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Comedy pilot with Tom Papa, Monuments Men
  • Matt and Ben are the executive producers of a comedy pilot starring Tom Papa that has been sold to CBS - details at Deadline. Matt went to Papa's comedy show in LA on his birthday earlier this week.

    After a heated bidding war, one of the highest-profile comedy packages this season – a half-hour starring comedian Tom Papa that boasts Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as executive producers and Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith as co-writers — has landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment. 20th Century Fox TV is producing.

    Based on the stand-up of Papa and the experiences of Damon, the multi-camera comedy, titled More Time With Family, centers on a guy (Papa) who changes his career and gives up a life on the road to spend more time at home with his family — but when he gets there, he realizes no one asked him to do that. The project originated with Papa and Damon who had worked together on two movies, The Informant and Behind The Candelabra. They teamed with Damon’s childhood friend and frequent collaborator Affleck, whose company, Pearl Street Films, is making a big push in television. The three met with a number of writers, going with Yuspa and Goldsmith and setting up the project at 20th TV where the scribes are under an overall deal. Damon and Affleck will executive produce through Pearl Street along with Papa, Yuspa, Goldsmith and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky and Josh Lieberman. This marks Pearl Street’s second TV sale and second big commitment — the company also has crime drama The Middle Man at Fox, which has a pilot order with Affleck directing and Glenn Gordon Caron writing.

  • The second trailer for The Monuments Men has been released - available at EW and YouTube. ET had a behind the scenes look on Thursday's show - also at Tumblr. George Clooney talked about the movie at The Wrap.

    Are you worried about this coming up for “Monuments Men,” which is also based on a true story?
    Clooney: No. In doing “Monuments Men” we wanted to give some of these characters flaws, and they’re real people. We’re not going to give a drinking problem to someone who really existed, because that’s not fair. But I wanted to tell a story.

    How is “Monuments Men” going?
    I’m working on the score with Alexandre Desplat. Then I’m going to London to Abbey Road to record with London 100-piece orchestra.
    Were trying to do the movie in the vein of war films – but you don’t want it to sound like the “Great Escape.” Done in the ‘50s, ‘60s, they all had own sort of life. You don’t want to do a replica. You have to do new version. It’s been bit of a dance.

    If we get the tone right it will be a really fun film. The guys were great. Cate Blanchett is fantastic. We don’t have to do jokes: When you have Bill Murray and Bob Balaban in the frame together, it’s just fun. In the last scene of movie I have my father play me as an old man.

  • Anthony Mackie talked about snooping around Matt's house at Bethenny. Mackie also talked about a Matt/George encounter at the Oscars at the Huffington Post.
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    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: October 11th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    very cute
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 12th, 2013 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)


    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 12th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Monuments Trailer #2

    Having been to a test screening, if I had to pick between the tone of trailer #1 and trailer #2, I'd say that trailer #1 more accurately portrays the tone of the movie. I agree with comments people posted on deadline.com calling this trailer, stiff, playing more on the drama, too self important.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2013 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Monuments Trailer #2

    Gregory, in the version you saw, would you categorize Matt as lead or supporting actor?
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 13th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Monuments Trailer #2

    He's a lead, shared with Clooney who steps back a bit. It will make sense when you see the movie or maybe it does already cause you read the book!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2013 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Monuments Trailer #2

    I thought he was lead (and was campaigning for lead), but a full review from the test screening this week claimed he was supporting.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 13th, 2013 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Monuments Trailer #2

    His name is second to Clooney's on the list of names on the poster, yet his face is front and center on the poster. Are we distinguishing THE lead or are we asking if Matt is A lead? Matt is definitely a lead. Clooney "tells" the story. Matt is integral in the plot. He works alongside an ensemble cast.

    I question this review you read.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2013 08:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Monuments Trailer #2

    The review shouldn't have been posted and was criticized by Sasha Stone of Awards Daily who got a ticket to the screening, didn't go, and then wrote about bloggers who release early reviews to try and influence movie talk. The same blogger also gave quotes from his review to Jeff Wells, who posted it. The review wasn't very favorable.

    Edited at 2013-10-13 08:47 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 12th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I finally got my hands on a VHS copy of 1990's RISING SON! I was blown away by Matt's first feature film performance. I thought the story between father & son, and the Dad's personal demons was very moving. It was dated, but captured the 1980 era of factory automization perfectly. I wish it existed on DVD. I sent an email to TCM (aired on TNT cable channel originally) requesting availability to DVD. Maybe they'll consider it.

    I found this excellent interview online with Matt from when the movie aired.


    Edited at 2013-10-13 03:44 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2013 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)


    Cute pic! Lovely face with great determination.
    There is also a trailer on the video-section of zimbio (Think the same on YTube but a better quality):


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 14th, 2013 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    More photos, House of Lies

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 16th, 2013 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Naeem Khan

    Naeem Khan talked about Lucy's wedding dress at The Daily:

    And you designed the dress for Matt Damon's wife, Luciana, when they renewed their vows in St Lucia.

    Naeem: Yes, it was important that the dress be aesthetically and environmentally correct for what the wedding was. We wanted it to be chiffon - light and airy. After the wedding, Lucy had her shoes off - we were partying until, like, three o'clock in the morning - and the dress still worked. They are dear friends of mine. I can't believe I cried; they've been married for, like, eight years! I mean, really! Why did I have a tear in my eye! I think there's something about weddings that makes you super emotional.

    Edited at 2013-10-16 11:25 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 18th, 2013 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Toast to water

    Matt and Gary at "A Toast to Water"



    Reo Roma From: Reo Roma Date: October 19th, 2013 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)


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