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Elysium promotion in London
  • Matt is currently in London promoting Elysium with director Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley. Photos of Matt outside the BBC studios are at Premiere and OK magazine.

  • Matt filmed Monuments Men until 2am on Friday before heading to London. Photos and video of Matt on the night set are at this Facebook page, and casual photos of Matt on the Fingest country set last week are at this Facebook page.

  • Behind the Candelabra will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on September 17. More details of the release are below.

    HBO has officially announced the Blu-ray release of director Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe, Tom Papa, Paul Reiser and Debbie Reynolds. The glittery and outrageous biopic is based on the tell-all memoir "Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace," and arrives on September 17th.

    The only extra is The Making of Behind the Candelabra: Exploring the legacy of Liberace through costumes, sets, locations and prosthetics with several members of the cast and crew, including Douglas and Damon.

  • Costume designer Ellen Mironjick discussed the costumes at Vulture.

    As for Matt Damon's corresponding chauffeur outfit, Mirojnick said she'll never forget the day Damon saw it in the fitting room. "I thought that Matt probably thought to himself, ‘Oh no, this cannot be happening.’ He took a little breath," she said. "His feet went into the boots, the chauffeur costume went on, and that shot that you see in the movie of the camera panning up from his feet to the top of his head … just picture it in the fitting room! He was just exactly the same way. He could not believe what he looked like — it was a great, shocking surprise. But you know, once the actors were just so committed to these roles, their fun of transformation really did occur in the fitting room. When Matt put that costume on, and we put on the hat — and it’s the same with Michael — you put those rings on, and those men just immediately transformed into Liberace and Scott. I mean, it was really just magical to see it occur in the fitting room before putting it before the camera."

    Why delay the inevitable: Of course we talked to Mirojnick about the fact that she put A-list movie star Matt Damon in two jewel-encrusted Speedos. "Did youlove it?" she squealed. "I loved it!" And she wasn't alone. "Matt Damon loved all of it," said Mirojnick. "We didn’t know each other before this film, but he said to me, ‘I hate fitting, but I’ve never ever loved fittings more than doing this movie and working with you.’ He tried everything and he just enjoyed the process so much that it was like ‘Show me more, give me more. Oh, one fur coat? Let me try another one! Oh, let me try that one!’ He just had the time of his life. He was like a kid in a candy store. Wouldn’t you be?"

    But Mirojnick had a very serious question for us: "Did you like the white one or the black one more?" When pressed, we picked the black Speedo, simply because it really did tie Damon's whole look together. "I thought that little ensemble was perfect!" Mirojnick said. "And I made it as an ensemble; I designed that little cabana look to be an ensemble! Nothing could be on its own without some kind of accompaniment or embellishment; you always needed to have one extra piece. All of Scott Thorson’s outfits were designed to be ensembles because they were all put together by Liberace, really." And yes, the crystal-studded fabric was part of the plot, said Mirojnick: "Richard LaGravenese’s script really did call for Scott Thorson to be wearing a diamond-encrusted Speedo! And I can’t exactly go to the store and just buy one, so I just made it." How many crystals is just the right amount to affix to Matt Damon's crotch? "As many as you can possibly get on it!" she laughed.

  • Matt could not attend the Massachusetts General Hospital 'One Hundred' cancer benefit in Boston due to filming, so John Krasinski hosted instead. Matt's father Kent presented a video of Matt in Cambridge sending his regrets (and a donation). John talked about his involvement at Boston magazine, and a photo of John and Emily with Kent and Celeste Damon is at the Boston Globe.

  • 29 comments or Leave a comment
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 8th, 2013 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium junket

    Australians would appreciate this tweet:

    Myf Warhurst ‏@MyfWarhurst
    Just interviewed Matt Damon. At the end I wished him best of luck with everything. Pretty sure he doesn't need that.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Oh, Matt looks insanely handsome in that blond 70's wig! AAAAAARRRRGGGHHHH! I can't stand it! if I was much younger I'd cut that out and put a poster on my wall... Maybe I will anyway. :-). Wonder what the hubby will think? Hee hee.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Poster on wall

    Oh go on ......do it anyway and report back!

    I love the way Matt is looking in the filming shots

    of Monuments Men....In Uniform.....Yummy Yummy
    (Deleted comment)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt in 70's

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 8th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Back in Berlin?

    Massimo Giordano ‏@TheItalianTenor
    @SohoHouseBerlin on the rooftop. #gerogeclooney and #mattdamon citing. #berlin

    Which ties in with this tweet - Matt will be visiting German newspaper Bild on Sunday.

    Jana ‏@JanaMiksch6h
    Das macht den Sonntagsdienst noch erträglicher - Hollywood-Star und #Oscar-Preisträger #MattDamon wird am Sonntag zu Besuch bei @BILD sein!
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 8th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hey where did the photo of Matt in the brown leather jacket and the photo with Scott come from? I wish there had been more publicity photos of Matt released in costume from HBO like these.

    It's always nice to see Matt around the world with fans excited to get photos with him! Vicariously we share that all in common :)

    I think it's nice that Emily & John stood in for Matt in Boston.

    Do we know for sure that Matt was promoting Elysium at BBC and not Candelabra?

