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  • The pre-taped Jimmy Kimmel episode with Matt and the Monuments Men cast aired on Thursday. Highlights from the show are at Hollywood Reporter and ABC. Photos were posted on Kimmel's Twitter and Facebook, and six highlight clips are on YouTube. This article includes all clips.

  • A cast interview is at USA Today.

    Matt Damon was taking his kids to school early last year when he got a text from George Clooney.

    "What are you doing this spring?" Clooney asked.

    "Nothing," Damon typed back. (He swears it's true).

    "Want to make a movie?" Clooney asked.

    By the time Damon got home, he had the script to The Monuments Men waiting in his e-mail. "I called George and said 'Is this your way of offering me the part?'" Damon recalls. "He said it was, and that was that. We had a movie."

    Then Damon gets serious.

    "I know it's become a cliche to even say it," he says. "But there really is a friendship here beyond movies. It's more than that. In the end, we do this because he makes good movies. We have faith in him."

    Clooney grins. "Suckers."

  • Matt received an honorary (sympathy) Rotten Tomato award in this great clip. Matt also appeared on Jay Leno's final show - the clip is here. The cast gives Bill Murray a Sexiest Man Alive award at MTV.

  • Matt did a Reddit Ask Me Anything on Thursday - the full script is here. Matt's responses are available here. Highlights are at The Blemish and BostonInno and Vanity Fair, including:

    How often are you confused with Tanning Tatum, and do you have any funny stories about it?
    Matt: I don’t think I’ve ever been confused with Channing. I do get confused with Mark Wahlberg a lot, and we just have a deal that whenever we get mistaken for each other we have to be very polite. Can’t give the other a bad name.

    If people are insistent, theres no convincing them I’m not Mark, so I just become him and try to be nice to them. My kids were with me and there’s no easy way to explain that situation to them.

    This happened to me yesterday, I was walking down the street with my kids, and this guy screamed “MARK WAHLBERG!” I just kept walking, because I’m not Mark, and he kept screaming “MARK WAHLBERG! I SEE YOU! DON’T WALK AWAY! MARK WAHLBERG! WE KNOW IT’S YOU!” and then he runs up to me and he says, “I love your work!” And then this woman comes up, and says “I love your family, tell your brother I said Hi!” So I said “Yes, I’ll tell Donnie Wahlberg you said Hi.”

    If people are insistent, theres no convincing them I’m not Mark, so I just become him and try to be nice to them. My kids were with me and there’s no easy way to explain that situation to them.

    If I come hang out with you in Hollywood what are the chances that we’ll become best friends?
    There’s a very good chance of that. I have 32 years of being Ben’s friend, I’m definitely ready for somebody new to hang out with. It’s gonna be a great time. We have a really fun night planned and we’ll probably be in some kind of competition to befriend the winner so they leave the experience saying that one of us is better than the other. I’m personally committed to making sure the winner likes me more than Ben. And if it means us starting a secret handshake or joining a bowling league, I’m in. Anyway, here’s the link: www.omaze.com/mattandben

    How close were you to Hoffman? The Talented mr. Ripley is one of my favourites.
    I mean, pretty close. We worked together a long time ago and I would see him here and there, all over the place. I’d go to his plays at the Labyrinth and I saw him just last year, we were working on Monuments Men and had dinner with him. The last time I saw him, I took my oldest daughter to The Hunger Games premiere in LA and we had a chat before the movie started. It’s just incredibly weird that he’s not around anymore.

    Matt, for reasons I can’t tell you (but this goes back years), you would mean so much to my relationship with my sister if you tell me your feelings on ice cream cones.
    My feelings about ice cream cones? I like ‘em. I’m all for ‘em. Do I prefer the sugar cone or the waffle cone? I like any cone that’s like wrapped in chocolate and nuts. That’s a pretty decadent cone. I’m all for that one.

    When you play monopoly, which piece do you choose to represent you on the board, and why?
    Top hat. I think that’s an easy answer. It classes up the joint.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2014 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Berlin, Letterman

    Matt, Lucy and George arrive in Berlin, with photos.

