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Clinton Citizen Awards, Kyle
  • Matt presented an award to 14 year old Katie Stagliano at the Clinton Global Citizen Awards on Monday. The photo below is from Reuters and a report on the event is at ABC News 4.

    A Lowcountry eighth-grader has received a major award from a former president for her work fighting hunger. Katie Stagliano, 14, was one of six activists recognized Monday night in a ceremony at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City.

    Actor Matt Damon presented the Pinewood Prep student with the Clinton Global Citizen Award.

    Katie is the founder and chief executive gardener of Katie's Krops, an organization she started at the age of 9 with the dream of ending hunger.

  • Matt and family surprised brother Kyle at a triathlon in Hunter Mountain, NY on Saturday. Kyle won the race – details at Runners Web.

    Just as the colors began to change in the Hudson Valley, HITS Triathlon Series returned to Hunter Mountain for its second mountain-top race of the 2012 season. Kent "Kyle" Damon powered to the first Full distance victory of his career in a time of 11:31:20 and was welcomed to the line by a surprise visit from family members, including brother and popular Hollywood icon Matt Damon.

    "At about mile 18, I was running scared from the second place guy and started to fall apart," admitted Damon. "Then I looked up and thought I was hallucinating when I saw my brother Matt standing in the middle of the road in Tannersville waving his arms and screaming at me. I hugged him, kissed my wife and all the weight was lifted from my legs. The last 10k was the most amount of grit and wattage I have ever put out in a race."

    Damon, 44, of Cambridge, Massachusetts has been racing triathlons since 2002 and currently swims, bikes and runs as founding member of TEAM.Water.org, which aims for the day when everyone in the world can take a safe drink of water. The team is a nationwide community of roughly 700 endurance athletes whose dedication to sport is coupled with a strong commitment to solving the global water crisis. Members of TEAM.Water.org raise awareness and match their race entry fees with a donation to Water.org.

  • Photos of Matt and family visiting a park on Sunday are at the Daily Mail, PopSugar and Splash.

  • A summary and the video of Matt and Gary White's interview on Bloomberg's Rewind program discussing water.org is available at Business Week.

  • John Krasinski discussed Promised Land in an interview at C for Men Magazine:

    Now he certainly has ample time to focus on his film career—both in front of and, most recently, behind the camera. This December 28, Focus Features releases Promised Land, a Gus Van Sant film from Krasinski’s first original screenplay, an idea he developed with S.F. novelist Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) and co-wrote with actor Matt Damon. By the film’s opening date, some armchair bettors are already placing it in the Oscars race. Other clues: The film co-stars Frances McDormand and Hal Holbrook, a supporting cast the budding director calls both "surreal" and "pretty phenomenal."

    "I wanted to tell a story about American identity," he says of the flick, a contemporary local hero tale in which a natural-gas salesman (Damon) tries to win over a rural Northeastern town in hopes of drilling there. "It's probably one of the things I’m most proud of that I’ve done in this business."

  • Jerry Weintraub talked about the release date of Behind the Candelabra at the LA Times:

    Can you connect the dots between this documentary and your upcoming TV movie, "Behind the Candelabra"? They're both HBO.
    The one they made about me, after they made it, they sold it to HBO. I sold "Behind the Candelabra" to HBO before I made it. They financed it, and they were my partners in the movie. I produced it, and Steven Soderbergh directed it, and Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are in it. Richard LaGravenese wrote it.

    It's about Liberace's personal life?
    It's about his professional and personal life, which were one. It's a difficult story to get made, but I was intent on getting it made. I knew Liberace, and it's a great story. It's a story about a tortured man; he couldn't come out of the closet while he was alive. He died of AIDS, and on his death certificate they had heart failure. It's a hard subject matter for a film -- everybody gets frightened of those things. It will air in May. I'm doing a number of things at HBO.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 26th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Family reach video

    Some video of the cooking event.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 26th, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Unreal candy

    Meant to link this to my other comment. Matt appears in this video for all natural candy. (Is he sitting inside his la house for this?)

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 26th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Unreal candy

    It looks like the LA house to me. Cute to see the kid's toys outside. The candy looks awesome. I'm careful about what our family eats so I'll certainly try it. It was trending on twitter earlier today.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 27th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Unreal candy

    It was a sponsored twitter post, so they essentially paid for it to trend.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 26th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Alstede, Liberace movie

    Matt and family were back to Alstede farms picking pumpkins and apples today.

    An article by Kyle on the triathlon race and Matt and family's surprise visit:

    Jerry Weintraub on Behind the Candelabra:

    The Liberace project, Behind The Candelabra, is directed by Steven Soderbergh based on Richard LaGravenese’s script, stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his driver/lover Scott Thorson. “It’s a gutsy movie to make, not a lot of people would make it,” says Weintraub. “The two actors are brilliant in it, and they went full out, they didn’t hold back…It’s a wonderful film, I’m really happy with it. When the last book is written about me, that will be one of the most important things I ever did. I’m sure.” The film is now finished and set for release in mid-2013.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 27th, 2012 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    An Old Question

    When I saw the photo of Matt and Franka in Supremacy, I remembered something that I've long wanted to ask you.
    Is it true that they did not get along during the filming of Bourne?
    I read an old interview with Franka, and she was very cold when referring to Matt. Professional, but very cold.
    That surprised me. I thought they would have a lot in common. As Matt,Franka also wrote and produced some of his work.
    In any case, I think she is a fantastic actress (often underestimated) and was absolutely brilliant as "Marie".

