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Matt Damon News Column

Walk of Fame ceremony, Bourne press, various

  • Update: Matt will get his star on the Walk of Fame on Wednesday - details here:

    Academy Award-nominated actor Matt Damon will receive the 2,343rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame tomorrow in connection with the Aug. 3 release of his latest film, "The Bourne Ultimatum."

    Honorary Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant and Leron Gubler, president and chief executive of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, are scheduled to join Damon in speaking at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the Kodak Theatre.

  • There's an interview with Matt at the Chicago Sun-Times by Bill Zwecker, including:

    Matt Damon says, "It's not something I obsess about," but this past weekend the actor did admit he does get "a little tired" of reading and hearing about people "who are just famous -- for being famous."

    The Oscar winner has developed a good reputation in the entertainment business for being grounded. As one who has interviewed and talked to Damon before he became a celebrity, I can attest to the fact he truly never has changed -- something that seemed not to happen to his longtime best buddy, Ben Affleck.

    While Damon wouldn't speculate or comment on Affleck's ride on that old fame roller coaster, he did say, "We're still the best of friends. ... We just spent a great Father's Day vacation in Hawaii with our families."

    Damon's own secret of staying anchored? After joking, "I pay a lot of people a lot of money to keep me anchored," the actor and writer stressed "family and the values instilled in me as a kid really are the most important aspects of all that."

  • Press junket video interviews are at Extra and Access Hollywood.

  • Another denial of the writing project with Ben at AP Radio:

    Reports are "not true" that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were writing while in Hawaii recently with their families.

    When asked by AP Radio News about that trip and if they were writing, Damon says "we just went on vacation together so I guess everybody thought we were writing something."

    With a laugh, he says "we were on vacation. We didn't want to do anything."

    But, a Damon-Affleck writing project could be in the future. Damon says the two of them will do something.

  • A Julia Stiles interview at New York magazine. Julia also talked about Matt to E Online's Ben Lyons:

    Julia Stiles told me that nine times out of 10 actors never give direction to their fellow actors. It’s seen as disrespectful. Directing should be left to the director. However, she said Matt gave her some of the best direction she had ever received and really helped her get through a scene.

  • Two early positive Ultimatum reviews are at Aint it cool news.

  • Matt will attend an Ultimatum premiere in Amsterdam on 23 August - reported here.

  • A People report on the Project Phin energy web project.

  • A review of the new Collector's Edition DVD of The Rainmaker, released today, from
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