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Zero Theorem
  • Matt discussed The Zero Theorem in an interview at The Inquirer:

    In the ongoing Venice Film Festival, Matt has an entry, Terry Gilliam’s “The Zero Theorem,” which is also a sci-fi. The way he immediately agreed to be in the film reflects that Matt, like George, is a genuinely nice guy, too.

    “Terry called me,” he recalled. He said, ‘I’ve got four days on this movie. Can you do it?’ I said, ‘Sure, where are you?’ He said, ‘Romania.’ I said, ‘Send me the plane ticket—and I went. It was great! I got to do two scenes with Christoph (Waltz), who’s such an inventive and amazing actor! It was a lovely time.”

    Laughing, he quipped, “When you hang out with Terry, you feel both closer to and farther from, the meaning of life.”

  • Screenwriter Pat Rushin's script for The Zero Theorem originated though Project Greenlight, and he got representation after it came in the top 250. The production notes for The Zero Theorem are available here, courtesy of Dreams: The Terry Gilliam Fanzine. An official trailer, photos and clips are at Buzzfeed.

    Matt Damon took the role of Management without having read the script. The director recalls, “Matt came into mind, I got in touch with him and he said ‘I’m on.’ It was really quite wonderful. Moments like that really made the film possible. There’s a real weight to his character and the attitude from a guy who runs a big corporation: incredibly bright, supercilious, and arrogant. I think Matt just gets better and better over the years; his range seems to have expanded. He’s just utterly solid and great fun to work with. He was around for four days, and Christoph bounced off Matt beautifully.”

    [Scriptwriter] Pat Rushin too is pleased with what the actors have done. He says, “They are just great actors. I can’t now imagine anyone else but Christoph playing Qohen. He’s inhabiting and inventing his character. And I had a great time watching Matt Damon at work - it’s a small role, and it’s so nice of him to invest himself."

  • Matt filmed an unknown project around Los Angeles on Friday.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 31st, 2013 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Foreigner

    The title of the film seems to suggest the focus of the film will be on the investigator, Castresana, rather than Rosenberg's story. It's a fascinating and complex story, but there's lot of elements that could interest an international audience, with plot points around Twitter, Facebook, Wikileaks and YouTube. I presume it would be too dangerous to film in Guatemala (and key characters are still in political power, including the President). A lot of it may be interiors though.

    The 'twist' would get out, and the last part of the article was kind of a let down after the twist, so you would have to manage that carefully in the structure of the film.

    The language issue would be significant, but Matt does speak Spanish (at 90%, he says), but it's still a very ambitious project and I hope he doesn't cast himself. A key question would be whether you would pick an all-Latin/local cast, which hurts commercial prospects, or an American cast with fake accents. I would love to see Oscar Isaac there somewhere, but there's not really a role for him in the article. And there is a romance, but it's mostly a movie (on the article, at least) about middle-aged men, murder and corruption.

    The comments on Deadline:

    Lucky guy. This is the best script I have read in a long long time. Was thinking Fincher. Or where’s Kubrick when you need him?

    this script is ten times better than Argo but ten times harder. I hope Matt was paying attention when Greengrass was directing.

    Tweet from The Wrap's Jeff Sneider
    Jeff Sneider ‏@TheInSneider 28 Aug
    I've spent months tracking possibility of Matt Damon directing A MURDER FORETOLD. No confirmation yet. Producers wanted an A-List director.

    Edited at 2013-08-31 12:41 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 31st, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Foreigner

    The fact that Terrio renamed the article "the Foreigner" implies to me that the script makes at least one of the two main characters American. I don't think there would be a prayer for US financing without that happening. That way there is an "in" to shoot at least a big chunk of the movie in English. Or, to think even more outside the box, maybe the foreigner is the New Yorker reporter covering the story, and the movie comes from his perspective. That might work brilliantly, now that I think of it. It eliminates some big problems and lends the whole thing a sort of tragic Sunset Boulevard air.

    "The Third Man" is an example of a movie that is shot in a foreign location (postwar Germany) but manages to use almost exclusively English by having the main character be American and having the German characters cross the language barrier to him. I adore that movie.

    It would be a lot for Matt to take on, for sure. I agree that it would be easier to just direct and find other actors, but a big selling point of Matt Damon, director, would be Matt Damon, actor who works for free. Please Matt, whatever you do, no John Krasinski.

    Evidently things are still in the talking stages, so maybe it won't happen at all. If it does, I'll be nervous the whole time, from prep to opening weekend, for sure!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 31st, 2013 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bill Murray

    On Letterman Bill Murray talked about Monuments Men (from 5.10) as a "meatloaf of a film, it's got everything with funny staff, action, drama and romance." I'm not sure where the romance comes in if not through the letters home, but word of a romance might please some readers...


    Edited at 2013-08-31 12:36 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 1st, 2013 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bill Murray

    YES! Must be Matt and Cate Blanchett. There was a suggestion of that in the trailer. Saweeeet!!!

    Hilarious riff on Candelabra, too.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 31st, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Another flight?

