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Toronto wrap-up

  • Photos from the Jesse James premiere and the OneXOne event are at PopSugar, including the following.

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  • Toronto's CTV is airing a special with Matt from Tuesday, based on a two-hour interview with Seamus O'Regan before the OneXOne event on Sunday. Here's a link to an interview and video preview. There's also a video at the link of Matt at various events over the weekend and another report on the event is at Hello Canada.

    Damon was speaking in Toronto while he was in the city to host the One X One Gala on Sunday for the second consecutive year -- a decision that he said was a "no-brainer."

    The event, which has occurred during the Toronto International Film Festival for the past three years, raises money for domestic and global children's charities. The 2006 gala raised more than $3.5 million and the foundation.

    Since last year's event, Damon said the organization raised over $2 million for his clean-water initiative H2O Africa. Additionally, the charity was able to fund a Millennium Village in Timbuktu in collaboration with last year's gala keynote speaker, economic adviser Jeffrey Sachs. Millennium Villages are projects created to help rural African communities emerge from conditions of extreme poverty.

    "It's been a really great year for us," Damon said. "We were excited to tell everybody how their money was spent and try to raise more."

    Matt Damon: An eTalk Special airs Tuesday, Sept. 11 on CTV at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET. The special also airs Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 10:30 am ET and Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2:30 p.m. ET (go to to confirm local broadcast times).

  • An interview with Matt will also air Tuesday on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, to discuss 'H20 Africa' and 'Running the Sahara.' Details at the official site.

  • CTV also has a long video of the OneXOne arrivals, including the athletes and director of Running the Sahara who discuss the success of the presentation, and their joy at finally seeing the movie the day before. Says director James Moll, the 400-strong audience "cried and laughed at all the right places." Matt says the film is seeking a distributor.

  • ETalk journalist Lainey talks about Matt's various appearances at the weekend in this article.

  • Some results of a Moviefone poll on summer movies here:

    Other poll results: "The Bourne Ultimatum" was voted the movie most worthy of admission when compared to "Transformers" and the sequels to "Harry Potter" and "Pirates of the Caribbean." The action picture also was chosen as best action flick, and its star, Matt Damon, was picked as coolest leading man, beating his pal George Clooney ("Ocean's 13"), Johnny Depp ("Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End") and Zac Efron ("Hairspray").

  • A cute response from Defamer on the new Harvey Milk project.

    Gus Van Sant attaches Sean Penn and Matt Damon to his long-in-development biopic of openly gay politician Harvey Milk, with Penn playing Milk and Damon taking the role of his suddenly likeable assassin.
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