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New York premiere
  • Matt and Lucy attended the New York premiere of Contagion on Wednesday. Matt wore a suit by Calvin Klein and Lucy re-worked a dress she wore at the Cinematheque Tribute in 2010. Photos with Lucy, Michael Douglas and Marion Cotillard are at Zimbio, Yahoo, Daily Mail, popSugar, Celebrity Gossip and Faded Youth Blog, with after-party pics at Startraks.

  • Video from the premiere is at Access Hollywood - part 1 and part 2, and AP. Roger Ebert's positive review is here.

  • A new interview with Matt is at Cineplex, including talk about the new Bourne. Note that Clooney has now dropped out of the project mentioned below, so Matt will take the lead.

    Damon isn’t the only actor who’ll do almost anything Soderbergh asks. And he’ll answer the call again next year for Liberace, the director’s bio-pic of the famously flamboyant entertainer. That is, providing Michael Douglas, who appeared in Soderbergh’s Traffic and is tapped to play Liberace, is healthy enough after his cancer battle. Damon will play Liberace’s lover.

    "We’ve got the money to start in June of 2012, and that’s mainly due to scheduling reasons because I’m doing [District 9 creator] Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium in Vancouver this summer," Damon says. That sci-fi film is actually shooting in B.C. through the end of this month.

    "We counted, [while working] on Contagion, whether George Clooney or I had done more Soderbergh movies. We’re tied right now at six. George has Man from U.N.C.L.E. that he’s going to do at some point with Steven and I have Liberace, so we’ll still be neck-and-neck at seven by next year."

    Whatever changes occur in his life, Damon says he's already a much different guy than the eager, uncertain kid who picked up the Oscar for Good Will Hunting.

    "I turned 40 last October and I feel great," he says, persuasively. "I feel so much calmer than I did when I was 30, just because all of the big questions are kind of answered. I’m just kind of getting a kick out of living now."

  • Another summary of the Regis and Kelly interview is at Celebrity Baby Scoop.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 8th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Photo, interview

    Cute photo of Matt and Michael Douglas:


    This report on the press conference has nothing new, but includes a Vancouver spin and confirms the comment that Matt will be filming Elysium in Vancouver until the end of the year:


    Interview from the premiere at New York magazine:


    Edited at 2011-09-08 01:22 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 8th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)



    Devin Faraci (formerly of CHUD)

    But at the center of it all is Damon. Filled with honest Midwestern dignity and a quiet kind of personal heroism, Damon reminds us why he is one of the great movie stars of the age. While his story is the one with the most obvious emotional side, Scott Z Burns’ script specifically underplays all of that stuff, focusing first and foremost on the science and survival sides of the scenario. Which means that Damon (and the rest of the cast) has to create three dimensional characters without your standard crutches of speeches or big emotional confrontations. Everyone does this exceptionally well, but Damon is incredible. Struggling to survive and protect his remaining daughter, he tries to maintain decency and humanity in the face of an unbelievable crisis. It’s a powerfully subtle performance, one that may be too quiet and reserved for the Academy to notice – which is a pity.


    The serious-minded vibe behind the camera extends to the cast, as well. For such a smart actor, Damon excels at playing a regular schlub, while Winslet and Fishburne both quietly key into the panic lurking just beneath their federally mandated protocols.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 8th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New York premiere

    Matt looks like Wentworth Miller with his shaved head
    I love Lucy's shoes.She looks lovely.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 8th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New York premiere

    And it makes Matt look more like his bald brother, Kyle.

    Those shoes were great - had to include some full length pics to include the shoes.

    A few more photos of Matt and Michael Douglas:
    fogfrog From: fogfrog Date: September 8th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New York premiere

    These gossip sites... I click on different article on this site, it was about Gia's birth (so from 2008), and they said that Alexia is his daughter from previous relationship.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 8th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    George Clooney - Man from U.N.C.L.E

    George dropped out of Man from U.N.C.L.E because he is getting neck and shoulder surgery next year
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 8th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Gwyneth talks about Venice in her latest GOOP newsletter, including photos of Matt.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 8th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    More Venice pics


    This link is gwyneth's goop newsletter she puts out. She shares pics of Venice film festival and a couple of Matt.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 8th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 9th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC) (Link)
    I can't watch that interview (MTV has blocked all stories to people outside the US). Was there any further details on Elysium apart from this quote in the article?

    These days, Damon is focused on "Elysium," the super secret project from "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp, which he says is "going really well" and has forced him to rock that very bald head. So, why a bald head? He simply had this to say: "Ask Neil Blomkamp; he's a very visual guy and this was a part of his idea."
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 9th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)
    No that was it.

    BTW Matt seems far less bitter about the new Bourne movie than I am which means he is a hell of an actor or a lot better person than I am.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 9th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Interviews and photos

    Matt said he was in the best shape of his life in an interview with Lauren Sanchez:




    Photos of Matt getting coffee in New York (today?)

    Author Laurie Garrett posts a pic from the after-party with Matt and Lucy:

    Laurie_GarrettLaurie Garrett
    With #MattDamon at #CONTAGION premiere last night. (Bald 4 other movie) He hopes movie promotes #GlobalHealth & science http://pic.twitter.com/zNRSie6

    Edited at 2011-09-09 12:15 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 9th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)


    Here's the extended version of the Rachel Smith interview from Vegas Fox 5 (including the boxer/brief question):

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 9th, 2011 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    People, video

    There's a fluff article at People on the premiere:


    Freshly bald Matt Damon loves his new look. What he doesn't love is having his shaved head compared to Jake Gyllenhaal's.

    "Wow, I try not to envy, but I have to say Jake's got a damn good-looking head," Damon, 40, told PEOPLE at Wednesday's New York premiere of his new movie about a killer virus, Contagion. "He sure does have a beautiful round head."

    "Normally you say, 'That's a beautiful head of hair, but that's a beautiful head he's got,' " Damon says laughing. "Gyllenhaal definitely gets the blue ribbon for the best bald head over me."

    Fortunately, Damon's wife of nearly 6-years, Luciana, 35, likes the bald look and still finds him sexy and handsome.

    "Thank God she does," Damon says, "but you know she had to take a whole vow, for better or for worse, so she's kind of stuck with me!"

    Video of Matt and Lucy on the red carpet:

    Edited at 2011-09-09 01:17 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 9th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Box Office

    "Steven Soderbergh-directed thriller about a deadly pandemic is expected to gross at least $25 million and supplant 'The Help' as the No. 1 movie this weekend".L.A.Times Very good,I think.


    I liked the interview with Regis & Kelly.Matt was very sweet.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 9th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Box Office, critics

    Other reports predict it will make $20.3 million, but anything over $20 million (and the number one spot) would be great. It's mostly being sold as Matt's movie, but his role is really small and it is an ensemble movie.

    Here's a summary of a few critics on Matt's performance (though the purpose of this article is unknown):

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 10th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)


    Has anybody seen Contagion yet?
    From: gachyy Date: September 11th, 2011 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)


    It's no the same dress!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 12th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: :)

    I think it is, but re-worked and more fitted. It's got the same issues with the hemline on both dresses.
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