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Green Zone premiere, concert

  • Matt and Lucy attended the world premiere of Green Zone in New York on Thursday night. Matt sported a new mustache for True Grit, and told ET that he has just started growing it and will see if the directors (the Coen brothers) like it. Photos are at Yahoo, Herald Dispatch, Just Jared and Zimbio.

  • At the after-party Matt talked to columnist Roger Friedman, including the standard talk about a possible Bourne sequel. Writer Brian Koppelman's response to the film was on his Twitter.

    Greengrass told me, "I don’t think I’ll do it. I’ve done it." A Universal source said, "We have to wait for a script." Damon doesn't know. He's pushing "Green Zone" and getting ready for the role of his life in the Coen Bros.’ update of "True Grit."

    "It’s based on the original novel, not the John Wayne movie," he said. "The script is amazing. And yes, it’s violent."

    A soft persistent snow fell ceaselessly while Damon et al chowed down on Nobu specialities like rock shrimp and sashimi salad. No one wanted to leave, starting with knockout international model Frederique van der Wal, actress Amy Ryan, Brendan Gleeson, or even out of left field guest former Brat Packer Andrew McCarthy.

    Matt did tell me a couple more things of interest. He and Ben Affleck have set up a deal to try and make the story of Yankee pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Petersen. But it’s a long way down the road, since no script exists and no one’s sure how to write the saga of teammates who switched wives. Screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien ("Oceans 13," "Rounders") said they’d been collecting info on the two couples for years. Maybe they'll wind up writing it.

    "Ben has always wanted to make that film," said Matt.

    briankoppelman: Just saw Green Zone. That right there is a feature film. See on big screen. Keep the studios taking the chance to make movies like this.

  • Photos of Matt, Lucy and friends arriving and leaving the Black Eyed Peas concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night are at JJB (Splash photo via OMG), PopSugar and X17, which also has a short video.

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