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Suburbicon premiere
  • Photos from the world premiere of Suburbicon at the Venice Film Festival are at Zimbio, the Daily Mail, and more at the Daily Mail.

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  • Positive reviews are at Variety and the Daily Beast.

  • Matt and Lucy attended a cast and crew dinner the night before the premiere.

  • A long interview with Matt about both films is at the Hollywood Reporter, including:

    You produced Manchester by the Sea, and you’re developing other projects to produce. Will you direct any of them?
    I don’t have any plans right now to direct anything. I’ve had all these near-misses: I almost directed Promised Land and then it didn’t work with my life, because of my kids and I’d been away. Every time I fire myself as a director it becomes a vast improvement for the movie. The last time was Manchester by the Sea, and Kenny [Lonergan] wrote it for me to direct. I brought it to him as a writing assignment, but when I read it I was like, “You have to direct this.” Looking back, I completely stand by the decision; it was the right thing for the movie, he told that story beautifully. I don’t regret not directing any of the things I haven’t directed. But we’ll see. I would have thought I’d have directed by now.

    Some of the things you’re producing look really interesting, like the Robert F. Kennedy biography.
    RFK we’ve been working on for a number of years, and Nikolaj Arcel wrote a wonderful script, so we’ll hopefully be making that soon. I have to get on the treadmill and lose about 30 pounds! But Manchester was a challenging movie to get made in the marketplace today, and we actually got really lucky; it was only because Kimberly Steward stepped up and financed the whole thing. If it hadn’t been for Kimberly, we couldn’t have even made it. It took one person being really brave and really putting herself at risk financially. So I’m glad it worked out.

    What’s next?
    I have no idea. I haven’t worked since November, since I finished Suburbicon. I’m not even thinking about work right now, which is really nice.

    What do you do when you’re not working? Read, write?
    I’ve been addicted to refreshing my newsfeed every seven minutes, so I’m reading a ton every day: I have The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Yorker. I’ve got my list of newspapers and magazines; articles are just landing on my phone and I just sit down and read. But it’s all politics, so I’m not sitting down and reading great biographies. I should, but I’m not.
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    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 3rd, 2017 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)


    The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER interview is Excellent!!! Reminds me of why I am a fan of his. Such a thoughtful, smart, and informed talented actor he is.

    And an excellent piece from Deadline Hollywood from the Suburbicon press conference.

    From: fitzgerald17 Date: September 3rd, 2017 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 3rd, 2017 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
    He is so great!
    From: Abigail Davidson Date: September 3rd, 2017 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    NY Times Article

    Just a bit about Matt from the Times article posted,

    On one level, "Suburbicon" is a comedy, in which the best-laid plans of Damon's scheming corporate executive go bloodily astray. Damon and Moore practically explode with suburban repression, and there's a delicious turn by Oscar Isaac as a prying insurance investigator.

    Saturday was Damon's second time on the Venice red carpet this week. He also stars in Alexander Payne's "Downsizing," in which — as so often — he portrays a likable everyman.

    But Damon also can play the psychopath, as he demonstrated memorably in "The Talented Mr. Ripley." In "Suburbicon," he's a bland suburbanite who becomes a monster.

    "I don't really get to play the bad guy a lot, but I do get a nice range of roles," Damon said.

    He recalled Payne telling him, "I like you because you don't look like a movie star."

    "And I know exactly what he meant," Damon said. "I look kind of like an average American person, so I think directors get to have fun playing with different variations of what that might mean."

    For all the bloody fun in "Suburbicon," the social concerns Clooney displayed in previous films he directed — including "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "The Ides of March" — are never far from the surface.

    The Clooney Foundation he and wife run gave $1 million in the wake of Charlottesville to the Southern Poverty Law Center to combat hate groups.

    Clooney said he was anxious that "Suburbicon" not be a polemic or "a civics lesson."

    "We wanted it to be funny, we wanted it to be mean," he said. "But it is certainly angry, and it got angrier as we were shooting."


    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 3rd, 2017 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 3rd, 2017 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt dand Lucy are so cute in all of their pictures! Always holding hands and looking happy...
    Btw, Matt always has a hand on Lucys butt! Haha! I've just noticed that!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 3rd, 2017 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    more reviews

    Two positive reviews from The Daily Mail:


    and Independent, which gave it 5 stars and called it "Clooney’s finest film as a director since Good Night And Good Luck":

    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 5th, 2017 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Downsizing' opens Venice

    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 5th, 2017 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Alexia and Colin were at a premiere of Suburbicon
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 5th, 2017 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Downsizing to close Fantastic Fest:

    Hong Chau interview:

    "Matt is funny on set. He’ll be telling a story or a joke the second before we start rolling,” says Chau of her Downsizing co-star. “He can just pop in and out and it’s not a big deal. I had a fear of missing out so I’d be like, ‘No, don’t tell that story about George Clooney. I want to hear it, but I have to go over here for a second and collect myself before we do the next take.'"

    Chris Pine to play RFK in a TV mini-series:

    Edited at 2017-09-06 12:48 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 5th, 2017 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)


    ... will close Fantastic Fest. Interesting decision.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 6th, 2017 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt is back in Boston for Kyle's 50th birthday.

