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More premiere photos, GQ
  • Photos from the premiere are at PopSugar, Zimbio and Lainey Gossip.

  • Video from the premiere is available from: PopSugar, E Online, AP and the New York Post. B-roll footage from the premiere and interviews with cast, crew and executives is available at Trailer Addict. A junket interview with MTV is available here, but isn't available for viewers outside the US. The ET Online video is quoted below, including Matt talking about a recent anniversary gift from Lucy. The show aired different footage of Matt and Scarlett joking about Matt's GQ photo-shoot and shirts that were "eight sizes too small".

    Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Elle Fanning walked the red carpet for the New York City premiere of We Bought a Zoo, where Damon's co-stars talked about what makes him one of the most likable guys in Hollywood.

    "I think he's just incredibly warm and present and gracious," Johansson gushed. "And I think everyone appreciates that, especially from someone who's had as much success as Matt, and has been in it as long as he has. He really has maintained his sort of groundedness. It's very refreshing."

    Current Hollywood "It" girl Elle Fanning echoed the sentiments.

    "I got to see him on set with all his daughters, so I saw him be real dad and movie dad in the film, so that was really neat," she explained. "And he's just such a nice guy."

    Matt, on his favorite recent present
    I just got a really good gift from my wife. It was our anniversary a few days ago. She gave me a dog tag, it has all of our kids birthdays on it, and on the other side it has "In case of emergency call Lucy" and our phone number. I thought that was cool.

  • The Washington Post printed an excerpt of an upcoming interview with Matt and Cameron Crowe about criticism of the film from people who haven't seen it yet:

    Do you find it challenging to be in the entertainment industry and make projects that are non-cynical but also have some brains behind them?

    Damon: I think it’s probably more difficult to be non-cynical and be a critic. I think it probably takes more guts for a critic to admit that this movie gets to them than it will for them to bash it, you know. But I love movies. And a movie like “Jerry Maguire,” for instance — I don’t have any problem admitting that that movie made me cry. And it made me cry a month ago when I saw it again. It just gets to me. I don’t feel like an overly optimistic or overly cynical person, but I do, I will give myself away to a movie as long as the movie doesn’t betray me. So a movie like ”Jerry Maguire” is perfect because I have that cathartic experience, and I don’t feel cheap afterwards, you know?

    But I think that’s harder for movie critics. I remember Anthony Minghella telling me — he was a guest critic for a newspaper in London. He said, “It was incredible how quickly I devolved into vitriol and how I had to restrain myself from being just reductive.” He said, ”And I make movies, and I know how difficult it is even to make a bad movie.” There’s so much work that goes into this. So he goes, “I understand critics better now after having this experience of being critic for a month for this paper.”

  • More of the GQ photo-shoot by Ben Watts is available at Ben's tumblr. Video of the shoot was also shown on ET. Quotes from the interview are below.

    Scott Rudin, the über-producer who worked with Damon on the Coen brothers' True Grit, says he's been a "crazy stalker fan" since he read Good Will Hunting fifteen years ago. And Rudin's regard for Damon has only grown, he says, as he's watched the actor carve his own path through Hollywood.

    "He's done such great things with his stardom," Rudin says, recalling how Damon turned his nonleading role in True Grit—the buffoon with a romantic streak, LaBoeuf—into "the beating heart of the movie." There's something about Damon—a melding of his talent and his public persona—that gives him a "compact with the audience," Rudin says. "And he retains it, whether every movie works or doesn't."

    [Cameron] Crowe has a theory about Damon's elusiveness. "Matt's a guy who skewers pretension. Hourly and by the minute, nothing is going to get pumped up into some lofty thing with Matt around," the director says. "It may not be as subversive as him trying to be tricky about not letting the interviewer get to him. It's more that he would skewer the guy that you mostly read in celebrity interviews. He laughs at that guy. He's very careful to not be that guy."
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 14th, 2011 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)


    Part of the Popsugar interview - Matt talks about his daughters being on set and taking photos with Crystal the monkey.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 14th, 2011 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Today Show

    Matt is scheduled to be on the Today Show at 8.15am this morning.

    He's into the Christmas spirit:

    Even Matt Damon is getting into the ugly Christmas sweater spirit! Photo: http://twitpic.com/7t63nn

    Video of the interview with Matt Lauer and a summary of the interview:

    Edited at 2011-12-14 02:30 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 14th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Great pics!
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: December 14th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Adjustment Bureau was nominated for best Stunts by SAG. It's weird cause it really didn't have a lot of stunts.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 14th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yep, that's really weird.

    Many of the new Bourne stories are erroneously claiming Matt's criticising the script of Legacy. How the story turns through bad journalism.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 15th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)


    Chris Law
    How bout them apples? Matt Damon Al Michaels @RobLowe & Florio Thurs 2:30on NFLN. Audio posts 2nite @nfl.com & iTunes pic.twitter.com/TeB3xFs8

    4:18pm - 14 Dec 11 via Twitter for iPhone

    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: December 15th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 15th, 2011 06:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Rich Eisen

    Matt also appeared on the Rich Eisen podcast which aired today (similar discussion of Patriots issues). In the last couple of days we've found out that Matt's in regular email contact with both Scarlett and Tom Brady.


    Edited at 2011-12-15 08:54 am (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: December 15th, 2011 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Rich Eisen

    Ok stupid question where does matt say he regularly emails Scarlett?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 15th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Rich Eisen

    In the ET video at the premiere. Scarlett's talking about Matt and she says they were emailing each other after the movie finished comparing notes on their gruelling training schedules for their next films.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 15th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Damon Trolls Children Dressed As Santa Claus

    Water.org cofounder Matt Damon decided to hit the malls this Christmas in order to promote the clean water cause in Africa

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 15th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Damon Trolls Children Dressed As Santa Claus

    Thanks to Reddit, this video seems to have a new life, which is great.

    Edited at 2011-12-15 11:09 pm (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: December 15th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Matt makes another appearance on Letterman. This is why I love Matt, no other A lister would do this.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 15th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks - I saw the references but couldn't work out why he would be on the show again.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 15th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New interview


    A interview done in October while still in vancouver. A few new tidbits on Elysium and gold mist.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 15th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New interview

    Thanks - this interview was a surprise.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 16th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Anderson Cooper

    Here's a preview of the Anderson Cooper show, which will air next Wednesday:


    Anderson talks with Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon about the challenges of raising four daughters, the “tag team” parenting system he and his wife Luciana have set up in their home, and his relationship with his best friend, Ben Affleck.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2012 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    He is so hott

    He LOOKS so sweet in these photos. Like vanilla ice cream on a warm springtime day at the fair. I think I need a napkin because I'm drooling over here.
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