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New One.org campaign, photos
  • Photos of Matt and brother Kyle jogging in New York are at PopSugar.

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  • In the jogging pics Matt is wearing a One.org t-shirt, which was highly appropriate as Matt is featured in the new one.org campaign titled ONE Vote '08. More details about the campaign are below, with Matt introducing a new PSA on the issue at www.onevote08.org. Ben Affleck has also now become involved with the One organisation, and states here that it was due to Matt's involvement.

    The anti-poverty campaign founded by U2 rocker Bono and others is investing $30 million to pressure the presidential candidates to focus on the oft-forgotten issue, with its leaders arguing on Monday that helping the poor is a national security issue.

    Dubbed ONE Vote '08, the bipartisan political push aims to get President Bush's successor to commit to taking concrete steps to combat hunger and disease while improving access to education and water across the globe.

  • A photo of balloons being delivered for Isabella's birthday celebrations is below from INF Daily, with more photos of the family walk on Sunday at PopSugar.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 12th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for all the lovely pictures of Matt with his family and at the various premieres he's attended to promote Oceans 13 with the rest of the cast.

    The reviews I've seen so far (The Times and Daily Mail) have been brutal, but clearly it hasn't affected the box office. Not seen it yet so I can't judge.

    Very interesting information you've provided about the One campaign and Darfur. I though I do question the link between extreme poverty and national security.

    Take care. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 12th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Nice to hear from you Marcia.

    I agree the link between extreme poverty and national security seemed reasonably dubious, but I haven't read the articles or claims in detail. But interesting to see that One is tackling broader issues, and it will be seen whether this will weaken their overall position at a later date.

    Matt seems to be becoming a leading One spokesperson through his voiceover for the last campaign, photo in the Vanity Fair story (only other actor celeb was Ashley Judd) and the first face seen on this video.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 13th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Great pictures and info

    Thanks for all the good information. BTW, does anyone know when the Bourne Ultimatum filming wraps -- and will the late filming time delay the premiere date?

    Thanks again!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 13th, 2007 07:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great pictures and info

    Thanks for your comments.

    Ultimatum will keep filming for as long as they keep tweaking it - no set date I would presume. They're just trying to make the best movie they can, and keep redoing scenes and adding additional context (I'm presuming). The studio is supporting the additional filming, although its cost is already around $125 million. It won't delay the release date.

    On Tuesday they were filming more of the chase scene, or elements of it, in New York.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 13th, 2007 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
    More photos of Matt and Kyle jogging on Monday are at Just Jared, and there's also a few short videos:
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 14th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)


    A fun clip of Matt being interviewed on the O13 red carpet for the Jimmy Kimmel Show - thanks to Maureen:

    Matt and the O13 cast interviewed at Cannes by an Australian TV show:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Inside the actors studio!!

    Not sure if anyone has already posted this as I have been away for several weeks but any australian fans that have foxtel, Matt will be on inside the actors studio on Saturday night on the biography channel!!! Finally, it has taken us awhile but hurray, I have been busting to see this!!!!
    Kylie from Brisbane!!!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Oceans 13 was released today in australia right? Let us know what you think if you get a chance to see it today.

    Thanks for posting the video of matt with guiermo from jimmy kimmel (i know that its not spelled right) it was hilarious (matt DAMIEN). Thanks-Jess
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 15th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
    Hi Jess.

    Yep, saw O13 last night. I thought it was OK but an absolute fluffball - irrelevant and so light as to be completely inconsequential. I cared a lot more about the publicity for this film than the film itself, and that's how it turned out for me. Couldn't believe O13 had gone to Cannes and had so much publicity for something so flimsy. It really is about movie stars rather than film making, and that's frustrating.

    Yes, it looks fabulous, was expertly made and has great clothes, but movies should be about more than that. Nice to know that everyone had fun, and the premieres gave us good photos and money for charity, but enough already. Make a movie about Darfur, don't just talk about.

    It also annoys me that everyone is supposedly so buddy-buddy with Jerry Weintraub (who has a pointless extended cameo in the film), but Jerry doesn't even know that Matt and Brad haven't gone to Sudan. It's in all of Jerry's interviews that all guys (George, Don, Brad and Matt) have gone to Sudan and that's why they care so much, and it's simply incorrect - Matt and Brad have gone to other countries in Africa, but not Sudan.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 15th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
    Does this surprise you that it is an absolute fluffball? Did you expect something relevant and heavy? Did you expect it to have meaning? I don't understand why it was such a big deal at Cannes either. I thought Cannes has always been about serious films with a message. I guess we were wrong. It also does not surprise me in the least that Jerry Weintraub does not know that Matt and Brad have not been to Darfur. It's all for show, Felicity, it's all a sham. All of these guys have got the capabilites of making films that have meaning and can make a difference. and maybe they will again but this Ocean's garbage is just about making money and having a good time. I think it damages the opportunities that they have to make a difference because people will not take them seriously. They all need to decide what their real goals are.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 15th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
    Of course I'm not surprised it's an utterly worthless film, however well made. It's still disappointing - the variations on George and Brad's characters are in the suits they wear, and that's it.

    In recent times Cannes has been a mixture of commercial v art, such as last year's premiere of The Da Vinci Code. I just didn't expect O13 to be on the same level, and hoped it had some merit. Yeah it's fun, but...

    I think the only thing that made the O13 press bearable, for some, was the attempted emphasis at stronger causes amongst the fluff, ie NOOW. If it's the only opportunity to promote a cause, I don't mind that. It's just a symbol of what's wrong that Weintraub doesn't even know that two of his stars haven't even been to the place the charity is primarily about, and that nobody has corrected him.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 16th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Just got back from Ocean's 13. I actually didn't enjoy it at all. At least Ocean's 12 was funny....oh well! I wasn't expecting much. Roll on Ultimatum. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 17th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    On O13

    Did anyone think the shots of Matt in London (on the phone, talking about being followed, jittery camera movement) was a shout out to Bourne? I've seen it referenced now a few times and presume it was a deliberate move by Soderbergh.

    That bit was filmed, of course, in the middle of an Ultimatum shoot in London.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 17th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: On O13

    And also filmed just on the other side of the Barbican Centre from Ultimatum. My neighbourhood! Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 15th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Forbes Top 100

    JustJared has posted that Matt is #52 on Forbes top 100 most powerful celebrities. I don't usually pay attention to these lists, but since Matt was mentioned...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 16th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
    she really looks like her mother, she have the same eyes than her but she have the skin and the hair colored of matt.

    shes a cute baby.
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