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Costa Rica photos
  • Photos of Matt with family and friends (including Michele Merkin-Waitt) in Costa Rica are at the Nacion.

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  • From an interview with producer Chris Moore.

    Moore recalled that before Gus Van Sant took the reins on "Good Will Hunting," Mel Gibson was on board to direct for a few months and Michael Mann shot a test of Matt Damon: "What would it have been like? I became fascinated. How come in our business you never see two versions of the same movie? I know the business reasons why, but for me personally, I wanted to watch two people take the same script and turn it into a movie."
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 16th, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Airport Matt sighting. Looks like he may be on the way home. Disappointed to report that he shaved the beard. :(

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 16th, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Traveling?

    Well spotted Paula. I think I've identified the boy in the beach photos - the same kid that was sitting on Matt at the roller derby game (Jeanne's son).

    Another photo:

    Edited at 2014-08-17 12:10 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 17th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Traveling?

    I was without the Internet these last day so I couldn't expess how sad I am about the death of Robin Williams, an actor with such a great talent, soul and heart. And also many pains... I think to Matt, how devastated he must be. Robin was as a teacher for him, he said in an interview.
    Don't you think that he is coming back to attend the funerals?

    When I read in this column that The Martian will be shot in Hungary, I was ...in Hungary!. And I swear, in this summertime, it wasn't cold at all! It's a continental weather, very warm in summer, very cold in the winter! But I hope in the fall, it must be fine. I wish I could be there one month later!!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 17th, 2014 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Traveling?

    The funeral seems to be private and it may be family only (in San Francisco). There may be a public memorial/comedy show from what I've seen.

    Matt's definitely back in LA - sighting at his house today.

    I've only been to Budapest in December so I'm sure it's lovely in summer, but that's not when they will be filming. But there has been no confirmation after that one reference - we may get more news shortly. Welcome back from your travels!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 16th, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Conan O'Brien

    From an interview with Conan O'Brien:


    My daughter can only start talking to boys when she's 28. I saw Matt Damon a few weeks ago and he was wearing a hat that said "DADD" on it. And I said "Matt, what's that's for?" and he said, "Dads against daughters dating." He's got small girls – and my oldest daughter is 10. So I thought – yes! I'll keep a baseball bat by the front door and make sure I always answer it when it rings. I'll get some big dogs, too; that's the way to go.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 18th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Good WIll Hunting Charity Screening - Edinburgh Fringe Festival


    To celebrate the life and work of the late Robin Williams, a special charity screening of Good Will Hunting is to be shown in aid of SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health). Robin Williams won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Sean Maguire, a psychiatrist who helps Matt Damon's brilliant but troubled young janitor. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the iconic Quad lawn. For further information and full terms and conditions, please visit: www.ed.ac.uk/festivals
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 18th, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Ben and Jack from Jack All Time Low have nominated Matt for the ALS ice bucket challenge (I hope Matt refuses due to wastage of water).

    wownow From: wownow Date: August 18th, 2014 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Challenge

    I think it's a wonderful fundraising idea - this article makes good arguments http://www.theguardian.com/money/us-money-blog/2014/aug/17/ice-bucket-challenge-als-stunt-gimmick-good
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 19th, 2014 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Challenge

    Jimmy Kimmel@jimmykimmel
    @benaffleck and I challenge you to put some ice in your http://water.org @mattdamon #ALSIceBucketChallenge http://youtu.be/_5V8gZKOebQ
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 19th, 2014 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Challenge

    Ha, ha. Kimmel's gonna freeze off his gonads.lol. And calling out only Matt? Ah, that's quite a challenge!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2014 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Challenge

    Chris Hemsworth did the challenge while on vacation in Costa Rica (he may have left CR at the same time as Matt).

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 19th, 2014 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Charlie Rose

    Just saw a reference to Charlie Rose on PBS repeating the interview with Matt, Robin and Gus about GWH today. Worth watching, but it's also available on their site archives.

    Edited at 2014-08-19 03:55 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 19th, 2014 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt and family are back at Disneyland for Gia's birthday.

