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The Trade
  • A new director has been announced for The Trade, although Matt and Ben will no longer be involved as actors (they are still producers) - from The Wrap.

    Jay Roach is attached to direct “The Trade,” the long-gestating project about New York Yankees players who swapped wives that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are producing for Warner Bros., TheWrap has learned.

    Damon and Affleck are producing through their Pearl Street Films banner along with Jennifer Todd, though neither actor plans to star in the film. Warner Bros. executive Andrew Fischel will oversee the project for the studio.

  • Matt's interview on CNBC Meets is available here.

  • Photos of Matt and Lucy in LA this week are at Just Jared and Zimbio, including photos at a concert with friend Michele Merkin.

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    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: May 9th, 2014 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Do we think Matt will ever work again? It's kinda weird that there has been nothing on the horizon for so long. Maybe he is being more careful since he has had a string of bombs lately. He needs a hit...other than a tv hit.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 9th, 2014 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I do think he's being very wary about the next project, as all of his rules haven't resulted in successful movies, however good they were to make. I think The Foreigner would have been a great project, but he probably couldn't get the financing and it would have been too big a commitment with time outside LA. And there are probably home issues too, so maybe work isn't a priority at the moment.

    The television projects seem like a lot of work for a limited result.

    A side issue - Ben and Jen in trouble is the cover of Star magazine:

    Edited at 2014-05-09 01:33 pm (UTC)
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    From: cindiest Date: May 10th, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It's so nice that they're always holding hands.
    Reo Roma From: Reo Roma Date: May 10th, 2014 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I like all of Matt's work...maybe he'll do another Ocean 14 movie I like those with him, George and Brad and all those other good actors ;)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 11th, 2014 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 11th, 2014 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo

    Oh! So cool and so nice! Lovely.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 11th, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)


    A quote from Nancy for Mother's Day:


    Nancy Carlsson-Paige
    Mother of Matt Damon, Actor

    “I think the best advice I gave to Matt was that he, more than anyone else, knew what was best for him. Listen to others’ advice and suggestions along the way, I would tell him, but ultimately, your own inner wisdom and integrity are your best guides through life.”
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 12th, 2014 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Family photos

    Matt doesn't seem to have been at George's engagement party in Malibu, but here are photos of Matt, Lucy and kids with a friend on Mother's Day:


    Edited at 2014-05-12 12:19 pm (UTC)
    From: cindiest Date: May 12th, 2014 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Family photos

    Thank you.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 13th, 2014 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt at Culver Studios in LA today - photo shoot? Update: it was apparently a shoot with Matt and Ben.


    A photographer is also posting that Casey Affleck has contacted him for a photo shoot with Matt in Boston in June. The Massachusetts General Hospital One Hundred event is on 10 June (Matt is not yet announced as hosting, but when John Krasinski hosted it last year Matt sent a video saying he would be back next year).

    Edited at 2014-05-13 03:00 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: May 13th, 2014 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo

    6 degrees of separation from Matt today, lol, i was next door at SONY studios today. how ironic. Cuver Studios is next door to SONY studios. it's a crazy life.
    see he looks trim and fit, getting back to the convo in a prior thread. i wonder if the shoot was for Omaze. I know the gifts were sent out for the big donations like a month ago, but those of us with smaller donations were supposed to get a digital thank you from them that Omaze told me is still coming.

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 13th, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    Ridley Scott at age 77 in talks for The Martian (the bad project moves ahead?)

    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: May 13th, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    Im not sure what his age has to do with anything. Eastwood is older and if Matt is going to make this movie Im glad it's going to be with someone like Ridley he is great with sci-fi. it makes me more interested in it. I mean it will probably still be terrible because Matt's choices these days are not great, but it's something i guess. I still wish he was still in the RFK movie. I wonder what happened.
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    From: cindiest Date: May 14th, 2014 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
    People have been referring to Matt's poor choices of late. I don't believe he's made poor choices. Some movies just don't pan out. It happens for many seen and unseen reasons. Choosing to do Monuments Men was a good bet, so was Elysium. In my opinion the problem with Promised Land was that the writing was rushed, and there was no one to shoot Matt down when needed. With a little more time and some adjustments it could've much better. But to be clear, none of his movies have been bad. And you can't disregard Behind the Candelabra. It was totally edgy, got rave reviews and the same reasons it didn't go to the big screen are the same things that reflect a bold choice by Matt and not a bad one. He was all over the award season. And no studio head is going to blame Matt Damon for Elysium or Monuments Men. They're his friends and they're smart. They know that Elysium did a respectable amount for an original sci-fi film. There's a shift in moviegoers picks that the studios are aware. That made money in spite of many things. One of the major magazines even retracted their statement that Elysium didn't do well, by saying, hey it performed after all. And Monuments Men completely fell on Clooney's shoulders. But it was his most successful film. I don't think it's as bleak as some folks seem to be worrying.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 14th, 2014 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
    I think it's often about perception rather than reality. And the perception is that his recent films haven't done well. I'm not concerned because it's a natural dip in every actor's career. It takes one successful film to sometimes be back on top (I remember reading the worried comments from fans on Heath Ledger sites before his 'comeback'.)

    And the current environment for franchises, comic book films and low quality output isn't what Matt's career was based on. There are very few films out there I wish Matt had done, and he has still got credibility and hasn't sold out. It's a bad time for quality, mid-range movies, and the outlook is poor for these films being financially successful in the future, but as always, it depends on the quality of the film.
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