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  • Matt has recorded a PSA about the upcoming Yulin Dog Festival - details at National Earth Official's Instagram

  • Matt and Ben received their Spike Guys Choice Awards on Saturday as joint recipients of Guys of the Decade. Report is at the Boston Globe, People and In Style. Photos are at Zimbio.

  • From an interview with Matt at the MIT Tech:

    The Tech: I review movies for [The Tech]. I wonder, as an actor, what is your least favorite trope? Do you ever just read a script and go, ‘Seriously? You’re gonna make me do that?’
    Damon: I think nowadays I’m so depressed about ... things because movies have changed since I was where you are. That was 25 years ago. Because of these bigger influences on the business, now they’re making these giant, giant movies that are these 300 million dollar behemoths, and they’re all about people in capes running around...

    I’d say what irks me the most right now is that the movies that were my bread and butter, you know, the Good Will Hunting-type movies, or The Informant, or movies like that, that range from say 20 to 60 million dollars and are about people talking to each other, have just evaporated. They’re just gone. They’re not being made anymore. They’re either being migrated to television, or they have to be made for extremely low budgets. And they’ve been replaced by these 500 million dollar juggernauts that the movie audience doesn’t seem to be getting tired of. And that’s what’s alarming, like normally these things move in phases and there’s a correction, there’s kind of a re-correction and a rebalance and we kind of get back to how we all like entertainment. But right now, it looks like there hasn’t been that correction. In fact, I’m thinking of one thing that bothers me; it’s that the scripts have become so simple, and the stories have become so simple and predictable, and we’re not getting tired of them yet.
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    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 7th, 2016 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    MIT TECH

    WOW. He summed up the the state of the movie industry perfectly. I wonder if there will come a day when he starts doing TV. It's very very very possible. We are currently experiencing a TV boom (or Golden Age). If you don't believe me check out this non Matt Damon related article.
    http://www.vulture.com/2016/05/peak-tv-business-c-v-r.html

    Gregory
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 7th, 2016 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: MIT TECH

    All about people in capes running around...

    Edited at 2016-06-07 03:41 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 7th, 2016 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: MIT TECH

    I love that phrase, too. We ARE just mimicking the actors, just children trying to escape a very stressful time for many when we support these films, and with CGI as enthralling as it has become, 3-d making it even more immersive and exciting, we CAN--for a couple of hours.

    For those of us who love character-driven film, though, there's plenty of indie stuff, and those of us so inclined can find "Sundays and Cybele", "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Again", and a myriad of other essays into the human spirit on DVD and Blu-ray.

    Matt's the expert, and he surely hit that nail on the head. He joked about looking around for a superhero he could play, but they were already taken (would be a big money-maker). I'd enjoy seeing him put on a cape and run around for awhile!

    God bless him and us. We're all just trying to get by.

    Louie
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 7th, 2016 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: MIT TECH

    He's in high demand, Gregory, so he'll do whatever looks good to him out of all the great stuff offered him. He's done a lot of TV--HBO (Candelabra), Entourage, Showtime with Cheadle, Will and Grace, 30 Rock, Bernie Mac, skits on Kimmel, etc. Would he do The Matt Damon Show? Hmmmmm.?!? I wonder! I'm sure he'd do another film for HBO if he were offered something tasty, doncha think? Still waiting for him to take a shot at Hamlet!--maybe for PBS?



    Louie
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2016 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: MIT TECH

    every year I think, "well, that's it, Matt won't get offered anything good this year (because the number of prestige pictures has dropped so dramatically) and he'll have to either do something offensive or retire or switch to producing or directing full time." But, in fact, last year Matt had one of his greatest years both in terms of box office and critical acclaim with The Martian.

    The Martian is THE living, breathing example of the fact that there is no need to dumb down a movie to make it a global success. But it's much harder to make a smart, positive, movie than to make a brainless negative one. That's apparently the sole reason why we are deluged with silly childish crap all summer. And that's soooooo depressing.
    Paula

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2016 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: MIT TECH

    I didn't mean Matt doing TV movies nor Guest Star roles on TV I was more specifically referring to the idea of him being a series regular on TV or New Media like Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin with Sam Waterston & Martin Sheen on "Grace & Frankie"/NETFLIX; or Kevin Spacey "House Of Cards"/NETFLIX; or Don Cheadlle "House of Lies"/SHOWTIME; Matthew McConaughey "True Detective" etc
    Gregory
    From: iri_na_00 Date: June 8th, 2016 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Spike Guys Choice Award

    A little video of tomorrow's show, Matt and Ben.
    https://twitter.com/spike/status/740528864762335232
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2016 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Spike Guys Choice Award

    Thanks, so cute. It's obvious they love each other to bits, the original and still greatest bromance. When Matt's around Ben smiles like his face will break. Lol.

    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2016 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne

    The most recent TV spot trailer was put on YouTube yesterday and so far it's not looking good,
    There's alot (which i agree with some) of talk that everything is looking recycled from the previous films.
    Looks really action packed and thrilling but it does look a bit recycled in my opinion, looks as though the "Nicky" character gets blown away (why they would put that spoiler in a trailer is beyond me). it recycles Maries death while being chased.

    Nonetheless I'm still pretty stoked to see this one, I'm a huge fan of the franchise and of Matt!
    But i have to agree with some of the trailer reviews, comments and ect....

