award they were not expecting to win any of the writing awards they were nominated for. They so deverved it - GWH is an absolute classic.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 15th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Post-Globes interview

    Oh yeah, I watched on my computer that is so strange how years just sneakingly roll by and it was so cute/funny how Ben said 'when we were really young' as if...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 11th, 2012 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land screening

    Promised Land is showing at Deadline's 'Contenders' event on Saturday. Gus Van Sant was also on a panel presented by Focus.


    Michael Dequina ‏@twotrey23
    at PROMISED LAND screening @cmoorechris (@ Real D Screening Room) http://4sq.com/Rtomh5

    (not sure if the link to Chris Moore's Twitter site is legit: http://twitter.com/CmooreChris )
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 11th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land screening

    Interesting that there was no panel appearance for Moonrise Kingdom. Maybe Focus has given up on it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 11th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land screening

    I doubt it - that will be a major contender. Another one to monitor will be 'Zero Dark Thirty' for original screenplay.

    Michael Dequina wrote to Chris that he 'enjoyed' Promised Land.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 12th, 2012 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hollywood Reporter interview

    A present for Matt


    Love, M..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 12th, 2012 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)


    A NY sighting:
    Two pics at unknown location (presumably Sunday):

    The photo in People of Matt and his father on 18 October is definitely from the same series that was posted on the Daily Mail on 26 October (Matt, Kent, Celeste and Lucy and another inset pic of Matt wearing a Red Sox cap).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 12th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New climate change documentary

    Maybe Matt is the narrator of the documentary...
    In some websites, they called this project "political" and "controversial" Only in America a large segment of the population, denies the climate change (which I think at this point, is quite obvious).
    Since Matt make public his political preferences,the right wing nuts of his country attacks him constantly. (So it does with other actors, too).
    Take for instance Promise Land, which began to be viciously attacked by the fracking lobby, even when no one had seen it...

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 12th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Posting rules

    This should not be have to be clearly stated, but posts that are in poor taste, or use suggestive language, will also be deleted.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 13th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    New screening and Q&A

    New screening and Q&A with Matt, John and Gus on 3 December in NY:

    http://www.varietyscreeningseries.com/movie_details.aspx?movieid=678&FilmTitle=Promised Land&Region=NY
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 13th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Play "True or False" with Matt Damon!

    This is a Water.org quiz
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 14th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Play "True or False" with Matt Damon!

    Thanks Ceci
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Ben Affleck: 8 talks that amazed me

    This isn´t about Matt..


    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Sexiest Man Alive

    Silver Linings Playbook’ Star Bradley Cooper Jokes About His Last Day as Sexiest Man Alive: ‘We Do a Retreat’

    November 13, 2012

    What do you do on after your last day as the sexiest man alive? Bradley Cooper joked, “We do a retreat, we have a retreat that we go on. [George] Clooney runs it. We go up to Lake Tahoe.”

    Speaking with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on Live with Kelly and Michael Tuesday, Ripa then continued to joke that maybe there’s a chance he could repeat. However, it was reported last week that Channing Tatum will take the title from Cooper when People hits the news stands on Wednesday.

    Earlier in the morning, Cooper joked with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today, “There’s a whole decompression. After this I get whisked away to somewhere in Wisconsin and they talk me down for a week. I think Matt Damon started it. “
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 14th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Writers roundtable

    John Krasinski is part of the Hollywood Reporter's Writers Roundtable:


    Krasinski: I probably subconsciously wrote the script for my dad. He grew up in Pittsburgh and worked in a steel mill town. Life was simpler, and we believed in each other, and that to me is in a very fundamental way not the case anymore. I brought it to novelist Dave Eggers, and we sat around and hashed out the ideas. Then Matt Damon and I decided to do an actual script. He was shooting We Bought a Zoo in Malibu, so we just worked together every single weekend in his house. I had always heard from my friends that the blank white page was terrifying, and I was like, "Come on, there's a lot of things that are terrifying." And then you realize it's one of the scarier things: To actually put yourself out there and be telling a story that's very personal is really hard.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Writers roundtable/:e

    I agree about 'the blank page' and it takes 4 ever to write a whole book...I wrote one and didn't publish cause not sure if I should and it's too much 'dough' to do so. I'd change the way I said about some things since I just wanted to get the story down first and yes it was one of the most difficult things that I have ever done. I like to write though and I can't even imagine being in the same house with Matt Damon working on a script how cool. I'd be just a little bit distracted by his extreme beauty and manliness. That story they wrote sounds/looks nice and I love the title The Promised Land--I hope it does really well!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 14th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Writers roundtable/:e

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Writers roundtable/:e

    Lol at the right wing websites posting it. They undoubtedly have mapped out a strategy to try to undermine the movie and I suppose this is part of that strategy. I'm dubious whether this will turn out to be the actual shooting script. At any rate, I'll try to hold off reading it, as I prefer to be suprised. But I'm curious about your impressions.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 15th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Writers roundtable

    John in the Hollywood Reporter interview repeats that the film doesn't direct anyone in a particular way re fracking and you have to work out what side you're on.

    John's only really asked about Promised Land once in the chat - at about 27 minutes. He talks about working with Matt at his house every week or weekend and that it was a very easy process. One of the reasons that Matt didn't direct was Liberace moving up, when it was not on his schedule. I'm waiting to hear if Matt and John will work on another project together.

    The junket for Promised Land will be in LA on 7-9 December. And I've seen a few sightings of Matt at a school in LA, but I don't know why he's there or if it's legit.

    Edited at 2012-11-15 02:35 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 15th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Writers roundtable/:e

    Who posted 'the script' do you know? I would think that Damon or Krashinsky are the only ones who would/have it...I tried, well was gonna read some of it since I like to be surprised as well and couldn't read/get to it because I don't have face book (I like to be private). Can't wait for January when the movie comes out though and I will keep my fingers crossed that it wins them an Oscar not that it matters anyhow :)

    PS. I dated a guy in school named Krushinsky and he was a bad boy LOL
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 15th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Writers roundtable/:e

    The release of the script is unauthorised. Most people on the cast and crew would have access to the script and I have my suspicious among the crew who leaked certain parts of it originally. The script wouldn't be too hard to find if someone wanted to find and leak it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt in la?

    Matt maybe in LA? I saw a post yesterday that he was doing a commercial for td ameritrade and today it appears he's at a school in LA. Have you seen any other sightings posted?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 15th, 2012 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt in la?

    And there was apparently another sighting in Santa Monica yesterday. Must be back in LA.
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