    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 6th, 2017 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 6th, 2017 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    George interview

    George, Matt and Julianne on the cover of Hollywood Reporter:

    Clooney is really trying to sell his movie through releasing every detail of his personal life. Still won't work.
    From: fitzgerald17 Date: September 6th, 2017 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: George interview

    George as always been open about some aspects of his private life; he know what to share and what not, very much like Matt.
    It's not the first time that he has invited a journalist over to his house for an interview, the only difference is that he has a wife and 2 children, now. So, of course, they asked him about them.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 6th, 2017 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: George interview

    Good interview. People eat up this stuff. Clooney really knows how to play the game. Nothing wrong with that, if it's a trade he's willing to make. He's always been more willing to do that than Matt.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2017 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: George interview

    The film now appeals to me even less and I probably won't see it in cinemas due to the violence.

    And George really has changed since the wedding. It's still selling your kids if it's in a trade paper.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2017 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)


    There were some nice quotes from Matt, George and the ET interviewer Carly talking about Matt and Lucy on the Venice red carpet for Downsizing about and how beautiful Lucy looked. Matt said it was his best red carpet ever (or something similar).
    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 7th, 2017 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
    There are a few more photos of Lucy in IG of Lisa Snowdon
    From: fitzgerald17 Date: September 8th, 2017 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Hollywood Reporter

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 9th, 2017 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)


    There's a new poster and trailer for Suburbicon. Reviews out of Toronto seem pretty poor.

    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 9th, 2017 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Suburbicon

    It was clear from the video. Matt was not happy after the premiere.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 9th, 2017 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Suburbicon

    Why do you say that?
    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 9th, 2017 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Suburbicon

    I saw a lot of negative tweets from Toronto.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 9th, 2017 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Suburbicon

    what video?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 10th, 2017 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Suburbicon

    I don't think it's appropriate for us to assume we know what Matt is feeling at any particular moment.
    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 10th, 2017 07:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Suburbicon

    Of course, we don't know. I shall had to write-"it seemed to me that Matt was not happy." Here is a video.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 10th, 2017 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Suburbicon

    Well, regardless on whether or not Matt was "unhappy", I certainly think, he looked fine in that video, and Lucy certainly looked proud of him!
    And I agree with Paula too, because we can't just assume it was about the premier if he was "unhappy"...

    By the way, I think the video is adorable!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 9th, 2017 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    New Netflix series

    Matt's producing a new survival series with Shawn Vance and Peter Berg:


    Edited at 2017-09-09 07:02 am (UTC)
    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 9th, 2017 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New Netflix series

    Who writes the script?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 9th, 2017 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New Netflix series

    It's unscripted and seems to have been filmed already.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 10th, 2017 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    No show

    Matt did not attend the Suburbicon premiere in Toronto for unknown reasons.

    I pretty much agree with this Jeff Sneider article. I would also say Matt needs to stop putting so much faith in directors and care more about the script.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 10th, 2017 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)


    Absolutely ridiculous. It's like all you people are mainstream fodder sheep for the critics. If a film doesn't get outstanding reviews across the board all of a sudden it's a failure.

    You know this makes me question if people watch films anymore and grade it objectively or simply listen to a RT score and say well you know what, that's not worth watching at the cinema. This is why film criticism in a way has become a joke.

    A lot of it is biased towards certain agendas whether it be political or social. You have a film like downsizing which is totally unique and unlike any film released this year and I've heard outstanding things about it. You have a 1950s coen esque black comedy that is a return to form for Clooney but quite a lot of people hate it. I mean, Jesus what do you people want? More popcorn superhero garbage. Wonder Woman was not a good film.

    It was ok but are you really going to tell me with a straight face it deserved those phenomenal reviews. It was just a half decent origin story with a female lead that got way more praise than it warranted. Look at a film like miss sloane. Got outstanding reviews but look at the agenda that film was pushing. You have to open your eyes people and stop being so damn naive.

    I don't take the oscars seriously nor do I take most film critics seriously. If a film is unique and has many ideas and explores them wonderfully and has depth which is what downsizing is, then it will be remembered in years to come rather than some cliched best picture winner that's trying to push a social agenda with stories we've seen countless times before.

    Now that trump is president the academy and film critics in general have gotten so much more political, that it's almost impossible for them to review movies objectively anymore and it's quite sad.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 10th, 2017 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)


    Agree with you 100%. When I see reviews with the comment "it is hard to know what it is" I say great let the audience decide what it is. Critics want to put a label on everything. Also when I read an review that relates the entire plot of a film it is insulting.
    I also believe certain "critics" want to take Matt Damon down a peg. That article is posted above is insulting to Matt. He has had a great career, who the heck is that writer to tell him what kind of roles he should be taking?

    Also the foreign critics were more receptive to both films. It is very telling that the US critics have their poison pens out.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 10th, 2017 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I agree with both of you. It's always been my experience that when someone becomes very famous, there's always, eventually, a reaction to that by some people and we see that here. It's kind of a "he isn't all that!" thing, where the actor has to be taken down a peg or two. When you add to that Matt's candid comments, some people just can't handle it, so they hit him where they think it'll hurt: his work.

    Both Suburbicon and Downsizing have received their share of positive reviews and, given that, it's hard to make sense of very negative ones. Critics can be biased and wrong, but even if, in your estimation, they turn out to be right, I would think a fan of Matt would want to wait and make up their own mind before throwing their hands up in the air. The Internet culture, the critics' agendas, and the current political enviroment should all be taken into account.

    Me? As a fan, I remain loyal to Matt and positive about both films.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 10th, 2017 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Two Press Conferences at TIFF today





    If anyone is interested.
    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 10th, 2017 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Two Press Conferences at TIFF today

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