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  • Matt will air in the next episode of House of Lies, airing on 10 February. A preview is available at YouTube.

  • A long interview with Steven Soderbergh is at Vulture, including:

    Candelabra brings you back to more lighthearted territory. At least it looks like a lot of fun—Michael and Matt making out, for instance.
    Soderbergh: It was really fun. The world of it was just bananas. It was great to see Michael and Matt jump off the cliff together. Nobody can accuse them of being shy. They just went for it. It’s pretty gay.

    Can Douglas sing?
    He can sing as well as Liberace, who sort of talked-sang like Rex Harrison.

    How did Matt get involved?
    He came to do a day of work on Che. I gave him the book Behind the Cabdelabra, by Scott Thorson, and said, See if you’re interested in playing Scott. Matt said yes, but when Michael had a little gathering at his house for a brunch—it was literally the day before shooting started—I could sense Matt was anxious. He said, I’m not sure where we’re going with this guy. I told him to just show up to work the next day, get into his outfit, and put the hair on. It was one of those things where there wasn’t anything to say—I didn’t know what string of words to put together to explain it to him. It was about the physicality of just being there. From that point it would be obvious what had to be done. And it was. By the second day he said he felt good, and by the end of the first week he was totally dialed in.

    Are you disappointed that it’s not being released in theaters?
    Not at all. After Warner Bros. put it in turnaround, we showed it to every studio in town. No one wanted it, even though we only needed $5 million.

    That seems inconceivable—no, stupid.
    It was crazy. But HBO was immediately into it, and the experience was great from beginning to end.

    Are you entirely satisfied with any of your films?
    Out of Sight. It’s less flawed than the others. Or The Informant! As I look at those two, I feel like I don’t know what else I would do.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 28th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land in Berlin

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 28th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land in Berlin

    Will matt be attending this?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 29th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land in Berlin

    Nothing's ever confirmed, but Matt, Gus and John (depending on his filming schedule) would be very likely to attend. Media reports claim Matt will attend:


    Edited at 2013-01-29 02:08 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 29th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land in Berlin

    I've already booked my train-journey, now I still have to get my tickets for the premiere on february 4th. I will keep you posted!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 30th, 2013 08:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land in Berlin

    (8 February)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 31st, 2013 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land in Berlin

    i know but the ticketsale for the premiere starts at February 4th.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 31st, 2013 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land in Berlin

    Got it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 29th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Behind the Candelabra

    The first official still from Behind the Candelabra (taken on a day with lots of paparazzi photos of the car showroom):

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 29th, 2013 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Ben talks Kimmel show


    Ben’s BFF Matt Damon presented him with his SBIFF award and called him a great director. Ben also had kind words for Matt on his “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” takeover.

    Affleck said, "It was great. I thought Matt did an incredible job. Honestly, he could put Jimmy out of business. It was so cool to be on the night of a thousand stars.”

    From a report on the SBIFF event, different wording for Ben's speech:

    In a heartwarming speech, Damon told the California crowd, "Ben's made these three great movies and the last one, Argo, is a legitimately great movie that's already nominated for Best Picture and it's already won the Golden Globe for Best Picture and for Ben for Best Director, and no one's going to be surprised if it wins the Oscar for Best Picture.

    "And so here I am with my buddy, who is, without question, a great director. So... the only thing I can say is... please welcome somebody who is undeniably two things: my very old friend and a very young master."

    Clearly moved by the kind words as he stepped up to the stage, Affleck quipped, "That's heavy, man!" before turning to the audience and saying, "I wanna say thank you to Matt Damon, who, when he gets this award, I hope will invite me here to give a speech about him. Mine will be a bit more of a roast because so many of the brilliant characteristics of Matt are so blatantly self-evident."

    Text from Ben's SBIFF conversation with Leonard Maltin:

    Affleck said sharing a journey through Hollywood with his childhood friend Matt Damon - on hand to present his pal and fellow Bostonian with the award - has been “a really nice thing to have, which is a nice thing today, still: a friend who's in it with you. We had the same goals. We both kind of supported each other. We both wanted to get the part, but if it wasn't us we wanted it to be our friend. And that really carries through 'Good Will Hunting' and then sort of just through time to have somebody to kind of touch base with who you knew when.”

    Edited at 2013-01-29 08:54 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 29th, 2013 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Dartmoor Zoo

    Following an increase in visitors following the release of We Bought A Zoo, zebras have now arrived.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 30th, 2013 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Kimmel rerun

    Just saw the prime time rerun of Matt's Kimmel episode and noticed they edited in a bit more material - particularly in the interviews.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 30th, 2013 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kimmel rerun

    Thanks Paula. I'll try to find an updated YouTube version.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 30th, 2013 08:34 am (UTC) (Link)


    What are the odds on Matt presenting 'Argo' as a Best Picture contender at the Oscars now that Argo is the likely winner? It may depend on how they are presenting that category this year.

    Edited at 2013-01-30 08:37 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 30th, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Oscars

    I've been wondering the same thing. iF Matt presents, and IF Argo wins, it would be a lovely moment for both two great friends and the audience. But if something else won - awkward!
    II0___0II From: II0___0II Date: January 30th, 2013 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Oscars

    It's a possibility, I think.
    Also, we have to keep in mind that Matt did a very good job hosting the 'Jimmy Kimmel Show' last week, So, I wouldn't be very surprised if the producers of the Oscars decide to include him in the Ceremony as a presenter.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 30th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Oscars

    Matt wouldn't introduce Best Picture but he could introduce Argo, as Best Picture films are usually introduced individually throughout the evening.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 30th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Catherine Zeta Jones has made several comments along this line, but there's kind of a cute video with this.
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