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Neill Blomkamp wanted Eminem for Matt Damon's Elysium role

July 17th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
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Director Neill Blomkamp originally wanted rapper Eminem to star in his new sci-fi movie Elysium, before deciding to cast Matt Damon.

The District 9 filmmaker reveals Eminem would only take on the role if it was shot in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, but Blomkamp couldn't make the location request work.

He then tried to pitch the lead role to South African rapper Ninja, but he had to turn down the job, telling, "It was a f**ked-up, difficult decision."

Blomkamp eventually approached Damon to shoot the project, and the Oscar winner admits he was instantly impressed with the ...

Matt Damon Sympathizes With Super Famous Brad Pitt

July 8th, 2013 3:00pm EDT
Brad Pitt
Matt Damon pities his pal Brad Pitt because the intense paparazzi attention he attracts prevents the Hollywood star from enjoying the small things in life - like walking his kids to school.

The pair has become firm friends since co-starring in the Ocean's Eleven franchise, but while the Bourne Identity actor has managed to raise his children away from the spotlight, Pitt and his fiancee Angelina Jolie often have to contend with hordes of snappers every time they step out with their brood of six - and it's the one side of fame Damon is grateful to do without.

He tells Esquire magazine, "If...

Minnie Driver finds love with sex writer

July 7th, 2013 8:30pm EDT
Minnie Driver
British actress Minnie Driver has found love with the author of a sexual history book.

The Good Will Hunting star, who counts her former co-star Matt Damon and actor Josh Brolin among her past loves, has embarked on a new relationship with Adventures in the Orgasmatron author Christopher Turner.

Driver lives in Los Angeles while her new boyfriend resides in the U.K., and she admits the distance is hard on their romance.

She tells Britain's Sunday Telegraph, "It's hard to say we're really together when he lives so far away, but we have been seeing each other for a while. Chris is a brill...

Happy 4th of July: Top 10 Most Patriotic Movie Characters

July 4th, 2013 11:00am EDT
God bless America! What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than to hunker down with some of the best movies celebrating our beloved nation and beat the heat inside with some air conditioning? In American cinema, there are plenty of films that center on patriotic themes and storylines. But what often doesn’t get looked at are the characters who make these movies tick.

These 10 characters are true patriots who love the United States of America just a little more than the average person on your movie screen. From colonial soldiers, to superheroes who proudly display the red, white and bl...

Oscar winners front new anti-nuclear video campaign

June 12th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Barack Obama
Oscar winners Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Christoph Waltz have teamed up for a new video, in which they urge U.S. leader Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin to imagine a world without nuclear weapons.

The actors join Morgan Freeman, Naomi Watts, Alec Baldwin, John Cusack and Danny DeVito, among others, in the new Global Zero public service announcement, which has been released to coincide with the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland, where world leaders will meet to discuss arms and international defence next week (17-18Jun13).

The video is part of an internati...

Liberace's lover wanted Damon or Douglas to bail him out of jail

June 7th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Liberace's former lover Scott Thorson has accused the makers of Behind The Candelabra of turning their backs on him by refusing to bail him out of jail.

The 54 year old, who is fighting colon cancer, was put behind bars for burglary after he was arrested in Nevada on 22 February (13) for hiring a hotel room with a credit card that did not belong to him.

He was released last week (31May13) but his incarceration meant he missed the premiere of Behind The Candelabra, in which he is portrayed by Matt Damon opposite Michael Douglas as the flamboyant pianist.

The biopic was based on Thorson's ...

Ben Affleck Receives Honorary Doctorate From Brown, Pokes Fun At Matt Damon

May 28th, 2013 2:33pm EDT
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck dedicated his honorary doctorate of fine arts degree from Brown to two people for very different reasons.

Affleck, who dropped out of the University of Vermont before becoming a Hollywood name with his and Matt Damon's Good Will Hunting, honored his mother at the graduation ceremony. "This means a lot to her," he said. "She never got to see me graduate from any higher education at all. So, Mom, this is for you. I love you."

He also joked, "This is a spectacular honor for me. Among other things today, in terms of higher education, I passed Matt Damon." Damon left Harvard before...

Matt Damon Receives 2013 Harvard Arts Medal

April 26th, 2013 1:17pm EDT
Matt Damon
Harvard University has awarded Matt Damon with a special accolade - the 2013 Harvard Arts Medal, which recognizes his contribution to the arts.

The actor attended the college from 1998 until 1992 but dropped out to pursue acting.

Fellow actor John Lithgow, who also studied at Harvard, hosted a special ceremony for Damon. The pair discussed their college days as well as Damon's breakthrough role in 1998's "Good Will Hunting." Damon and co-star Ben Affleck received an Academy Award for Best Screenwriting for the film.

