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NY screening, Today
  • Matt attended a screening of Elysium in NY solo on Tuesday night. Photos are at the Daily Mail, Just Jared and Zimbio.

  • Matt's interview on the Today show is available at NBC, with some quotes about this weekend's move to LA summarised here, with another report here.

    "Basically all of our friends with little kids are out there," said Damon. "We're a little conflicted. We love it here, we're really happy here and New York will always be here. It might just turn out to be a little jaunt out there and then a return.... It's hard to leave here."

  • Matt was asked about Benedict Cumberbatch's recent comments in this interview at Next Movie (also summarised at Vulture).

    NextMovie sat down with Damon this morning while he was promoting the sci-fi blockbuster "Elysium" and broached the subject of the possible budding bro-dom between the two. We brought up young Benedict's dream, to have a "hot night where we're all getting drunk and dancing and having a good time!"

    Damon said he hasn't yet met Cumberbatch, alongside whom he is nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, but that he'd love to grab a beer with him sometime.

    And, yes, we know, talk is cheap, but for what it's worth, Damon's publicist stopped us on the way out to say she'd dropped a line to Cumberbatch's agent to make it happen.

  • Matt will have an on-air role in the upcoming climate change documentary:

    Showtime has a pair of documentary series in the works. "Years of Living Dangerously," produced by James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub, tackles climate change using celebrities like Matt Damon and Arnold Schwarzenegger as "correspondents."
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 31st, 2013 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    :) M x
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 31st, 2013 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Mail article

    That's the first time I've seen an article that's primarily focused on his greying hair. Not the last, probably. It's been obvious for a couple of years. These people are quite slow on the uptake, aren't they?

    Gregory, I wonder if you contacted some of Matt's 'people' they could help expedite the repairs to his star? Thank you for taking on this issue, by the way. You're a real fan.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 1st, 2013 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Mail article

    Indeed slow on the uptake ;) it started to show in Greenzone. It was dyed in Invictus & True Grit. So it hid a few yrs on and off through Contagion, Hereafter. I do think its whiter now.

    Thanks Paula! Well, I am confident that the Hollywood Walk of Fame PR person is on it. I emailed her the Instagram pic. She's on vaca a few days. All will be alright with it.

    Reo Roma From: Reo Roma Date: July 31st, 2013 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's new pictures

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM my sugar fix oh yeah!!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 31st, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Hope Elysium Succeeds

    Too bad the film is NOT in 3-D. As an article in the NY Times pointed out about two weeks ago, theater owners report 3-D boosts the revenue for a film, and, in fact, increases paid viewership. Anything to put butts in the seats, as they say. I'm sure it will do well, though, and, if Neill B. can find a way to countenance it, Elysium could be post-converted to 3-D. Would have been better, though, to shoot it natively. Got fingers and toes crossed the film.

    I did note that Matt quickly turned Lauer away from his suggestion that Elysium has political ramifications by quickly asserting Neill B.'s desire that it be entertainment first and foremost. In the States, political talk just raises negatives. Sad but true. Matt and Blomkamp are trying to sell it as entertainment. Smart people will discern the film's messages and react, but it's really not a selling point to bring them up much.
    From: ext_2087515 Date: July 31st, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Matt won't be living technically on the same street as Ben and Jennifer, they will live about 15 mins away and you have to get on W. Sunset Blvd to get from both their homes.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 1st, 2013 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
    They live in the same neighborhood. Mums the word!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 31st, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Celtics shirt

    For a second there I thought Matt might be a Celtic Football Club fan and imagined him wearing the green and white stripe hehe. M..
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 1st, 2013 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kelly and Michael interview

    The interviews with Matt are so much better since Michael Strahan came to that show. Of course they know and like one another socially and it shows. It was pretty good, some new stuff.

    Kelly congratulated him on his hair growing back, he said "Thank God!"

    They talked about him moving to LA, news to which the audience reacted loudly. He again said they're conflicted, and said he and Ben's kids only see each other when they're on vacation, which was rare. He said he had another night with all the kids in their bed and ended up sleeping across the foot of the bed. (The hosts both intimated this needed to be nipped in the bud - lol).

    They talked about the month's vacation in Costa Rica with no phones. He said he surfed every morning(!) and when Michael said he must be good he got a laugh when he said he was "horrible". He said he'd been surfing about 6 years, but only on vacation. He said he surfed with experts who could fish him out if he got in trouble and that it was "a fun sport to be bad at."

    Michael asked him about Nebraska and Matt told him about his nephew and again said glowing things about the program there. Apparently Matt's nephew was at the Super Bowl party that Michael came to at Matt's house years ago.

    They talked about the movie, nothing new, but there was a new clip focusing on Matt's meeting at the hospital with the nurse (Alice Braga). I saw only the first couple of seconds (I don't want to know too much) but it looked very appealing. Matt in adjustment bureau romantic mode. It was a very good choice for this show, I thought. Bring in the ladies!

    I usually don't care for this show, but this was pretty good.

    I am now picturing the photos of a ripped Matthew McConaughey and a chunky Matt surfing in Malibu. Ha.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 1st, 2013 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kelly and Michael interview

    Awesome summary - thanks very much Paula.

    I don't understand their website - they include videos about food trucks but not the celeb interviews.

    I like Matt's look at the Letterman arrival - casual in no glasses and Celtics t-shirt.

    Jeff Wells and Roger Friedman were both positive about Elysium (Wells has already seen it twice), but both mixed their stories with reports about Sony's problems and whether the film can rise above the rumors/politics/Sony gloom.

    Edited at 2013-08-01 02:41 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 1st, 2013 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kelly and Michael interview

    Terrific news about Wells and Friedman. I can't get a firm hold on how this will play critically. It couldn't possibly do as well as D9, so a comedown is inevitable. I'm torn myself. I really don't care for splatter, so if it wasn't Matt I wouldn't be seeing it. To me the advertising seems tepid.

    I guess my impression is that it's a guy movie. Ah, maybe I should go back and watch the flirty clip with Braga and Matt. Maybe that will give me some atmosphere I can relate to.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 1st, 2013 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kelly and Michael interview

    OK,OK,OK. I caved. I went back and watched the clip with Braga and I was right! There is definitely that sexually charged, charming interplay which so devastated me in Adjustment Bureau. They re-meet after a time apart, she's moved on, he's still crazy for her but she's hanging back.

    I don't know about the movie as a whole but that scene is terrific. Now I feel some genuine interest. Sony needs to get this clip out there where women can see it.

    Oh, yeah, there was a tweet of a brief segment from the Letterman show.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 1st, 2013 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)


    I can't view it (as always), but there's a highlight on the CBS site:


    The Wall Street Journal movie critic/writer noted a week or so on Twitter that she seemed to be the only female at an Elysium screening.

    Edited at 2013-08-01 03:31 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 1st, 2013 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Letterman and reviews

    This is most of the Letterman interview via YouTube, but the start is missing:

    First reviews are also out:

    Edited at 2013-08-01 08:07 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 31st, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Directing plans

    Matt says he still wants to direct but is planning to take some time off after the move to LA:


    As for when Damon will take a seat in the director's chair, something he's expressed a strong desire to do, he admitted there's no update on that but said he hoped it would happen soon.

    However, he confirmed that his family is moving from New York to L.A., and because of that, he's "going to take a little time off" so that he and his wife can be at home with their kids while they're going through that transition.
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