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Rounders 2, Zoo previews
  • The theaters and cities showing We Bought A Zoo on November 26 are available at The Uncool. A television advertisement promoting the screening is available here.

  • The We Bought A Zoo world premiere will be on December 12 in New York. Australian residents can win a trip to the premiere through a promotion at OK Magazine.

  • Harvey Weinstein discussed Rounders 2 and Matt at CNN:

    This is also the reason why he can consider something like a follow-up to 1998's "Rounders" at a time when Hollywood is deluged with never-ending franchises.

    "I’m entertaining the idea of doing a 'Rounders' sequel because there’s a side of the story that we haven’t told. I want to do it because there’s something that we didn’t say."

    Weinstein says he has met with Matt Damon and writers David Levien and Brian Koppelman to hear out the story and create a road map for the script.

    "I feel Matt [Damon's] passion, I feel like he’s one of those great citizens of our industry...and he’s also one of our great actors. And I know Edward [Norton] wants to do it too...and I think the two of them know that they have this magic."

  • From an article at New York Magazine about actress Michelle Williams, and whether she wants a higher level of fame:

    This [un-named] producer cautions that the issue isn't the fact that Williams makes her home in Brooklyn with her young daughter; additional West Coast hobnobbing wouldn't change her status, he believes. "There are people like George Clooney who reek of 'movie star,' and he’s rarely on the case. Matt Damon doesn’t at all, either. They’ll do what they need to, sure, but he’s not working it either. She isn't working it, either, and she has a certain mystique; I am not sure [the rest of] America even knows who she is."

  • Matt and Gary White will be appearing on Christiane Amanpour's show This Week (ABC) on Sunday to promote water.org.

    Plus, actor and activist Matt Damon is focusing his attention on something many of us take for granted: access to clean water. Nearly a billion people worldwide lack access to safe water supplies, with over 3.5 million people dying each year from water-related diseases. Damon and Gary White, co-founders of Water.org, come to "This Week" to explain how access to clean water and sanitation can change the health and economic lives of billions in need.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 25th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Zoo clip

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 26th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Gold Mist

    Matt's directorial debut, currently titled "Gold Mist", is in the early stages of production - some early listings on various sites:

    Start date (what we already knew):
    GOLD MIST - Spring, 2012 - East Coast; Details Are only Available By Subscription.. (Posted: November 15, 2011)

    Production Weekly has had a few listings (can't access details):
    Listed under Gold Mist on 10 November and earlier as 'Untitled Krasinski/Damon Project'.

    Edited at 2011-11-26 03:19 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 26th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Preview screenings

    If anybody's able to see 'We Bought A Zoo' today, please leave your comments on the site.

    First response by a critic - Lou Lumenick at the NY Post:

    Cameron Crowe's WE BOUGHT A ZOO a delightful surprise. Damon wonderful, even liked ScarJo. Sneaking on 800+ screens tonight

    Expect most critic reviews to be up tonight or tomorrow.

    Edited at 2011-11-26 11:55 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 27th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Preview screenings

    That's so great to hear a positive early review, and nice to know that "ScarJo" isn't insufferable :) I also liked the two preview scenes, especially the house-hunting one - very sweet!
    Unfortunately it won't be out in my area until Christmas-time, I guess I'll wait another month :/

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 27th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Saw the Movie

    Saw the screening of We Bought A Zoo tonight. All I can say is bravo! It was amazing! I was concerned it would not live up to my expectations, as I loved the book. I am also a huge MTt Damon fan and I wanted him to be great in this movie. Well, his performance and the overall movie exceeded my expectations. The cast was fabulous, including ScarJo. The little girl was unbelievable too. Benjamin Mee has a brief cameo at the end, so look for him. My entire family loved this movie....my husband, college age kids and my high schoolers. will recommend to everyone
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 27th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)


    Fantastic - thanks very much for the review. The consensus seems to be that it won't get any awards (apart from maybe the Globes) but it's a commercial return to form for Cameron Crowe.

    Here's a few other comments/semi-reviews:



    @ScottFeinberg Initial FB/Twitter reactions to #WEBOUGHTAZOO have been way better than expected

    firstshowingAlex Billington
    Aw, We Bought a Zoo was absolutely wonderful. Filled my heart with joy and happiness, lots of incredible moments. Jónsi's score for Oscar.

    MattDentlerMatt Dentler
    "We Bought A Zoo" is "Field of Dreams" with tigers instead of baseball players. A great father-son movie.

    Playlist review:

    Variety liked Matt's performance but didn't like the film, but Drew at HitFix did:

    Edited at 2011-11-27 09:31 am (UTC)
    Re: Reviews - (Anonymous) - Expand
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 27th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
    just watched matt on this week. looks good in black. l hope the bad press they are putting out there will soon go away .maybe it was a bad judgment call but he doesnt deserve ithe will always be number one in my books as a actor and a human being.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 27th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Interview on This Week with Gary White:

    More Elysium photos from Mexico:

    Strong Hollywood Reporter review:
    But the uplifting tale has heart, humanity and a warmly empathetic central performance from Matt Damon. To quote his character, “It has lots of cool animals too.”

    The force that binds the disparate characters together and anchors the story in emotional truth is Damon’s Benjamin. His struggle gives the movie a soulful pull, even at its most predictable. Whether he’s pleading with an ailing Bengal tiger not to give up the will to live, lost in melancholy solitude or yelling in frustration at his son about a shared pain that neither of them can express, Damon brings integrity and intrinsic decency to a character just searching for the courage to emerge from grief.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 28th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)


    This is very encouraging!

    From rotten tomatoes box office wrap-up:

    Fox got some strong buzz going for its Cameron Crowe drama We Bought a Zoo starring Matt Damon thanks to roughly 800 sneak previews on Saturday. The studio reported sell outs in all types of markets throughout the heartland and the coasts with an average capacity of 70-75%. The PG-rated film skewed towards adult women with females making up 57% of the crowd and 65% being 25 and older. An incredibly high 95% of those polled rated the film as "excellent" or "very good" so positive feedback is already building.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 28th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Zoo

    Yep, it was a great start.
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