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 27th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: An Old Question

    Franka said she had a hard time getting to know Matt on the first film and they never seemed overly warm together. They were professional, spoke well of each other and they always greeted each other in a friendly way on red carpets, but there was never a great friendship. Not every co-star clicks.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 28th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: An Old Question

    Of course you can't be friends with all your co-workers. Still, I'd like to see them back together in a movie.

    The attacks to Promised Land already begun on Twitter. And when you read them, the tweets seem written by the same people and repeated ad nauseum.....

    I saw "Der amerikanische Freund" (The American Friend) an old movie by Wim Wenders that retakes the character of Patricia Highsmith's novels: TOM RIPLEY, 20 years after his stay in Italy. The movie takes place in Germany in the 70's. Ripley's role is played (and very well) by Dennis Hopper. A creepier, middle-aged Ripley.

    And I couldn't help thinking how good it would be to see Matt again in
    Ripley's role!. He did very well in The Talented Mr. Ripley.

    (But,is a "very European movie". And has no special effects, no caped superheroes. With which would be very difficult to anyone to make a movie like this, today)

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 27th, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Charlie Rose

    Saw a tweet from the Charlie Rose show that Matt & Gary would be on tonight.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 27th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Charlie Rose

    Charlie Rose Show ‏@CharlieRoseShow
    Tonight we look at the global water crisis with Muhtar Kent, Gabriel Jaramillo, Dean Kamen, Matt Damon & Gary White of water.org

    Photo of Matt, Gary and Charlie:

    Nicholas Lundgren‏@PulpAffliction
    Two of my bosses will be on Charlie Rose tonight, so that's pretty much the coolest thing. #PublicBroadcastingNerd http://twitpic.com/aywt90

    Edited at 2012-09-27 10:46 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 28th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Charlie Rose

    The Charlie Rose interview is now available online. The last part includes discussion of Promised Land ("I'm very proud of it"), Behind the Candelabra ("I think it's going to be terrific. You know when you're in good shape. [Michael Douglas] is phenomenal." There's also discussion of the Bourne movies, and Matt says he hasn't seen Legacy yet, but is still interested in another film.

    Matt narrated another video for Hilary Clinton and the State Department:
    StateDept ‏@StateDept
    (Video) Actor Matt Damon describes how @FeedTheFuture is helping turn the tide against global #hunger:StateDept

    Edited at 2012-09-28 05:16 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    "Matt Damon, David O Russell and Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll will be awarded career tribute honors at the 22nd Gotham Independent Film Awards. The trio will be feted on November 26 at Cipriani Wall Street along with the usual awards that focus on the year’s indie fare."


    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Bleeding cool has started a rumor that Matt will be in the next Terry Gilliam movie.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 1st, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I think it's false because Matt is/was in NY, not France (which is the rumored filming location, I think). Not to mention that I don't think Matt and Gilliam would work together again.

    Edited at 2012-10-02 02:23 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 2nd, 2012 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
    I am sorry, apparently there's something that I don't know. Why do you think they wouldn't work together again?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 2nd, 2012 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
    Of course Matt has said publicly that he would like to work with Gilliam again (because he says that of everybody, including Liman), but Gilliam was quite dismissive of Matt in the behind the scenes book about the making of Grimm (which used direct quotes from Gilliam and people working on the film). Not to mention the disastrous shoot.

    Gilliam thought Matt a nice guy but stiff, unresponsive and not right for the character (but he loved Ledger).

    Edited at 2012-10-02 06:23 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 2nd, 2012 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)
    Wow I didn't know that. Thanks!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 2nd, 2012 08:48 am (UTC) (Link)
    Just shows how important it is for an actor to bond with their director. I remember the entire production as being a nightmare, and I think Matt really struggled with the English accent too.

    I remember a documentary about Gilliam's attempts to make Don Quixote with Johnny Depp several years ago. To me the production looked totally chaotic; Terry Gilliam was just manic at times. The lead actor became so stressed that he had a heart attack and had to leave the project; eventually the production was shut down. He had a good relationship with Depp who did show his fustration at times (I think he still wants to make the movie with him). From the rough cuts that were shown I think the movie would have done well at the box office if so many things hadn't gone wrong.

    I'm not saying Matt is perfect and others are at fault for not getting along with him, obviously that's ridiculous. Whatever our job there will always be people we don't like. At leats Matt and Gilliam have handled it in a mature way and not slagged each other off in public.

    Do you know if Matt was his choice, or was he foisted on to him? It could have affected their relationship. Marcia

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 2nd, 2012 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)


    The book is 'Dreams and nightmares' by Bob McCabe.

    Gilliam wanted Johnny Depp for the role. Actual quote from the book about casting - author talking to Gilliam:

    "I talked briefly with Terry about who else could play Johnny's role. I suggested Guy Pearce, he told me that Matt Damon is interested but he doesn't like him much."

    One quote "Damon is interested, but he mainly wants to know why Terry would be interested in him." (The response by the DP is because that's why the film would get funded.)

    Lots of quotes like this from the director of photography, who is buddies with Gilliam (and later gets fired): "The problem is going to be Matt; he has to push to keep up with Heath!"

    Heath is always seen as the improviser, the free spirit. Matt is wooden and had to go to tango lessons, and do lots of improv work to be close to the same league as Heath.
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