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  • Matt is attached to another new project - from Deadline.

    While all the buzz this week about Matt Damon focused on Deadline’s reveal that he’ll reteam with Paul Greengrass in their third Bourne Identity film, there’s another very exotic international film that Damon is also flirting with. That is the lead role in The Great Wall, the Legendary Pictures film the great Chinese helmer Zhang Yimou signed on to direct. Legendary Pictures principal Thomas Tull has been trying to mount the China-set epic for several years now. Script is by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, but the most recent draft is by Tony Gilroy, who is familiar to Damon in that he scripted those terrific Bourne Identity films. The Great Wall was going to shoot last year and give Legendary a foothold into the China market, with Ed Zwick helming. While Zwick went as far as casting Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker, it just didn’t get over the wall that time.

    Damon, who next stars for Ridley Scott in The Martian, has scheduling complications that make this whole thing daunting. He is a big fan of the director though, and nearly worked with him on the film Flowers Of War, the picture that Christian Bale starred in. So everybody is trying.

    The Great Wall reveals the mystery behind why the Great Wall was built, and the secrets hidden beneath its stones.

  • From an interview with chat show host Graham Norton:

    A particularly memorable alchemic reaction between stars happened in an episode last February featuring The Monuments Men actors Matt Damon, Bill Murray and Hugh Bonneville. “That’s one of my favourites ever!” says Graham. “It was one of those perfect shows where the three guys obviously adored each other and got on well and were in a great mood.

    “It was so much fun. I love those evenings when I don’t have to work – I just let it happen. The audience was proper belly-laughing. At the end, we all wished it had been the last show of the season so we could go out on a high.”
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 21st, 2014 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Various

    Unintentionally funny line:

    "...the most recent draft is by Tony Gilroy, who is familiar to Damon in that he scripted those terrific Bourne Identity films." Ha, ha, ha!

    Looking over some of Yimou's recent work, I see Matt was originally mentioned for "Flowers of War", as well, so it is possible that they both want to work together. Lots of complicating factors, though.

    That Norton show was hilarious. I always thought Matt would be great on that show. And now that he's been on once, he'll probably go back.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 21st, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Renner

    Jeremy Renner is happy about the two Bourne films going forward (or so he says):

    http://www.azcentral.com/story/billgoodykoontz/2014/09/21/bourne-renner-damon-greengrass-goodyblog/16007527/
    From: cindiest Date: September 21st, 2014 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Love all the work Matty has on the horizon all the opportunities he has. Also, love the quote from Graham Norton. That show was such a huge treat.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 22nd, 2014 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Photos

    Matt, Lucy and Alexia leaving the Coldplay concert last week:

    http://www.tpgimages.com/editorial_sub.php?id=4051665
    From: cindiest Date: September 22nd, 2014 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    Thank you for this and for EVERYTHING.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 22nd, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    Nice photos 😊

    Do you know who's the girl with them? A family member? Alexia's friend?
    I saw her before with the family and I thought she was a nanny, but she looks very young..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 22nd, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    Just a friend I think.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 22nd, 2014 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Sam Jones interview

    Did anyone catch the interview on Audience TV? A transcript should be available on Sam Jones' site in coming days.

    The video will be available in a month:

    Sam Jones‏@samjones
    @NiceConundrum it will run multiple times on Directv, and it is available on demand. You can find it at http://offcamera.com in 30 days.

    Edited at 2014-09-22 05:23 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 22nd, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Sam Jones interview

    I didn't have access, unfortunately.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 22nd, 2014 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Interview

    New interview with Matt in Philanthropy Age:
    http://www.philanthropyage.org/2014/09/22/matt-damon-action-hero/

    Damon is determined to pass this passion to his four daughters. “It’s an ongoing education just like it is for me, but I’m bringing them along as best I can,” he says. “It doesn’t have to be around this issue, but I expect a lot from them.

    “They’ve been born into a lot more privilege than I was and a lot of emotional capital as well,” he continues. “They’ve got a great mum and I like to think a pretty good dad too, and I expect them to do a lot. I expect that kids like that should do a lot, and they will have to if there’s any hope for our world.”
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 22nd, 2014 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Great Wall rumors

    Bryan Cranston 'talking' about joining Great Wall with Matt.

