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Boxing, Informant
  • As expected, Matt attended the Fontainebleau Resort's boxing night last Friday and sat ringside. A report on the event is here, and a few photos of Matt in the crowd are here.

  • Steven Soderbergh talked about his upcoming projects, including The Informant and Liberace, at Salon, Screencrave and SLToday.

    Soderbergh: After "Che," we actually shot "The Informant," which will come out after "GFE." That's a true story based on a price-fixing scandal in the mid-'90s. That was for Warner Bros., but we made it "for a price," as they say, and I'm really happy with it. Sort of like athletes, you go through streaks, and I feel like I'm in the middle of a good streak. Despite the fact that reactions to "Che" were all over the map, for me the fact that it got made at all and is even remotely coherent is miraculous. And I felt like, given the resources and what we were able to do, that's not a bad film. The filmmaking's not bad.

    So I got out of that and went right into "The Informant." Then we went right into "GFE," both of which were a lot of fun. We're going to do "Moneyball" this summer, which I'm really excited about. Liberace is gonna follow that. So I feel like I'm in one of those periods where I'm seeing the ball well, and so I'm amped.

    Soderbergh: And so, I guess I’m just trying to get at something that’s entertaining, but that feels a little more lifelike. But, that really depends on the movie. We’re trying to get this Liberace movie off the ground, and we’ve got Michael Douglas playing Liberace and Matt Damon playing this young man that he gets involved with. And, Richard LaGravenese wrote the script. That’s not a situation where I’m going to be sitting around improvising. It’s already there. But, the goal of that movie is very different because of what it’s about and the period that it’s set in. It’s set in the entertainment business and it needs to have a different vibe. And so, a more obvious construct is fine, in that world, but in the world of Bubble or GFE, I felt like it has to feel more organic.

    Soderbergh: I’ve got a movie about Spalding Gray that I hope we’ll finish editing by the fall. “Moneyball,” based on the book about baseball executives, we’ll be shooting this summer. The Cleopatra project will shoot next year, and so will the movie about Liberace (starring Michael Douglas).

  • Photos of Matt and Isabella leaving New York last week are at PopSugar.

  • Formula One driver Mark Webber still remembers his meeting with Matt at the Monaco race a few years ago. From an interview (translated) at Sportwereld:

    In the previous years Webber met in turn Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Star Wars' producer George Lucas ('who is a smattering geek'), Wesley Snipes and other prominent names. Nice, but the conversation never usually went further than the usual exchange of courtesies.

    “Matt Damon is a good guy”, Webber says. "I found him great in the Bourne Supremacy, admire him. As an actor and a person. We had a great discussion, which was very nice."

    Webber wanted to know everything about the film, Damon wanted to know everything about him and his car. The actor had been especially curious about the sensation of driving in the streets of Monte Carlo.

  • In the Sunday Telegraph last week, Robert De Niro discussed further sequels to The Good Shepherd (again):

    But it's not just as an actor that De Niro is looking forward; his growing allegiance to the director fraternity is reflected in plans to make two sequels to his 2006 CIA thriller The Good Shepherd. "I'd like to do another story from 1961 until 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall. That's what we're talking about now. Then I'd like to do a third film from 1989 to the present. I'd like to make it a trilogy," he says.

    De Niro is excited at the prospect of working with The Good Shepherd cast including Matt Damon and Alec Baldwin again. "I like to direct actors. Casting is 95 per cent of it - if you find the right actor, most of your problems are solved. You just make adjustments along the way," he explains. "If I couldn't have worked with certain actors in The Good Shepherd - Matt Damon and a couple of others - I wouldn't have done the movie. To make a film is hard work, and if you don't have the right combination, it's not going to work."

  • From a Business Day article (which originally appeared in SA Rugby magazine) on The Untitled Mandela Project:

    “They are really making an effort to ensure everything is depicted as closely as possible to what actually happened in 1995,” says [Chester] Williams. “The movie is more about Nelson Mandela and how he was clever enough to use the World Cup to help unify the country — the whole team behind the film wants to ensure the movie portrays that.”