Ironically, Affleck will also be honored by a prestigious univeristy. Ne...

Boston Marathon Bomber Went To Same High School As Matt Damon And Ben Affleck

April 19th, 2013 8:46pm EDT
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended the same prestigious school that movie stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck both graduated from.

Tsarnaev received a $2500 scholarship to the Cambridge Latin and Rindge School in Cambridge, Mass., two years ago, according to Affleck's younger brother Casey, Former NBA star Patrick Ewing, actress Traci Bingham and poet E.E. Cummings also attended the highly regarded public school.

The school boasts the two Good Will Hunting stars on its website.

"Matt Damon (1988) and Ben Affleck (1990), friends from high school days, team...

Matt Damon And Luciana Barroso Renew Wedding Vows

April 14th, 2013 12:02pm EDT
Matt Damon Luciana Barroso -  'Promised Land' New York City Prem
Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barroso said "I do" for a second time with close friends at hand in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

Stars attending the happy gathering included his best friend Ben Affleck with his wife Jennifer Garner.

"This isn't a 'Hollywood' wedding," said an insider to Us Magazine. "Matt wanted it to be fun, happy and private. He felt like Luciana deserves this, first and foremost."

Another source told US: "This is the perfect place for this wedding. You can [go] here for serenity."

The couple's daughters Isabella (6), Gia, (4), Stella, (2) were all there along with ...

Matt Damon Suits Up To Save The Earth In 'Elysium' - Watch The Trailer

April 10th, 2013 11:15am EDT
From the director of 'District 9' comes 'Elysium,' another futuristic tale of the feud between two separate societies. The story follows Max Coburn (played by Matt Damon), who for reasons unknown needs to go to 'Elysium,' a futuristic paradise in space.

The movie shares some things in common with "District 9" - high society completely distanced from the masses, with the plebeians living in squalor on Earth (which has completely fallen into disrepair) and the aristocracy living on Elysium - an enormous utopian society created on a ring in space.

Apparently, director Neill Blomkamp is very ...

Sparks Fly Between Matt Damon And Michael Douglas In 'Behind The Candelabra' Trailer

April 8th, 2013 4:07pm EDT
Behind the Candelabra
Finally, the first trailer for Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra has arrived to give us a peek at the film centered on the singer's relationship with Scott Thorson.

Matt Damon will be playing Thorson, who met Liberace (played by Michael Douglas), when he was 16 and became his companion at 17. In the late 70s, Thorson would drive Liberace on stage during his Las Vegas performances in a Rolls-Royce in a garish driver's uniform.

The 42 year-old Damon doesn't look like a teenager, but things get really creepy when he's convinced to go under the knife for plastic surgery to look like Lib...

Jessica Biel Says Her Farts Smell Like Air Freshener In New PSA About The Water Crisis

March 14th, 2013 5:00pm EDT
Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel, Jason Bateman and Josh Gad know the importance of clean water and spreading the word to help those who don't have access to it.

The three stars have joined Matt Damon's toilet strike, pledging not to go to the bathroom until everyone in the world has access to clean water and sanitation. They appear in a hilarious new public service annoucement about the issue.

"It's easy for me actually," says Biel. "Because I have never gone to the bathroom in my entire life."

Gad, who stars in "1600 Penn," adds, "I haven't peed or pooped in four days. And I feel great."

Biel remarks: "I...

Matt Damon Shares His Spray Tan Story For 'Liberace' Role

March 8th, 2013 5:17pm EST
Behind the candlebra
Matt Damon had to undergo extensive tanning to prepare for bum-baring scenes as showman Liberace's gay lover Scott Thorson.

The movie star's love of boxer briefs left director Steven Soderbergh with a skin tone problem on the set and Damon had to stand almost naked in his garage for intricate spray-tan sessions.

He tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "We realized that because of all the bejeweled Speedos (I had to wear) I was going to need my tan line to go all the way up so it wouldn't look weird.

"Every Sunday night this girl would come to my house, and I would stand in my garage and ...

Matt Damon Goes On Strike For Water Day

February 12th, 2013 4:37pm EST
Matt Damon
Matt Damon is going on strike, but not from acting. He's going to stop doing what every person in America does every day.

In honor of Water Day, Matt Damon will stop going to the bathroom. "I'm going on strike. Not from acting, that would be too easy. A strike from going to go the bathroom," Damon said to a stunned audience during a faux press conference in a viral ad for his charity

The Strike With Me campaign seeks to educate people on the difficulties for developing countries to secure sources of clean, usable water for hygiene - in contrast to the casual waste of water in...

