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Potential new project, True Grit
  • Matt is in talks to join District 9 director Neill Blomkamp's new science fiction project Elysium - details are at Deadline. Earlier information about the project is available at The Playlist.

    Matt Damon is in early negotiations to star in Neill Blomkamp's scifi film Elysium for Media Rights Capital. Damon will join District 9's Sharlto Copley in a film that is shrouded in secrecy. While a Damon commitment--they're in the early stages of deal making right now--will make Elysium a more enticing piece of business, MRC won't take it out to distributors until next year. It will come to the market when it has its major cast.

  • New clips and interviews with the True Grit cast are at Trailer Addict. An article about the film is at the NY Times, and excerpts from an article at Empire magazine is here.

    The movie also stars Hollywood actor Matt Damon as La Boeuf, and the talented star also discussed True Grit with Empire. He believes the film is very special and recalled a conversation he had with the cinematographer Roger Deakins on set.

    "We were sitting by the camera during a set-up, and I whispered to him, 'I think this one might be special.’ And he said, ‘Oh yeah. This one is,’” beamed Matt.

  • More photos from the set of Contagion are at PopSugar and Zimbio.

  • An interview with Matt's agent Patrick Whitesell is also at the NY Times.

  • An opportunity to ask Matt a question is available here.
  • 19 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 13th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt and Lucy

    Matt and Lucy included in pop sugars Best of 2010: The Year's Most Adorable Celebrity Couples

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 13th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Fighter

    I have a question, please: wasn't Matt supposed to be in The Fighter but dropped out? I ask because Christian Bale is supposedly the front-runner to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in The Fighter. (Yes, there are already front-runners.) Was Matt going to play that role or Mark's role? I can't remember.

    The critics's awards are coming out this morning and Matt isn't on any lists so far-though his co-stars in True Grit are, as is the movie itself. Maybe he will get a Golden Globe nod tomorrow or SAG Thursday.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 13th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Fighter

    Matt was going to play Christian Bale's role, dropped out, came back into the running again, and then dropped out again. The schedule for the movie kept changing and it required a heavy weight loss and gain, which Matt was advised by doctors not to do again. It was always a great role, but required a lot of work (and Matt's a huge fan of Christian Bale's anyway).

    Matt's not getting any awards recognition yet for True Grit, although the film, Hailee and Jeff are getting nominations.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 14th, 2010 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Site note

    I may not be able to access the Internet for a few days, so can readers please post any articles, photos, reports etc in the comments section? Matt should be at the True Grit premiere in NY on Tuesday, on Today and Letterman on Thursday and the Early Show on Friday.

    Thank you.

    Edited at 2010-12-14 09:55 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 14th, 2010 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    Casey Affleck Twitter?

    It looks like Casey Afflecks Twitter page was a fake, its been deleted. Fx

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 14th, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Casey Affleck Twitter?

    Thanks for that. I was suspicious of Casey doing a page, but there were some photos from his currently filming project that looked legit.

    Matt attended the Sirius Paul McCartney concert at the Apollo in Harlem on Monday night (with lots of other celebs). He seems to have been missed by most of the photo agencies, but there's one photo at The Star Ledger:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 14th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt to present award at Globes

    Matt will present the Cecil B DeMille award to Robert de Niro at the Golden Globes.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 14th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Golden globes

    True Grit didn't get any nomination for the golden globes???
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 14th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Golden globes

    As Matt always says he doesnt make films to get awards he makes them because he loves making films. Fx
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 14th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Golden globes

    Ugh, I know!!! I feel your pain ;S
    It still doesn't totally rule out the Oscars though...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 14th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Golden globes

    Many of those nominees are practically jokes! What were those people smoking? Makes me remember Pia Zadora...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 14th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Golden globes

    I know! Something is very wrong in the world when Jennifer Love Hewitt can manage to be nominated and actors who actually have talent aren't included. If there aren't any good choices for a category, just don't nominate anyone! I feel like the Academy usually has a bit more sense than HFPA though, so I'm holding out for those nominations...At least we'll get to see Matt when he presents Deniro's award :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 15th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Golden globes

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 15th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    True Grit premiere

    Pictures of Matt with Luciana and Hailee Stanfield at the True Grit premiere.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 15th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: True Grit premiere

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 15th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    True Grit Premiere

    More photos from the premiere last night: http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/O_bEablP0yu/True+Grit+New+York+Premiere/Lj1_FdX6hDE/Matt+Damon
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 15th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: True Grit Premiere

    ...And a little video of Matt talking about his work at the True Grit premiere is at popsugar.com
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 15th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Trailer addict

    More fun clips are up at traileraddict from the premiere. Don't miss the b-roll! Matt interacts sweetly with a young fan along the autograph line, and enthusiastically greets his cast mates with bear hugs. He calls out to Lucy and points at them, "Luce, Luce, it's Jeff and Haillee!" Perhaps she was never on set and didn't meet them before? Anyway, his enthusiasm is just so durn cute! Ah, love him.

    And in the last second of one of the rolls I think maybe I see Alexia?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 15th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Trailer addict

    Thanks for the tip. At the end of the B-roll 2 Matt and Lucy kiss and Alexia is standing next to them.

    Lucy probably hadn't met Hailee before as she probably didn't visit the set, but she met Jeff at last year's Oscars.

    Link: http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/true-grit-2010/ny-premiere-b-roll-ii
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