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Contagion, projects
  • Contagion continues to do well at the box office and has now made a total of $45.2 million after two weeks.

  • Gus Van Sant discussed Matt and Ben writing Good Will Hunting and their follow-up project at Indiewire.

  • Matt was discussed as a contender for another Steven Soderbergh project, but Indiewire claims Matt will be directing Father Daughter Time at the same time - this has not been verified.

    Another name that everyone likes, including the director, is Matt Damon, who loved the script and didn’t even worry about Jason Bourne comparisons. This could have easily been a done deal that all parties would have loved, but Damon’s busy gearing up to shoot his directorial debut in February starring John Krasinski – the same month that ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E’ is planning on shooting, so he’s out.

  • Bourne Supremacy actor Tim Griffin discussed working with Matt at Flick Direct:

    FlickDirect: What did Matt Damon do after he broke your nose in Bourne Identity?

    Tim Griffin: Matt is one of those people I love to work with. People who have worked with me have more than once gone on immediately to win an Oscar -- it happened to George Clooney. Matt Damon. It is not my doing, but it is cool. I was a huge fan of Bourne, so when I got the call to do the second one I was really thrilled. Bourne is James Bond for our generation, and Matt really does a great job with that character. And as you have heard, he couldn't be nicer, and he is very intelligent. He is really accessible. We were talking baseball and stuff. He remembered me from a show with Ben Affleck years ago. He also remembered he used to come to our sets to eat our food because you were supporting our rent!

    FlickDirect: After he hit you, what did he do?

    Tim Griffin: We kept going. The best thing is that we made it on film. Greenglass is an eccentric British Director (he does the accent). He had no idea anything had gone wrong, so he kept rolling; but Matt did and the fight coordinator did so as soon as he said "Cut" it was "MEDIC!!" It was a happy accident that it made the shot - I am glad we kept it.

  • A new project for water.org is discussed at Yahoo.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 21st, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Apparently shameless Bourne rip-off Abduction will not be screening for critics. Oh, yeah, it's baaaaaaad. Delighted. Now just have to hope it will bomb at the box office, too.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 21st, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Abduction

    And they've already announced they want to make it a series. He may be a nice guy and very ambitious, but he can't act.

    Edited at 2011-09-21 01:52 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 22nd, 2011 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Happy Feet 2

    We can see (and hear) Matt's character for the first time in two new TV spots for Happy Feet 2:


    Official website:

    Official website for Margaret:

    Edited at 2011-09-22 10:28 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 23rd, 2011 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Turkey burgers

    I keep seeing references to people thinking Matt's in a new ad for turkey burgers. Is the voice close? I presume it's not Matt.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2011 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Turkey burgers

    I thought it was a joke but I have seen a few references too. I think it started on Emmy night. Haven't seen/heard it so can't comment.

    Also I think it's funny how he's been 'spotted' in NYC & Boston last couple of days but it does seem he's filming in Vancouver. He sure has a lot of doppelgängers. 
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 23rd, 2011 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Turkey burgers

    So many fake sightings.

    This post of an hour or so back hasn't been verified by anybody else:

    candyscane: My mom says Matt Damon is filming at 29th and Marine right now with no shirt on and blood all over his chest
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 26th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)



    A link to an article about Elysium.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 26th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    Thanks, I was just going to post that. A pretty good summary of Matt's time in Vancouver, but the start date is wrong (he arrived at the end of June).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 27th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    I wonder if he's in Vancouver for these last two days of filming. Saw a tweet that filming in Mexico begins in October. I wonder if he'll do a little press for happy feet. If not will be waiting for the we bought a zoo press.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 27th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    No idea at the moment. A recent article with Diego Luna (I'll post it later) said that filming will be in Mexico from mid-October. So I'm not sure if they'll take a break between the two main locations.
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