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  • Steven Soderbergh talks about his favorite costume in Behind the Candelabra at Details:

    DETAILS: Your last last film, (non-theatrical) is Liberace for HBO (starring Matt Damon). I'm sure the costumes were fabulous. Was there a specific outfit though that really stands out?

    STEVEN SODERBERGH: OH MY GOD. Everyday there was a costume that made you gasp. Matt had this one outfit that he wears in the film that is this sheer top, unbuttoned, with a male bikini with sequins all over it... climaxing sort of, in the right place. They spread out but get more dense at, sort of, the "action point." He happens to be wearing this ensemble when he's really upset and storms through the house—complete with big sunglasses and flip-flops. You see him and just think, "Wow. That's really brave." I have a great picture of him in it standing next to a Christmas tree.

  • Tickets for Matt's Harvard Arts Medal presentation on 25 April are now available - details here.

    Actor, writer, producer, and humanitarian Matt Damon is the recipient of the 2013 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by Harvard President Drew Faust at a ceremony on April 25 at 4 p.m. at Sanders Theatre.

    The ceremony, presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Board of Overseers, will include a discussion with Damon on his life and career, moderated by his fellow actor John Lithgow ’67, who will host the event. This is the official opening event for Arts First, Harvard’s annual festival showcasing student creativity in the arts.

    For ticket information, visit www.boxoffice.harvard.edu or call 617.496.2222.

  • A comment from Jimmy Kimmel about Matt's recent appearance from 10news.com:

    His show has been a huge success with a whole new generation of late-night viewers. Some attribute that success to his social media savvy. Consider a lone tweet on the afternoon of Jan. 24 promoting a strange takeover by his so-called “nemesis” Matt Damon.

    With very little promotion, the power of social media took off from there. The result? The Matt Damon episode was the highest rated "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in 10 years. Not bad for a host who was bound, gagged, and didn't say a word for the entire show.

    “Oh yeah, it’s bad that on our most successful show, I remained completely silent and immobile through the whole thing,” Kimmel said holding back a laugh. “I think this show would probably be better without me.”

  • This interview (presumably legit) in the Russian Esquire has a few new quotes.
  • Comments
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2013 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
    Ive seen clips of the Kimmel show Matt did and loved it, the only didnt like was Nicoles so called lap dance, it looked tacky but Matt is just brilliant and not surprised it was there biggest raitings, just shows the good and bad of social media, it can work for you or against you. Well done Matt, looking forward to seeing your next project
    From: 4mattdamon Date: February 6th, 2013 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
    I was at the taping. Nicole followed suite with exactly what Robin Williams did to Kimmel, the only difference was what you saw broadcast was cut short by Affleck holding up his "I still love you Jimmy" signs as they cut for commercial.
    -Gregory
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    thanks for that Gregory - i hadn't seen Robin's bit yet so makes sense to people then who have seen it all
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 6th, 2013 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Whitey Bulger project

    http://bostonherald.com/inside_track/inside_track/2013/02/we_hear_jordan_knight_lester_holt_mumford_and_sons_and_more

    We hear... That a source close to Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Whitey Bulger film project reports the Cambridge homeys haven’t been intimidated by the announcement that Johnny Depp has signed on to play the Southie mob boss in “Black Mass,” directed by Barry Levinson. “We are on track and nothing has changed,” the source told the Track. Thank heavens.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 7th, 2013 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Whitey Bulger project

    Good news! We already knew they were a couple of very determined guys. That's Boston for you.
    From: 4mattdamon Date: February 6th, 2013 11:03 am (UTC) (Link)
    Soderbergh's tidbit is priceless!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Interview

    I think the interview is in the Russian Esquire, not Romanian.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview

    Which one I could tell you I speak some languages?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview

    Oh, must be in Russian if that's what the magazine was...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 6th, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview

    Thanks - changed the text.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 6th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Berlin

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 7th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Berlin

    Where's Lucy?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2013 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Berlin

    Lucy doesn't appear to be in Berlin. (No speculation please.)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    House of Lies

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2013 06:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Photos

    More photos of Matt and George in Berlin (looks to be a later dinner at the same location).

    http://photo.wenn.com/index.php?action=quicksearch&ppid=193661&version=int

    http://www.bz-berlin.de/bezirk/mitte/hier-gehen-2-superstars-zum-abendessen-article1635695.html

