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Full Behind the Candelabra trailer
  • The full trailer for Behind the Candelabra is now available at YouTube. Stills are also available at The Playlist.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Behind the Candelabra

    I Love the the full preview trailer of the film it's very awesome!.............Trinya
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2013 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)


    It's pretty great to have the trailer for Behind the Candelabra and Elysium drop the same week. Maybe it will make some people wake up and realize that Matt has AMAZING RANGE as an actor.

    I mean come on! From Bourne to Candelabra is in itself amazing. But then you've got to add Elysium and We Bought A Zoo and True Grit and The Informant. And Stuck on You, for heaven's sake. That is range like only a small number of people in the whole history of movies! I think it's past time for Matt to get some recognition. Give up some love, world!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 8th, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Trailers

    The trailer is brilliant, including the use of music and editing. HBO has done a great job of slowly leaking details of the movie to make it more palatable to a wider audience.

    The Daily Mail has more stills, including the pool scene (and they had fun with their title):

    Edited at 2013-04-08 01:47 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Daily Mail aticle

    Ha,ha, that article at the Mail panted over Matt even more than I do, and I didn't know that was possible! Love that the first four pictures were fuzzy screen captures of Matt rising from the pool.

    I never knew I had so much in common with the Daily Mail, although they have taken a very active interest in him over the last year or so. I thought they were just building him up to shoot him down, but maybe I was wrong.

    They obviously went over this trailer practically frame by frame. I hadn't even noticed this:

    "His physique mirrors that of a Michelangelo-style statue at the back of the private pool."

    Love it. Between this and the news about the Elysium conference I'm not going to get anything done today - lol

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: April 8th, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Daily Mail aticle

    I'm rather speechless. Bravo Bravo!
    I agree with all of you above and applaud the Daily Mails cover as well :)

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Daily Mail aticle

    This movie just looks great. A wonderful opportunity for matt to definitely show his range as an actor. I bet there are some awards that come out of this.

    On a side note I can't help but laugh at rob Lowe. I can't find the right word to describe him.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 8th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Daily Mail aticle

    There may be some awards for Douglas and the film, but there isn't a best supporting actor category for mini-series or made for TV films at the Emmys. There may be a Golden Globe, but that's probably why both will compete for Best Actor at the Emmys (which is a shame).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Daily Mail Article

    Really good trailer. It looks amazing. I hope it does really well. It's so weird though, the Daily Mail is such an ultra right-wing British tabloid and deeply mysognistic and homophobic. I really don't understand their praise of Matt. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Daily Mail Article

    I also am completely puzzled. Because it's not the first time in the past year they've had positive comments about him. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop but until it does we might as well enjoy it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 8th, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium preview

    The Elysium preview seems to have gone very well - we'll wait for Greg's report, but here's a few comments. The poster has also been released, and the trailer is expected tomorrow.

    Pic of Matt at the event:

    Adam B. Vary ‏@adambvary35m
    Best surprise from the #Elysium preview footage: How loose and funny and everyguy-y Matt Damon is. Also, everybody, he's RIPPED. #iknow

    Florian Busch ‏@floxx7m
    Just saw #elysium trailer world premiere with matt damon in audience. Awesome movie! If u liked #district9 you will love this.

    Leanne Aguilera ‏@leanneaguilera45m
    Just witnessed ten never-before-seen minutes of Matt Damon's new futuristic action flick #Elysium. Absolutely phenomenal! I'm speechless.

    Anthony Cincotta ‏@AnthonyCincotta52m
    10min preview & mind is blown. Visually stunning, beyond action packed, Matt Damon like you've never seen him before #Elysium @firstshowing

    Edited at 2013-04-08 09:15 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium preview

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 8th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium preview

    A summary of the footage from the Huffington Post:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 8th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium preview

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: April 8th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium preview

    My apologies for the delay... I just got back.
    Thanks for the nod above (^) :)

    Well... we all should be excited for ELYSIUM!! Thumbs Up!! Way up!!

    I'm not a member of the press so this is just my personal ramblings. Approx 200 general audience members and about 50-100 members of press showed up at the ArcLight Hollywood today for the noon trailer release and extended 10 minute "teaser" for ELYSIUM with Q&A. I spotted Matt's PR rep Jennifer Allen in attendance. Free popcorn/soda distributed pre-event and full-size posters distributed after the event (yay)! It was a very nicely handled event and security was surprisingly casual (only telling us not to film or photograph during the trailer(s) and Q&A). At noon, a moderator, producer Simon Kinberg, actor Sharlto Kopley, and director/writer Neill Bloomkamp took their director seats in front of two cameras in front of the auditorium. We were introduced to all and then a live satellite feed to Berlin was qued and whalla Matt was brought out to a similar set-up, with a moderator in front of an audience in Berlin. Matt was introduced by the German moderator and the audience in Berlin went nuts. Their applause and excitement almost seemed "canned" as most in LA laughed at the site of their audience exhuberantly clapping with a 5 sec delay. Matt wore jeans, his black framed glasses, a dark grey long sleeve shirt and he looked good and smiling. He took his seat and acknowledged us in LA and how we must be out of work or out of school to be attending a mid-day event while it was 9pm in Berlin and thanked the audience for their evening attendance.

