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Life lessons, various
  • A collection of photos to celebrate Matt's birthday last Saturday is at PopSugar.

  • A new Happy Feet 2 trailer which includes Matt's krill character is at Cinema Blend.

  • The Adjustment Bureau will be adapted for television by the Syfy network:

    The concept is being adapted by former "Smallville" exec-producers Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin, who are serving as executive-producers on the project along with George Nolfi, who wrote, directed and produced the feature.

  • Elysium should finish filming in Vancouver this week before heading to Mexico.

  • A collection of quotes by Matt have been made into an article at the The Sun on the topic of 'What I wish I had known at 18' - some excerpts:

    I wish I had known at 18 that if your happiness is tied to success and what Hollywood thinks of you, you are in trouble.
    I also wish I had not been in such a hurry — and known all rejection from Hollywood was nothing personal.
    As a kid, I had idols and sports heroes. I would put on the Sony Walkman and, for an hour, was Eric Clapton, playing air guitar.
    The film changed my life. I suddenly had offers to work with great directors. After years of struggling, I had plenty. I hit a point in my late twenties when I was travelling and working non-stop. It took years before I felt like myself again.
    The whole thing was like an out-of-body experience, with the way I behaved. But the weird thing about fame is the world remains the same. It is just the way people treat you that changes. You want a new suit? Armani give you one. It arrives and fits perfectly. You want a set of golf clubs? You get one — free.
    So whenever I read about famous actors suffering "pressure" I wonder: "What are you talking about?"
    When I met Luciana, who was working at a bar in Miami, it was a big change. We joked I was with a civilian, not an actress. It was like having a fresh pair of eyes looking at my life. She saw things I didn't see any more, like how people treat you differently.
    She would say: "That was weird." And it reminded me that my life is weird.
    It was the start of a great relationship.
    These are things you don't think of at 18. Actors come and go. I know the deal.
    You breathe this rarefied air for a very short time. I could not have understood that at 18.

  • A good photo via DarkStar77 tumblr.

  • 11 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 10th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Sun

    A lovely collection of quotes, from one of the UK's worst tabloids! Love the picture, thanks for posting. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 10th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt to narrate


    According to this Matt going to narrate a lance Armstrong documentary.

    Also saw a tweet where it seems Matt was at park again in NYC. Wonder if he's done Vancouver
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 10th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt to narrate

    It's a holiday today in Vancouver so he may be back for filming on Tuesday.

    The Lance Armstrong doc was announced last year - I was expecting it to be released this year but there have been no further announcements.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: October 11th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Looks like Liberace is now going to be a tv movie for HBO instead of going to the big screen.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 11th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    At least it assures a bigger audience - likely to be released at the end of 2012.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 12th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    HBO by default

    Here's a likely real reason why it's going to HBO via a comment at Deadline:

    The script was one of the best I’ve read in a long time…it’s a shame no studio would step up after Warner’s balked…but HBO is better than none

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    the popsugar photos

    Just a random thought from the popsugar photos: Everytime I look at Ocean's 12 casual photos I'm struck by the difference in body language between Matt and Lucy and Brad and Jennifer. Matt and Lucy are cuddled together, overtly loving and affectionate, and Jennifer and Brad are sitting on opposite sides of the boat looking in opposite directions. I know it's just one photo but I've noticed it several times from pictures of that period. We'll never know for sure, but I can't help but wonder if seeing Matt and Lucy together made Brad realize his relationship was not what he wanted.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: the popsugar photos

    You're right they are in stark contrast. It was at the end of that year they separated. Lucy & Matt were in the dating stage during that time but I find they are still affectionate.

    On a different note just read the liberace film will be a hbo film.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 11th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Yep - Liberace is going to HBO without a theatrical release:



    The movie begins production next summer and will shoot in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Springs.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Liberace

    I think it's very gracious of Matt to continue to be involved with this project even as it heads to HBO. The budget will take a huge hit and after all, it's primarily Douglas's vehicle. Sometimes I wish he were more selfish.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Liberace

    Matt said before they needed about $30 million for the project to do it properly, but that's likely to be revised now it's at HBO.

    I think it's still a great role for him and he wants to get it made, so the new direction at HBO shouldn't be significant. And we know how quickly Soderbergh works so it should be a reasonably quick shoot (seemingly now in July rather than June).
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