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Updates, premiere reports
  • A photo and caption from People online:

    The family guy

    Also at The Good Shepherd premiere, Matt Damon continues to show just what a stand-up guy he is as he shares a tender close-up with wife Luciana. The actor – and new dad (to 6-month-old Isabella) – recently revealed that fatherhood has been "just amazing." "I feel like I got made a member of a club that I didn't know existed," he said.

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  • More photos from the premiere and You Tube clips of the Letterman interview are at Just Jared.

  • A report on the after-party from Roger Friedman is at Fox News.

    As you know, the big attention-getters last night were Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who stole the premiere. Jolie has a small part in "Shepherd." Pitt goes where she goes. And the entire paparazzi corps goes where they go. So even though their interest in "The Good Shepherd" is at best tangential, there they were at Lincoln Center. They are tall, and very good-looking. The security team told me they were extremely pleasant. They did not even adopt an attitude.

    Pitt had a long, intense conversation with the actual star of "Shepherd," Matt Damon, who brought all of his family down from Boston, including his recently re-married father, Kent, and Matt’s wife of one year, who asked me to call her Lucy. About once a year, Damon and company hit New York for the premiere of some new movie. They are the nicest gang you could hope to meet.

    In "The Good Shepherd," Damon barely smiles for three hours. How did he maintain his dour expression?

    "Are you kidding?" he asked. "You’ve got Robert De Niro standing just off-camera. And after every take he says, ‘Maybe you want to try it this way.’ You don’t say 'no.' It’s Robert [bleepin’] DeNiro!"

    Chazz Palminteri, who got his start with De Niro in "A Bronx Tale," came by to exchange war stories with Damon.

    "When he likes you," Chazz said of De Niro to Damon, "he really likes you."

    By the way, what was it that made De Niro so interested in the CIA to keep working on the movie for so long?

    "You gotta love all that spy stuff," he said.

  • A red carpet interview with ET's Jann Carl is at eonline, where Matt essentially says the premiere is just as much a celebration for Lucy as it is for him, as the movie was a shared part of their lives for a long time, and she "worked on it too".

  • Other reports on the premiere and after-party are at Fashion Wire Daily, Hollywood Elsewhere and The Carpetbagger.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 13th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Entertainment Tonight "The Good Shepard"

    ET had a few minutes about the premiere of "The Good Shepard" - and it was pretty annpying that the majority of the time was spent talking about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's appearance there and EVEN during the interview with Matt was spent talking about them. As your snippet from Roger Friedman said, the pair did steal the show. Too damn bad, but Matt was very pleasant about it. I was disappointed that "Ocean's 13" was mentioned during the Dave Letterman show, and nothing about "Bourne Ultimatum". Oh well. As always, thanks so much for your dedication - your site is terrific! Best wishes, Mooncrow
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 13th, 2006 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for all the new updates. I have a feeling that Brad and Angelina would steal the show away from Matt. I guess Matt probably doesn't mind, but I think Brad should have been less in evidence i.e. gon in throught the back door! All good publicity for the film though.

    Do you know which channel Larry King is on? I now have satellite TV and get a lot of American shows. Thanks Jan.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 13th, 2006 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)
    Larry King's on CNN - and there should be at least one repeat after the initial airing.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 13th, 2006 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)
    Fab pics of the premiere, his wife looks beautiful, love what she did with her hair, and it's great that he wants her to be acknowledged for her role as well. Hope you're not affected by the forest fires out there. MP
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 13th, 2006 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks MP - I'm fine for the moment but they're getting closer.
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