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New York premiere for The Departed on 3 October
  • There will be no Boston premiere for The Departed, but the New York premiere will be on 3 October - reported at the Boston Herald. The press junket for the film will be held this week in New York, with the London premiere expected to be held on 20 September.

    We hear: That "The Departed" director Martin Scorsese has no plans to hold a staah-studded premiere in Boston before the mob flick’s Oct. 6 release. But, of course, there will be a New York premiere and benefit bash with Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon on Oct. 3. Do we sound bitter?

  • Not that anybody appears to care about the whole event from the lack of comments and feedback, but video footage from the One X One red carpet and the Seamus O'Regan interview is at this link. An AP report on the event is here, including:

    Damon also used the event as an opportunity to present his clean water agenda. He and producing partner Marc Joubert are making a documentary about the lack of clean water in Africa in hopes of raising money and awareness to help remedy the situation.

    Damon says since becoming a father to his newborn daughter he has become more sensitive to issues affecting children around the world.

  • Matt appears to have finished filming Ocean's Thirteen a week or so back.
  • 26 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2006 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Comments & Feedback

    Think we are all too scared to make comments anymore as you appear to censor even harmless comments whilst making your own inflatory comments about certain things.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 12th, 2006 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Comments & Feedback

    Just not worth a response.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2006 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Comments & Feedback

    I did post a comment about the event. It seemed to be hugely successful, raising $2m in one evening is an amazing achievement, but agree with this post. I know this is your site, and I respect that you can run it anyway you like, but at the risk of having this comment cut, I think you are a little harsh at times, the youtube thing with Ben Affleck is a case in point, I asked what I thought was a legitimate question, you didn't respond and cut my comment. I wasn't being disrespectful to you or Ben I just didn't understand it. MP

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 12th, 2006 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Comments & Feedback

    MP, I did write a long and comprehensive response to your post, but directly afterwards I received such a torrent of personal and vicious abuse by anonymous readers that I simply couldn't keep the comments open. And it's usually the same readers (anonymous, but they've been attacking me for a long time) that reply in that offensive manner.

    And I deleted a comment on Ben that was off topic.

    I'm tired of spending hours of time on this site only to be attacked for having an opinion, which really isn't expressed all that often. This site is about to go friends only or screened comments only because it's paining me to keep it open and be improperly attacked for providing a free site for persons of a specific interest. It's your choice to read it - find somewhere else instead if it does not please you (and I don't mean you MP).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2006 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Comments & Feedback

    Thanks for the prompt response. I didn't see your reply unfortunately, I don't look at the internet when I'm at home unless I'm searching for something specific.

    I'm really sorry that people have been giving you such a hard time, and are too cowardly to identify themselves. If it means changing the site to screen these people then so be it.

    The charity I work for is doing work in Africa but over a much longer time frame. We aim to empower Africans through educational programs to resolve their own problems and raise standards of living and education without dependency on the West. The programs are long term, the benefits won't be hugely visible for another 10 to 20 years. Basically they are educated here in things like resolution conflict, public health programs and developing farming methods that use the minimum amount of water, particularly useful for countries in the water-starved sub-Sahara, and then return home with the skills they've learned to put them into practice in their own countries. So the work Matt and Brad are doing with DATA is very interesting to me.

    Anyway, thank you for the site, I guess I'm not your typical fan, yeah he's cute but I like that he's smart,talented, committed and treats his fans well, which are more important to me than what he looks like, also he's one of the few actors that you can see thinking on screen, when he's playing a character, if you know what I mean. MP

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 12th, 2006 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Comments & Feedback

    I always appreciate your comments MP, even if I don't respond. It's great to get the other perspective - of someone working with a charity who doesn't always see the best in people, despite the cause they are supposedly supporting. And it's really noble work that you're doing - I hope it's satisfying.

    I hope the current trend of actors supporting African projects is sustainable in the longer term, and that it doesn't fade away in a couple of years. I trust that Matt and some others are truly there for the right reasons and will continue promoting these causes even when the media spotlight dims and moves on to the next trend. And they will need to start supporting educational projects like yours in addition to infrastructure solutions to affect longitudinal change.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2006 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Comments & Feedback

    As an 'insider' I've realised that some people get involved in certain causes for the wrong reasons. Often it's status they're after. Being able to put Trustee of this or Patron of that charity on their headed paper gives them an ego boost.

