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  • Photos of Matt and family walking in New York on Wednesday are at PopSugar and Socialite Life. Photos of Matt at Los Angeles airport on Friday and signing photos for professional autograph hunters are at Zimbio.

  • Matt talked again about how he would like to change his professional name at babycenter.com.

  • Director Alexander Payne talked about wanting to work with Matt at The Guardian:

    In his films Payne tends to juxtapose known actors alongside unknowns or non-professionals – those people who don't know how to be anything but who they are. There are few American stars he'd like to work with, he says, and he names them for me. "I like [Matt] Damon. Did you see him in The Informant? That guy is a disciplined actor. I want to work with Clooney again, I want to work with Giametti again. I like guys who will do anything, who don't have vanity – somebody who's a real full person, not just an ambitious actor."

  • Steven Soderbergh talks about pranking Matt for the retirement rumors at NY magazine:

    Do you regret calling it a "retirement," or at least telling Matt Damon when you thought he was drunk that you wanted a break?
    Soderbergh: [Laughs.] I've always said that Matt is a terrific actor. I'm stunned by his recall. He appeared to be very drunk at the time. Let's just say this: If Matt is able to be so good an actor that he can transform himself into a red-faced, puffy-looking, slurring companion, and that's just acting, then I'm doubly impressed. He had me fooled. He looked really lit. But you can't trust these actors, can you? They could be faking it. Or maybe I'm just gullible. I got fooled. So maybe I blew it, because he was actually just acting drunk, and I thought he was drunk, so that's a double bad on me. I should have known! [Laughs.]

    Perhaps you owe him a prank in return.
    There's a lot of opportunity for pranks. And he does spend an inordinate amount of time in a hot tub, so I'll get working on that. It's not going to be small. It'll end up on the news.

  • A story on the Toronto toy store used in Good Will Hunting is at The Star.

  • Another photo of Matt from the GQ photo shoot by Ben Watts is at matthewpaigedamon tumblr:

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 15th, 2012 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Back in ny?

    If a twitter post is to be believed Matt was spotted back in ny on Saturday night. The pics at lax appear to be at night. I guess he just spent the day in la.? Quick trip.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 15th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back in ny?

    As I wrote in a late comment (previous post) - Matt may have gone to LA for the day to participate in a Paramount Pictures photo. The photo was mentioned in a column by Roger Friedman with no reference to Matt:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 16th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back in ny?

    And he doesn't seem to have been at the photo shoot according to this NY Post report:

    There was a Twitter spotting on Friday as part of the mysterious LA trip - anyone want to guess the location? Airport lounge or doctor's office?
    via: http://twitter.com/#!/CMartelly
    My daddy and matt damon http://pic.twitter.com/mzoNFRMd

    Edited at 2012-01-16 10:41 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back in ny?

    I think your guesses are good ones - obviously he was someplace with 'institutional'decor. Maybe a dentist?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back in ny?

    Are we sure that pic was actually taken Friday? When I first saw the pic I thought of the Haiti trip. That is the same outfit from Haiti minus the cap. Its still possible he was part of the picture but wasn't mentioned in the ny post. We wait & see I guess
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 16th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back in ny?

    You could be right. I blame Matt and his limited wardrobe.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 17th, 2012 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back in ny?

    Here's video of Matt signing for the paparazzi guys late Friday night in LA. He says he was late to the airport and the paparazzi knew he was coming:


    Edited at 2012-01-17 07:37 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 18th, 2012 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back in ny?

    Another video by a paparazzi - Matt was in town for 12 hours.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 18th, 2012 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back in ny?

    It's incredible how the paps know when he's coming and going. Wonder if they know why he was in town.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 17th, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back in ny?

    Yes, now that I think of it, it's unlikely a doctor's office in LA would still have a Christmas tree in the lobby in the middle of January.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 15th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I didn't know that Matt would like to change his professional name. But I've heard before (don't remember where) that Lucy calls him Matthew. Which I found more age appropriate and more distinguished. I also heard that he uses Matthew when he checks in at the hotels and stuff like that. Matt is a great name,but I definitely like Matthew better.

    And the Soderbergh story about pranking Matt for the retirement rumors was very funny. Sounds like they are true buddies.

    PS: Matt looks SOOOO FINE wearing sun glasses in that photo from GQ!! :)

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 15th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    He looks wonderful!

    Fit and healthy looking -- like, Jason Bourne!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Vanity Fair Questionnaire

    So I finally got my hands on the Vanity Fair with Matt, and read the rest of his answers. He said he wouldn't name his greatest fear because he didn't want to "give it a voice". He said that there is no one he despises in the world (!) and that the depths of misery is to "have hatred in your heart". The person he most admires is Nelson Mandela, his heroes are his parents. He says he wishes he could play all instruments, and be fluent in the language of music.
    He sort of refused to answer questions like "What would you change about yourself?" and "What do you most dislike about your looks?" by saying if I could change something I would, if not I don't think about it, I don't spend time thinking about my looks, etc. And he also said he would change "absolutely nothing" about his family and that true happiness was having his healthy/happy children within an arm's reach. He said he originally thought that Lucy was the love of his life, but "then I met our four kids".

