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SBFF reports
  • Reports on the Santa Barbara Film Festival event are at the LA Times and the VC Star. Higher quality video of Matt's award presentation is available here, and photos of the event are at PopSugar.

    LA Times
    "We're still a long shot," Affleck said, his underdog sentiments clashing with the words of his old friend Matt Damon, who presented Affleck with the Modern Master award, saying, "No one's going to be surprised if ['Argo'] wins the Oscar for best picture."

    Receiving the weighty trophy, Affleck spent several minutes extolling Damon's "genius," prompting Damon to crack at one point, "Who's getting the award?"

    "I was just feeling really grateful about Matt's speech," Affleck said a bit sheepishly afterward. "His friendship and support have meant a lot. I wouldn't be here without him."

    VC Star
    Damon, whom he has known about 30 years, flew into town to present Affleck with his award and naturally couldn't resist a few digs.

    "So-o-o ... a modern master ... Ok-a-a-y," Damon said with delicious hesitation as the crowd giggled.
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    II0___0II From: II0___0II Date: January 27th, 2013 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Full show on YouTube & SBFF

    Thanks for the link.

    I was somewhat surprised by Ben's speech. He sounded very sweet and grateful to have a friend like Matt. Usually, he used to joke about their friendship. Not this time.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 27th, 2013 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Full show on YouTube & SBFF

    I know, and that's why I transcribed it. It's very rare of Ben to provide a serious response in that context and say something positive about Matt, whereas Matt is typically serious and genuine. It was a pretty meaningless award in a long season of award shows, but it was the only one Matt was available to attend and show his support for Ben.

    With Argo looking like a very strong contender for Best Picture, Matt may attend the Oscars (or after-parties) in support.

    Edited at 2013-01-27 01:27 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 27th, 2013 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Monuments Men

    A report on extras casting over the weekend in Berlin for Monuments Men:


    [Clooney], who is directing and starring in the film, will begin shooting at the Babelsberg studios in Potsdam at the beginning of March. The famous studio is co-producing the film.

    The casting agency Filmgesichter ("Film Faces") called for men to come and apply for a mini-role as a soldier in a crowd scene in the film. "We need between 5,000 and 8,000 extras," studio spokeswoman Eike Wolf said.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 27th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Monuments Men

    In fact,I just wanted to post this!
    Close-up on Euronews (European Channel of Informations) today : production of "The Monuments Men" is searching for extras: blond hair, no piercing,no tattoo,slim and only men!! However some girls,laughing,were in the queue,trying their luck...and one guy with long hair saying"I've probably have to cut my hair!". Shooting seems actually beginning on March 1st.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 27th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Monuments Men

    PS: all these pics are too wonderful! What a real and deep friendship!
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 27th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for transcribing!!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 28th, 2013 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Catherine Zeta-Jones

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 28th, 2013 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    House of Lies

    Matt's episode of 'House of Lies' will air 10 February, and is called 'Damonschildren.org'. There was a preview after Sunday's episode.


    Edited at 2013-01-28 03:59 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 28th, 2013 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: House of Lies

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,ha! That's a great line. Love it when Matt pokes fun at himself. Does anybody know the what the chances are of seeing the show online?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 28th, 2013 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: House of Lies

    It's a great preview. The episode isn't airing for two weeks so they're likely to run it consistently to build it up. Clips from the show are online at the website.

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