    “I worked with both the lead actors and the extras as a technical adviser and my job was to make sure that the actors perform as accurately and realistically as possible in rugby terms,” says Williams. “All the extras had previous rugby experience or are still playing rugby.”

    Academy Award winner Matt Damon, who stands a head shorter than Pienaar, plays the Bok flanker and Williams is satisfied he will pull off Pienaar’s role.

    “Matt must have done some homework back in America because when he came here he knew exactly what to do,” says Williams. “I just had to teach him the finer details in terms of the correct way to scrum, jumping in a lineout and entry into the rucks.

    “Matt was really taken aback by how passionate the people of SA are about the sport. He adapted really well and I think he has certainly become a rugby fan.

    “Clint (Eastwood) and I had several meetings and discussed how he wanted the movie to tell the story. He has also done a lot of research on the game and has a keen eye for detail and is committed to ensuring that the rugby in the movie is depicted as realistically as possible. He is very passionate about the project.”

  • For the long-shot rumor file - from an interview with LA bartender Ben Browning here:

    Question: You were talking earlier about possibly having a bar of your own in the future.

    Browning: Yeah, I’ve been asked to open a lot of bars. Different investors. The former CEO of HBO is having me open a bar down in the Bahamas for him with Matt Damon and George Clooney. It’s a Nikki Beach concept, a private island. I have a couple contacts myself where I can team up with a few people I know in the culinary world and have a simple but great bar menu and just amazing drinks.
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    From: billie_jean8 Date: May 27th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hi,
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 27th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for writing. Comments are always appreciated.
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    Comments

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Thank you

    I love this website too, it is the only place where one can find up to date info on Matt Damon. I am such a huge fan and have such a huge crush on him.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I agree. Great website. I appreciate all the work you put into it. Thanks!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 29th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks all. Any contributions of links, articles, magazine articles etc from readers would be greatly appreciated.

    Edited at 2009-05-29 12:43 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 29th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Scott Thorson - Liberace's lover

    As it happens,I was just taking a look at Scott Thorson's widipedia page. Looks like Matt will have a lot to play to - his admitted drug addiction, his difficult past, as well as his relationship with Liberce. Of course, you never know what Soderberg will focus on, but it's certainly not a role like any Matt has done before. If there are any similarite
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 29th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Scott Thorson - Liberace's lover

    OOps, sorry, was gonna say that if there are any similarities it would be to Ripley.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 29th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Scott Thorson - Liberace's lover

    I was surprised that Soderbergh was saying that the Liberace project will film in 2010 - that's the first time we've had a confirmed date.

    I'd be expecting Matt to drop out at some point - Bourne will film endlessly next year, and we may finally get the Matt/Ben project. And that's his two film quota for the year. But at least the Liberace project would be filmed quickly.

    Edited at 2009-05-29 02:13 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 29th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Great work as always, Felicity! many thanks!

    ~Maureen~
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 28th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Liberace

    How to go from Gordon to Glitter Man !

    Michael Douglas is Liberace !
    Hugh Jackman as the very young Liberace ?
    Robin Williams as Seymour Heller, Liberace's manager ?
    Gary Sinise as George, Liberace's manager ?
    Kathy Bates as Frances, Liberace's mother ?
    Kirk Douglas as Salvatore, Liberace's father ?
    Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley ?
    Matt Damon is Scott Thorson !
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 28th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Correction on last comment

    Gary Sinise as George, Liberace's brother ?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 28th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Liberace

    How to go from Gordon to Glitter Man !

    Michael Douglas is Liberace !
    Hugh Jackman as the very young Liberace ?
    Robin Williams as Seymour Heller, Liberace's manager ?
    Gary Sinise as George, Liberace's brother ?
    Kathy Bates as Frances, Liberace's mother ?
    Kirk Douglas as Salvatore, Liberace's father ?
    Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley ?
    Matt Damon is Scott Thorson !
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 2nd, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    addendum to last comment

    George Clooney as Liberace's bodyguard ?!!!
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