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Elysium updates
  • The second TV spot for Elysium is available at First Showing. The soundtrack details are available here.

  • The Esquire interview is still not available online. The photographer Max Vadukul will have photos from the shoot on his website.

  • Journalist Jeff Wells writes about visiting the set of Monuments Men at his site.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 4th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)


    A video promotion for the August issue of Esquire, including more photos than feature in the magazine:

    The interview is really interesting, and conducted over two days in Germany, probably during the photos we saw of Matt with cast members outside the hotel. I don't think we've ever seen Matt's intelligence captured in print like this before. There's a few quotes from Ben and Neill Blomkamp, but it's mostly Matt telling stories (perhaps not always truthfully).

    Many thanks to Gregory for the interview.

    Edited at 2013-07-05 01:54 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 5th, 2013 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)


    Elysium isn't confirmed for Comic-Con yet, but is very likely to have a strong presence.

    Zero Theorem will also be presented on Thursday (Matt not in attendance):

    Voltage Pictures: An Exclusive Preview of The Zero Theorum, Directed by Terry Gilliam
    UPDATED: Thu, Jul 04, 03:30PM
    An eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence ­or the lack thereof­ once and for all. However, it is only once he experiences the power of love and desire that he is able to understand his very reason for being. Appearing on stage to introduce the special early look at this new film and take your questions are producers Zev Foreman (Killer Joe) and Dean Zanuck (Get Low), and Terry's daughter Amy Gilliam, who worked on the film. Moderated by Gina McIntyre of the LA Times' Hero Complex.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 5th, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


    More photos from Esquire:

    Little White Lies magazine cover:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 5th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    I can't wait to read the esquire interview. But I'm curious. You seem to have read the interview already why do think he's not telling stories truthfully?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 5th, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Full issue available online

    That's part of the story.

    Here's the full issue available on scribd:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 6th, 2013 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Full issue available online

    Thanks for the link. Interesting interview indeed. I wonder if he was messing with the interviewer or just wasn't remembering the stories correctly. Anything to not talk about himself I believe. I really hope they don't get stalked in la. He has said before his friends with kids live in la. They did pretty good last summer so hopefully it continues. The whole thing about fame he has said before. He seems like he still struggles with it. I don't think I would ever want to be famous.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 6th, 2013 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Full issue available online

    And there were a lot of beers consumed over both nights. He would also know that details are incorrect and easily checked.

    Matt and family are still at a Costa Rican resort in the Guanacaste region.

    There are rumors that Elysium won't be at Comic-Con but I can't believe that's true - it's an ideal opportunity to promote the film to fans. Sony doesn't give the film its only three minute trailer of the year and then miss marketing opportunities.

    Edited at 2013-07-06 02:51 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 6th, 2013 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Full issue available online

    He seems to have a good memory on things even when he's drinking. (Soderbergh & don cheadle can probably attest to that).

    Interesting too to see him talk about the commercials he's doing too. He's doing voice overs for united airlines now. I wondered if that was going to water.org too. Glad to see that it is.

    The end of the interview warmed my heart about receiving the video from one of the girls. Sweet.
    I have not seen one sighting of matt since the plane ride to Costa Rica. Although I admit I haven't been checking twitter too much lately. So you must have seen something to know this?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 6th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Full issue available online

    There have been a few casual references but no photos.

    His primary commercial 'voice' is for TD Ameritrade, and United Airlines ads started with the Olympics last year.

    Edited at 2013-07-06 03:32 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 6th, 2013 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Costa Rica

    First photo:


    Edited at 2013-07-06 06:10 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 6th, 2013 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Article, comic-con, Costa Rica photo

    I agree that the stories are probably a technique Matt uses in order to not talk about himself. Personally I didn't care much for the article. It seems to me the writer came up with an angle (fame is 'Elysium') and bent and pulled everything to support it. Matt even mentioned at one point 'if you want to know what fame is like'. That may be why he revealed so little about himself. He can probably smell a pre-written story by now.

    The author did get incredibly lucky with the message from the girls, which was adorable. But it didn't really support the thrust of the article, since it emphasized the normalcy of Matt's life with his family. Too juicy to leave out, though.

    I'm conflicted about comic-con. On the one hand it would be nice to get more feedback. On the other, there are riht wing political opponents of the movie's message who would love to reveal every single detail of the plot as early as possible, and even get stolen footage online if they could.

    Matt has kinda got a goatee(sp) thing going on there in Costa Rica! That is a great look on him.

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 6th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Article, comic-con, Costa Rica photo

    Paula, I see where you're coming from on the direction of the article, but I still enjoyed it. I found it to be well written, complimentary of Matt, and it did cover some interesting topics, while painting a nice image of what it might be like hanging out with Matt for 7 hrs :)

    By the way, there are billboards all over LA advertising Elysium! Some bus stop shelters with the final poster, and billboards & benches with facts about "life up there" on Elysium!


    Edited at 2013-07-06 11:43 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 7th, 2013 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Article, comic-con, Costa Rica photo

    Ah, yes, Gregory, to each their own. I will say that I did love the author's unusual forward to the magazine, "Before We Begin... Assimilation! The Fame Trilogy. Winter-at-large Tm Junod on profiling the three biggest movie stars of our time, back to back". For anyone who doesn't have the magazine, it's an unusual little introductory essay in which there are the following terrific lines:

    "In all, if I had happened to, say, pass out during any of our interviews, I'm sure that Leo would have called his publicist, Brad would have performed an emergency tracheotomy with a pen knife, and Matt would have tied my shoelaces together to see what happened when I woke up." (Ha, ha!)

    And: "If I had to say anything about them collectively, it would be that they are better than they have to be and quite relieved they are not worse."

    And: "They are our movie stars, but in comparison with my dad's movie stars, they look younger, despite their being middle aged, and sound much older, particularly when they describe the nature of their happiness."

    And: "They aren't happy simply because they wake up as DiCaprio, Pitt, and Damon, but rather because waking up as DiCaprio, Pitt, and Damon allows them to keep learning, to keep helping people, and to keep working hard at projects that mean something to them."

    Now THAT, I love!

    And thanks for the news about Elysium! I'm keeping my fingers crossed on that one.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 8th, 2013 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Article, comic-con, Costa Rica photo

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 8th, 2013 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Article, comic-con, Costa Rica photo

    Yep, posted previously.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 7th, 2013 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Article, comic-con, Costa Rica photo

    In regard to "Elysium", you can at least rest comfortably knowing that the test screenings went over well in 2012 even with an incomplete film.

    And there's been a small handful of people who've seen the final product over the last month that have given it their seal of approval. There was one guy in particular on Twitter recently that said it would be the critic and fan darling of the summer.

    So, take that with whatever pinch of salt you may. But as of right now, all signs point to "Elysium" being a very good summer film.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 6th, 2013 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Webbygram photo

    I see that Matt grew a little beard there...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 7th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Esquire article author Tom Junod is tweeting about the article and responding to comments:

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