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Elysium promotion, Behind the Candelabra
  • Behind the Candelabra will be in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. The official program is available here, which notes the film runs 1 hour 58 minutes. Prior to recent screenings, the film was initially expected to open out of competition.

    Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra,” the Liberace life story starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, will be among the movies competing for the top prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, organizers said.

  • Footage from Elysium and Monuments Men was shown at CinemaCon in Las Vegas - reports are at Coming Soon and Deadline.

    Coming Soon
    Neill Blomkamp's Elysium revealed an extended trailer that incorporated a lot of the footage revealed last week.

    The Monuments Men similarly offered very brief flashes of some of the stars (including George Clooney himself, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin and John Goodman), but also received a special video message from Clooney and his co-screenwriter Grant Heslov. On set in a snowy wood, Clooney jokingly refers to the CinemaCon crowd as Comic-Con and both men proudly clutched their respective Oscars.

    If this weren’t enough to whet Oscar watcher appetites there was generous footage from 2010 Best Picture Oscar nominee Neil Blomkamp’s (District 9) latest, Elysium which those who have seen a rough cut tell me could be another contender for the director.

    Perhaps the funniest bit of the entire presentation was the taped greeting from George Clooney and producer GrantHeslov on the German set ofMonuments Men. The pair, holding their recently won Best Picture Oscar statuettes for Warner Bros Argo and sporting Argo baseball caps, seemed confused as to which studio they were addressing. “We just wanted to say that working with Ben Affleck and the support that Warner Bros gave us has just been one of the greatest experiences we’ve ever had, ” said Clooney before realizing who he is really supposed to be talking to. “Uh, we are on the set of Monuments Men. It’s going to be a big film. Great cast. Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray , John Goodman , Hugh Bonneville, Jean DuJardin – he’s french – Bob Balaban , me and it’s literally coming to a cinema near you on December 18. Don’t drink too much today because I know how you guys do. That’s it. Thanks.”

  • In coming days Matt is expected to attend a promotional event in Cancun, called 'Summer of Sony 2013', to promote Elysium.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 19th, 2013 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Emmys rule change

    The Emmys have reversed an earlier decision and will now have separate categories for lead and supporting actor at the next Emmys, increasing the chance of Matt and Michael Douglas being nominated in different categories.


    Soderbergh did not want Behind the Candelabra in competition:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2013 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Emmys rule change

    I'm glad the Emmys changed their mind. It's fair that they are nominated in their own categories.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Emmys rule change

    A relatively rare instance of an organization being able to back up and say, "We made a mistake."
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 19th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Emmys rule change

    It's good news (for a change).

    Edited at 2013-04-19 03:43 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 20th, 2013 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Emmys rule change

    Pete Hammond said on a Deadline podcast that he has 'talked to Matt's people' and that Matt would have been co-lead with Michael, and that it is truly a two-hander (two lead characters). Hammond says Matt may have to be talked down to the Supporting Category to improve both of their chances.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 20th, 2013 10:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Candelabra

    Soderbergh has repeatedly referred to it as a two-hander. Hammond makes a good point - Liberace's name may be in the title but the book was written by Thorson and portrays his point of view. If they're co-leads then they should both be put in the lead category.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 19th, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)


    The Guardian on ten films to watch at Cannes:


    Steven Soderbergh's "final" film, Behind the Candelabra, is an HBO-backed Liberace biopic that's been picking up astonishing buzz from early screenings. Michael Douglas is the pianist, Matt Damon his lover and Rob Lowe his agent.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Emily on E!

    Emily was at her movie premiere last night and it appears she was asked about Matt's vow ceremony. Can't get the e video to play for me. Anybody seen it?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 19th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Emily on E!

    E video of Emily at the premiere:

    Q: You guys were recently in the Caribbean with Matt Damon. How was it?
    A: Awesome, beautiful, beautiful.
    Q: Does it make you want to renew your vows?
    A: Well, I think it was great that they did it, because I think they did a justice of the peace thing, and deserved a big bash with all the people that love them.

