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Boston charity event, various
  • Matt attended an auction and golf day to support the Sean McDonough Charitable Foundation on Sunday and Monday in Boston. A photo and report is at the Boston Globe, with a photo from the golf event at the Boston Herald.



    Aside from Ben Affleck’s immediate family, no one is more elated about the box-office success of "The Town" than Matt Damon. Ben’s good buddy told us he's "happy, proud, and not at all surprised" that Affleck’s new movie made over $23 million in its opening weekend. "I want to find out where the end zone is so I can dance," said Damon. We ran into the "Bourne" star Sunday at the Boston Harbor Hotel, where he was among the VIP guests at a fund-raiser for the Sean McDonough Charitable Foundation. Damon, who was there with his dad, Kent, said Affleck’s achievements are not insignificant.

    Asked if he has any interest in directing, Damon said he does. “Sure, I’ve wanted to for years, but I keep getting wonderful offers from unbelievable people — the Coen brothers, Soderbergh, and Clint Eastwood." ("Hereafter," directed by Eastwood, comes out next month.) McDonough gave Damon’s wife, Luciana, a special shout-out for letting the actor attend. "Luciana is seven-and-a-half months pregnant, but she gave Matt a hall pass to be here, so thank you," said McDonough.

  • Matt attended the Broadway musical Promises, Promises on Saturday and visited cast member and friend Sean Hayes after the show. A report and photos are at Broadway.com.



    They may have played enemies on a memorable episode of Will and Grace, but in real life there’s no animosity between Promises, Promises star Sean Hayes and Oscar winner Matt Damon. In fact, Damon is such a huge fan of Hayes, he even made a shirt featuring the Broadway star's face when he went to check out Hayes' Tony-nominated performance at the Broadway Theatre on September 18. After the show, Damon headed backstage to greet his friend and show off his hilarious T-shirt.

  • A clip of Matt on this week's episode of 30 Rock is at Ace Showbiz. More details about the live episode are here.

  • Ben Affleck referred to Matt's guidance in this French interview (translated):

    Question: Does he still have his “gang” of friends, whether his brother Casey, Matt Damon or Joaquin Phoenix?

    Affleck: "Oh no, we’re still super close. I’ve seen the wonderful film my brother did about Joaquin, and Matt is always the first person who sees what I make. I rely on the astuteness of his judgement. Besides, I don’t know why he’s waiting to direct a film himself!”

  • Various reports: Another version of the Clint and Matt interview from Toronto. An article on Emily Blunt's dance training for The Adjustment Bureau. Journalist Barry Koltnow talks about how Ben tried to save Matt for all the wrong reasons. Josh Brolin talked to Matt about gaining weight for movies.

  • Old but cute. Matt's nephew Jackson Damon wrote about meeting Tom Brady at the Boston Globe:



    Jackson Damon, 10, nephew of actor Matt Damon, meeting Patriots quarterback Tom Brady before the Patriots’ final preseason game, Aug. 30, 2007:

    “I was very excited. My heart was beating really fast and I asked him for his autograph. He was really nice. I said, ‘You rock.’ He said, ‘That’s for you,’ and he gave me his wristband. I was thinking that I was going to tell my friends how really happy I was. He looks like Matt from certain angles. He gave me this and I’m going to wear it everywhere. He said, ‘It’s OK, you can get it dirty.’”
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 22nd, 2010 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Photos

    More photos of Matt and father Kent at the Boston event on Sunday are at the Boston Globe and PopSugar (Matt with Marc Joubert):

    http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/specials/bill_brett/latest/
    http://www.popsugar.com/Pictures-Matt-Damon-Grabbing-Brew-Boston-11134283
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 22nd, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Hereafter poster

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hereafter poster

    This makes him look 10 years younger, great poster, cant wait to see this film. Froggy
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 24th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
    What a great stage burlesque cry on "30 Rock"! Matt was funny while being touching. Really good writing for his character. He wants some grown-up love! He and Tina are dynamite together--a perfectly matched mis-match of a couple! Can't wait for the 'live" episode.

    I.B.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 24th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    30 Rock

    My favorite lines from Matt:
    "I sucked a mechanic into my engine once."
    I'm not Jeffrey Garten. I'm not that strong!"
    "I want grown up love!"

    Lol. Great episode all the way around.
    Paula

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 25th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
    Here's Matt's crying episode.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/24/30-rock-barefoot-contessa-ina-garten-video_n_738490.html?ir=Entertainment

    I.B.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 25th, 2010 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks, I was just going to link that. Apart from a brief clip on YouTube (Geico lines) that's all I can find for non-US viewers like me who couldn't watch the show or access Hulu.

    Edited at 2010-09-25 12:16 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 25th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks so much for the link to that clip from 30 Rock. I live in Australia and haven't seen the whole episode yet but it looks like Matt was hilarious!
    Does anyone know when this episode might be shown in Australia?
    Thanks,
    Karen
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 25th, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It's apparently on the new Channel 7 station 7mate, but I don't have any dates. Will post when I know (I want to see the episode too).

    This is great for photos and clips/gifs though (love the high five):

    http://the-girlieshow.tumblr.com/


    Edited at 2010-09-25 12:17 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 25th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for that info!
    Karen
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 27th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    True Grit trailer

    The trailer for True Grit is out - at itunes and here:

    http://www.awardsdaily.com/2010/09/true-grit-trailer-hits-at-last/#more-28889

    We get our first look at Matt, but no accent.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 28th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: True Grit trailer

    Any thoughts on the new trailer guys? I thought it looked pretty Oscar-baity like the Coens' other stuff...hopefully another nom for Matt this year;)
    And the Hereafter poster....is a little weird, right? Am still excited to see the movie, but the poster didn't seem well done to me.
    G
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 28th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: True Grit trailer

    True Grit looks amazing, and has drawn a great response from people who were already anticipating the film (particularly the cinematography by Roger Deakins). Screen caps added in the latest update.

    Hereafter will draw a more mixed response.

    Edited at 2010-09-28 10:42 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 28th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Hereafter previews

    Not sure why (to combat bad reviews with early public screenings?) but Hereafter will be released in limited cities on 15 October a week before its wide release.

    http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/warner-bros-pits-hereafter-against-paranormal-activity-2-21238
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