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One X One photos and reports - part 1
  • The first photos from the Toronto One X One event are at yahoo: Matt and Lucy on the red carpet and Matt posing with a group of children from Uganda. Brad Pitt attended the event, and will attract most of the press attention. Other attendees included Wyclef Jean, Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 11th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
    cute picture with the little kids! aww , i wonder and hope that there is some kind of video online of the event , if anyone finds one please post it! and or pictures! thanks!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 11th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
    There are more pictures at Wireimage and I'll post them later.

    There may be some video later on the official website, but it's probably unlikely there will be footage of the event (rather than the arrivals, which should be covered on the entertainment shows - thanks Brad).
    jellybean888 From: jellybean888 Date: September 11th, 2006 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
    Aaaw. They all look so lovely!
    From: _peachtrees_ Date: September 11th, 2006 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)
    Earlier yesterday, Mr. Damon and his filmmaking partners, Marc Joubert and Larry Tanz (pals from Boston), talked about their new $2-million (U.S.) documentary Running the Sahara, about three men (including Ottawa's Ray Zahab) who run the equivalent of two marathons a day, for roughly 75 days. Their motivation for crossing the Sahara is to raise awareness of the country's plight and indomitable spirit. It will be directed by Academy Award winner James Moll.

    Mr. Damon also announced he and his friends are establishing a fund called Africa H2O that will be dedicated to providing poverty-stricken villages with wells and clean water.

    "A child dies every 15 seconds in the world because they don't have access to clean water," Mr. Damon said. "It's truly mind-boggling, and outrageous, and unnecessary. But beyond the issue of just surviving, it's the whole issue of the quality of someone's life."

    Mr. Pitt and Mr. Damon's star power at the fledgling One X One event put the charity firmly on the map, something that became evident during the auction.

    The first item up for bid: a walk down the red carpet for the premiere of Ocean's Thirteen with stars Mr. Damon, Mr. Pitt and George Clooney.

    The stakes were high and at $50,000, Mr. Damon, who joked that his skills as an auctioneer were fuelled by a few glasses of wine, threw in sex with his friend Mr. Pitt.

    At a bid of $75,000, Mr. Pitt stood up and suggested that he himself liked that prize. When the offer was raised to $110,000, the star sought out the bidder, swept her into his arms and kissed her. The crowd erupted and the contest continued.

    In the end, two top bidders, who each promised $130,000, took away prizes. The red carpet walk was assured; other specifics, however, were not outlined.

    Last year, founder Ms. Adler raised $1.3-million. Given last night's enthusiasm, she was on target to bump that up considerably. She declined to give a dollar figure until the final tally could be completed.

    "My goal each year?" Ms. Adler said. "Raise it a dollar more."

    Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20060911.TIFFGAYLETOR11/TPStory/TPEntertainment/Movies
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 11th, 2006 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
    I know - an update coming soon (at work til late).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 11th, 2006 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
    I have to say it those kids are absolutley beautiful. What a lovely picture. MP
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