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  • As previously advised, a new video has been released to promote Matt's upcoming appearance on Entourage. It's clearly a spoof (fake) and there may be a second video to follow, according to this site.

    OK, Gossip Cop can tell you that not only is that bit – which does promote his charity – on the show "Entourage," but it’s also just the first part of a two-tiered gag.

  • Matt narrated a video regarding a new global food security initiative that was released by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the final session of the Clinton Global Initiative. The video, which was produced by Goodspot in collaboration with the US Department of State, is available here, and Secretary Clinton's speech relating to the video is available here.

    Clinton: The short film you just saw narrated by Matt Damon is just a snapshot of what is happening right now. And it does serve as a visual punch to the words that I will share with you today. And I hope that it stays with you. As we roll out our food security initiatives in the Administration, we will be looking to work with the countries represented here and many of the organizations.

  • A long discussion by journalist David Poland with Steven Soderbergh is available in MP3 format at this link.

  • In this Spanish interview Matt talks about the Liberace movie, working with friends and moving away from Miami. Can anyone confirm that Matt says he didn't have many friends in Miami, or is that a translation error?

    Q: The film fits into the economic collapse that has affected the world. Is the crisis affecting you or is a mere anecdote to Matt Damon?
    A: Of course it has affected me because now it is very difficult to find investors who want to take risks to make films. The money has dried up, there is no no credit and that affects us all. Steven and I expect next year to film 'Liberace', in which Michael Douglas plays the protagonist and I would be his lover, but obviously this is not a topic on which people want to spend money.

    Q: Are you saying that in your next film will you have sex scenes with Michael Douglas?
    A: Yes, but it's not a porn movie (laughs). Richard LaGravenese wrote a script based on the book 'Behind The Candleabra', and now we need thirty million dollars to do it.

    Q: You have your own guild in Hollywood. Steven, Clooney, Ben Affleck, you always work with the same people.
    A: Yes, certainly. I like working with my friends because I know we have something in common and I will have a good time. It is not only work, and I will also have the opportunity to enjoy their company.

    Q: How has fatherhood changed you?
    A: Completely and in a wonderful way. Now I have three children and my priorities have changed. I do not want to work 16 or 18 hours for four months, now I want to spend time with my family.

    Q: You no longer live in Miami and have moved to New York.
    A: Yes, because more of my work is based in New York. Miami was a good place to stay away from the public eye, but we did not have many friends. I prefer to live in Manhattan.

    Original text for the last question:
    P: Ha dejado de vivir en Miami y se ha trasladado a Nueva York.
    R: Sí, porque mi trabajo se desarrolla más en Nueva York. Miami estuvo bien para mantenernos apartados del ojo público, pero no teníamos muchos amigos... Yo prefiero vivir en Manhattan.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 27th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)


    Photos of Matt, Emily Blunt and spot the other actors (Terence Stamp, Ellen Barkin?) on the set of Adjustment Bureau are at Socialite Life:


    Edited at 2009-09-27 01:00 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 27th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 27th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    State Department Video

    I hated it. The music was far too intrusive and mostly inappropriate. Matt's narration was very good, I love his voice, he could talk to me all day, but it was far too general in tone to enable people to see how as individuals we can make a difference. It was probably too 'American' for my taste. But I guess it will get the job done.

    The book I'm reading at the moment whilst fiction is based on historical records and describes exactly how it feels to go hungry; the physical, mental and emotional effects. It describes people boiling dirt to feed their children.; two brothers hunting a half starved cat to kill to add to their only meal consisting of straw boiled in water. The villagers digging up tree roots, boiling tree bark and boiling their leather shoes to feed their families. Deeply horrifying! Yet totally unnecessary as their was plenty of food around but they had no access to it.

    The video is something you can watch and forget, like a sort of Slumdog Millionaire poverty porn. Marcia

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 28th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
    That's a very interesting comment about not having very many friends in Miami. I'd like to know more what he meant by that.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 28th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)


    I thought it was a really interesting comment, which is why I translated it and then wondered if I had translated it correctly.

    Certainly Lucy's family is based in Miami, but none of Matt's family or acting friends. While he was often seen out in groups in Miami, we didn't usually know who they were. And he still lived there for four years.

