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Howard Zinn, Hereafter
  • Matt's friend and former neighbor Howard Zinn died on Wednesday. An obituary for the historian is at the Boston Globe. Matt took Zinn to the Toronto Film Festival last year with Matt's mother, and Matt helped finance the documentary of The People Speak on The History Channel last year, which he promoted extensively with Zinn.

    Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and whose books, such as "A People's History of the United States," inspired young and old to rethink the way textbooks present the American experience, died today in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling. He was 87.

  • The first report on Hereafter filming around San Francisco is at the Contra Costa Times. Filming is due to finish on Thursday before cast and crew moves to London. Some photos of Matt, Clint, Bryce Dallas Howard and visitor George Lucas on the set at Lithium Technologies in Emeryville is available here and here.

    The Warner Bros. film "Hereafter" will be shot in a number of locales, including France, several parts of London and the Hawaiian island of Maui. Given that East Bay native Clint Eastwood is the director of the film, described as a "supernatural thriller," it isn't surprising that the production company also came to the Bay Area to shoot some scenes.

    Eastwood, after all, has done numerous shoots in the Bay Area, most often in San Francisco. The surprise with this production was that in addition to shooting on Nob Hill in the city, the crew and lead actor Matt Damon came to Crockett on Tuesday to do interior shooting at the C&H Sugar refinery.

  • Actor Jay Mohr wrote about filming his scenes for Hereafter on his website's blog. In an interview at The Spectator actor Sir Derek Jacobi stated that he was also working on Hereafter, and is likely to have the role of the Shakespearean actor Matt's character admires (and meets in London).

  • PopSugar reports that Ben Affleck says he and Matt will be establishing a production company soon which will allow them to spend more time with their families.

    PopSugar:Ben Affleck reveals plans to open a production company with Matt Damon so both actors can concentrate on their busy family lives than work.

    Ben: Matt also never stops acting so both of us are kind of slowing down a bit on the craziness due to kids and stuff.

  • A late report on the SAG Awards from Fox News and In Style.

    Matt Damon and Stanley Tucci deep in conversation at the SAG Awards post party while Justin Timberlake hung at the “Invictus” table, George Clooney partied solo and Cuba Gooding Jr. sipped on a Grey Goose cocktail as he congratulated Jon Hamm.

    Justin Timberlake stopped to share his love for Glee with Matthew Morrison before the show began. Once inside Timberlake was in a mingling mood, making the rounds to chat with Matt Damon and Sofia Vergara.

  • Anthony Mackie discussed working on The Adjustment Bureau at Cinema Blend.

    You just wrapped on The Adjustment Bureau right? What was the experience working on that film?
    I was playing basically a liaison to fate. Matt Damon was my subject. George Nolfi, who wrote it, also directed it. The great thing about it is, in Hollywood, certain people are very good at keeping their lives and who they are very private. I've never met anybody as down to earth and cool in Hollywood than Matt Damon. It's surprising when you work with somebody, you get to see who they are. It's refreshing to see that somebody on his level can be a cool, down to earth, talking shit over a football game kind of guy.

    That's got to be a relief.
    It's a huge relief. You're still that dude from Boston who likes to have a beer and a slice of pizza and make a five dollar bet on a football game and if you don't pay I get to punch you five times. It's really interesting, and I think it shows in his work. The work that he did in this film, that carries over into that as well. It's going to be a pretty good fucking movie.

  • Jeff Bridges discussed True Grit at the Miami Herald:

    True Grit starts filming in March. Here's what Bridges said when I asked him how it felt to be taking on one of John Wayne's most iconic roles (and the only one to win him an Oscar): The tough old coot Marshal Reuben J. Cogburn.

    "I'm not thinking of it on those terms. I get my direction from [Joel and Ethan] Coen, who aren't really thinking of it as a remake of the John Wayne movie but as another version of the novel by Charles Portis, which is a wonderful book and was very big when it came out. That's really what the Coens are referencing, and that's what I'm doing as well. I'm not really going to study The Duke's performance or anything like that. I'm just looking forward to working with Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. It's going to be a wonderful team."
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 28th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    New interview

    There's a new interview with Matt from ShortList.com where he talks about his family and upcoming films. It's from the Invictus junket in December, but most of the quotes are new - excerpt:


    Matt Damon wants to show ShortList his mobile phone. “Look at that picture, isn’t it amazing?” he beams as he hands it over. It is a beautiful shot, featuring three young girls clambering all over former South African president Nelson Mandela. “That man has an aura,” continues the Oscar-winner. “Look at the way the girls are looking at him! It was incredible. Even the baby couldn’t take her eyes off him.” The baby is Gia, Damon’s second child with his wife, Luciana Bozán Barroso. The other girls are three-year-old Isabella, and his 11-year-old stepdaughter, Alexia, their meeting with Mandela coming courtesy of their dad’s latest movie, Invictus.

