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Behind the Candelabra, Bourne
  • From an interview with Behind the Candelabra screenwriter Richard LaGravanese at Collider:

    You also wrote Behind the Candelabra, about the tempestuous relationship between Liberace and his much younger lover. What was it like to see Michael Douglas and Matt Damon bring those characters to life?

    LaGRAVENESE: I’m very proud of that. I wrote it in 2008 for [Steven] Soderbergh, and Matt and Michael were committed immediately. They stayed committed for four years, and they never wavered, even when financing wasn’t happening and scheduling didn’t work. It was really amazing that these two actors were so committed to this, through Michael’s cancer treatments. And then, I got to see what they did and the courage of these actors, throwing themselves into the roles the way that they did. It’s not parody. They found the emotional core of it. I really believed there was a love between these two. If you don’t have that, then it becomes camp, and it’s not, at all. They really believed that this was a marriage. It was the disillusion of a love affair and a marriage, that can happen to anyone. I’m very proud of their performances, and of the piece itself. They really went for it. I think they’re both extraordinary.

  • The latest on the next Bourne film from Universal chairman Adam Fogelson at the Hollywood Reporter. Bourne Legacy was (officially) made for $125 million and made $276 million, Bourne Ultimatum was made for $110 million and made over $442 million (via BoxOfficeMojo).

    THR: Last summer's Bourne Legacy grossed $276.1 million worldwide without Matt Damon -- good, not great. What's your plan for the Bourne property?

    Fogelson: The point of the last movie was to create a universe, a world and characters that give us a lot of freedom and flexibility in how we go forward. Yeah, the movie didn't perform the way the last one did. It also didn't cost what the last one did. It performed more along the lines of how the first one did. I absolutely see us doing more Bourne, 100 percent yes. Matt has talked about the possibility of coming back, and we totally respect that and are excited if and when he wants to have conversations. But I think the last movie gave us a big bunch of options to pursue a next chapter.

  • A clip of Don Cheadle on Jimmy Fallon talking about hanging out at Matt's house with their families and planning Matt's cameo on House of Lies is at Vulture.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 21st, 2013 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne & Behind the Candelabra

    I'm a little surprised to see a new post about Bourne,since you said the last time,you were tired of talk about it. (and I understand why)
    I don't know what the problem is between Universal and Matt & Paul,but I think they don't want Matt back or at least they don't do anything to get him back. So, I think when they say they're "excited to have conversations with Matt",THEY LIE.

    I hope we can see a trailer from Behind the Candelabra very soon.

    Don Cheadle is adorable.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 21st, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne & Behind the Candelabra

    This is the first news on Bourne in a while, and they have tried to twist the story (officially, Ultimatum cost a lost less and they're trying to spin the story to make Legacy look better).

    We may see a trailer for Candelabra next month - the Al Pacino biopic got a trailer two months before release recently.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 21st, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)


    According to the reviews I read, Legacy was huge comedown. When Matt was making those movies, they had some terrific leadership there, but that's no longer the case, and it shows in their inferior product.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 21st, 2013 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land DVD

    Details of the Promised Land DVD - no commentary, one extended scene and a 'making of'.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 21st, 2013 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Jimmy Fallon

    I'm not sure if this will be available internationally but there is a different clip from Matt's House of Lies episode and more discussion with Cheadle available at Fallon's website. I must say I'm disappointed inFallon. He obviously knew nothing about the show but kept trying to pretend that he'd seen it. Kimmel keeps looking better all the time.

    Oh, speaking of Kimmel, comedian David Steinberg was on Kimmel recently and talked about the "Matt Damon legendary episode." It's on YouTube, I think.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 22nd, 2013 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Jimmy Fallon

    You're right, the full interview was very strange, with lots of fake laughter from Fallon. And the original clip they chose to introduce Don was terrible.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 23rd, 2013 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 23rd, 2013 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Kimmel special

    Gerard Butler says Matt was filming the Kimmel special recently:


    Gerard Butler talks about his star-studded Oscars spoof

    Total Film caught up with Gerard Butler recently, and the Scottish star told us about his role in Jimmy Kimmel’s epic post-Oscars skit.

    When we asked Butler if he’d been working on anything on the day of our interview, he told us, "I’m glad you asked that question because I actually have a relatively interesting answer.

    “I was with Jimmy Kimmel earlier filming his Oscar spoof thing. Basically I’m doing a piss-take of Taken. I’m looking for my baby, and I’m shouting on the phone - then you cut to a wide shot and I have my baby right in front of me… Then they gave me a flamethrower - so I had this backpack and flamethrower with a baby in tow - fighting sexy aliens.

    “It’s hilarious. Matt Damon was doing it, and Bradley Cooper. It’s not every day you get to throw on a baby and a flamethrower at the same time. If there’s ever a day you want a journalist to say ‘so what have you been up to today?!’"
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 23rd, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kimmel special

    So I wonder if matt is in la for the oscars. He doesn't say when this was filmed but I imagined it was in la. Haven't seen any sightings of him since Wednesday I believe and he was still in New York.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2013 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Naeem Khan runway show

    Luciana, Mrs Khan and the girl next to her (a relative,maybe?) were all wearing Naeem Khan.
    Naeem is an artist. I hope to see Lucy using some of his design on the red carpet one day.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Who cares what Lucy and the other women wear?!!!

    I'm here to look for Matt Damon, not them--he's looking too gorgeous!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 24th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Still in NY

    Matt is still in NY and will not be at the Oscars.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2013 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)
    I was really hoping for Maa to be a secret surprise presenter for best picture. That would have been a sight to see! (Assuming Argo wins, and I think it will).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
    Oops...should have said Matt, not Maa
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 25th, 2013 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)


    Ben won as one of the producers of Argo, and didnt thank Matt.

    Were there any references to Matt in the show?

    Edited at 2013-02-25 05:20 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2013 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Oscars

    Why would Ben thank Matt?
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