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Elysium filming in Mexico
  • A few reports on the filming of Elysium in Mexico are at Record.com and tvnotas. A more detailed report, including anecdotes from the set, is at El Norte. In the article Matt's described as very kind, modest and professional on the set. William Fichtner is also in the Mexico scenes.

  • From a Happy Feet Two review at the Hollywood Reporter:

    A more engaging quest of identity than Erik's, all the more appealing for being so absurd, centers on a pair of krill energetically vocalized by Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. Resembling tiny red shrimp, krill exist in uncountable numbers at the lowest end of the underwater food chain, there to be scooped up by the mouthful by a multitude of predators.

    No creatures could be more anonymous or less prone individualization, so when Will proclaims his unique identity--”I am one in a krillion,” he insists in just one of many such puns—it's hard to not to be taken in by such unlikely hubris. Not only that, but the interplay between Damon and Pitt is especially spirited, giving their scenes an energy that feels natural rather than cranked up by music and in-your-face effects.

  • A report from Sunday's premiere is at the Herald Sun:

    [Director George] Miller hired plenty of Australian voice actors, with Magda Szubanski, Hugo Weaving, Anthony LaPaglia and Richard Carter voicing characters alongside Williams, Vergara, Wood and Hollywood A-listers Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, who play krill named Will and Bill.

    "Brad and Matt sing in the film," Miller said.

    "Matt surprised me as he can really sing. Brad can't."

  • A new detail about Behind the Candelabra from a French interview:

    Soon you will make your seventh film with Soderbergh?
    This summer! It's Behind the Candelabra, a biography of Liberace, the pianist, who will be played by Michael Douglas. I will play his young lover, with whom he had a very stormy relationship.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 14th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)


    As posted in the comments section of the previous post, a photo of Matt, Lucy, John and Emily in NY a few weeks ago is at this blog posting. The venue is probably the 1920 Bunker Club:

    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: November 15th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    In the new Entertainment weekly (the holiday issue) they interview Jeremy Renner and he says that Bunker Club was for John's bday. He also says that he spoke with Matt about working on the Bourne movie, but doesn't say what they talked about.

    Also I skimmed the Vanity fair with Scarlett on the cover and although the cover mentions Matt I didnt see any quotes from him in the interview. He is only mentioned in the article when talking about the movie as "the actor people love to love" and that him and Crowe worked with Scarlett on the script to flesh out her character.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 15th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    I ran across a snippet of Jeremy renner talking about hesitating to take Bourne because he didn't want to lose his anonymity. ( I guess he's assuming it will be a hit). It was linked to someones tumbler via twitter. When i read that the bunker run in came to mind.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 16th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    Thanks for the items. Interesting that he thinks he won't lose his anonymity by appearing in Mission Impossible and Avengers amongst many other films. Thought he could have given credit to Matt and/or the role (which he's not actually taking over) in that quote.

    Still trying to find the complete Scarlett VF interview on the Scarlett fansites.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 16th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos


    Here's where he talks about it if you're interested in his point of view.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 16th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    Here's the scans of Jeremy Renner's article from EW. I thought there was a karaoke bar involved that night:


    Quote: “He says he’s still beat from the previous night when he was belting out James Brown’s “Living in America” with Damon at John Krasinski’s karaoke birthday party downtown. (Yes, he and Damon discussed their torch-passing on the series. And no, he won’t spill any of the details on what was said.)

    (I love in the article that when Ben's talking about what 'someone' said he forgot or chose to ignore that it was Matt's brother Kyle.)

    Here's the start of the Vanity Fair article with that quote about Matt:

    Edited at 2011-11-16 06:52 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 16th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Zoo soundtrack

    Here's the original song from Jonsi and Cameron Crowe for Zoo:


    There will be an article on the music in the film in Variety later this week.

    Update: here's the article:

    Unlike past Crowe movies, there are only a handful of needle drops in "Zoo," including tracks from Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Neil Young, Randy Newman, Wilco, Yusef Islam, Bon Iver, Temple of the Dog, and Bob Dylan. "I just had a feeling that this was the movie where we could do more score than ever before," Crowe says.

    Edited at 2011-11-16 12:15 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 16th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Zoo to sceen over Thanksgiving

    800 screen launch for We Bought A Zoo a month out from release:


    Matt's also doing interviews (presumably) for Zoo - from an Australian journalist:

    rahnisadler Rahni Sadler
    @rahnisadler @IntuitiveFS @ryannorthover Fun! Just back from interviewing Matt Damon. Couldn't be a stronger contrast with crabby Brad P.

    Edited at 2011-11-16 09:23 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 17th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Zoo to sceen over Thanksgiving

    The Rahni Sadler interview will air on Seven's 'Sunday Night' program this Sunday. Preview video is already on the site, and Matt's talking about Heath Ledger:


    The Amazing Matt Damon

    The Oscar-winning star reveals why he'll never get over the death of mate Heath Ledger. Plus, a world exclusive look at his latest movie, We Bought A Zoo. We also meet the man whose life story inspired the film.

    Edited at 2011-11-17 01:14 am (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: November 17th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Zoo to sceen over Thanksgiving

    This looks like a great interview I hope it's online or someone tapes it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 17th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Zoo to sceen over Thanksgiving

    Wow that was quick but I have a question. I know her tweet says she just got back from interviewing him (that would mean she went to Mexico right?) but in the preview video if you look at the clap board thing the date reads 10/25/11. He would have been in new York then. I think remember him doing interviews during that time via some tweets. No big deal really. I'm looking forward the interview. Don't remember him saying anything really about Heath since his death or about his death really. Looks good.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 17th, 2011 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Zoo to sceen over Thanksgiving

    He made some comments about Heath in print interviews a few years ago, but hasn't been asked previously on video (that I've seen).

    It looks like video from the show or the transcript will be available online (I've never seen the program before and it's a local show for me).

    Rahni probably meant in the tweet that she's just back from the US as she's based in Australia. And great pick up on the date!

    The twitter post from the Japanese journalist who interviewed Matt was from 26 October.

    Another preview of the 'Sunday Night' interview:

    This week the hottest nice guy in Hollywood, Matt Damon, sits down with Rahni Sadler to talk about everything – his life, his family and memories of his best mate Heath Ledger. Matt’s new film – We Bought A Zoo – is garnering serious Oscar buzz. It’s a not to be missed interview with a box office superstar.

    This tumblr poster keeps adding new Zoo stills:

    Edited at 2011-11-17 09:13 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 18th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Zoo to sceen over Thanksgiving

    Looking forward to seeing this interview on Sunday. Thanks for posting as I don't watch this show and probably would have missed it!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 17th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)



    Don't know if this is a legit interview but it appears to be for press for contagion. New quotes and some old but they have a couple of things wrong.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 17th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: interview

    They had a lot of things wrong. I don't think it's legit and just a bad collage of previous interviews with some made up linking sentences.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 17th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: interview


    This is a 22 sec audio clip of Matt comparing acting to golf. You can not perfect b/c every role is different. It's saying this is coming from a press conference for zoo. Didn't know there had been one yet or is this incorrect.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 18th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: interview

    I think it's from the interviews in NY that happened in late October. There will be a further press conference to promote the film, including TV interviews, in December.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 18th, 2011 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Vanity Fair?

    Don't know if this Twitter post is legit:

    MrSethStewart: Just did a gig with Joey B, and have to be up at 4am for a Vanity Fair shoot with Anne Lebowitz and Matt Damon... I do it!!
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