    I like his answers to the questionnaire (better than, say, Daniel Craig, who avoided or joked on every question), but I was very surprised that he didn't admit to despising anyone in the world (George Clooney said he hated the President of Northern Sudan).

    I also just saw "We Bought a Zoo" and while the first half wasn't as well-crafted as I was expecting, the 2nd definitely made up for it....very beautiful.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 16th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Vanity Fair Questionnaire

    Thanks very much Grace - the issue still isn't available in Australia. I like that he wouldn't name his greatest fear, did name Mandela, and that he took the answers seriously.

    Having just seen The Descendants, I agree (I think with Paula) that it's a better movie than Zoo, but not as emotionally affecting. And every moment of Descendants was Oscar bait (let everyone cry, then let them scream)... But funny to recognise the Kaui beaches through previous paparazzi shots (and photos by tourists) of Matt.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 18th, 2012 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)


    Jeremy Renner was an easy target for Universal - they've signed him for multiple Bourne movies. Matt never signed for more than one at a time.

    If Bourne works, Renner will have another franchise — Universal has signed him for multiple pictures.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 18th, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne

    Bourne will work. It's both a prestigious and a successful franchise, something quite unusual these days. Renner is not a bad actor and Gilroy is a decent director. People waited 5 years for another movie of the Bourne saga and although they are a little disoriented and frustrated because Matt is not in the movie, they will see it anyway. In August of 2007, "TBU" made nearly $ 70 million in its opening weekend. I don't think "Legacy" would reach that figure (not even close), but "TBI" in 2002 made ​​$ 22 million in its opening and was considered a success. So, I think that any number greater than that, will work.

    As for me,all what I want is to see Matt as Jason Bourne again,to give all his fans a better end of the story.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 18th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bulged pic

    There's an interesting story in the Boston Herald about Wahlberg's tacky effort to grab onto Whitey Bulger. It looks like Boston has Wahlberg figured out pretty well. Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 18th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bulged pic

    He's always been an a$$ and likes to talk a lot of, well you know. But this coupled with his comments about how he could have saved the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on 9/11. Just wow. I'll be nice and leave it at that.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 20th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bulged pic

    Saw that comment about what Marky Mark said -- typical b__sh__ from him. He is a horse's ass.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 18th, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Paparazzi photos

    Matt and Lucy were photographed with Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky in St Barts. Maybe there's a third party such as an agent who's connected to both?



    Edited at 2012-01-18 11:36 pm (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: January 19th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Paparazzi photos

    After all the working out for Elysum I excepted Matt's body to be better.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 19th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Paparazzi photos

    No gym sightings (but a lot of dinner sightings) since he finished Elysium in early Dec.

    Edited at 2012-01-19 12:23 am (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: January 19th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Paparazzi photos

    He would have to be eating none stop for the past month to put on the weight. I guess he just wasn't in as good of shape as I thought. We will see in 2013.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 19th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Paparazzi photos

    And we know he had a shirtless shot in the movie via the Elle magazine interview where he said he could drink milk again.

    Here's more on the yacht 'Plan B' (which was a former Australian navy vessel) - trying to find out the owner:

    Edited at 2012-01-19 01:13 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 19th, 2012 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Paparazzi photos

    In the comments section of the daily mail article, someone is claiming that brad Pitt owns the yacht. Don't know if that's true but he did have a production co. of the same name when he & Jennifer aniston were married so maybe they're mistaken.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 19th, 2012 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Paparazzi photos

    It's not Pitt's boat, but the claim has come up before (because it has the same name). The yacht has previously hosted celebs like Di Caprio, Norton etc.

    BTW, most of the photos with a caption of Lucy on the slide are incorrect - it's another guest. She's only pictured on the slide in one photo (Daily Mail, captioned as Elsa).

    Edited at 2012-01-19 07:14 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 19th, 2012 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Movie on track

    The movie formerly known as Gold Mist now seems to be at Universal and heading for an April/May start (with Liberace due to start in July).


    As we feared, Warner Bros. has finally dropped plans to make Matt Damon's untitled next movie about a small-town salesman -- which he'd once intended to make his directorial debut on -- despite the fact that Gus Van Sant has come aboard to direct the film, which boasts an original script by Dave Eggers that was rewritten by Damon and John Krasinski. But despair not, McSweeney’s subscribers! We now also hear that Universal Pictures, eager to for a rapprochement with the studio's itinerant Jason Bourne, is in negotiations with Damon and his team about backing and distributing the $15 million drama. If the deal closes as expected this month, it could be shooting by late April or early May, and potentially paves the way for Damon's signature franchise to be re-Bourne.
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