    EXCLUSIVE: Matt Damon arrives at LAX Airport and comments that he would rather play Batwoman as he heads to security for a flight to Canada

    Canada? Prep work for Interstellar, which is currently filming in Alberta?

    ETA: Yes, Matt was later spotted in Alberta, Canada, the current filming location for Interstellar.

    Edited at 2013-09-01 12:54 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 1st, 2013 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Another flight?

    For somebody who was going to take the rest of year off he's almost been non stop. I know that Elysium promotion and the water. org trip couldn't be helped. It looks like the Nolan film came in recently and I guess he couldn't turn down.( It being for 2 weeks must have appealed to him too) i wonder if the alberta trip is a quick one. The girls should be starting school very soon if they haven't already. I would think he would want to be there for that.

    I imagine if the foreigner film comes through that will be his project next year. I share in your sentiment in that i hope he won't star in it. Seems like such a big movie his first time out I just thought he would go with something smaller. Ii just seems odd although good material for a movie.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 1st, 2013 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Young Matt, paparazzi photos

    Pilot School, Cambridge 1990


    Paparazzi photos of Matt, Lucy, Gia and Stella (with new pony toys and back to school gear?) shopping a week or so back at a Russian site:

    Edited at 2013-09-01 07:55 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 1st, 2013 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Young Matt, paparazzi photos

    I love seeing these pics but then I don't. I notice that sites like popsugar or just jared didn't pick up on these pics. So not too much interest? It would be a good thing. Although they catch him everytime he goes to lax.

    On a side note Stella really does look like matt when he was little. Just look at a pic of him when he was little and you'll see. She comes off as a sassy lil thing in the pics I've seen. She reminds me of my lil one.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 1st, 2013 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)
    I can't view the Batwoman link. Can others?
    Although I admit its novel to see more candid pics of the family out and about including simple stops to what must be a local CVS, I hope they are not finding the paparazzi so invasive as to scare them away from LA.
    I had a feeling despite Matt's comments about being boring, the LA paparazzi are relentless and are willing to shoot A-list people doing boring things. Hopefully they are enjoying their home life. Maybe he'll share his thoughts on the matter at a later date and the adjustment to it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 1st, 2013 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
    Newspusher shows the headlines but not the clips to non-subscribers, but they often get picked up by Splash.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 1st, 2013 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Sky Movies

    Here's the Sky Movies behind the scenes look at Elysium, including Matt and Neill interviewing each other:

    Neill was 18 when he saw GWH. They talk about the scene that had to be re-shot, where Matt lost the audience (Matt had flagged it as a problem to Neill, who saw it as Matt's 'Hollywood moment' and Matt then didn't seek changes).

    10 minutes of Matt photos in video:

    This junket interview had some interesting questions, and show Matt's continuing insecurity about the business:

    Edited at 2013-09-01 11:51 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 2nd, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Sky Movies

    Thanks for posting the Matt/Neill Sky interview. Very enjoyable.

    I went to see Elysium again today (it's a holiday in the US) and enjoyed it more than my first viewing. Perhaps because I'm sympathetic to the idea that examining our failings and shortcomings is a sign of a healthy society. But I did close my eyes at the gory bits. Ha. And I teared up at the end just like last time.

    I was wondering if in years to come this will be hailed as the first US general public entertainment to advocate health care as a right, which it does implicitly, if not exactly explicitly.

    Any others who feel the same might enjoy this philosophical reflection on the meaning of Elysium.

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 2nd, 2013 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)


    From Anne Thompson's column:

    6. Elysium (Sony) Week 4 - Last weekend #7

    $6,300,000 (-9%) in 2,539 theaters; PSA: $2,481; Cumulative: $78,400,000

    What looked like a problem film (with its expense) is becoming a mild success for Sony, with a tiny drop this weekend suggesting real audience appeal and a combined worldwide total of $176 million much better than what appeared likely when this opened.

    What comes next: This should solidify director Neill Blomkamp's reputation as the top new sci-fi/action director since Christopher Nolan.

    Elysium led the way [in international markets] with $17.9 million, which includes good debuts in South Korea ($5 million) and Italy ($2 million). To date, the Matt Damon sci-fi flick has earned $97.7 million.

    Edited at 2013-09-02 03:30 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 2nd, 2013 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Zero Theorem, Chris Hemsworth

    Zero Theorem has premiered in Venice to very mixed reviews. Guy Lodge says Matt is in two scenes with a screen time of only a few minutes (as expected for four days on set).

    Gilliam interview:

    Quote from a Chris Hemsworth interview:

    Less than a decade ago Hemsworth, who turned 30 last month, was working as a bartender in a Melbourne nightclub. Now he has manoeuvred himself onto the Hollywood A-list, his face on billboards everywhere, his net worth already $12 million. He handles his new-found fame with equanimity, keeping a low profile off screen and living a quiet life in Santa Monica with Pataky, an actress seven years older than him whom he met in 2010, and their baby daughter India Rose. “Matt Damon once said to me, ‘Just stay boring. Don’t go spilling out of a club at four in the morning and you’ll be fine.’ The paparazzi got bored with us. Because we are pretty boring.”

    Edited at 2013-09-02 12:27 pm (UTC)
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