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Elysium, Monuments Men
  • Matt will attend a Berlin cinema on Monday to present a new trailer and clips from Elysium as part of a satellite link-up with Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley. There will also be a Q&A. New photos from Elysium have also been released, including Matt with Wagner Moura.

  • More photos of Matt on the Berlin set of Monuments Men are at PopSugar and BZ.

  • Update: A new interview with Matt, conducted at the Berlin Film Festival in February, is now online at The Observer, including:

    In 1987, when Bruce Springsteen wrote the song "Ain't Got You", he was the biggest rock star in the world. He had vast estates in New Jersey and Beverly Hills, and he had not long returned from a honeymoon at Gianni Versace's villa in Lake Como. "Ain't Got You" was Springsteen's attempt to make a self-aware nod to his outrageous fortune, the Rembrandts on his walls, and how he had come a long way from his working-class upbringing.

    Before he released it, Springsteen played "Ain't Got You" to Steve Van Zandt, his best friend since they were teenagers and a key cohort in his E Street Band. Van Zandt was appalled. "I'm, like: 'This is bullshit,'" he recalled telling Springsteen. "'People don't need you talking about your life. Nobody gives a shit about your life. They need you for their lives. That's your thing.'"

    Time is up, the Berlin film festival premiere of Promised Land awaits, and Damon might need something smarter than his jeans and fleece. But before he leaves, I ask him what he makes of that dispute between Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt 25 years ago. His answer is revealing about his own career. "Steve Van Zandt is right," says Damon. "If you're trying to play an everyman, you've got to have the same concerns and be struggling with the same issues as the people who are coming to see the movie. A movie about a narcissistic, rich movie star would not work, unless you were making a take-down. If you are writing a story and trying to draw an audience to come and hear you tell it, it's got to in some way relate to them. Who wants to come and hear about your specific problems? It's not therapy – it's supposed to be a communal piece of entertainment."
  • 18 comments or Leave a comment
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 6th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Here's the Observer cover, but the article isn't online yet.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 6th, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Photo and interview

    I believe new picture

    The Observer Article

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 7th, 2013 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo and interview

    Thank you for the link to the interview.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 7th, 2013 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo and interview

    Thanks for the set photo. The Observer article doesn't cover any new ground.

    Edited at 2013-04-07 12:46 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 7th, 2013 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo and interview

    Come on, it's from Comicon 2012...
    But you already knew that...http://l-stat.livejournal.com/img/spacer.gif?v=13339
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 7th, 2013 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo and interview

    The Bruce Springsteen story was new. And I had never heard the reasoning for quitting smoking. It shows how serious he was about Lucy at that point.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 7th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo and interview

    The comments section of the article at The Observer is awesome.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: April 7th, 2013 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)


    Hey all... I'll be attending the Q&A and live satellite feed here in LA Monday!! I'll report back with as many Matt details as possible Monday afternoon!!
    I'm super excited!!

    Hey some great updates here lately on Matt even though he's out of the country filming. Great to come here and see what he's up to! I liked the YouTube video from fashion week and the footage from set last week!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 7th, 2013 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    The Elysium trailer and clips should be great. Sharlto Copley confirmed on his Facebook today that he and Neill Blomkamp will be attending the LA preview.

    Promised Land finally opened in one cinema in my city in Australia this week, with absolutely no advance notice (no poster, no trailers, no advertisements in newspapers). I loved Gus Van Sant's direction, cinematography and music, and the various nods to GWH.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: April 7th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    Felicity, that's awesome! A nice surprise for you after weeks of press and Q&As. Did you enjoy the humor too, the little goats and stick shift scene? The acting was great too.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 7th, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    I'm so jealous! ;-)

    But also happy to have 'an agent' there to give us all the details. What time is the Q&A? I'll be waiting anxiously to hear all the news!

    And just to increase your anticipation, here's a blast from the recent past. A VERY interesting video blog from a group of sci-fi writers who saw and loved the trailer at comicon 2012. I'm sure it was posted here then, but a review is timely, I think!

    Have fun!
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: April 7th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    Thanks! Well it's at noon pacific time and prob ill be out of there by 2pm pacific. So I'll post here shortly thereafter with as many details I can cram into my brain.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: April 9th, 2013 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    not sure if this is Paula above but I posted details of the Elysium event on the newer thread today under the Behind the Candelabra trailer!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 21st, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    Gregory you are so lucky don't tell me that you see Matt Damon in person and get 'the latest details' cause if you do...tell him that I'm in love with him even if he's married, pleeease. Oh,and I like his work he is such a hard working actor doing like 3 movies almost at the same time!!!
    Ele :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2013 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt talking about the motility of his sperm... LOL!
    But I get it. My dad also quite smoking short after he married my mom. He told us he did it because he wanted to raise his children in a healthier environment and smoke is a bad habit. I thing that's Good Parenting.
    I like the personal touch of this interview.

    PS: I noted that Matt talks fearless about everything (from politics to fracking) but he became shy when the topic is sex. (Kind of sweet I think)

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 21st, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 8th, 2013 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Behind the Candelabra

    The full trailer for Behind the Candelabra just aired on HBO before Game of Thrones and is now available online. It is different from the trailer shown for television critics earlier in the year.


    The Playlist has some stills:


    Edited at 2013-04-08 01:41 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2013 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Behind the Candelabra

    This looks terrific! Hardly recognized Debbie Reynolds or Rob Lowe.
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