Matt Damon Fantasized About Catherine Zeta-Jones While Kissing Michael Douglas

January 29th, 2013 12:44pm EST
Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon faked sexual chemistry with his onscreen lover Michael Douglas for their new Liberace biopic by fantasizing about the Hollywood legend's wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Douglas takes on the role of the flamboyant entertainer in new TV movie Behind the Candelabra, while Damon plays Liberace's younger lover.

Zeta-Jones has now revealed how the Bourne star made the kissing scenes look real, telling Access Hollywood, "Matt actually said to my husband that when he had to kiss Michael, he'd close his eyes and pretend he's actually kissing me, which I thought to be extremely flattering."...

Matt Damon: 'I Won't Run For Office'

January 6th, 2013 11:07am EST
Matt Damon
Actor Matt Damon has ruled out ever running for office in the U.S. after speaking to a political consultant who was disillusioned with his job.

The star takes an avid interest in politics, throwing his support behind U.S. President Barack Obama during his two election campaigns and speaking out publicly against the war in Iraq.

Last year Damon even came third in a U.S. poll for the star Americans would want to run for office, but he admits speaking to a consultant during research for his role in The Adjustment Bureau put him off the idea of stepping into the world of politics.

He tell...

Matt Damon Was Offered 'Daredevil' Role Before Ben Affleck

January 3rd, 2013 7:58pm EST
Matt Damon
Matt Damon paved the way for Ben Affleck to meet his future wife Jennifer Garner by turning down the titular superhero role in fantasy film Daredevil.

The Good Will Hunting stars met at a young age, travelling with each other to auditions in a bid to launch their movie careers. In their free time, the pair read Marvel Comics and several years later Damon was offered the chance to don the iconic red Daredevil suit for a 2003 big screen adaption.

The hunk declined, and casting directors then turned to Affleck, who accepted the part and went on to fall in love with his co-star Garner.


Matt Damon Still Upset About 'All The Pretty Horses'

December 29th, 2012 8:09am EST
Matt Damon
Matt Damon is still sore about the way pal Billy Bob Thornton was treated as he attempted to adapt beloved Cormac McCarthy novel All The Pretty Horses for the big screen.

Damon starred in the 2000 film, which fellow Oscar-winner Thornton directed, and he admits he was appalled by the way studio bosses took over the project and turned it into a very different movie.

The actor tells Playboy magazine, "Everyone who worked on All The Pretty Horses took so much time and cared so much... We made this very dark, spare movie, but the studio wanted an epic with big emotions and violins.

"They ...

Matt Damon Laments Turning Down 'Avatar' Role

December 28th, 2012 8:52am EST
Matt Damon
Matt Damon could've starred in "Avatar" and is still kind of upset that he didn't, according to The "Promised Land" star was James Cameron's first choice for the lead role of Jake Sully.

"I particularly wanted to work with James Cameron, and still do," Damon said in an interview with Playboy. "He knew he was the star of that movie and that everyone was going to see it anyway. When he said, 'Look, I'm offering it to you, but if you say no, the movie doesn't need you,' I remember thinking, 'Oh God, not only do I have to say no because of scheduling, but he's going to make a st...

Matt Damon Planning To Celebrate Christmas Twice

December 24th, 2012 1:32pm EST
Matt Damon
Matt Damon's kids will be getting double the presents this year (12) as the actor decided to embrace some of his wife's Latin traditions.

The Good Will Hunting star married Luciana Barroso in 2005 and together they have three girls, Isabella, six, Gia, four, and Stella, two.

Damon is also stepdad to the former bartender's daughter from a previous relationship, Alexia, 14, and the busy father admits he is just excited to relax with the family after spending much of the year co-writing and shooting the Promised Land, in which he stars alongside John Krasinski.

He tells, "I'm jus...

Matt Damon Plotting Return To 'Bourne' Series?

December 16th, 2012 7:29pm EST
Matt Damon
Matt Damon has given fans of the Bourne films hope he will return to the franchise after revealing he plans to sit down with director pal Paul Greengrass and plot his most famous character's future.

The movie star turned down the chance to star in a fourth film and Jeremy Renner took over the lead in what became blockbuster hit The Bourne Legacy earlier this year - but Damon insists he might not be done with Jason Bourne just yet.

And even though he feels producers may have "taken the Bourne series out back and shot it in the head" with the plotline of the latest film, the actor is still ...

Matt Damon Talks About Straddling & Kissing Michael Douglas For 'Behind The Candelabra'

December 14th, 2012 1:00pm EST
Behind the Candleabra
Upcoming TV movie "Behind The Candleabra" may not be suitable for all audiences because it contains a lot of nudity, according to star Matt Damon.

The actor plays flamboyant pianist Liberace's gay lover in the HBO film, and some people may be turned off by the scenes.

