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  • Photos and video of Matt and Lucy leaving LA after a quick visit are at PopSugar, Just Jared and X17 Online.

  • John Goodman talked about Monuments Men at EW:

    You just wrapped Monuments Men for George Clooney, who, last I saw you together, you smacked in the face with a tree branch, stole his money, and crushed his friend’s toad.
    [Laughs] I hit him in the head with a branch and then George says, “I don’t think I get what you’re saying.” George is a funny guy. Originally I told him Monuments Men was like working with a 12-year old, because he has this kind of buoyancy of spirit and it’s infectious. I’ve loved working with him since we were on Roseanne together. He worked his ass off on this movie, but he makes it look easy. We all cracked each other up, but we were there to serve the script. And that’s a tribute to George.

    In the movie, you play one of the experts who’s brought in to rescue priceless works of art from the Nazis during World War II.
    Yes, he’s a sculptor who’s brought in to track down the stolen art from the Nazis and try to steer away damage from churches and the world of art there and in public places.

  • George Clooney spoke about Monuments Men at CineEurope - an annual convention of international theatre owners.

    Clooney and Heslov said in their videotaped message that all the actors in Monuments Men, including Matt Damon, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett -- worked for cheap. Clooney directs and stars in the film, which wraps this week and tells the story of a group of men who worked to retrieve art stolen by Hitler.

    "The cheapest of them all was you," Heslov quipped.

    "But I do coffee commercials, so I'm fine," Clooney responded, drawing a huge applause from the crowd at CineEurope.

  • Jerry Weintraub is already pitching a Liberace musical - reports at NY Post and Broadway World.

  • Behind the Candelabra continues to move up the UK charts - now up to fourth in the top 10 from last weekend's fifth place.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 27th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    People sighting


    Matt Damon's 'Laid Back' Family Outing in N.Y.C.

    After renewing their vows in April, Matt Damon and his wife Luciana appear to be as in love as ever.

    On Wednesday, the couple, their daughters and a few friends enjoyed steak – and beer for the adults – at STK Downtown in New York City, a source tells PEOPLE.

    The "laid back" gang was "the epitome of a happy family," the onlooker says, adding that the married couple "was very affectionate and joked around with the kids."

    The table finished off their meal with a number of desserts, including bread pudding, peanut butter cups and doughnuts.

    "Matt was also talking about the Red Sox's recent win with a fellow fan," the source adds. "He was super animated about it and talked about how he's their biggest fan."

    A photo of Matt outside STK
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 28th, 2013 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: People sighting

    The sighting was also at the NY Daily News (same press release?)


    They’re feeding Matt Damon. Insiders at the Meatpacking District’s STK steakhouse feasted their eyes on the actor as he took his wife Luciana Barroso and a few pals for a bite Wednesday night. “(They) finished off their meal with a table of desserts including bread pudding, peanut butter cups and doughnuts,” says one tipster. Damon was also overheard boasting to a pal about his first place Boston Red Sox. Someone may want to remind the “Promised Land” star that no one’s ever won a World Series in June.

    And a third version of the press release from STK at Life and Style:

    Edited at 2013-06-28 05:21 pm (UTC)
    Reo Roma From: Reo Roma Date: June 29th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: People sighting

    They better be in love they married 2x so now it's for sure that's why I gave up on trying to be with him LOL...but I still like him a lot :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 27th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    BtC interview

    I hadn't seen the line about Gus Van Sant in an English language interview before:


    Edited at 2013-06-27 09:31 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 28th, 2013 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 28th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    Elysium gets a good response at CineEurope.


    Testosterone-packed or not, one upcoming 2013 summer tentpole drawing keen interest was Sony's Elysium, from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp and starring Matt Damon.


    The studio showed a 2D trailer of its 3D epic Stalingrad by Fedor Bondarchuk, and also previewed a handful of scenes from The Smurfs 2 as well as for Elysium.

    Edited at 2013-06-28 01:25 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 28th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    Running time of Elysium?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 29th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    Not released yet.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 29th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    1 hr. 37 min ? http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/elysium_2013/
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 29th, 2013 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    Thanks. If confirmed that sounds pretty short (but at least it's not overblown and two hours plus).

    Edited at 2013-06-29 05:29 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 28th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    Good news about Elysium. It says they saw "a handful of scenes". I wonder if that means the 10 minute footage from last years comic con, or something else entirely. I'm still concerned about the public's lack of awareness about it here. The overwhelming majority of action movies being released seem to be either sequels or adaptations. Hard to know how people will react to something novel.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 28th, 2013 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Kent Damon

    A seven minute video of Matt's father Kent speaking at the Mass General Hospital 2013 One Hundred event. Kent also introduces the video of Matt at the Duxford air base near Cambridge, and Matt promises to return every year for the event. I can't remember hearing Kent speak before.

    John Krasinski's opening and closing remarks at the same event.

    Matt's full video where he introduces John:

    Edited at 2013-06-28 11:41 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 28th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kent Damon

    There was video of kent speaking the first year matt attended. He introduced matt.

    There was a twitter posting of matt and family being on a flight. (It was a flight to Costa Rica). Don't know how true it is but they should be moving to la soon. Probably the reason for their trip Monday.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 28th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Costa Rica

    The Costa Rica sighting has been confirmed.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 28th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kent Damon

    Cool to see! For those that don't know or might have forgotten, Kent appears in Good Will Hunting playing chess behind Skylar and Will in the scene in Harvard Square.

    Still no video upload of Matt receiving the Arts Medal from Harvard, grrr


    Edited at 2013-06-28 09:35 pm (UTC)
    Reo Roma From: Reo Roma Date: June 29th, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kent Damon

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 28th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    House of Lies

    On the last day of Emmy voting, a plug for House of Lies:


    Episode title: “Damonschildren.org”
    Story Line: Nice guy Matt Damon guest stars as an insufferable version of himself. He’s an obnoxious star trying to improve his image and hires the management consultants led by Marty (Don Cheadle) to create a “cause” for him to support. This client is not afraid to indulge any personal whim, including demanding sexual favors of Marty (er, let’s just say Damon finally settles for a handjob).

    House Of Lies co-executive producer Jessika Borsiczky calls this guest-star vehicle “a little bit of a one-off. The story line does sort of take over the episode; it’s about everyone’s reaction to Matt Damon. It’s unique in that it gives us sort of a breather from the bigger serialized story lines”. She adds that it’s the first time a character has entered the picture who “really outshines Marty”. Borsiczky added her only regret was the show didn’t push the obliging Damon far enough. “We should have made it even more outrageous, because he would have done it,” Borsiczky says. The episode ends with a fake PSA for Damon’s invented cause, Damon’s Children. “It’s about how absurd it is to put forward a PSA that’s uniquely hinged on a movie star’s ego. It’s done beautifully. You have goosebumps you are so moved by this cause. And it’s actually not about anything”.

    Edited at 2013-06-28 04:28 pm (UTC)
    Reo Roma From: Reo Roma Date: June 29th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Behind the Candelabra

    Is not out in US yet, I checked this morning too in my town...not sure when it comes out since don't have a TV right now so I look online or drive out to see. I thought it was going to play at the end of this month?
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