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Contagion, Adjustment Bureau
  • Matt has started filming Contagion in Chicago. A report and photo is at Triblocal.com.

  • The first poster for Adjustment Bureau has been released.

  • In Variety's 'Actors on Actors' series, Matt has praised the performance of Joaquin Phoenix in I'm Still Here.

    "The great performance that's going to be overlooked is Joaquin Phoenix in 'I'm Still Here.' That term 'brave performance' or 'courageous performance' -- I've never really believed in it. What's a brave performance? Give me a break. But that performance is brave because he really risked his actual career and his own image. He'd worked really hard to have the image of a conscientious, terrific young actor and he absolutely threw that away just for this performance. I think it's an incredible thing. I've never seen another actor do that. Ever.

    I know him and he's a very shy guy and a very humble guy. So to see this outrageous thing that he did -- I was just blown away by it."

  • Matt's filmed a promotion for water.org at AOL. Another report is at the NY Post.

  • Matt discussed his hectic family life in this German interview. Photos of Matt, Isabella and Gia on Thanksgiving are at these French sites: Premiere, Dontmiss and Pure People.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 30th, 2010 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)
    The UK poster for The Adjustment Bureau tries a different angle:


    And Ben talks about competing against Matt on Jimmy Kimmel:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 30th, 2010 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Australian TV interview

    A really good TV interview that Matt did while promoting one of the Bourne movies (Supremacy?) is now available in full on YouTube. The interview is with Australia's best interviewer, Andrew Denton, on his show called 'Enough Rope with Andrew Denton'.

    Matt's in the second half of the show, and an interview with Neil and Tim Finn airs first. Denton has talked about how much he enjoyed the interview with Matt, how down to earth he was, and how he was the only celeb who ever said 'don't worry about playing the clip, let's just talk'.

    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: November 30th, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Australian TV interview

    you can't view the video outside of Australia.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 30th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Australian TV interview

    Really? I thought it was available for everyone. Sorry all non-Oz people.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 1st, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Australian TV interview

    We can't see the video in the states but the transcript is available here


    jeka_ooie From: jeka_ooie Date: November 30th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for all the info. :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 30th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    True Grit

    A round-up of True Grit comments/reviews so far. Full reviews will be available tomorrow at 1pm when the embargo is lifted.


    Edited at 2010-12-01 06:28 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 1st, 2010 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Contagion photo

    A new photo of Matt on the set of Contagion in a bathrobe and ugg boots (and they didn't worry with a hair cut before the film).

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 1st, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Contagion photo

    Love Matt but not crazy about the longer hair.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 1st, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Contagion photo

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 1st, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I've always had the feeling that True Grit is the best western since The Unforgiven (like one of the early reviews says).I can't wait to see it.
    I like the UK poster from TAB,I hope the movie's good.
    Now I can see the difference between Isabella and Gia,they look alike,but Isabella is taller and Gia's resemblance to Matt is remarkable.They are adorable.
    And I agree with you,Matt needs a haircut :) Syl.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 1st, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    True Grit reviews - part 1

    Up at 5am to see some early blogger reactions to True Grit -excerpts:

    Sasha Stone Awards Daily
    The real scene-stealer is Matt Damon, who gets to play the type of part he was really born to play: awkward fake/tough guy. He plays this very well in The Departed, and his awkwardness was fully realized in The Talented Mr. Ripley. But here, every line of dialogue that comes out of his mouth, every time Cogburn refers to him, it’s funny. The three characters — Cogburn, Mattie and La Beouf are a motley crew, but an engaging one. The idea that the strongest person in their group is a 14 year-old girl makes it all the more sweet.

    Joel and Ethan Coen clearly had a lot of fun with this one, and it shows up on the screen. They've tapped into everything we love about the Western -- from its hard-edged poetic dialogue to its epic gunfights -- and they've delivered a surprisingly not-too-violent familiar film on their terms, with Coen veterans, little-seen newcomers, and (oh, yes) Matt Damon. The third piece of the puzzle, Damon -- who plays the sly, dry-witted Texas Ranger La Boeuf -- keeps his character at a distance. He's there long enough to admire, but not long enough to become invested in. Damon's performance is admirably subtle; he blends in quite smoothly, like a character actor would. No movie star italics this time out.