    How did you come to meet with Mandela?
    We were in the country and he was nearby because he had a function to attend at a hotel and so we were allowed to go in one at a time. He was just interacting with the kids. There was nothing more I wanted than what was happening, so I stood out of the way. My stepdaughter walked in first and very bravely walked up to him, and he said, “What is your name?” And she said, “Alexia.” He was like, “What a beautiful name for a beautiful girl,” and she just went bright red. The little ones didn’t understand what was going on but they were totally connected to him. They are going to be raised now to know who he is. And my little one will have a picture of herself as a baby on this guy’s lap.

    And you’re doing another film with Eastwood, called Hereafter…
    Yes. Hereafter is terrific. It is beautiful. Peter Morgan [Frost/Nixon, The Damned United] wrote the script and I am really excited about it. It’s great. And it’s another one of those jobs where I am going to be done in a month. The biggest problem with Clint’s movies is that they don’t last long enough.

    You’re just finishing The Adjustment Bureau, right?
    Yes. He wrote the last Bourne movie and Ocean’s Twelve – he’s an old friend and a first-time director. He is very prepared and is doing a great job, but it is 15-hour days and that is just the way it is. So it’s long hours now but we should be done after the holidays and then I go to work with Clint again. The downside of being an actor is that you work long hours when you work but the upside is when you don’t work you are just a totally unemployed schmuck and you sit around the house all day, which is really great for fatherhood.

    What do you do with the kids at home?
    I watch a lot of Scooby Doo. And Disney. I am allowed to watch my [New England] Patriots play every week and an occasional [Boston] Celtics game. During the baseball season I’m allowed to see the [Boston] Red Sox.

    Edited at 2010-01-28 11:50 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 28th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Rest in peace, Howard Zinn. In the age of cynicism, there was a man who deeply cared.

    Fantastic interview with Matt.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 29th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
    We owe Howard Zinn a lot for his clarity of thought and to Matt for having helped to bring Zinn's work to a larger audience. This is another Yay Matt! moment, but even more, it's a Hail and Farewell moment for Howard Zinn. Best of luck and blessings on your journey, Howard. You did well.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 29th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Adjustment Bureau

    Variety has given the release date. I think summer seems appropriate. What do you think? http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118014434.html?categoryid=13&cs=1
    If this holds up, Matt would have movies out in the spring, summer, and two near Christmas. Can't complain about that!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 29th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Adjustment Bureau

    I've always thought the movie was best suited for summer, so I'm happy with the release date, though it puts a lot of pressure on the movie to succeed. However, it does show Universal has faith in the movie, and considers it will be complete in seven months.

    The Playlist has a few negative rumors about the movie, but that would seem to be pretty obvious. Matt says he was doing 15 hour days (which is very long), and we saw lots of minor scenes being re-shot (just from watching the filming locations and reading reports). I'm sure it was a chaotic and very long shoot with a first time director, but that doesn't have to impact on the finished product.

    If Matt had a movie coming out in March and two in December, they had to place this one mid-year.

    Edited at 2010-01-29 09:59 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 29th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    London Filming

    Do you have any idea if Matt is involved in the London filming and if so what dates he will be there.

    If your not sure do you have any idea where i can find out

    Cheers xx
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 29th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London Filming

    Matt's definitely involved in the London filming of Hereafter, but filming locations are not available to the public.

    Most of the scenes would be interiors, probably shot at a studio such as Pinewood. In the script Matt attends a fake London Book Fair and there are numerous hotel scenes, but he also does the Charles Dickens tour and visits key locations from Dickens' life.

    The only public event to see Matt will be the premiere this Sunday if he attends (and isn't at a memorial event for Howard Zinn in Boston).

    Matt said in the interview above that he's only in Hereafter for a month, and he's already done two weeks. The London scenes are likely to only take a few weeks, and Matt did say he would be in London for the Super Bowl, which is on 7 February.

    Edited at 2010-01-29 10:03 pm (UTC)
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 30th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    School Ties

    Interviews from the set of School Ties, and clips from the movie, are available at this site:

    They're probably some of Matt's first interviews, and he's described as being "in real life, a senior at Harvard".

    Sherry Lansing is interviewed as a producer on the movie, and she became years later an executive at the studio. She says this movie will be like Taps, and a Sean Penn, Tom Cruise and Timothy Hutton will emerge. Well picked Sherry.

    Ben doesn't have many speaking lines, and he's tagging along beside Matt in many clips.
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