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Scans, project start dates, various
  • Scans from Us and Star magazine are below, thanks to Stacie. Provided solely for entertainment purposes as the contents are spurious. A scan of Matt in EW's current Photo Issue is available at shakedown-icons.livejournal.com. The text from EW is below and the photo and text is now on the EW site (and photo below).

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    Sure, they clean up awfully well. But what do actors wear when they're just portraying...themselves? EW asked a few of today's most vibrant stars to pose in their favorite tees--and cotton to what makes the garments so great.

    Matt Damon
    Damon got off a plane and headed straight to our shoot...but the Bourne star wasn't fully able to complete the assignment. This navy tee is just a comfortable shirt he likes to wear. Had he not been away from home for the previous six months, the jet-set Boston native says, "I would have brought my 'Jesus Hates the Yankees' T-shirt."

  • An article at Comingsoon.net has the following potential start dates for two of Matt's potential projects. The Informant and The Human Factor were not included on the list.

    Harvey Milk (Focus) - 14 January
    Green Zone (Working Title) - February

  • Another quote from Jake Gyllenhaal here - and there's a separate quote from him about The Good Shepherd, again, here.

    With that in mind, Gyllenhaal has his eyes on the prize of a "Daredevil" Affleck and more Matt Damon. "I’d love to play a really cool character like Jason Bourne," he gushed. “Not necessarily a superhero, but definitely a cool character that does great, fun [real-world] action."

  • From an interview with Mark Wahlberg at MTV.

    Just nine short months ago, Wahlberg was swept up by his first Oscar nomination, and he insists he'll never forget his dear "Departed" friends. "It was nice just to see how proud my parents were. ... Seeing Marty win was great," he grinned. "I got a lot of nice gifts. Jack Nicholson sent me a beautiful bottle of champagne and a letter congratulating me, as well as Matt Damon."

  • An all female director/studio executive roundtable discusses the role of women in action films at Salon, including:

    Kimberley Peirce: The danger is when you earmark movies for women. You picked up on something to me that was really interesting, that women would go to what’s typically a boy movie if the boys are emotive, right? There’s something interesting to me about that, because it’s like, "Why did they like ‘The Bourne’?" It’s got all that testosterone, but I imagine it appeals greatly to women, right?
    Donna Langley: Yes, they don’t drive it right off the bat, but they do go. They’re going because of Matt.
    Nora Ephron: Yes, because they’re hoping that Matt Damon will wake up remembering them. [Laughter]

  • A new LivePlanet project with Aaron Stockard is referenced here.

    Film rights to Marcus Sakey's debut crime thriller THE BLADE ITSELF, about a young man who realizes his new life hinges on a terrible choice and the lengths he will go to protect his future from his past, to Miramax, with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's LivePlanet producing, and Aaron Stockard (GONE BABY GONE) adapting, by Sarah Self at The Gersh Agency on behalf of Scott Miller at Trident Media Group.

  • In Tanzania, Matt and Ben met with Pact Tanzania to discuss corruption issues - from here.

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    In September 2007, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, representing the NGO DATA, paid a low-key visit to Tanzania to learn more about the issues around poverty reduction, HIV/AIDs and corruption. On the final day of their visit, they met with journalists trained by Pact Tanzania on investigative journalism to learn more about how the media is fighting and reporting on corruption.

  • And a quote from Casey Affleck at VNU Newswire:

    Is he worried that he might run into the pitfalls Ben faced when he achieved stardom? (Remember "Bennifer"?)

    "No," says Casey. "You can be as big a movie star as there is and retain some sense of privacy and have a private life. I walk down the street with Matt Damon and the paparazzi don't follow him around."
  • 16 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2007 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
    Hi. Thanks a lot for the updates. I've been away for some days and when I come back home what do I see? Loads of news...Where to start...

    Those articles are clearly bogus and don't even deserve the time of day: it's funny how the second magazine says Lucy was lonely at home when she and the girls went everywhere with Matt. Poor journalism anyone?

    The start dates for all those project are really close, but I don't think Matt will be able to do all of them. It just doesn't seem realistic. I for one think he will give up the Greengrass project. What do you think?

    I never really liked Gyllenhaal, don't know why, but his latest comments show a lot of admiration towards Matt and his work, so welcome to the club, Jake!

    So now I guess we have to wait and see if Matt will show up at Ben's Boston premiere...

    Thanks for all your great work on this site.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for your comment Theo - nice to see someone's out there!

