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Today, Regis and Kelly appearances
  • Matt appeared on the Today show and Live with Regis and Kelly to promote Contagion on Wednesday. Video of the Today interview is at MSNBC, and a summary of the interview is here. A twitpic is from NBC.

    Eventually, the conversation segued toward Thursday's first day of school -- and Damon says he's thrilled to take the kids to the door personally. "I love it. I used to walk to school as a kid; I just love that part of it. We have a 7th grader starting a new school, and my kindergartener is really excited because she's going back to school and seeing her friends."

  • The Regis and Kelly is available on YouTube in three parts: part 1, part 2 and part 3.

  • Contagion writer Scott Z Burns talked about working with Matt at Coming Soon:

    CS: I want to ask about working with Matt because obviously you've worked with him a few times, and I've spoken with other filmmakers who've worked with him before. They all rave about him as a collaborator. Charles Ferguson said that pretty much wrote the last line of his movie "Inside Job" while doing voiceover, so I'm curious about how you collaborate with Matt when it comes to the dialogue in this.

    Burns: Well, it's great for me. Because Matt is a writer and has such a great feel for language, it works two ways. One, it's more fun for me to write for him because I can hear his voice while I'm writing, so I think that may help me write better, but also, if there's something that isn't working, he'll come to me in the morning because we have a kind of relationship where he'll come to me in the morning and go, "Let's go sit in my trailer and talk about this scene."

    We'll work on a scene together and then when we're happy with it, we'll go and talk to Steven about it. People in Hollywood would go, "So Steven actually lets you talk to Matt? How can that be?" The great thing about working with Steven is that he doesn't really stand on ceremony and everyone is very respectful of each other and he does feel collaborative. When Matt and I come to him it's like, "Hey, we thought this might be better." Steven sometimes will go, "You're right. That is better. Let's do that." Or he'll say, "Nah, that's not better. Let's do it the way we talked about it." It isn't about whose name is higher than whose on the call sheet. It's about the work that day and what makes the best scene.

  • An interview at USA Today with Soderbergh, Burns and Matt. GQ magazine on Matt's style evolution. An interview with young Contagion co-star Brian O'Donnell is at the Sun Times.

    Despite the tedium, he enjoyed the experience. He especially liked working with Damon.

    “He’s the nicest guy you can possibly imagine. Normal. Down to earth. Easy to talk with. He’s like a dad. Just a great guy all around,” O’Donnell said.

    Damon sometimes offered advice or praise, saying, “Dude, that was awesome” after a good delivery, O’Donnell said.

    Gene O’Donnell was impressed by Damon, who “made a point of eating lunch with different people each day,” he said.

    Damon, a big Boston Bruins fan, even invited Gene O’Donnell to watch a Stanley Cup Final game while waiting between scenes.

  • A profile of Matt is at the Daily Beast, including:

    A decade and a half after he burst into public consciousness with one of the most obnoxious debuts of modern times, Matt Damon has quietly, almost underneath the radar, transformed himself into one of the most effective actors of our day. While others of his generation have soaked up the acclaim and the trophies, Damon has turned in a string of flawless performances that have suddenly turned him into the archetype for a new breed of screen masculinity.

    But in film after film, Matt Damon has shown audiences how to do what seems almost impossible in today’s culture: to be a decent person, striving for goodness without goodness demanding attention for itself.
  • 7 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 7th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Regis & kelly

    I'm so glad regis & Kelly got posted on YouTube. It was definitely cute and way better than the today show. I don't think my recap would have done it justice. Ok now I guess we wait for pics from premiere tonight.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Regis & kelly

    Your recap would have been great - thanks for looking out for the site.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    9/11: Ten years later

    There's an interview with Matt in a special about how 9/11 affected entertainment and pop culture.


    9/11: Ten Years Later also features exclusive interviews with Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. You can watch it this Friday at 4PM ET / 1PM PT and Saturday at 7PM ET / 4PM PT on ReelzChannel.

    Photos of Matt signing autographs outside the studio today:

    Edited at 2011-09-07 05:07 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 7th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: 9/11: Ten years later


    This more pics of him signing and leaving studio. There is a woman in the background in the last few pics. She has long brown hair and remember seeing her in Venice. Thought it was just his handler for Venice or something but I see she's in ny now and I don't see jennifer Allen his publicist who's usually with him. Is she still with him?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: 9/11: Ten years later

    We would know if he changed publicists. She might be just an assistant to the publicist or a rep from WB.

    Edited at 2011-09-07 10:45 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 7th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Just saw Richard Roeper's review of Contagion on Reelzchannel and it's an unqualified rave. He gave the movie his highest rating, A+. Said that Soderbergh had made one of the best movies of recent years, calling it "brilliantly executed". He said it deserved to be nominated for screenplay and direction. He also mentioned several of the cast, but particularly Matt, who he said was "excellent". Makes me happy:)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)


    First photos of Matt and Lucy at the premiere are at Getty. Lucy appears to be wearing a more fitted version of the blue dress she wore to the Cinematheque Award in 2010.

    ETA: Lucy has previously worn the same dress at two different events (a black dress at the SAG Awards in 2010 and Cannes in 2007).

    Michael Douglas attended the premiere and Matt posed with Marion Cotillard.


    Edited at 2011-09-08 01:19 am (UTC)
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