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Elysium, various
  • The viral marketing for Elysium has begun with a teaser poster at Comic-con and a new teaser website.

  • Steven Soderbergh talked about Matt spreading a false rumor about his retirement plans.

    At the Hall H presentation for Steven Soderbergh’s butt-kicking thriller Haywire, director Steven Soderbergh addressed those reports about his supposed retirement — and where they came from. “Matt Damon is about as discrete as a fourteen-year-old girl,” the director told EW’s own Anthony Breznican, who was moderating.

    “I had this drunken conversation with him in Chicago shooting Contagion,” he said, adding then he read the reports in the paper a few days later. While he praised the actor’s good memory (“he remembered it almost verbatim”), he said that he wasn’t as serious as he had implied. “I was just sort of going off,” he said. In this economy, “No one wants to hear about someone quitting a good job. It got blown out of proportion. That’s Matt’s fault!”

  • The sculpture of Matt by Adam Beane, made for The Jimmy Kimmel Show, actually sits on Kimmel's desk - video is at People.

  • Details of the Save our Schools rally in Washington:

    Saturday July 30:
    12.00pm Rally at the Ellipse; between 17th St & Constitution Ave. Speakers will include Matt Damon, Diane Ravitch, Deb Meier, Jonathan Kozol, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, many more.

    2.00pm March from Ellipse to White House

  • The trailer for We bought a zoo may be released shortly - Ben Mee of Dartmoor Zoo has already seen it:

    "I have just seen the trailer," Mr Mee told The Herald. "It's incredible. It's really come to life."
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 26th, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Soderbergh gave an interview to indiewire in which he said that he is, in fact retiring - he would just rather not talk about it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 26th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Soderbergh

    That's quite a non-answer.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 26th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Livejournal troubles

    Livejournal was down for over a day. Any votes for a new host?

    Elysium is now filming and lots of extras are on set today.

    Contagion will be out of competition at the Venice Film Festival on 1 September.

    Happy Feet 2 poster and full trailer is out.

    Update: LiveJournal continues to experience major issues and there is only intermittent functionality.

    Edited at 2011-07-28 10:57 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 28th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
    Does Matt go to Mexico city to film too or does his part end in Vancouver?
    The article about him renting in Vancouver I thought was till sept 15.

    Also been lurking for bit first time post. Love your column

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 28th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)


    Thanks for posting! I would presume he's filming in Mexico City, but that's not confirmed yet. A cast member said yesterday on Twitter that only a small proportion of the filming will be in Mexico City, and another wrote earlier that bodyguards will be provided to each member of the cast.

    The original article about the house rental was based on an earlier start date, when shooting was to commence in early June. So that's changed. (And ignore the poor celeb journalism stories from the Vancouver Sun - most of her details are usually incorrect - thus her need to keep updating the article when she's told of each error.)

    The first signs of the cast filming around Vancouver were noted on Twitter today (Riverview and Van Tech School). Lots of extras also on set today.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 28th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    Cast on social media

    Sharlto Copley Facebook page:

    Diego Luna Twitter:

    There's a few other Vancouver-based minor name actors with Facebook/Twitter pages which I don't want to name as they could start to hide their posts.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 29th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Ed Norton

    A Twitter post from Ed Norton links to the following article:

    EdwardNorton: Matt Damon intro'd me to this guy when making Rounders. He's amazing. We both love him. more story from me in the link t.co/NXuN3nQ


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