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Elysium opens, Monuments Men trailer
  • Elysium has opened in the US. Matt and Sharlto have left before Sydney for the first international premiere on Monday. Here's part of Manohla Dargis' New York Times review:

    Putting the world in Mr. Damon’s hands is as smart as making him the star of a big special-effects fantasia. At once preternaturally boyish and middle aged (he’s 42), Mr. Damon has become the greatest utility player in movies: No one can better vault across rooftops and in and out of genres and make you care greatly if he falls. He’s so homespun that he could have sprung wholly formed from a corn silo (he shares James Stewart’s extraordinary likability if not his later-life, postwar neurotic edge). But it’s the ease and sincerity with which Mr. Damon conveys moral decency — so that it feels as if it originates from deep within rather than from, say, God or country — that helps make him a strikingly contemporary ideal of what used to be regularly called the American character.

  • Matt appeared in another Stephen Colbert Skit - video is available here, with reports available at LA Times and Lainey Gossip.

    First, it’s been a great week for Stephen Colbert. Daft Punk punked out on him, but he turned it into one of the best comedy moments in recent memory, and last night, not resting on his recent triumph, he did a great bit with Damon to promote Elysium. Riffing on the fad of celebrity heroes, Colbert got “trapped” under a Coke machine so someone would rescue him. Cue Matt Damon, but instead of being grateful, Colbert spent the whole bit poking at Damon’s lack of blockbuster success the last couple years (his last real hit was 2010’s True Grit), and asking if he really qualifies as a superstar these days.

    Try to imagine anyone else in that skit. Who else would be totally cool with having a reminder that no one saw their latest passion project thrown in their face? Or play into the “film vs. TV” debate and be willing to look like the loser? Or just do something so silly in the first place? I say it of all actors—there is always, always an ego tucked away somewhere. But with Matt Damon, that ego is folded up and shoved somewhere remote and dusty where it rarely gets busted out. It’s Friday. It’s been a long week. Let the firm of Damon & Colbert close it out with a laugh.

  • Matt's interview with Peter Travers on ABC's Popcorn is available here. It includes Matt singing a few lines from My Funny Valentine, talking about 'karaoke-ing' with Jeremy Renner, filming Mystic Pizza etc.

  • Matt talked sports, Behind the Candelabra, Elysium and all time favorite movies on the Rich Eisen podcast. A CBS Miami video interview is available here.

  • The Monuments Men trailer has been released and is available at Vanity Fair.

  • Photos of Matt, Lucy and friends out for dinner in LA on Thursday before Matt left for Sydney on Friday are at PopSugar and Zimbio.

  • Interviews with cast members: Josh Blacker, Sharlto Copley and Adrian Holmes.

    What memorable moments during production stay with you the most?
    Adrian Holmes: One of the great moments for me shooting this was just connecting with Matt Damon. I’m a huge fan from ‘Good Will Hunting’ on. ‘Bourne Identity.’ He’s such a great actor and he makes great choices in his films. So just hanging out with him, playing poker on some nights, weekends and stuff. We’d go to his hotel room and play poker and just hangout. Just seeing him as a normal guy was really cool for me. Working with him, of course, was also just a joy and an honor, just to see his choices and just how he conducts himself on set with so much poise and respect for everyone.

    He makes us feel like we’re all on an equal playing field, we’re all peers. There was no hierarchy. It’s like our voices were just as important as his, and I really appreciated that. There were so many things. It was just overall an incredible, incredible journey, and we all got along so well. We all really loved being around each other.

    How did you find the experience of working with both Matt Damon and Jodie Foster?
    Sharlto Copley: Jodie is very easy to work with, you know? She’s just amazingly professional and it’s the same with Matt. They’re just so good at their jobs. I think one of the things I took away from both of them, which is possible why they’ve had such long careers, is that they’re just very easy to work with. They’re very down to earth and very grounded people. I can see that people would want to work with them, without even considering how amazing they are as actors (laughs). Matt’s awesome. Honestly, actors always talk about this, but if I could choose people to add to my family, Matt would be on my list because it was an incredible experience working with him. He’s a very smart guy, and what I really enjoyed with him was a lot of intellectual conversations about film – and he loves film and he loves acting. We had so many fascinating conversations about so many different topics. We had a lot of fun.

    OK!: I know everyone is probably asking you about Matt Damon but can you tell us a funny story from behind-the-scenes when you were working with him?
    Josh Blacker: Yeah there’s so many. He has such a great sense of humor and makes sure everyone was in a good mood on set. We have a great fight scene together and at the end of each take he would just do a WWE-type cheer roar as if he just won the WWE so that was funny. (laughs)

  • Vulture has a Matt hair quiz.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 10th, 2013 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)


    Thank you for sharing all the links mattdamoncolumn, The Monuments Men trailer looks great! I'm looking forward to seeing that too. I loved Matt singing a few lines of My Funny Valentine in the interview with Peter Travers on ABC's Popcorn, and actually think his voice is now like fine wine having matured since The Talented Mr. Ripley ("smile" flows gently now). Mash Potato Dance Moves AND serenading... who needs Michael Buble on CD in the kitchen when there's Matt Damon! :) M..
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 10th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: all the goodies

    Agreed, M, this IS an abundance of delightful goodies. Photos, videos, interviews, and shtick. Good times. :-) And more goodies yet to come from Australia, etc.

