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  • A late Los Angeles junket interview:

    "If there was anything that I aspire to, it's being a good father," he admitted. "I always thought, can I be a good father as I see my brother is. That was probably the thing that I aspired to and still do. And that comes from just the great influence of my parents and my brother. I have the good fortune to have the family that I have."

    Asked why he loves wearing blue jeans and shirts, Matt laughed and said, "I've always just wanted to be comfortable. My father said to me a long time ago that people look their best when they are comfortable. In fact, I read that about Steve Jobs. I read that he loved the black turtleneck and literally, his closet is full of it. It had a bunch of those and he just felt why wear something different?"

    He continued, ''George Clooney told me five or six years ago that it was funny that he ended up on the Best Dressed lists when he was wearing the same suit for all those times that he was on the list. He had one suit. He always had Armani only. They would come. They would try to give him a new one, and he would say, 'I don't want the new one. I like the old one. The old one fits perfectly.'"

    So is he an Armani guy too, we asked.

    "Yeah, I have a couple of different suits now," he said. "I'm dabbling with these other guys too. I'm living on the edge."

  • The Zero Theorem premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Monday - a review is at Indiewire.

    Much of this is helped by Waltz, who once he becomes less mumbly gives the most atypical and human performance we’ve seen since he broke out in “Inglourious Basterds.” The support is mostly strong – Hedges (who appeared in “Moonrise Kingdom”) is winning, if a touch mannered, Thewlis brings a lot of humor and even warmth, Damon is typically good value, and Tilda Swinton has fun in an extended cameo as Qohen’s virtual psychiatrist (a few other familiar faces pop up, including Ben Whishaw, Peter Stormare, Rupert Friend, Robin Williams and “ Game Of Thrones”’ Gwendoline Christie).
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    Reo Roma From: Reo Roma Date: September 3rd, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Behind Candelabra

    I was super excited to see it on the big screen and I just don't understand why it didn't play at some major movie theatres here in town?!!! I looked and looked and unless it like showed for like two days and I totally missed it then I just don't get it but I can't wait to see it on DVD now.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 4th, 2013 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Filming last Friday

    It does seem like the filming last Friday around LA was for the climate change documentary. A caption for a photo at Splash (can't see pic):

    Matt Damon at South Central Medical Clinic involved in a study how global warming affects pregnant women.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 4th, 2013 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    New car

    Someone tipped this. They shouldn't be publicizing it, but a photo of Matt receiving his new Cadillac:


    Edited at 2013-09-04 08:49 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 4th, 2013 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    2 TV Movies

    Not sure if these was ever posted here, but here are YouTube clips from both of Matt's TV movies!

    1990 - Rising Son

    1995 - The Good Old Boys
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 4th, 2013 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: 2 TV Movies

    Thanks for this, Greg, it's nice. I never watched anything about "The Good Old Boys". Frances MacDormand played Matt's mother.
    I have a trailer of "Rising Son" somewhere on my HD, I'll try to search it and post the link in a while.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 5th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: 2 TV Movies

    Hey, those were good fun. Here's part of the review of Rising Son from Entertainment Weekly.

    "This premise isn't original, but screenwriter Bill Phillips has done a remarkable job of avoiding all the clichés of this sort of story; he has refused to turn it into a melodrama. (It also should be noted that this is Phillips' week: He cowrote El Diablo.)

    No actor is physically better-suited to play this sort of sensitive blue-collar man than beefy Brian Dennehy — unless it's even-beefier Graham Beckel as Billy, Gus' buddy on the assembly line. The underrated Beckel is perfect at portraying vulgar louts and was one of the few good reasons to have seen last season's Family of Spies miniseries on CBS. Here he turns in another well-modulated performance that avoids caricature.

    Together, Dennehy and Beckel grouse and guffaw in scenes that play like a serious version of The Honeymooners — their working-class despair is both poignant and funny. Equally good are the explosive scenes between Dennehy and Damon (rarely has a father-son quarrel been as frank) and the quiet scenes between Dennehy and Piper Laurie as his wife. Subtle and moving, Rising Son is a job well done by all. A-"

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 5th, 2013 07:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: 2 TV Movies

    I'm dying to see "Rising Son" but it doesn't exist on DVD :( It was pre "School Ties" and post "Mystic Pizza". It looks like an interesting story and awesome performances. I'm going to buy "The Good Old Boys" on DVD it's out of print but avail online.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 4th, 2013 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Greengrass dismisses talk of a Bourne return and doesn't sound positive about ever going back (good).

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 4th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Greengrass

    Thank god! I was starting to get worried after it was claimed that the denial that was issued was too quick. Jeremy renner can carry on.

    I saw a picture posted online of a woman standing in front of Matt's house in the driveway. Very inappropriate.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 5th, 2013 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)


    There's talk on the Interstellar boards that filming has finished in Alberta and will be moving next to Iceland, tipped through this tweet:

    The crew of #Interstellar, Christopher Nolan's coming film, will be landing in #Iceland next weekend. Damon, Hathaway and McConaughey


    Matt's been announced as a presenter on the Emmys, so maybe he's filming in the next two weeks and back for the 22nd.

    Edited at 2013-09-05 09:23 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 5th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Saw a tweet claiming Matt and McConaughey were walking down Main Street at the filming location in Canada.

    Have been spending some time tryng to run down general information about the script and story, and then trying to hypothesize who Matt will be playing. I though I had it figured out if he was only shooting in Iceland, but if he's also shooting in Canada I'm confused. Not surprising, of course, since the only script floating around is several years old, and even people who read that older script assume things will have been changed.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 5th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Canada

    The filming in Canada has finished, and the sightings of Matt are false, I suspect. The crew has already left to set up elsewhere, with reports (above) claiming Nolan and cast will arrive on Saturday in Iceland.

    But then there's this tweet from a Canadian flight attendant (late Thursday, early Friday am):

    Melanie Richard ‏@melaniedrichard
    Pros & Cons about my job : Pros = Matt Damon ... Cons = None. #hallocadeau

    Edited at 2013-09-06 10:06 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 6th, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Canada

    Is it possible he filmed in Canada? Did he really come back from Alberta the same day? There was that pic of him receiving his car. Was it this week? I understood the tweet about arriving in Iceland to be next weekend not this weekend. But I could be wrong.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 7th, 2013 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Canada

    I didn't see before the links you added above. So they should start filming in Iceland this weekend. I hope it all works out for him for his directorial debut and this project. He just seems to be taking on a lot.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2013 09:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Canada

    Agreed, but the directing project is not confirmed yet. It would be a very difficult task to pull off, particularly when Matt has talked for years about how his first directing project should be a small, personal one (advice from Eastwood or Spielberg?)
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