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Critics Choice Awards
  • Matt and Lucy attended the Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Friday. Photos are from Yahoo and IMDB. Matt was photographed with Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Joe Jonas, Harvey Weinstein, Vera Farmiga and Morgan Freeman.



  • Movieline has reported that Matt and Brad Pitt have been cast in Happy Feet 2, due out in November 2011.

    Matt Damon and Brad Pitt haven’t made a movie together since Ocean’s Thirteen, but Movieline hears that the two actors have both been cast in an upcoming film directed by George Miller. No, not Miller’s Mad Max reboot starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. I’m warning you, temper your expectations a little.

    Pitt and Damon will both be voicing characters in Miller’s Happy Feet 2, a 3-D sequel to his 2006 animated film. They’ll be joining original cast members who include Robin Williams and Elijah Wood.

    Warner Bros. refused comment on the casting, but Movieline sources say that it’s a done deal — in fact, both Pitt and Damon were recording for it this week.

  • Joey Adler discusses OneXOne's relief efforts in Haiti.

  • From a Variety article on Best Actor contenders:

    MATT DAMON "The Informant" How He Got Here: Steven Soderbergh's corporate satire was a pic that might have gotten lost if not for the inclusion of comedy perfs, where Damon's committed, earnest performance as an out-of-control FBI linchpin for a massive price-fixing case -- an instance of true-life craziness lending itself easily to movie laughs -- fit perfectly for the HFPA. With an entirely different Damon getting recognized in the supporting actor category as a rugby captain in "Invictus," it's a year of showcase versatility for the much-in-demand thesp, who previously won a screenplay Globe for "Good Will Hunting." Besides, funny mustaches do well here. (Think past winners Sacha Baron Cohen, Gene Hackman and George Clooney.)

  • From an article with Matt at the Warwick Daily News:

    What was your first conversation like with Clint Eastwood?
    Alan Horn, the head of Warner Bros called me – I’ve known him from having done the Ocean’s movies there – and said, ‘I have found something for you with Clint,’ because he knew I was a big fan of Clint.

    So, he sent me the script and I read it and thought it was just incredible. I called Clint’s office and I had a phone call I remember because the woman who answered the phone said, “Yes, he wants to speak with you but he is on a vacation with his family and I don’t have any number to reach him. So he might call in at some point during the day but he might not until the end of the week. I guarantee when he calls in, I will give him the message.” I hang up the phone and told my wife: that’s the dream right there: completely living his life on his terms. I told my wife, “I’ve figured out who/what I want to be later on in my career.” But eventually we spoke and had a great conversation.

    What are your most vivid memories from your South African experience making this movie?
    There are a lot. To have worked on a Clint Eastwood movie about Mandela that is just beyond anything I could have hoped for. The other thing about working with Clint is that every morning I had breakfast with my children and I had dinner with my children.

    It is just unheard of. To be able to see Cape Town with my kids and show them around and share that experience with them was really special.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 16th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Photos

    Matt taking Isabella to the doctor in LA (love Isabella's tiny painted fingernails):
    http://www.celebrity-gossip.net/celebrities/hollywood/matt-damon-daddy-duty-214357

    More candid photos from the awards:
    http://www.purepeople.com/article/la-sublime-diane-kruger-meryl-streep-et-matt-damon-ont-passe-leur-soiree-a-rigoler_a48153/1

    Edited at 2010-01-17 03:51 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 17th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Critics choice awards

    Just had a chance to review the show on my DVR. It was as inane and boring as you would think, so I fast forwarded through it looking for Matt. There were just a few audience shots of him, one or two with Lucy also. She looked very pretty and Matt was impossibly handsome. Really, he has such a noble look. He seemed a bit serious, perhaps the situation in Haiti is on his mind. Such a horrible thing, and it's doubly sad that water.org had big plans there for this year. Poor Haiti.

    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 17th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Critics choice awards

    Thanks for the recap Paula. I haven't seen any footage from the event although some clips are available at the VH1 site (which I can't watch).
    http://www.vh1.com/video/play.jhtml?id=1629759&vid=471897

    Joey Adler said in the interview I linked that OneXOne's previous work in Haiti had been destroyed by the earthquake.

    I guess Matt will be involved in either the Golden Globes section on Haiti or the upcoming telethon.

    Update: Lucy and Matt can be seen in the footage after the Meryl and Sandra 'kiss':
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1243685/Meryl-Streep-Sandra-Bullock-kiss-make-mock-rivalry-shared-Best-Actress-award.html

    Edited at 2010-01-17 06:39 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 17th, 2010 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Critics choice awards

    There are a few things on You Tube but may have been removed by now, i was looking at them yesterday and agree with Paula Matt did look very handsome as always but very serious, so sad about Haiti and this telethon on friday is a great idea, i hope it raises a lot to help this country. Froggy xx
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 17th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
    http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article6987712.ece

    Insightful stuff about the making of the film, and plenty of praise for Matt's work and his accent!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 17th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks, I've linked to the article previously.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 18th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Golden Globes

    Matt is at the Golden Globes ceremony, sitting next to Lucy and Morgan Freeman, but he didn't walk the red carpet.

    A deliberate strategy? He didn't appear on the red carpet or present at the Critics Choice Awards on Friday, and isn't scheduled to present at the Globes. He could go the whole awards season without actually talking about his nominations.

    Edited at 2010-01-18 01:15 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 18th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Golden Globes

    Matt lost Supporting Actor to Christoph Waltz and Best Actor to Robert Downey Jr. I could cope if Matt lost to Daniel Day-Lewis or even Joseph Gordon Levitt, but to lose to Downey Jr for his horrible hammy performance in a movie I really hated doesn't seem fair (to me). And a good acceptance speech when Downey didn't thank any of his fellow nominees (not that Waltz did either) doesn't make it OK.

    Matt and Lucy look gorgeous together though. Still no photos online.

    Edited at 2010-01-18 03:54 am (UTC)
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