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Liberace photos, Promised Land
  • Promised Land will open on 28 December in NY and LA for an Oscar-qualifying run. A report from The Wrap.

    Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land,” which reunites the director with “Good Will Hunting” star Matt Damon, will sneak into theaters for a limited run Dec. 28, 2012, qualifying it for this year’s Academy Awards.

    It will debut in New York and Los Angeles prior to a larger distribution in 2013.

    Focus was able to move up the planned release because of Van Sant’s quick post-production work, which began 11 weeks ago.

    The move speaks to the studio’s confidence in the film, which stars Damon and John Krasinski of "The Office." The actors also co-wrote the film from a story by literary luminary Dave Eggers. Damon and Ben Affleck won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for "Good Will Hunting."

  • Prince Frederic von Anhalt has posted photos of himself with cast members of Behind the Candelabra, which filmed at his home, on his Facebook page. Pictured below are Matt and Scott Bakula.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 24th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Is that wanna-be "Prince" Federic a Liberace ex-lover too? I mean I know this guy lives in his rainbow world but what's with the huge Liberace oil painting in his home?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 24th, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It's the set of the film and presumably a prop, but Liberace did visit the home regularly.

    Edited at 2012-08-24 01:17 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 25th, 2012 10:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Howard Zinn

    On the day that would have been Howard Zinn's 90th birthday, there's a video tribute by the cast and crew of 'The People Speak' at his Facebook page:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 26th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Vegas shoot

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 27th, 2012 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Vegas sighting


    Matt Damon, tipping large while playing blackjack at the MGM Grand ultraexclusive mansion over the weekend. He's co-starring with Douglas in the film.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 28th, 2012 10:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    Behind the candelabra

    A report on a scene filmed last week:


    Monday's scene sounded amazing, as it recreated a performance at the Las Vegas Hilton in front of 420 extras with Liberace and protege (played by Cheyenne Jackson) on dual pianos, with Matt, Scott Bakula and Debbie Reynolds in the audience. Catherine Zeta-Jones and her kids were also on set.

    The rest of the week seems to comprise of performances at the Hilton, and later in the week a group of dancers (recreating the Young Americans) will be featured. The dancers have been given a picture of Lindsay Lohan and advised to wear make-up which is the opposite of her look.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 29th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    David Copperfield

    Matt and family met David Copperfield after his show on Tuesday night:

    @D_Copperfield: Great 2 meet Academy Award winning actor Matt Damon & his family at my show last night! http://instagr.am/p/O7FdhaiDhI/
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 30th, 2012 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Pearl Street Productions

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 30th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pearl Street Productions

    Sounds like a great production company. The Whitey Bulger movie sounds interesting.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 30th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pearl Street Productions

    I'm hoping that one gets pushed off the production list as it will unnecessarily glorify violent behavior. To me that's not needed at any time, but it's a particularly bad message to promote in the wake of recent shootings.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 30th, 2012 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pearl Street Productions

    I agree, feel the same way abou it.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 30th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bulger pic

    Personally I'm not comfortable asserting what a movie may or may not promote when I haven't seen it. Some people (on both sides) are apparently supposing that Promised Land is anti-fracking but that's an open question, too. Matt seems to have a strong moral point of view but nothing in his history suggests that he's the willing tool of cant. He's too smart for that.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 30th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bulger pic

    A movie about a notorious crime boss can only go in a few directions.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 30th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bulger pic

    I agree, but at the same time, we're talking about one of the smartest people in the industry (Matt)who is never going to repeat The Departed, and, given his promise to mom Nancy, will not play needless violence. I guess I'm just going to trust to his skills as a writer and script massager and his superior skills as an actor for a good outcome. If it drops off the schedule, I'll bet it will be because it just didn't meet his and Ben's high criteria.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 30th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Emily and John - Vegas

    Emily Blunt and John Krasinski join Matt, Lucy and family in Vegas:

    Aaron barry‏@ItsAaronBarry
    Just was at a table with #MattDamon, @emilyblunt , and #JohnKrasinki. #WhatIsLife #Fangirling #GreatestAssemblyOfPeopleEver

    Cirque du Soleil ‏@Cirque
    Spotted at #KA last night: Matt Damon! When was the last time you saw the show?

    Matt Damon y Scott Bakula durante la filmación de la película Liberace. http://pic.twitter.com/vh8zUvWq

    Edited at 2012-08-30 09:36 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2012 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 25th, 2012 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Doors to Truth

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