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  • More photos of Matt on the set of Behind the Candelabra are at PopSugar, The Insider and the Daily Mail. A summary of the film is available from HBO. The film may be released next Thanksgiving.

    BEHIND THE CANDELABRA: Starring Academy Award(R) winners Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, this drama takes a behind-the-scenes look at the tempestuous relationship between legendary entertainer Liberace and Scott Thorson, his younger live-in lover. Directed by Academy Award(R) winner Steven Soderbergh from a script by Oscar(R) nominee Richard LaGravenese, the film is executive produced by Emmy(R) winner Jerry Weintraub, and produced by Gregory Jacobs, Susan Ekins, and Michael Polaire. Debuts in 2013.

  • Cheyenne Jackson discussed the film at the Hollywood Reporter.

    Aside from Jackson’s budding career as a solo artist, he also nabbed two high-profile gigs that flex his acting chops. Jackson recently wrapped filming the pilot of NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane -- which is in contention for a midseason start -- and is working with Steven Soderbergh on HBO’s mysterious Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, alongside Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his younger lover, Scott Thorson.

    “I didn’t go to school for acting, but I have been schooled,” Jackson says of learning from his co-stars. “I watch, I absorb, I just -- I am schooled by osmosis. It’s amazing to watch them, truly.”

    Jackson says Candelabra is about halfway through shooting and that audiences will be “blown away” by Douglas and Damon’s performances. “It’s just so exciting to watch them work,” he gushes.

    “I did as much research as I could about my character and really just read everything I could,” he says of his preparation. “I spoke to some people who were in that inner circle back in the day and who definitely know what went on, and I just pulled as much material as I could.

    “And really, with hair and makeup and costumes, once you’re on set, these amazing sets, the tone is set,” he adds. “All you have to do is be in the moment.”

  • From an interview with actor Branko Tomovic.

    You’ve had a number of roles in various different film and TV projects – which actors/actresses have been your favourites to work with so far and why? Any good stories?

    Tomovic: Years ago I had a tiny part in ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ opposite Matt Damon. We were shooting at Pinewood Studios in London and also in East Berlin which they transformed into Moscow with fake snow, Russian cars and everything else. All that remained of me became the opening scene of ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ with Matt as Jason Bourne and me as the Russian Policeman in the pharmacy what we shot in London.

    Matt is such a nice guy, very approachable and down to earth. I think everyone who knows him or has met him has nothing but good things to say about him. He really shows you that you don’t have to be an asshole or have a massive annoying ego to succeed and reach such a level. He was truly a great colleague and also important, a brilliant actor. Between takes, he would go from chatting nicely with you to having that haunted Jason Bourne look in his eyes on camera in only one second. And I think it always helps your own performance if you have such a strong actor opposite you, it really raises the bar.

  • Matt appears to be participating in a charity poker tournament in support of Ben Affleck on Saturday - from Phil Hellmuth's Twitter:

    Tomorrow in my hood Matt Damon + I are helping @BenAffleck raise $1 Million for Eastern Congo Initiative #Charity http//www.EasternCongo.org
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 4th, 2012 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    More Bourne talk

    From an interview with Gilroy:

    A speculated-about cross-over with Bourne and Cross together, however, seems unlikely. For one thing, Gilroy and Greengrass clashed during the making of Supremacy. In fact, until he started working on Legacy, Gilroy hadn’t even seen Ultimatum. And for another, Damon generated headlines late last year when he criticized Gilroy in a magazine interview -- before then apologizing for the remarks.

    “I haven’t talked to those guys in years,” Gilroy says of Damon and Greengrass.

    “Paul and I had a very different way of working -- a legitimately different creative way of working. There are great films made when you shoot the hell out of it and find it later on. That’s a completely legitimate way to make a movie. It’s not how I like to work. It was a complete culture clash, so we never had much to talk about and he and Matt were bonded up, as tight as could be. It was a pretty clean (break).”

