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  • The public slanging match between Kevin Smith and the gossip team at the UK Mirror continues, but the 3am Girls have no problems with Matt:

    He's a Hollywood A-lister but Matt Damon's as fond of a freebie as the rest of us.

    The Bourne Supremacy hunk, 34, was so thrilled with his goodie bag at Sunday's Empire film awards, he couldn't resist going through the contents before he left.

    The charming star, who picked up the Best Actor gong at the ceremony at London's Guildhall, told us: "This bag is great! Almost as exciting as picking up my award."

    A guy after our own hearts.

  • Positive reviews abound for the new series of Project Greenlight commencing tonight, including this one at the NY Daily News:

    In previous years, Affleck and Moore have been the most passionate champions of certain films, or have argued the most vociferously against others. This time it's Damon, who is vehemently against what he considers the weakest of the three script finalists, a horror project called "Feast." And one of the other judges, Wes Craven of "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream," agrees with Damon that it's a weak genre entry.

    Yet the Dimension producers see it as marketable and are pushing for it to give "Greenlight" the best chance yet for an actual profitable film. Damon doesn't care: "That's not why we started 'Project Greenlight' - to make a 'B' horror movie," he grumbles.

    Then he points at Craven and tells the Dimension guys, "You're sitting two seats away from the master of horror, who's telling you it sucks!"

  • An excerpt of the NY Times review:

    Mr. Affleck and Mr. Damon seem distraught about the misfortune that has befallen "Project Greenlight." They used to give off a vibe of "We did it, so you can too." Now they are worn down, with Mr. Affleck cracking jokes and gum while keeping an eye out for anyone who might be conning him. Mr. Damon is sullen and chain-smoking until he can't hold back anymore. "That's not why we got involved with 'Project Greenlight' - to make a B-horror-movie," he says. "I understand there's a lot of money in that." But he says, profanely, he wants no part of it. "I just don't want to spend my time on that."

    This could be a recommendation to change the channel, but again, the show is producing better television than cinema. "Project Greenlight" also continues to do a public service by documenting how studios bully wide-eyed visionaries, like pirates rocking the Good Ship Lollipop. It also reveals that the only decision makers in the room are white males and how argumentative displays of force can drown creativity.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 15th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I read the script during the contest and it is painfully bad. I'm glad to see that Matt was willing to take a stand agianst it. I can't wait to see the show.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 15th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I agree about the script, but I think the show will be better this season.
    blackcat333_99 From: blackcat333_99 Date: March 16th, 2005 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
    Mr. Damon is sullen and chain-smoking until he can't hold back anymore.

    I was under the impression that Matt had quit smoking - saw him on Leno awhile back and he talked about it. Hmmm. Wonder if he fell off the wagon.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 16th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Nope

    The first episodes of Greenlight season 3 were filmed around the time of Bourne Supremacy's opening - circa 20 July 2004.

    Matt didn't quit smoking until a month or so later.
    blackcat333_99 From: blackcat333_99 Date: March 16th, 2005 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Nope

    Thanks for the clarification. I was wondering about the time line.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 16th, 2005 07:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt smoking again?

    When did Matt start smoking again? I thought he had quit last summer. Hope he didn't start up again. :-(
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 16th, 2005 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt smoking again?

    He didn't. See my comment above.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 27th, 2005 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Project Greenlight Australia

    Not so much a comment as a question; Does anyone know who will be on the judging panel for project greenlight australia? It was reported earlier this year that Chris Moore will be busy shooting a movie. Will Matt Damon be travelling to australia to judge the scripts on the panel? If so, will he be shooting any other films in Australia around that time? Would he have the time? And off the subject, does he plan to see the so-called `hypnotist' who inadvertedly helped him with his smoking habit last year? She is probably re-evaluating her own work right now and wondering if or how she could do better next time.
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