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Emmy reactions
  • Matt didn't provide a comment, but other reactions from Emmy nominees to Behind the Candelabra's 15 nominations are at The Wrap and CBS News. A phone interview with Scott Bakula is at KTLA.

    Michael Douglas, nominated for lead actor in a miniseries or movie for "Behind The Candelabra": "What a treat to take a chance and be rewarded with 15 nominations. A great team effort and so well deserved by Steven Soderbergh, Matt Damon, Richard LaGravanese, Jerry Weintraub and all the people that made Behind the Candelabra so effective."

    But "Candelabra" executive producer Jerry Weintraub told TheWrap on Thursday that he's most gratified by the nominations in the less-glorified categories.

    "All the craft people are nominated, and that made me very happy," Weintraub said. "The behind-the-scenes people -- costume people, makeup people, set designers casting -- everybody who worked on this movie is being recognized, and I am thrilled about that."

    In a separate conversation, Scott Bakula -- who's nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie category for his portrayal of Bob Black in the film -- said he was "gratefully astonished" by the nomination, particularly given the crowded field of potential nominees in the category.

    "Come on, the category is huge; it's ridiculous!" Bakula said. "You get overwhelmed by the number of people to choose from, it's a wonder that anyone gets nominated."

    Bakula, who told TheWrap that he had "zero expectations" for a nomination, added, "I'm just laughing. That's all I can say."

    Rob Lowe ‏@RobLowe
    Congrats to Steven, Michael, Matt and Scott on their #BehindTheCandelabra #Emmy nominations. Go get 'em guys!

  • Benedict Cumberbatch is happy to be nominated in the same category as Matt - comments are at The Wrap and Vulture.

    The daunting competition isn't lost on Cumberbatch, who was also nominated for an Emmy last year for his work on the BBC series "Sherlock."

    "They are all superlative, inspirational actors who have been heroes to me," Cumberbatch said. "Pacino, there's nothing I can say that hasn't been said before ... I adore Matt Damon. I think he's such a great leading man."

    Cumberbatch: So for both of us to be in that category at the Emmys, with people who I've been inspired by for ages, [Al] Pacino, [Michael] Douglas, and in my generation, Matt Damon, who's a huge hero of mine, I'm beyond words. I'm bowled over by it, I really am. I'm so, so thrilled. What a great early birthday present!

    How is Matt Damon your hero?
    Cumberbatch: Well, he's just so grounded. He's so intelligent. He makes these smart choices, as an actor, as a producer, as a writer. He's so composed. You never hear a bad word said about him. Everybody loves him. And he just sounds like he's got his priorities right as a human being, and as an actor, he's phenomenal. What a screen presence. I saw Promised Land on the way to New Zealand where I was doing some more work on Smaug, the dragon in The Hobbit, and it was again, another superlative performance, the writing with John Krasinski, and just a great, great drama, setting up those arguments about the future of small-town America, and really, all small communities across the world, the crisis they face about money and income versus environmental concerns and community. It was a peaceful way of tackling it. The minute Matt and Ben [Affleck] appeared on the scene with Good Will Hunting, you knew it was a special moment. To see such young talent take the reins and create the means of work as well as star in it, and just do every one of their jobs at every level superlatively, it was very exciting. I think he's great. My biggest wish is to hang out with him!

    Perhaps you'll get to do so at the Emmys. You need a guys' night out.
    Yeah! I just want to get in a room with these guys and have conversations with them. I don't know what I'd say to them. I'd be a bit star struck [around Pacino and Douglas], but at least with Matt, I can kind of quiz him. And then cut to a hot night where we're all getting drunk and dancing and having a good time! Maybe it'll have to be on another occasion, but wouldn't that be cool, though? I would like to go out with that group full stop, wouldn't you? That would be a fun dinner party. I think that would be great fun.

    Yeah, you could pick each other's brains, develop projects together, or not talk about work at all.
    You're saying that like you can facilitate it. Do you have Matt's number? Can you pass along a message, and tell him that Benedict is a big fan and would like to hang? That would be brilliant.

    Maybe you can even get him to do a cameo on Sherlock or something.
    You know what? There's a part I would have loved for him to play in the third episode. He would have been amazing. But we need someone slightly older.

  • Reports on The Zero Theorem's panel at Comic-Con are at HitFix and Empire.

    It's difficult to describe the sizzle reel of Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem without sounding a bit touched in the head. There's Christoph Waltz with a completely shaved head, living in a future that looks like Gilliam's Brazil if that society discovered neon in a big way. A flamboyantly-dressed and extraordinarily coiffed David Thewlis walks through an office that looks like a casino; French starlet Melanie Thierry flounces through a series of fetishistic outfits and claims to enjoy nudity, prompting Waltz to run away in a hurry.

    Matt Damon (Gilliam says he's not supposed to admit that Damon's in the film, but he's clearly onscreen) seems to be in charge; Tilda Swinton is terrifying and appears to be taking the role of psychologist; Ben Whishaw is stuck in a lab again, but now he's working with Peter Stormare.

    It's dizzying, barmy and looks like Brazil crossed with Twelve Monkeys, with the visual flair of The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus expressed in a hyper-coloured, hyper-stylised way and lots of the lyricism of that ballroom sequence in The Fisher King. There's a repeated refrain of "Zero must equal 100%", the idea that the sum of everything is nothing and a sense that the world is trying to drive our hero insane. It looks, in other words, like Terry Gilliam has succeeded in making a Terry Gilliam film in a way he hasn't done for years.

