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O13, interviews, links
  • The Ocean's 13 trailer is at AOL or YouTube, thanks to Clooney Studio.

  • Matt's interview on The Early Show is available here.

  • The complete video of the Charlie Rose interview is here, thanks to peachtrees.

  • The transcript of the interview on Larry King is here.

  • Sylvester Stallone mentions Matt as one of the few action stars of today here.

  • Details of the upcoming DVD editions for The Departed are here.

  • Time magazine compares Matt's roles in The Departed and The Good Shepherd here, thanks to Sammie323's Effluvia.

  • Excerpts from a review by Armond White of the New York Press:

    Every awards season, a superb film gets lost in the shuffle of pseudo-prestigious releases and holiday junk; this year the casualty is The Good Shepherd. Robert De Niro’s decision to make his second directorial effort a low-key epic about the moral cost behind the founding of the Central Intelligence Agency confounds all the nonsense that awards season fervor suggests is essential to film culture. The Good Shepherd is serious in ways most people have forgotten movies could be.

  • The Good Shepherd actor Mark Ivanir praises Matt's foresight for saving his life while filming here.
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    Comments
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 21st, 2006 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)
    As this is my last day at work until the New Year I just wanted to thank you for all the hard work you've done here this year, it's really appreciated. It's the perfect fan site, not too intrusive and you dig up interesting stuff about him almost daily.

    It's a real pleasure coming on here everyday, seeing what information you've collected on my favourite actor and reading others comments too.

    He's had an amazing year, getting married to his lovely wife, becoming a dad for the first time and taking on the responsibilty of being a step-father which can't have been easy, he's also making really interesting and entertaining films that are a million miles away from the usual Hollywood dross. It can't be easy, it's much easier to take the money and run. I'm also really impressed with his charity work for the One Campaign and hope he continues to support it for many years to come.

    Even losing all their possessions in their New York flat hasn't had a negative effect on his personality.

    He's gotten a lot of flack for his Hardball interview, although he didn't say anything I thought was controversial, we all like the idea of free speech until someone excerises it. Like Voltaire said (I think it was him) 'I may hate what you say, but I will defend to the death you're right to say it' or something like that.

    Enjoy the holidays and 'see' you in 2007. MP

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 21st, 2006 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
    And thanks for all of your valued comments this year MP, and to all others who shared their views and contributed.

    Best wishes to everyone for their holiday season.

    It's been a good year for Matt and his fans. :-)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 21st, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Nicely said MP, and i agree with your comment 100% - even about the Hardball interview. What you said is just great.

    Yes, much appreciated with all the wonderful hardwork you have done on this fabulous fansite for Matt this year and I to enjoy coming on here everyday and reading the great info you have put on about my (our) favourite actor-Its brilliant much appreciated and im thankful. And i know i will be here reading and commenting again in 07' and i also love reading other comments to - so can not wait to hear from you all.
    So Looking forward to more news and comments in 07' about Matt! and i am thankful for all the hard work you do and can not wait till next year.

    So I hope you have a great holiday and enjoy yourself, and to everyone else hope you have a lovely holiday and best wishes.
    And best of look for the new year and good luck with 07'

    ~Cass
    Thankyou.

    and Yeah Its been a very good year for Matt and his Fans! (Proud of him and the fans)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 21st, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    MP is right, and the paraphrase of Voltaire is really appropriate. I admire Matt for speaking out politically, and I hope and pray he--and all of us--will continue to be able to express ourselves in public freely (with license of course: no shouting fire in a public theater unless there is one!)
    My only point is that he's trying to market a movie that's difficult enough to sell--it doesn't pander politically, it's a very intellectual project, and it requires Matt to do some acting at a level some people might not understand. Given the commercial drawbacks of the film, I was wondering about a strategy of speaking out in a way that might keep conservatives from going to the film because they disagree with Matt's personal political views. As for my own personal view, all I can say to Matt is, "Rock on!" I've got my fingers crossed for a big opening and, as the Hollywoodians would say, "Let it have legs."

    Happy holidays to you, Felicity, and to all your loyal readers and contributors.

    Island Boy
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 21st, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
    You are right, Island Boy! From a marketing point of view, Matt's comments on Hardball may have turned off a lot of potential ticket buyers. I think the kind of people that watch Hardball would be the same kind of people that would go see his movie. His extreme leftist leaning comments very well could have caused about half the audience to decide not to see the movie. And his comments had nothing to do with the subject matter of the movie. Robert DeNiro and Angelina Jolie did not make the same kind of polarizing comments. This movie is not going to appeal to the masses, so I would think that you would try to hold on to as many ticket buyers as possible.
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