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  • A new interview (in Italian) from the NY junket for We Bought A Zoo last December is at Donna Moderna.

  • From an interview with Emily Blunt in the Observer magazine:

    She compares finding decent roles for women to "joining a pack of hyenas feeding on very few carcasses". Lately she's become interested in writing. Her husband of 18 months, John Krasinski - aka Jim from the US version of The Office and star of romcoms such as It's Complicated and Big Miracle - is currently writing a film with Matt Damon after she introduced them: "It really is so impressive. I'm so admiring of it. They're both from Boston so they're very funny together. It's going to be brilliant."

  • From an interview with Thomas Haden Church at Metro:

    Don’t you see yourself good-looking?
    As I get older, it is what it is [laughs]. Sometimes I see myself in a movie and I’m like: ‘Oh yeah, I look all right.’ But movie stars get paid a tremendous amount compared with everybody else and they have a lot of control that I have never had. I’ve seen that over the years with Eddie Murphy, with Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon. Sometimes they use that power with aplomb and sometimes they don’t.

    Do you have a favourite movie star?
    I love Sandy [Bullock] and Matt Damon. I worked on We Bought A Zoo with Matt and I’ve never met a kinder movie star. I don’t think he ever greeted me without a smile. He would ask: ‘What kind of cattle do you have on your ranch? What grade is your daughter in at school?’

  • From an article about extraordinary women at Fast Company:

    Far from the stately auditoriums and panel discussions of Washington, D.C., Laura Pincus Hartman and I are clinging to a roll bar in the back of a pickup truck, bouncing across rocky dirt roads as we pass through desperately poor villages.

    We are in a rural part of north central Haiti, called Pignon. Despite the light rain, children emerge to watch us. Some, not all, break their stares with a wave. Some, not all, are properly clothed. (I lost my heart to a lively 10-year-old named Jeannette, who told me in the best English she could muster about her daily five-hour trek to collect clean water.)

    Hartman is shouting at me: "I really believe that I can convince for-profits that they can have an impact on poverty and serve their financial strategy!" It's hard to focus on her, especially as I nervously watch Water.org cofounder Matt Damon in the truck behind us, which is trying to cross a swollen river backward to prevent its engine from flooding. We have come to this part of Haiti to tour successful community well projects that Water.org has helped build. Since water collection falls almost entirely to girls, it is one of the most effective ways to get them back in school. And Hartman is responsible for one of Water.org's most creative donations.

  • From an interview with Ben Affleck:

    The 39-year-old star turns 40 in August and revealed that he has been teasing close friend Matt Damon about his age: "Matt turned 40 before me and for two years we've been living in different decades.

    "So I have been telling him about life from the youth perspective. You know, what it's like for guys in their 30s to a guy in his 40s. I'm not going to be able to make that taunt anymore, so that'll be disappointing."

  • From an article about real estate broker Jason Saft at the NY Daily News:

    Craziest showing story?
    A broker requested a showing for his client, but would not reveal who it was. I opened the door, and it was Matt Damon and his wife. It was shortly after the Jimmy Kimmel video he did, and without thinking I said, “You’re f----- Matt Damon.” The showing was a lot of fun, and they were fantastic.

  • Tom Brady talked about the Funny or die video and meeting Matt previously at EW:

    In fact, no one seems to recognize him as the Patriots Super Bowl quarterback, and two yokels even confuse him for Matt Damon. It’s a particularly funny exchange because the two famous men could pass for cousins. (When Damon was named People‘s Sexiest Man Alive in 2007, he told the magazine that Brady was “a taller, better-looking version of me.”)

