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Sundance premiere
  • Manchester by the sea has premiered in Sundance to great reviews. Matt and John Krasinski brought the story to Kenneth Lonergan for a project that Matt would direct and John would star in. Matt ended up withdrawing due to other commitments, and Casey Affleck is now the lead with Lonergan directing. Matt, Lucy and nephew Jackson attended the premiere. More photos are at the Daily Mail.

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  • A Hollywood Reporter interview with the cast is here. Kris Tapley's interview with Lonergan about the process is available at Variety.

    There was a time Matt Damon was going to star in this for you but he dropped back to a producer position in the end. What level of involvement did he have in that capacity?
    Lonergan: It was a process because first he and John Krasinski came to me. The initial idea for the story was John Krasinski’s, and Matt was going to direct it and John was going to be in it. And then I wrote the script and by that time John was doing other things and Matt was going to be in it and direct. Then he decided he was just going to be in it and he didn’t want to direct it. And then his schedule just didn’t allow him to be in it, so he said, “Well, if I’m not going to be in it the only person I’d be comfortable having do the part would be Casey, otherwise I’d rather wait a couple years and do it later. But Casey wants to do it and Casey’s available.” And somewhere along the way he persuaded me to direct it, but it hadn’t started out that way.

    I think it might have been written differently if I had known I was going to direct it. I don’t know how, it’s just a different mindset. There are things I didn’t worry about. I thought, “Well, they’ll figure that out in the editing. I’m not going to direct it so I don’t have to worry about that,” and then it turned out I was the one who had to figure it out and worry about it. So he pretty much guided the project from, I would say, a pretty close involvement in making it happen to a sort of overseeing position later on. He read all the drafts, he saw all the cuts. I got his input whenever I wanted it and needed it, but he wasn’t there on a day-to-day capacity. He was the ultimate authority to go to whenever we needed help or that kind of thing.

  • Matt has continued to film Bourne 5 in Las Vegas all week. An interview with Alicia Vikander about the film is at The Wrap, with a tumblr link here, and a partial transcript at EW.

    Speaking with The Wrap, Vikander said, “I’m not doing the conventional action but I’m very action-driven in this film. But it’s not in the way most people would think.”

    She continued, “I came from Sweden where it’s like 30, 40 people, and here on The Danish Girl, doing a British film, it’s 100, and then you end up on these sets, and I know on Monday or Tuesday we’re going to have 1,600 extras just in one scene.”

    Continuing with The Wrap, Vikander said, “I hadn’t met Matt, I was just the biggest fan. He’s very funny on set and then he’s just extremely cool as Bourne, but we all know that.”

  • Matt participated in a Stella Artois promotion for water.org after the premiere at Sundance. An article about the panel discussion is at ABC News. It was announced earlier that Matt will be visiting the Philippines in February on behalf of water.org.
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    wownow From: wownow Date: January 24th, 2016 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm so happy for Casey and his reviews in the film. He's been underappreciated for so long, and I love that Matt pushed for him to get the role.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 24th, 2016 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Sundance reports

    From: cindiest Date: January 25th, 2016 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Sundance reports

    I love Matt. Happy for Casey. Thanks for sharing.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 24th, 2016 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Manchester by the sea

    Josh Lincoln Dickey ‏@JLDlite
    Amazon pays $10M for MANCHESTER BY THE SEA streaming rights only. Theatrical still for sale. What windowing provisions Amazon has built in?

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 24th, 2016 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Manchester by the sea

    According to Deadline it's a huge deal that could end up being worth around $20m.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 25th, 2016 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    The Martian is now Matt's biggest domestic box office hit after reaching $227,625,414 and passing Bourne Ultimatum ($227,471,010).


    Edited at 2016-01-25 02:11 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 25th, 2016 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    Woah, I was wondering about that one!
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 25th, 2016 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Interviews, Photos, and a 3-D Blu-ray

    Just want to say how grateful I am for all the amazing photos of the last week or so and for the interviews. Really feel a sense of kinship with the "Manchester" community and the Matt community supporting them and the film. Humble hanks to all who posted here and, of course, to you, Felicity. Gave me a lot of pleasure.

