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EW fall preview, We Bought A Zoo
  • Scans of Entertainment Weekly's fall preview issue are available at Oh No They Didn't. New photos and quotes are available for Contagion, We Bought A Zoo and in an interview with Kate Winslet.

  • Musician Philip Sayce talked about his role in We Bought A Zoo at Blues Rock Review:

    Question: You had a part in the upcoming Cameron Crowe movie, "We Bought a Zoo," which stars Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. How did that come about and what was it like on the set?

    Sayce: We're gonna see what's going to happen with that. What happened was a really good friend of mine called me up and said, "hey what are you doing tomorrow?" I said, "what's going on?" He said, "well listen I'm going to be in this movie, do you want to come and bring your guitars and amps and stuff and come play because they need a guy that can come and play." And I am like "sure that sounds cool!" So I went down to the set and I realized that it was a really big deal and then "oh there's Matt Damon," realizing that this was a pretty heavy movie.

    I rolled in with my amps and guitars, and we were there for I don't know, two weeks or whatever and did a bunch of filming. I have no idea how much or how little they are going to use of it. You know when you make a film and stuff it's like you can shoot for a month and they can cut the whole month. You just don't know what's going to happen in the editing so I haven't seen any final edit, but I know that we shot a bunch of stuff. I just played myself walking through a field with my friend Mauricio. Mauricio is an excellent composer. We were walking through a field and also his friend who is the percussionist in the scene, so we were walking around and they filmed us playing for a couple days. It was fun, it was cool.

  • Adrian Grenier discussed Matt's Entourage visit at HBO.

  • Emily Blunt and John Krasinski visited Matt and family in Vancouver over the weekend. A report and photos of Emily and John leaving Vancouver are at Lainey Gossip:

    Come spend the weekend
    Must have been what Matt Damon and his wife Luciana told Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. And they accepted the invitation to visit them in Vancouver. Here are Emily and John leaving Vancouver on Sunday after a few days in Canada with her Adjustment Bureau co-star. They’ve been hanging out a lot the four of them after shooting that movie together. In New York quite often, and now in Vancouver where Matt’s been working on a new film for a couple of months. Emily and John stayed with the Damons at their rental property; it’s a close friendship.

    Earlier in the day, before leaving for their flight, Matt took Emily and John up the Grouse Grind. He finished well before they did. They were spotted taking the tram back down together though and graciously posed for fans who eventually recognised them.
  • 22 comments or Leave a comment
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 16th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Grind photos

    Matt took lots of photos with a group from Core Fitness & Rehab after doing the Grouse Grind last week. Photos at their Facebook page:



    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 16th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Grind photos

    I saw these pics couple of days ago but had trouble linking. Glad you found them.

    Didn't want to keep on harping on the Lainey thing but believed she was referring to Matt even though comment is misleading. It just incensed me that she's still alluding to it as some kind of fact.

    Having trouble seeing the fan pics on the grouse grind Facebook. Will try later on my desktop.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 17th, 2011 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Grind photos

    There's a photo in the photos section of the site (I linked to it a few months ago), and another photo from somebody who's posted the photo/his story all over the web from youtube to tumblr.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 17th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Grind photos

    Yes I have seen those pics. I thought there were new ones. Saw a fan pic on twitter from Monday. He seems to enjoy the grouse grind. Good for him.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 18th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Grind photos

    Geoffrey Pershick
    Wake up, have coffee, hike Grouse mountain, photo with Matt Damon (very nice guy). yfrog.com/gzmwxasj
    15 Aug via Twitter for iPhone

    From Monday.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 16th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Grind photos (and Lainey)

    I like the photos,Matt looks very fit :)

    So, Lainey's back...Oh boy! (Personally, I think there's a reason why the Afflecks didn't spend more time with the Damons. But I think the reason has nothing to do with Matt & Lucy.)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 17th, 2011 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    People item

    An item from People online without any new info:


    Matt Damon and wife Luciana are renting a house in Vancouver for the summer – and they've been entertaining visitors. The couple recently hosted John Krasinski and wife Emily Blunt. Among the many spots on their itinerary: Grouse Mountain, where the foursome went hiking.

    Edited at 2011-08-17 10:44 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 17th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 19th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Articles


    Looks like contagion promotion will be starting soon! (well it should it only premieres sept 9. )

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 19th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Articles

    Yep, you can interview Matt if you're a college student in California.

    The press seems to be in LA. A junket next week before the Venice Film Festival?
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: August 19th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Articles

    Is Matt going to Venice? I wonder if this is going to only be interviewing Matt and not the whole cast since it's in LA, since most people are working on/living on the east coast.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 19th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Articles

    Not confirmed yet that he's going to Venice, but I presume he would be going. Apparently Kate Winslet won't be promoting Contagion, but will be promoting Carnage and Mildred Pierce in Venice instead. Gwyneth's happy to promote anything, so I presume she would go.

    It must be a full junket in LA - another LA reporter has also mentioned he's interviewing Matt.

    The Vancouver Observer has run out of ethical stories and runs this instead:

    Edited at 2011-08-19 08:59 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)


    Here's the official schedule in Venice, out today:

    3 September
    8:30 p.m. PALABIENNALE
    CONTAGION by Steven Soderbergh (USA, 105', language: English, s/t Italian) cast: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne

    Now I just need to find the list of photo calls and press conferences for Venice.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: August 19th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Anne Hathaway says Matt is her dream co-star.


    I dislike her so much I really hope that never happens.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 20th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
    Agreed!! To be honest, I don't understand how she has created any kind of career for herself...although she was amazing as the host of the Oscars!...not :/
    I'm looking forward to the stories Gwyneth will be making up about how she and Matt kept in touch all those years, are best friends, and have arranged marriages between their children.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
    You just know that's going to be true. Grace called it first.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt and family (including father Kent, brother Kyle and his kids) went for a bike rike in Vancouver today via Twitter:

    Asha1977: Heres Matt Damon fresh off a bike ride in downtown Vcr t.co/aqBeD1x

    Edited at 2011-08-20 02:53 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 20th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pic

    No doubt to celebrate Gias's bday. Though I dont think they need a reason to get together They seem like a tight knit family.

    I have to ask how do you know his dad is there. From looking at the pic I can see his nephew and maybe Kyle ( with his back towards camera?) and of course Matt and Stella. ( how adorable is she). Just curious. I think your very good at finding this stuff
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pic

    This photo's more intrusive:

    yerofeyev: I am looking at Mat Damon right now. Will post the pic later.
    Я увидел его! http://t.co/DJRrREq

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 20th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pic

    I never would have found that. I was hoping to see Lucy too. (and Gia. That's Isabella right?). Of course I'm conflicted b/c it is intrusive but it's nice to see. Thank you!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 23rd, 2011 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt was apparently interviewed by paparazzi today in Vancouver (perhaps outside a cafe, where he was spotted). I can't access any stills or video.


    ETA (off-topic): and yes, Ben and Jennifer have finally confirmed she is pregnant with their third child (via AAP).

    Edited at 2011-08-23 02:52 am (UTC)
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