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Monuments Men
  • A new poster for Monuments Men is available at Screen Crush.

  • Matt is currently in Chennai, India, for water.org
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 25th, 2013 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
    Just saw Elysium and I really enjoyed it. Certainly incredibly violent, sometimes unnecessarily so, but still a good watch.

    I'm surprised not many interviewers are asking Matt about his time in Vancouver, and his thoughts on the city. I guess because he hasn't been interviewed by many Canadian publications....and it maybe doesn't make as crazy a headline as the Mexican dump!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 25th, 2013 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium and India visit

    I was also surprised at the lack of Vancouver questions. Considering how much time they spent filming there the majority of the film seemed to take place in Mexico. But Matt did have a lot of time off in Vancouver. Interesting to see where the Vancouver set photos appeared (and there were virtually no surprises in locations after following the film shoot). The Mexican dump also ended up looking like it could have been filmed in a studio.

    The film will do OK, but certainly won't make its money back in the US (Matt claims it was made for $85 or $90 million, the press reports claim about $115 million). It would likely have been more successful if it was a better movie with a more interesting or clever last third of the film, instead of a cliched action sequence with unnecessary violence that was spoiled in the trailers. Matt sold it the best he could, but I think most people feel it's an average movie with a poor ending. (And yes, as said previously in a comment, Matt should probably care a lot more about a script and less about a promising but unproven director).
    Photos of Matt and Chris Moore at Pondicherry airport, India.

    Edited at 2013-08-25 07:46 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 26th, 2013 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)


    Retiring UK film critic Philip French:

    >> Will any current actors have the impact of Marlon Brando or Robert De Niro?
    Ryan Gosling has a presence with which he can command a film. I think “Only God Forgives” you could say is a Ryan Gosling film – he really is what holds your attention. I think Matt Damon is a wonderful actor. If you look at him he looks like someone who has just been signed up for a team of Irish-American builders and yet he has an extraordinary charisma and also, he hasn't got the mannerisms of a star: he's an actor without ego. The other person who has gone from being a juvenile to a serious actor is Leonardo DiCaprio, particularly in the films in which he's collaborated with Martin Scorsese.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 26th, 2013 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 26th, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt's travels around India continue - spotted at Movenpick Hotel and Spa Bangalore:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 26th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bangalore

    Is he still in India? The caption for the pic above suggests he was there but no longer. Since he was spotted at airport with Gary Moore thought he was on his way back.
    Re: Bangalore, - (Anonymous) - Expand
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 26th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Quote about MM characters

    Saw this quote over at Clooney's open house. It seems to be a link/translation from a European paper but I can't access the link on my device.

    The real names of monuments men have been changed. "To have more freedom to do less perfect and idealized characters," explains Clooney, who plays Frank Stokes, aka George Stout, chief curator of the Fogg Museum at Harvard. This was the true leader of the network, a remarkable man. But for dramatic reasons, I assigned some flaws. "Matt Damon, meanwhile, is James Granger, inspired by James Rorimer, curator at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. "I consider myself well versed on the history of World War II, says the actor, encased in a deliberately ill-fitting uniform. But I knew nothing of the monuments men before George asked me to be part of the project. What I learned I was fascinated. "

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 27th, 2013 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)

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