Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Aniston were among the stars who turned out for the wedding of talk show host Jimmy Kimmel on Saturday (13Jul13).
The Jimmy Kimmel Live! presenter exchanged vows with partner Molly McNearney in Ojai, California, and several of his famous friends were in attendance.
Affleck’s wife Jennifer Garner also attended, as did Damon’s partner Luciana, and Aniston was escorted to the bash by her fiance Justin Theroux.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, and Emily Blunt and John Krasinski were also there to toast the happy couple.
Kimmel and McNearney marked their impending nuptials on Friday with a star-studded rehearsal dinner, according to UsMagazine.com.
Kimmel was previously married for 14 years and has two children from the relationship.
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 you can control the celebrity side of celebrity, then it (being super famous) is worth it.
“I look at Brad – and I have for years – and when I’m with him I see the intensity of that other side of it. And the paparazzi and the insane level of aggression they have and their willingness to break the law and invade his space – well, I wonder about that trade. I remember telling him that I walk my kids to school, and his face just fell. He was very kind, but he was like, ‘You b**tard’. Because he should be able to do that, too. And he can’t.”
And Damon insists finding love with former bartender Luciana Barroso helped him to remain low-key outside of work because she is not involved in the entertainment industry.
He says, “I got lucky, I fell in love with a civilian. Not an actress and not a famous actress at that. Because then the attention doesn’t double – it grows exponentially. Because then suddenly everybody wants to be in your bedroom.
“But I don’t really give them anything (to report on). If I’m not jumping up and down on a bar, or lighting something on fire, or cheating on my wife, there’s not really any story to tell. They can try to stake me out, but they’re always going to get the same story – middle-aged married guy with four kids. So as long as that narrative doesn’t change too much, there’s no appetite for it.”
|Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Behind The Candelabra|
Scott Thorson, Liberace’s ex lover and the subject of the new smash hit HBO original film “Behind The Candelabra”, has found new life in an unusual place: Dennis Hof’s “Bunny Ranch” legal brothel in Carson City, Nevada.
The movie, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, has received rave reviews and early Emmy consideration.
After watching the film’s debut, Bunny Ranch owner and star of HBO’s “Cathouse” series, Dennis Hof was shocked to find that Thorson had been incarcerated in the Reno jail since February, unable to post $125,000 bail. Hof put up the bail for Thorson, arranged for top defense attorney David Houston to represent him, and is even currently housing Thorson at his private residence, adjacent to The Bunny Ranch just outside Reno. While residing there, Thorson will be working as Hof’s personal assistant while getting treatment for colon cancer and undergoing rehabilitation for drug addiction.
Hollywood veteran Johnny Depp has reportedly dropped out of a planned biopic about notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.
The Public Enemies star was set to play the notorious Boston, Massachusetts crime lord, who was at the top of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Most Wanted List for almost two decades, in Barry Levinson’s upcoming film.
But, according to industry reports, producers had a hard time finding a buyer for the project at France’s recent Cannes Film Festival, and asked Depp to take a $10 million pay cut to accommodate a new budget.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the veteran refused and now studio bosses are scrambling to find a replacement.
There are currently two other films about Bulger in the works – Matt Damon is slated to portray the crime boss in a movie directed by his pal Ben Affleck, while Peter Facinelli has secured the rights to adapt Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas’ book Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob for a rival movie.
George Clooney is not happy about the latest round of rumors surround his love live. The actor spoke out Wednesday against reports he was spotted over the weekend holding hands with former girlfriend Monika Jakisic at a members-only club in Mayfair, London.
“The story is made up. I wasn’t holding anybody’s hand. Stop trying to sell magazines by creating scandal that isn’t there,” says Clooney, who has been dating former wrestler Stacy Keibler for 2 years.
Witnesses had claimed Clooney, 52, was being very affectionate with Jakisic, a Croatian model, during a night out with friends as Loulou’s.
“They seemed to be having a great old time together. He didn’t seem to care who saw them. He was being openly affectionate,” a witness told In Touch magazine. “Lots of people were going up and saying hi to George — he didn’t leave Monika’s side.”
Clooney is in Europe to film The Monuments Men with Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett.
|Matt Damon and Michael Douglas star in “Behind The Candelabra.”|
In the new film “Behind the Candelabra,” veteran entertainer Debbie Reynolds has just three major scenes to flesh out one of the most complicated figures in piano-playing showman Liberace’s life: his loving but sometimes manipulative mother Frances.
The Oscar-, Tony- and Emmy-nominated Reynolds didn’t need to do any homework for the part. She knew Frances. Reynolds joined Liberace’s inner circle while both were doing stage shows in Las Vegas.
“I tell the story when Lee called me one night after work,” Reynolds remembered, using Liberace’s nickname. “I was at the Desert Inn, he was at the Hilton, and he said, ‘Debbie, I’ll pick you up after the show, and we’ll take Tom Jones. It’s his birthday.'”
“I have never had a better time than being Liberace’s date,” the 81-year-old Reynolds continued. “We all knew he was homosexual. That was a friend: You know what they love and the people that they love, and what they are.”
“Behind the Candelabra” picks up the story of Liberace, played by Michael Douglas, in the ’70s and focuses on his six-year relationship with the much younger Scott Thorson, portrayed by Matt Damon.
Reynolds, who also knew Thorson, highly praised both of the film’s stars. “They had to immerse themselves: two straight men, to make this come off as loving and real.”
Liberace died from complications of AIDS in 1987 at age 67. He never publicly acknowledged he was gay.
