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Publicists Awards
  • Matt made a surprise appearance at the Publicists Awards on Friday to present a lifetime achievement award to his publicist, Jennifer Allen. Matt was also photographed backstage with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michelle Monaghan. Reports are at Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

    Jennifer Allen won the Les Mason Lifetime Achievement Award.

    "I'm proud of this," said Allen, who recently co-founded Viewpoint Inc. with fellow PMK/HBH defector Melissa Kates, "but I consider this the half-lifetime award."

    Matt Damon took the stage in a bathrobe with glasses and disheveled hair, jokingly blaming Allen, his publicist, for not being available to help him get ready. "I had to get a suit, hair and makeup ... and had to drive myself," he said. "Why couldn't Tony Angelotti win this thing?"

    The Les Mason Award, which honors the lifetime achievement of a publicist, was presented to Jennifer Allen of Viewpoint by actress Michelle Monaghan and actor Matt Damon, who came onstage at the Beverly Hilton in his bathrobe, pajamas and slippers, explaining he had been up all night working.

    Allen was clearly flattered but said it wasn’t her nature to take the spotlight. “As a publicist I’ve always strived to remain in the background,” she said, citing as her mentors former employers Pat Kingsley and Nancy Ryder.

  • Matt and Emily's interview on Today is available at the official site. Some photos and quotes from the interview are at the Daily Mail. A quote from Emily's interview in Harper's Bazaar is below:

    Emily: “Matt?”, she says grinning. “He is so willing to play around, and we genuinely loved being around each other off set; we found a secret language as friends that translates into our scenes.”

  • A summary of Adjustment Bureau reviews to date is at Anne Thompson's column. A quote from a review at HitFix by Drew McWeeny (Moriarty):

    Matt Damon might be one of my favorite modern movie stars, and I think when people write about his career from a perspective of looking back at the whole thing, the story will be about what a stealth-level superfreak he really is. Matt Damon looks like All-American apple pie, and he's got an earnest approachability that is very mainstream-friendly, but he makes eccentric choices, and he has a sly sense of the silly that undermines his outward appearance. I think he plays this rising political star with real credibility, and I'm sure if he ever decided that was a line of work he wanted to pursue, he could. And well. He also plays lovestruck well, and he's not a kid about it. He's a man, flattened by this woman who has entered his life, and determined to find a way to include her in whatever journey he's on.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2011 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re:Academy Awards

    Do you know if Matt will be attending the Academy Awards and, if so, will he be presenting any awards?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 26th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Academy Awards

    Don't know - it certainly hasn't been announced that he is attending. I thought he would attend to raise awareness ahead of TAB opening next week, and to support True Grit co-stars.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 28th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Academy Awards

    Update - no Matt on the red carpet and he wasn't announced as being a presenter. (Yet Matthew McConnaughey turns up to shamelessly promote his movie opening in three weeks time.)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 26th, 2011 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Times interview

    There's a feature on Matt in the Sunday Times magazine (UK) by Tom Shone Nothing too exciting, but a few quotes are below (Shone hated TAB, but of course doesn't mention that in the article). As with most of the international press for this movie, the interview was done in late October.

    Hollywood hero. Ordinary bloke. The double life of Matt Damon; Hugely bankable and strangely normal - no wonder the star of the Bourne films has become the thinking woman's action man

    I almost don't recognise Matt Damon at first: dressed in sweat pants, a hoody, a ski hat pulled down over his head, he is sprawled on the sofa of one of the suites in New York's Mandarin Oriental hotel, glued to a Red Sox game. He looks more like the movie star's personal trainer than the movie star himself.
    "Yesterday's game," he explains, getting up to shake my hand. "I'm catching up. We had our baby."

    ... Telling this story, Damon takes on something of Eastwood's rolling low centre of gravity. His affection for him is evident. Damon has worked with just about every major director under the sun: Spielberg, Coppola, Scorsese, the Coens. That it should be Eastwood - dry-as-a-bone, plain-as-a-rock Eastwood - in whom he has found a mentor, rather than, say, the more combustible Scorsese, tells you a lot about Damon's own predilection for the unshowy and level-headed.

    "Matt doesn't take himself too seriously," says Emily Blunt, who spent most of The Adjustment Bureau shoot being expertly teased by the star. "I think that's how he keeps to that steady pace that people associate with him. It's a Boston thing. I just married one [John Krasinski, from the American version of The Office]. They have this chest-beating way of holding on to their roots and trying to maintain normality, and I think Matt has done that dramatically well. And that's portrayed in his acting, too. I don't think he knows how to be any other way."

