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  • A clip from Live with Kelly and Ryan is on the show's page. Matt also met Noah Schnapp from Stranger Things at the show.

  • Matt's interview with Entertainment Tonight is available here, including:

    Damon is currently gearing up to celebrate the holidays with his wife, Luciana Barroso, and their kids.

    “We just get everybody together and eat our faces off, which is great,” he dished. “I love the holidays and any excuse to get people together, have too much food and wine is good in my book.”

    He noted that when he got married, he had to change his outlook on Christmas tree decorating.

    “I married a day after Thanksgiving tree person,” he quipped. “I was not and that was not our way in my family. We were kind of like, ‘Oh, it's the 24th. Run and get a tree!’ But no, I married into a different kind of expectation, set of expectations.”

  • A longer interview is at 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.”

  • Matt talked about his father's ongoing illness in an interview with Extra.
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    Comments
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 13th, 2017 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    School Ties? Yes, School Ties!

    An oral history of School Ties at 25. Fraser once again pays tribute to Matt & O'Donnell demonstrates that he's still a d***.

    http://ew.com/movies/2017/12/13/school-ties-25th-anniversary-oral-history/

    Paula

    From: Abigail Davidson Date: December 13th, 2017 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I love the tour group story. Jackpot indeed.
    The story about the wedding rings from "Parade" just gets me. How sweet and what a way to honor family.



    Edited at 2017-12-13 07:50 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 13th, 2017 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The wiffle bat mention really takes me back. My brothers played wiffle ball almost 24/7 during the summers when we were kids.

    It's interesting that we have been getting new stories fairly regularly so far on this press tour. Maybe Matt has decided to make a change?
    Paula
    From: Abigail Davidson Date: December 14th, 2017 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    New Article Here

    New interview at today.com

    https://www.today.com/parents/here-s-how-oscar-winner-matt-damon-avoids-raising-spoiled-t119994


    Sorry, can't figure out how to make a direct link.



    Edited at 2017-12-14 12:36 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 14th, 2017 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New Article Here

    Thanks Abigail. He brought back the Calvin Klein story but some new info about giving away everything.
    And this:

    Films aside, it’s been a difficult year for Damon, whose father has been battling multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. He calls it the worst, most “horrible” year of his life.

    “Any question about the future, we don’t know what we’re doing right now,” he says.

    Edited at 2017-12-14 02:16 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 14th, 2017 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Peter Travers

    From: fitzgerald17 Date: December 14th, 2017 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Peter Travers

    I was so hoping to see him on Peter Travers.
    Thanks.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 15th, 2017 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Naples sighting

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 15th, 2017 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Naples sighting

    :)

    M.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 16th, 2017 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Lucy's birthday

    It's Lucy's birthday and she seems to have just joined Elsa Pataky and Michele Merkin on a private plane (with a dog) over the snow. Video on Elsa's IG story.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 16th, 2017 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Lucy's birthday

    How do you see the video stories?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 17th, 2017 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Damon interview

    Dammit, every time damon does a sit down interview with these publications, he manages to shoot himself in the foot each and every time.

    Whether it was project green light, gay actors or this sex scandal thing. Not to say he isn't right but he doesn't understand things like good pr or bad pr and good timing and the evil media always traps him. It's like he's living in his world and is unaware of social media and how the outside world reacts in today's climate. For such a smart guy like him I always wonder if he choose to use that Harvard brain of his at all.

    He already is so outspoken politically whether it's the predictable anti trump , so he's part of the Hollywood crowd and right now hollywoods credibility is so low and they are having their worst box office year in decades. The ship is sinking.

    So because he's so outspoken politically, he has ruined his conservative fan base and even his liberal fan base who he thought he had in the bag don't really like him no matter what he thinks. It's almost as if damon wants to be buddy buddy with everything that he thinks will help his career and people are seeing right through it.

    What are really his true beliefs?

    He needs to use his damn brain.



    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 18th, 2017 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Damon interview

    Without blowing it out of proportion further, Matt has publicly spoken out against HW. That is all. It doesn't matter what he says, because it is taken out of context. Why? You can read for yourself the recent comments on Daily Mail; people are judging Matt -- regardless of the truth -- stating that he knew about Weinstein and did not say or do anything about it.

