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Leno, UNICEF Ball
  • Photos of Matt on Jay Leno's show are at Just Jared, including a small clip, and via Leno's twitter with other guests Chris Isaak and Larry the Cable Guy. Clips are at Leno's site, including Matt talking about his first ever appearance on the show (or any talk show) to promote Good Will Hunting. Matt says on the show he has not seen Monuments Men yet. Bob Balaban tweeted that the junket starts in LA shortly and the cast will see the movie for the first time on Wednesday night. A behind the scenes featurette from MSN is at Frenchies Fans of George Clooney.



  • Matt emceed the UNICEF Ball with Jerry Weintraub, and introduced Humanitarian Peace Award recipient Michael Douglas. Michael also surprised Matt with a humanitarian award of his own. Photos are at Getty and Zimbio, with reports at Yahoo and the Daily Mail. Lucy did attend in a green dress - photos are at Hamptons.com and Isopix.





    Michael Douglas has expressed his sympathy to his Behind the Candelabra co-star Matt Damon for having to present him with a charity award.

    Just days after Michael beat Matt to the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries for the drama about Liberace, the Bourne Identity star honoured his friend at a glittering gala in Beverly Hills.

    Speaking on the red carpet before he collected the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Peace Award at the 2014 Unicef ball, Michael said: "It's feeling like quite a week, it's a plethora of riches.

    "My heart goes out to Matt Damon, if I'm not beating him to an award he's having to give me one. I love him, he's great, he's a great humanitarian so to be involved with Jerry Weintraub, our producer of Behind the Candelabra who won this award last year, and with Matt this is an honour and Unicef is a great organisation."

  • A Skype interview with Men's Health editor Peter Moore about his visit to India with Matt is at WCCB Charlotte.

  • A report claims Harvey Weinstein is seeking Matt and Ben for a new film project:

    Harvey Weinstein hopes to reunite “Good Will Hunting” stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in a new movie, “A Speck in the Sea,” a real-life maritime survival story, Page Six has learned.

    Lobsterman John Aldridge, 45, fell into the Atlantic 40 miles off Montauk last July while the boat was on autopilot and his partner Anthony Sosinski was asleep. He used his rubber boots as flotation devices while lost for 12 hours at sea before he was rescued. Weinstein got the rights after the Paul Tough-penned story ran in the Times this month.
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    Comments
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 15th, 2014 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Leno, UNICEF Ball

    Great photos! Matt gets the love heart award (❤) M..

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 15th, 2014 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Tonight Show Photos

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 15th, 2014 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Tonight Show Photos

    Wow, great photos Gregory!

    I see a lot of people had photos. Were they mostly professional autograph hunters? Some of the stars seem to resent them (I once heard Ben run them down) but Matt is such a genuinely nice guy that he just seems glad to help them out.

    Adorable, such a mensch.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 15th, 2014 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Video

    Gregory - I think part of your discussion with Matt is at the end of this video of Matt signing for fans outside Leno (the link probably won't work but it's available through a search at newscom.com).

    http://ow.ly/sBxef

    **
    There are no photos of Lucy from the Unicef Ball at Getty, but there are of lots of other stars and attendees. Trying to find more photos...

    Here's the electronic press kit from the event with photos and video - Matt is on from the 15 minute mark and talks about his efforts to raise money for Unicef as a kid in Cambridge and says he and Jerry are the Tina and Amy of the Unicef Ball. Michael also gives Matt, with the support of Unicef, a Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award of his own for his charity work (to Matt's surprise).
    http://www.epklink.com/2014unicefball

    Edited at 2014-01-15 01:15 pm (UTC)
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: January 15th, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Video

    thank you so much!
    Re: Video - (Anonymous) - Expand
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 15th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Damon on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno | NBC

    Matt Damon, Part 1 (Video Clip)

    http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/matt-damon-part-1/n45069

    Matt Damon, Part 2 (Video Clip)

    http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/matt-damon-part-2/n45070

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014 (Full Episode) [Isn't available for Australia]

    http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/tuesday-january-14-2014/n45091

    M..
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: January 15th, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It's a plethora of riches for us, too!!!! Wow. So they wrote Granger with Matt in mind. I guess that means reports that Matt was replacing Daniel Craig were not accurate. I wonder what role Craig was going to do, maybe du Jardan? Or maybe none at all?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 15th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
    No, they're just not going to admit they didn't write Granger with Matt in mind.
    Craig - (Anonymous) - Expand
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 15th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Various

    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: January 15th, 2014 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    oh my god. we are in matty heaven!!!
    Re: Various - (Anonymous) - Expand
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 15th, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Comment

    I deleted an anonymous post that was critical of Lucy and said she would be overshadowed by Jennifer Garner at the SAG Awards. They're not competing.
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: January 15th, 2014 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Comment

    Good for you! I think that's so stupid how they try and make it seem like they compete. idiotic.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 15th, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Harvey Weinstein

    For those able to see it, you can go to the CBS This Morning website and watch the Weinstein interview in which he mentions the potential Matt/Ben project (towards the end).

    He says he called Ben and told him, "I've always wanted to see you under water. You can just be blowing bubbles under water and Matt can do the acting part."

    Ha, ha, ha!
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 15th, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Harvey Weinstein

    That's up with Matt's King Lear quote. Love it.

    Edited at 2014-01-15 10:56 pm (UTC)
    Re: Harvey Weinstein - (Anonymous) - Expand
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: January 16th, 2014 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
    i've watched the unicef footage several more times and it's so touching. i love seeing how much matt loves these guys and has fun with them. and how much michael and jerry love each other and specifically how much they clearly love matt, they just love him right up. and it's so sweet at the end of the clip how earnest and passionate matt is when he's talking about water. how he jumps right in and forgets about his award and all that stuff and just cares about the children. so so touching. the whole thing.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2014 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Cares

    That is why he gets the love heart award :) M..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 16th, 2014 08:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Surf photos, Monuments Men

    Photographer Sam Jones was asked about the Men's Health surf photos on Twitter:

    Simon Buck ‏@BuckPhoto Jan 14
    Loving the latest surf portrait of matt damon by @samjones, not sure he caught any waves though : )

    Sam Jones ‏@samjones Jan 14
    @BuckPhoto Matt is a great surfer, and we had to wait to shoot him while he surfed for an hour…

    Simon Buck ‏@BuckPhoto Jan 14
    @samjones hahaa, brilliant, only a surfer knows the feeling. More importantly: did you snag a couple for yourself? : )

    Sam Jones ‏@samjones Jan 14
    @BuckPhoto Let’s just say the photo editor had to sit on the beach for a while

    Simon Buck ‏@BuckPhoto Jan 14
    @samjones - that was a HARD day! Life is good AND you can now tell the grandkids you got to surf with the garbage man too!

    **
    The first Monuments Men reviews are up on Twitter, but they're from entertainment journos so don't take them too seriously.

    Mario Lopez ‏@MarioLopezExtra
    Just saw Monuments Men.. Really enjoyed it! Love history.. Learned a lot.. Look forward to interviewing Clooney & Damon on Friday

    stephanie ‏@bbstephanie
    The Monuments Men. Go see it. It's ace, I promise.

    Edited at 2014-01-16 08:47 am (UTC)
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: January 17th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Surf photos, Monuments Men

    this is great, thank you!!
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