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Sightings, various
  • A photo of Matt and Isabella in NY late last month is being used to advertise golf clubs at Us magazine.

  • Sightings of Matt at restaurant Philippe and Locanda Verde with friends:

    Sighting: Matt Damon and wife Luciana being joined at Locanda Verde by Jason Bateman, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt...

  • From an interview with Casey Affleck at the Observer:

    A meditation on the crazy business of fame, perhaps, by someone who has watched it reach into the most intimate corners of his family and friends? "It's rare that you find someone who is famous for whom fame and their celebrity is not a big part of their life, for better or worse," said Mr. Affleck. He shook his head at some of the behavior he's witnessed, and pointed out the mysterious disparity in fan lunacy that has kept his friend Mr. Pitt from walking down the street since Thelma and Louise, but let Matt Damon-"great actor, lots of movies, big leading man”-go about his business unbothered.

  • Director Luca Guadagnino discused Matt in interviews at the Wall Street Journal and Time Out NY while promoting his new acclaimed film, I am love.

    Question: But for Swinton’s character, Emma, love is also about realizing who you are instead of who you have become.
    Guadagnino: Or who somebody has decided you should become. Like Jason Bourne: He doesn’t know who he is! I love Matt Damon. Can you print that? Matt Damon is such an amazing actor. I want to work with him.

    Food has been a lifelong obsession for Sicilian director Luca Guadagnino, both on-screen and off. As a teenager, he seriously considered entering a professional cooking school before deciding that working within the confines of a kitchen would be too much of a sacrifice for him. He is also especially eager to work with the "divine" Matt Damon.

    Ms. Swinton, who introduced the two at the Toronto Film Festival last year, said that Mr. Damon rendered her normally talkative friend star-struck and silent.

  • From an interview with Eddie Redmayne after his Tony win at Broadway.com:

    Question: Let’s end with a very serious question: Who was the best film mother, Angelina Jolie [in The Good Shepherd] or Julianne Moore [in Savage Grace]?
    Redmayne: Oh man, there we go! As far as the films are concerned, there’s no question Julianne’s character is the worst mother who ever existed. Barbara Baekeland was an absolute tyrant. Julie came and saw the play the other day, and Matt Damon, who played my dad in The Good Shepherd, came with his lady wife the other night, so it’s been lovely to reconnect with them. Hmm, the best mother? Well, the reason I got cast in Savage Grace is because I have freckles and reddish tinge of hair, which was ideal for Julianne, and the reason I got cast in The Good Shepherd is because I have massive lips. So I have a lot to thank both Angie and Julie for!

  • Another Liberace update from Michael Douglas:

    In other movie news, Michael Douglas says the upcoming Liberace movie in which he stars as the late showman opposite Matt Damon as his lover will begin shooting next spring in Las Vegas. "Right now, I'm listening to CDs and watching DVDs of him," Douglas said at the AFI tribute to Mike Nichols.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 20th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Another pic

    Another photo of Matt and Isabella on her scooter:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 22nd, 2010 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Thanks for the updates

    Great comments from all and especially liked Casey Affleck. RE: Liberace -- still not jazzed up on this; most younger people don't know who he is. Not my favorite person.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 23rd, 2010 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Thanks for the updates

    I couldn't agree more! I loved the updates and I'm not sure at all why Matt would be involved in the Liberace movie.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 23rd, 2010 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Thanks for the updates

    Because it's a challenge and Soderbergh is trying to give Matt new opportunities to show his range. Matt's playing a guy from maybe 18 to his early 20s, who undergoes plastic surgery to please his lover.

    The movie's never really going to make any money or win awards, but it would be fun to make, a quick and easy shoot, and he would work with Michael Douglas and Jerry Weintraub.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 23rd, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Thanks for the updates

    Spring is a long time from now...I'm still skeptical that they'll get the funding for this movie. Maybe if they're planning to shoot it VERY low-budget to fulfill part of Soderbergh's contract with HDNet (six films shot in HD; simultaneous release in theaters, on-demand, and DVD). But with Michael Douglas and Jerry Weintraub involved, I doubt the budget will be that low.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 23rd, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Thanks for the updates

    Soderbergh said a few months ago they had the financing, and that it needed to be made for circa 25 million. It is apparently set to film in Las Vegas.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 23rd, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Thanks for the updates

    I've seen that Soderbergh had the financing for Contagion, but I haven't seen that he has Liberace financing - just that he was looking for financing and trying to settle on a start date. Seems like that detail would have been in the trades/blogs when discussing the movie if the financing was set, because it's a hard sell. (Not trying to be argumentative, I just don't see that info when I do a Google search and I haven't seen it in the news. Maybe I missed it. The only thing I saw is that Jerry Weintraub said in May that they are planning to shoot next summer, but he gave no confirmation of financing.)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 16th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Behind The Candelabre

    How to go from Gordon to Glitter Man !

    Michael Douglas IS Liberace !
    Hugh Jackman as the very young(prequel?)Liberace ?
    Robin Williams as Seymour Heller, Liberace's manager ?
    Kathy Bates as Frances, Liberace's mother ?
    Kirk Douglas as Salvatore, Liberace's father ?
    Gary Sinise as George, Liberace's brother ?
    Sally Field as Dora, George's wife ?
    George Clooney as Jack Benny ?
    Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley ?
    Matt Damon IS Scott (beam me up Scotty) Thorson !!!
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