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  • Matt and father Kent attended a private fundraiser for the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center over the weekend in LA. A report and photo is at the Boston Globe (below), and a photo of Matt, Lucy, Stanley Tucci and wife Felicity is at the Boston Herald.

    Matt Damon recently hosted a private fund-raiser at the Montage Beverly Hills in California to benefit the Center for Cancer Immunology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Damon spoke at the event as did his father, Kent , who’s received treatment at the Mass General Cancer Center since he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma six years ago. Other speakers included Dr. Peter Slavin, president of Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Daniel Haber, director of the Mass. General Cancer Center, Dr. Nir Hacohen, director of the Center for Cancer Immunology, and Dr. Noopur Raje, director of the Center for Multiple Myeloma (and Kent Damon’s oncologist).

  • A long article about Kenneth Lonergan is at the New Yorker - excerpts below. An article about why Matt had final cut on Manchester by the sea is at Variety. The film received five Gotham Awards nominations.

    Matt Damon, who plays a geometry teacher in “Margaret,” is among those friends who sought to remedy Lonergan’s despair—in Damon’s case, by getting Lonergan to write “Manchester by the Sea” for him. It was, Damon admits, partly a ruse. “A lot of his friends were, quite frankly, worried about him. He needed money, but he couldn’t write—it was this horrible limbo,” Damon told me. “We got Kenny paid to write a draft.” It took Lonergan more than two years to finish one, but when he did, Damon says, “It was long, and it was meandering, and it was fucking incredible.” Lonergan revised the script and showed it again to Damon, who says, “I called him and I said, ‘Kenny, you are the only person who can direct this—this is completely a Kenny Lonergan movie.’ He put up a little fight, but those characters really had their claws into him.”

    Damon promised Lonergan that he would star in the movie. Scheduling conflicts ultimately prevented him from doing so, but he remained involved as a producer. Damon recalls, “I told Kenny, ‘Look, it’s not going to be anything like “Margaret.” It’s going to be easy, and it’s going to be fun.’ Kenny said”—Damon switched to an impersonation—“ ‘I don’t believe you can have fun making movies.’ ”
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 1st, 2016 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Lonergan and the New Yorker article

    Ah, Matt, you're such a mensch. Classic. All Lonergan's friends are worried about him. So who devises a strategy, gets him a job, and sets him up for success?

    Who wouldn't heart this guy?

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 1st, 2016 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lonergan and the New Yorker article

    That was a successful plan. And Matt had final cut but didn't have to use it. Also it was interesting to note that Matt was deposed for Margaret, and they chose to settle rather than have Matt and others appear in court in support of Lonergan.
    From: iri_na_00 Date: November 1st, 2016 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    event Conquer Cancer Coalition of Massachusetts

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 1st, 2016 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: event Conquer Cancer Coalition of Massachusetts

    Thanks for the link. Great to see a photo of Matt, Lucy and the Tucci's.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 1st, 2016 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 1st, 2016 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Suburbicon

    More photos from the set are at http://legion-media.ru/ - search for Matt.
    RE: Re: Suburbicon - (Anonymous) - Expand
    From: bumengbumeng Date: November 3rd, 2016 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Producer Roundtable

    From: fitzgerald17 Date: November 3rd, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Producer Roundtable

    I can't see any of the Twitter links..
    From: iri_na_00 Date: November 3rd, 2016 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Hollywood Reporter

    I don't like these words

    Matt Damon: Why I Didn't Star in (or Direct) 'Manchester by the Sea'

    Edited at 2016-11-03 02:36 pm (UTC)
    From: bumengbumeng Date: November 3rd, 2016 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Hollywood Reporter

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 3rd, 2016 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Production Stories

    Don't know if this has been posted already--if so, apologies. Great article on Matt's (and other producers) involvement with projects.


    From: iri_na_00 Date: November 4th, 2016 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Producer Roundtable

    Links on Twitter for some reason don't work today. Interestingly, by what principle chose producers?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 4th, 2016 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Producer Roundtable

    Who is bankable, interesting, hot this season. Matt and John Krasinski were both in roundtables for Promised Land.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 4th, 2016 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 5th, 2016 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Casey interview

    And lots of quotes from Matt in this Casey Affleck interview at the NY Times. Casey is quite a character.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 5th, 2016 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Casey interview

    Although I enjoyed his performance as the jangly kid in GWH, Casey showed a really quirky side of his character in "Gerry". Reading this article, it seems to me he could almost have been Matt's brother, given his integrity and his search for meaningful roles. Apparently, Matt treats him like a younger brother. Fascinating tri-lateral friendship when you include Ben.
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    From: iri_na_00 Date: November 5th, 2016 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Oscar 2017

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: November 5th, 2016 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Well I received an email announcing the Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Tom Brady OMAZE Contest Winner. I donated myself and am looking forward to a t'shirt coming in the mail for my donation with the chest logo that reads "Matt and Ben's Boston Brewhouse: You'll Like our Apple Cider" LOL

    Here is a link to the winner being told he'd won (he donated $10).

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 5th, 2016 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Bad luck Gregory, but the shirt sounds cool. I think the guys and the winner will have a fun night.
    RE: OMAZE WINNER - (Anonymous) - Expand
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2016 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

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