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Berlin premiere
  • Photos of Matt and Lucy at the Berlin Film Festival premiere and press conference are below - photos are at the Daily Mail, Yahoo, PopSugar, here and Just Jared.

  • More photos of Matt, Lucy and George at the Grill Royal restaurant in Berlin on Friday are at the Daily Mail, Bild, Promiflash and BZ.

  • An interview with Matt about his directing plans are at MTV.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 9th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Photos of Matt and George arriving in Milan. No sign of Lucy yet so she may have gone back to LA (is this the Valentine's Day fail that Matt was going to mention by OK TV - that they will not be together on VDay?)

    Matt has appeared on an Italian TV show with Jean and George.
    Highlights and photos (photos are also at Yahoo):

    Video: http://www.rai.tv/dl/RaiTV/programmi/media/ContentItem-b3f93553-97ad-4135-9fba-b9fccdafe383.html#p=0

    Arriving at the RAI studio:
    Marco #CherCrew ‏@marcopiraccini1
    Woah! Matt Damon! @ Rai - Radio Televisione Italiana http://instagram.com/p/kNQTrLn41s/

    Monuments Men made a projected $22.7 million over the weekend, which is better than expected. The majority of comments I've read online are positive from those who saw the movie.

    Edited at 2014-02-09 09:47 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 10th, 2014 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Milan

    On the Monuments Men box-office:


    "It was very much in line with the high end of our expectations," said Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures' president of worldwide distribution of the $22.7 million figure.

    "We're very happy with our opening, especially given all the noise of the Olympics and the big movies opening around us," he said, adding that the film was playing well to adult audiences as was expected.

    Has anyone seen the movie yet and have any comments? Cinemascore details are pretty good:

    THE MONUMENTS MEN docket: CinemaScore - B+, Budget - $70M, Females - 52%, 35+ 75%

    Edited at 2014-02-10 12:26 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 10th, 2014 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Milan

    I will try to get out to see it soon, but when will depend on how much snow we get here tomorrow.

    Most of the tweets I've seen about it are positive. I'm amazed it's doing this well with the Olympics going on.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 10th, 2014 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Milan

    I'm looking to reading reviews by fans. I'll be able to see it in South Africa in a few weeks (yay) instead of waiting a month to see it in Australia. I'm really surprised it did so well with mostly poor reviews (although even many negative reviews said it was entertaining).

    And Lucy's still with Matt (also yay) - she was at a dinner with George and Matt in Milan - we should get photos.

    Newspusher Celebrity‏@NP_Celebrities
    George Clooney dinner with Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso in Milan

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 10th, 2014 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Milan

    Thanks so much for the Italian talk show link! That's good fun. Interesting to see how talk shows vary around the world. Nothing could be as wacky as the Japanese shows, of course.
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: February 10th, 2014 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
    Just saw The Monuments Men tonight and thoroughly enjoyed it, as did my companion. I don't understand the critics' reviews. The audience agreed with me, too. The theater was full, the audience laughed A LOT and at one point during the movie they clapped. They'd had other vocal reactions, too, when appropriate, including a very big group "oooo" during a big moment. And when the credits rolled the whole theater applauded. I think that the test of time will show this to be a more acclaimed movie than it is right now. I hope it out performs expectations at the box office. It wasn't great, but it was good. Well above mediocre and the reviews are saying it's below mediocre. Very strange. It's an earnest, entertaining, interesting movie with a great look and feel and an extremely likable and sympathetic cast of great actors. And a fresh and interesting and historically significant story. I am thinking the critics can't get past WWII film not being about the Holocaust or not being a satire. Which is fair, okay, but they're mostly not really saying that this is the problem. By the way, I'm an Eastern European Jew, if it matters.

    Edited at 2014-02-10 06:18 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 10th, 2014 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks very much for the report. I suspect older audiences will enjoy and appreciate the film, and the rest can go to the Lego Movie.
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: February 10th, 2014 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: February 10th, 2014 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    So good to read your reaction to the film and to hear how the audience responded in your viewing of the film. I saw it 2x over the weekend myself. both times the audiences i sat in with were very quiet (oddly not much laughing or clapping). Neither were very full shows; however i went early morning and late evening. My viewing was in LA and LEGO seemed to rule the box office in town over the weekend. Hollywood audiences didn't come out to support the movie in droves unfortunately.

    I enjoyed the movie thoroughly myself. Some of you may recall I was fortunate to attend the first test screening several months back here in LA and even got selected to participate in the focus group afterwards. At the time, I couldn't put on here much about the movie as we signed confidentiality agreements but I gave you all enough of a tease at the time. The test audience at that time, really enjoyed the film. People laughed and reacted audibly. Participants in the focus group said it was almost a feel good film despite it being about a serious topic. They thought it would appeal to males and females equally and we enjoyed the participants in the cast. They complimented the lesser A-list actors for their participation and it was acknowledged that Matt & George were great, but we expect that of them.

    I cannot say with certainty what was changed. I do believe the final version is a bit shorter than the test screening version. I can say that the scene of Matt flying the plane was shortened (perhaps because it looked fake in the longer version of that scene, but unfortunately we lost some shots of him smiling and laughing as a result) and there was a scene when in cars they motorcade through a town in Europe (as American who've arrived) and a girl runs up to the car and kisses Bill Murray on the lips. My friend who attended the test screening with me and saw it this weekend with me agreed with me that the tone seemed less humorous than what we remembered at the test screening, which I think may indicate some other scenes were trimmed. I recall thinking at the time, that the film needed to be trimmed a bit, but I also recall thinking I hope it's not at the cost of the humor. In fact, we in the focus group wished for more humor to be added. In the end, I know with certainty nothing was added other than the score. I think I enjoyed the test screening more so, but that may be because it was my first viewing of the film. At the time I thought 5 out out of 5 stars, but after seeing the final version I'm giving it 4 1/2 out of 5.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 10th, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks very much Gregory. So they went for a shorter and more serious version, but people are still confused through the marketing. Maybe we'll get the longer scenes in the DVD. It it's appealing to an older audience they won't rush out to see it and box office should be fairly steady, if word of mouth is good enough.

    An update on the tour from Bob Balaban.

    Bob Balaban ‏@BobBalaban
    Next stop: Milan premiere. Having our pic taken in front of "Last Supper." If you squint you can see Maria. pic.twitter.com/vFXBmWbSDs
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: February 10th, 2014 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
    oh and yes, the audiences skewed ages 50+ in attendance I noticed as well.
    my pleasure!

    Edited at 2014-02-10 03:52 pm (UTC)
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: February 10th, 2014 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Great report. Like hearing about the differences.

    re audience reactions: I saw it on a Sunday in the afternoon (old people's time of day, heh) in a theater whose only other shows were Nebraska, Labor Day, Winter's Tale and August: Osage County. So, I was among an audience of the targeted Demo.

    Edited at 2014-02-10 06:15 pm (UTC)
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: February 10th, 2014 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)
    Lucy looks SO PRETTY and young. Sheesh. must be nice! I love the affection in the photos. Very fun. Thank you.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 10th, 2014 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)


    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: February 10th, 2014 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lucy

    yes, she does. but yeah, with this look i was especially taken aback. Matty looked amazing, too.
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