    Basically, they are arguing that they wanted Matt to speak out against HW. Now that Matt is speaking out publicly in interviews, their logic is to blame him for it. And you think Matt needs to use his brains. How do you like them apples?

    Matt is being treated like HW's scapegoat, when all Damon has done is express complete disapproval of Weinstein's actions and has publicly supported women to speak out.

    True fans (and decent people against Weinstein's devious pattern of serial sexual behaviour) side with Matt.

    I for one can say #metoo and am appreciative/thank Matt and George for being true gentlemen for speaking out.

    M...




    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 18th, 2017 06:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    18 December - Downsizing premiere

    It is 18 Dec and Omaze hasn't emailed re the winner of the You. Me. Red Carpet with Matt. Camping at EPIC has closed in Canberra for Summernats until mid January so we've driven to the Snowys (Jindabyne/Thredbo) for Christmas, looking forward to Mt Kosciuszko to escape the heatwave and see the last of Aussie snow this year.

    I popped into the local village to see if the cinema knew when Downsizing will be out - looks like it will be on at Event Cinemas in Australia Boxing Day https://www.eventcinemas.com.au/Movie/Downsizing#date=2017-12-20

    As I walked back to the car I noticed a quaint gift store called MonChiChi :)

    M...
    wownow From: wownow Date: December 19th, 2017 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
    I seem to be alone here in thinking the current backlash is entirely justified. Matt's comments make him seem like a clown. I don't understand why he wasn't treading extremely cautiously on this issue; he'd had other PR disasters in recent years and it seems like arrogance or obliviousness to not have prepared and stuck to talking points. I'm disappointed and would never have believed 5 years ago that Matt would be on the wrong side of all these issues.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 20th, 2017 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
    I agree its changed my opinion of him he doesn't seem to recognize his own priviledge
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 19th, 2017 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Downsizing

    Not surprisingly, Matt did not attend the LA premiere. So he didn't attend the LA, NY or Toronto premieres.
    From: fitzgerald17 Date: December 19th, 2017 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Downsizing

    So, what about the Omaze contest, was it cancelled?
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    From: iri_na_00 Date: December 19th, 2017 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    article

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 19th, 2017 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: article

    Thanks Irina

    M
    From: iri_na_00 Date: December 19th, 2017 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Degree of hysteria leaves from under control. Matt honest and decent person and very good friend. I was angry with him earlier, but now I respect even more. He is an idealist.He tells the correct things, but people don't want to understand them. He needed to be born in other time or in other country.
    God grant to him forces and health and support of the family.

    Edited at 2017-12-19 04:41 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 19th, 2017 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I know. They reported me many time trying to explain to them what he really meant.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 19th, 2017 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Article?

    Does this article has his comments for real? It looks like incomplete comments to me?

    https://twitter.com/businessinsider/status/942834749223198725
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: December 19th, 2017 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Post Premiere

    In case this get's lost in the thread above.

    You're welcome for the report in on the premier :) Happy Holidays to everyone as well! Somehow I missed this yesterday, but I got an email from OMAZE stating that the winner is "Janelle V. from Rochester, NY, is up for a big experience! She’ll meet Matt Damon and celebrate the release of his newest movie Downsizing at the premiere."

    I like EOnline's comment about him trying to take the focus off the negative that "not all men behave that way", but I think it's premature at this time to make statements like that since the current mood is shining a light on the victims, and no on is saying that all men behave that way. Perhaps he's surrounded by a lot of people who keep putting all the negative into a "bucket" and he feels the need to decipher, but he should be more careful and perhaps be more reticent in these movie q&a's. Again I question his publicist's guidance.

    Gregory
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 19th, 2017 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Post Premiere

    I think it may all relate to Matt's perception of the treatment of Casey Affleck, whose settlement is understood to be for 'inappropriate touching', but is perceived as being for more serious offences. (That's how the case was described on a website, and I can't remember the actual details. Not wishing to get into any debates here or definitions of assault.)

    Matt was once described as a publicist's dream client because he never had any issues worthy of their attention.
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    From: fitzgerald17 Date: December 20th, 2017 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    HR

    People in Hollywood seem to be on Matt's side (or, at least, seem to comprehend his intentions):
    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/matt-damon-skips-downsizing-premiere-sexual-misconduct-remarks-backlash-1069281
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