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Promised Land, water.org
  • Rosemarie DeWitt discussed Promised Land and working with Matt in an interview at Australia's Sunday Herald Sun:

    She calls [Your Sister's Sister] a "tiny" story, a contrast to Promised Land (out next year) which Damon co-wrote with Krasinski.

    "I was so impressed with Matt -- he wasn't fretting over his performance, he was really hoping the ideas were being conveyed," DeWitt says.

    "I thought, 'This is why he's a really important leading man in American cinema because he really is trying to represent the plight of the everyman'.

    "It's great to do a movie like Your Sister's Sister, telling the tiny story; it's another thing to tell everybody's story.

    "After finishing that film I thought, `Yeah, Matt does that a lot, doesn't he?'"

  • The composer for Promised Land is Danny Elfman, and the film has been classified R.

  • A new short video from water.org includes footage of Matt's father and brother with him in Haiti celebrating the opening of a well.

  • Matt will be participating in a charity event on 18 September in New York to support the Family Reach Foundation, which provides financial relief and support to families with children fighting cancer - details at the Boston Globe:

    Indeed, celebrity athletes and chefs play a big role in her fund-raising events. In May, Ming Tsai brought in chefs to cook in the ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton. On Sept. 18, Matt Damon will be cooking at the Ritz in New York, with Tsai and some other chefs. In November, the foundation will hold a Culture & Caring art show and reception at the Liberty Hotel, with the art work done by children in treatment.

    “Rent and mortgage are big things we do,” says [Carla] Tardif, who also serves on the board of Damon’s Water.org, which brings clean water to developing countries. "Keeping a roof over their heads, keeping utilities on, especially in the winter.”

  • A report on the filming of Behind the Candelabra from the Las Vegas Sun. Dan Aykroyd hosted a party for cast and crew on 30 August.

    The two principal locations for shooting were the LVH Sky Villas and the LVH Theater. That famous showroom, the original home of Elvis dating to his 1969 debut in Vegas when the hotel was known as the International (and later Las Vegas Hilton), was Liberace’s main stage in the 1970s. Liberace Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Brian “Paco” Alvarez, who has spent his adult life preserving Vegas’s cultural heritage, said he walked into the theater this week and was awestruck.

    “I took a look at the set and was literally brought to tears,” he said in a moving text message Friday. “It is amazing how they transformed the theater.”
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 2nd, 2012 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)


    A larger photo of Matt and Lucy at the salon in Vegas on Friday:


    Matt Damon and Luciana getting ready for an evening in Vegas.
    Our pick for the #1 most down to earth couple. Cristophe stylist Campbell just adding the final hair touches to an already stunning Luciana.

    Edited at 2012-09-02 10:19 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 2nd, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Lovely to see positive news from Haiti and also to see Matt enjoying his family. And Matt is cooking? That seems like an accident waiting to happen! ;)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 2nd, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    LOL It may turn into another Ellen-type cooking misadventure. Matt can be a very funny guy; I'm sure it'll be enjoyable.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 2nd, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Various sightings of Matt and family back in NY today.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 3rd, 2012 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: NY

    School starts this week and maybe Matt & Lucy will be attending Fashion Week for their pal Naheem Khan's show like they did earlier this year on Valentine's Day.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 3rd, 2012 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: NY

    I presume the Stand Up for Cancer appearance on Friday will be via video in NY and not at the LA studio.

    The Naeem Khan show is on 11 September:

    Edited at 2012-09-03 09:59 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 3rd, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    They have a house in Florida (where they don't live) and a house in L.A. (where they don't live, yet), and they do not have a home in NY (where they do live) A bit strange, isn't it?

    I'm going to agree with Lainey for the first time, I think they would have more privacy in NY .. but I understand that living in L.A. also has its advantages.

    Matt looks a lot like his father & brother. They are all very handsome men.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 4th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Matt still has an apartment in NY (bought pre-marriage).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 4th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Matt and Luciana purchased a bigger NYC luxury apt shortly after marriage...his bachelor pad wasn't going to cut it for Luciana, her four daughter, her mom and one of her sisters who lives with them full time plus Matt. In an interview he once said he loved NYC and couldn't think of moving to (gasp!) LA. I guess he changed his mind.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 4th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Almost 3 years ago an article was published in People where he talks about moving to LA to be close to his BFF Ben...looks like it's about to to come true.

