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  • Photos of Matt leaving a concert by Prince in LA last Saturday are at PopSugar and Just Jared.

  • Jodie Foster discussed her role in Elysium at MTV, Collider and the LA Times.

    At the end of an LA Times article about The Beaver, the paper says that Jodie Foster plays “a head of state on an alien planet” in Elysium.

    "I'm kind of evil-ish, yes, I'm kind of evil-ish, which you know I love," Foster said. "I'm just excited to work with Neil Blomkamp, the director of "District 9," which I think is pretty much as close to a perfect film that I can think of, and Matt Damon, who I'm a big fan of, and Sharlto Copley."

    Q: Is there anything else you can say about the film?
    FOSTER: Those sci-fi movies are all really hush-hush. I don’t even own a screenplay. They won’t even give me a screenplay. I’ve read it, but they won’t give me one to physically keep in my home ‘cause they’re so worried about everybody.

    Q: What was it about that project that appealed to you and made you want to get involved? Did you just want to work with Neill Blomkamp?
    FOSTER: Yes, definitely. He did District 9, which I think is as close to a perfect movie as you can get. It’s just an extraordinary film. And, this film has a lot of that social commentary in it, but uses sci-fi to get there. It’s great.

  • George Nolfi discussed The Adjustment Bureau at Jewish Journal. Nolfi is doing the audio commentary on the DVD solo.

    NPM: Matt Damon championed you getting signed on as the director – giving you the chance to make your directorial debut with a major studio film.

    GN: I showed the script to Matt right after I did “Ocean’s Twelve” with him. He was going off to do “The Bourne Ultimatum,” which I had been called in to [rewrite]. I went to England and worked on the script as they were shooting it for a long time, so he was very familiar with my work.

  • An indiscreet press release by a jewelery designer about a present Matt gave to Lucy is available here.

  • A photo of Matt with Colin Ford and Maggie Elizabeth Jones on the set of We Bought A Zoo when visited by Chick-fil-a is at their Facebook page. Saturday afternoon's wrap party was a BBQ for cast and crew with live music and a petting zoo.

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 30th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Liberace

    Liberace seems to be back on for shooting in summer 2012 despite recent rumors. Soderbergh will now shoot a Channing Tatum movie this September.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/surprise_steven_soderbergh_to_shoot_stripper_pic_magic_mike_starring/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Liberace

    "Magic Mike" is gonna be a very weird movie haha. I don't know how that's gonna turn out, but Soderbergh is an amazing director so hopefully it will be wonderfully weird haha.

    C.C.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 30th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Leaving LA

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 1st, 2011 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    President Obama comment

    At the White House Correspondent's Dinner, President Obama made the following comment:

    "Just the other day Matt Damon, I love Matt Damon, said he was disappointed in my performance," Obama said. "Well Matt, I just saw 'The Adjustment Bureau' so right back 'atcha buddy!"

    **
    So now anybody who makes a negative comment against the President gets called out and mocked? Why not attack 'Hereafter' which had a higher number of mixed opinions? Instead he attacks Adjustment Bureau', which did just fine, is just about to come out on DVD, and will now be known as the movie Obama criticised. I'll guess the comment will have a direct financial impact.

    Some people may not have liked the movie, but they didn't criticise Matt's performance. And now it's the only thing they will know about the movie - that it's the subject of a cheap laugh.

    Edited at 2011-05-01 06:46 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2011 09:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: President Obama comment

    It's a joke.

    Everybody gets ribbed at the correspondant's association dinner. It's a Washington political tradition. To get mentioned is actually kind of an honor, because it means the president heard about his comments.

    Paula

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 1st, 2011 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: President Obama comment

    I know it's a joke and a traditional spoof of recent media events. I think there were a lot better targets out there than someone who actually supports his campaign.

    And it's just not an original line. It's been written many times by many people on Twitter who each think they're original and clever.

    Edited at 2011-05-01 12:18 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: President Obama comment

    I wouldn't worry because it's a joke. But mr.obama has shown before that is a vain man and was not amused with criticism.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 2nd, 2011 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: President Obama comment

    I'm a big Obama supporter and a big fan of Matt's. I've watched these correspondents' dinners over many years, and while the politicians might feel the bite of some remarks, entertainers needn't. What O's remarks will probably do, believe it or not, will be to increase awareness of the film and sell more copies of the DVD. As someone famous remarked a long time ago, "any publicity is good publicity; just spell my name right." The President's remarks about Matt elevated him in importance, otherwise, why would O take notice of just one entertainer (still a supporter)out of the many famous names who have expressed some disappointment?--we all wish more could have been accomplished up to now. If Matt's smart, he'll play along and say something like, "He needs to see it again; it's a great film!" and chuckle.
    --I. B.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 2nd, 2011 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: President Obama comment

    It just annoys me. Already we've got the Washington Examiner saying Obama was commenting on the box office failure of Adjustment Bureau (false). I think it creates negativity. Not that I think Matt would care either way and hey, people are talking.

    Edited at 2011-05-02 03:14 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 23rd, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: President Obama comment

    Grow up!!You can dish it but can't take it. It was not your best effort...Man up If I were you I would have shrugged it off and look like a manly man...Instead you are whining...You really messed up...Now I can't believe in the manliness of Jason Bourne
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