    @DisneylandCeleb Matt Damon at Disneyland pic.twitter.com/rwaNWJPoss

    Edited at 2014-08-19 10:54 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2014 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Disneyland

    Matt holding a baby:

    Julie Hirth‏@HirthJ14
    Spotted: Matt Damon watching the parade in Fantasyland #Disneyland pic.twitter.com/JPM9mP29QX

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 20th, 2014 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Disneyland

    The interior pic is definitely Matt. I think that parade pic is not him. The profile's wrong, he seems too slim, I don't recognize the baby, and none of the family are visible.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2014 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Disneyland

    I think it's him with (another) random baby, Lucy and Stella in front. Or maybe not.

    I'm on Australian time and it would be Gia's birthday tomorrow (US time - 20 August).

    A few more photos:

    Edited at 2014-08-20 09:59 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2014 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Monuments Men

    Josh Brolin was meant to have Matt's role in Monuments Men (and Daniel Craig was originally in Hugh Bonneville's role).


    Brolin: "That's the thing, when you're an actor...Milk, that was supposed to be Matt Damon, and then it turned out to be me, because Matt had a conflict with something else. Then Matt ended up doing something that I was supposed to do, The Monuments Men. You never know. It just is what it is."
    wownow From: wownow Date: August 20th, 2014 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Monuments Men

    i hate when actors mention roles they've turned down.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2014 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I hadn't realised that Casey Affleck is now on Twitter:

    Casey's new project:

    John Krasinski challenged Emily and Josh Brolin:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 20th, 2014 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt and fam (and it is definitely Matt:) still at Disneyland. Girls are so cute all dressed up in their princess duds. I'm wondering if the blonde girl could be one of Ben's. (I don't keep up with Ben's kids, but I know at least one of them is blonde).



    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2014 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Disneyland

    I don't think it's one of Ben's girls. And more photos (people should really leave them alone):






    Happy birthday Princess Gia!

    Edited at 2014-08-21 02:17 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 21st, 2014 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Disneyland

    I don't remember seeing such a gusher of photos of Matt ever. He's even been gracious enough to take selfies with people, which is above and beyond the call when he's with his family. I know it's Disneyland, but still. I hope it's not impinging on the girls being able to have a good time.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 21st, 2014 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Disneyland

    And from the photos the kids are certainly aware of people taking photographs of them (on rides, walking around). Nice to see the kids on rides - the first trip or two to Disneyland seemed to be all about taking photos and getting signatures from the characters. Paparazzi life moments.

    A cute pic:

    Edited at 2014-08-21 03:17 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 21st, 2014 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Disneyland

    Some of the comments on these are very cute.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 21st, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Costa Rica pic

    Matt, Lucy (and dog), with Isabella (I think). Great (rare) casual photo.


    Edited at 2014-08-21 11:37 pm (UTC)
    From: tsgpinkblack Date: August 22nd, 2014 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Costa Rica pic

    That was Isabella
    From: tsgpinkblack Date: August 22nd, 2014 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    ALS Ice Challenge

    After watching clips of Ben Affleck and other celebs participate in the ice bucket challenge and Ben said he challenges Jimmy Kimmel, Neil Patrick Harris and Matt Damon, i wonder if Matt will ever participate in the challenge too?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 22nd, 2014 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: ALS Ice Challenge

    I presume he will do it as a promotion for Water.org and use recycled water in some way. He has been challenged by Ben, Jimmy Kimmel and a band member.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 22nd, 2014 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Disneyland photos

    There are definitely photos around from Disneyland via Splash. I've only seen two small pics at a photo site.

    Anaheim, CA - Matt Damon, his wife Luciana Barroso along with their kids Alexia, Isabella and Stella celebrate Gia's 6th birthday at a Disneyland Resort hotel. The happy family gathered around as Gia blew out the candles on her birthday cupcakes. After the candles were extinguished, the 43-year-old actor gave his girls a sweet hug and kiss. Pictured: Matt Damon, Luciana Barroso, Alexia, Isabella, Stella, Gia,
    From: tsgpinkblack Date: August 22nd, 2014 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Disneyland photos

    Where i can see these photos?!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 22nd, 2014 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Disneyland photos

    At Aflo, a Japanese photo site, but the site is hard to navigate. Photos will appear elsewhere eventually (but they're probably very intrusive, so most sites will refrain from posting them).


    Edited at 2014-08-22 03:55 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 25th, 2014 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It looks like Matt took the ice bucket challenge. Any footage of that?
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