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  • A new interview with Matt from Sundance, mostly about water.org, is at the Independent.

    Affable as well as self-deprecating, Damon brushes off speculation that he might win the Best Actor prize, although he took home a Golden Globe a few weeks ago. “Oh, I think there are other performances that might deserve it more,” he says, diplomatically.

    But he won’t be drawn on whether that should be his co-star in The Departed, Leonardo DiCaprio, who is also in the Best Actor frame for The Revenant. He flashes that action-hero smile. “Leo’s my buddy,” is all he will say.

  • Matt is now confirmed for in George Clooney's Suburbicon, to film later this year - more details were provided by George at Variety:

    You’re also directing “Suburbicon,” starring Matt Damon, from a screenplay they wrote around the time of “Blood Simple.”
    Clooney: It’s an interesting story. It takes place in the suburbs in 1947. It’s kind of a thriller. It’s kind of a comedy. It’s a very dark comedy from a young man’s point of view about all the things that are going wrong in his house.

    Why did you decide to finally make it?
    When I was doing “O Brother,” they sent it to me and asked if I was interested. It just never got legs. All the other movies came and got going. This one was commissioned, so it sat around. For the last year, I’ve been looking for something to direct. I called Bryan Lourd, my agent. I said, “How many movies have I looked at?” He said, “About 85 in the last year.” A lot of them are being made. But I just thought, it’s not in my wheelhouse or it’s not my taste. Then I remembered “Suburbicon.” I had an old script on my shelf. I called up the boys and said, “You’re not doing anything with it, are you?” They were like, “No.” So I said, “I’d like to take a crack at it.”

  • The Playlist reports Matt may be involved with a secret project between Downsizing and Suburbicon, but it's unlikely to be a new Steven Soderbergh project, which Matt was incorrectly attached to this week.

  • Incorporated, a TV project from Matt and Ben's production company, has been picked up by SyFy.

  • The new Bourne movie continues to film in Las Vegas.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2016 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Being Amusing???

    “Leo’s my buddy”---???? Has there been detente between the two? Has Leo come to his senses, or is Matt's tongue stuck squarely in his cheek? Anyone got the scoop?

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 5th, 2016 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Being Amusing???

    They were never that close, even when they were filming or promoting The Departed. Matt has made a lot of digs at pretentious actors recently which seem to be targeted at Leo, particularly about the so-called hardships of making a film. I suspect Matt is having fun, but would always admire and respect Leo.
    From: cindiest Date: February 5th, 2016 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Being Amusing???

    Why wouldn't Matt say something nice about Leo? They have a strained relationship? I don't get it. *Curious*
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2016 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Being Amusing???

    Well, perhaps my neuronic paths are collapsing for want of good information, but I seem to remember Leo making some nasty comments about Matt after The Departed and Matt circumspectly deflecting them. It seemed shocking to me. Maybe Leo was joking? Kinda sorry I brought it up!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2016 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Matt Being Amusing???

    Louie, when I read this article I thought, "This writer is utterly clueless!"

    Matt and Leo are not "buddies". He clearly knew the writer was oblivious and was being polite/had his tongue in his cheek.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2016 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Re: Matt Being Amusing???

    Thank you, Paula. There have been too many incidents in which Leo has thrown shade at Matt to ignore. So glad that someone with your obvious awareness and intelligence could back me up. A bow of gratitude to you!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2016 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Re: Matt Being Amusing???

    Lol, thanks for the compliment, Louie. I should get a t-shirt made up that says, "Obviously aware and intelligent", as it would doubtless come as a shock to all my friends and relations.

    A curtsy right back.
    From: cindiest Date: February 7th, 2016 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Being Amusing???

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 6th, 2016 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Oscar lunch Monday

    E! Live Events ‏@RedCarpetTeam
    Leo, J-Law, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Rachel McAdams among many expected @ Monday's Annual Oscar Luncheon!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 6th, 2016 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt is probably now back in LA (there were videos on IG from his 'crew' flying from Vegas to LA).

    Vital Vegas ‏@VitalVegas
    In most films, main actors don't show for 2nd unit shoots, but Matt Damon and villain Vincent Cassel were at Riviera last night. #Bourne5
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 6th, 2016 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)


    A photo of Matt and Ridley Scott for The Wrap by Patrick Fraser:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2016 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Photo

    Love this photo!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 6th, 2016 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Oscars promotion

    Matt confirmed to attend the Oscars lunch:

    A special event for The Martian coming this week:

    Now I haven’t heard of any plans by Fox to try and up the ante for The Martian by sending Matt Damon to Mars during the voting period, but the studio is hosting a big confab next week with astronauts, space scientists, engineers etc in order to show how far we are coming in making the events depicted in their Best Picture nominee one step closer to reality. The forum is called “The Journey To Mars 101” and promises to take the GoldenMatt Damon in Ridley Scott's The Martian Globe Comedy (sic) winner to new heights of intelligent discourse in the campaign.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 6th, 2016 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne 5

    Jasin Boland posted a pic on Instagram of Matt and Paul by a Northern Line elevator (my old line!)


    #nfl #superbowl is on this weekend and the star of the show is the #bourne2016 #filmtrailer can't wait to see this, so stoked to be back with the family to make this film, damn we had some fun travelling the world! Here's a shot of #paulgreengrass and #mattdamon #brainstorming in the #londonunderground on #bourneultimatum love those boys love working on these #films @nikonaustralia @nikonambassador @nikonusa @aquatech_imagingsolutions @blackrapid #nikonambassador #mynikonlife #aquatechambassador #blackrapidambassador #hprc #jasonbourne #nikond4s #bts #unitstills #seewhatisee #mynikonlife #behindthescenes #stillphotographer #livethemoment
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 6th, 2016 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt is scheduled to present at the Director's Guild Awards tonight.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2016 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: DGA

    A great pic of Matt by Marc Malkin at the DGA Awards:

    Photos with Joel Edgerton and Ridley are at Getty. Matt presents to Ridley shortly.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2016 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: DGA

    A few comments by and about Matt at the Deadline live feed of the DGA Awards:

    Damon is so poignant here. He is telling this room about the blood, guts, sweat and tears that go into a Ridley Scott film. Respect people. Give it to Ridley.

    in sum per Damon on Scott “that’s how you make a movie by the way …and Leo we weren’t cold.”

    “Just sayin'” Damon tells DiCaprio. “There’s another way to go."

    Scott on Damon: “He’s worth every penny, but he’s really f-cking expensive.”

    Darren Franich‏@DarrenFranich
    "We finished a week early and we saved 2 million bucks." Matt Damon on how Ridley Scott makes movies/how Inarritu doesn't make movies.

    Lindsey BahrVerified‏@ldbahr
    When Matt Damon smiles, we all smile

    Steve Pond‏@stevepond
    Ridley Scott on Matt Damon: "he's worth every penny. He's really expensive. I mean, really fucking expensive." #DGAawards

    Darren Franich‏@DarrenFranich
    Ridley Scott on Matt Damon: "He can drink me under the table." #DGAawards

    Edited at 2016-02-07 06:49 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2016 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Off Camera

    Producer Chris Moore talks to Sam Jones about Sam's Off Camera show:

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