    The film is positively dripping in the darkly comic tone they do so well, and do with such straight faces. What’s interesting in True Grit, though, is the way that they’ve taken their usual way of dealing with morons and applied it to actually competent men. Matt Damon’s La Beouf is a Texas Ranger, a brave man and a fine shot, but he’s just as goofy and foolish (in his own way) as just about any Coen character. It’s like they’ve had enough of the easy targets, like Brad Pitt’s gym employee from Burn After Reading, and have gone for the really big game.

    There are, of course, other skills they bring to bear. The script is a wonder; the Coens use Portis’ semi-arcane, creaky courtly dialog amazingly, filling their actor’s mouths with obsolete words and turns of phrase. But they’ve picked actors who can handle it; nobody gargles on the language and every bit of delivery is assured and real and lived in. Matt Damon especially has some mouthfuls to get out, and he acquits himself wonderfully. You almost wonder if the Coens were perversely giggling as they wrote this stuff down, knowing that people would not only have to say it but make it sound natural and good.

    Matt Damon finds the absurdity in Texas Ranger La Boeuf without robbing him of his dignity or his genuine ability, as well, and it's an impressive balancing act. There are scenes here that are very funny, bordering on broad, but always with a reality between Damon and Bridges and Steinfeld that makes it work.

    Damon is more than fine as La Beouf bringing comic relief when needed, but making sure his character never veers into a caricature or one-note joke. He's borderline for the supporting race just because the fourth and fifth slots in that category are so weak.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 1st, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: True Grit reviews - part 2

    Matt Damon, who’s as well-liked as anyone in the industry, will probably sneak into the best supporting actor race for his turn as Bridges’ unlikely sidekick, especially considering that he managed to do so last year for the less impressive “Invictus,” but there won’t be enough room for his co-stars Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper, who were also very good but in much smaller parts.

    While the movie is very funny—Matt Damon continues to polish his skills as a lovable dimwit buffoon—there are tears before bedtime.

    Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon. Both are brilliant for different reasons. I don’t want to spoil how Damon plays his character, but his choices are perfect and he again demonstrates why he’s one of the best actors working today. Bridges, on the other hand, is in the majority of the film and he’s phenomenal as Marshal Reuben J. Cogburn – the person Hailee Steinfeld hires to kill the man who murdered her father. If he hadn’t won an Oscar last year for Crazy Heart, this role might have done it. Either way, I can see both actors getting Oscar nominations.

    And Damon has, quite simply and perhaps even quietly, developed into one of the finest actors of his generation. He isn’t doing anything particularly sensational here, but that is rather the point of his performance’s brilliance. It’s in the eyes, the tambour in his voice at the whose-is-bigger goading of Bridges’s Cogburn, and the otherwise stoic pride of a confidant lawman.

    Damon is also fascinating to watch; I can think of no other movie star who can headline his own action franchise but is also willing to play the fool onscreen. La Beouf is a blowhard and a buffoon at times, and Damon isn’t afraid to look like an idiot. But there is more than meets the eye and it’s truly his character that has the most noticeable arc.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 3rd, 2010 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt's back on Letterman on 16 December.

    Hereafter and True Grit both made the National Board of Review's 10 best films of the year list.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: top ten

    Glad to see both movies being recognized, especially Hereafter, which was criminally underappreciated by some critics. I could only assume by their reaction that some people are simply unequipped to grasp the finer things of life. Ben's "The Town" made the list, too.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    A word about Joaquin Phoenix

    A brilliant actor but troubled person. Very kind words from Matt, considering Joaquin had less than flattering things to say about Matt several years ago.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 3rd, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: A word about Joaquin Phoenix

    I don't remember Joaquin ever saying anything negative about Matt. Matt's always admired him and said positive things, and so has Joaquin, from what I recall.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 4th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    USA Weekend

    Matt's on the cover of USA Weekend next week (this week's cover is Angelina).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 2nd, 2011 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Kojak poem found !

    A shirtless Matt-Adore
    poolside by moonlight
    twirling a red silk shirt around
    his motorcycle helmet-for-bull
    doing a mock ballet
    to Liberace playing Malaguena
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 2nd, 2011 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Kojak poem found !

    A shirtless Matt-Adore
    poolside by moonlight
    twirling a red silk shirt around
    his motorcycle helmet-for-bull
    doing a mock ballet
    to Liberace playing Malaguena
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