    Newspusher Celebrity ‏@NP_Celebrities
    EXCLUSIVE: George Clooney and Matt Damon with wife arriving for the Berlinale Festival at Soho House Berlin. http://dlvr.it/4t0WX1

    Here's a better quality Letterman video (part 2 also available)

    This is cute - posted on tumblr. Some highlights of young Matt on Oprah:

    This video of Matt and Lucy posing on the MM red carpet is cute:

    Edited at 2014-02-07 01:05 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Live with Kelly and Michael, BAFTAs

    Is anyone able to describe the appearance on Kelly and Michael? Thanks.

    Here's an online summary of the show:

    Photo from the show: http://instagram.com/p/kHkXFkuLYx/

    Matt is now confirmed to attend the BAFTAs.
    Confirmed attendees: @Oprah, @LeoDiCaprio, Daniel Brühl, Martin Scorsese, Matt Damon, Bruce Dern, Steve McQueen & Sandra Bullock. #EEBAFTAs

    Edited at 2014-02-07 09:04 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 7th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live with Kelly and Michael, Kimmel, reddit

    Unfortunately my TV connection had not been repaired, so I missed THAT show too. S^*+!!!!!!! Not that I'm upset about it or anything.... Ha.

    I did see a random tweet with photo of Matt on the show. it looked a bit like he was shaking hands with audience members. I checked the website a bit ago and nothing was up from Matt at that time.

    If anybody else in the States missed Kimmel, luckily ABC is re-running it on prime on Monday. Yay!!! Didn't they also re-run Matt's 'Jimmy Kimmel Sucks' episode?


    My favorite line of the reddit interview was when Matt was asked what his favorite place to eat in Boston was, and he said, "My mom's house." Awwwwwwwww, so sweet!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2014 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live with Kelly and Michael, Kimmel, reddit

    And he also mentioned Legal Sea Foods, which I think he hasn't been to in about fifteen years. I think he tried to find a commercial, non-snobby place but he doesn't actually go to.

    Kelly and Michael never usually put clips up on their website, and it's never on YouTube.

    Leno had its best show in years, so it was an easy win and I think Fallon was next.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 7th, 2014 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Live with Kelly and Michael, Kimmel, reddit

    I don't have any idea when or even whether Matt has eaten at Boston's Legal Seafood but I have and it is terrific.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 7th, 2014 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Cast of The Monuments Men on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Here are the parts with Matt on Jimmy Kimmel (available on Youtube). M..

    The Cast of The Monuments Men on Jimmy Kimmel Live PART 4

    The Cast of The Monuments Men on Jimmy Kimmel Live PART 5

    The Cast of The Monuments Men on Jimmy Kimmel Live PART 6
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Berlin Film Festival

    I'm reminded by Frenchies Fans that the press conference, photo call and red carpet will be streamed live from Berlin (another year, another film that won't be loved by critics).


    The Monuments Men by George Clooney
    14.30 Photo Call
    14.45 Press Conference

    The Monuments Men by George Clooney
    18.00 Red Carpet

    Edited at 2014-02-07 09:49 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2014 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt and George back at the Grill Royal in Berlin:


    Anyone heard of OK TV? It's apparently on the Reelz Channel.
    #MattDamon may seem just about perfect but even he makes mistakes...find out his #ValentinesDay #fail on OK! TV tonight!

    Graham Norton Show ‏@TheGNShow
    Join us next week when we have Matt Damon, @JeanDujardinOff, @HughBon and @PalomaFaith #TheGNShow

    GMA with the MM cast:

    Bob Balaban interviews are just charming (love the parallel parking story):

    Edited at 2014-02-08 01:11 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2014 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    More photos from the Berlin dinner. The photo captions at Corbis describe George as very drunk and taking all guests in his arms numerous times. More photos should come out.


    Edited at 2014-02-08 05:23 am (UTC)
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