    At 40, Damon sports a few flecks of grey in his hair and has filled out a little, not unattractively. He projects an easygoing authority, with the slightly professionalised friendliness of a politician who has been gladhanded by 100 people before lunch. He checks his ego at the door, recounting his successes and failures with equanimity. But beneath it all you sense the competitiveness of an Olympian thrashing away. You catch it in flashes of that Bostonian sarcasm - suspicious of grandiosity in others and reflexively self-deprecating - that makes that city's inhabitants seem almost British, and which explains why Damon has such great rapport with British actresses: Minnie Driver in Good Will Hunting and now Blunt.

    "Boston is the kind of blue-collar place where if you drive around in a Ferrari you're a douchebag," he explains. "There is always that Boston thing like, 'Oh, waddayou, Mr Big Time now? Oh, you live in New York, uh?' That Wasp humility. Or, in the more workingclass neighbourhoods, it's more of a Catholic thing: don't overdo it."

    "He gets better and better as he gets older," says Joel Coen of Damon's performance in True Grit, in which he serves up another of his blowhards.

    "What people don't know about Matt is that, even though he's usually playing the leading man, he's a great mimic and f***ing funny," says Emily Blunt. "And I think that's why he likes taking these supporting parts. He is willing to stretch himself and play different roles and take great risks."
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 26th, 2011 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Other interviews

    From the Piers Morgan interview with Kevin Smith (as mentioned by Paula in the last post):

    MORGAN: I had Matt Damon in here recently.
    SMITH: What an awesome dude he is.
    MORGAN: The show hasn't aired yet, but it was a fantastic interview. And what I was struck by was just how -- A, how bright he is. But secondly, just how resolutely normal he is.
    SMITH: Yeah.
    MORGAN: Completely unfazed by the whole kind of Hollywood scene.
    SMITH: I don't -- I, of course, spent way more time with him back in the early days. One gets married and has a family and that's it. He also became like a superstar. But any time you see him, he's always like, hey, man, how are you? And it's right back to where you were the last time you ever saw him. Of anybody I have ever met or kind of -- I came up with those dudes.

    A interview at the Sydney Morning Herald (Friday):

    It's good to be Matt Damon. The affable Oscar winner is enjoying a career purple patch, has a clutch of promising projects on the horizon, is relishing the recent expansion of his family - and watched four straight hours of high-stakes poker on television recently.

    "Dude, it was awesome," he says, the day after he spent "my big Saturday night" at home, alone "in control of the remote".

    Damon and his family, wife Lucy Barroso and four kids - three of them younger than five - live in New York but have relocated to Los Angeles for three months while the star shoots a film.

    The 40-year-old actor was back in New York briefly to promote his new movie, The Adjustment Bureau, shot lusciously in Manhattan and Brooklyn, so he headed to his own, empty apartment. "It was just my man night," he chuckles.

    Ann Curry interview on Today with Anthony Mackie:

    CURRY: And you--it was the first time you ever worked with Matt Damon.
    Mr. MACKIE: Yeah, yeah. We--he's a great guy. It's surprising. You rarely meet people like him and I--the only person I know who can talk more trash than me, so.
    CURRY: Oh you want to give us an example or you want to hold back on that a little bit?
    Mr. MACKIE: I'm, you know, I'm just saying we won the Super Bowl.
    CURRY: Oh. Oh!
    Mr. MACKIE: So we just relinquished our crown.
    CURRY: Ooh, ouch. OK. All right.
    Mr. MACKIE: Boo. You know.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 27th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Emily on Leno

    A few clips of Emily on Leno, including discussion of the film and mocking the Mens/Womens Health covers:

    Edited at 2011-02-27 08:10 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 27th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Piers Morgan

    According to Piers Morgan's twitter, Matt's interview will air Thurs. (His tweet said he had tried to book DiCaprio and Leo said he would decide after he watched the airing of Matt's show on Thurs)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 28th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Roller derby

    A photo of Matt with the Santa Cruz Derby Girls after attending the roller derby on Saturday with his family:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 28th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Roller derby

    Fun pic! What a good sport he is...

    Also, I asked Lainey through the ctv.ca live chat if Matt was there, and she said "No Matt Damon tonight".
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