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  • The LA Times article on Clint Eastwood and Hereafter is now online, including:

    The 39-year-old Damon and the elder filmmaker have a strong mutual admiration society going after working together on "Invictus," and Eastwood juggled the "Hereafter" filming schedule to shoehorn the project into the actor's tight schedule.

    "Matt is a gem to work with," Eastwood said. "A lot of guys will count sides [the pages in the script] and look at something like this and say, 'Well, there's three stories and I'm only in one of them.' He saw the value of the overall project and he's a writer and he really liked the story. I like the character — he has this knack but he can't stand it. He's reticent and he doesn't want to connect with the dead and he can't connect with the living."

    "The classic thinking is you can't peter out in your third act, you have to go bigger, and the other classic Hollywood thinking is that all the questions have to be answered," Damon said. "'Is it clear enough? I don't want an 8-year-old to come see this and not know what's going on.' With Clint, his process is free of all that grist mill. He can do something that has a different shape. It wouldn't occur to him to have a giant set piece in the third act because, well, this story doesn't require it."

  • Matt discussed the Toronto Film Festival in an article at AP:

    “It’s way more laid back,” said Damon, who stars in Eastwood’s “Hereafter,” a drama centered on three characters with unusual connections to the afterlife, and also narrates “Inside Job,” director Charles Ferguson’s documentary about the 2008 economic crisis. Both films play Toronto ahead of their theatrical release in October.

    “I like festivals in general as an alternative to the premieres, because you end up getting a bunch of filmmakers in the same place, and you can run around, catch other people’s movies. You’re always bumping into friends,” Damon said.

  • More stills from 30 Rock are at BuzzSugar:

  • A new BBC report on the troubled Dartmoor Zoo claims filming for We Bought A Zoo will start in California in January.

  • New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ran into Matt's father Kent recently:

    Bloomberg: "I've said I will not perform marriage ceremonies, because once you do one you have to do lots. There's a lot of people in the city who want to get married. I ran into Matt Damon's father about two weeks ago on a golf course when I was in Martha's Vineyard with the president. And he said, you married my son. And I said no, I did not. I was a witness."
  • 7 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 9th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Eastwood comments

    "Matt is a gem to work with,"

    It's always nice to see how comments about Matt from coworkers go so far beyond the normal fake Hollywood jabber. People - particularly discriminating people - obviously have a lot of respect for him. Clint Eastwood is as far from a 'BS-er' as anybody can get.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 10th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)


    Michael Douglas says the Liberace project is still on:

    That said, Douglas still plans to play Liberace in Steven Soderbergh's biopic, tentatively slated to start shooting next year and co-starring Matt Damon as Liberace's lover. He excitedly shows off his copy of Scott Thorson's Behind the Candelabra (My Life With Liberace), the basis for the film. "Matt is all, God bless him, gung-ho," Douglas says, laughing.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 10th, 2010 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Lucy, Hereafter

    Lucy's not expected to go to Toronto due to her pregnancy.

    The second still from Hereafter has been released by WB France:

    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 10th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
    There will a first look of Hereafter on ET tonight..9/10
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 11th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 11th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hereafter

    Thank you for the link, this looks really good, cant wait to see it in the UK but cant see a release date for here yet. Froggy
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