    Having said that the vast majority are deeply committed and want to effect change, and are very generous in giving their time and money. Change takes a long time. The problems in Africa in particular have happened over 400 years, and won't change overnight. Celebrities can shed light on certain things but require careful handling, and we've been advised they should be used sparingly, many ordinary donors don't like being told what to do by someone with huge amounts of disposable wealth, when they're struggling to pay the bills on time. Final rant on the subject. MP

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Comments & Feedback

    "Anyway, thank you for the site, I guess I'm not your typical fan, yeah he's cute but I like that he's smart,talented, committed and treats his fans well, which are more important to me than what he looks like, also he's one of the few actors that you can see thinking on screen, when he's playing a character, if you know what I mean." MP

    That are the reasons why I am a fan of Matt. I've met him twice and he has always been kind to me.

    and Felicity, I have been a member of LiveJournal, but I quit because I didn't feel the need to update my blog anymore. But if you're planning to put the site as only for friends, I will become a member again, no doubt about that, cause I understand how you feel about it, and I really appreciate the time you put into this.
    Love, Pauline.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    I Care

    I know you work hard to keep this livejournal always full of news, and this site is by far the most comprehensive Matt Damon site on the net, but people did care about the ONE X ONE gala. I just found your comment a little out of place. I'm really sorry that you feel that your work may seem or is underappreciated, because the comments (or lack thereof) that we give are just a crumb in comparison to the wealth of Matt Damon information that you provide. I just want you to know that your dedication is very well-received.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 12th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: I Care

    Sorry, it's been a bad week and I was venting. Sometimes I get lots of appreciation for doing practically nothing and I feel like a charlatan, and at other times hours of work is seemingly ignored or dismissed. And it seems like the site and the writer is particularly hated at the moment by certain readers. Thus a cumulative and "out of place" response.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: I Care

    Sorry to read you're having trouble. I like your site and it's a great resource for Matt Damon info. I know I'm posting as anonymous, but I don't have a livejournal account... I just like reading your site. Please don't make it friends only. I won't be able to read your site if you do. :( Chin up. We appreciate all you do. Hve a great day! :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 13th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: I Care

    Hi, I am frequent commentor(anonymous) on your board. I care and appreciate your hard work too. Please don't make this site "friends only". Like my fellow posters I too don't have a livejournal account. But I promise to sign my comments from this time onwards.

    Matt is a good man with a golden heart. As much as I am respecting him for what he is doing with ONE X ONE, I've developed a lot of respect for his mother. She surely has done a good job.

    Take care and remember there are many who are silently or anonymously appreciating your labour.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 13th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: I Care

    Ditto to all the others stating our lack of a LIVEJOURNAL username and possibly nothing interesting to add to the comments. Your website is literally the only one I make time to read [daily, too!]. So to reiterate: PLEASE DON'T RESTRICT THIS SITE. Your site is a ritual for my late-night reading. We appreciate the hard work you do even when we don't comment. If you need to get an idea of our feelings, request comments on how we love your site--THEN you'll be sorry you asked. :0)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I just wanted to say that I read all the recent updates about Matt and his work with OnexOne and I really enjoyed them. I just opted not to comment b/c I didn't feel like I had anything interesting to add to the group. Just the usual: I'm glad he's getting involved...he seems very committed and down to earth...and all that good stuff.

    But, I do read your column religiously b/c it's totally superior to anything else out there. I'm sure the posts about OnexOne take just as long as the ones about Isabella that generate a lot of responses, but trust me your work doesn't go unappriciated!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
    yeah I really enjoy reading all this information on my favorite actor. I want to be able to read it and dont have a livejournal....:(
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I would just like you to know that i appreciate the time and effort you put into this site. I check back on this site about 10 times a day lol. I don't know if that is wierd but i love hearing news about matt! and seeing new pictures! I don't always leave comments but i read everyone else's and leave one if i have anything interesting to say. I don't have a live journal account either and i would be so upset if i couldn't view this site anymore. I try to look for new things on matt to help contribute and post them if u didn't already. Please keep it up and you are doing a great job! There are not many die hard matt damon fans out there like there are brad pitt fans or whatever and to come to this site and see that there are more people like me that admire him is awesome!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Like some of the others have said, thanks for the site. I check it everyday so please don't restrict it. I can see that you work very hard on it. Don't let some haters ruin it for us all. - annie
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: thanks

