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  • Cameron Crowe talked about the ongoing filming of We Bought A Zoo at the New York Post - photo from Zimbio:

    Currently, Crowe is shooting “We Bought a Zoo,” starring Matt Damon as a widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo, planned for a Christmas release.

    Crowe e-mails that it’s “probably closest to ‘Almost Famous’ or ‘Jerry Maguire’ in the mix of comedy and drama. It’s a fun movie with a smokin’ cast, and I think everybody is bringing something new to it. We’re almost two weeks in, and every day has been a blast. It’s also a little bit of a tribute to the great Bill Forsyth comedy, ‘Local Hero.’ I’m really excited... tomorrow Peter Riegert, the star of that movie, is playing a juicy part with Matt Damon. Should be good.”

  • Details of an upcoming 30 Rock episode from 30rockfan.org:

    Air Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
    Episode Title: (#514) “DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD”
    Meanwhile, Liz’s romantic getaway with Carol (guest star Matt Damon) is ruined when their plane is stuck on the tarmac.

  • A friend of Hailee Steinfeld discussed visiting the set of True Grit:

    The five days we spent as Hailee’s on-set “entourage” made me the movie’s (not just Hailee’s) biggest cheerleader. We played pass the pigs with Bridges in between takes, (naturally, I was completely horrible... perhaps because I realized I was tossing plastic pigs with "The Dude") chatted up the sweet-as-could-be Damon (swoon) and ate what felt like 15 meals a day with actors, stunt doubles, and crew members covered in fake blood and dirt.

    We spent a bounty of time laying on the floor of Hailee’s trailer admiring her vintage costumes and just how painfully tight the hair and make-up team could braid her hair. Hailee was astonishly unaffected and mellow and since she was pretty much the only kid on set, most of the cast and crew (especially Bridges and Damon) seemed to treat her like their own daughter.

  • Matt discussed parenting in this article, taken from an upcoming interview in Radio Times. More photos of Matt and Gia on the beach are at the Daily Mail and OK magazine.

  • More photos of Matt at the Celtics game, including Matt meeting Kobe Bryant, are at The Fab Life, Movieline, PopSugar, People and Global Grind.

  • 26 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 1st, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Great pictures

    In those pictures, Matt epitomizes the helpful guy next door, the best college roommate, and the most down to earth guy on the planet. Thanks for posting!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 1st, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Different perspectives

    From a British tabloid - the seven things currently wrong with Matt (choosing to ignore that he's actually on set in costume):


    Or Clint Eastwood's view:


    Hereafter provided Eastwood with a second opportunity, after Invictus, to work with Matt Damon, whom he likes as an actor and clearly believes to be suited to his no-nonsense style of directing.

    "You don't catch him acting a lot," Eastwood says. "He seems to be a very real guy, and he's not afraid to play a real guy, and I think he's very good. [Hereafter] needed somebody with a special way to do this character. Matt's a nice looking fellow but he looks like an everyman. He can portray an everyman."

    Edited at 2011-02-01 01:47 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 1st, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I love this quote from movieline, "Feeling glum on this typically slow-footed Monday morning? Fear not; Movieline is here to remind you that sometimes things are awesome. To help with this herculean task, here are nine of the happiest-looking pictures of Matt Damon to ever grace the Internet."

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 1st, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    matt at beach

    so many websites says it is isabella.its got too be gia.pictures are great though.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: February 2nd, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I saw the issue of Womens health today with Emily and Matt on the cover, and although the cover is terrible there are some really great pics of them inside. Matt must really like Emily a lot because he doesn't like to do photoshoots, but he took part in this one even though they dont interview him (there is a only one quote from him about emily and one from emily about him) and the interview has very little to do with the movie.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 2nd, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for letting us know !:)
    Maybe I'll get a copy in spite of that hideous cover...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 2nd, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the info. I was expecting a Marie Claire cover article with Matt and Emily, but not Women's Health? Maybe something more substantial is to come.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 3rd, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Men's Health

    Matt's on the cover of Men's Health with Emily.

    Nice photos:

    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: February 3rd, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Men's Health

    the link isnt working for me, but I bet they are the same photos that are in women's health and explains why he was on the cover.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 3rd, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Men's Health

    Don't know. Matt in a suit with Emily (cover of separate style section) and a much better photo for the cover.

    Cover photo if it works:

    Edited at 2011-02-04 01:34 am (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: February 4th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Men's Health

    I've never thought Matt looked more like Dicaprio then I do in that photo. What's with the bad airbrushing on Matt's face for the cover shots?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 3rd, 2011 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Australian GQ

    There's a Q&A with Matt in the new Australian GQ (James Franco on cover). It's a version of the Adjustment Bureau interviews from late October - lots of quotes appeared in European press interviews.

    But new quotes about Clinton, Cameron Crowe, Malcolm Gladwell etc. Will post some quotes later.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 4th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Australian GQ

    The photoshoot in GQ must be similar to the photos in the new Esquire magazine. From a tumblr:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 3rd, 2011 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Josh Brolin on Kimmel

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 3rd, 2011 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    ESPN clip

    I have no idea why Matt agreed to show up in this clip about the Green Bay Packers new coach:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 4th, 2011 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Adjustment Bureau

    There were early screenings across the country today for the general public and critics, including Roger Ebert.

    Two positive fan reviews:



    Edited at 2011-02-04 09:50 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 4th, 2011 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Adjustment Beraue Reviews

    Great reviews, im definitely going to see this.

    Didn't see Hereafter, wasn't at the cinema long enough so thats a dvd

    True Grit i cant wait to see

    Nice one Matt, 3 good films and loads more to come, well done.

    Also isn't Gia the cutest, she looks like Isabella but you can tell its not her.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 4th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    AB screening

    attended a screening for AB last night. it was great. it was funny and intense (a good mix of everything). the chemistry between matt and emily blunt comes across as completely genuine. emily blunt was perfect. i have only seen her in a couple of movies (jane austen book club and sunshine cleaning) and enjoyed her performance in both. even the guys in the group applauded at the end of the movie (surprised me). i guess there was just enough action to keep them engaged. i was wondering :)

    hi-five to matty d! what can't he do?

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 4th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: AB screening

    Thanks for the report yoli - it's sounding really good. I know there are a few brief comments online of people who didn't ike it, but the majority of people seemed to really enjoy it.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: February 5th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
    Anthony Hopkins says he's a big fan of Matt's. This is pretty great.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 5th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)
    Also great - Matt and Emily will do a Moviefone Unscripted interview.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That's sa-weeet!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Emily Blunt on Graham Norton Show

    The lovely Emily Blunt was on the Graham Norton talk show last night discussing her latest movie release. She mentioned working with Matt on Adjustment Bureau and how hard it was filming outdoors with 300 + watching wherever they filmed.

    Mentioned one scene where she and Matt were doing a very emotional scene, and Matt was trying to squeeze out a tear, when someone in the crowd shouted MATT DAAAMON! He laughed and said "I hate my life right now."

    On people's reaction to seeing Matt she said you could almost see their brains melting when they looked at him. Matt
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Emily Blunt on Graham Norton Show

    Wrong sign off I meant Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 5th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Emily Blunt on Graham Norton Show

    Thanks Marcia - she sounds like a lot of fun.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 10th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Take off your hat....

    "Take off your hat. You so so great without Matt":))
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