    Edited at 2012-08-04 04:44 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: More Bourne talk

    Now I see Gilroy is finally being (more or less) straightforward. He fell out with Greengrass and fell out with Matt because Matt supported his director. So childish. It seems certain that as long as Gilroy is director, a return of Matt as Bourne is impossible. As if I needed another reason to be disgusted with Gilroy.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: More Bourne talk

    Exactly what I thought when I read the comment. But there is still something that niggles:

    Paul Greengrass began his career making documentaries, and he obviously uses the same method when making movies - film everything and find the story. Universal must have known this when they hired him. It seems logical to me that Gilroy would have looked at Greengrass's earlier work (including Bloody Sunday, which has the look and feel of a documentary) and surely they must have met and discussed the process for filming Supremacy.

    Ultimately film is a directors medium actors must have full confidence in their director as he or she calls the shots (lterally). For Matt to feel secure and work at his best it's obvious he would side with his director, and they clearly have a good working relationship as well as a friendship.

    Each time Gilroy opens his mouth he just comes across as more stupid. He wrote a script for a movie and it wasn't very good, it's not Shakespeare end of. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 6th, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)


    (Off topic)

    How are you enjoying the Olympics Marcia? The weather's always threatening, but the events and crowd support have been fantastic. We have live coverage on eight channels of every event in Australia, so I've watched a lot. And I'm enjoying Australia's poor performance and the rise of NZ, GB and Nathan Adrian.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Olympics

    Loving the Olympics. Coverage has been fantastic, BBC has done a great job, 24 channels showing every single sport (even some I've never heard of) and no advertising all for £143 per year! Weather so variable, sunshine and showers and back again. The atmosphere is amazing, London has really pulled it off. The city has a real buzz about it. Will miss it when it's over. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 4th, 2012 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Late video

    Matt and Jodie Foster talk about how they spend their free time in a late video from Comic-Con:

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 4th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Late video

    Can't agree there. Talking about your kids is the mark of a truly devoted father. Beyond that, he he is very mindful not to tread on the relationship his stepdaughter has with her biological father. This is a task made all the more difficult because it wouldn't be a fair competition. He is, after all, one of the truly premier A-list stars who can offer practically endless advantages. I think he does a great job keeping himself and his daughters and stepdaughter grounded. I, for one, love hearing him talk about them.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 5th, 2012 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Late video

    Good to see your comment IB. I've deleted the previous comment.

    There were no references on Twitter to Matt being at Ben's charity poker tournament.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 5th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Naples photos

    I had not seen all of these photos previously - the first photos we ever saw of Lucy in Naples, Italy, when Matt was filming Supremacy.


    Other paparazzi photos from Miami are also in the archive:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Naples photos

    Love the pics! Some of them I've seen some I haven't.

    I believe Matt was filming yesterday. ( the movie had a location shoot yesterday or it was suppose to). I can see Matt not being able to go the poker game.

    At this point I don't want Matt to return to the Bourne franchise. If after 4 yrs (I think) him and Paul couldn't come up with a good script then I say be done with it. I think the Bourne legacy is very unnecessary. I said it before I'm at peace with it.
    Although I think I'm still trying to digest the "superpowers" or whatever it is that renner's character is suppose to have. No way
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Hollywood Reporter Legacy review

    It is NOT a very good review, and for exactly the reasons we thought. The action is overfamiliar (they don't mention the silliness, although they do let slip that Renner fights a wolf in hand-to-hand combat - har, har) the lead character is insufficiently developed (not so easy, is it, Renner?), and the directing lacks Greengrass's dynamism.

    If only all the reviews could be like this :) Sorry, I know it's mean, but I can't help myself.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 6th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hollywood Reporter Legacy review

    Absolutely - I love the review. Highlights:

    The series’s legacy is lessened by this capable but uninspired fourth episode.

