Matt is once more featured on Entertainment Weekly, this time to promote Elysium. The cover and excerpt article from EW.com are below. I’ll post scans if/when I get them.
Matt Damon may be at the top of the A-list, but he had to persuade writer-director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) to cast him in his new sci-fi film, Elysium, opening Aug. 9. “I think he was even reluctant to meet me,” Damon says, laughing, from his apartment in Manhattan. “He kept saying, ‘I’m not doing anything Hollywood,’ and I was like, ‘Dude, I live in New York.’ We ended up meeting in a diner and he was kind of giving me the one-eye for the first 10 minutes or so.” That wasn’t just in Damon’s head. “I was doing that,” Blomkamp says, smiling. “I was just trying to figure out what was going on, you know?”
In this week’s cover story, Entertainment Weekly goes inside the making of Elysium, this summer’s most provocative (and political) action film. The year is 2154 and Earth has become a Third World slum. The wealthy have long since departed, inhabiting an exclusive satellite paradise where advanced medical technology heals any ailment, from a hangnail to terminal cancer, in seconds. Damon plays Max, an orphan who dreams of the Eden in the sky, but is stuck slaving at a Los Angeles factory that manufactures droids. When he is accidentally irradiated, Silkwood-style, and told he has five days to live, Max hatches a plan to save himself. To do that, though, he’ll have to team up with a band of revolutionaries determined to make Elysium accessible to all. Standing in his way are Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster), head of Elysium’s Civil Cooperation Bureau, who guns down any illegal spaceship attempting to enter the satellite’s orbit, and her psychotic henchman (District 9‘s Sharlto Copley), dispatched to take Max and his crew out.
So: Health care. Immigration. Economic disparities. Environmental degradation. Any of this sound familiar? “Everybody wants to ask me lately about my prediction for the future, whether I think this is what will happen in 140 years,” Blomkamp says, riding shotgun in a red Prius amid the soft green lawns and swaying palm trees of Beverly Hills. “No, no, no. This isn’t science fiction. This is today. This is now.”
Blomkamp, 33, had made the Oscar-nominated District 9 for $30 million, completely under the Hollywood radar. But for Elysium he needed a big budget ($100 million), which meant he needed to make a studio film, and cast A-list stars. This made him nervous. He didn’t want some Hollywood ego derailing his vision, which is why he was keeping Damon at arm’s length at first. “High-level actors can be these razor-sharp tools that help you tell the story,” Blomkamp says. “But they can also be all about their close-ups and the size of their trailers. I was very apprehensive. You just hear all these horror stories.”
Matt Damon has gotten an nomination for this year’s Emmy Awards for his role in Behind The Candelabra, in the category Outstanding Lead Actor in Miniseries or Movie. Michael Douglas, who also starred in the movie, has also got an nomination.
Behind The Candelabra got nominated for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Writing for Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special and Directing for Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
The Emmy Awards will air on September 22nd, on CBS.
Congratulations and good luck!
Good evening everyone, I hope you’re having a great Saturday. The release date for Elysium is approaching and covers for Matt have started appearing! He graces the cover of August Issue of Esquire, and along a new Photoshoot and great article. I’ve also added a new poster for Elysium.
The full trailer for Elysium has been released. I’ve made caps of it and also added some new stills. Also the first TV Spot is out and you can see it all here
Behind the Candelabra has gotten great reviews and 2.4M viewers on its HBO premiere, marking the most watched HBO movie premiere since 2004. Here are articles, it may contain spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie yet:
Behind the Candelabra has also got a nomination for Best Movie or Mini-Series for this year’s Critics Choice TV Awards, with both Matt Damon and Michael Douglas getting a nomination for Best Actor.
The Critics’ Choice Television Awards will be held June 10.
Hey everyone! Sorry on the delay for posting the Cannes Festival pictures, but here they are:
Some new photoshoots are up in the gallery
Behind The Candelabra has premiered in Cannes this week and it’s the first time a movie that has been set to be premiering on TV (rather than theathers) is allowed on the Cannes competition. And the movie will be premiering on HBO this sunday at 9pm. I’ll have pictures from Cannes tomorrow and here’s the poster and stills from Behind the Candelabra: