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Hereafter premiere, OneXOne
  • Matt, Clint Eastwood and Bryce Dallas Howard attended the world premiere of Hereafter in Toronto on Sunday. Lucy was unable to fly to Toronto. Photos from Zimbio and Yahoo. The best interview from the red carpet is likely to be at ET Canada.

  • Positive reviews for the film are at Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Roger Ebert's blog and Screen Daily, but the film will divide critics.

    It is good to see Clint Eastwood trying something very different. Fans expecting to see a supernatural thriller will be disappointed... but those interested in a shrewdly made and well-scripted drama about loss and compassion will be intrigued and impressed.

  • There was at least one roundtable interview with Matt and Clint - a transcript is available at Tribute.ca, including:

    Bonnie Laufer: Matt you have so much stuff coming up, do you ever get time to rest?
    Matt Damon: I haven’t worked since May—I got the whole summer off and I’m not working ‘til December. But this job, because of the way it got set up, all my stuff got crammed together. So rather than being with the crew for a few months, it was really only a month and it was just concentrated, working every day for a month. And then I did True Grit, which was really only 25 or 26 days of shooting, which was spread out over three months. So it seems like I have a lot coming up, but they weren’t like, six-month movies, one after the other.

    Bonnie Laufer: We’re going to see you on the season premiere of 30 Rock?
    Matt Damon: Yes! Yeah. I love those guys. I really love that show. I actually saw Tina Fey at an awards show and my wife and I went up to her to tell her how much we love the show. So I joked with her by saying, hey if you ever have a part for me... and soon after she called me up and asked me to be in the premiere.

    Q: Is the Liberace project going forward with Michael Douglas?
    Matt Damon: Well, yeah, it is. We’re really excited about it. He’s obviously going through his health issues, but from what I understand, it’s not going to be a problem. The numbers are very much on his side and he’s a healthy guy, so we’re all just hoping that everything goes well. We’re hoping to be right on track for shooting next summer. But obviously, we’re willing to wait for our star as long as we have to.

  • On Saturday Matt attended a lunch for OneXOne - details at the official Facebook page. Photos of Matt leaving the lunch are at Lainey Gossip. Lisa Tant of Flare magazine posted about the lunch and being on Matt's table at her Twitter page.

    ONEXONE: Our Honorary Chair, Frank McKenna and Ambassador Matt Damon Saturday, September 11th, announced the Foundation’s $3 million commitment to fund the construction of a state of the art pediatric ward at the new Partners in Health hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti.

    Matt Damon takes the stage to talk about the importance of @onexone a fantastic fundraiser for kids worldwide
    Matt Damon is my crush. Such a nice guy, charming and handsome - & great actor. Crush, crush, crush...
    At table with Matt Damon @onexone - Lennox Lewis, Frank McKenna, Suzanne & Edward Rogers, Joey Adler & Sylvia & Robert Mantella.
    Celebrating 5 years of a great charity @onexone at AME. Incredible work being done in Haiti.

  • Josh Brolin praised Matt's performance in True Grit to Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411.

    “How is True Grit?” I asked Josh about his upcoming Coen Brothers movie.

    “I hear the star is no good,” said Javier [Bardem] facetiously in his deep Spanish accent.

    “Oh, I’m not the star,” Josh said, getting the joke. “I’m only in toward the end. Matt Damon is the star. He’s amazing.”

  • InStyle posted a photo of Matt and Gary White on their Twitter page. InStyle's portrait studio at TIFF will benefit water.org and OneXOne.

  • 13 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 13th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the pictures and reports. Glad to see positive reviews from some of the more establishment sources. I'm always leery about bloggers. Hope Lucy is OK. I know she's due soon, but it's so rare for him to travel without her that I can't help but be concerned.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 14th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
    Agreed, I do hope Lucy is OK - she's due in late November and I would have expected her to attend.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 14th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
    Im sure Lucy is fine. Matt would not have left her if ANYTHING was wrong. She is pregnant and they have 3 other kids to take care of. Matt is always so busy when he is there, so they probably just decided with the baby on the way just to let her rest.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 14th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
    Nice attack on James Rochi(?) on Twitter. He got upset and walked out over something that was basically in the plot description of the movie.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 14th, 2010 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)
    that guy is a douche. But what really pissed me off were that so many other critics were retweeting his tweet, probably not knowing that he only stayed for 15mins. You cant form a good opinion on any movie only staying that long.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 14th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
    And there was so much negative criticism of the movie based on brief Tweets or comments from a select group of critics. It shows the state of journalism today - an instant opinion (which is then re-tweeted and made into new posts) based on incorrect or limited information which may have harmful ramifications.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 13th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Beautiful, blue-eyed boy, lovely pics. Thanks. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    critics, pundits and naysayers

    I just saw Invictus last night and because it was not a big box office success, my expectations were low. What I saw was a memorable and great movie. Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon were terrific and the movie was inspirational. I bring up Invictus because Clint Eastwood's Hereafter will be released soon to the general public. Clint was never the type to make a movie because it would be big box office and Matt is never the type to agree to act in a movie because he can be a bigger movie star. Both are comfortable in their own skin and take perspective of the past, present and future of their careers. With that in mind, I will see Hereafter when it is released and just enjoy!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 14th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: critics, pundits and naysayers

    Invictus actually did well over $100 million total, so it did fine, and seems to have found an audience on DVD/cable. Hereafter will do the same, even if the LA Times is now comparing it to Ghost and says it could be a hit.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)
    On an entertainment show this evening I could have sworn I heard Matt say that he was going with Ben to Fenway on Tuesday, where Ben was going to screen The Town. I dunno if that's true or a joke, but he said it.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 14th, 2010 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)


    I think it's true. This is from Bonnie Laufer on Twitter, who interviewed Matt and Clint yesterday:

    Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon were gracious and engaging today.
    #mattdamon told me he's seen buddy #benaffleck's film The Town about 10 times!!! He's psyched for the premiere at Fenway Park.
    Highlight of my day was chatting with #mattdamon and #clinteastwood about their new film, #hereafter.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
    wow thats a long pregancy for lucy. showing a baby bump in january.maternity type dress in febuary.maybe they are trying too fool the newshounds so they wont be bothered like they were when isabella was born.hits or flops l love everything matt does.l wish them a healthy boy.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I agree and this is exactly what I've thought for a very long time (since the photos from the English premiere of Invictus). If so, good for the Damons for trying to throw the hounds off the trail. I hope they succeed.
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