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Independent Film tribute, Behind the Candelabra
  • Matt is one of the recipients of a career tribute at the 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards on 26 November. Details at Indiewire:

    Matt Damon, David O. Russell and Jeff Skoll have been chosen by the Independent Filmmaker Project to receive career tributes at the 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 26.

    "It is with pride and great pleasure that we give tribute to these three luminaries, each of whom plays an amazing role in expanding the language of film, breaking boundaries along the way," said IFP executive director Joana Vicente. "Each has a unique voice and clearly defined vision of cinema for today’s generation, bringing perspective and relevance to the film world today."

    The honors will be presented along with seven competitive awards at the organization’s 22nd annual event, which will take place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

  • Matt and Gary White appeared on Charlie Rose's program on PBS last Thursday to discuss water.org. The video is online. Matt also discussed Bourne and recent film shoots.

    CHARLIE ROSE: Do you still have time for acting.
    MATT DAMON: I do. I did two movies this year.
    CHARLIE ROSE: Did you? Which two did you do?
    MATT DAMON: I did -- I wrote a movie with John Krasinski from "The Office called "Promised Land".
    MATT DAMON: That`s -- I am very proud of it. It`s Gus Van Sant directed.
    CHARLIE ROSE: Oh, I love this.
    MATT DAMON: It`s a movie about a salesman that goes to upstate New York and it is really just a movie about this little town and how the town changes him and how he is kind of changed by the town and he is selling -- he`s up there selling natural gas and in this kind of depressed rural community and just basically about kind of what happens. It`s a movie about people. It`s like "Good Will Hunting".
    CHARLIE ROSE: And you wrote it?
    MATT DAMON: Yes. With John. With John Krasinski, yes.

    MATT DAMON: I did a movie with Steven Soderbergh -- that Steven Soderbergh directed that starred Michael Douglas as Liberace.
    CHARLIE ROSE: Oh that`s right. And you play his lover.
    MATT DAMON: I was kind of his lover, Scott Thorson. Yes. And that was great.
    CHARLIE ROSE: You just finished filming.
    MATT DAMON: Two weeks ago we finished it.
    CHARLIE ROSE: Does it feel good. Does it sound and feel like --
    MATT DAMON: I think it is going to be terrific, yes. It is going to come out next May, but all the signs -- I have done enough of these things I know when --
    CHARLIE ROSE: Can you really tell? I mean --
    MATT DAMON: You know when you are in good shape, definitely.
    CHARLIE ROSE: And Michael is well?
    MATT DAMON: Michael is great. I mean he is beyond -- he was phenomenal in the picture. His health is terrific, I mean, I was trying to keep up with him, you know. I felt old.

  • Further comments from Jerry Weintraub about Behind the Candelabra are at Screen Daily.

    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.

  • Matt's brother Kyle wrote about winning the triathlon last weekend and Matt's surprise visit at Xtri.com.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 2nd, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Cast screening

    Tim Guinee ‏@TimGuinee
    Heading to NYC to screen #PromisedLand at Matt Damon's apartment. Really excited to see this film. Think it could be wonderful.

    Tim Guinee ‏@TimGuinee
    Just saw #PromisedLand . It's a beautiful, beautiful movie. Deeply proud to have been involved with it

    Edited at 2012-10-02 09:31 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 4th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    LA Times

    Matt did an interview today for the LA Times and their Indie Focus section:

    Mark Olsen‏@IndieFocus
    "Hi, it's Matt Damon." Not a typical start to a day... I mentioned TEAM AMERICA in our interview & he called it "some of my best work."
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 4th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt's birthday coming on Monday, Columbus Day!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 5th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)


    There was a report on Indian TV station NDTV that Matt is in Chennai for water.org - not yet confirmed.

    Matt previously visited Chennai in July 2009.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 6th, 2012 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Chennai?

    It appears he's in London now with John & Emily. I didn't put any stock in that post above because they were saying that was his first time there. And I could have sworn he had been there before. You confirmed it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 6th, 2012 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Chennai?

    There's nothing also to confirm the London sighting. An early birthday trip to visit friends?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 6th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Chennai?

    Nope no confirmation but besides that post someone claimed to be on plane with him headed to London and also someone believed they saw him at a restaurant I believe but she wasn't too sure.
    I know you can never be certain but maybe some confirmation will come.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 6th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)


    Didn't see either of those - well spotted. Found them now.

