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  • Matt filmed additional scenes for The Good Shepherd on Tuesday, finishing just prior to the premiere of The Departed. There's some brief clips of Matt, Lucy and family on the set and leaving for the premiere at Splash Video.

  • From Variety:

    Marty's the man: Actors are doing it for Scorsese

    WHAT: Tuesday's after-bash for Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" at Gustavino's.

    MARTY'S THE MAN: Matt Damon said it was Scorsese, not the script, that first drew him to the project. "I think I probably committed before I even read the script," Damon said. "So I was pleasantly surprised that the script was fantastic, because I would have done the phone book."

    However, Damon and co-star Leonardo DiCaprio did have one difficulty when it came to the project --determining which character each would play.

    "It is so rare to find a great role, so when you see two of them in a movie it kind of wrong-foots you a little bit," Damon added. "Ultimately, we just left it up to Marty."

  • Brief reports on the premiere and post-parties are at the Boston Globe and this bit from the NY Daily News.

    Janet Jackson gave Ludacris, Natalie Cole, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Beth Ostrosky, Marilyn Crawford and other pals a listen to her new CD, "20 Y.O.," at the Ciroc-sponsored Room Service party Tuesday. Jackson and boyfriend Jermaine Dupri then headed to Marquee, where they did shots of Patron and got hugs from Matt Damon, who showed up with Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg and the rest of the "Departed" crew. Mick Jagger spent the evening dancing in the center of his female posse.

  • Another interview is here, including:

    Q: What kind of preparation did you guys do for your roles?

    Damon: Well, Leo was at a distinct disadvantage from me and Mark (Wahlberg), because we're both from Boston, and we already had the accent down, which I think is the hardest accent to do and the most often screwed up by great actors. So in terms of preparation, Leo had this whole amount of work to do that me and Mark got to skip. But Leo did a great job with the accent and he is one of the very few actors to make it on the short list.
    DiCaprio: Thank you, sir.

  • A clip from E News is here, thanks to Clooney Network, and a fun segment on the premiere from Access Hollywood is here, with thanks to Julie. ET is promoting interviews with Matt and co-star Vera Farmiga on Thursday's show.

  • The Kimmel story will flame up again because of this flippant comment by Bill Simmons in an internet chat, but note Simmons' final comments, when he says it was all a joke. Of course.

    Bill Simmons: Jimmy will get mad at me for this, but screw it - Damon was supposed to be the last act of the show, and they screwed up the time and only gave him like 45 seconds, he didn't even get a chance to show a clip from his movie. So Damon totally flipped out, it was like the scene from Good Will Hunting when he flips out on the math professor. I can't believe nobody made a bigger deal about it. Everyone thought it was a setup but it actually happened, Jimmy was pretty shaken afterwards.

    Blake (Denver): Since you haven't mentioned it yet, I'll do it for you...have you bought the Windy City Heat DVD yet and if so, are there any notable extras?

    Bill Simmons: Jimmy gave me a copy - there's actually a ton of extras and footage of Perry watching the movie for the first time. They did a great job with it. Just came out yesterday. And by the way, I always get e-mails from people wondering if Perry was in on the joke - I was kidding about the Matt Damon thing before, that was really a joke.
  • 6 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 28th, 2006 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
    OOOPS!!! That "Hi" was just to see if the problem of posting a comment is still there. Thanks for all the hard work you do to present us with this great site. Your site is the coolest.

    Saw the video. Alexia is growing into a beautiful girl and Isabella is such a cutie. Alexia is sooooooooooo possessive about her little sister. The second she saw the video camera she ran back to her and pulled the towel closer to her sister's face and she held it like that till they got into their bus. Wow, just wow. Lucy is beautiful. Matt and she make such a happy couple.

    Thanks again Felicity.

    -From a big fan of your site.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 29th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
    hi felicity. could you tell me how to access the clip on splash video?there is no indication of it on the site. i tried registering but it seems i have to be some form of professional journalist or in some way involved in the media in order to do so. i would really love to see this video because i really admire him and always enjoy seeing him whenever possible.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 29th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
    On the home page for Splash click on the video option at the top of the page. That will take you through to about 30 recent video clips, one of which has a picture of Matt and Lucy - and click on that pic.

    There is no need to register, but the video will be only on the site for a couple of days (and cannot be saved). You will need the appropriate video software.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 29th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)


    Thanks for all of your hard work on the site! You've managed to gather a lot of information, articles, clips, ect. Just wanted to let you know it's appreciated.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 29th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Thanks!

    Thanks Susan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 29th, 2006 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for all the updates. Splash video thats cool- Matt is gorgeous, Lucy beautiful and their daughters cute! Alexia is sweet.
    About time someone said it was a joke about Jimmy Kimmel! Those people who really thought it was real, can put there minds at rest now (even if it was obvious!) And all the interviews thanks for those - its appreciated.

    Thanks for your hard work, it is appreciated.
    From another 'big fan of your site' ~Cass
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