    I don't know what to make of this blizzard or rumors lately.


    http://deadline.com/2014/09/bryan-cranston-the-great-wall-matt-damon-838751/

    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 22nd, 2014 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great Wall rumors

    Why cast this film now if it won't film for months, we presume. Such a risky project to take on.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2014 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great Wall rumors

    My assumption (in this case) is that the producers are floating names to try to get some traction and press for the project, which they couldn't get off the ground before. Legendary is openly looking for a project that can hit big with both Chinese and international audiences,that is filmed in China and has Chinese cultural references.Yeah, kind of a weird project, and yet I'm intrigued.

    Chinese zombies! Lol.
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2014 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Clinton Global Initiative

    Entertainment Tonight had some coverage of the CGI tonight and mentioned that Matt would be on tomorrow..
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 23rd, 2014 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Clinton Global Initiative

    CNBC Newsroom ‏@CNBCnow
    Matt Damon on his mission to bring clean water to every corner of the globe. Tune in to @SquawkCNBC at 8:30a ET. pic.twitter.com/6v2cioFTIE
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2014 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Clinton Global Initiative and Bourne

    Now he says it by himself!!
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/102025300
    Matt at the GCI.
    B.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Clinton Global Initiative

    Lots of great tweets and photos, but I think this is my favorite so far:

    https://twitter.com/kelleymc/status/514475935140417536

    Matt and Gary apparently had an incredibly prime spot, sandwiched between Presidents Clinton and Obama. Wow! What an honor. Obama apparently made a joke that he loved following Matt, and said that he noticed people filing out of the back of the room between Matt's section and his. Ha. Judging by twitter, lots of very positive response to the water panel.

    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Clinton Global Initiative

    Little clip (of Matt's Clinton impression) really indicates his contagious energy and enthusiasm. No wonder he won the room. I hope we'll be able to see the whole interview at some point.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/matt-damon-best-bill-clinton-impression-25708500

    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Clinton Global Initiative

    Ok, found the entire interview (it really isn't very long) at MSNBC, but for some reason I couldn't copy the link.
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Clinton Global Initiative

    A pic:
    https://twitter.com/auerswald/status/514476738257362944

    A video (Matt in the fourth one at ca 53.30):
    http://new.livestream.com/CGI/CGI2014

    B.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 23rd, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Clinton Global Initiative

    Thanks for the links everybody.

    Lainey Gossip has photos and the Clinton impression:
    http://www.laineygossip.com/Matt-Damon-speaks-at-Clinton-Global-Initiative-2014/31390

    http://instagram.com/p/tTCTZopX1T/
    brynmooser
    3 hours ago
    With Matt Damon and @chevenee and the @Watercrew working on a cool @ryotnews collab at Clinton Global

    Katie Couric ‏@katiecouric 4h
    #BehindTheScenes w/ #MattDamon & Gary White, co-founders of @Water. Watch our interview next week on @YahooNews! pic.twitter.com/KNPMZvfXg5

    Matt is asked about Bourne:
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/102025300#.

    Edited at 2014-09-23 09:39 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Clinton Global Initiative

    Thanks, B, good find! I bet it's the first time Jimmy Kimmel ever had a shout out at the CGI.

    If you keep watching the video you can see President Obama's joke about Matt around the 1 hour 10 minute mark (I think)

    CCTV is supposed to have an interview with Matt and Gary at 8pm ET.
    Paula






    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 24th, 2014 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Clinton Global Initiative

    Great footage and pics! He looks sharp!!
    G
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 24th, 2014 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Clinton Global Initiative

    He does look... Sigh... So handsome...I'm so glad he cut his hair!

    He needed to get cleaned up for this and Clooney's wedding this weekend. Lol
    Paula
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 24th, 2014 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Clinton Global Initiative

    i think a little hair dye helped. but yeah, he cleaned up nicely.
    i like how he helped his segment along keeping an eye on the time
    G
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 24th, 2014 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Clinton Global Initiative

    He's looking the best he did in a long time!!
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