    Video of Matt leaving the airport: http://www.tikonline.de/video/detail.php?nr=146447&rubric=Videosection

    Edited at 2013-02-07 11:06 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2013 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: VIDEO

    I adore the way that Matt, very politely, steps aside in favour of the young lady in front of the door! I think no many stars do that!
    B.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    You erased allready :( I loved watching Matt live going to his next thing, he's so amazing to see doing anything!
    E
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Contagion

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2013 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Berlin

    Thursday was a press day and Friday will be the photo call and premiere. John Krasinski is in Berlin - photos of his trip are on his Twitter page. George has apparently left Berlin to go to London, so he won't be at the premiere.

    In a post at a George Clooney fan site, poster 'Margou' talks about an interview with Matt on German TV:
    http://www.clooneysopenhouse.com/t3110p50-george-clooney-out-to-dinner-in-berlin-with-matt-damon

    Last evening in the german TV magazine "prominent" , there is no repeat on the homepage and they show only pic`s...but there was an interview with Matt. He said, the dinner endet at midnight and then he was calling his wife and his children in the usa...and George would fly the next day to England ( must be Thursday). So he ist now in England? They said, Matt promote his new film on Berlinade and will be in Berlin in four weeks to start the new film with George.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2013 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Live video

    There will be live video of the press conference and red carpet today:

    http://www.berlinale.de/en/das_festival/im_fokus/live-streaming/index.html

    Competition
    Promised Land by Gus Van Sant
    14.05 Photo Call
    14.15 Press Conference

    Gus Van Sant (Director)
    Matt Damon (Actor)
    John Krasinski (Actor)
    Moderation: Jenni Zylka

    Competition
    Promised Land by Gus Van Sant
    18.45 – 19.15 Red Carpet

    **
    Matt and George's dinner was the subject of a whole cover page for a German tabloid newspaper:
    http://www.bz-berlin.de/

    Edited at 2013-02-08 01:12 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2013 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live video

    It's a really interesting press conference, with most questions directed to Matt who is defending the film and the poor reception it got while saying he still loves the movie and wouldn't do anything to change it. He doesn't think it was particularly attacked by any interest groups, just the critics (the Berlin critics are already vocal in their disappointment).

    He says he's trying to judge it by a variety of metrics and understand why it didn't do well, but his heart was in it.

    Kate Muir ‏@muirkate
    Matt Damon dead honest on Promised Land: "I've had movies bomb worse than this one and make their money back later." *shrugs*

    The only comments that will get traction after this (unless there's a question about George) will likely be about Berlin's airport.

    Edited at 2013-02-08 01:43 pm (UTC)
    From: 4mattdamon Date: February 8th, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live video

    This is amazing watching it live!! Thank you so much for posting the link!! Watching it 5:30am pacific time!!

    Gregory
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2013 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live video

    It's only 1am here, but it was a very challenging, antagonistic press conference. Matt denied ("I disagree with the premise of your question") that the issues of fracking weren't sufficiently explored, and said they only wanted to start a conversation. The last question was about Monuments Men, but Matt gave no details about his character, only saying he is coming back in a month (and didn't mention Daniel Craig in a cast listing), and was vague on whether George was directing.

    John didn't answer any questions, and Gus only a couple.

    Translated twitter comment
    https://twitter.com/simondewaal
    "You were awesome ..." Damon says laughing to his fellow actor who has not said anything. He has humor.

    Edited at 2013-02-08 02:09 pm (UTC)
    From: 4mattdamon Date: February 8th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live video

    He did say George directing and acting in.
    His response about the airport entertaining and Matt saying they plan to rent offices next year and maybe have letterhead for his co. Pearl Street with Ben.
    Unprompted, Gus said he thinks Argo will win the Oscar!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live video

    I missed the press conference. It's sounds like from your recaps he was almost being attacked. But it seems he handled with a good sense if humor. Poor John he probably could have just stayed home.
    What did he say about the airport? And he's planning on renting offices in Berlin? Why?
    From: 4mattdamon Date: February 8th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live video

    Matt let John answer a two part question posed to Gus. John wasn't asked a single question. Before the press conference began, the mics picked up John saying "these are hi tech" repeatedly (referring to translation earpieces).

