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We bought a zoo, water.org
  • There's a feature on Cameron Crowe and We Bought A Zoo at the New York Times. Another photo was also at USA Today:

    Mr. Damon attested to Mr. Crowe’s nurturing ways. “He’s what all the great directors are: really collaborative,” he said. “He trusts and is open to ideas from everyone who works for him, not just the actors. That makes the working environment electric because everybody goes to work knowing they can have a huge impact.”

    Mr. Damon, who has made films with Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Steven Soderbergh and other big-league directors, said Mr. Crowe played music from his iPod via speakers during takes, often the exact songs that ended up in the film, to establish a mood. “I’ve never seen anyone do that,” he said.

    For a particularly difficult scene in which Mr. Damon’s character, alone late at night, looks tearfully at photos of his dead wife on his laptop, Mr. Crowe cued up “Sinking Friendships,” by the Icelandic singer Jon Thor Birgisson (who performs as Jonsi), the song that accompanies the scene in the finished film. “It played throughout the entire sequence and really helped me — it was amazing— in ways I can’t even say,” Mr. Damon said. “It allows the actor to understand what movie they’re in.”

  • PepsiCo has granted water.org a grant of $8 million to support WaterCredit initiatives. Matt, Gary White, President Bill Clinton and PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi attended an event to support the initiative on Thursday - a photo is from the Twitter of Lynn Taliento:

    PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, and Water.org announced today an expansion of their partnership to scale WaterCredit, a market-driven model that will provide micro loans to families throughout India. This expansion will help enable approximately 800,000 people to access safe water by March 2016. The commitment is built upon a long-standing partnership between the PepsiCo Foundation and Water.org and is made possible by an $8 million grant – the largest contribution by the Foundation in its 50-year history.

  • A late sighting from People:

    Talk about a star-studded outing! Jeremy Renner was in the Big Apple, partying at 1920 Bunker Club in the Meatpacking District when he ran into Matt Damon. Renner, who will soon star in the next installment of the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy, chatted up the actor for some time. Damon, meanwhile, was out for the night with pal John Krasinski and wife Emily Blunt.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 29th, 2011 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Filming next week in Mexico City

    I can't access the whole story, but the opening paragraph says Matt will be traveling to Mexico City next week to continue filming Elysium.

    Can anybody else access the rest of the story? It seems to be only available to subscribers of the paper.


    The same report is now at another site:

    The filming appears to be for a few weeks mainly at Churubusco Studios in Mexico City with some filming to take place in areas around the City. (Let me know if my translation is wrong.)

    Edited at 2011-10-29 12:21 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 29th, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming next week in Mexico City

    Your translation is correct. Hopefully he doesn't have to leave until after Monday so he can trick or treat with the girls. (Its Halloween on Monday)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 30th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming next week in Mexico City

    I love that picture of Matt used for the Mexican article, I've never seen it before. He looks gorgeous!

    I wish we didn't have to wait until March 2013 to see Elysium...and it seems doubtful now that 'Zoo' will be pushed back because of the Ohio incident, right? I never thought that it would (or should) affect that film's release. People have probably forgotten all about it by now.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 30th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming next week in Mexico City

    I hadn't seen that photo before either - must be from a few months ago. And the early press on Zoo is continuing, which is a good sign. I don't think people will forget, but hopefully they can move on.

    ETA: Here's a larger colour version of the photo:

    Edited at 2011-10-31 09:37 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 31st, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming next week in Mexico City

    I think all that is required for Zoo to progress forward is the removal of one line from the trailer - which was a strange line to include in the trailer in the first place, imo.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 29th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ask Men Top 49 2011

    Matt at no21


    for some odd reason Charlie Sheen is no8 - strange what the heck has he done
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 30th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ask Men Top 49 2011

    It seems to be the same survey as the one I've previously posted - Matt is at #40 for 2011.

    Edited at 2011-10-30 02:44 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 1st, 2011 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Sunlight Jr

    From: oppenikyt Date: November 1st, 2011 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
    My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 2nd, 2011 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
    If this isn't spam, thanks for the comment.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 1st, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)


    New article by Matt and Gary White launches a water section at Huffington Post:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 2nd, 2011 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Vanity Fair

    Scarlett Johansson is on the cover of December's Vanity Fair to promote We Bought A Zoo, but none of the advance press seems to mention her role in the film.

    Matt's mentioned on the cover in reference to Scarlett so he's obviously quoted, but relevant text isn't available yet.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 2nd, 2011 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Zoo poster

    From: krawczykuxy Date: November 2nd, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Great work keep it coming, best blog on earth

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 2nd, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
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    Well matt's in mexico.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 2nd, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Filming apparently started on Tuesday. Matt's in similar gear to the early pics in Vancouver.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 2nd, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New international trailer for Zoo

    Includes new scenes:


    The cover of the soundtrack album is pretty adorable:


    Edited at 2011-11-02 09:43 pm (UTC)
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