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20th anniversary of Good Will Hunting
  • Good Will Hunting was released 20 years ago. A story on why 'Boston's college students are still obsessed with the film' is at the Washington Post.

  • Other retrospectives are at WBUR with critic Ty Burr and The Ringer.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 6th, 2017 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Good Will Hunting

    I remember the last year Matt and Ben made a theatrical recreation of GWH.
    John krasinski directed the play, Emily Blunt played Skylar and Margo Martindale played Sean (that was a brilliant idea. Margo is an exceptional actress). Matt and Ben played his original characters, of course.

    Even Harvey Weinstein (the infamous Harvey Weinstein) had a little role.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 6th, 2017 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ben and Jimmy

    Quotes from an interview with Ben and Jimmy Kimmel in Men's Health magazine:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 7th, 2017 08:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Ben and Jimmy

    That's so cute!
    From: fitzgerald17 Date: December 7th, 2017 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 7th, 2017 08:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Payne interview

    Another charming Payne interview. And another lovely behind the scenes photo.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 7th, 2017 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Payne interview

    Lovely photo of Matt... :) Also thanks for the reminder of re: Matt Damon Rocks photo - When I went to school around year 7 at Freshwater Primary in Cairns (when students were privileged to ring the hand-held school bell), one day I decided to go to school and walked around with my toothbrush in my mouth, not to mention the pink fluro/hot pink leg warmers that happened to start a trend, lol. I was happy for others being enthusiastic saying to me they would go out and buy some leg warmers and come to school the next day with their toothbrushes in mouth, because everyone was fed up with the 'popular' notorious bullies and then after standing up for ourselves we finally got given the chance to ring the bell ourselves in front of the school morning parade. M..

    Weird but true (thanks again for the memory). hehe
    From: iri_na_00 Date: December 8th, 2017 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt with family and friends has departed to go skiing for the weekend
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 8th, 2017 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: weekend

    Irina, how do you take all these info? Instagram?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 8th, 2017 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)


    Good interview with Matt in Parade, including:

    What are your favorite Sunday memories growing up?

    My dad usually had us on the weekends, and he had a rule to always keep us moving. That was his one criteria for parenthood. So we never stopped. We would be playing football or baseball or basketball. He just ran us into the ground. I have the best memories of playing sports with my brother and my dad every weekend.

    Did you have any traditional Sunday meals together?

    My dad always said he viewed food as fuel, so it was like: Get it in as fast as you can, and then get back out there and keep playing.

    What do you like to do on Sundays now?

    Watch the New England Patriots win. That’s my ideal Sunday: On my couch, and the kids are there. The great thing about [living in] L.A. is those [games] happen at 10 in the morning, so usually the football game’s over, and you can get out and have a fun day with the kids.

    What is something small that means a great deal to you?

    My wedding ring. My grandmother gave my mother her ring in her will. My grandfather didn’t have a lot of money; they were kind of children of the Depression, and the ring he gave her had these tiny, tiny little diamonds in them. They weren’t quality diamonds; it was what he could afford. But the marriage lasted. They were married for over 60 years. It wasn’t about the ring; it was about the marriage. So when I told my mother that I was marrying Lucy, she gave me that ring and there were these six little diamonds. We took three of them and we put them on the inside of my band, and then we took three and we put them on the inside of her band. So they’re not visible, but we’re hopefully carrying the best part of that union with us.

    Little Things He Loves

    Favorite Sunday reading “The Boston Globe sports section or the New York Times Magazine.”

    Coveted spot in the house “My couch.”

    Go-to drive-through item “An In-N-Out Burger Double-Double.”

    Best board games to play with daughters Life and Monopoly

    Favorite toy from childhood “Wiffle bat. That was a constant in my life as a kid.”
    From: iri_na_00 Date: December 8th, 2017 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview

    Very good interview. Seldom such meet.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 8th, 2017 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Boston things

    A rival Christmas tree store in Boston has some thoughts about Matt getting his tree from another location:

    From: fitzgerald17 Date: December 9th, 2017 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Boston things

    This is actually brilliant.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 10th, 2017 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    I just saw on Twitter that Matt and Lucy celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary today.

    Happy Anniversary!

    From: fitzgerald17 Date: December 11th, 2017 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 11th, 2017 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Colbert

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 11th, 2017 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Golden Globes

    Hong Chau received a Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination for Downsizing.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 11th, 2017 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Golden Globes

    The one and only nomination for all of Paramount!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 11th, 2017 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I missed a comment attaching this link to a tweet in the last post:


    Matt missed filming a response due to his father's illness.
    From: fitzgerald17 Date: December 12th, 2017 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Finland

    That's strange. At the airport, when a pap asked him if he knew Finland had been trying to reach him, he said that was the first time he ever heard of it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 12th, 2017 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Downsizing press junket

    Interviews are coming out from the junket, including Matt talking about his father's illness.

    He did miss Thanksgiving with Ben to go to Boston:


    Along with revealing that his father is ill, Damon said, “It’s been a slow, unfolding, my dad’s sick, so that's been a process we're going through.”

    Sighting in NY after a screening or appearance:

    Edited at 2017-12-12 01:52 am (UTC)
    From: fitzgerald17 Date: December 12th, 2017 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Downsizing press junket


    Apparently, there's a premiere going on in NY and a Q&A after the screening.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 12th, 2017 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)


    Amongst the political jokes, here's a story about Happy Feet 2:



    Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel's instagram pic with Matt:

    Edited at 2017-12-12 05:58 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 12th, 2017 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Colbert

    Audiences always applaud guests on talk shows but that reception was notable for its sustained and enthusiastic standing ovation. A lot of public warmth for Matt on display. Stephen even seemed impressed, saying, "Not everybody gets a standing O." He also quietly added, "this is the real guy. Not CGI." Lol.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 12th, 2017 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Hong Chau interview

    Hong Chau interview - discusses Matt at 1:30. Matt apparently wasn't as out of shape as he appeared in Downsizing.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 12th, 2017 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Downsizing - Todd McCarthy

    THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy said this bit of loveliness when naming Downsizing as his #1 pick for best film of the year:

    Alexander Payne's film addresses one of the weightiest subjects there is, that of humanity's long-term viability on the planet, and does so as a humane comedy-drama without an ounce of pretension. A sort of Everyman tale like Hollywood used to make, this one zeroes in on Matt Damon's average Joe as he voluntarily joins the ranks of the miniaturized and embarks on an odyssey that is dramatic, picaresque, packed with unusual characters and quite impossible to predict.

    I have seen the film twice, loved it both times and am a bit perplexed, but not shocked, by the coolness with which it's been received (it doesn't even open commercially until Dec. 22). Some critics seem to find the first act lovely, the second a misfire; others perhaps consider it a failed fable or somehow wrong-headed politically. I suspect that, despite its underlying seriousness about what is arguably the planet's most fundamental problem, it's simply that the film's basic intelligence, fair-mindedness and gentle nature are out of sync with the harsh, discordant and hate-filled tenor of the moment. To its credit, this is not a film that fits with the current zeitgeist.

    From: Abigail Davidson Date: December 13th, 2017 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Downsizing - Todd McCarthy

    Thanks for posting this. Nice to read someone likes the movie for what it is. The first reviews after Telluride came off like they were personally offended it wasn't dark.

    Edited at 2017-12-13 02:46 am (UTC)
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