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  • Ratings for Behind the Candelabra were very strong, as the film drew 3.5 million viewers for the first two showings on HBO. This made it the most watched original movie at the network for almost 10 years. Details at The Wrap. The LA Times considered how the film would have fared at cinemas.

  • A tweet from writer Bret Easton Ellis on Matt’s performance in Behind the Candelabra:

    Bret Easton Ellis ‏@BretEastonEllis
    Matt Damon in "Behind the Candelabra" proves that he is the finest actor of his generation but the role is not as crucial as his Ripley...

  • Various reports on different aspects of the film are at Vulture, Hollywire, Go Fug Yourself and Jezebel.

  • Matt is back in London to complete the filming of Monuments Men.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 29th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Laughed my head off at the 'Go Fug Yourself' story. Hilarious!

    Any idea how long Matt will be in the UK? I thought if he was there long enough he might do some promotion for Candelabra's UK debut.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 29th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    i would love to see Matt on Graham Norton, that would be worth watching :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 29th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    I think they are in the uk for 3 wks and then they are done filming.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 29th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    I think there's another week in Germany after 3 weeks in the UK. This comment from a Clooney site was was supported by a tweet from Bob Balaban, but Matt may not be in the final Germany scenes.

    Matt could definitely do some BtC press, and possibly the Not on our watch charity event.

    Cannes portraits:

    Edited at 2013-05-29 09:32 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 30th, 2013 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Pop culture references in BtC

    n_higginson From: n_higginson Date: May 30th, 2013 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Great perfornance

    I really impressed with this film. I thought it was a great idea to release it on HBO. It better than theatrical release. I think this way people who understand what is it about will enjoy and spread the word. I already wrote about this film on my site kinopoisk.ru in my blog. I wish I had a chance to talk with Matt about this film. It is too bad that international press (with exception of HFPA of course) has no access to talents for their work for TV. I know it was shown at Cannes, but I live in LA))) I hope I sparkled interest to this movie among Russian audience.

    Edited at 2013-05-30 02:50 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 30th, 2013 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt to do a commercial for Soderbergh's new imported alcohol?


    An avid painter – he's currently taking lessons from renowned artist Walton Ford – more intriguingly, he's also looking to get into the liquor business. During the making of his bio about the Cuban revolutionary Che, his Bolivian casting director introduced him to the drink Singani.

    After much behind-the-scenes work, he currently has 250 cases sitting in a warehouse in Florida. He's even planning to get Damon to do the commercial. "Putting me in charge of a hard liquor importing business is like having Clooney running a girls' dormitory," he smiles. "But hopefully I won't turn into Scarface."
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 30th, 2013 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    UK filming

    No photos yet, but there have been multiple reports (and an occasional meeting) confirming that Matt and George are on site.


    HOLLYWOOD superstars George Clooney and Matt Damon have been filming in a North Hampshire village for the last two days.

    The pair were at Bramley Camp, a military training area in the village, shooting scenes for their new film The Monuments Men, directed by 52-year-old Clooney.

    The crew were in Bramley filming for two days before heading to Cambridge today where they are filming scenes at Duxford Imperial War Museum. Filming began in Germany in March before moving to the UK.

    A security guard at Bramley Camp told The Gazette that the set was being cleared away today but confirmed that both Clooney and Damon had been on site.

    Edited at 2013-05-30 11:55 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 30th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: UK filming

    Photo of Matt in costume with a fan (more photos should be available soon):

    Tim Selby ‏@Zlisterchef
    Mrs S hanging with Matt Damon

    Edited at 2013-05-30 09:27 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 30th, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: UK filming

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 31st, 2013 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: UK filming

    That's not Jean Dujardin. I know some of them label it as him, but it isn't him.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 31st, 2013 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: UK filming

    Cute pictures!

    Looking at the way Matt and the extras are attired (one wearing civvies and a beret has a gun) I'm guessing that Dejardin's character is taking Matt to meet the French resistance, with rural England doubling for rural France. I can't remember anything like this in the book, but it's been months since I read it. It makes sense in therms of the overall story that Rorimer might have engaged with the Resistance, since he was often right at, and sometimes beyond, the front lines. Could make an exciting little digression with the danger of being discovered and all that.

    Given the amount of shooting he's doing I think it's likely that Rorimer/Matt will have the largest part, as he does in the book. :-)
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