    Like others have said, this is a great site and it is much appreciated and i'm thankful for it. Its the only Matt site i check and its brilliant and i check it everyday (sometimes more than once...) . I hope you don't restrict it because i love it and love reading the news about matt because hes great and the pics are great and i don't have a livejornal account and i know its the only reliable source for Matt. I Post comments when i can, and when i have something to say. You work extremely hard on it and im very thankful for that - Like annie said 'Don't let some haters ruin it for us all' IMO there stupid. lol.
    But i think your great and your hard work it appreciated and i thankyou this is a wonderful site and its my favourite. Also i hope this site stays for all of us, because i love it and i know alot of others do.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm so happy that Matt discussed the issue of clean water. I hope to see the documentary. Small steps create awareness.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    One X One

    I do care about this, recently i have just not had the chance to comment as much started back at college and i got work. But i do read and then i'm off to work/college. Other times i just don't no what to put, but i do care and i do like posting comments.
    But i think its excellent hes done it and i'm proud he mentioned about the lack of clean water in Africa and happy hes doing something about it - i thinks he caring bless him. I've been to Africa myself last year, and i no wheres he coming from about it and him doing all this is excellent. Happy he is planning to go back. I know i will aswell.
    The interview yesterday (Think yesterday) you put on, about his involvement with African charitable projects, that was important and glad he did that interview.
    Glad the One X One auction went well aswell, seems like an excellent host, am i right in thinking he Might be doing it next year aswell? But sounds like it was good night and glad with how much money they raised that evening. All going to a good cause.
    Ohh the auction bid - that was funny... about the smartcar (which are ugly cars..by the way!) and him taking a picture with..Matt Damon!! Funny!
    Also just to say the pictures were wonderful, the children look lovely. Lucy looks beautiful and Matt looks...Gorgeous!!
    Thats for all your hard work, and ALL of it and everything you do is much appreciated Honest!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 13th, 2006 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)


    Just to add my own thanks for your hard work. Much appreciated. Your site is the only one I read and I log in every morning when I get to work. Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 13th, 2006 08:32 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you for your hard and amazing work.

    I don't have a livejournal account and I have only posted small comments when I had seen some news about Matt somewhere that I hadn' seen on your site before and that I wanted to share. Because you do such an amazing job, these occasions were very rare!

    When I get to work (I'm a lawyer. Just like you right?), I begin by reading my post, take a cup of coffee and read your site. It's a ritual, one I hope to be able to keep for a very long time to come.

    Thanks for your excellent work!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 13th, 2006 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
    I read your site almost everyday--it is the only fan site I have come across that is both tasteful and intelligent. It seems to me that a great number of people really enjoy your site, but not everyone is capable of expressing their opinions in a thoughtful intelligent manner. Please continue to just delete the comments you do not wish to appear and let the rest of us continue to enjoy and appreciate your hard work.
    Sincerely, Christi
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 13th, 2006 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for all the comments everyone (and that was a really nice one Christi). I didn't mean for people to comment on me or the site (when I sought comments), it's much more interesting for everyone if they comment on the stories, photos, whatever.

    I'll go to screening comments for non-friends at the moment, and see how that goes.
    sasz From: sasz Date: September 13th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Rock on and ignore the haters. :-)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    I love this site and your work on it, Felicity!

    I just wanted to chime in and add how appreciative I am of the time and effort you put into this site. To say that your Matt Damon News Column is an invaluable source of information on my favorite actor is an understatement!

    I don't comment on most of the posts, simply because I usually don't have anything original to add, and I think there are many others like me who, while we don't always comment, do read and appreciate *every* post. I know I've been coming to this site now for years -- often times every day, but at the very least several times a week -- and I've read every available post from the very beginning. So please don't feel like the site is taken for granted or unappreciated, because it truly isn't!

    And as far as people who've been giving you a hard time (a situation I wasn't aware of until reading about it in this comments section), I say kick 'em to the curb...and do keep in mind that while there may be a few troublemakers who drop by just to give you grief, the people like me who think you rock far outnumber them!

    Thanks again, Felicity -- it's always a pleasure to come here and catch up on all things Matt, especially since your coverage is so smart, respectful, and thorough. :-)

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
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