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New project with Alexander Payne
  • Matt has signed up to a new project to be directed by Alexander Payne. Details are at The Playlist:

    Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” is coming back to life with Matt Damon in the lead role. Payne had been developing the project since “Sideways," but because of its scale and technological issues—he wasn't wasn’t well-versed in the latter at the time—he shelved it and instead took on “The Descendants” and then “Nebraska.”

    Deadline, which broke the news, seems to have forgotten the logline, but we read the script ages ago. Below is what we wrote way back when as a kind of synopsis. Essentially, the film is a kind of dystopian satire with geo-political connotations, but much like Payne's work often is, it's personal and intimate.

    "Downsizing," after all, starts off in Norway and takes place in a not-too-distant future where humans are now able to shrink themselves to 1/8 their size as a means to battle over-consumption and the rapid depletion of earth's natural resources, thanks to enlightened hippie-like Scandinavian scientists.

  • Matt's interview with Sam Jones for "Off Camera" is now available as a podcast here.

  • Matt and Ben will announce the winner of Project Greenlight at an event in LA on Friday.

  • An interview with The Martian author Andy Weir that mentions Matt is at EW.

    Weir may have obsessed over every detail of the book, but he seems pretty laid-back about the big-screen version, which begins production this month in Hungary. He’s delighted that Damon is playing Watney and that Scott—who knows a little something about films set in outer space—is directing. And as a fan of NBC’s Community, he is super geeked out that Donald Glover is on board as well.

    For now, Weir has no plans to visit the set—though the idea of seeing his book reimagined with living, breathing people is enticing enough that he could maybe imagine reversing his no-fly policy. “If they invite me to go…I’d have to really think about that,” he says. “I think I could be a great mission-control guy in the background with no lines.” Copy that.

  • Matt has been nominated for a People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor - vote here.

  • Matt participated in another episode of Tom Papa's Come to Papa show in LA this week.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 6th, 2014 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Tom Papa

    There's part of the script and a photo from the show at Melissa Villasenor's page:

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: November 7th, 2014 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Tom Papa

    Awesome to see! And someone snuck this photo from inside the show. Which gives a good sense of the performance
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 6th, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Alexander Payne wrote to a newspaper to say that the project isn't actually greenlit yet:


    Alexander Payne is calling reports that he will direct a sci-fi comedy starring Matt Damon “premature.”

    “There are no deals, no proverbial ‘green light,’ nothing in stone,” Payne told The World-Herald in an email. “I’ve observed too many an expectant couple announce the pregnancy and then miscarry.”
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 6th, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Downsizing

    I thought it was weird that no financing was announced. But Matt will be answering questions about it for who knows how long because the original story is still being circulated online. Apparently it's a long time dream project for Payne and somebody talked too soon.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 6th, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Downsizing

    Short video of Matt at Lax probably when he was leaving to Budapest.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 7th, 2014 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Downsizing

    Much longer and better video than what is common for these pap vids. Thanks. Interesting to hear the pap promise not to photograph the kids.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 9th, 2014 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Downsizing and a bit of cricket

    Sorry for the cricket link everyone - didn't realise that was there! Now you know more about a bright 19 year old fast bowler from South Africa!

    Correct link:
    From: cindiest Date: November 7th, 2014 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
    Great updates. So excited for all this work he's doing. Thank you.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 7th, 2014 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Cindi. So many spoilers for Interstellar if you're searching for Matt on Twitter. Beware!
    From: cindiest Date: November 7th, 2014 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you! I try to be careful, because i really prefer zero knowledge first. It's just so hard to stay away!!!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 8th, 2014 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Project Greenlight

    Various photos on Yahoo of the PGL event, and here:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 8th, 2014 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Project Greenlight

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: November 8th, 2014 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Project Greenlight

    Zimbio.com as well.

    They look good together. Notice Matt's haircut ;D
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2014 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Project Greenlight

    (This contains a SPOILER for PGL if you don't want to know the winner)

    I haven't seen any press coverage at all other than photos and I had to go to the website to find out who the winner was. It was the guy who directed "Delicacy". Not my favorite, but a worthy winner. It had (arguably) the most beautiful cinematography. But his humor seems veeeeerrry different than the Farrelly's, so I can't imagine how that's going to work.

    wownow From: wownow Date: November 8th, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Project Greenlight

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2014 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Project Greenlight

    This is a cute/silly bit from Access Hollywood. I somehow hadn't realized that the PGL movie created by the winner would be shown on HBO until today. That's a genius idea, almost totally eliminating the need for a promotion budget. The film ends up being judged upon it's merits as opposed to the box office. A much better fit for the concept.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2014 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Project Greenlight

    There's no a video of this interview?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 9th, 2014 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Project Greenlight

    Haven't seen any yet, but it will probably show up later.
    wownow From: wownow Date: November 8th, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Project Greenlight

    cute pictures.

    also, matt and lucy had dinner with ben and jen on wednesday night. http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/92242158.html?thread=16053636334#t16053636334
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 9th, 2014 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Project Greenlight

    Thanks for the link.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 9th, 2014 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne is confirmed, shoots next fall

    Ben mentioned Matt's return to Bourne in the press for PGL, and Matt confirms the projected shooting time frame. Next fall, so lots of opportunity to fit in other projects.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 9th, 2014 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne is confirmed, shoots next fall, Interstellar

    Confirmed at the Hollywood Reporter, but no mention of the script.


    Matt's role in Interstellar is quite large. It must have been one week filming in Iceland and at least one week in the studio. Crazy movie, but good fun.

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