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Adjustment Bureau photos
  • The first official stills from The Adjustment Bureau are at Movie Jungle.

  • A detailed report on the Boston memorial service for Howard Zinn is at Progressive.org.

    Matt Damon’s mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, longtime neighbor of the Zinns and author of "Taking Back Childhood," spoke next. Howard Zinn taught us, she said, that "you can see all the pain and the injustice, and you can do everything to fight for freedom and justice, and you still make people laugh. You bring joy and justice into every moment."

    Matt Damon then rose to offer words of comfort, he said. He related a conversation his mom had with Howard a few months before he died. "I’m ready to go," Zinn told her. "I have no fear. I’ve had a good life." And Damon said that when Howard had the heart attack in the swimming pool in Santa Monica, the person who attended to him asked, "Do you need an ambulance?" And Howard said, "No, I’m OK," and then, said Damon, "he closed his eyes."

    Chris Moore, the co-producer of "Good Will Hunting" and the producer of "American Pie," retraced the long path that led to "The People Speak." He regaled the audience with stories of how Zinn would flat-out reject the demands of Hollywood financiers that he simply showcase instances where the people won great victories. It's rare in Hollywood to leave a lot of money on the table, Moore said. Finally, when Moore came to Zinn and said they’d just make the film first and sell it later, Howard said, "It's about time! You guys have the power to do it. You can do it the right way."

  • Photos of Matt outside the Charles Hotel in Boston last Sunday are at PictureBoston.

  • Matt may have been asked to become a UN spokesperson for water issues - from NBC New York.

    Matt Damon is a wanted man -- by the U.N.

    The Oscar winner and star of the recently released "Green Zone" is being courted by United Nations to become the new voice of the Global Water Crisis, according to the CEO and President of Friends of the United Nations.

    "We need to find a voice for the Global Water Crisis and that's where we think Matt Damon would be an excellent fit," Dr. Noel Brown, head of the organization, told Niteside at the closing night ceremony on New York's 1st annual Artivist Film Festival.
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    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: April 11th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
    They showed the trailer of Adjustment Bureau at the movie I saw today. Im guessing it will be released online sometime this week. Sadly the trailer was very meh, although Matt and Emily seem to have great chemistry. My hopes for this movie is going down the drain. sigh.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 11th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Very strange for the trailer to be released at the cinemas before being available online. And it's very sad if it's not looking good at this stage.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 14th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Adjustment Bureau

    Still no trailer online, but the first report from a test screening in LA is positive:

    jbhoneebee: watched The Adjustment Bureau @ArcLightCinemas w/Matt Damon & Emily Blunt,liked it...A LOT! Can describe it as Jumper meets Bourne Identity!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 13th, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    On the Adjustment Bureau

    The premise always sounded like an adult oriented movie -- therefore, not a big moneymaker. But as an adult, I'll go see it!
    I was thinking of Matt Damon's career and how the Bourne movies shaped it. He always said that Bourne gave him the ability to do the movies he wanted to do. An actor's career has its peaks & valleys and Matt is in the mode of doing what he wants to do.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 13th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    take a break

    I really think he needs to take a break from movies. He is over-saturating the industry and will become the next Tom Cruise if he's not careful. I can't see a Tom Cruise movie and not think, "Oh, that's Tom Cruise". I see Matt Damon trailers and think, "Oh, another Matt Damon movie." *sigh*

    I know most of the people that read this column are Damon Fanatics, to no end, but I'm giving my 2 cents anyway. He has claimed to covet a normal life for his family - why doesn't he take a step back and give them some normalcy? It would, no doubt, benefit his family and his career at the same time.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 13th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: take a break

    He's only worked for 19 days so far this year - he is taking a step back and spending time with family. And he doesn't have a lot planned for the rest of the year.

    Edited at 2010-04-14 02:11 am (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: April 13th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I wanted to say that I read the script for Contagion and Matt's part isnt THAT big, it isnt small by any means but I would say the 4th largest part. He is in and out through the whole movie, but I wouldnt think with the way Steven shoots that he would have a long shoot schedule.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 14th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the info. Is it available online?
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: April 14th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
    yeah it's right here...

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 14th, 2010 08:43 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks very much for the link. So much easier to read and more interesting than the Hereafter script.

    Quite similar in scope to 'And the band plays on', if anybody's watched that recently - about the early days of AIDS.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: April 14th, 2010 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
    Yes it's a very well written script and really gets you from the beginning. I didn't love the 3rd act though, it just kinda ends. It did make me wash my hands every 10mins though.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 14th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The miracle cure did seem far too much of a miracle, and certainly the Winslet character also exits too abruptly. But well written and very topical.

    And before anyone asks - the Kirsten Stewart/Matt/Ice T movie project idea on bighollywood is very clearly fake.

    Edited at 2010-04-14 01:16 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 16th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    True Grit script

    A June 2009 version of the True Grit script is also online at a Coen Brothers fansite:


    Matt's character of La Boeuf is introduced on page 26.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: April 16th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: True Grit script

    yay thanks I've been looking for this. All these scripts will make up for the lack of matt news.

    btw I wish they would hurry up and put the Adjustment bureau trailer online..Im beginning to think I imagined the whole thing. It's weird.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 16th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: True Grit script

    Interesting that Universal appeared to test the trailer in a few cities, and then do a test screening of the movie a few days later.

    Matt's sighted every couple of days in NY, usually with his kids at Central Park, but manages to avoid being photographed. He's keeping a very low profile.

    The air date for the Cinematheque awards has yet to be announced - and it was originally planned for April.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 16th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Damon Movie Marathon this Sunday on USA network

    Regarding the airing of the TV special, just a thought: perhaps ABC is waiting to air it in July, closer to the release of The Adjustment Bureau? That way, it serves as better promo for the movie, and if it doesn't do well in the viewer Nielsen ratings, it won't matter since it would be airing in the summer (networks know that summer rating will be much lower).

    I think when the special was scheduled to air in April that maybe they were thinking Green Zone would be a Bourne-ish size hit.

    Popping in here to say that there's a Matt Damon Marathon on the USA cable network on Sunday:


    Jason Bourne, Will Hunting, Private Ryan, Mr. Ripley ... uhhhh, that guy in the Ocean's movies. You know the many characters that made Matt Damon famous, and we've collected five of his finest works for the Matt Damon Movie Marathon on Sunday, April 18 starting at 10AM EST/9C:

    12:30PM/11:30C: THE GOOD SHEPHERD
    3:30PM/2:30C: OCEAN'S THIRTEEN

    USA is also airing The Good Shepherd Saturday night 4/17 at 11:03 EST.

    Also FYI: The Departed is airing twice on FX this weekend: once today (4/16) at 6 PM EST and 4/17 at 3 PM EST.

    In fact, Geronimo, Stuck on You, The Legend of Bagger Vance, and Good Will Hunting are all airing on US television within the next couple of weeks. :-)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 16th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Damon Movie Marathon this Sunday on USA network

    Wow the US has gone Matt Damon daft, wish they would do that here
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: April 16th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I am tweeted one of the writer/producers of the Cinematheque show and asked him when it was airing and he said "I believe late May but I will tweet as soon as it's official." If that is true and they are airing it during May sweeps ABC must have really liked the show.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 17th, 2010 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the update. The same guy said after the show that "I'm happy, Matt's happy and ABC's happy", so I think it went well.
    From: ziesha Date: January 12th, 2011 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
    Great to watch the adjustment bureau movie'e photos as me too was looking forward for them and the movie too.
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