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Suburbicon premiere
  • Photos from the world premiere of Suburbicon at the Venice Film Festival are at Zimbio, the Daily Mail, and more at the Daily Mail.

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  • Positive reviews are at Variety and the Daily Beast.

  • Matt and Lucy attended a cast and crew dinner the night before the premiere.

  • A long interview with Matt about both films is at the Hollywood Reporter, including:

    You produced Manchester by the Sea, and you’re developing other projects to produce. Will you direct any of them?
    I don’t have any plans right now to direct anything. I’ve had all these near-misses: I almost directed Promised Land and then it didn’t work with my life, because of my kids and I’d been away. Every time I fire myself as a director it becomes a vast improvement for the movie. The last time was Manchester by the Sea, and Kenny [Lonergan] wrote it for me to direct. I brought it to him as a writing assignment, but when I read it I was like, “You have to direct this.” Looking back, I completely stand by the decision; it was the right thing for the movie, he told that story beautifully. I don’t regret not directing any of the things I haven’t directed. But we’ll see. I would have thought I’d have directed by now.

    Some of the things you’re producing look really interesting, like the Robert F. Kennedy biography.
    RFK we’ve been working on for a number of years, and Nikolaj Arcel wrote a wonderful script, so we’ll hopefully be making that soon. I have to get on the treadmill and lose about 30 pounds! But Manchester was a challenging movie to get made in the marketplace today, and we actually got really lucky; it was only because Kimberly Steward stepped up and financed the whole thing. If it hadn’t been for Kimberly, we couldn’t have even made it. It took one person being really brave and really putting herself at risk financially. So I’m glad it worked out.

    What’s next?
    I have no idea. I haven’t worked since November, since I finished Suburbicon. I’m not even thinking about work right now, which is really nice.

    What do you do when you’re not working? Read, write?
    I’ve been addicted to refreshing my newsfeed every seven minutes, so I’m reading a ton every day: I have The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Yorker. I’ve got my list of newspapers and magazines; articles are just landing on my phone and I just sit down and read. But it’s all politics, so I’m not sitting down and reading great biographies. I should, but I’m not.
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    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 3rd, 2017 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)


    The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER interview is Excellent!!! Reminds me of why I am a fan of his. Such a thoughtful, smart, and informed talented actor he is.

    And an excellent piece from Deadline Hollywood from the Suburbicon press conference.

    From: fitzgerald17 Date: September 3rd, 2017 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 3rd, 2017 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
    He is so great!
    From: Abigail Davidson Date: September 3rd, 2017 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    NY Times Article

    Just a bit about Matt from the Times article posted,

    On one level, "Suburbicon" is a comedy, in which the best-laid plans of Damon's scheming corporate executive go bloodily astray. Damon and Moore practically explode with suburban repression, and there's a delicious turn by Oscar Isaac as a prying insurance investigator.

    Saturday was Damon's second time on the Venice red carpet this week. He also stars in Alexander Payne's "Downsizing," in which — as so often — he portrays a likable everyman.

    But Damon also can play the psychopath, as he demonstrated memorably in "The Talented Mr. Ripley." In "Suburbicon," he's a bland suburbanite who becomes a monster.

    "I don't really get to play the bad guy a lot, but I do get a nice range of roles," Damon said.

    He recalled Payne telling him, "I like you because you don't look like a movie star."

    "And I know exactly what he meant," Damon said. "I look kind of like an average American person, so I think directors get to have fun playing with different variations of what that might mean."

    For all the bloody fun in "Suburbicon," the social concerns Clooney displayed in previous films he directed — including "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "The Ides of March" — are never far from the surface.

    The Clooney Foundation he and wife run gave $1 million in the wake of Charlottesville to the Southern Poverty Law Center to combat hate groups.

    Clooney said he was anxious that "Suburbicon" not be a polemic or "a civics lesson."

    "We wanted it to be funny, we wanted it to be mean," he said. "But it is certainly angry, and it got angrier as we were shooting."


    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 3rd, 2017 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 3rd, 2017 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt dand Lucy are so cute in all of their pictures! Always holding hands and looking happy...
    Btw, Matt always has a hand on Lucys butt! Haha! I've just noticed that!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 3rd, 2017 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    more reviews

    Two positive reviews from The Daily Mail:


    and Independent, which gave it 5 stars and called it "Clooney’s finest film as a director since Good Night And Good Luck":

    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 5th, 2017 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Downsizing' opens Venice

    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 5th, 2017 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Alexia and Colin were at a premiere of Suburbicon
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 5th, 2017 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Downsizing to close Fantastic Fest:

    Hong Chau interview:

    "Matt is funny on set. He’ll be telling a story or a joke the second before we start rolling,” says Chau of her Downsizing co-star. “He can just pop in and out and it’s not a big deal. I had a fear of missing out so I’d be like, ‘No, don’t tell that story about George Clooney. I want to hear it, but I have to go over here for a second and collect myself before we do the next take.'"

    Chris Pine to play RFK in a TV mini-series:

    Edited at 2017-09-06 12:48 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 5th, 2017 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)


    ... will close Fantastic Fest. Interesting decision.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 6th, 2017 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt is back in Boston for Kyle's 50th birthday.

    From: iri_na_00 Date: September 6th, 2017 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
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