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TV appearance, Promised Land
  • Matt has been filming a guest appearance for Don Cheadle's TV series House of Lies in LA this week. This callsheet was posted on Twitter by an actor and later redacted.



  • An interview with actor Titus Welliver about Promised Land, working with Matt and the recent death of his wife is at EW, including:

    TITUS WELLIVER: She passed away a few months ago of breast cancer. I had just gotten cast in Promised Land, when she was really sick. I told her, “I won’t do this movie. I’ll go to Switzerland,” where she was being treated. She told me, “No, it’s important you do this film.” The entire time I was shooting the film, she was in Switzerland. I got incredible support from Matt and John and Gus. She was starting to show some enormous progress. She came back and was doing well, and then she wasn’t. She was 52-years-old and the love of my life. The movie has a particular weight for me. It’s a tribute when I saw the film. It’s a tribute to her. What a gift in a way she gave me. It was such an incredible experience to work with Matt and Gus.

    Did you go to the premiere of the movie?
    Going to the premiere of Promised Land, and sitting through that film, was difficult. My wife was right on every level about the film. For her not to be able to see the finished product, it hit hard. Both Matt and John, they were surprised when I showed up. I had been kind of hunkered down. I emerged with this wild beard and long hair. I had been focused on taking care of my daughter. That was my first outing. They created this blanket of warmth around me, but in a very subtle way. I haven’t seen Matt or John since the night of the screening. I’ve been getting circuitous information through friends. I’ve been in a news blackout.

    What’s your take on fracking, with heated debate about it from both sides, and the movie prompting even more debate?
    I’m anti fracking, but I see the movie as a Capra-esque film. It’s kind of like It’s A Wonderful Life, about people in real life situations. You get to take this journey with Matt’s character, and see him do an about face. His acting is so nuanced and lovely. Even when he’s pushing the agenda of the fracking thing, he’s so full of truth. So when he comes to the place of saying, “I can’t do this anymore,” you want to stand up in your chair like Rocky. The issue of fracking is a stick in the hornet’s nest. Even though it’s a film about people and personal growth, it’s dealing with something that’s a big battle in this country.

    You’ve now worked with both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and on all three feature films Affleck has directed. Plan to continue to streak?
    ... Likewise, I look forward to working with Matt and John again. I had very little stuff to do with Matt in Promised Land. I look forward to having more screen time with him. He’s like Ben. He has a great great big brain, and incredible generosity of spirit, just huge. Sometimes that’s few and far between.

  • A detailed description of the Behind the Candelabra is at Vulture. The Hollywood Reporter listed the trailer as one of the highlights of the TCA tour, and Matt discussed his costumes at the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe:

    Hollywood Reporter
    3. Behind the Candelabra, HBO: The clips for this Liberace movie from Steven Soderbergh and starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon were jaw-dropping -- in a good way. Probably a great way. (May)

    Boston Herald
    Matt: “My favorite (movie) outfit was 
always my green Speedo in ‘Ripley,’ but for (this one) I had a black and white bejeweled ‘man-kini.’ That, I think, surpasses (‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ bathing suit).”

    Boston Globe
    Damon joked that he would’ve taken his bejeweled mankini if he could have. “You’re not allowed to take those just in case there are reshoots, otherwise there’d already be paparazzi shots of me on the beach.”

  • John Krasinski attended the National Board of Review awards in NY on Tuesday to collect two awards for Promised Land.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 9th, 2013 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Don Cheadle

    In an interview that aired on the Wendy Williams show on 1 March 2012, Don Cheadle talked about being friends with Matt, how their families and daughters are friends, and vacationing together (Hawaii and Italy).

    http://www.bet.com/video/wendywilliams/2012-highlights/don-cheadle-nude-house-of-lies-boys-clubl-wendy-williams-511.html
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 9th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Green Speedos LOL :e

    So cute that Matt said that was his favorite outfit because I likeeeeeed him in that suit (I had nice dreams about him in that suit) yah...and the new man-kini will surpass that OMG OMG OMG I can't wait for it Matt Damon because I just LOVED the pictures with all the costumes for the new movie Liberace with boyfriend Michal Douglass ;)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 10th, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ben

    I see that Ben didn't get a directing nod for Argo. Matt is undoubtedly really ticked right now!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 10th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben

    The film did fine with seven awards. As Lainey said.
    "All that campaigning, all that trotting out his kids, and... nothing."