    That will make them with a home in Argentina, NYC, Miami and now Los Angeles!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 5th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I think Lucy's sisters were married and lived with their families in Florida.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 4th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)


    There's a new inset photo of Matt in Elysium on the cover of Empire, but the full story isn't available yet.


    'There are some really gnarly weapons' A first glimpse of a seriously shorn Matt Damon in Elysium told us two things about Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi parable: one, it's going to involve just as much alien-vaporising firepower as District 9 (marvel at that giant space cannon); and two, Damon will not be cuddling any baby animals in his next outing. The film we're dubbing We Bought A Space Station ...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 6th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Good Shepherd

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 6th, 2012 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Good Shepherd

    I really liked the Good Shepherd. I felt at the time that it should have been done as a TV mini series. I didn't think the story was best served as a movie. Everyone involved was fantastic and Matt's performance was so nuanced and subtle I forgot he was acting.

    Even within the limits of the movie it portrayed extremely well the psychological and spiritual damage that accumulates within Edward's psyche over time, from his own emotionally damaged childhood and his choice of career, and the effect it has on those around him, especially his wife and child, who ultimately pay the price of his emotional distance and coldness. Doing it on TV means De Niro and Roth have more time to add flesh to the bones.

    I've been looking to see if there is any news on a sequel to the Bourne Legacy - including the overseas box office it will probably recoup it's production costs (just), though it's yet to make a profit, and won't come anywhere near the first three movies - I haven't found anything, so far.

    What do you think, is a sequel more or less likely as it's box office performance and the reviews have generally been less than stellar (even those who liked it gave Gilroy a lot of grief). Will Universal stick with Jeremy Renner and try to get Matt on board in some capacity? I would be very interested in your opinion. Marcia

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 6th, 2012 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)


    I think they're now wary of making any statements about the future of the series until the worldwide release is complete and they know the total box office. Jeremy in interviews in Germany is being cautious, saying he hasn't spoken to Matt about the film, doesn't know if he saw Legacy, and there are plenty of options available if there are future movies.

    A lot of people may have not completely liked or accepted the film, but the box office is hanging in, and most comments now appear to be more positive. It will do over $100 million due to a slow August, but will probably go under Identity's total. I think Universal will be happy enough with the money to date and plan a second, and Matt will not be part of it. They need this franchise to work.

    Edited at 2012-09-06 10:24 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 6th, 2012 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne

    Thanks, I'm sure your right. Renner can at least feel pleased that he received a lot of positive comments both from the critics and those who have seen it. He's not in Matt's league as an actor but he's not George Lazenby either.

    I hope the rumours that Matt and family are moving to LA aren't true. I just like that he's closer to my side of the world, I guess he'll be in New York until his girls finish the school year that's just started. Marcia

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 6th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne

    TBI grossed over U$S121 million in the U.S. Legacy is not going to reach that number.
    The overseas box office will do over $100 million (excluding Australia and the UK, in other countries did not fare that well) Thus, it is likely to recover production costs, but it will not come anywhere near the first three films of the series.
    Since the previous one, TBU grossed over $ 450 million and won three Oscars, I'd say this is a failure.

    I did not see the movie, so I can not comment. But I was told that is boring,that the tandem Damon/Greengrass is sorely missed. My friends call Jeremy Renner " the guy who is not Matt Damon".

    That said, I also believe that Universal will make a sequel to Legacy, and that Matt will not be included.
    (Sadly for me, I think Matt will never be Bourne again). I'm also think that they can't use the Bourne name in the title of any other movie, without having Bourne himself in the movie.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 6th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne

    Since Identity came out in 2002, it's helpful for direct comparisons to adjust for inflation. By my calculation Identity's box office would be worth about $155 now.

    A future Bourne would also have to rely on the public's perception of Legacy and would have a much more difficult time floating on the "real" Bourne's coattails.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 6th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne

    I think it is telling that David Denby, in his The New Yorker review of Legacy, wrote, "...but when the series lost its star it lost most of its soul." Unfortunately, that's the problem for Universal. The Bourne series was popular because of the soul Matt brought to it. That's what people empathized with and what drew them back to the sequels. Except that Universal wants the name recognition, Legacy should have been a totally new action franchise without the expectation of Matt's magnetism or depth. If they continue it, they'll have to evolve it into something very different. Renner is a good actor; it's just that he can never be Bourne.

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