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  • Matt is now back in LA after returning from the World Economic Forum in Davos. YouTube has a longer video of the BBC Global interview. This Swiss newspaper called Matt "the undisputed star this year in Davos."

  • A UK interview with the cast of Monuments Men is in Empire magazine and available at Frenchies Fans of George Clooney. One response from Matt:

    Do you know your art?
    My brother is an artist, so I know a little bit, a passing knowledge. I do my level best to get to a museum when I get to a new town.

  • Behind the Candelabra has won another (maybe its last?) award at the Director's Guild Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-series - Deadline has Steven Soderbergh's response, with more at the BBC:

    “The best way to describe the group of people that I work with is performance enhancers” Soderbergh said when he took the stage.

    Soderbergh, who was once a first vice-president of the Directors' Guild, was also honoured with the Robert B Aldrich Award for his services to the organisation.

    "Sometimes you feel empty, and you're just overwhelmed and you look and see how willing your team is to carry you forward, and you get an extra burst of energy, and you keep going,'' he said.

  • A scan from the latest issue of Us Weekly:

  • A few more photos from recent events, including the Monuments Men press conference.

  • 9 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you for the whole WEF's cover. Davos is a very important meeting and lacks of european media. I'm so proud about the Chrystal Award very deserved. Matt is a so low-key, humble, generous guy and gives so much of him to make a better world and when this one makes me sad, I found hope with him.

    I can't watch the "Talking Business Interview": http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/n13xtmqg -
    Can't you post the video?

    Nobody ever talk about Gary. I love the pic of both you posted; often smiling, this man has the goodness and the kindness on his face and I understand why Matt and him are so good friends: they share the same mind and same soul.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 27th, 2014 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
    I was able to watch Talking Business on BBC World (cable TV), but I haven't found it online. This was water.org's summary of the press coverage:

    Ellen McGirt (Fast Company writer inspired by her trip to Haiti with Matt and Gary years ago) tried to describe Gary on Twitter a few days ago. He and Matt are great partners:

    Ellen McGirt ‏@ellmcgirt
    I've struggled mightily to describe Gary White, an annoying problem for a writer. He's preternaturally nice, calm, open and funny.
    As an engineer, he embraces systems and change with real expertise. But he never forgets people- except for himself. He's nearly ego-less.

    I like that Gary is now doing jokes about Matt in interviews. Matt did his usual line about settling for Gary, so Gary said that he first wanted to work with Ben and settled for Matt.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 27th, 2014 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Branson, Gates, Blair, Yusuf etc

    Photos of Matt attending the Philanthropic Roundtable of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Davos, with Tony Blair, Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Muhammad Yunus on the panel (Matt and Gary are in the first row) - all are in photo 2.


    There's also video:


    For any Australian readers, Andrew Forrest was also in the room (controversial Australian mining magnate). As a separate Australian reference, journalist Andrew Denton came to my work recently to talk about the most impressive people he has ever interviewed. Muhammad Yunus was one of the five people he mentioned - here's the transcript from the Yunus interview on his show (Matt also met Muhammad separately at Davos twice and mentioned in interviews that Yunus is the catalyst for Watercredit.) To complete the circle, Denton has also interviewed Matt previously.

    http://www.abc.net.au/tv/elders/transcripts/s2757468.htm - Yusuf
    http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/transcripts/s1183849.htm - Matt

    Edited at 2014-01-27 10:16 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 27th, 2014 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)


    ❤ :) M..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 27th, 2014 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    London premiere

    CelebIntelUK ‏@CelebIntelUK
    George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville attend The Monuments Men UK film premiere on Feb 11

    And now a Paris premiere:

    CHRISMOREIRA FILMS ‏@MoreiraFilms 21m
    La première de #MonumentsMen aura lieu à Paris le 12/02/14 en présence de #GeorgeClonney #MattDamon #BillMuray etc... pic.twitter.com/6TOwVgmW9x

    Edited at 2014-01-27 08:46 pm (UTC)
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: January 27th, 2014 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Matt appears to have three arms in the US Weekly scan. Lol

    Edited at 2014-01-27 04:36 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 27th, 2014 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I'm sure if a Matt could grab Lucy with three arms he would love to! Ha.

    Wonderful photos and absolutely great coverage, thanks so much!
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: January 27th, 2014 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    hee hee!

    Yes, thank you for all this great information. you're the best sharer, mattdamoncolumn.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 28th, 2014 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Monuments Men

    Anne Thompson has just seen Monuments Men and writes that the review embargo is lifted in two days. Most brief reviews that I've seen of the film are positive (entertaining, emotional), and I've seen only one comment that someone really didn't like it and thought it had no storyline. Those who have an interest in art seem to enjoy it a lot more (and be more emotionally affected, not surprisingly).

    NBC interview with Robert Edsel:

    Edited at 2014-01-28 02:40 am (UTC)
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