    Premiere photos:

    E now has a report of Emily's comments, but there's nothing new:

    Edited at 2013-04-20 02:59 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 19th, 2013 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt on a flight to Cancun (in a Boston cap) with Channing Tatum:

    Sam ✌ ‏@S_AsInSam 1m
    My brothers roommate is on a flight with Matt Damon & Channing Tatum right now. It's ok to hate her right?! pic.twitter.com/Y9Nqm9P0ov
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cancun

    That link says page doesnt exist. They have been sighted at the airport in cancun.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 19th, 2013 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cancun

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 20th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cancun

    Thank you!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 20th, 2013 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)
    Did Elysium have a screening last weekend?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 20th, 2013 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)


    I don't know, but I'm not following the film closely. Many people thought the trailer preview on 8 April was a preview of the complete film. There was a cryptic post about Tapley's sources being right (presumably Kris Tapley), but I don't know what it was referring to. Going back to 8 April I can only find one reference to Elysium on Tapley's Twitter (preview launch, and someone responding saying they had seen it - beautiful but had structure issues). But it is very likely they are holding long-lead screenings for press.

    Edited at 2013-04-20 07:04 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 20th, 2013 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Celeb magazines

    Is anybody able to look at the celeb magazines this week and identify if any of them has any new coverage of last weekend's ceremony or good photos?

    In Touch - old photo of Matt and Lucy on cover and unknown content inside. Cover: http://www.intouchweekly.com/in-this-issue

    Life and Style - unknown. Cover: http://www.lifeandstylemag.com/in-this-issue

    Us - unknown but presumably has coverage. Cover is: http://www.usmagazine.com/

    People - unknown in US edition. Australian version (Who) has a photo on the cover and two pages of coverage inside, including some new photos, including Lucy with friends on the beach. There is no new text, except things they've made up, eg they checked out the location last month, when they visited over NYE.

    Star - unknown and I can't access website.

    This pic was tweeted from a magazine but I don't know which one (content looked pretty boring). https://twitter.com/KayLaMarti1/status/325385065611816961/photo/1

    Edited at 2013-04-20 10:47 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 21st, 2013 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)


    First photo from Cancun press junket:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 21st, 2013 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cancun

    Lucy's with Matt in Cancun and talked to an Argentinian journalist.

    ALEXIS PUIG ‏@alexispuig 3m
    Acabo de hablar con LUCIANA la mujer de MATT DAMON me pareció divina, me contó que el español de su marido esta cada vez mejor #Summerofsony

    I just talked to LUCIANA MATT DAMON's wife seemed divine She told me her husband's Spanish is getting better
    and, more beautiful in person than she appears in photos
    told me they travel quite often [to Argentina]

    Edited at 2013-04-21 01:49 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 21st, 2013 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cancun

    He's been doing interviews all day. It seems tomorrow is a press conference and release of trailer. But I imagine its nothing new from what's already been released.

    Thought we would have more pics but maybe tomorrow there is also a photo call.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 21st, 2013 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cancun

    I think there will be a party tonight (like the big white party for White House Down last night), and there will also be a photo call. Someone asked a journo about whether they had seen the film and they said it was embargoed, so I'm not sure how much they have been shown. Most of the cast is there - Matt, Sharlto, DIego Luna, Alice Braga and Wagner Moura. Jodie Foster is not there and went to a premiere in NY.

    Brazilian article following the interviews today:

    Edited at 2013-04-21 02:02 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 21st, 2013 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cancun

    Just saw a tweet that said Diego and matt just presented Elysium. Maybe that's the party tonight.

    When he was in Mexico during filming Elysium he gave an interview in Spanish and he spoke it perfectly. No American accent. I was stunned because he made it sound like his Spanish was not good. He's definitely being modest. Lucy has taught him good. :)

    I have read comments before on how Lucy does not photograph well and that she is very pretty in person.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 21st, 2013 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cancun

    I've seen that comment about Lucy many times before (but I think she is beautiful in photos).

    The cast at the presentation of Elysium:

    Jose Dominguez @ pp_razzi 13m
    Here the photo of Matt Damon, Diego Luna and Alice Braga in presenting the movie Elysium in cancun

    Photos are also now at Getty Images of the presentation.

    Edited at 2013-04-21 02:50 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 21st, 2013 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cancun

    Matt, dude, what are you wearing?? I know he doesn't care much aboyt clothes, but that's baaaaaaddd.... Lol. He looks like a swabbie in the navy! Har, har.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 21st, 2013 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cancun

    The colours in the group presentation aren't any better - someone could teach these guys about making a visual impact.

    Edited at 2013-04-21 02:50 am (UTC)
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