    Got the 3-D Blu-ray of The Martian and have played it twice at home with 5 others visiting who had all seen it in the theater. All agreed it plays even better at home. There's about an hour of bonus material: the gag reel and 9 others. Loved it all and, for some reason, was particularly interested in the Production Art Gallery. Get it in 3-D if you can play it on your equipment. I also played it in 2-D--the regular Blu-ray: excellent transfer. Don't know if this is Matt's best performance (I'm VERY fond of GWH and "Ripley" and some others), but it's at least as good as anything he's ever done before. What subtlety!


    P.S. Can't wait to see "Manchester"!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 25th, 2016 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Interviews, Photos, and a 3-D Blu-ray

    Well said, Louie!

    Matt's performance has it all over Leo, and it steams me that Leo probably win for one of his most inferior performances just because his "team" created a "he's due" narrative and pushed it to the point of exhaustion.

    Remember that before The Martian came out we were starting to worry about his recent lukewarm box office? This has undoubtedly been a great charge to his career from a business perspective. I'm so grateful that he's succeeded with such a wonderful, positive, intelligent, and truly beloved movie. A friend of mine put up a Facebook post just the other day raving about the DVD, saying she loved it better than the book (which I had gotten her into).

    And... Next year, the Chinese monster movie comes out. Oh, well, I'll enjoy this while it lasts!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 25th, 2016 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt Baiamonte has gone to Mexico for one day of shooting. Matt seems to still be in Vegas filming.

    Edited at 2016-01-25 08:22 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 25th, 2016 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


    The black and white photos of Matt are so fabulous! Total movie star stuff, there.

    Is Jackson college age now? Since we have seen him with the family both at Sundance and in Europe I wondered if perhaps he was living with Matt and Lucy and going to school in California.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 25th, 2016 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Random

    I saw Kyle had posted on his water.org page back in September that Jackson was leaving for college!
    I've seen him with Matt and Lucy lately too!

    He's a handsome young man btw, he's seriously a spitting image of Kyle!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 25th, 2016 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)


    A few gifs from Sundance:


    The tumblr is mostly Matt gifs:


    Edited at 2016-01-26 12:00 am (UTC)
    From: fitzgerald17 Date: January 26th, 2016 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Sundance

    There are gifs of Matt and Ben during an interview in what I think is a theatre, they're sitting on red chairs. I don't think I've ever seen that interview. Somebody has the link?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2016 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Esquire Sundance Moving Portrait


    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 26th, 2016 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Esquire Sundance Moving Portrait

    This is FUNNY! Thanks for posting! :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2016 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's comment on Oscar Diversity Issue

    Hello everyone! What do all of you think about Matt's comment on the Oscar issue? As person coming from Mexican descent, I'm happy that Matt is on board with diversifying the oscar panel. Some are not buying his comment and it's all a scam. For me, when I saw that Alejandro G. Iñarritu (director of the Revenant) no one was applauding his for his nomination. Those who scream diversity don't applaud for other minorities (some do, but most don't)

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 26th, 2016 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt's comment on Oscar Diversity Issue

    Hi Alejandra, I'd prefer if the discussion isn't raised here. It's already been considered a great deal, and any comment, by Matt or anyone else, is likely to upset someone, such as calling a public statement a 'scam'. But thanks for writing.

    Edited at 2016-01-26 02:42 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2016 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Collider review of Manchester by the Sea

    I didn't quite know where to put this, but a terrific review of Manchester by Adam Chitwood at Collider. Some of the reviews really are absolute raves.

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 26th, 2016 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Collider review of Manchester by the Sea

    I wanna see the movie so bad!!! Turns out I have a friend who was roommates with the 1st AD. I don't know the guy though, cool connection though.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 26th, 2016 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Golden Globes Backstage

    Not sure if this was ever posted, but here is the full footage of Matt backstage at the Golden Globes.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2016 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Must have been more filming in Vegas last night. Lots of video, including some of Matt on Instagram.
    From: cindiest Date: January 26th, 2016 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Luce looks adorable. And yes, Matt's B&Ws are movie star stuff.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 26th, 2016 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Drew Goddard on the toughest scene in the script (and if that was the toughest scene...)

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2016 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Martian

    There's a video interview w/ Drew at gold derby ( the site won't let me post a link) . I love hearing him talk about pretty much anything. The Martian is a gift that keeps giving. It made me a fan of Drew and Andy Weir, and gave me new appreciation for Ridley Scott. I'll even keep an eye on projects from producer Simon Kinberg in the future.

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