    With Jeremy Renner stepping in to play another covert operative and franchise screenwriter Tony Gilroy taking over the directorial reins from Paul Greengrass, the same tone and look are maintained, but the visceral excitement is muffled by familiarity, an insufficiently conceived lead character and the sheer weight of backstory and multiple layers of deception.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 6th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Variety review

    Variety's review calls it overlong with too little action and an unnecessarily complicated plot. "Fans will come, but they won't be happy, as if paying for a Bond movie and getting a 002 adventure in return."
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Variety review

    Oh, Variety really did give it a slam. I love the comment about the fact that the movie required "Matt Damon sized magnetism" and wrongly assumed audiences would automatically care about this new character without establishing anything interesting about him.

    If the reviews continue to be poor or, perhaps more importantly, if it fails to do great business, I wonder who Gilroy will choose to blame. You know he'll blame somebody.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 7th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)


    Strangely, Gilroy is very complimentary towards Matt in this Deadline interview:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Gilroy

    Beware of PR men bearing complimentary gifts.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Gilroy

    You said it! Gilroy seems to see which way the wind is blowing. Yuck.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2012 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Variety review

    I love that he has to face Matt's comments with every interview he gives, how delightful for us.

    It really will be interesting to see how it plays out. The reviews are basically saying the same thing - its an ok movie but not nearly as great as the previous because of its lack of heart (as in, Matt) and original action sequences/directing skills. Yet it is at 85% on Rotten Tomatoes for audiences wanting to see it, and it is a fun and heavily advertised (the ads are inescapable here in Canada too) summer action movie sure to make some money. I guess the question is - do people who want to see an action movie care about reviews? I don't really think people saw the previous "Bournes" because they were well-received by critics, that was just a nice extra for Matt's reputation. But who knows, maybe the unimpressed reviews will have the affect I want them to - I would love my faith in humanity to be restored :)

    Interesting that it is just coming out now that Gilroy co-wrote Legacy with his brother. He seems to have a habit of taking sole credit for work that many people have contributed to. His stance on the film industry is fascinating to me. He doesn't care that its becoming increasingly difficult for screenwriters/directors to make interesting, original, serious low to mid-budget movies - he says he's ok with money being the priority. But I guess he's aligned with the studios in that regard, and that's why they keep him around in spite of his issues. I do wonder if his reputation with actors will ever hurt his career though (Matt's comments, and rumours that Clive Owen disliked him on the Duplicity set, etc).


    PS: Maybe Gilroy is complimenting Matt because a. he knows the audience will miss him and that he is very popular and so wants to be like "I'm a fan too! And we found someone just as good!" or b. He wants to be so nice people will forget there was ever any bitterness between them that was his fault. It's strategic.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Variety review

    I agree that Gilroy seems to be all about strategizing to try to find advatage to himself in any situation.

    It's interesting that in Aaron Cross he's apparently created a character who is motivated by two things: a lust for power that he didn't justly earn (seeking to get access to the pills that make him powerful), and a desire to save his own skin.

    If the reviews are correct, that pretty much sums up Cross's motivation. They say that every writer creates images of himself. Seems to apply very well in this case.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 7th, 2012 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land

    A timely report on the dangers caused by fracking:

    Despite all the evidence, tweets like this one today still exist:

    Joe Plumber‏@BOspreadnwealth
    @annmcelhinney are you aware of next year's Hollywood propaganda film Promised Land about fracking, we need work against this film now

    Matt was filming at Book Soup in LA today (paparazzi on scene).

    Edited at 2012-08-07 07:24 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 7th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Marvin Hamlisch

    In sad news, composer Marvin Hamlisch has died at the age of 68. He was going to be the composer for 'Behind the Candelabra'.

    Update - according to a comment on Hollywood Elsewhere, a lot of Hamlisch's work on the film was already done, and that he had been collaborating with Steven Soderbergh on preparing the film for years.

    Edited at 2012-08-07 10:52 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New set pic

    The Dirt
    Woah apparently this is Matt Damon on the set of his new film Behind the Candelabra! Is he looking skinny or what! pic.twitter.com/M2F657zx

    This has to be from yesterday. Very 80s outfit now. His nose looks funny in this pic like it might be fake. Is it just me?
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