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  • Matt attended the 'One Hundred Gala Event' for the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in Boston on Thursday. Lucy did not attend, but Matt's brother Kyle and father Kent were there. Reports are at the Boston Herald, Boston Globe and WDGH.

    Matt Damon may be one of the hardest-working guys in Hollywood – he’s got three films in the works right now – but he was still available to emcee Thursday’s fund-raiser for the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center. The evening, honoring 100 people and groups who’ve helped advance the fight against cancer, is near and dear to Damon because his dad, Kent, has been treated at MGH for multiple myeloma. (Kent was there with wife Celeste.) As guests were filing into the Westin Boston Waterfront, the actor talked about his connection to the event.

    "Obviously, it’s a great chance to honor these incredible people who are doing a lot for the cancer community,” Damon said, “and it’s a nice thing for my dad and I to be able to do it together.” Of course, we had to ask about his work, including the status of the much-ballyhooed Whitey Bulger biopic. “They’re writing a script so there’s not much to say,” he said. “It’d have to be a great script, but we have Terry Winter writing and he’s a great screenwriter.”

    Damon told us he was sorry to miss the Celtics game. ¬“I think there will be a lot of doctors checking their iPhones. I’m sure some of the honorees will be mentioning the score.” But there was no doubt who he was rooting for: “That team has given us so much more than we ever could have asked for, so I’m enjoying it.”

  • To mark 15 years since the release of Good Will Hunting, a new DVD will be released with new interviews and retrospectives.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt and his Dad

    That really is a lovely photo of Matt and his Dad, Kent is looking well
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 9th, 2012 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Magnificent Seven rumor

    This is highly unlikely, considering the source (The Sun, a UK tabloid), but a new casting rumor:


    Matt Damon has signed up to star alongside Tom Cruise in the remake of The Magnificent Seven.

    The Bourne Identity star will play Vin, the character Steve McQueen played in the original.

    Small shoes to fill, then...

    A source said: “MGM are throwing big money at the film and wanted some top names to fill the main parts.

    “You can’t get much bigger than Cruise and Damon.”

    Tom will play Yul Brynner’s role as Chris. Morgan Freeman may be villain Calvera, while Kevin Costner could play Britt.

    Edited at 2012-06-09 03:45 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 9th, 2012 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Some good footage of Matt in Geronimo in this tumblr post:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 10th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)


    Video of Matt in his Celtics shirt trying to leave the Westin Boston after the event on 7 June:


    Matt jokes about his father, staying grounded in Boston, reads out the names of young recipients at the Boston event and makes a donation:


    Edited at 2012-06-11 03:09 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 13th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Behind the Candelabra

    New cast members for Behind the Candelabra include Debbie Reynolds and Rob Lowe:


    Scott Bakula has now been added to the cast as a choreographer, while Lowe plays a plastic surgeon (perfect).


    Meanwhile, Jeremy Renner has arrived in Vancouver for Bourne Legacy re-shoots.

    Edited at 2012-06-14 02:34 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2012 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Behind the Candelabra

    Is it normal to do reshoots so near the release date? Oddly enough, I am looking forward to
    Liberace. An intriguiging character who could have been a classical pianist, and hid who he really was for many years. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 14th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Behind the Candelabra

    Legacy is close to release and they're probably just fine-tuning scenes or emphasising characters who are testing well. The re-shoots have been scheduled for a while.

    Liberace is looking like a lot of fun and it's going to be a great cast. One report mentioned today that because it's HBO it may be longer than a two hour movie. But it's probably not a story that can be stretched too far if the focus is not Liberace. So the shoot should probably be no longer than 6 weeks.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 13th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)


    The first test screenings of Elysium are being held this Thursday, and photos are expected to be released on Friday.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    Keeping my fingers crossed for a good first response!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 15th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    Here's a plot synopsis and pic of the invitation:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 15th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land

    John Krasinski talks with a Pittsburgh writer about Promised Land. Gus van Sant is apparently editing the film, which could have a limited release at the end of the year.


    As for when "Promised Land" will be released, the actor said possibly as early as the end of the year in a small number of theaters, for starters. Mr. Van Sant, who did a bare-bones assembly during filming, is editing the movie and will huddle with his fellow producers and others at summer's end and tweak the movie through the fall.

    "I don't think I've ever been as proud of something that I've been a part of more than this," he said. "I haven't really been invested in something like this.

    "To have it be your words and your ideas and having all these people say it, shoot it, light it, all these different things, to have these people come together for something that you did is incredibly moving. I think that the responsibility was overwhelming at times and also I was full of pride, but I was also terrified and hoping that I had done something right to bring all these great people together."

    No reports from the Elysium screenings yet.

    Edited at 2012-06-15 04:32 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 15th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Rainmaker

    Last night I saw "The Rainmaker", for the first time. You can tell the movie has 15 years old by seeing the clothes they wear, the cell phones (LOL they were huge!!) and Matt's & Claire's baby faces(they were very young back then).

    Also, the pace of the movie was different. It's slow, without cameras moving frantically. And the fact that it has a narrator gives the movie a different tone.

    My sister thought it was boring, but, being myself a former Law student(was not for me after all!) I understand why John Grisham said he preferred this movie rather than "The Client"

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