    Travers interview:

    I remember Matt claiming that he had to record 'My Funny Valentine' many times because he wasn't that good a singer. That's just the customary Matt humility obviously, because he sounds really good! Right on key. Interesting to hear that he's keeping his NY apartment. I had wondered about that. It's so interesting to hear NYers sorta grieve over his leaving. But Matt seems to be the sort of person who makes his own happiness. They'll do fine.

    MM does look really good. My mom will be so excited. Matt (her favorite actor) and George (her other favorite) in the same movie and it's about WWII! Mom nirvana. She was disappointed when I wouldn't take her to Elysium. It's way too violent for her. So this trailer will give her some Matt to look forward to.

    Always nice to hear his colleagues say great things about Matt, which of course they always do. He and Sharlto probably had a great time on the flight to Oz.

    That hair challenge is the greatest thing ever... Somebody on twitter called it the GED of Damon (the GED is a US test for college). Ha, ha.

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 10th, 2013 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Argentinian interview

    An interview with an Argentinian journalist, where Matt is asked about his knowledge of Argentina:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 10th, 2013 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's fashion

    Lucy really needs to work on Matt's fashion, she for the most part, has her down. Especially now that she is dressing more hip and revealing I think it's her "LA side" coming out. LOL

    Everyone in the Madeo dinner pics are dressed very summerish and Matt is wearing the same ugly pants and he wore to this year's fashion event in NYC. Not to mention a white undershirt and to go with his all black ensemble and long sleeve sweater!

    I wonder if these are Lucy's relatives given that it's pretty much an all latin crowd of ladies.
    From: tsgpinkblack Date: August 10th, 2013 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)


    In Elysium, I think this is one of Matt's hardcore rater r roles yet since The Departed and Green Zone!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 10th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Nice review

    They talk about Matt quite a lot. Although I disagree with the idea that Elysium's mindless. The reason it has some enemies is because it's not.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 11th, 2013 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    German interview

    Good German interview done while Matt was in Berlin. He talks about having to break the two week rule for the first time (by two days) to finish filming on Monuments Men (which we knew about).


    What has become of your 14-day rule that you have a maximum of two weeks separated from your wife and four daughters?

    We break it for the first time tomorrow, after two weeks, but I'm flying home two days later. It's terrible, but we needed the time to get the film finished.

    What was your personal highlight of the year? Your presentation of the Jimmy Kimmel show? The award of the "Harvard Arts Medal"? Or filming with George Clooney?

    Let me think. The Harvard award was really nice. I was always grateful for my time there and have benefited from the program. So it was fantastic to return.

    Also, since you have never finished? A distinction because it means all the more?

    Yes, that was great. Although I must say that Brown University recently awarded Ben Affleck an honorary doctorate. I could hardly believe it. He sent a photo to me! (laughs) What an ass! They rejected me. I wanted to study at Brown and did not get in! Ben had a lot of fun with it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 11th, 2013 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 11th, 2013 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Australian press

    I think Matt and Sharlto's plane was delayed by maybe a day. There has been no evidence or sightings in Australia (that I've seen) on Sunday. This seems to be the story of the flight before the passengers stayed the night at Newport Beach:

    So we boarded our flight at 9.30pm to only have 2 failed attempts to take off!! We then sat on the plane for about another 4 hours until we got off at 4am!! No flight for us tonight. Then we had to get on a bus to come to a hotel 60kms away!!! It is going to hurt going to work on Monday when we get in at 6am!!

    Lots of press seemingly scheduled for Monday, mostly with commercial radio stations airing their stories mid-week.

    The Project is the only confirmed TV show, but any appearance is unlikely to be live. Let me know if anybody confirms any other appearances. Matt and Sharlto are going to have a horror day Monday if their plane doesn't arrive until the morning of the premiere, and they probably leave the next day.

    I missed this Tom and Lorenzo post with some interesting comments:

    Edited at 2013-08-11 01:27 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 11th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Plane snafu.

    What a nightmare! Poor Matt. You almost wonder if it's worth going that far for one day (although I'd hate for you guys to miss the trip)

    Is it bad that all I can think of is Cpt Carol Burnett yelling, "IT'LL BE ABOUT HALF AN HOUR!" And, "We're all just plane folk now."

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 11th, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: flight

    Hopefully they managed to get some rest on the way over. Today is the day! :) M..

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 11th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Just saw Elysium

    Matt is totally buffed out; great action film but it is bittersweet in the end. I loved it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 11th, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I'm already packed and ready to go! I'm driving to Sydney for the Premiere! (http://www.facebook.com/EventCinemasGeorgeSt) Hope Matt's there :) M..
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 12th, 2013 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Woohoooo!

    Great! Hope you have a terrific time M! Good luck....
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 12th, 2013 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Woohoooo!

    Wow Mel!! Have an awesome night!!
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