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Toronto premiere
  • Matt attended the Toronto premiere of Manchester by the Sea on Tuesday at the Toronto Film Festival and introduced the film. Photos and interviews are at Zimbio, Globe and Mail, AOL, Canoe, CBC Toronto and after-party photos with Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck are at Michelle Williams Fan. A report and more photos are at the Daily Mail.

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    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 14th, 2016 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Toronto premiere

    Matt Damon Premiere Interview - Manchester by the Sea (TIFF2016)
    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 14th, 2016 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Toronto premiere

    Matt Damon on Jimmy Kimmel hosting the Emmys

    "I will be there..." a joke?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2016 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Manchester premiere

    Great interview.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 14th, 2016 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Interview with Pedro Pascal by David Benioff and he talks about his friendship with Matt and Great Wall, including:


    DAVID: So five months in China sounds almost as good as three months in Belfast. Not quite, but any adventures there you can tell us about?

    PEDRO: I travelled around like a tourist whenever I got the opportunity. We spent so much time shooting and I got to pal around with Matt Damon because as everyone knows, he’s a real jerk (laughs).

    DAVID: Yeah, famously terrible.

    PEDRO: A notorious bad guy in the industry. He and his wife adopted me into their family and took me through the experience and I had the time of my life. We were tourists together whenever we got the chance – we went to Hong Kong and I went to see some friends in Bangkok. I can’t tell you about that weekend.

    DAVID: When you’re talking to Matt Damon, are you ever not thinking, ‘Here I am, having a conversation with Matt Damon.’

    PEDRO: It took a while. Initially, in getting to know him, the jet lag helped – I was so out of it. Matt came to say hi, and we were doing all these scenes together so he just said, ‘Hey man, let’s be friends,’ and I was just like… Okay sure! Whatever you say!

    DAVID: Is it fair to say you’ve supplanted Ben Affleck as Matt Damon’s best friend?

    PEDRO: Yeah. I’ll make room for Ben, I guess.

    DAVID: You and Matt need to write an Oscar winning script to really make Ben jealous.

    PEDRO: That would be the next thing… To end my career instead of anti-semitism.

    DAVID: So when is The Great Wall out?

    PEDRO: February!

    DAVID: Originally when you were cast as Oberyn, there was controversy that you weren’t Latino enough. What do you make of the controversy around Matt Damon in this film? Is it about him being a white guy?

    PEDRO: Yeah, him being a white guy is very…

    DAVID: Incontrovertible? No one can deny that Matt Damon is a white guy.

    PEDRO: No one can deny that. It’s not an issue of him not being Latino enough, that’s for sure. But his being white has very specific context in terms of the plot. I think that the arguments should be made after the movie comes out, instead of a one minute and 20 second trailer. I’m sure very good arguments can still be made from both sides in terms of ethnic representation but this is a Hollywood creature feature combined with epic Chinese cinema and it’s ultimately helmed by this visionary director who is Chinese.

    DAVID: One of the greatest living directors.

    PEDRO: Shall we say, the Spielberg of China?

    DAVID: And if he wants to work with the whitest guy in Hollywood, who’s to say no?

    PEDRO: Exactly! (laughs) This is a Chinese crew, and there are big Chinese stars and newcomers playing heroic roles in this movie. What people are given is just a film that’s called The Great Wall with Matt Damon, and basing the argument on that. But the movie needs to be seen.

    DAVID: Where is your character from in The Great Wall?

    PEDRO: España. Which is exactly where my ancestors were from.

    DAVID: No one can argue with that. Where’s Matt’s character from?

    PEDRO: He’s English.

    DAVID: Does he have an accent? Is he speaking Chinese in the movie?

    PEDRO: No, he’s not speaking Chinese. He is English – it’s 1100 AD so whatever that accent is.

    DAVID: He has an Old English accent? This is sounding pretty awesome. I don’t think anyone would know how that would sound. Probably it sounds just like Matt Damon, that’s what I think.

    Edited at 2016-09-14 11:39 pm (UTC)
    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 15th, 2016 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pedro

    Pedro has a good sense of humour. Probably, this quality has closer together him with Matt.
    RE: Re: Pedro - (Anonymous) - Expand
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 15th, 2016 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Manchester party

    Matt and Michelle Williams appeared to be talking all night. They've got some things in common (Heath).