    Matt said that with the success of ARGO, Ben told him they need real offices for their prod co. Pearl Street Films. So Matt said next year they will rent office space (in the US, presumably LA) and maybe get letterhead, etc!

    Matt was asked if he gets tired of Ben being brought up and does he think ARGO will win best pic. He said no, cause Ben leads an interesting life and he hopes it wins and has a good chance. Before the next
    question was asked Gus said into the mic "I think it will" and Matt said "nice!".

    One member of the press asked Matt his thoughts on the air pad to be built in Berlin. Matt joshed they said when he was in Berlin 10 yrs ago they were told it would exist in 5 yrs. So he said he's excited for it to be built cause he likes Berlin and hates the layover in Frankfurt and said he was in Berlin to promote Talented Ripley and Syriana and knows anticipation is high of his return in a month for filming when he returns with George.

    I wouldn't say they were attacked, just questioned about intentions of film, how on an international level the message of the film is relatable, and how making films of this nature are becoming harder and harder to finance if they don't appeal to 13 yr old boys.
    Only one press member sorta took the stance that the film fell short of making an argument for or against fracking and laying out why the farmers would or would not feel passionate about the issue other than being "hicks", to which Matt disagreed and said its about communities choice to decide and that the real farmers have real opinions on it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live video

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live video

    That place Matt walks up to looks a little 'dungenous' wonder if it was glamorous inside or just a trailler. M looked sad I wanted to hug him xo.
    REO
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live video

    Oh it does say that it was a hotell probably the back of it and come to think of it Soho is not 'dungenous' oops :x
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live video

    Thank you so much for that recap.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live video

    No problems. The premiere has just started - Jane Fonda is the only celeb that has arrived so far (snow is on the red carpet).

    Matt has just arrived solo, without a heavy coat (and it's now snowing).

    Edited at 2013-02-08 06:06 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live video

    Thank you very much for the recap, 4matt. I've been busy and haven't been able to keep up until just now. Does anyone know if the press conference will be available to view later?

    SPOILER ALERT: people who are upset that the movie is not an assault on the technique of fracking are missing the point. The movie makes a larger point about the danger to communities of unregulated exploitation of resources by massively powerful companies. And the assaults on the movie by industry are obvious to me. Perhaps for whatever reason Matt just doesn't want to talk about it.
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Damon's dog tag

    I remember a while back (maybe just last year) Matt mentioned in a red carpet event that Lucy had given him a dog tag for Valentine's Day and it said something like "if found please return to Lucy" and it had her phone #...it looks like he wears the dog tag when he is unaccompanied by his owner.

    How sweet!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Damon's dog tag

    Matt's worn the dog tags permanently since he received it as a gift from Lucy.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Damon's dog tag

    It was an anniversary gift from Lucy to him. It has the kids names and birthdays on one side and the other side says in case of emergency call Lucy with their ph #. He talked about it during press for we bought a zoo. And he has worn it ever since.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 9th, 2013 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Damon's dog tag

    there are plenty of pictures with him NOT wearing it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 19th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Damon's dog tag

    YAH ANYWAY!!! GEZZZZZZZZZZZZ HE'S NOT PERMANENTLY ATTACHED TO IT. COME HERE BOY (MATT DAMON) AND SIT...I HAVE A TREAT FOR YOU :)~ LOL!
    REO
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    press conference high lights

    Found some clips of the press conference on youtube. There is also a new interview with Matt and a German reporter further down the page.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8gmmGZTFBg

    Paula
    From: 4mattdamon Date: February 8th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: press conference high lights

    You're welcome Paula!
    Deadline Hollywood did an excellent article recapping the press conference with quotes here:

    http://m.deadline.com/2013/02/berlin-matt-damon-on-promised-lands-performance-argos-oscar-chances/

    I fell asleep and didn't see the live red carpet :( but it sounded cool with it snowing.
    Some good photos are at gettyimages.com
    Gregory
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 9th, 2013 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: press conference, weather

    Thanks, Gregory.

    Does anyone know when Matt is heading back home? There are blizzard warnings in NY(!)

    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 9th, 2013 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: press conference, weather

    He was at the Frankfurt airport hours ago, so I think he left straight after the premiere.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 19th, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: press conference, weather

    No but wish he was single for a day and I'd find him so I can walk with him and play.
    REO
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