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EW Entertainer of the Year list
  • Matt was named as one of the Most Popular on EW magazine's Entertainer of the Year listing. Scans of the two-page article are at OhNoTheyDidnt.

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    2007'S MOST POPULAR: MATT DAMON

    Before 2002's The Bourne Identity, there wasn't much on Matt Damon's résumé to indicate that he'd make a convincing action hero, let alone the most badass killing machine of the new millennium. But here we are, three movies — and $525 million — into the Jason Bourne saga, each film arguably better than its predecessor, and Damon continues to surprise us. And himself.

    "I agree I'm not, as you say, the most likely badass killing machine. But I love this guy. And to be honest, these movies have changed my life." They've also changed what we expect from summer movies. Instead of being big, loud, and dumb, they can be precise, hushed, and smart as hell. But they wouldn't work without a leading man who could convey all of these things…often without words. Damon says more with his haunted and hunted face in Ultimatum than most actors could with a dozen monologues. That's why he's not only the thinking man's action hero but also the best thing to happen to summer since Kool-Aid. — Chris Nashawaty

    Matt Damon's 2007

    Feb. 25 - The Departed wins Best Picture Academy Award.

    May 24 - Damon and Ocean's Thirteen pals raise $9 million for Darfur charities.

    June 10 - Ocean's Thirteen opens to $36.1 million.

    July - Filming of The Bourne Ultimatum enters its ninth month; Damon gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Aug. 5 - Biggest Bourne — Ultimatum bows to $69.3 million; Ocean's Thirteen cast nominated for Teen Choice award!

    Nov. 26 - Named PEOPLE magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.

    Dec. 14 - Cameos in Youth Without Youth, the latest from his Rainmaker director, Francis Ford Coppola.

  • Another report from the Boston Globe.

    As if being People magazine's sexiest man wasn't enough, now Matt Damon has been chosen by Entertainment Weekly's editors as the "most popular" on the mag's annual Entertainers of the Year list that was released yesterday. ("Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling topped the list.) The Oscar-winning Cantabrigian's work as Jason Bourne in "The Bourne Identity" and its two sequels makes him "the thinking man's action hero," something that surprises even Damon. "I agree I'm not, as you say, the most likely badass killing machine," Damon told EW. "But I love this guy. And to be honest, these movies have changed my life." . . . While the hardworking Damon had been globetrotting in support of "The Bourne Ultimatum," which was released earlier this year, he won't be mentioning that during his appearance on Jay Leno's show next week. Because of the writers' strike, Leno's folks have dug deep into the rerun vault and will be airing a bit from a visit Damon made to Leno's show in 2000.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 25th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    GWH

    As part of a Good Will Hunting: Ten Years On special at the Boston Globe, there's a photo essay and update of the characters and places in the movie.

    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/galleries/2007/1125/good_will_hunting/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 24th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
    While I compliment Matt Damon on his generous contributions and work in attempting to make a better world for those starving oppressed people in Darfur, I disagree with his open criticism of any sovereign country's action or lack thereof in Darfur or any other nation in need. Mr. Damon on the Canadian CTV network openly criticized the Canadian Prime Minister. The Prime Minister is a very highly qualified economist, not a movie actor. He understands very well the needs of the poor and oppressed, not just in Darfur, but in many other places in the world. Mr. Damon is badly out of place making such criticism and in attempting to influence political outcomes in a country which at the moment has a fragile minority government.
    While well intentioned celebrities have spent much in attempting to improve the lot of the worlds impoverished and oppressed, their accomplishments are minimal inaas much as they have not "wiped out poverty", as theri mission intended. The Geldoffs, Bono's and Damon's have without doubt been well intentioned in thereorganizing several international fund raising events, but have they irradicated poverty, have they stopped oppresion. Sadly of course the answer to both is no.
    What these people do not have is the knowledge, expertice or experience in dealing with and resolving such enormous issues. Simple overnight fixes are not the answer, only properly thought out programs which include massive educational and training of the populace will there ever be a long term solution to the problems that we wish to effect.

    Mr. Damon should be aware that recently, not yet publicised, that MR Harper, the Canadian Prime Minister wqas recently picked in a survey of some industrialized countries for a Canadaina news magaze
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