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Australian visit details, Studio, GQ?
  • Matt may be on the cover of the new US issue of GQ - he's quoted in Ben Widdicombe's column at the New York Daily News:

    Taking Obama's part

    Jason Bourne says: Vote Obama!

    Or at least Matt Damon does.

    He tells the new issue of GQ: "[Hillary Clinton is] so [bleeping] smart, isn't she? I always liked her. But I'm just not interested in a leader who can't admit that they even made a mistake in the first place. That's what we've been dealing with for seven years now."

    But like a lot of Hollywood, he wishes he could vote for Al Gore. He says of a recent conversation with "An Inconvenient Truth" producer Scott Burns: "Scott told me he sat in a room with Gore, and Gore was talking about the state of the world and actually started crying. Like, literally."

  • Matt will return to Australia for a third time for premieres in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here and here.

    The Good Will Hunting Oscar-winner is heading to our shores for the Australian premiere of his spy thriller, The Bourne Ultimatum, at the State Theatre on August 6.

    A vocal fan of Australia, the Hollywood nice guy has made the long-distance trek from Los Angeles twice in the past to spruik the first two films in the Bourne blockbuster franchise.

    On his last visit in August 2004, the 36-year-old was accompanied by his girlfriend and now wife, Luciana Barroso. While it is not yet known if Barroso, or the couple's 12-month-old daughter Isabella will make the trip, Damon will spend two days in Sydney and two in Melbourne during the publicity tour.

    "Matt had such a great experience publicising the previous Bourne films he was adamant he wanted to return," said a Universal Pictures representative, who distribute the film in Australia.

  • Photos of Matt in French magazine Studio are at Teddy and Moo, including:

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  • More details on the upcoming OneXOne event, including special guests, are available here.

  • Stills from the energy short film are here.

  • Matt will be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on the date of the LA premiere - 25 July.

  • New Bourne Ultimatum stills, and some from a recent photo shoot, are at Celebitchy and Cinemablend.

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  • 11 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 18th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
    Good news about Matt visiting Australia to promote Bourne Ultimatum. I look forward to reading your report when it happens as I'm sure it will be all over the media when he's there, though it's odd that the film doesn't open there until the end of August.

    If he is in the new GQ I hope the interview is more intereting than the puff piece in Esquire (£3.99 what a waste of money).

    I really long for more meaningful interviews where the subject is asked penetrating, difficult questions and given the time to answer them. And also for their ideas and beliefs to be challenged more robustly, just because they are famous doesn't mean they're right or that their ideas should carry more weight than the experts. One celebrity recently went on record stating that global warming is man-made and an undisputed fact agreed on by all scientists and was allowed to get away with this unchallenged it made my blood boil! The world is getting warmer but the reason behind it and what to do about it is bitterly contested among experts.

    In general people won't read long, difficult articles in specialist publications, but they will see and respond to their favourite celebrity spouting off on a subject and the debate then becomes polarised and totally skewed.

    I guess I'm just a lone voice crying in the wilderness, most stars are so removed from the real world (Matt included) that concerns like mine never reach them.

    Thanks for the great job you do on the site, I don't say it nearly enough. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 18th, 2007 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for writing Marcia. I too hope that the GQ interview is more substantial than Esquire, which to me was mostly a slam on Matt rather than a puff piece. Even an article full of quotes about Matt, rather than Matt refusing to talk about himself, would be more valuable.

    I don't know why the Australian release of Bourne is so late - I thought it would be tied into a (late) visit by Matt, as it loses so much steam if a movie doesn't open until three weeks after the star has gone. And there's not many TV shows Matt could appear on here. It's certainly going to be a long and draining promotional tour - even travelling huge distances to and from Australia for a four day visit is hardly worthwhile.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 18th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for letting me rant, feel much better now :) Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 18th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Articles and pictures

    You do a wonderful job obtaining the best articles and pictures!
    RE: Al Gore. I have to agree with Matt and consider him the best person for the job and wish he would run.
    RE: Matt's pictures. I've noticed this since Good Will Hunting. When he's smiling, he evokes of Ron Howard (personality). When he's serious, he's Henry Fonda (complicated).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 18th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I saw Matt on the cover of the new GQ at the newstand this morning. I can't wait to get my hands on it! It's a good shot of him, but my all time favorite is still the cover he did for Arena a few years ago. So hot!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 18th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks. I can't find the cover photo on the web (official site, ebay, photo sites etc), but it will show up soon. Most of the interview will probably also be online at men.style.com
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 18th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    does somebody know if isabella have a middle name?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 18th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It was not publicly released.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: July 20th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm very happy to hear that Matt will be winging his way to your shores in the not-too-distant future, Felicity -- he certainly is the trooper when it comes to doing these promotional junkets, isn't he?

    And a very poignant account of Scott Burns' recent encounter with Al Gore -- great stuff as always. Thanks again!

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    jjthomas10 From: jjthomas10 Date: July 21st, 2007 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
    Geez, I can't believe that no one has commented on that "Studio" magazine cover. I have never, I mean *never* seen Matt look so gorgeous. A little judicious photoshopping? I don't care. They made this MAN, and he isn't a boy any more, look totally, smoking hot!

    Call me shallow, I can't help it. :-)

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 21st, 2007 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)
    Yep, they're gorgeous photos. Don't know what the interview is like - I'm waiting on a copy to arrive across a few oceans at the moment.
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