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Contagion trailer, Elysium
  • The trailer for Contagion was previewed on Tuesday's Entertainment Tonight and will be available on Wednesday's show. The ET preview is available at this Tumblr post. The full trailer is now available online.

  • Actress Chelah Horsdal discussed the secrecy surrounding Elysium here. Sharlto Copley arrived in Vancouver over the weekend and more cast members are expected in coming weeks.

    Horsdal: I did a table reading for Elysium, the new Neill Blomkamp [District 9] movie. It’s going to start shooting here [Vancouver] at the end of this month. It stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. The script is so top secret that they wouldn’t email me a copy or even give me a copy. I had to go to the production office, sign in, sit in a room, read the script, give it back, and sign out, so they knew exactly how long I had been in there so they would know if I had any time to do anything shady. With technology they have to find ways to ensure it doesn’t leak. Because, c’mon, that ruins the storytelling.

  • Don Cheadle discussed the good works of the Ocean's cast members and playdates with Matt's family at the Irish Times:

    Early award-winning turns in Devil in a Blue Dress and Boogie Nights proved he was a heavyweight contender, but the relationships he forged at Steven Soderbergh’s Section 8 production company were about more than networking. Cheadle and chums George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon – all erstwhile stars of the Ocean ’s series – represent a new, globally minded kind of Hollywood player.

    “I think it’s something we discovered in each other’s company,” says Cheadle. “We have similar concerns. And we’ve been able to put together organisations to try to address those things. And the beat goes on. It’s not a one-off thing. Because the kind of issues we’re talking about too often get some attention and then none. That, and we’re all in it for the money, you know.”

    Despite his glamorous chums, Cheadle has raised his teenage daughters in ordinary south California suburbs and swears that playdates with Matt Damon’s family aren’t as Hollywood as they sound.

    “We do hang out with the Damons a little bit, but they’re even more low-key than we are,” laughs Cheadle. “If we lived in that world I could see how it could be a problem raising teenagers. But we don’t party. We’re not jet-set. And even if we were, my teenagers would not be impressed. They’re not looking to take advantage. They want to do their own thing. They don’t want to latch on to actors or dad. They’re not impressed by my job or Hollywood or any of that stuff.”

  • More from We Bought A Zoo actor Colin Ford at CWTV Board:

    Ford: I am really excited and can’t wait for everyone to see “We Bought a Zoo”, directed by Cameron Crowe. It is scheduled to be released on December 23, 2011. I was so fortunate to get to work with someone I have always respected, Matt Damon. He has a great personality and work ethic and I learned a lot from him. The film has something for the entire family; it will make you laugh and cry it’s both a drama and a comedy. I got to film with some really cool animals. My other costars were Scarlett Johansson, Patrick Fugit, and Thomas Hayden Church.

  • A picture of Matt and soccer player Michael Ballack is from a book titled Chelsea Uncut, via Mooniecfc tumblr.

  • An update on Margaret from the Hollywood Reporter:

    Six years after the movie was made, an arbitration is finally set to take place in September over the final cut of Margaret, the Kenneth Lonergan film starring Mark Ruffalo and Matt Damon.
  • 11 comments or Leave a comment
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 14th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)


    Any comments on the Contagion trailer (linked above)? Matt's got the leading role in the trailer, although his on-set involvement was quite limited.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 14th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Contagion

    Fantastic! Can't wait to see it!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 14th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Contagion

    Virus movies are not generally foremost on my "must see" list, but I'll go to this because of Matt. It certainly looks a cut above what you would normally expect from this genre. The cinematography looks great. And I imagine with their history together Matt and Soderbergh can knock out a tremendous number of pages in a relatively short time.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 15th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Contagion

    Love the trailer for Contagion. Looks very exciting. Not sure when it arrives in the UK but looking forward to it. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 17th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Contagion

    It does look very exciting, and I hope that Matt's role is as large as it seems to be! It's nice to know that he will survive in the film since he already said that in an interview.

    So happy to hear about his Emmy nomination...if he wins, all he'll need is a Tony award and then he'll have EGOTed!! Crazy! He could do it:) Do you think he'll actually go to the ceremony?? It might seem snobby if he doesn't :/

    I read in a Vancouver newspaper article that Elysium will be filming partly at Bridge Studios in Burnaby (which is very close to Vancouver), and I saw an ad on Craigslist auditioning extras for the movie, all of which had to be poor and/or gangster-style Mexicans/Latinos.
    I am so curious to see how this movie will turn out!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 17th, 2011 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Contagion

    Matt's role in Contagion isn't very large - he filmed for less than three weeks. Laurence Fishburne probably has the largest role in the movie.

    As I wrote below, the Guest Actor Emmys are handed out prior to the main ceremony. He won't attend. (But he would also need a Grammy for an EGOT.)

    The production address for Elysium is Bridge Studios, so it's the main location for the sets and interiors.

    It will be interesting to see how much improvision there is in Elysium, and if that's a reason Matt was in Vancouver so early. All of the documentary-style footage for District 9 was improvised by Sharlto Copley and the other actors.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 17th, 2011 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Contagion

    Bah. I thought the G stood for Golden Globe ;)
    Thanks for the extra info...G
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 17th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Contagion

    The contagion Trailer looks great! It's always nice to see a good thriller.
    You read my mind about the EGOT. And you know, Matt doesn't have a Grammy, but has a Golden Globe ... so there is a "G" of an EGOT. (totally kidding, of course) =) He doesn't seem the kind of person who really cares about the awards, don't you think?
    So, what's the deal with Margaret?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 17th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Contagion

    I don't know the details, but Margaret looks to be going to arbitration in September in a dispute between (probably) the studio and the director, Kenneth Lonergan. So it looks like there will be an outcome in some form shortly - either the movie won't get released or it will get released in a form the director isn't happy with. And then it will probably be straight to DVD or cable.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 14th, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Emmy nomination

    Matt received an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actor in A Comedy Series - alongside some strong competition:

    Guest actors in a comedy: Idris Elba, Nathan Lane, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Timberlake, Matt Damon and Will Arnett

    Matt wasn't nominated for Will & Grace, so this is a nice surprise. The Guest Actor category is announced before the main Emmy Awards show. Matt did receive three Emmy nominations as a producer for Project Greenlight, and never won.

    Edited at 2011-07-14 01:12 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 18th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Women, War and Peace

    Interview with Matt on why he is involved with the 'Women, war and peace' project:

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