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Charlie Rose, interviews
  • A good interview with Matt and Cameron Crowe on Charlie Rose is now available at the Charlie Rose site. Matt discusses George Clooney, working with John Krasinski and the nature of his friendship with Ben.

  • Cameron Crowe discussed how he worked with Matt on the script of We Bought A Zoo, and the film's most memorable line, in this interview.

    And as with Crowe’s most famous movies, this one comes with another wonderful line that could very well make it onto the list of the most memorable movie quotes: “All you need is twenty seconds of insane courage and I promise you something great will come of it.”

    “That line worked well because it felt natural,” the director says. “I think if a movie makes a pronouncement to the audience, you are dead in the water. It will fall flat. You feel like you are being preached to. What I love is when a character says something that is real so that you think about it later and realize, ‘That’s something I can take with me from this movie. I will remember that.’”

    And although Damon would probably never say so, Crowe noted that, “We wrote that line together… but he’s shy about it… I went to Hawaii to visit him while he was on vacation with his family. He said, ‘Come over and we’ll work on the script.’ So we did and it ended up being one of the greatest collaborative experiences I’ve ever had, and that line came out of it.”

  • A fun junket interview with Matt and the cast by BDK Reviews is at YouTube.

  • The script for Margaret is now available online at the Fox Searchlight For your consideration site.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 28th, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    First of the opinion pieces (aka lots of column inches to fill and nothing much going on)

    And so it begins:


    Part of all this, of course, is a function of actor cycles. Cruise already went through his passion phase and is now returning to the crowd-pleasers that made him a star. (A commercial-minded "Rock of Ages" is next.) Damon is still in the middle of his own auteur-friendly period, having walked away from the Jason Bourne character to try these trickier originals. (An HBO Liberace film is next.) That's a noble, Goslingian thing — and lord knows we'd hate to see any actor lose the ambition gene, especially one with his talent.

    But Damon's box-office futility isn't only a function of risky choices. Some of these Damon films aren't dark dramas at all; His most recent release, for instance, is supposed to be an uplifting, family-friendly film, with animals and cute kids. Yet we don't want to see him do that either. We buy Damon as a mainstream action star, something most actors would kill for — and which he may need to sprinkle in every now and again if he wants to be a draw.

    Edited at 2011-12-28 03:13 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 29th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Australian papers

    Today's Daily Telegraph (and other News Ltd) papers has an interview with Matt and new photos. The photos may be from the same photoshoot as the Parade cover, including Matt in a bear suit with the bear's head beside him. The interview is online:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 29th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Zoo trailer

    Just one more comment about how the Zoo trailer let down the movie and then I'll let it go. One of the sarcastic comments sometimes seen on websites is about the "I quit" scene. Obviously Matt is channeling Jerry McGuire, right? But in the movie, that's not what the scene is about AT ALL! Whoever cut the trailer obviously did everything they could to present that impression - and in doing so, they ripped the scene to bits and made the movie seem cheesy. why are these people so crass?

    OK, last vent.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 30th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Zoo trailer

    It's the lowest common denominator effect - try to make things familiar and don't try to be original.

    Zoo seems to be getting a lot of repeat business (possibly due to the Colin Ford effect, or maybe they're just the most vocal on Twitter).
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: December 29th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The sad/funny thing about the trailer is it made the movie look exactly like the movie Matt didnt want to be a part of, A Disney movie.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 30th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
    Zoo's picking up. As of Wednesday it had made $23.4 million in the US. At one stage I didn't think it was going to beat Elizabethtown's total of $26.8 million.


    After seeing War Horse, I can't believe critics loved that movie (and nominated it for awards) and objected to the sentimentality of Zoo. I thought War Horse was dreadful (enough with the sunsets and foreshadowing already).
    Zoo, top ten tlists - (Anonymous) - Expand
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 30th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Happy new year

    Thanks for keeping such a great site. Hope you and your readers have a happy new year.

    According to some postings on twitter and Facebook it appears Matt is in boston now.
    Also everyone who has seen zoo has loved it(that I have seen). Only one or two that haven't so hopefully it will just get better.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 31st, 2011 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Happy new year

    Thanks for your comments throughout the year. And well spotted - Matt's keeping to his usual schedule of NYE in Boston.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Saw the movie and liked it.

    Zoo is lovely. Has some flaws,but overall, is both interesting and touching. A good show for sure. Very underrated by critics,though (MAYBE 'CAUSE IT'S NOT A MOVIE FOR CYNICS). Matt seemed so sincere in the part. Colin is a success amongst teens and the soundtrack is beautiful (love jònsi)
    There are a large number of positive twitter posts about the movie. Also I'm glad to hear that Zoo's picking up in the US box office, it wouldn't surprise me if ends up with very decent numbers.

    Happy new year, guys. All the best for 2012!! (ړײ)

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 2nd, 2012 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Saw the movie and liked it.

    Thanks Syl
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Zoo box office

    Hollywood Reporter is projecting Zoo's cumulative box office total through Monday to be around $45 million. Strong word of mouth kicking in. Hopefully it can hang around awhile.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 1st, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    GQ video

    Here's the video of the GQ shoot:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 2nd, 2012 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: GQ video

    Love the GQ video and the Charlie Rose interview. The Charlie Rose interview was great, entertaining and quite revealing too, it's so nice to see an actor who is so literate and articulate, his parents (especially his mum) did a great job raising him and his brother Kyle.

    Glad to see Zoo is finding an audience, it opens in the UK soon, but I can't remember the date.

    Love the site, and thanks for all your tireless work over the years. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 2nd, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Zoo box office

    Cute GQ video - thanks.

    Hopefully this won't double post, the site is acting a bit odd for me. Anyway, box office mojo reported that Zoo had "the second-best second weekend bump ever for a movie in over 3,000 theaters. The Cameron Crowe-directed drama is likely benefiting from strong word-of-mouth among family audiences, and it will be interesting to see if that can keep the movie going even after holiday activities wrap up this week. Through 11 days in theaters, We Bought a Zoo has made $44 million.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2012 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    I saw the movie again & I liked it even more

    I forgot to mention it before; the final scene was, for me, the best part of the movie.I think that Matt's performance deserves an Oscar nomination,as well as the cinematography and the Original Score & Original Song.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Vanity Fair

    Matt shares the cover of Vanity Fair with George Clooney and Daniel Craig this month.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Vanity Fair Feb 12


    Just a wee snippet

    Matt Damon, who played a widower twice this year, in Contagion and We Bought a Zoo, is focused on family off the camera—he says that he was happiest in bed making his four children and in the hospital watching them being born. He says that his greatest achievement is his marriage, that his real-life heroes are his parents, and that his favorite names are those of his wife and children. He and Clooney both wish they could play instruments
    Re: Vanity Fair Feb 12 - (Anonymous) - Expand
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Vanity fair


    Kind of unexpected but I seem to recall a tweet in reference to this but Matt was the only mentioned.
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