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  • The trailer for The Adjustment Bureau is available at the official site. Here's the Washington Post's take on the trailer and Matt's upcoming appearance on 30 Rock:

    This week: We're loving Matt Damon. This week he appeared in the new trailer for his upcoming movie "The Adjustment Bureau," a film that appears to be ripe with paranoia and freaky guys wearing fedoras. (And we mean that in a really good way.) On May 20, he'll ditch the jaunty hats and don a pilot's uniform to play the (potential) man of Liz Lemon's dreams in the season finale of "30 Rock." Jason Bourne, you're just so darn versatile.

  • The documentary by Charles Ferguson that Matt narrated about the financial crisis, Inside Job, has screened at Cannes to very strong reviews, including: the Hollywood Reporter, Hollywood Elsewhere and the Boston Globe. New York Magazine claims that Matt's involvement appears to be personally motivated.

    But the most effective presence may be the trusted voice of all-American actor Matt Damon, who narrates the furious takedown of the financial services and the government. It's a fairly bold move by the actor.

  • The Playlist reports that Matt has been offered a role in an upcoming Cameron Crowe project, We Bought A Zoo.

    As reported before, Cameron Crowe is now seemingly confirmed to direct the adaptation of Benjamin Mee's autobiographical "We Bought A Zoo" with offers out to Ben Stiller and Matt Damon, according to the latest issue of Production Weekly (the issue itself not online) which has all kinds of little tibits of details on the film.

    In what will be Crowe' first film since 2005's "Elizabethtown," Mee's story follows the English author as he uproots his family into the countryside on a property complete with a dwindling zoo, home to over 200 exotic animals. There, however, the family is struck with the tragic cancer battle of the wife and mother whose unfortunate passing going onto inspire the family to rebuild of the zoo, with their relationship to the animals growing into one that ultimately heals the family's wounds and allows them to move forward.

  • Steven Soderbergh's Liberace project appears to have been re-scheduled until May 2011, according to Rope of Silicon's twitter following an interview with Michael Douglas.

  • Contagion will be released in 3D on 21 October 2011.

  • Warner Bros. is running a sweepstakes to promote the release of Invictus on DVD this week. First prize is Matt's rugby jersey from the movie. For details go to the Warner Bros site.
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    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: May 16th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Here is a promo for NBCs thursday shows. Matt and 30rock are at the end.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDD4PxPfn44

    this is a different promo
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 16th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks very much.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 17th, 2010 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)
    Why is Contagion being released in 3-D?
    Does Matt have a major or minor role in this movie?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 17th, 2010 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Contagion

    Matt doesn't have a very big role, and he films only in Minneapolis (if they're faithful to the locations in the script). He wouldn't be filming for long.

    An article at The Playlist discussed the reasons why Contagion may be in 3D, because it's not due to the subject matter - the idea is that Soderbergh is a fan of new technology and an early supporter of Avatar:
    http://theplaylistnation.blogspot.com/2010/05/steven-soderberghs-contagion-coming-in.html
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 17th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Magazine Covers

    for anyone interested in the magazine covers Matt's been on

    http://www.magazine-covers.net/t52/matt-damon-magazine-covers.html
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 17th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    30 Rock promo

    Here's the promo for 30 Rock (described in a previous post):

    http://www.spoilertv.com/2010/05/30-rock-season-finale-with-matt-damon.html

    And an update from E Online on Matt appearing on episodes next season:

    http://au.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b181370_matt_damon_back_on_30_rock_steve_carell.html

    Edited at 2010-05-18 01:14 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 20th, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New video

    There's a video of Tina Fey talking about Matt on the official NBC site, but I can't access it (may only be available to US residents):

    http://www.nbc.com/30-rock/video/tina-fey-talks-matt-damon/1229210/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 21st, 2010 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New video

    I just watched the video. (I really don't understand why the networks here block overseas viewing on their internet sites. What's the point of that, I wonder?)

    Anyway, Tina Fey says "Carroll (Matt's character) has a similarly kind of sour, grouchy worldview to Liz Lemon." and she basically talks about the that's Liz falls for him so quickly. (The character Carroll WAS really sarcastic!) Alec Baldwin who is not listed as being on the video actually says more than Tina.

    Alec Baldwin is very nice and sincere about Matt, I thought he was going to tell some jokes! He said a few things, but among them: "One of the great gentleman in the business"; "He covers both sides of the aisle, filmmaking wise. He does very clever...I loved The Informant, I thought he and Soderbergh made a fun movie. I envy his career. He's got a great career where he covers all the bases - action, drama, satire. And he came to do our show. When we heard he was going to come do this with us, we were like (he smiles here) remarkable. We're indebted to him. He's a great guy."

    Hope that helps. :-)

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 21st, 2010 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New video

    That was really helpful - thank you. A very brief part of the clip with Tina speaking is at YouTube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRgBA8o21vE

    And a brief clip of Alec speaking about Matt:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k1qyhZ9X6o

    I guess the blocking is for copyright reasons.

    Thank you. The comments on Twitter were all very positive from regular fans of the show.

    Edited at 2010-05-21 08:38 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 20th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's old Will and Grace episode is on Friday

    For those who have the Lifetime cable TV network, Matt's Will and Grace episode from 2002, "A Chorus Lie", will air on Lifetime Friday 5/21 at 11 AM EST. I don't think it's been on in quite a while.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 21st, 2010 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Save the children event in Greenwich

    Matt and Lucy arrive at the event:
    http://twitpic.com/1pj22k

    via: http://twitter.com/GoodGoes

    And with teen supporters:
    http://twitpic.com/1pj4hw

    via: http://twitter.com/SavetheChildren

    Edited at 2010-05-21 01:40 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 21st, 2010 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Save the children event in Greenwich

    Matt looks good in those pics. His clothes look tailored to fit him, which sometimes isn't the case, even at his more formal events. The soul patch on the chin is nice, too.

    The 30 Rock show - I will be interested to hear what people who watch that program regularly thought of it. I have never seen it (I am a Lost/The Wire/Sopranos drama type fan and don't get much into comedy.)So I'm probably not a good judge of whether that was a good episode or not. It's not one of those comedies with standalone episodes where you can just jump in and follow that week's plot, apparently. (Now I know how my friends who don't watch Lost and The Wire feel when they try to watch them!)

    Since I have never seen the show, I thought it was a painfully slow episode as a whole, since I didn't know who the characters were, and they were all talking REALLY FAST. I should have turned the captioning on. Anyway, Matt had one really funny line when he first entered that made laugh out loud, and he danced twice (the Running Man!) during the episode so that was cute. Matt wasn't bad at all - in fact, he and one other character (the NBC intern guy?) were the only ones who held my attention when they were on screen. However, I do think for all that promotion of him being a guest star that Matt should have had a bigger role, but maybe if he does return next season his parts will be bigger.

    I just wish he would have done a guest role on The Wire instead. :-)

    (P.S. I did like his appearances on Will and Grace and Bernie Mac, and also when he was on Saturday Night Live.)
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