In the new issue of Playboy Damon explains, "Normally I'd say no to nudity, but I just did a lot of it playing the long-term partner of Liberace. I mean, it's tastefully done... But this movie's not going to be for everyone."

Michael Douglas plays the entertainer, and the two actors strategically laid out how they would per...

Ben Affleck 'Tempted' To Act In Whitey Bulger Movie With Matt Damon

September 11th, 2012 5:25pm EDT
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck is "tempted" to take on an acting role in the new movie he is making with best friend Matt Damon, but fears playing a corrupt federal agent will make him unpopular in his hometown.

The Good Will Hunting collaborators have signed up to work together on the new film, about Boston-based crime lord Whitey Bulger, with Affleck directing the project and Damon taking on the lead role.

Affleck admits he would like to step in front of the camera too, to play corrupt Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent John Connolly, but he is worried the role will make him unpopular in his nati...

Matt Damon Buys Home Near Ben Affleck

September 2nd, 2012 4:30pm EDT
Matt Damon
Matt Damon and his family are moving west after purchasing a huge Pacific Palisades pad in California for $15 million.

The actor and his wife Luciana Barroso's new spread is one of the Los Angeles area's most architecturally desired homes - and it's in the same gated community as pal Ben Affleck's home.

The seven bedroom mansion features a media room, five-car garage and a gym, according to website

Damon has lived in New York for the past few years.

Jeremy Renner In 'Bourne Legacy' And 10 Other Franchise Recasts

August 9th, 2012 12:07pm EDT
The Bourne Legacy
Jeremy Renner isn't playing Jason Bourne, but he's taking over the Bourne franchise for Matt Damon in The Bourne Legacy. Renner's also not the first actor or actress to become the new face of a franchise. Here are 10 other franchise recasts:

Bruce Banner - Eric Bana/Edward Norton/Mark Ruffalo: Bana signed for three Hulk films, but was replaced by super fan Norton when Marvel re-acquired the rights. Norton re-wrote The Incredible Hulk and starred in a hit, but was unable to come to a deal when a role in The Avengers was available. Ruffalo filled in, and was given positive reviews.


Michael Douglas & Matt Damon Look Groovy In Set Pics From Liberace Film

July 31st, 2012 12:00pm EDT
Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas got into character as pianist Liberace on the set of "Behind the Candelabra" in Los Angeles yesterday. The actor showed off his dark dyed hair, 70s sunglasses and leisure suit.

We also spotted Matt Damon looking very shaggy with longer-than-usual feathered hair. He plays Liberace's gay lover, Scott Thorson, who filed a $113 million palimony lawsuit against the musician in 1982 and later wrote a book about his experiences.

In order to prepare for the role, Douglas took piano lessons and even lit up the house he shares with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones with Liberace's signatur...

Democrat Matt Damon 'Disappointed' With Obama Because Of 'Banking Stuff'

July 25th, 2012 9:12am EDT
Matt Damon
Matt Damon is reconsidering voting for President Barack Obama because of the way the President is handling the country's financial crisis. The actor previously backed the Democrat in his 2008 run for the White House.

Damon says the Presidnet has failed to address country's money problems. In recent years, the United States has been struggling with a sluggish economy, prompting hundreds of people across the nation to speak out in protest of failing banks, corporate greed and high unemployment during the Occupy Wall Street movement last year.

At Comic-Con earlier this month, Damon said, "I ...

DILFs: 30 Hot Celebrity Dads - 2012 Edition

July 21st, 2012 4:00pm EDT
Cam Gigandet
Last week we put together a pictorial of 30 hot celebrity moms to the enjoyment of many that browsed. Not to let the ladies down, we thought it only fitting to do the same for the sexy celebrity dads. We did our best to throw in a few shirtless surprises, so click through our list of hot celeb dads. If we missed someone who'd be on your list let us know. Enjoy!

Cam Gigandet


Scott Disick

Brad Pitt

Chris Hemsworth

Colin Farrell

Will Smith

Orlando Bloom

Ben Afleck

David Beckham

Clive Owen

Josh Holloway


Eric Dane


Matt Damon Signs On For 'Magnificent Seven' Remake

June 10th, 2012 8:42pm EDT
Matt Damon
Actor Matt Damon is the latest star to sign on for the upcoming remake of classic Western movie The Magnificent Seven, according to a U.K. report.

Tom Cruise is said to have agreed to appear as one of the gang of gunslingers in the adaptation of John Sturges' 1960 film, and Damon is set to star alongside him as Vin, the character Steve McQueen played in the original.

A source tells Britain's The Sun, "MGM are throwing big money at the film and wanted some top names to fill the main parts. You can't get much bigger than Cruise and Damon."

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