    Edited at 2012-10-06 04:25 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 6th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    London updates

    Michael Falzon ‏@michaelfalzon
    Very tempted to say "MATT DAMON" when standing next to#mattdamon in a Notting Hill cafe with @kimi_phillips#wankylondontweet

    Naomi Lekota ‏@NaomiLekota
    So...apparently Matt Damon n Tom Cruise are downstairs having a private party... I think it's time to get lost trying to find the toilet

    (Tom Cruise is starring with Emily in 'All you need is kill', filming in London)

    Matt, Emily, John, Tom Cruise and Chris Hemsworth then went to see 'The Box':

    Edited at 2012-10-07 03:15 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 7th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London updates

    Was Lucy there,too? Or she wasn't on this trip?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 7th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London updates

    With school for his girls being in full swing....does anyone know if Matt took Luciana and his daughters?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 7th, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London updates

    Lucy's probably there, but she's never mentioned. The St Barts/London trip in January was their last vacation and it was only for about four days.

    Edited at 2012-10-07 01:15 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 7th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London updates

    With Tom cruise getting papped on the regular lately in London I thought maybe we might catch a glimpse of Matt & Lucy. Only seen a fan pic of Matt in notting hill so far.

    Lucy is always ignored because she's not a celebrity. I always remember the time they went out with John & Emily and there were countless sightings including the ny post. Not one mention of Lucy. A couple months later someone posted pics of them on their night out and lo & behold Lucy was there. Pretty sure Lucy is there.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 7th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London updates


    Seems to be spending a lot of time in Notting Hill. Doubtless Lucy is there. I'm hoping that hanging with Cruise is just a passing thing.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 7th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London updates

    Cruise has United Artists. Maybe he wants Matt for a film.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 8th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London updates

    He's just starring in Emily's film (after just reading the Vanity Fair story I'm sticking to that). Bill Paxton, also in 'All you need is kill', was there too.

    Still waiting for the story to come out - Tom Cruise visits a burlesque show.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 7th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London updates

    Laviandbelle London‏@Laviandbelle

    Matt Damon came into the popup shop today! He bought 3 heart bracelets for his daughters- excellent choice Mr. Damon. What a lovely man. L+B

    Awwwwww! :-)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 7th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London updates

    This was the Notting Hill pic:

    ROSSOPOMODORO ‏@RossopomodoroUK
    Like children, we love all of our branches equally, but today we love Notting Hill just a little bit more. Matt Damon!!pic.twitter.com/29ZQOHd5
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 8th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London updates

    There's also a photo of Matt at a children's clothing pop-up store at the Portobello markets:

    Juliet & the Band UK ‏@julietandbandUK
    Guess who came today to our shop and bought from our winter collection ? http://twitpic.com/b20zez
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Happy Birthday

    Happy Birthday Matt!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 8th, 2012 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)


    Location unknown:

    Dalal Almuhaidib ‏@dalalmu
    Muthanna having dinner with Matt Damon http://instagr.am/p/QgnX9MvWZ4/

    Another photo from the Notting Hill area:

    BeachBlanketBabylon ‏@BeachBlanketUK
    Matt Damon visits us over the weekend :) pic.twitter.com/43uWk517

    Edited at 2012-10-08 11:32 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2012 08:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Hanging out in Notting Hill

    Notting Hill is really close to me. Not a part of London I associate with A-listers, but the shops are lovely and sell really unique things, especially clothes for kids, and David Cameron used to live there before he became Prime Minister.

    Portobello Road is a great market - it was shown in the movie Notting Hill starring Hugh Grant - that long scene where he's walking after Julia Roberts dumps him.

    The weekend was really nice, sunny and warm, but it's raining now; I hope he and Lucy have a great time. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 8th, 2012 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hanging out in Notting Hill

    Thanks Marcia, it is a fun place to visit (but two days in a row?)

    I presume Matt is now back in NY for his birthday and Argo's NY premiere on Tuesday.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hanging out in Notting Hill

    Also seen in the movie, "Bedknobs and Broomsticks".
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)


    Happy 42nd Birthday, Matt! Yay!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    London Trip

    There was also no mention of Elsa Pataky in this trip to London. Maybe Matt and Chris (and John?) traveled without their wives, and then, they went to London, where Emily is filming.

    Funny how despite the fact that Matt wears his traditional disguise to go unnoticed, (baseball cap and glasses), they ALWAYS recognize him.

    ★ HƛƤƤƳ ƁƖƦƬHƊƛY, MƛƬƬ! ★
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Many happy returns of the day, Matt!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: birthday

    Happy birthday matt ! Hope you have a great day!

    I think the London trip was a lil bday getaway for Matt so I do think Lucy was there. Also can you see him going to the shops on his own? Lol. Not that he can't but I think that proves Lucy was there.

    I thought that matt was confirmed for the one x one event. Has something changed?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 8th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: birthday

    I've seen nothing confirming the OneXOne event.

    Lainey on the night out with Cruise:

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