    “I got a chance to know Matt a little bit, and he would appreciate that video,” says Brady, who had a cameo in Damon’s 2003 comedy Stuck on You and admits that people have mistaken him for the Oscar winner, though never in Boston. “The people in Boston are very territorial about their sports stars and with their actors and actresses.”
  • 23 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 24th, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    WWMD (where in the world is Matt Damon)

    Nosightings of Matt lately. Could he be at the world series of poker? I have a friend who is there who thought she saw him but was not 100 percent sure.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 24th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: WWMD (where in the world is Matt Damon)

    Maybe new York? Someone tweeted he was at the gym in ny yesterday. Didn't think he was in ny but maybe he is. Wouldn't be that farfetched. Nevertheless liberace will be starting soon. I imagine we should get some pics then.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 25th, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: WWMD (where in the world is Matt Damon)

    I admit I'm curious but I'm more gratified that he can find some privacy with his family.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 25th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: WWMD (where in the world is Matt Damon)

    I totally agree.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 26th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    MGH event

    Video of Matt and his father at the MGH cancer event (almost all quotes were previously reported).

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 26th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)


    It's so obvious that Emily Blunt has a crush on Matt Damon.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 26th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Emily

    Aw bless her but who doesn't have a crush on Matt, he's total yums
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 26th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Emily

    I think she's trying to get a permanent link to a big Hollywood star like Damon. You don't see him talking non-stop about her. She's annoying...and then saying she has a girl crush on Luciana because Lucy, according to her, is the "coolest girl on earth"...just wierd.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 26th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Emily

    It's obvious that many of the people Matt has worked with take a major liking to him.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 26th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne press

    From an interview with Jeremy Renner in Empire:


    The film's producer Frank Marshall tells Empire that his dream is to see Damon and Renner teaming up in the next film. Jeremy recalls coming face to face with his predecessor for the first time, long before The Bourne Legacy was in the equation.

    'I was at the Academy Awards for The Hurt Locker,' he reveals. 'And Matt Damon was sat in front of me. He, funnily enough, had just seen The Town (for which Renner would be Oscar-nominated the following year), because he and Ben Affleck are best buds. I hadn’t even seen it then. So he saw the movie and he was like, "Dude! Dude! I saw the movie and it’s so great and you’re awesome!" So it was a f***ing funny introduction, just being at the Academy Awards and having Matt Damon in front of you telling you you’re awesome.'
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 27th, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne press

    Well, that's a very self-serving comment, Mr. Renner! If you're going to try to step into Matt Damon's shoes, you should try to have at least HALF his class.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 28th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne press

    I agree. I also think he's reaching out to Matt's fanbase so they don't boycott the movie. If it's not a hit Renner loses a lot of credibility. Both he and Paul Marshall have praised Matt in public in part I think to keep his fans onside.

    I did an unscientific poll amongst friends and family, none are planning to see any Bourne mmovie without Matt back in the franchise or Paul Greengrass back as director.

    I hated the trailer, everything that made the character unique is now gone. Won't be spending £10 on a pale imitation. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 28th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne press

    Also agreed. Frank Marshall is trying to keep alive talk that Matt would come back to the series when there's little to no hope (Gilroy is not going to step down for Greengrass).

    Tony Gilroy is also trying to smooth over Matt's previous comments (unconvincingly):

    A few sightings of Matt in NY today.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 29th, 2012 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne press

    Unconvincing, indeed! Gilroy makes it sound as if Matt was saying he didn't feel respected as an actor by him, when really he was criticizing his selfish deal with the studio and terrible script, which of course Gilroy wouldn't admit to. I wish Matt hadn't apologized later, it's ok to be honest and call people out on their mistakes sometimes.

    The movie has so many characters, some old and some new, I think (though I won't watch to find out) that it will be quite cluttered. The pairing of Renner with a random woman he meets during his struggles is so cliche...speaking of that, how did they manage to make Rachel Weisz ugly?? Her hair styling is horrendous.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 29th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne press

    And did you know that renner has already signed up for 2 more Bourne movies? Wishful thinking on mashall's part of Matt returning. I thought I was going to scream everytime I saw a tweet about it.

