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  • Steven Soderbergh talks about his favorite costume in Behind the Candelabra at Details:

    DETAILS: Your last last film, (non-theatrical) is Liberace for HBO (starring Matt Damon). I'm sure the costumes were fabulous. Was there a specific outfit though that really stands out?

    STEVEN SODERBERGH: OH MY GOD. Everyday there was a costume that made you gasp. Matt had this one outfit that he wears in the film that is this sheer top, unbuttoned, with a male bikini with sequins all over it... climaxing sort of, in the right place. They spread out but get more dense at, sort of, the "action point." He happens to be wearing this ensemble when he's really upset and storms through the house—complete with big sunglasses and flip-flops. You see him and just think, "Wow. That's really brave." I have a great picture of him in it standing next to a Christmas tree.

  • Tickets for Matt's Harvard Arts Medal presentation on 25 April are now available - details here.

    Actor, writer, producer, and humanitarian Matt Damon is the recipient of the 2013 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by Harvard President Drew Faust at a ceremony on April 25 at 4 p.m. at Sanders Theatre.

    The ceremony, presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Board of Overseers, will include a discussion with Damon on his life and career, moderated by his fellow actor John Lithgow ’67, who will host the event. This is the official opening event for Arts First, Harvard’s annual festival showcasing student creativity in the arts.

    For ticket information, visit www.boxoffice.harvard.edu or call 617.496.2222.

  • A comment from Jimmy Kimmel about Matt's recent appearance from 10news.com:

    His show has been a huge success with a whole new generation of late-night viewers. Some attribute that success to his social media savvy. Consider a lone tweet on the afternoon of Jan. 24 promoting a strange takeover by his so-called “nemesis” Matt Damon.

    With very little promotion, the power of social media took off from there. The result? The Matt Damon episode was the highest rated "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in 10 years. Not bad for a host who was bound, gagged, and didn't say a word for the entire show.

    “Oh yeah, it’s bad that on our most successful show, I remained completely silent and immobile through the whole thing,” Kimmel said holding back a laugh. “I think this show would probably be better without me.”

  • This interview (presumably legit) in the Russian Esquire has a few new quotes.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2013 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
    Ive seen clips of the Kimmel show Matt did and loved it, the only didnt like was Nicoles so called lap dance, it looked tacky but Matt is just brilliant and not surprised it was there biggest raitings, just shows the good and bad of social media, it can work for you or against you. Well done Matt, looking forward to seeing your next project
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: February 6th, 2013 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
    I was at the taping. Nicole followed suite with exactly what Robin Williams did to Kimmel, the only difference was what you saw broadcast was cut short by Affleck holding up his "I still love you Jimmy" signs as they cut for commercial.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 6th, 2013 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Whitey Bulger project


    We hear... That a source close to Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Whitey Bulger film project reports the Cambridge homeys haven’t been intimidated by the announcement that Johnny Depp has signed on to play the Southie mob boss in “Black Mass,” directed by Barry Levinson. “We are on track and nothing has changed,” the source told the Track. Thank heavens.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 7th, 2013 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Whitey Bulger project

    Good news! We already knew they were a couple of very determined guys. That's Boston for you.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: February 6th, 2013 11:03 am (UTC) (Link)
    Soderbergh's tidbit is priceless!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I think the interview is in the Russian Esquire, not Romanian.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview

    Which one I could tell you I speak some languages?
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 6th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 7th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Berlin

    Where's Lucy?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    House of Lies

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2013 06:59 am (UTC) (Link)


    More photos of Matt and George in Berlin (looks to be a later dinner at the same location).



    Video of Matt leaving the airport: http://www.tikonline.de/video/detail.php?nr=146447&rubric=Videosection

    Edited at 2013-02-07 11:06 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2013 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: VIDEO

    I adore the way that Matt, very politely, steps aside in favour of the young lady in front of the door! I think no many stars do that!
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2013 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)


    Thursday was a press day and Friday will be the photo call and premiere. John Krasinski is in Berlin - photos of his trip are on his Twitter page. George has apparently left Berlin to go to London, so he won't be at the premiere.

    In a post at a George Clooney fan site, poster 'Margou' talks about an interview with Matt on German TV:

    Last evening in the german TV magazine "prominent" , there is no repeat on the homepage and they show only pic`s...but there was an interview with Matt. He said, the dinner endet at midnight and then he was calling his wife and his children in the usa...and George would fly the next day to England ( must be Thursday). So he ist now in England? They said, Matt promote his new film on Berlinade and will be in Berlin in four weeks to start the new film with George.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2013 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Live video

    There will be live video of the press conference and red carpet today:


    Promised Land by Gus Van Sant
    14.05 Photo Call
    14.15 Press Conference

    Gus Van Sant (Director)
    Matt Damon (Actor)
    John Krasinski (Actor)
    Moderation: Jenni Zylka

    Promised Land by Gus Van Sant
    18.45 – 19.15 Red Carpet

    Matt and George's dinner was the subject of a whole cover page for a German tabloid newspaper:

    Edited at 2013-02-08 01:12 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2013 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live video

    It's a really interesting press conference, with most questions directed to Matt who is defending the film and the poor reception it got while saying he still loves the movie and wouldn't do anything to change it. He doesn't think it was particularly attacked by any interest groups, just the critics (the Berlin critics are already vocal in their disappointment).

    He says he's trying to judge it by a variety of metrics and understand why it didn't do well, but his heart was in it.

    Kate Muir ‏@muirkate
    Matt Damon dead honest on Promised Land: "I've had movies bomb worse than this one and make their money back later." *shrugs*

    The only comments that will get traction after this (unless there's a question about George) will likely be about Berlin's airport.

    Edited at 2013-02-08 01:43 pm (UTC)
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Damon's dog tag

    I remember a while back (maybe just last year) Matt mentioned in a red carpet event that Lucy had given him a dog tag for Valentine's Day and it said something like "if found please return to Lucy" and it had her phone #...it looks like he wears the dog tag when he is unaccompanied by his owner.

    How sweet!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Damon's dog tag

    Matt's worn the dog tags permanently since he received it as a gift from Lucy.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    press conference high lights

    Found some clips of the press conference on youtube. There is also a new interview with Matt and a German reporter further down the page.


    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: February 8th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: press conference high lights

    You're welcome Paula!
    Deadline Hollywood did an excellent article recapping the press conference with quotes here:


    I fell asleep and didn't see the live red carpet :( but it sounded cool with it snowing.
    Some good photos are at gettyimages.com
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