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 9th, 2013 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
    He may have been promoting both movies in London. Various international journos posed with the Elysium poster at the press venue and wrote they couldn't talk about the film until August. The Australian journo saw BTC the day before the interview.

    Can't remember the site with the jacket photo, but the scene is not in the movie - there should be a scene with Bob taking Scott to Liberace's house, but they only show him arriving.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2013 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
    I would LOVE to see ALL out takes and a book about the fashions -focusing on the street wear.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 9th, 2013 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
    If the BBC visit was for BTC they would have released the interview immediately, but it has been delayed. Sharlto was also at the BBC.

    A photo of Matt and Neil doing a Sky Face2Face interview where they interview each other (Matt has previously done them with Cameron Crowe and Paul Greengras):

    Dan Storey ‏@DapperDan 7 Jun
    I think it's safe to say that Damon & Blomkamp just knocked a Face2Face out the park. Coming soon to @skymovies

    Matt also visited Nobu (of course) on Friday night and there were some good photos - watermarked only:

    Edited at 2013-06-09 01:28 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt in black sweater and jeans

    Oh sexyest model Matt here too don't know which is hotter...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt in photos with fans

    NOOOOO cause I'm so jelous (that they are not all me) and he looks like a model in the tan jacket doesn't he?!!!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 9th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land DVD

    A late comment on the DVD. There's a good extended scene of Matt talking at the diner and about ten minutes of behind the scenes footage and interviews not seen previously.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land DVD

    He looks like he's not into it in this picture LOL...
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 9th, 2013 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
    Yay so a deleted scene on the DVD and extended footage!!!! Maybe there will be more?
    How'd you know the photo of Matt in the jacket was from a deleted scene??

    Someone above posted about the costumes. A few weeks ago this amazing article was published. It's an nterview with the main costume designer!! Some great insight and working with Matt. I guess he was coming off shooting Promised Land.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 9th, 2013 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
    I watched BTC again last night and looked for the jacket scene. You can see Bob at the side of the picture above (in a car) but in the film I think you only see Scott arriving at Liberace's house in that outfit.

    I like Ellen's comment in that article about Scott being the trophy wife or the buxom blond.

    There's a different picture of Matt in the leather jacket on the HBO website:

    Edited at 2013-06-09 01:18 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Deleted scenes?

    How did you all get to see previews of the movie allready other then the traillers cause the movie doesn't have a release date yet?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 9th, 2013 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt is visiting the Bild office in Berlin and taking questions, mostly about Elysium. A strange promotional event.

    Karina ‏@Karina_BILDde 2m
    Hoher Besuch in den Heiligen Hallen #MattDamon @BILD https://twitter.com/Karina_BILDde/status/343702631388176384/photo/1

    Hoher Besuch: #hollywood Star #matt #damon ist bei @bild in #Berlin zu Besuch https://twitter.com/John_BILDde/status/343703953478934529/photo/1

    Edited at 2013-06-09 01:02 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bild

    Yeah the trophy wife buxom blonde comparison was funny and true of his character. A stretch for her to portray those characteristics as a male.

    I wonder why Matt's doing all this advanced press for Elysium. It's 2 months away.

    Very excited for the BTC DVD! I hope it includes more out takes etc

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 9th, 2013 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bild

    Interviews and photos from Bild (Sharlto and Neill were also there):



    Matt says he is taking the rest of the year off and spending it with family to give Lucy a break (they still don't have a nanny).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2013 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bild

    The video from Bild shows why Matt is such a good actor. He has such a mobile, interesting, compelling face. Pictures don't do him justice. And his eyes are gorgeous! It seems everyone there was as excited as I would have been.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2013 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bild

    As always, I agree with Paula! I wish the video was in English, can't hear or understand what's being said.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 10th, 2013 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bild

    Do we know when they are moving to LA? I thought it was this summer.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 10th, 2013 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bild

    It's after the school year finishes, which is Tuesday. Matt confirmed this in an interview a few weeks ago.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 9th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Positive comments about Elysium from the first journalist to break the embargo:

    Daniele_Rizzo ™ @ daniele_rizzo
    Did not have much time to complete my armor ... but still you'll love ELYSIUM

    ELYSIUM - the greatest dystopian adventure I saw in years.
    Listen up Cyperpunk, District 9, Half Life and Fallout Fans.
    You'll love this movie!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    Very good news.... I have been concerned. Hope the general critical reception is as positive.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 10th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    They wouldn't show the movie two months out if they were concerned. But it's hard to judge as there's so little reaction from the interviews due to the embargo, and the full press campaign hasn't started yet.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)


    lucy may not have a nanny but her family members live with them so she is not without help.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: nanny

    I agree and I find it odd that Matt always tries to make it seem in interviews like they are without any help and it's just Lucy handling all the girls alone while he is away. In the past they've been photographed at almost every trip with non family member nannies, Lucy's sisters and most recently Lucy's mom, Nora.

    One thing I've always noticed about Matt is how he contradicts versions of events. One that comes to mind is when Alexia was much younger and he told a reporter that he flew her "entire" class to Africa. Then a different interview the reporter asked him "you flew her entire class?" and he corrected himself and said "well not her entire class, but a few of her classmates"...hmmm
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 11th, 2013 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: nanny

    Reporters are typically after quick comments and not explanations. It's probably brevity or an incomplete answer for the sake of easy responses and to avoid follow-up questions.
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