    So was Matt really in la at all? He will be soon but I guess it's possible he went and came back to ny to wrap some things up. I guess we'll never know for sure.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 29th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne press

    I thought I saw one definite sighting in LA a few weeks ago. Ben's about to leave to film in Puerto Rico with his family, so I'm not sure if that was a reason to be in LA. And Matt flies mostly private these days (especially when he's with family), so we never see photos at LAX.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 29th, 2012 08:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne press

    Thanks for posting the article. Jeremy Renner seems to be flavour of the month in Hollywood at the moment, though I wasn't impressed with him in Thor, he barely made an impression on me (didn't realise it was him until the end) and why was he uncredited?

    Anyway, my point is, from viewing the trailer and the article, and other interviews I've read and pictures in Empire magazine, for me he doesn't have the intelligence and subtly of Matt as an actor. I mentioned once before that when you look into Matt's eyes you can see him thinking. I love that. I don't get that with Renner.

    I think Tony Gilroy has succeeded in making just another action movie, with a muscled, tattooed leading man with a big gun and a pretty girl (yawn). There's nothing wrong with that if that's what you like, personally I don't; I just feel so disappointed with this movie. And yes its stuffed full of top acting talent, but so what.

    Will it make money? Probably, though I don't think as much as the orginal trilogy.

    Will it generate sequels? Again probably. They may even get Matt back on board, who knows. Just my opinion. You can delete if you want to close the subject. Marcia

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 29th, 2012 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Old Lake Como pics, Soderbergh

    A few pics of Matt and Lucy in Lake Como in 2004:


    A long, interesting audio interview with Steven Soderbergh:

    On Liberace
    * Production starts three weeks from Monday
    * Budget will be $6 million
    * Word on the street: "We think it's going to be great but it's just too gay" - Soderbergh: "I just don't know what to say about that"

    Amazingly, Magic Mike looks like being a hit. Contagion still hasn't made its money back.

    Edited at 2012-06-29 12:18 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 29th, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Old Lake Como pics, Soderbergh

    perezhilton is reporting that Matt and Ben are going to live down the street from each other while they work on a movie. Don't know if they're just late reporting Matt being in LA, or if they actually know anything.

    Magic Mike has gotten good reviews. I think Tatum is much more talented than a lot of the other hunks out there. And he must not be a jerk, because if he was Soderbergh wouldn't work with him.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 29th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Old Lake Como pics, Soderbergh

    I believe that Matt is leasing this house for the duration of Liberace filming. (some outlets were reporting he bought the house but I find that unlikely). I assume he wants to work with Ben on the bulger script but Ben is about to leave to film in puerto Rico (as is mentioned above). But maybe he won't be gone for long.

    I thought for sure that we would get pics since supposedly Isabella was having a bday party but then nothing. If they were able to do it without pap interference good for them. (a rarity in Hollywood)

    Has he just started flying private? We did see lax pics of them when they flew in for one day. And I believe the kids were there but not pictured.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 30th, 2012 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Old Lake Como pics, Soderbergh

    I don't think the kids were on that trip (the sighting in the mall was false). They don't seem to travel commercially with the kids (probably to make the trip faster and avoid paparazzi attention).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 29th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)


    As expected, there will be an Elysium panel at ComicCon:

    Alex Billington‏@firstshowing
    Whoa cool - confirmed panel for Neill Blomkamp's Elysium at Comic-Con, and it looks like Matt Damon & Jodie Foster will be there. #comiccon

    4:35-6:35 Sony: Total Recall, Looper, and Elysium

    Elysium-Ever since writer-director Neill Blomkamp broke through with his first feature film, District 9, people have been wondering what he has in store for an encore. Be a part of the first audience anywhere to get a first look at his new movie, Elysium, as stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster join Neill and producer Simon Kinberg on stage.

    (Emily Blunt will be part of the Sony presentation for Looper)

    Edited at 2012-06-29 06:23 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 29th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Photos of Matt and Lucy in LA - the first public photos of Lucy since early March.


    Edited at 2012-06-30 06:37 am (UTC)
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