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."
Singers John Legend, Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) performed.
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."
Meanwhile, architecture wasn't the only course that Bradley has been majoring in while in Toronto. In a move that confirms the TIFF is the very best liberal arts college you can possibly enrol in, the mega-celebrity also showed up at the Fairmont Royal York yesterday for an exclusive, hush-hush lunch with the likes of Matt Damon and star economist Jeffrey Sachs.
Both of those two were here yesterday for last night's filmfest-timed One x One event, an enormous gala for a host of charities --including DATA (Debt AIDS Trade Africa) and ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History -- which I hear Pitt also attended.
Damon, of course, is Pitt's co-star from Ocean's 11, 12, 13 and counting. Sachs just happens to be a highbrow friend of the family.
Matt Damon and wife Luciana, devouring a creamy burrata cheese appetizer on a Friday night at Robert De Niro's West Hollywood restaurant, Ago. The couple brought their 2-month-old daughter, Isabella, along. "Matt was really playful with Isabella," a fellow diner tells PEOPLE. "He fed her airplane style and kissed her cheeks." And Sunday meant another meal out – this time at the Ivy, where the couple dined on crab cakes and artichokes.