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Oscars clip, DVD details, Berlinale
  • A clip of Matt and Ben's Oscars win and acceptance speech is at YouTube.

  • A review of the two disc special edition DVD of The Departed is here. The same DVD will be released in Australia on 14 March.

  • The only extras on The Good Shepherd DVD will be 16 minutes of deleted scenes - details here.

  • There are rumors that Matt and George are in Springfield, Illinois, for an event to support Barack Obama - here - however, Matt's expected in Berlin today and George is in pre-production for his next film in South Carolina.

  • There will live video streaming of the Berlin photo-call, press conference and red carpet premiere of The Good Shepherd today at the Berlinale site.

  • Update: Matt's already in Berlin and definitely not in Springfield. The first report from Die Welt:

    Matt Damon is at the Hotel de Rome. At the bar of the hotel, he met his friend Robert De Niro for a couple of drinks at 6pm yesterday. During the Berlinale Damon is supporting a cause of the U2 star Bono.

    To support the organisation DATA, created by Bono in 2002, Damon (in worn jeans and a white shirt), in a room across from reception, taped statements for video cameras, including in Japanese and Italian.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 10th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
    Their acceptance speech was so cute! they were so excited and they really deserved it. i love how matt hugged robin williams and his mother. i didn't get to see this live so i am so happy to finally see it. i love youtube. I think i am going to watch that movie tonight.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 10th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
    And he hugged a surprised Jack Lemmon. It's very cute - a reminder if how young they were, and so jubilant.
    From: sunnysanstar Date: February 10th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
    Definitely one of the best Oscar acceptance speeches in recent history. I love how Ben kept his cool while Matt was obviously at a loss for words (just another example of how well they work off each other :D). And then when the reality of the situation finally hit Matt and he started yelling his thanks--well, that was just the sweetest thing. Yes, their speech is definitely worthy of an oscar clip show, even if they forgot to mention Kevin Smith. I wonder if Kevin still gives them crap for that...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 10th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
    Kevin certainly gave them crap for years (and a cold shoulder just after the Oscars when they came back on set for Dogma), but forgave them a while back.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: February 10th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
    Wow, does that Oscar clip ever take me back to that moment! Loved, loved, loved seeing that again -- thanks for posting it.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: sunnysanstar Date: February 10th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm sure he still gives them crap, but when I say 'crap,' I mean 'gentle digging.' That's one of those things you can put on a index card in your mind and bring out whenever it's convienent. lol. But yes, I can imagine it was awkward to go back on a movie set with the guy you forgot to thank.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 10th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
    That Oscar clip takes me back. I remember watching it (when they still showed the Oscars on terrestrial TV here in the UK) and feeling really excited - not because I knew who they were, but that these two young guys wrote a screenplay themselves, got it made and won the Oscar!

    I wonder if Matt will turn up at the Baftas in London tomorrow to support Martin Scorsese? And Paul Greengrass for that matter.

    Welcome back Felicity - hope you had a great holiday! Janet
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 10th, 2007 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Jan.

    Not sure about the BAFTAs. In Berlin, there's a photo call and press conference from 2.20pm and then the red carpet from 6.30pm.

    If the BAFTAs is Sunday night, it's a chance. Otherwise, it's back to NY to commence filming there next week (rumored to be Feb 14).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 10th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for posting that youtube link. As I've mentioned before I don't watch awards shows as I find them horrendous. Matt and Ben's reactions to winning were wonderful to watch.

    The Departed DVD release got a good write up in the Times today.

    I'm guessing he's been taught Japanese and Italian phonetically, but well done to him for doing it in those languages, he always goes that extra mile in whatever he does. MP
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 10th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Just been watching the photo call and press conference in Berlin. What a lot of idiot journalists - they ask such long winded questions - taking too long to get to the point. Relieved to see that Angelina Jolie is not there giving Matt some of the limelight for a change. Matt appears to have a cold. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 10th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yep, that was one boring press conference. Thought he had a cold too (multi-continent hopping will probably do that to you).
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