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New project, Monuments Men
  • Ben and Matt have signed on to produce a film of DC comic book property Sleeper at WB - details at Variety:

    Warner Bros. is ramping up development of “Sleeper,” a long-in-development DC Entertainment property that’s set up with producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd.

    The studio has brought on the writing team of Shawn Ryan and David Wiener to pen the adaptation of “Sleeper,” based on the series from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, written by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips. The series began publication in 2003.

    Affleck and Damon have a first-look deal at Warner Bros. through their Pearl Street banner. No director or actors have been attached to “Sleeper.”

  • Matt's heavily quoted in a new Casey Affleck interview at the New York Times, including:

    After his first day of shooting, Affleck called Matt Damon, whom he has known since he was 5, and who happened also to be nearby, in Pittsburgh, making a different film, “Promised Land.”

    “He came over for dinner, and he was bummed out,” Damon told me. “Casey has always been very hard on himself. But he was 35, he’s not a kid anymore and he was genuinely disturbed about what had happened. He had just done a scene with Bale, and he had been so blown away by what Christian had done — and it wasn’t anything remarkable; it was a difficult scene, but what Christian had to do was relatively simple, he wasn’t pulling any tricks. He was genuine and honest and real.” According to Damon, Casey told him that, by comparison, “I was just pulling faces.”

    [Casey] tells me he decided “pretty early on” that he was chronically uncomfortable with the demands of celebrity, “but it’s mostly because I knew that I wasn’t good at it... It didn’t feel good to me, and I wasn’t pulling it off.” Affleck’s discomfort with the topic is palpable — and also notable, given that Ben and Damon have both proved to be excellent at being famous. Ben Affleck, despite some early struggles with fame, has since enjoyed a redemptive comeback that culminated in an Oscar win. Damon is rare among superstar actors: he’s managed to keep his private life more or less private, his artistic choices are consistently interesting, and he still finds time to star in viral videos cursing out Jimmy Kimmel.

    After “To Die For,” Affleck decided he didn’t want to move back to Los Angeles, so he headed for New York. One day, he got a call from Van Sant. “Gus said, ‘I’m halfway through this script, and it says it’s co-written by Ben Affleck, is that your brother?’ ” Casey says. Casey assured him it was, and Van Sant said, “It’s pretty good, I’ll finish it.” The script was “Good Will Hunting,” which Van Sant eventually directed, and which won Ben Affleck and Matt Damon an Oscar for best original screenplay.

    Damon told me that in the past, Casey would call him to discuss whether he should take a role and interrogate him for three or four hours, taking whatever position Damon didn’t; as soon as Damon relented, Casey would immediately take the other side. (And when Damon would excuse himself to, say, feed his kids, he’d find out later from Ben that Ben had gone through the exact same process — that Casey had called Damon as soon as Ben hung up.) The three of them constantly discuss each other’s projects, but, unlike for Ben and Damon, for Casey this led to a sort of paralysis.

  • From a story on Monuments Men in Empire magazine:

    George Clooney on Matt and his character
    "There's a sort of American boy quality to Matt. He's the romantic lead, if there is one."
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 22nd, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Monuments Men, Nespresso

    "He's the romantic lead..."

    Liking this! I always think Matt is such a natural as a romantic lead. He was so awesome in the Adjustment Bureau with Emily. His naturalistic acting style lends itself beautifully to those onscreen relationships. It'll be nice to see Matt work with Blanchett again, too.

    There's a new Nespresso ad up, this one featuring just Matt and the woman.


    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: November 23rd, 2013 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
    Love it. Thank you so much for all this great info
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 23rd, 2013 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: George Clooney on Matt and his character

    "There's a sort of American boy quality to Matt. He's the romantic lead, if there is one."

    In other words, George experienced the awkward moment when he caught himself singing "My Funny Valentine" :)

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 24th, 2013 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Pearl Jam concert

    Matt at the Pearl Jam concert in LA on Saturday night:

    Harley Morenstein ‏@HarleyPlays
    Someone had better seats than Matt Damon at the Pearl Jam concert...me. http://instagram.com/p/hFwUlQuxr1/

    Matt's Nespresso ads started in Australia today (they were promoting it yesterday with preview ads).

    Edited at 2013-11-24 08:54 am (UTC)
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: November 25th, 2013 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pearl Jam concert

    love that pic!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 24th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Voices of a People's History

    This is an old video, probably from "Voices of a People's History" in Chicago on January 31st 2012. I don't remember watching it at that time (maybe you did?)and it's a beautiful one. I don't know why it's appearing on the Web right now.
    On the second link, there is a transcription.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 24th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Voices of a People's History

    It went viral on Friday after appearing on a political site and then keeps getting re-posted. Lots of people mistakenly think Matt wrote it and that he's calling for an uprising, but it's a 40 year old Howard Zinn speech.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 26th, 2013 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    Star Wars

    Lots of comments around that Abrams is looking for "a Matt Damon type" for Star Wars. Excuse me??? Why go for an imitation?

    It's actually a fond dream of mine that Matt would be in that movie. He would be a perfect fit for Star Wars.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 26th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Star Wars

    And he talked years ago about how much he wanted to be in a prequel (to George Lucas at ShoWest in Vegas).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 26th, 2013 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Casey interview

    From Boston Magazine:

    Are you and your brother and Matt Damon still doing a Whitey Bulger movie?
    Yeah, they’re working on that script now. That’s sort of their project. I haven’t really been too involved. Ben wanted me to play Billy Bulger, but I don’t know too much about what’s going on. But I would love that. I mean, what a great story, and Billy is such a fantastic character.

    Okay, anything else before I let you go?
    Well, yeah, I grew up going to the Harvard Square movie theater, which they recently closed. So many Harvard Square landmarks are gone—the Tasty—and of all the places there should be a theater, it should be Harvard Square. And so I’m rallying people I know from Cambridge, Matt and my brother and a couple others, and trying to find someone who would partner with us to reopen that theater as a not-for-profit place. But we have yet to be able to find someone who’s willing to take the reins or partner with us.

    So you need an investor?
    Well, it was bought by the owners of the Charles Hotel, and I think we need them to let the building be used without charging an exorbitant amount of money, because it’s a nonprofit effort. We’re just trying to hold on to one little aspect of what Harvard Square used to be.
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