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Jimmy Kimmel, House of Lies
  • Matt will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on 24 January. Details are available at EW and the Hollywood Reporter:

    Set your DVRs: Matt Damon will finally submit to an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, Jan. 24. And “may God help Damon if he dares show his stupid face,” Kimmel said in a statement.

    Kimmel largely kept mum on what he has planned for the new slot -- of which he joked he had been begging ABC brass for since he started at the network a decade ago -- except to say that his faux-enemy Matt Damon would be coming on the show Jan. 24. He hinted that the pair has “something fun” planned but stopped short of sharing details.

    In making the announcement, Kimmel said he had no intention of altering his nightly signoff, in which he apologizes to Damon for running out of time. “We'll keep doing the same nonsense,” he added of a tradition that began during Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s first season. “Matt is almost a good-luck charm for us.”

  • Matt's upcoming appearance on House of Lies was announced at the TCA's - from Zap2it:

    The sharks of Galweather & Stern will be taking on a celebrity client on"House of Lies" this season: Matt Damon.

    Damon will play himself in an episode of the Showtime series this winter, Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins announced Saturday (Jan. 12) at the TCA winter press tour. The guest spot will reunite Damon with his "Ocean's 11" co-star Don Cheadle.

    In the episode, Damon will seek the help of Marty (Cheadle) and his team in setting up a charitable foundation. It's for a good cause and all, but what he really wants to do is one-upGeorge Clooney.

  • From an interview with producer Chris Moore at Yes magazine:

    Moore: Matt plays the "everyman" that I think America, and even the world, really likes and believes in. I think Matt is as close to somebody like Jimmy Stewart as we have right now. You think of some of Stewart’s movies, like It's a Wonderful Life or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. There's this desire for the world to be what we all think it can be. I wanted to make a movie like that. And I think Matt is, right now, one of the movie stars in the best position to play a character like that.

    Korten : Chris, what is next for you?
    Moore: You know the movie we did with Howard Zinn, The People Speak? Others are finding the format [of actors speaking roles of figures in historical times] works for portraying their own “people’s histories. Last year, we did The People Speak: United Kingdom with Colin Firth, Keira Knightly, and others. In December The People Speak: Australia came out. We are doing The People Speak: Italy. Now we're doing one with the History Channel, The People Speak: Civil War. They felt, and we agree, that there's a side of the Civil War that nobody's ever seen. We’re doing another one on economic justice. These last two will hopefully be out by the fall to be useful for teachers.

  • David Denby's positive review of Promised Land is at the New Yorker, including:

    In Gus Van Sant’s heartfelt and clear-minded “Promised Land,” Steve (Matt Damon) and his colleague Sue (Frances McDormand), two outsiders—interlopers might be a better word—arrive in a rural Pennsylvania town.

    “Promised Land,” which was written by Matt Damon and the actor John Krasinski (with initial help from Dave Eggers), offers observations on something not often seen in movies—the contrasting morality between caring desperately about your work and simply doing it competently and collecting a paycheck. The movie makes the case for both. This is one of Damon’s best regular-guy performances. Van Sant sets the film in an ordinary country town, with trees and ponds, fields and horses. It’s beautiful, but no more so than thousands of other towns across America, and that’s the point: where do we stop giving up the commonplace riches of the country?

  • A quote from actor James McAvoy in Total Film magazine:

    “I’m not too worried about typecasting at the moment.” He shrugs when we raise his nice-guy image. “Matt Damon’s managed to make an entire career out of it and he’s fucking brilliant.”

  • A photo of Matt and Lucy supporting an animal charity project in Miami is at this site.
  • 23 comments or Leave a comment
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 14th, 2013 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt is in NY and not at the Golden Globes. He had dinner with Stanley Tucci yesterday.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 14th, 2013 07:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Globes (yes, off-topic)

    I thought Amanda would appreciate Nikki's comments about Anne Hathaway:

    I’m so sick of Anne Hathaway’s ‘Ooh-I’m-so-insecure’ shtick. But in reality, when she co-hosted the Academy Awards with James Franco in 2011 and both bombed badly, she counted every single line to make sure she had an equal number to his. Can you blame James for mentally and physically checking out of the broadcast halfway through given her asshole-ian behavior?

    Edited at 2013-01-14 11:36 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 15th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Globes (yes, off-topic)

    Yah, Ann's movie might have been cool--didn't see it--but Matt Damon's Promissed Land should have at least won some type of award. Even if it didn't it has been like that lately anymore. Like the movies that I think should win don't and the weird nobody's (sorry) get awards or something. This game is also rigged Matt ZZZZZZZZ ummmm...It was a nice written movie. Oh, loved how it started out when Matt drives with the coworker (he can't drive stick in the movie how cute) and he sais to her 'S-ck it' LOL I nearly died when he said that I bet he's the one that came up with that one! And I liked how his character was nothing like previous ones too.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 14th, 2013 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    John Goodman

    A quote from John Goodman at the Globes:

    Argo producer John Goodman was out on the smoking balcony after being booted it out of seat. "So I'm just drifting around," he said, proving that not even those in nominated films get special treatment. When it was suggested he insist on his seat and make a fuss given his status and parts in two big movies, he said "Nah, there are a lot of heavier hitters here." His favorites so far? Lincoln and Matt Damon's Promised Land. And on hist must-see list: Silver Linings Playbook.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 14th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    About Matt and Kimmel show:

    I wonder if Kimmel doesn't like Matt Damon or something why is he saying on every show 'we ran out of time' and then made that statement saying that 'may God help Matt if he dares to show his s...face' to quote what he has said. Why would Matt go to get interviewed then?!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 14th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: About Matt and Kimmel show:

    It's a long-standing joke. They're friends in real life and Matt has done a number of video gags to continue the 'fake feud'. Kimmel honored Matt (jokingly) at an awards ceremony a few years ago.

    There's a summary of Matt's history with Kimmel on Matt's Wikipedia page. Kimmel is also best friends with John Krasinski.

    The upcoming appearance is very unlikely to be a straightforward interview and will involve a prank or game of some kind (they have already suggested this).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 15th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: About Matt and Kimmel show:

    Ohhhh, thanx for the explanation! I wasn't sure cause they're good acting like they're feuding. I knew about the Sarah S. video (well who doesn't now) and it's my favorite to watch when I wanna laugh...I can't wait to see what funny thing they do next :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 14th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Reuters has an interview with Matt talking about Ben. The author claimed on Facebook it was exclusive but it seems to be the same words he used often in the junket:


    Don Cheadle talks about Matt, but none of his comments are serious:

    Edited at 2013-01-14 11:56 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 15th, 2013 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Boston locations in GWH

    A photo-essay from the Boston Globe which revisits original locations from Good Will Hunting and includes stories from location scouts:


    Edited at 2013-01-15 08:56 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 15th, 2013 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)



    The actor-director's best friend Matt Damon was among the first stars to offer congratulations on his win.

    Affleck revealed: "Damon has texted me a couple of times... he was just saying congratulations, that kind of thing."
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 15th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Globes/:ele

    Wish I could text them it would be so fun to be texting friends with my favorite actors in the whole wide world!!!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 16th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Harvard Arts Medal

    Matt will receive the Harvard Arts Medal in April.


    The Office for the Arts at Harvard and Radcliffe has announced that the Harvard Arts Medal for 2013 will be awarded to actor and writer Matt Damon ’92. Damon will receive his medal on April 25 in Sanders Theatre, kicking off this spring’s Arts First festival, scheduled for April 25 through 28. More than 1,000 performers will take part in the plethora of events during Arts First weekend, a showcase for student and faculty creativity at Harvard.
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