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Green Zone released
  • Green Zone has been released on DVD and includes a commentary with Matt and Paul Greengrass, featurettes, and deleted scenes with a commentary with Matt, Paul and Paul's son - details here.

    Deleted scenes are offered with a video commentary by Damon, Greengrass and Kit Greengrass, Paul’s young son. Essentially, they’re watching the various deleted scenes (or, as Damon deadpans, “scenes that your Dad screwed up, kid.”) as Greengrass explains why they were cut… mainly for not pushing the story forward or not adding to the thriller pace.

    Damon comes across as a thoughtful actor who doesn’t mind passing on small details such as how he achieved Miller’s commanding voice by screaming himself hoarse each day of the shoot and learning the lingo from the extras. He obviously has a producer’s eye toward what works for maximum storytelling efficiency and he’s not one to fall in love with his own scenes just because he gave a good performance. Both he and Greengrass praise the collaborative process of filmmaking and each other… but don’t mind the mutual appreciation society feel of it, because that friendship is at the heart of their work thus far.

  • The Entourage Season 6 DVD has also been released, and includes the OneXOne spoof video and a cast commentary for Matt's episode.

  • Ben Affleck was interviewed at a LA Film Festival event, with another report here.

    He acknowledged Matt Damon's recent mega-success when he noted that early in his career, "I had a friend I went to school with" followed by a perfectly timed clearing of the throat. (He would also later say, "I don't worry about Matt's career any more than I worry about Nicholson's career.")

    After the two won the Oscar for screenwriting, Matt Damon took on more artsy projects, while Ben stuck to more mainstream features. While part of the reasoning is just that Affleck wasn’t offered the same roles as Damon, Affleck also mentions how he felt a need to consistently act and stay in work, so going with movies that were planning to make money was a good plan.

  • Jane Krakowski talked about Matt returning to 30 Rock:

    Thom in Louisville, Ky.: What a great finale 30 Rock delivered. Where are things picking up when it comes back?
    Things are picking up with a big ol' shman! OK, not right away, but according to the lovely Jane Krakowski, "Will Forte will be coming back as Jenna's shman." Liz Lemon is getting lucky in love, too! "I do believe Matt Damon is going to come back," Jane tells us. "He is scheduled to make some return appearances if we can work them around his schedule and availability." Woo to the hoo! Let's start a bridal registry for Liz Lemon now.

  • Another Rounders sequel update from CHUD.

  • A sighting at the NY Post, which is actually from 12 June.

    Sighting: Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana, making out while waiting on line for the bathroom at Polar Lounge in the Marcel Hotel, where they danced up a storm with John Krasinski and fiancee Emily Blunt.
  • 6 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 23rd, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Green Zone DVD

    I got the Green Zone DVD yesterday (hooray for Amazon same-day release delivery!)

    I watched all the extras and then maybe 25 minutes of the movie with commentary; I'll have to watch the rest of the movie later in the week.

    The description above of the extras is accurate; however, I wish there had been a few more deleted scenes (There were four; Matt was in three of them). There were some amusing/interesting moments in the other two extras about the actual filming, too.

    As I said, I haven't watched all of the feature commentary yet; but so far, Matt is pretty quiet on it, whereas he was more animated on the deleted scenes commentary. I don't know if they were filmed together or not. However, that might change as the commentary goes on. One reason for the quietness may be that Paul tends to talk a lot and Matt seems to defer to him when he does (noticed that on Charlie Rose, too), so...Paul said it's the first time he's done a commentary with Matt, so it's probably strange for Paul not doing it by himself and feeling he has to talk through the entire thing.

    They both have the most calm, beautiful voices, though - of course Matt is known for his narration skills but I never paid attention to Paul's voice - he certainly could narrate a film or two if he wanted to!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 23rd, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Green Zone DVD

    Thanks for the info. I'm waiting for my copy of the Green Zone and Entourage DVDs and the book of 'We bought a zoo' to arrive.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 24th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Green Zone DVD

    I've never cared much for Paul Greengrass. I haven't liked him in interviews where he appears to be in love the sound of his own voice and I can't say that I am thrilled with his direction either. But Matt seems to want to stick with him so I'll continue to watch his movies as long as Matt is involved.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 23rd, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    We bought a zoo

    Matt is now formally attached to 'We bought a zoo' - no word yet if he is the lead or supporting brother (Ben Stiller was also previously attached).

    From Variety:

    Matt Damon is in preliminary talks to star in 20th Century Fox's "We Bought a Zoo," Cameron Crowe's next directing project.
    Studio finalized Crowe's deal in May, dating the pic for Dec. 23, 2011.
    Based on Benjamin Mee's memoir, "Zoo" revolves around a widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start. He and his children, along with a small but loyal staff, work to get the zoo reopened. Julie Yorn is producing.

    Update from Coming Soon:

    Filming would start in January for a December 2011 release. A casting notice last week said filming locations and dates were TBA (but presumably should be shot in the UK).

    And at Deadline.

    Love Devin's post:
    devincf: Three different sites appear to have the exclusive news about Matt Damon joining the new Cameron Crowe.

    And now the Hollywood Reporter, which claims it is the lead role.

    Edited at 2010-06-23 10:35 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 23rd, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you for the updates. Wow, he's going to be busy. Three movies to promote in the fall, filming Contagion in the fall, then possibly filming this new one in January. And possibly 30 Rock. And a new baby.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 23rd, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The Contagion role is pretty small, and would take probably less than two weeks (maybe filming in a LA studio).

    He was previously tentatively scheduled to film the Kennedy biopic in the fall, but that was always less likely when Green Zone was seen to do poorly.

    Promoting the movies alone will take a fair bit of time, which is why this would start in January (and isn't Crowe known for taking a long time to make and release films?)
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