    Matt's on the way back to NY after spending three days on the set of 'House of lies'.

    Tatyana Ali ‏@OfficialTatyana
    Pssst... morning ya'll. Matt Damon's on my flight to NY. He's so sweet, taking pics w everyone who asks. Cute too ;)

    Story from The Onion:
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/ben-affleck-nominated-for-best-friend-of-matt-damo,30855/

    On a positive note, Bourne Legacy wasn't nominated in any category.

    Edited at 2013-01-11 02:25 am (UTC)
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 11th, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Oscars & More

    Of course that Legacy wouldn't have nominations. For all I heard, is not lived up to the original trilogy.
    I was surprised that the Academy didn't nominate K. Bigelow (although with all the controversy, I understood why they didn't)
    It's true that Ben wasn't nominated, but Argo has several nominations and surely is going to win something. What I find really unfair is the way they overlooked Brian Cranston. The man is a genius!

    Very good article on the Boston Magazine about GWH. Matt looks SOO YOUNG ... (I noticed that Minnie Driver wasn't interviewed and I find it a bit odd, after all she was one of the stars of the movie ...) Anyway, Great Article.
    30 Rock is ending, and some stars, (like Salma Hayek) will return to the show. Do you think Matt would want to return as Carol for the last time?

    I'm a little confused. Ben keeps saying that he & Matt are neighbors,but Matt is still living in NY??????

    PS:After all what Matt had said about his swimsuit on Liberace,I think it's time that we all can see a picture of him wearing that, right? (> ‿ ◠)

    PS 2: You're funny when you're sarcastic ........
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 11th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Oscars & More

    Ultimatum received three Oscar wins in tech areas. Just saying.

    I think Minnie gave one quote in that interview, and there was talk about how good she was at the screen test.

    Matt lived in LA when he was filming 'Behind the Candelabra' for a few months last summer. Ben keeps saying in interviews that Matt lives near him, but it's not true (maybe it was when he did a lot of press for Argo at the time, but he keeps saying it). Matt will move to LA at the end of the current school year.

    I don't think it would make sense for Matt's character to return on 30 Rock.

    Edited at 2013-01-11 11:59 pm (UTC)
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 11th, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    JImmy Kimmel Live

    Matt will appear (maybe) on Jimmy Kimmel Live on 24 January:

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/01/11/matt-damon-jimmy-kimmel-live/

    Set your DVRs: Matt Damon will finally submit to an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, Jan. 24. And “may God help Damon if he dares show his stupid face,” Kimmel said in a statement.

    Edited at 2013-01-11 10:02 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 12th, 2013 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: JImmy Kimmel Live

    Obviously they're cooking something up, but it's odd, you'd think they'd do this when Matt at least has something to promote. Kimmel could have a field day ribbing him about Liberace - lol. Maybe Jan. is sweeps week. Looking forward to seeing what they'll do with this!
    Paula
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 12th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I was very happy to see the fine review David Denby gave Promised Land in the January 14 issue of The New Yorker. His review addresses many aspects of the film as well as the sticking point modern demands come to with the natural world and the lifestyle we've always associated with it: agriculture, forestry, etc. I have great respect for Denby as a critic, almost as much as I have for Ebert. Here is a truncated version of the article. To read the full review, you would need to be a subscriber or have the magazine hard copy. Don't know if you've already posted this, Felicity. If so, just delete.

    http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2013/01/14/130114crci_cinema_denby

    I.B.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 12th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I've posted a link to the review previously but it is good one. He gets it, most don't try to. This was another good and reasoned take:
    http://thebettertruth.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/promised-land.html

    Details of Matt's appearance (as himself) on House of Lies (trying to one-up Clooney):

    http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/01/house-of-lies-matt-damon-guest-starring-in-season-2.html

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/matt-damon-appearing-showtimes-house-411748
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