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  • From Cindy Adams' column at the New York Post:

    That snowy, awful blizzardy night Cinema Society hosted Universal's "Green Zone." Boy, was it not green. The screening was 7:30. Matt Damon, I was told would show 6:45. Sweet, easy, affable, friendly, just not punctual, he showed about 7:45.

    I made absolutely no attempt to meet his wife, who stood alongside me 20 minutes. I was too tired, too damp. She was surprisingly un-Hollywood. She was refined. Very today in a blue silk one-shouldered sheath and beige spikes, but elegant. Small bracelet. Unostentatious ring. Good but not freaky earrings. Classy. Not hogging the spotlight. She stayed in the background.

    Always polite, Matt -- hair now slightly flecked with gray -- took time with everyone. Only his feet, which he turned out onto their outer sides, showed the inner impatience.

    He also had the semi-junky beginnings of a moustache. "This is for my new movie with the Coen Brothers. We're redoing 'True Grit.' I'll show it to them this week. If they like it, fine. If not, I'll try again. I actually hate the thing."

  • A good video from the premiere is at YouTube, from E!

  • A longer interview with Matt from the junket about his ongoing projects and being Oscar nominated is at Collider, including:

    The Oscar nomination
    Question: Everybody’s talking about him [Waltz}. Do you just go in saying, “It’s nice being nominated, I’m gonna go and do the whole thing,” or do you just –
    Damon: No, you just go there and have a good time. There’s no pressure. You’re not going to have to make a speech.
    Question: You don’t think! There’s always surprises...
    Damon: Yeah, I don’t think anyone’s surprising — in fact, I emailed Stanley Tucci: we’ll have a contest to see who can be more magnanimous when Christoph Waltz wins. I did that with Billy Bob Thornton when he was nominated for A Simple Plan. We were working together and he had the whole crew going, because he had them while they were setting up a shot, he was sitting in his chair and he had his assistant naming the other people. "And the Oscar goes to..." you know, whoever was in the category. And he was practicing his gracious [CLAPS DEFERENTIALLY]. So he was like, “I really need to rehearse this. [SOUTHERN ACCENT] I gotta go out there and I just don’t want to get caught off guard if old so and so wins. I gotta make sure I’m lookin’ gracious."
    Question: So no storming out?
    Damon: No storming out. I’m waiting for the actor to have to have the courage… when the camera, to just go fuck! If I have the balls to do it you’ll see it on March 7.

    Question: Speaking of Clint, what about Hereafter. How was that experience?
    Damon: Great. It was just another blissful... it was really fast, because the movie is three different storylines. So my storyline, they shot it… he needed 19 days, so we shot six-day weeks, so it was three weeks and a day of shooting. He’s just ridiculously fast. I mean, we shot nine pages one day. He’s just... he’s amazing.

  • A long conversation with Paul Greengrass about Green Zone is at the New York Times. An informal report and photos from the Apple in-store event is at OLV. An interview with Matt at the premiere after-party is at the New York Daily News. An interview in UK's Total Film magazine discusses a serious illness to Paul Greengrass during shooting in Morocco which delayed filming and resulted in script changes, but that story's not being widely discussed.
  • 6 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 1st, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Recent updates

    Love the pictures over the last few days of Green Zone premiere in New York, interviews, etc. Lucy looks amazing in that blue dress (tummy flat as a pancake so clearly no baby in there, my prediction absolute rubbish). I'd love to spend time in her shoe closet, she has yet to wear a pair that I don't like. I wonder what size her feet are?

    Sorry for the rambling. Love the pics of Matt, but hate the 'mustache'. I don't like facial hair on men anyway, to me it's just horrible.

    The British media currently overwhelmed with stories of cheating married celebrities so coming on here is a nice antidote from all that. Seeing a couple who seem happy together just about restores my faith in celebrity marriage.

    Matt's recent comments on Bourne are sad for me. I'm not interested in the story without him in the lead. If Universal go ahead with another actor in the role I will pass; Matt is Jason Bourne for me and I don't want to see anyone else in the role.

    Laughed out loud about what he said about walking out of the Oscars, the whole thing is so fake, it would be really refreshing to have an honest human emotion, but it will never happen. I don't think anyone would have the guts to do it.

    Thanks for your tireless efforts. Much appreciated. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 2nd, 2010 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Recent updates

    Hi Marcia, thanks for your comment.

    Lucy did look great (as always) and definitely not pregnant. Liked the comments from Cindy Adams, but wish Cindy had talked to her.

    Not sure if the mustache is gone already as I can't see a good close-up in the Letterman photos.

    I'm not even linking to the different versions of the Bourne stories. It's over and let's move on (and watch Green Zone for another version of the story). It's amazing that GZ probably won't do well but it is essentially Bourne in Iraq.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 2nd, 2010 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt filmed Letterman on Monday in New York but it won't air until Friday. And yes, there's apparently another McConaughey impression (which wouldn't make him happy).

    [probable spoiler for the show]
    If you see photos of Matt leaving the studio in a Saints jersey, it's because he apparently lost a bet with Anthony Mackie and must have had to worn the jersey on the show.

    Photos are at WENN and Getty:

    An interesting article on Matt and his career, including quotes from Doug Liman:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 2nd, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Doug Liman

    Thanks for your great work the last few days. I find it interesting that Liman is taking this particularly sensitive moment in the saga of what will happen next for Bourne to very publicly praise Matt. He obviously wants to be considered for the directors chair whatever happens.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 3rd, 2010 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Doug Liman

    Maybe. He's got some interesting projects in the works with quality actors. People still want to work with him, despite his previous chaotic working experiences.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 2nd, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Photos of Matt, Lucy and Paul Greengrass arriving in Berlin:


    And photos of Matt and Lucy out to dinner in Berlin:



    Access Hollywood junket interview:

    Matt talks to a journo (probably Ben Lyons) after being interviewed for the Universal EPK:

    Edited at 2010-03-03 01:50 am (UTC)
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