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Esquire, Monuments Men
  • The Esquire article (excerpt only) and additional photos and captions by photographer Max Vadukul are now available online. The photos and some tabloid-worthy highlights are at Just Jared and the Daily Mail. Scans of the article are available via Netpage.

  • From an interview with Michael Douglas:

    Michael said Catherine wasn’t on the set when he and Matt kissed in a scene. Laughing, he said, “But on the day that Matt came out of the pool in his Speedo little thing and he came over and gave me a big kiss and I grabbed his butt, his mother was on the set. So before we started rolling, Matt said, ‘Mom, I’m sorry, mom.’ She said, ‘Oh honey, that’s OK.’”

  • From an interview with actor Daniel Sunjata at the New York Post:

    But despite what is, in a sense, a public searching, Sunjata keeps many aspects of his life private, confessing a desire to be seen as boring in order to retain that privacy.

    “Every example I’ve seen of people who invite the world into their private lives doesn’t end well, [because] once you invite them in, you can’t ask them to leave,” he says. “Matt Damon was asked in an interview how he managed to stay out of the tabloids, and he said, ‘I perfected the art of being really boring.’ He spends a lot of time at home, and I don’t know what the guy likes to do. The fact that he’s a huge movie star and I don’t know much about him gives me hope.”

  • George Clooney discussed Monuments Men prior to filming in an interview at The Australian magazine:

    What's the tone of Monuments Men?
    We sort of want it to be a little more of a caper film. There's some really funny things in it. But it's still a very dramatic storyline because you're risking a lot and losing your life to save art, which is an odd thing to do. We want it to feel like The Great Escape and A Bridge Too Far and all those kinds of films that I loved and grew up with in the 60s and 70s. It's that vibe, with maybe a little more humor in it.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 8th, 2013 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    International premieres

    Can anyone let me know if they see any details about international premieres for Elysium? Australia is confirmed (probably Sydney) and I've seen an unconfirmed reference to Tokyo, but no others yet. Other likely premieres are London, Berlin and Moscow.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 10th, 2013 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: International premieres

    Sydney has just been confirmed - Matt and Sharlto will be at the premiere on August 12.

    Kyle and Jackie O‏@kyleandjackieo5m
    CONFIRMED- Matt Damon is coming to Australia for the premiere of Elysium on August 12th at Event Cinemas George St!

    Melissa Hoyer‏@melissahoyer4m
    Good to hear Matt Damon is coming to Oz for premiere of #Elysium on August 12 . . . @newscomauHQ

    Press release:
    Sony Pictures Releasing is thrilled to announce that Academy Award-winner Matt Damon and co-star Sharlto Copley (District 9) will visit Sydney next month to attend the Premiere of their new film Elysium. The Premiere will be held on the evening of Monday, August 12th at Event Cinemas, George St, Sydney.

    Edited at 2013-07-10 05:27 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 8th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Great comments from the Esquire photographer about the pictures. I especially love the "Wings of Desire" shot. The article and captions do a pretty fair job of capturing Matt's sense of ease in his life and work.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 9th, 2013 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    Paula I like it as well. The tea cup one is fun too!


    Edited at 2013-07-09 04:01 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 9th, 2013 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    Tumblr seems to have all of the photos at a good size. The beetle affected wood pictures are certainly more interesting than a tea series, which the photographer suggested was going to be the main focus.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 8th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium week

    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 8th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium week

    That is a very cool and original poster! I've never seen anything quite like it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 9th, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer on Today talk about some quotes from the Esquire interview and Lauer calls Matt the most 'civilian' movie star.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 9th, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)


    News that the sequel to 300 is being moved from early August to next March. It seems to me this is good news for Elysium, since two hard R action movies coming out at the same time were sure to compete for the same audience.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 10th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Lots of twitter sightings today (yet to be confirmed) that Matt is at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for new student enrollment. And there's a potentially logical reason with claims a nephew is playing football there next season. Which is correct.

    Edited at 2013-07-10 02:36 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 10th, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Nebraska, Elysium

    If reports are true then it's very sweet of Matt to support his nephew in this way. For those who are not from the states I'll tell you that Nebraska, (aka "the Cornhuskers") are traditionally THE best team in college football. He's very good if he's playing there.

    Two reviews from the European showings of Elysium. One euphoric, one much less so.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 11th, 2013 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)



    August 9: Sony TriStar rolls out the Matt Damon-Jodie Foster sci-fi movie "Elysium," which is tracking at $30 million and building buzz. The Warner Bros. comedy "We're the Millers," Fox's "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" and "Planes" from Disney Animation also open.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 10th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Nebraska?

    2 pics of Matt today in Nebraska:
    Matt Damon is in Lincoln today. He’s the mentor to an 18-year-old kid who is considering going to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (my alma mater!) and so they are touring the campus.
    Seems like a cool dude…my roomie the reporter is out stalking him, trying to get an interview!
    Just another normal day!
    Edit: the roomie interviewed Matt. Pics to come. Also, it’s his nephew that’s coming to the school this fall. Pretty cool. Also, she says he was super nice!
    #matt damon #lincoln #unl #nebraska

    I also love the Esquire pics very much. I like to see Matt appreciate nature and woods and can relaxing in it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 10th, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Nebraska

    Wow, it's been forever since I've posted here - but I've been keeping up, I promise! :)

    Is the nephew they're referring to Kyle's eldest son? I can't believe his nephews might be college age! He used to talk about them being little kids.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 10th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Nebraska

    Hi Grace.
    No, he's the son of one of Lucy's sisters. He was formerly in the Miami Dolphins Academy and there were photos of Matt and Lucy at one of his junior games many years ago.


    Interview quotes, including Matt talking about buying football gear for his kids (title is incorrect but it's the right link):

    Edited at 2013-07-10 11:42 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 11th, 2013 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Nebraska

    I thought Lucy's two other sisters were around her age which makes it kind of odd that they'd have an 18 yr old. I was definitely thinking it was Kyle's older son.

    I'm sure the assumptions will be clarified by students at Nebraska to the media real soon.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 12th, 2013 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Nebraska

    I think Alexia is 15 this year, so there's not a lot of difference in age. Kyle's oldest son would only be about 15 (Matt said his smile on the GWH poster was real because he had just heard the news about the birth of Miles).
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