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  • Behind the Candelabra has received great reviews, including those at the New Yorker, New Republic, the AV Club and Vulture. Michael Douglas at the Graham Norton show and following the Q&A screening discussed how the cast and crew were touched by the reception in Cannes where everyone involved received some of best reviews of their careers.

  • Quotes from an interview with Rob Lowe at Huffington Post:

    Question: As an actor, that's a big part of your toolbox -- the facial expressions that you're able to work with. So was having with these limitations inhibiting? How did you work around that?

    Lowe: No, it actually was more freeing. Although his face is definitely frozen, I was able to find ways to look that just made Matt laugh. There's a scene where [Scott] comes to me -- he wants to have something additional done. The scene ends, and we are just literally making faces. I mean, that’s what I love about Steven. When I saw [the film,] I thought, "I can’t believe he not only put some of that in, but he underlined it." I mean, that scene just ends in the middle of us making faces. But it made Steve laugh and it made Matt laugh.

    Matt wouldn’t even look at me. He really wouldn’t. He got the point where he would look at his feet while he acted with me. And we had a parlor game of who I reminded people of.

  • Matt discussed the age difference here:

    In the beginning, Scott is 17, which Damon acknowledges is a stretch.

    “Seventeen's way out of my range,” Damon says, shaking his head and laughing. “And I said that to Steven (Soderbergh, the director). ‘This is ridiculous!' I am 42.”

  • A fun interview with Matt, Michael and Jerry Weintraub is at Extra. Matt talked about leaving Cannes to do a day's work on Monuments Men in Germany before returning to Cannes for the premiere at Yahoo. Filming for Monuments Men will resume shortly in the UK.

  • An old photo of Matt and Lucy from the Guns'n'Roses concert in February 2012 from Elle.

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 25th, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Universal party

    Photos from a Universal party in Cannes, including Matt, Michael Douglas and Justin Timberlake (there are no official photos from the party).

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 25th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt in London?

    Has matt flown out to London? He was seen with the kids yesterday ( I'm assuming in ny) but then I saw a post of matt supposedly at a airport.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 25th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt in London?

    I didn't see the airport post but I've seen various reports that Matt will be on set this week.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 25th, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt in London?

    Looks like they filmed today. Don't know for sure if matt was there or not. A post I saw said matt was going to be there but don't know if they meant today or this week.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 26th, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt in London?

    This is where they are due to be today: the Duxford Air Show in Cambridgeshire, according to The Sun.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2013 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Graham Norton

    I don't know how long it will be up, but you can see Douglas on Norton (several Matt mentions) at YouTube.
    PS - I broke down and ordered HBO. Couldn't stand to wait! What will I tell my husband? Ha, ha.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 26th, 2013 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Graham Norton

    Good move Paula! Thanks for the link.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2013 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Graham Norton

    Michael on Graham Norton was brilliant infact the whole show was great, if your a Will Smith fan theirs a great reunion of some of the Fresh Prince cast and Jayden signing with them, but Michael for me was brilliant but boy can he sit with his legs WIDE open, ive noticed that in a few interviews lately, never seen a man sit like that before, i bit open but not so severe like that!!!!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 26th, 2013 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Party photo

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2013 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)


    For all those who will watch BTC today, enjoy your evening!

    Read in a newspaper: Baby Boy, the little white blind poodle of BTC received the "Palm Dog", best award for canine performance!

    Thank you very much, Felicity, for all your research and post. It's a full time job! I haven't the time to read and watch everything yet! This evening, I'll watch the palmares: I'm dreaming of a "Palme d'Or" for the movie and "Grand Prix d'Interprétation" for both Matt and Michael!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 26th, 2013 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cannes

    Good to hear from you B. BTC lost the 'Queer Palm', which it was expected to win pre-competition (to a reportedly very strong film), but maybe that means another award is ahead.

    The Inside Llewlyn Davis cat would reportedly have won the Best animal award if that was a more open competition.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 26th, 2013 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    New UK Times interview

    There's a new interview at the UK Times which is behind a paywall (if anybody can access it). The first paragraph only is available.


    He’s come out in style

    After 53 films, Matt Damon has taken on his weirdest role yet — as Liberace’s lover. Jonathan Dean meets an unassuming A-lister

    Back in the summer of 2004, Matt Damon got to know Michael Douglas. They were in Europe together — with George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Douglas’s wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones — filming Ocean’s Twelve, a sequel the actors had far more fun making than anyone did watching. “So, Catherine would be off filming with Brad, and we’d all be up on the roof of the hotel, hanging out and shooting the shit,” he tells me, nine years on. “I think the European Cup was that summer. I got to know him that way.” So the relationship was there, I ask, before you had to... “Before I started humping him, yes.”
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New UK Times interview

    It's an OK interview, quite long, a couple of inaccuracies, which always puts me off. Nothing new really. A large pic of Matt as Scott In the blue page boy uniform with make up, multiple bling and looking pensive; and a smaller shot of him in his dressing gown from that roast thing he did a while back.

    Mentions that Withnail & I is one of his favourite films because you laugh, are into the relationships, but at the end it's really disturbing similar to TBC. The interviewer does mention something I had not read before, that during interviews Matt is very still. he's interviewed Matt before for the Green Zone, but draws a blank from Matt when he mentions this.

    There is a bit more about his comment on how studios make decisions. Too often decision-makers are not rewarded for their courage, so as a result, their default setting is to hesitate.

    Michael Douglas was great on the Graham Norton Show on Friday. He did a funny little dance, and was playful and relaxed. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 26th, 2013 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New UK Times interview

    Thanks very much for the summary Marcia. Anything mentioned about upcoming films or projects?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New UK Times interview

    Just that he's excited about Elysium, which the interviewer describes as Matt's autumn blockbuster, and other people's films but doesn't mention what they are. Also that he is due back on the set of Monuments Men the next day to continue filming. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 26th, 2013 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New UK Times interview

    Thanks Marcia.

    Roger Friedman says Michael Douglas has been told he didn't win at Cannes, but the awards haven't been announced yet.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2013 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)


    No award for BTC at Cannes festival!
    I'm very sad because many journalists said it's deserved a Palme d'or.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Here's an article which gives a good indication of the high level of public interest. Four hundred were expected for the free public showing, one thousand showed up.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 26th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Candelabra

    And some just went for the air conditioning (reported in that article or another one)!

    Matt's still in NY - sighting today with family.

    New advertisement with critics reviews:


    Edited at 2013-05-26 09:50 pm (UTC)
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