    We were then shown the official ELYSIUM trailer. The question was then posed to Matt to describe his character's purpose and predicament. (he briefly described what we all already know). The director was then asked about the idea of the film and working with Sharlto again. Sharlto spoke about how District 9 was very much improvised and how ELYSIUM is all scripted and how Neil stuck to the script. When the question was posed to him about how working with Neil had changed, if at all, he humorously said how Neil is now known and he himself is now known paritally and them squabbling over, Neil: 'Read the lines' Sharlto: 'But improvisation worked last time' and how Jodi and and Matt looked on them saying 'who are these two, it's only their second movie.' We were then treated to an extended trailer (approx 10 min long) which showed in much more depth, Matt's earthly life, a potential love interest or wife with a small girl (the actress looked Hispanic), his then predicament, his effort to extract information from a chip connected to the brain of a politician? from Elysium who visits earth, which will provide Matt's ability to obtain information or identity falsfication? to get to Elysium to cure himself. There was a 2 minute fight scene shown of this takedown of the politician? where Matt is given a rail gun (enter the Bourne Damon) to shoot at the robots protecting the politician. Jodi Foster meanwhile looks on at the events taking place on a monitor from Elysium circling somewhere up in space above Earth (blond short wig and slight French or German accent). Beautiful Elysium shots shown of a picturesque looking "new Earth" with mansions, greenery, planned community living as if Earth were to be redesigned in a much more aesthetically pleasing clean environmentally paradisical place (partially filmed in Vancouver said Bloomkamp and blue screen) all juxtaposed against a very dirty, graffitied, burned out, trashed Earth (filmed on the outskirts of Mexico City said Bloomkamp)....


    Edited at 2013-04-08 10:24 pm (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: April 8th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium preview


    ...The extended trailer ended similar to the regular trailer with short shots of Matt desperately climbing and clawing and figting, and what appears to be eventually inside a spacecraft or headquarters in Elysium walking beastly-like with blood dripping off his fingers. Overall, the trailer is exhilirating, INTENSE, and very exciting looking. When the trailer was over, Matt was then asked how he prepared for the role since he looked different said the moderator. Matt replied working out daily. And he then answered the question we've heard asked of him before regarding why he wanted to do the film because of Bloomkamp, District 9, and the detailed artistic renderings Bloomkamp provided Damon to decide on the being in the film. A little discussion about location shooting was discussed as I noted above.

    Matt's face looked quite thinned down (younger looking) in the trailer and his body buffed up. There was a shot in the extended trailer of a shirtless front shot of him with his tatooed chest and his visible abs. There is an awesome close-up shot of his blue eyes in the trailer rising from below out of frame. Also in the extended trailer we see them drilling into his head and him laying on a make-shift medical table (by the thugs who will help him get to Elysium) to put the exoskelatel information spine from the back of his head down his back. His character comes across as the everyman in the beginning of trailer with a little bad ass humor as he jargons with some robots who ask what's in his backpack while waiting in line to go to work (he works in a factory? or some sort of laborer), he replies "hey guys, hair products" LOL he's bald. And then when they knock him to the ground, whip his arm, and depart they thank him to which he replies, "No, thank you". But once he has his exoskelatal headpiece on and he's on his quest to get to ELYSIUM the Bourne Damon (slight Boston accent maybe) kicks in. Also theres a few seconds of him talking to the woman mentioend above (female interest with daughter?) and he says to her something like "I'm going to make it all alright".

    I think I've covered all the ground now. Be sure to check twitter, & instagram for #elysium for additional photos & posts that anyone may have posted. I took a photo of my poster (similar to Bourne Ultimatum teaser poster of the back of his head) and one of the pre-event auditorium set-up of chairs to the left of the screen and white letters "#elysium" on the screen, but you can see both of these on twitter and instagram that other people posted!!

    I think the best way to describe this movie is Bourne meets Elysium. (no similarity to Bourne meets Greenzone). It'll be great to have Matt in a highly anticipated action film this Summer, with story, acting, & visuals we can and one we can all get behind !!


    Edited at 2013-04-08 10:32 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium preview

    This was just great, Gregory, thank you for writing so much! It's ironic that two movies I was originally dubious about are now hugely anticipated. I guess Matt does know what he's doing after all!

    You may have had enough of typing for now, but later could you tell us something about the music? Is it a techno score, or classical, or what? Music is so important to conveying mood in sci-fi.

    Thanks again, and congratulations!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2013 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium preview

    Here's a good one
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: April 8th, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium preview

    Paula & Felcity - My pleasure, I'm happy to share!!
    As I always say, "Matt can do no wrong."

    You pose a great question about the score and I agree with you in the importance of music in movies. Honestly, I don't recall there being music, as there was so much loud noise, explosions, thunderous booms. IMDB says original music by Ryan Amon.

    But.... before the event there some music piped in as we took our seats. It had me wonder if it was from the movie or similar. I Shazamed it and "Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)" by "Flight Facilities" came up. You can YouTube it!

    ok I'm typed out... :)

    Edited at 2013-04-08 11:40 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 9th, 2013 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Candelabra trailer

    Is so amazingly good...The chemistry between Matt and Michael is so perfect I swear to God, and now I love Matt even more he is so good and hot like fire. I died when I saw him out of the pool with his tiny sheer bikini this morning but it's a good thing cause I temporarily went to HELL and I liked it!!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 9th, 2013 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)


    Michael is so hot ordering his young sexy man around--it made me emotional watching them 'fight' in the clip it seemed so real. Good actors love it.
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