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Monuments Men starts filming
  • Matt is now in Berlin for the filming of Monuments Men. Update: A press release announcing the start of filming is available at PR Newswire. Matt replaced Daniel Craig in the film.

    Columbia Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox announced today that The Monuments Men, a Smokehouse production directed by and starring George Clooney , has started production in Berlin, Germany. The action-thriller is written by Clooney & Grant Heslov, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter.

    The all-star cast includes Clooney, Matt Damon , Bill Murray , Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin , Bob Balaban , Hugh Bonneville , and John Goodman.

    Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements.

    The Monuments Men continues filming in Germany and the United Kingdom through the end of June. It is scheduled for domestic release on December 18, 2013.

  • A teaser trailer, without any footage, has been released for Behind the Candelabra, which will air on HBO from 26 May.

  • There's a newly released interview (conducted in December) with Matt at United's Hemispheres magazine by David Carr, including:

    Among folks who cover the famous, Damon is considered the gold standard: smart, funny, nice, always plays ball. This interview was no exception.

    HEMISPHERES: But water has a bit of a marketing problem. Because it’s so abundant here, people can’t imagine how big a deal it is in sub-Saharan Africa. In terms of global issues, AIDS actually has more traction in the public consciousness.
    DAMON: Yeah, because everybody knows, or has known, somebody with AIDS. My wife’s father died of it. It touches people in a very personal way.

    HEMISPHERES: You received a career tribute the other night at the Gotham Awards. Is it really tribute time? How old are you?
    DAMON: I’m 42. I completely agree. I didn’t even know what to say to that. I’m trying to get a little $18 million movie out there, so I’m like, “Yeah, sure, I’ll go to the Gotham Awards.” It’s still a little weird. I thought, “Does this mean you’re telling me I can’t work anymore? Are you putting me out to pasture?”

    HEMISPHERES: The poster for Elysium has you holding a gun so big it looks like a cannon. Did you have to work out to be able to hold that thing up?
    DAMON: It’s not that bad. They’re special-effects guns, so they’re not super-heavy. But my character had a shaved head and he was really built, with tattoos all over him, so going to the gym three or four hours a day was a big thing in getting ready for that movie.

  • From an article at GQ on the 'New and improved leading man', including:

    The right balance of relatability and mystery. It's the Renner Conundrum (to put it Ludlumesque-ly): Movie stars need to seem like people you could know and, at the same time, people you could never fully know. Matt Damon looks like somebody you knew in college, or maybe the dad of the kid with whom your kid rides the bus, but his reserve suggests a personal moral code and an ability to keep things close to the vest—a privacy that can make him read as both ordinary and unknowable; his Bourne was the perfect mating of character and actor.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 5th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Monument Men

    A press release on the film starting production:

    We don't know how long Matt will be filming, but Monuments Men will continue filming in Germany and the United Kingdom through the end of June.

    Filming in Potsdam:

    Edited at 2013-03-05 10:03 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 6th, 2013 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Monument Men

    He is so cute in this picture I love the shape of his blue eyes.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 5th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Monuments Men

    Interesting Twitter post by MM actor Bob Balaban.

    Bob Balaban‏@BobBalaban
    “@flover63: Is D Craig still attached to The Monuments Men? There's no mention of him in latest news.” DC isn't in MM Matt Damon is.

    Cast of main characters in the book:

    Edited at 2013-03-05 10:35 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 5th, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Monuments Men

    Apparently Craig wants to do a play in NY with his wife, so this is very interesting. The best (or at least most substantial) part In the book was Rorimer, and I actually think Matt is a terrific fit for that character. Of course, there's no way to tell how Clooney and Heslov have rewritten it. Clooney may have given himself a bigger piece of the movie.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 6th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Monuments Men

    There's one English character in the book, but that's likely to be Hugh Bonneville. I still have no idea who Matt is playing.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 6th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Monuments Men

    Who is playing what part seems to be quite a guessing game all around the web - lol.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 5th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Tribeca fest

    Any reports that Matt is in a film at the Tribeca Film Festival (Sunshine Jr) are completely false. It's Matt Dillon.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: March 6th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    SBIFF full video

    Finally full video coverage of Ben receiving the SBIFF Modern Master Award. From Ben's interview, through Matt's speech, through Ben's full acceptance speech.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 6th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Probably false rumors that Matt is filming a documentary with Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna in Veracruz Mexico next week.


    Maybe Matt is the narrator of the documentary which is filming in Veracruz.


    Edited at 2013-03-07 02:26 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 6th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    EW cover

    Matt and Michael are on the cover of the next EW (already!) promoting Behind the Candelabra. ET will have some highlights on today's show. The quotes and photos are pretty great.


    Debbie Reynolds‏@DebbieReynolds1
    I'm so happy to be in BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. Matt Damon has the most beautiful eyes. Michael Douglas worked so hard to act like Liberace.

    Edited at 2013-03-06 11:12 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 7th, 2013 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: EW cover

    To use what would seem to be appropriate terminology, "That's FABULOUS!"

    Lol. Love it! Sounds like a fun interview, really looking forward to the pictures in the magazine. I also really loved the teaser. It signaled class, sly humor, and musicality all at the same time. HBO really does it right. Nice that they're already hitting the publicity.

    Between Liberace, Elysium, and Monuments Men Matt is going to have a year with some tremendous on-screen diversity! Ah, that's our boy. I love that he's so fearless.

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