    Williams was first to arrive, at nine, but wasn’t alone for long; Chandler, Damon and Lucas Hedges arrived soon after, with more than a few guests visibly excited and pointing openly at “the guy from Friday Night Lights.” Chandler got himself a drink from the bar and took off within the hour, and Affleck came by before 10 and received friends and industry guests from under the mounted moose-head in the Soho basement. Williams and Damon were almost exclusively deep in conversation with each other throughout the night. She stepped out for a smoke at around 10:20 and lingered there for an hour, with Damon keeping her company throughout. Affleck was not as gruff as his beard made him out to be and chatted with anyone who approached him, while Hedges proved disarmingly enthusiastic about the whole shindig, often breaking into an impromptu soft-shoe to encourage other guests to get their dance on as well.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2016 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Manchester party

    That was the first thing I thought when I saw these pictures of Matt and Michelle .
    Matt and Heath had the most beautiful friendship.
    In fact, I became interested by Matt throught Heath. (Of course I knew who Matt Damon was, duh!). But was when I saw The Brothers Grimm that I became more interested in Matt & his career.
    Even with his issues, Heath was a sweet man and a very talented actor. It's a pity he's gone so soon.
    I always wonder what might have happened if they had done Brokeback Mountain together (Matt was offered Heath's role first)...

    RE: Heath - (Anonymous) - Expand
    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 15th, 2016 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Back to the LA

    Matt at the airport. Funny episode with the car. What has he written to the fan?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0rT7l54HmY -it is necessary to look up to the end

    Edited at 2016-09-15 09:14 am (UTC)
    From: fitzgerald17 Date: September 15th, 2016 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back to the LA

    He's written "I'm the greatest botanist on this planet".
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2016 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Toronto premiere

    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 15th, 2016 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Toronto premiere

    It's me

    There is video

    Edited at 2016-09-15 02:37 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 15th, 2016 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Manchester by the sea

    The official twitter account for Manchester by the Sea movie:

    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 16th, 2016 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Toronto premiere

    On Gettyimages there are good photos Matt about
    'Manchester by the Sea' Press Conference
    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 16th, 2016 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    New show on Amazon Prime

    JEREMY Clarkson has got one over on Top Gear by bagging a string of Hollywood A-listers for his new car show.
    Matt Damon, 45, and Charlize Theron, 41, are among the big-hitters lined up to appear in The Grand Tour later this year.

    Hmm.. Well, let's see
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 16th, 2016 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New show on Amazon Prime

    Could be all PR rumors, but it is filmed in California.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 16th, 2016 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 16th, 2016 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


    A Suburbicon script review (2007 version) from the usual source:


    via Clooney's Open House
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2016 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Suburbicon,

    I don't like knowing too much about scripts beforehand, so I just skimmed the script review, but there's plenty there to get excited about. Cool!

    (Potential spoiler in this paragraph)
    It's wonderful when Matt goes darker. Sounds like he's the bad guy, with the kid being the protagonist. Hard to know at this point whether Suburbicon is going to lean more towards humor or drama, but the whole plot sounds intense, unique and suspenseful. I couldn't be more excited. Early Cohens, Yowza!

    2017 is going to be such an interesting Damon year! Two prestige projects in Downsizing and Suburbicon, preceded by the big (and, to me anyway, intriguing) question mark of Chinese actioner Great Wall. I've got to pause here and give a moment of thanks for the wonderful diversity of Matt's film career. I haven't been this excited since Matt hired onto The Martian! This anticipation is fun, fun!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 16th, 2016 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne set pic

    Here's a pic from Jasin Boland of Matt's crew on the Tenerife set of Bourne:


    jasinboland Sometimes you just have to have a little fun onset. A year ago I was shooting in Tenerife with these crazy guys. They wanted to do a photo for their boss so this is what we did... Crazy Frs! @mattbaiamontesboxingclub @matt_baiamonte @risenation @johnnycicco @colin1 @captian_snapchat #bourne #jasonbourne
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2016 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Jimmy vs matt fued


    Jimmy kimmel talks about fucking ben affleck and fucking matt damon and on their fued
    From: bumengbumeng Date: September 16th, 2016 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Jimmy Kimmel

    I don't consider Matt Damon to be a friend.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2016 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Jimmy Kimmel

    Ha, ha, ha!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 17th, 2016 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)


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