    I don't think Matt has a large role in the Harvey Milk project, so he could conceivably finish it quickly. But it's the Green Zone project which seems to be moving the fastest, with crew members on IMDB being added slowly. Matt has said before he wasn't doing the Green Zone project anymore (end of press tour), so who knows. Variety still thinks he's attached.

    I thought Matt could go to Boston early for the Sox games Friday or Saturday, but no sign yet.

    And the Star story was just plain wrong, and all based on an oft-quoted comment by Matt the press chose to pick up very late (to suit their own rumor mongering purposes).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 14th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Felicity you are doing a wonderful job finding so much news during this quiet time!

    As a female who is a big fan of the Bourne Series, I thought Nora Ephron's quote was funny, and will admit that might be part of the appeal. I really enjoyed the action scenes and the emotive quality, but I think they missed a key element in that it was one of the few Hollywood movies that does not assume that the audience is brain dead, although I believe that is a quality that appeals to both males and females.

    I have not seen Gone Baby Gone, but in the commercials it looks like there might be some of Matt's influence in Casey Affleck's performace. With actors and studio's sitting up and taking notice of Bourne's success, and Matt's performances, I am hoping that we will see more and more subtle, yet intelligent performances.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 15th, 2007 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
    Hi Michelle, thanks for writing.

    It is so quiet...
    From: sunnysanstar Date: October 18th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
    Well, I've got to post then & let you know I'm still around, and checking this website at least once daily. Just because us, Matt's devoted fans & yours as well ;D, get quiet, doesn't mean were not here! Love ya, hon!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 15th, 2007 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)
    Hi Felicity, thanks for your tireless work on keeping us up to date with Matt's career and occasional snippets of his private life and thanks for the great pictures from his recent trip to Tanzania, it's really interesting to me.

    I'm hoping those idiotic stories about his marriage will quickly disappear, honestly how do the people who write this stuff sleep at night!

    Also condolences on Australia being kicked out of the Rugby World Cup, as you can imagine it went down really well here ;) Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 16th, 2007 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)
    Crazy made-up stories, but people believe them...

    Hey, I was supporting England in the World Cup game - the Australian team was far too cocky.

    The Tanzanian stories are really fascinating - partly because there's been no major stories on the trip yet. It could have been neatly timed into Ben's promotional efforts for GBG, but that hasn't happened yet.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 15th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ultimate "Ultimatum"

    Well, I guess we can call TBU a hit of the megastar order as "The Bourne Ultimatum" passes the global $400,000,000 mark (at $403 and change today).

    Always nice to see Matt's films get their just desserts.

    Thanks for keeping the faith, Felicity. We may be quiet, but we're out here.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 16th, 2007 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ultimate "Ultimatum"

    Thanks I.B. And more Bourne promo trips to come - Japan tomorrow and then maybe Italy.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 15th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hi, Felicity. Just read somewhere that Matt is or was involved in a poject called Farragut North which is to be directed by George Clooney and will apparently star Leo DiCaprio. Don't know if you wrote about this before( sorry if you did), but is there any truth to that?

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 15th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    There was only one reference to George and Matt being involved, or buying the rights together. That was always a strange combination without proper sources and I didn't really trust it. Then the news comes through that it's George possibly directing Leo. I don't think Matt's actually involved.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 15th, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Just an innoculous comment - but Matt appearing as "just himself" looks mighty fine to me.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 16th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)
    Oh yes.

    Matt did attend the Boston premiere of GBG - I'll update the site in a few hours. One photo at Yahoo so far.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Beer Dude

    I saw him at the game in a Rockies jacket and hat serving beer. Did he lose a bet?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 11th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
    that article about why actors hook up with waitresses is good.i mean it is still beyond me how matt married this luciana.obviously she is not as good looking as him.and she doesn't seem to be smart either.i think her only talent is getting knocked up and making rich guys fall for her.i bet she was sitting clueless at the premiere of his movies as they all require some brains to understand.i don't think he married her because hae wants no competition in the relationship.i think he is just naive when it comes to manilpulative women and their games.that's why he also dated odessa whitmire who was known as a gold digger.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 11th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    totally agrees

    I totally agree with the previous comment.and that other article saying that matt has hit the jackpot with luciana.!if he really hit the jackpot he would be with someone who is smart,beautiful and doesn't have a kid from previous marriage.that girl alexia is so boring and ugly.her nose flares are so wide and i could play baseball on her forehead.plus she never smiles.but that's not really her fault that she is a sad child.she can't help that her mother dumped her with her father to be with a rich man and have a kid with him to keep him around longer.
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