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  • Matt will take part in a one-night free theatre event in New York on 17 June - details from the New York Times.

    Matt Damon, Christine Baranski and Gloria Reuben will join the lineup of noted actors scheduled to appear at “What Are We Worth? Shakespeare, Money, And Morals,” a one-night free event at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on Monday, June 17 at 8 pm.

    Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater, and Damian Woetzel, director of The Aspen Institute Arts Program, announced the additional performers on Monday. The institutions are partners in the theater’s Public Forum, a series of performances, lectures and conversations with opinion makers across a variety of disciplines. This is the first time the forum – now in its third year – has been at the Delacorte.

    The June 17 event includes readings from a variety of Shakespeare works on money and justice. Alan Alda, Hamish Linklater, Jesse L. Martin, Lily Rabe, Vanessa Redgrave and others had previously been announced as participants. The 90-minute program also includes a town-hall conversation with the audience conducted by Michael Sandel, the Harvard professor and the author of “What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets.”

  • More photos from the filming of Monuments Men on Monday are at the Daily Mail, People and Celebrity Gossip.

  • Photos of Matt and George in Cambridge over the weekend and video from the set are at the Cambridge News.

  • Quotes from an interview with Steven Soderbergh at the Daily Telegraph.

    "I mean, come on, bringing this movie to Cannes is kind of hard to beat!” is the first thing Steven Soderbergh says to me, knees jiggling, eyes popping. “Just in terms of the kitsch of it all. Is it, do we know, have we confirmed, are they really?” the director stammers. Finally, he gathers himself. “Is Spielberg really screening movies on the yacht? Has anybody absolutely confirmed this? ’Cause God, I hope so! Come on – this movie, on a yacht?” he hoots, delighted at the very idea.

    We’re sitting in an open-fronted cabana on the rocks at Eden Roc, part of the luxe Hotel du Cap. A few cabanas away, Douglas is meeting press obligations. Damon is in the air, en route either to or from Cannes – he’s juggling German filming commitments with George Clooney on the Nazi art heist movie The Monuments Men, and is private-jetting back and forth four times over three days to support Behind The Candelabra.

    This story – based on Thorson’s tell-all autobiography – is a gift to any filmmaker. But Soderbergh artfully resisted the route a lesser, more commercial filmmaker might have taken. Behind The Candelabra is no think-pink camp-fest, a winking melodrama involving the rise and eventual fall of two old queens. It’s a brilliant portrait of two lonely men in a co-dependant and mostly loving relationship. And no, it is resolutely not Soderbergh's contribution to the gay marriage debate currently raging in both America and Britain.

    “I really was trying to strip away any of that sort of...” Soderbergh begins. Both he and screenwriter Richard LaGravenese “were very conscious of trying to not look at it through any sort of political lens… And halfway through the movie I really feel like you’re just watching a relationship. When the relationship starts to fall apart it’s wrenching because Michael and Matt have done such a god job of showing that Liberace and Scott were connected, if only by the fact that they were both kind of broken, I think."
  • 17 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 4th, 2013 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Jetting back and forth four times in three days? Wow. That must have been incredibly tiring. Matt is such a pro!

    Here is another insightful and well written review of Candelabra. I've DVR'd it and watched it three times now. Tremendous performances from absolutely everyone and brilliant direction from Soderbergh. The montage when Scott comes back from the funeral is so heart-wrenching. Incredibly effective use of music in that scene, as there is throughout the film. I'm one of those who agree that Soderbergh movies sometimes seem a bit cold, but not here. He has so much empathy for these characters, but never sentimentalizes them. Beautiful.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 4th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 5th, 2013 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)


    A video report from a local Cambridge/East Anglia TV station here locals who met Matt/George in recent days are interviewed. There's also some footage from the set on Tuesday. Matt told a waiter he hasn't visited Cambridge before.


    Matt may not be part of the filming in Rye on Thursday and Friday (beach landings) and could be heading back to London for Elysium interviews.

    Edited at 2013-06-05 04:23 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 5th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Candelabra costumes

    In a sign that there are other people out there as obsessed as myself, here's another delish story on Candelabra's costumes
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 5th, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt pic

    Here's matt at a shop in rye


    It seems he had the day off today. He's been sighted around rye today.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 5th, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt pic

    More at her Facebook page:


    II think he was also seen at a local pub. I've only seen photos of George on the set in Rye.

    John Krasinski is the guest at the MGH cancer event in Boston (with Emily) as Matt cannot attend.

    Edited at 2013-06-05 10:53 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 5th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt pic

    Yes from a Facebook post yesterday matt and George were at a pub with John g and bill m.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 6th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt pic

    A report (no photos and few details) is at the Sun:


    The hotel where they may be staying in Rye is posting set photos:


    Edited at 2013-06-06 02:21 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 6th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt pic

    Matt sent a video message to the MGH event via father Kent:

    Jessica Laniewski‏@JessLaniew3h
    At the 100, Kent Damon introduces video message from Matt who is filming Monuments Men in England "hi from Cambridge.Err,not your Cambridge"

    Matt was on the beach set in Rye on Wednesday filming the truck scenes early in the book (Rorimer becomes an instructor after learning to drive a truck).

    Edited at 2013-06-06 03:20 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 7th, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt pic

    That was cool loved that :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 6th, 2013 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)


    The Daily Mail believes a story at the Sun that Matt and George are staying at low budget accommodation. It's false - extras and crew are staying there and the stars are staying elsewhere.


    A photo of John and Emily with Kent and Celeste at the MGH gala:


    Edited at 2013-06-06 09:42 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 6th, 2013 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)


    The first public screening of Elysium may be held Friday in London. Press interviews with the cast are on Saturday.

    Alejandro G.Calvo ‏@AlejandroGCalvo 22m
    Suelto la bomba: Mañana viajo a Londres a ver ELYSIUM. Y el sábado entrevisto a MATT DAMON, SHARLTO COPLEY y NEILL BLOMKAMP.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 6th, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Latest pics

    I'm not seeing Matt in any of the beach landing photos. Maybe he's already in London?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 6th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Latest pics

    There have been a lot of alleged sightings, but I haven't seen any confirmation through photos from Rye today.

    Update - Matt was in the night scenes, with photos available at:

    A still of Matt in his video sent from Cambridge to the MGH event:


    Edited at 2013-06-06 11:43 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 7th, 2013 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt is doing interviews already in London after being up til 2am filming in Rye.

    Arriving at the BBC:

    Dave Shetcliffe ‏@DaveShetcliffe 4m
    #mattdamon just walked pass me..he said hello #whichoneistheceleb haha

    Amelia Butterly ‏@ameliabutterly 6m
    And now Matt Damon has just walked in to #BBC @BBCNewsbeat https://twitter.com/ameliabutterly/status/342981445859540992/photo/1

    BBC Films ‏@BBCFilms 1m
    A visit from the Queen and film royalty today! The lovely Matt Damon outside the new BBC building..

    Edited at 2013-06-07 01:18 pm (UTC)
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