“I don’t want him to be remembered just for being homosexual,” Reynolds explained. “He should be remembered as a great entertainer and loved by so many. And this picture does do that.”
“Behind the Candelabra” premieres on HBO in the U.S. and on HBO Canada Sunday. On the heels of its theatrical world premiere this week in Cannes, the film begins a run in overseas cinemas starting in June.
Actor Matt Damon has spoken out in defense of his movie Promised Land, as he doesn’t understand the criticism of the 2012 film.
The Bourne Identity star wrote the screenplay for the drama with The Office actor John Krasinski, and he initially wanted to direct, but scheduling problems meant he had to give the job to Gus Van Sant.
The film garnered lackluster reviews from critics and failed to make back its $15 million budget at the box office. It also invoked the wrath of gas companies over its anti-drilling storyline, as well as farmers close to the Pennsylvania set who were unhappy with the portrayal of rural workers in the movie.
However, Damon is adamant he was pleased with the end result and can’t understand why the film didn’t go down well with critics and cinema-goers.
He tells Britain’s Radar magazine, “I don’t think it deserves this kind of withering attack. There isn’t a scene in the movie that I would change or do differently, but it didn’t get the reception I hoped for… I really don’t understand the criticism I have been hearing back.”
Damon remains hopeful the film will become a cult classic in years to come, adding, “Sometimes people find films later on, and I personally love it.”
Matt Damon made his debut as a late night TV host by taking over Jimmy Kimmel Live! and replacing the crew with his celebrity friends.
The movie star has been the butt of U.S. comedian Kimmel’s jokes for a decade, and he has been bumped from imaginary appearances on the show 1,205 times, with the host often ending his shows by claiming he had run out of time to feature Damon.
The Bourne Identity star opened the show with a fake kidnap video he had taped to promote his appearance and then took the stage with Kimmel gagged and tied to a chair behind him.
Damon said, “Welcome to tonight’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Sucks. Just for starters, let me ask you guys this – as an audience, is it weird to see a person with actual talent host this show?”
He added, “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long, long time. This is like the time I lost my virginity, except this is going to last way longer than one second.”
Damon then replaced Kimmel’s devoted sidekick Guillermo with Andy Garcia and the host’s band leader Cleto Escobedo III with Sheryl Crow before introducing Robin Williams to deliver the show’s opening monologue. To make the Good Will Hunting reunion complete, the actor had longtime pal Ben Affleck step in as a cue card holder.
The Argo star, who once appeared in a comedy skit on the show as Kimmel’s gay lover, pretended to be upset by the takeover and he walked out on Damon, stating, “Forget it Matt, I couldn’t do it to Jimmy”.
However, there were more big stars to come – Jennifer Lopez, Sally Field, Robert De Niro and Oprah Winfrey were among the celebrities who offered up video well wishes to the Saving Private Ryan actor as he continued with the show.
Winfrey said, “You have a gift, my friend. Not everybody can host a show.”
Damon then tried to explain why Kimmel hated him, suggesting, “Jimmy always wanted to be an actor, and, unfortunately for him, I beat him out for every role he ever truly wanted. Jimmy has auditioned for every movie I’ve ever been in, every single one of them. How many did he get? None. So, he hates me.”
The stand-in host then offered up skits of Kimmel trying out for roles in Good Will Hunting, The Adjustment Bureau, We Bought a Zoo, The Bourne Ultimatum, Stuck on You and Happy Feet 2, for which the comic dressed up as a penguin.
Promising another “gaggle of huge stars Jimmy Kimmel could never dream of,” Damon then introduced Nicole Kidman, who has never been a guest on the show before. The actress stepped onstage, straddled the tied-up host and simulated sex with him before sitting down to chat with his replacement.
Asked why she has never guested on the show, she told Damon, “He’s (Kimmel) not classy. I mean he f***ing sucks!”
During the chat, Kidman admitted she would love to work with Gary Oldman, so Damon then introduced the Brit, a regular on the show.
The Dark Knight star insisted he had no recollection of ever being interviewed by Kimmel before, and when Kidman showed Oldman a photograph of the real host, he insisted it was an “impersonator”.
Reese Witherspoon and Demi Moore also stopped by to take part, joining the other celebrities on the crowded sofa.
Damon left the biggest surprise until last when he introduced Kimmel’s ex-girlfriend Sarah Silverman, who once teamed up with the Bourne star to film a skit video called I’m F***ing Matt Damon.
The movie star ended the show by thanking his guests as Kimmel sat beside him with the word ‘Loser’ scrawled on his forehead in red lipstick. He offered the real host a chance to close the show with a few words, but when he motioned to take off his gag, Damon got his own back by saying, “I’m sorry, we’re out of time. Good night everybody.”
The stars are all set to return to Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, where the show is filmed, on Friday when Kimmel unveils his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A terrifying underwater scene in The Bourne Supremacy left Matt Damon literally gasping for breath in his sleep.
The movie star was reluctant to film the car crash scene in the sequel because he didn’t want to spend time underwater – and he insists the panic in his eyes was for real.
The actor tells Playboy magazine, “I didn’t want to do that at all. So I wouldn’t be constantly aware of how scared I am of drowning, I had to go to a pool with this great stunt guy and dive master a couple of times a week for a month or so to train me to relax underwater without an oxygen mask.”
However, the lessons didn’t help him sleep after he had shot the scene.
He adds, “That night I woke up probably four times gasping for breath, thinking I was drowning. It was terrible.”