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Behind the Candelabra, Promised Land in wide release

  • Matt, Michael Douglas, Steven Soderbergh and Jerry Weintraub attended the Television Critics Association winter tour in Pasadena to promote Behind the Candelabra on Friday. A new trailer for the film was shown to critics. Reports are at HitFix, USA Today, Access Hollywood, Greg in Hollywood and ET Online. Photos are from HBO, Yahoo and Zimbio.



    IMDb TV ‏@IMDbTV
    Trailer for #BehindTheCandelabra may be haunting a few dreams tonight. Fascinating, bizarre, beautifully tragic. #HBO #tca13

    Tim Goodman ‏@BastardMachine
    The clip for Steven Soderbergh's"Behind the Candelabra" with Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson was…was…wow.

    Tim Holland ‏@roviTim
    "Behind the Candelabra" clips are terrific. Michael Douglas looks believable as Liberace & Matt Damon looks great as lover Scott Thorson.

  • An oral history of Good Will Hunting, as recounted by key cast and crew, is at Boston magazine, including:



    The movie launched the careers of both Damon and Affleck. Fifteen years later, its legacy follows the careers of the cast and production team everywhere.

    Skarsgard: It’s amazing how often people come up to you in airports and on streets and start talking about it and say, “I see it at least once a year,” or “I’ve seen it 30 times.” It’s a film that people carry around with them in a way.

    Williams: I think it’s a movie that people experienced. It’s more than a movie for some people, which is kind of wonderful.

    Damon: I don’t think there could ever be another movie that I felt that way about. Because of what it meant for our lives, because of that time in our life. Another movie couldn’t occupy that much of my heart and soul at this point in my life. A movie could never change my life like that again.

    Affleck: For a while, we thought maybe we should chill and just do other stuff, and not be Matt and Ben, Matt and Ben. But now, I’m gonna direct Matt in the Whitey movie. We have our company together, we’re developing together. And Matt lives down the street from me like he used to. His kids are living with him, the way we used to live with our folks. The only difference is that we have pools.

  • A new interview at USA Today by Donna Freydkin is available here, including Matt talking about moving to LA.



    "It's going to be better for our company, for me and Ben. And we looked for a place here for four years. People have an over-inflated idea of what their place is worth," says Damon. "We were just looking for a place to raise the kids. That precipitated the move to LA. We went there to look for schools. We love our school here."

    And here, he loves his almost singular ability to live as normal a life as possible. Damon has lunch with his family. He goes to playgrounds and drops his kids off at school. And no one looks twice, enabling him to pretend that he's not actually famous. "It doesn't feel like that. It was worse downtown. That was a beehive. Where we are now, I live under the illusion that no one has ever seen a movie," he says. "It's really nice."

    At the time of this interview, Damon was proudly and happily a stay-at-home dad. "I don't have a job right now. It's a first. I'm totally unemployed. Press for this, and then hopefully I'm just around," says Damon.

    This year is shaping up to another busy one for Damon; this spring, he's shooting the World War II movie The Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney and co-starring Daniel Craig and Cate Blanchett. It's yet another blue-chip project for Damon, who is admittedly particular about his choices.

    "When you do something, you're also making the decision to not do something else, which is to stay home with your kids and your wife. My wife and I were talking about it this morning. A big part of who I am is my work. But it's like finding that balance. I don't want to stop working. But I don't want to work too much and be away. There's always some kind of tradeoff," says Damon. "When I'm working, I should really be working and when I'm home, I should really be home."

  • From an interview with Gus Van Sant at Indiewire:

    What was it like working with Damon again?
    Well, he was 26 when we did "Good Will Hunting" and then we did "Gerry," which was 2001. And on that one we were writing it while we were shooting. And it wasCasey [Affleck] and Matt and myself. This one had a really strong screenplay that they had been working on for at least a year. It was sort of a sealed script. It was pretty much the roadmap. In the case of "Good Will Hunting" and this film, Matt divorces himself from the writing part and is just the actor.

    There was always, on "Good Will Hunting" and this film, a feeling of mutual agreement of what we were doing. I don't know what he says in those situations, when people ask him what it's like working with me. He's very sensitive so he knows what I'm thinking without me actually talking. So he reacts to very small gestures and things and I'm usually not talking to him. And we don't do many takes. We just do a take and I go, "'Okay, that's great, let's move on," he won't have any doubts and say, "Can't we do one more take?" It's done with no particular discussion. It was like that on "Good Will Hunting" and it was like that on this.

  • From an interview with Matt at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

    "The guys we rented our port-a-potties from found out the movie was about fracking, and they assumed it was an anti-fracking movie, and they were pro-fracking and so they took our port-a-potties away," Matt Damon, one of the stars, writers and producers of "Promised Land," said in a recent phone interview. "That was a bummer for one day."

    He knows that "Promised Land," opening in Pittsburgh theaters today, will invariably be labeled the fracking movie. Here, it might be the fracking movie shot in Westmoreland, Armstrong and Allegheny counties.

    "That doesn't sound, on the face of it, the first-choice movie that you would go see, but obviously we think it's a lot more than that, and that there's some great characters and some great acting, and it's worth people's time and money."

    Failing that, he joked, "My position is always to say we have Hobbits in our movie. Maybe some people will come."

    He stayed at the William Penn Hotel in 1998 [for Dogma], but this time he rented a house about 30 minutes outside Downtown. His wife and four daughters visited during spring break since the older girls are in school.

    One character thinks he's going to become a "shaleionaire" from selling the drilling rights on his land.

    "We wanted all the characters to feel like people we know and let's face it, we all know that guy. In fact, Lucas Black -- who plays that guy -- thought we based it on a guy from his hometown in Alabama. ... He not only bought a Corvette he couldn't afford but he got the Corvette logo tattooed across his chest and then subsequently lost the car but still has the tattoo."
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