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Interviews, roller derby
  • Matt did not attend the Oscars or the after-parties. True Grit did not receive any awards, but Inside Job won Best Documentary Feature.

  • Matt and family attended a roller derby game on Saturday. A photo of Matt with the Santa Cruz Derby Girls is at their Facebook page.

  • Piers Morgan discusses Matt's upcoming appearance on Thursday's show, and Ellen has also previewed Matt's appearance on Wednesday.

  • More about Matt's appearance at the Publicists Awards from Leonard Maltin.

    Few people know how to play to a crowd as well as our ex-governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who bestowed a lifetime achievement award on Sylvester Stallone. But the highlight came just as Michelle Monaghan was about to present her representative, Jennifer Allen, with a citation as Publicist of the Year, another client rushed on stage in his bathrobe, as if he’d just been woken up. Matt Damon apologized for being late and explained that normally Jennifer arranges his schedule and this time she hadn’t, leaving him to fend for himself. One can only admire a movie star who cares enough to prepare and pull off such a stunt…and it certainly says a lot about Allen, who is a thorough professional and a pleasure to deal with.

  • More interviews promoting Adjustment Bureau are at Cinema.de, Detroit Free Press, The Times (UK), Metro, Collider and part two at the Orlando Sentinel, including:

    He’s been a soldier (“The Green Zone”), a poker player (“Rounders”), a corrupt cop (“The Departed”) and a South African rugby player (“Invictus”). Is there anything he can’t play? Dumb, maybe.

    “No, BEN’s the smart one,” he jokes, talking about his pal and sometime writing and producing partner, Ben Affleck.

    “Matt managed to conceal his native intelligence in ‘The Informant,’” says his “True Grit” co-director Joel Coen. “He can do anything including NOT showing how smart he is.”

    “But you do sense a cunning there, don’t you?” asks Ethan Coen, the other guy who directed Damon in “True Grit.”

    “True, true,” Joel agrees. “There’s always the cunning.”

    “I’ve seen the magic trick, up close. A LOT,” Damon says. “I’ve worked with some of the best actors in this business, and there’s something that happens when you’re opposite a great actor…DeNiro, Duval, Morgan Freeman. You know when you’re being lifted and carried away by a great actor. Emily’s like that."

    Damon just finished another movie – “Contagion” — with his friend, director Steven Soderbergh, and he has a role in Soderbergh’s planned Liberace film biography starring Michael Douglas, playing the piano-playing showman’s lover.

    “Steven’s one of those “great directors who have given me really different roles, and what that makes me is just another character actor, but one who occasionally gets to play the lead.”

    And the actor will try to exercise more control over his own fate than his character in “The Adjustment Bureau” seems to enjoy. It’s not easy, even when you’re one of the biggest names in the movies.

    “It’s a reactive business. You can’t plan it. We just respond to what’s out there…Sometimes you go someplace new and people will want to come with you. And sometimes you fail. That’s determinism in Hollywood, I guess.”
  • 17 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 28th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hilarious shot at the roller derby.

    And, just a random thought... Universal has ads up for Adj Bureau on imdb right now and that black & white photo of Matt is REALLY growing on me. Really. Big time.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 1st, 2011 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Roller derby

    Lucy is apparently friends with one of the roller derby players, according to this post (includes a different photo):


    Adjustment Bureau is getting a huge push in the media in Australia - lots of advertisements on TV for the last couple of weeks. In comparison, I saw no ads for True Grit and only a few for Hereafter pre-release.

    Edited at 2011-03-01 01:11 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 1st, 2011 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
    Matt's best publicity move in a long while is appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres show. When it comes to helping films that might have real interest for women, probably only Oprah is more influential. If she praises it strongly, that can really help at the box office. Let's keep fingers crossed. I'm sure Matt will charm Ellen--she's been making a big deal out of his upcoming appearance.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 1st, 2011 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
    For the last couple of movies Matt's only appeared on Letterman and a morning show on the promo trail. Perhaps because it's a Universal film, and he's the main star (rather than a supporting player), they're really selling him on different shows this time.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 2nd, 2011 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
    Matt filmed Ellen and Leno today. At Ellen all members of the audience got a water.org bottle.

    Twitter post from Universal includes a pic of Matt in a suit at Leno:

    UniversalPics: The Adjustment Bureau star Matt Damon himself makes a very special appearance on @JayLeno tonight! plixi.com/p/80972185
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 2nd, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Jay Leno

    The full episode from the Jay Leno Show is up at NBC.com

    During the show they poke fun at a sex education book written by Matt's former stepmother Jeanne Blake. I found the book ("Risky Times") and in her intro she thanks Matt and Kyle for their support.
    She also did a program on alcohol abuse that Matt hosted: http://www.wordscanwork.com/products/materials.html?topic=
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 2nd, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Jay Leno

    That book got a bit of attention in Matt's early years, but it hasn't been mentioned much recently.

    There's also new backstage video from Leno, including Betty White talking about Matt:
    jayleno: Backstage video with Matt Damon and Betty White: bit.ly/dGORPm

    And Ellen tweeted her kiss with Matt on the show:
    @TheEllenShow: Matt Damon had never been on the show before, but he made up for it real quick. twitpic.com/45ev98

    Highlights from the show on YouTube:

    A post on Ellen's Facebook page (with the kiss photo) has already generated 1,130 posts:

    Edited at 2011-03-03 01:44 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 3rd, 2011 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Jay Leno

    Loved Matt's appearance on Ellen - especially where she went back over his highlights and showed THAT kiss as well as his new video "Bourne This Way" - absolutely hilarious!! Can't wait to see TAB tomorrow.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 1st, 2011 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Adjustment Bureau

    Any other Australians see Adjustment Bureau tonight? I really enjoyed it, but don't know how well it will be received by audiences who are expecting a thriller/action film. It really is more of a romantic drama, and I would expect males, in particular, to be unsatisfied by the increasing romantic and/or religious element as the film progresses. It's not badly done, but it's just not what people may be expecting.

    For long-time Matt fans, the fun may be in realising all of the real-life connections to Matt (including a shot of Gary White at the Clinton Global Initiative). And other fun may be in realising which scenes were re-shot, because there appear to be some pretty big clues (hair and weight) - even look at the difference between the trailer and the film in one spot.

    I thought Matt and Emily were fantastic together, and it's really Emily and Anthony Mackie who do shine. But I would certainly vote for Matt the politician - very convincing. And New York really did look fantastic.

    Otherwise - Matt's first interview with ET from 1992:

    Edited at 2011-03-01 10:29 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 1st, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Adjustment Bureau

    Lucky you!! And it sounds awesome!
    Thanks for all the updates, they're super-appreciated.
    PS: Have you ever touched a monkey? Haha
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 1st, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)


    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: March 1st, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Adjustment Bureau is tracking to open at about 21mil, which is good news.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 1st, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That is good news. I've tried to avoid all tracking/box office stories.

    Upcoming appearances: Leno today, Ellen tomorrow.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 2nd, 2011 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    TAB video

    Have you guys seen the "Your Life Adjusted Video Project" on TAB website? It includes some photos from Matt's life - a couple of which I haven't seen before (they're near the end). Really cute.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 2nd, 2011 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: TAB video

    Thanks G - I hadn't looked at that. I'll get some stills of Matt's photos soon. Some were shown on the Actor's Studio appearance, but not all of them.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 2nd, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Piers Morgan

    A preview of comments from the Piers Morgan interview at the Huffington Post:
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