    Maybe Matt means he doesn't have any real friends, in line with Soderberg's comment from Deauville. (Soderbergh said Matt isn't a real friend to him, only a colleague, as Matt has strong beliefs about what constitutes a friend.)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 29th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Miami

    I had not read that quote from Soderburgh. That 's very interesting, too.
    Matt is wise to be careful about friendships and to be protective of himself. Maybe he felt that there were people in Miami that just wanted to be friends because he was a rich, famous movie star and not because they really liked him or shared common interests. That could apply to some of Lucy's extended family too. Who knows?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 29th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Miami

    Agreed. I think there was a culture in Miami that probably wasn't suited for long-term friendships and sincerity (no offence intended to Miami people). Matt only said he was in Miami so Alexia could be around her father. Not sure what's changed there, but presumably Alexia is of an age that she can be based in New York and her father can visit (as we know that Alexia has started a new school in NY and appears to be with Matt and Lucy permanently - despite the evilmongering rumors spread by a certain person on a certain photo site).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 28th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
    What are your thoughts on the 2nd weekend of The Informant? Are you pleased, disappointed, or is it about what you expected?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 28th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Box office

    I think it's surprisingly very good. There were predictions that word of mouth was going to be so bad to expect up to a 60% drop, but it should be around 34% only. That's fantastic. Cinema Scores (exit polling) was also reported to be a C minus, which also should indicate a poor second week.

    Soderbergh had indicated that test screening responses had been strong, but in a late interview he said it was only 55% positive. So they knew going in that audience reactions were going to be very mixed.

    Audiences are also tending to be older (35+), which is a crowd that won't be as likely to go to cinemas in the first few weeks of release. So a strong second weekend is a very good indication that the movie will continue to do well in coming weeks (and is actually receiving positive feedback). It will keep dropping, but maybe we can expect a total of up to $35-40 million, which is pretty good for a $22 million movie.

    It is also slowly being released to international markets, with releases in only Spain and Italy to date.

    Edited at 2009-09-28 02:25 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 28th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)


    A preview of Matt's appearance on Entourage next week just aired. It should be up sooon at hbo.com/entourage.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 28th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It takes an adult of reasonable intelligence and the patience to enjoy subtlety to appreciate Informant and the job Matt does. As David Denby says in his very positive September 21st The New Yorker review, "his [Soderbergh's] star is on fire." It's an actor's actor elevated performance, its inner workings probably too involving for the average filmgoer who is seeking a quick jolt. Great film.

    And Matt on HBO: rarely have I seen anyone do acid anger as well as Matt does it in the sequence in which he's directing Grenier in a charity PSA spot. He literally goes to flame before your very eyes. Just a joy to watch.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 29th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)


    There are so many comparisons between Good Shepherd and Informant - I remember us all saying the same things about the viewers of TGS. (And Matt described them both as movies going for a small bullseye.)

    I still haven't found the full four minute freak-out video online (it is available for HBO subscribers on demand).

    The thing that amazes me with the video is that so many people want it to be true, and believe it to be real even though they are told that it's false. People want their idols to mess up, and they think Matt has a secretly evil side that has now come out. And it brings out all the usual haters. (rolls eyes)

    Edited at 2009-09-29 02:04 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 29th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: HBO

    Yes, TGS springs to mind as another high quality film of great intelligence and subtlety. I'm thankful for the few actors (Matt in the vanguard) daring to make non-Indie films of such depth, substance and texture (thanks, too, to the directors and all others involved.). With people like Roger Ebert giving Informant four stars, there is hope for a solid financial success. People here (U.S.) tend to listen to Roger. The better it does, the more such films we'll see. Fingers crossed.

    I wish I could transmit the clip to you. HBO is showing it in its entirety after airings of the latest installment of Entourage. I've watched it several times. Matt is amazing. You would think, though, after the Jimmy Kimmel pseudo-feud, that people would realize that if it were real, it would never be shown except on the tabloid shows. Haters never really understand anything beyond their own personal pain. May they and we all be healed.

    Be well.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 29th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: HBO

    Kinda off-topic thought... Earlier in the year I mused that it would be kind of fun if all three of Matt's movies this year got four stars from Roger Ebert. And we're actually two-thirds there: Ponyo and Informant both got four stars from him with Invictus to go.

    I'm sure the four-minute clip will get to YouTube eventually.

    Lovely sentiment on the haters. I'm not that saintly and still get upset with them.

    Edited at 2009-09-29 05:17 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2009 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: HBO

    I thought the Informant dragged in the beginning but picked up steam in the second half and by the end of the movie I was really impressed. Matt was fantastic. I'm not a big fan of Soderbergh's filming techniques but I quite endjoyed what he did with this movie.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2009 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
    Yes, that's right: "pero no teníamos muchos amigos" means "but we didn't have many friends".
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 3rd, 2009 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Bringing watter to Haïti

    Give him a fish and he'll eat for one day. Teach him how to fish and he'll eat all his life and teach his people around him.

    Matt Damon has a big heart for sure, but how come people don't apply the rule abouve and still wonder that there still people dying from nutrition?

    Build school instead and bring the knowledge so they get a job and learn how to do not be manipulated by the rich who look for wealth and power.

    Google is begining to do it in Africa instead of giving fishes like Bill Gates. Google is giving their applications for free like Wikipedia. That's how we change the world and do differently from our fathers.
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