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People's Choice Awards, photos

  • Matt has been nominated for two People's Choice Awards - details here. In the Favorite Leading Man category he is against Brad Pitt and Vince Vaughn.

    Matt Damon, who earned nods in the Favorite Leading Man and Favorite On-Screen Match-Up categories, the latter for his work with Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed.

    Fans can vote for their favorites in movies, TV and music online at Winners will be announced when the show airs live on CBS Jan. 9.

  • Another Running the Sahara story from here, including:

    A relief organization, The H2O Africa Foundation, has been created to deepen the impact of the expedition. The group hopes to "leave a legacy of clean water wells for as many villages along the route as possible," says Jim Van Eerden of Stokesdale, who is Executive Producer of the film along with Damon.

    Van Eerden became involved with the project when Damon’s production company, LivePlanet, needed help pulling together the film financing. Mutual friends of Van Eerden and Damon referred the actor to Van Eerden’s company, The Helixx Group.

    According to its Web site, Helixx assists "high-impact entrepreneurs in their personal effort to maximize opportunities to create new value, to live more meaningfully, and to have a more positive impact in their individual spheres of influence."

    While Magellan funds the expedition costs, the Independent Producers Alliance, through Helixx, is footing the $3.2 million film production bill. Finally, H2O Africa is raising funds to provide clean water wells in the African communities along the route.

    Even the United Nations is lending its support. During some segments of the run, a UN helicopter will hover over the entourage.

  • Stills and photos of Matt by Brigitte Lacombe are available at her site here. The portfolio includes photos from The Departed, The Good Shepherd (as seen in a recent issue of Vanity Fair) and this one from the set of The Talented Mr Ripley with Anthony Minghella (a version of which is well known). Thanks to Courtney at The Totally Unnecessary Departed Board for the link.

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