    -Hanna
    From: iri_na_00 Date: June 8th, 2016 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne

    All three of the Bourne film similar to each other, there just different stories. But all three films are very interesting and successful. Scene painting hair Nicki repeated a similar scene with Marie and everything was fine. If Niki dies, there is nothing wrong with that. I think the line of Jason Bourne will end forever in this film , so the death Nicki can be justified.
    All will be well.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2016 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne

    Please dont put spoilers on here, im really looking forward to seeing this film. Thank you
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2016 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Bourne

    AGREED.No spoilers please!
    From: iri_na_00 Date: June 8th, 2016 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne

    So it's not spoilers. That is an assumption. We don't know what will happen in the film.
    We can assume that Jason and Nicky will be love story( Bourne will remember it) and they will then live happily ever after.)

    Edited at 2016-06-08 05:37 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne

    A lot of the Bourne persona is inner torment. Somehow I doubt he can ever live "happily ever after". We want him to, but the fact that he can't have that life is what gives us empathy with him. Just my humble opinion.

    Louie
    From: iri_na_00 Date: June 8th, 2016 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ben and Matt

    Affleck posted this photo today in his instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BGZ7ZPmw6wG/

    Edited at 2016-06-08 08:16 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 9th, 2016 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Matt

    A related Daily Mail article:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3632073/This-guy-Ben-Affleck-shares-collage-Matt-Damon-dunking-face-birthday-cake-honor-National-Best-Friends-Day.html

    It's a clear sign you have been a Matt fan for too long when these photos are disappointing because you remember the original photos turning up in a magazine (in a Ben interview perhaps in "Interview?") Possibly not Interview - here's the text from that interview in Dec 1997:

    http://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/new-again-ben-affleck/print/#

    Edited at 2016-06-09 04:05 am (UTC)
    wownow From: wownow Date: June 9th, 2016 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Matt

    Ha, yes! There has never been a high school or pre-fame photo of them together, strangely.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 9th, 2016 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Matt

    You are right. We have seen lots of individual photos, but not together.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2016 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Ben and Matt

    I would love to see a picture of them together as teenagers or pre-fame too!

    -Hanna
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2016 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    JASON BOURNE SCREENING

    Just saw a post on imdb message board for Jason Bourne that the person saw a screening in Toronto and said the film was really good and the action is way bigger than any of the previous installments in the trilogy. He said it feels different though because Bourne is helping the government rather than fighting them.

    This is great news because I tend to believe him given that the film has been completed and Moby has seen and said its really great plus judging from the trailers and teasers the action looked phenomenal so its no surprise that this may be the most action packed bourne film yet surpassing even Ultimatum.
    From: iri_na_00 Date: June 9th, 2016 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Damon // Omaze

    Matt Damon Invites You To Be His Special Guest at the Jason Bourne Premiere in Vegas // Omaze
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJzBZnq1iEc
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2016 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Matt Damon // Omaze

    I just entered in and donated $10 for my chance to win at Omaze!
    Wish me luck ya'll!!!
    It would be a dream come true to meet him.

    -Hanna
    Mohammad Hassan From: Mohammad Hassan Date: June 10th, 2016 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Damon // Omaze

    I just entered is well i would wish u luck but meeting matt is my dream, his movies got me thru high school he means a lot to me and meeting him would be a dream come true is well
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 10th, 2016 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Back to Sydney

    Matt and Alicia Vikander are coming to Sydney as part of the Jason Bourne world tour - and at this stage it's the world premiere weeks ahead of the opening date. This will be Matt's fifth trip to Sydney (three previous Bourne movies and Elysium):

    http://iris.theaureview.com/jason-borne-bringing-matt-damon-and-alicia-vikander-to-australia/
    From: iri_na_00 Date: June 10th, 2016 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back to Sydney

    July 3? So early? There will be only one seance or display of the movie at movie theaters will begin?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 10th, 2016 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back to Sydney

    It's just one stop on the world promotional tour and the movie won't open in Australia for weeks afterwards.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2016 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back to Sydney

    Matt used to do this promotional tours alone, if I recall correctly.
    I guess the fact that Vikander is now included, only confirms his growing status in Hollywood.


    K.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2016 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back to Sydney

    *Her growing status*, sorry.

    K.
    From: iri_na_00 Date: June 10th, 2016 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back to Sydney

    Well, Matt said - "You have to do something great and new, and Alicia is our great and new.)
    Or because she is in Australia now.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 10th, 2016 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Martian extended final scene

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 10th, 2016 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Martian extended final scene

    I really like this deleted version of the final scene more than what was in the movie. I'm still left scratching my head as to what was going on with Matt's hair in the scene on the park bench. It's awful. I'm sorry. Is it a wig or what were they trying to convey?
    Gregory

    Edited at 2016-06-10 09:00 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2016 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Martian extended final scene

    Mannn I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one thinking that his hair looked awful!

    -Hanna
    From: iri_na_00 Date: June 10th, 2016 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Damon // Omaze

    Another. Filmed in Toronto?
    https://twitter.com/jasonbourne/status/741035053220810752

    Edited at 2016-06-10 08:26 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 10th, 2016 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    OMAZE

    Not sure if this OMAZE video was already posted funnier than the other one I saw
    https://www.facebook.com/TheBourneSeries/videos/1220774987962623/

    Gregory
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