  • A new interview with Matt in Germany's Cosmopolitan is summarised here.

    In an interview with the magazine 'Cosmopolitan' says the 42-year-old, how long it took to train the muscles themselves for his role: "For months! It was really hard work. I was four hours every day in the gym. But the change was unbelievable."

    In his films, the native Americans often plays heroes who save the world. Compared to the magazine reveals the actor, when he privately feels like a hero: "When I come home to my four daughters. Just by the way the kids look at me, they make me feel like a real hero."

    He is a perfectionist but not private: "I have a lot of ticks. Two of them are knuckle cracking and chewing fingernails. I do that since 2004 when I stopped smoking, "And more." I try to be the best version of me, but I do not believe in perfection as a concept. There is no perfect, only a choice of options. I know no one who is perfect."
  • 20 comments or Leave a comment
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 19th, 2013 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Benedict, Tom Papa

    Celebitchy and Lainey posts on Benedict's comments about Matt:


    A Tom Papa interview on the LaughSpin podcast where he talks about Matt's involvement in his comedy show (around 11.45 and 20.00). Tom is also moving to LA for the next school year.

    Edited at 2013-07-19 02:57 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 19th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Benedict, Tom Papa

    I love Benedict Cumberbatch, his version of Sherlock is wonderful! I want someone to make it happen, for him and Matt to work together. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 19th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Benedict,

    This one is also amusing
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 19th, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Benedict,

    The writer of the Vulture article writes in the comments section of her article that she has given "Damon's peeps the heads up" on the article.

    More Benedict quotes in this LA Times article:

    Are you a fan of the other nominated movies/miniseries?

    I saw “Behind the Candelabra,” I started watching “Phil Spector” when I was going over to New Zealand. I had to stop halfway through, but he is just extraordinary, what a rich canvas. The other ones I’m just catching up with. I think Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, they always excel and they’ve always been heroes of mine. There’s massive, quite rightful sentiment for Michael because he’s back and well and he’s just turned in this career-defining performance that exceeds any expectations of the kinds of men he’s played before, and it’s just a joy to watch him in it. Matt Damon is just gold in everything he does; I adore him, I adore his subtlety, and to do something that’s out there like this. I hate the word “brave,” but hats off to them; it’s not easy to do this very full-blooded stuff.

    And Soderbergh’s a genius, I’ve always wanted to work with him. Apparently he’s retired to paint, but when he gets bored he knows who to call. It’s only bittersweet for me that we can’t all win, because how you differentiate between all the performances, I don’t know. Good luck to the judges on that. I hope to God I can make it to the ceremony and meet them.

    Edited at 2013-07-19 11:12 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 19th, 2013 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)


    In some Candelabra related news, Scott Thorson was just granted probation for his burglary/theft conviction, so he'll avoid more jail time. Can't help but wonder what will be the next strange turn in that guy's circus of a life.

    Read an article which pointed out that Soderbergh actually has three Emmy nominations, two of them (for cinematography and editing) under his aliases.

    And right on, Benedict! You have good taste! Lol. My hubby and I love Sherlock - that's a great show.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 20th, 2013 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)


    Director/writer Rod Lurie, who also really liked Promised Land:

    Rod Lurie ‏@RodLurie
    #MichaelDouglas is probable winner for #BehindThecandelabra, but my vote is for #MattDamon in the same film.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 21st, 2013 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Costa Rica

    Matt and family at a restaurant in Costa Rica today:

    I presume everyone has seen this video before, or the Matt clips:

    Edited at 2013-07-21 01:51 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2013 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Costa Rica

    Is the Facebook link a pic or post because all I see is the front page and nothing else.

    I have seen that rove live video before.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 21st, 2013 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Costa Rica

    It was the first post at that site - direct link:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2013 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Costa Rica

    It won't let me see it. It's telling me to login but I'm not on Facebook. It looks like they posted a pic but I can't see that either.

    I did find this.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 21st, 2013 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Costa Rica

    Thanks for the link. I'm missing a lot of Facebook posts as my usual Facebook extended search is down.

    Does anyone have any other good Facebook search sites? The main Facebook search only keeps the last 10-15 posts.

    There was also a sighting of Matt and Lucy at their hotel yesterday.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Costa Rica

    Those pictures are not from yesterday. the date on the photos says Jul 5th.
    (Deleted comment)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 21st, 2013 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Meaning...

    Livejournal is full of spam at the moment. All anonymous comments are currently screened.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2013 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Meaning...

    You're right.
    This is a video from The Zero Theorem director. (And it's very much his style)

    I love you for all you do for Matt's Fans.
    So edit and delete as you please.

    Thank you!!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 22nd, 2013 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 22nd, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Costa Rica

    A report on Matt and Terrence Howard being in Costa Rica, confirmed by the Directorate General of Immigration (really).



    This one is just offensive:

    Edited at 2013-07-23 12:01 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 23rd, 2013 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)
    So I have not seen this poster online or anywhere else, but I was driving down a street in Los Angeles and saw this pasted to the side of a building. I nearly crashed my car :) Ironically, the artist himself who designed the poster also posted it on Instagram a week ago. But I've not seen it anywhere else.


    Edited at 2013-07-23 03:31 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 23rd, 2013 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
    Just after posting my own photo I foudn the teaser poster on google hi res!http://fbi3ges.blogspot.com/2013/07/nuevo-teaser-poster-de-matt-damon-para.html
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Me likey!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Wow! It's great! Thanks, Greg. And don't worry about your car, since "He can save us..." :)
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