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  • Matt did not attend the Red Sox DVD release event on Monday night, but was in Boston over the weekend. A sighting from the Boston Herald:

    Tracked down: The Sexiest Man Alive, Matt Damon, flying under the radar in a knit hat whilst doing some post-Thanksgiving food shopping at the Star Market on Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge.

  • The Boston Globe has posted an interview with Matt about the Red Sox, including:

    Homeboy Matt Damon, who narrates the 2007 World Series DVD that had its premiere last night at the Wang Center, is proud of his bona fides as a Red Sox fan, one who showed up on David Letterman's show last summer wearing a Sox jersey to diss the Yankees his entire interview. But even the Oscar-winning screenwriter and accomplished actor was impressed by the story related to him by his old roommate at Harvard, Sean Kelly, one of the emergency room doctors from Beth Israel on duty at Fenway Park during the season.

    "There was this 85-year-old guy in the bleachers who had driven down from Maine or New Hampshire with his two daughters," Damon said by phone yesterday from his home in Miami, where he'd returned after spending the Thanksgiving holiday here with family. "Anyway, the guy didn't feel well, and after some of the medics and nurses looked at him, it went up the chain to Sean. They realize the guy has had a heart attack, and Sean says, 'We've got to get you out of here.'"

    The man had come to the park with a small oxygen tank but still refused to leave.

    "The guy says, 'Big Papi is up, and I'm not leaving,' " Damon said. "He said, 'I drove all the way to see Big Papi, and I'm not leaving during his at-bat.' Well, the guy passes out. Sean's got the guy under the bleachers, with the paddles, doing the whole thing - 'Clear!' They save the guy, and he's still healthy. But is that guy a Red Sox fan or what?"

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    But if someone were to cast a movie about this team, whom would he play? The man recently chosen as the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine opted to go small.

    "I guess [Dustin] Pedroia," he said. "What I love about him is how he gives everything he's got, on every play, every swing."

    Before Henry stepped in to buy the club, Damon and his acting buddy Ben Affleck had a chance to buy a piece of the team. They passed.

    "There hasn't been a day where I haven't regretted it," he said. "But look, I'd rather not be an owner and watch them win two World Series as a fan, than be an owner and not have reversed the curse."

  • A report on the extra bit of commentary Matt had taped for the Boston screening is at the Boston Herald (it's not part of the official DVD). A review of the Red Sox DVD is here, including:

    The biggest difference from the official 2004 World Series DVD to the ’07 version is the understated narration of Academy Award winner Matt Damon. Not that Denis Leary was unbearable in the ’04 edition, but he was saddled with all that Curse of the Bambino rhetoric, which made for a melodramatic tone that distorted the accomplishment. Damon maintains a certain hushed reverence throughout the 75-minute feature, making for a more focused, classier retrospective.

  • The Boston Globe has a special feature on the people and places of Good Will Hunting ten years on here.

  • Bourne Ultimatum has passed another milestone:

    U's "Bourne Ultimatum" also cleared a milestone with $2.4 million at 847 to push its foreign take to $207.8 million -- more than the combined international take of the previous two "Bourne" pics.

  • Details about plans to merge The One Campaign and DATA from the Washington Post:

    Now, if you are going to be taken seriously among the duly elected representatives of The People, and the people they appoint, you need to have a lobbying organization. Bono essentially has two: DATA (an acronym for Debt AIDS Trade Africa), which prods the big policy folks, and the One Campaign, which seeks to seed a grass-roots movement for poverty relief. Set to merge soon under the One name, they are housed in a pedestrian office building on I Street NW. The vibe could be described as a mix of National Geographic and Us Weekly. It's a place where pictures of Brad Pitt in conference with DATA's Drummond, of Matt Damon in Africa, of Bono arm-wrestling Houston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo, blend in nicely with photos of African schoolchildren.

  • Update: A line from Entertainment Weekly's latest issue, where they "borrowed body parts and character traits from all over to create one colossally super superstar."

    Jodie Foster and Matt Damon - Their feet firmly planted, these grounded stars balance success with refreshing sanity.
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    Comments
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 27th, 2007 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Plans to merge DATA with the One Campaign

    It makes sense to merge the two organisations. I did think it was odd that Bono had two separate organisations with the same goals but targeting different sections of society. It will save money too as there will be a certain amount of duplication in administration and with these costs reduced more money can go to the people they're trying to help.

    Not Matt related but I thought you'd be interested, Oxfam have done a very humourous Christmas ad parodying the One Campaigns click advert. The one with a load of celebrities clicking their fingers to denote a child dying of easily curable illnesses every second. It got savaged here by critics and the public; Oxfam have obviously picked up on the deluge of negative comments and made the carefully chosen celebrities the butt of the joke. I really like it, not at all preachy or condescending, or making Africans and Africa look like victims.

    Just to put the spotlight back on Matt (this is his fan website after all), I love that story of the guy who had the heart attack, he's obviously got his priorities straight ;-) Marcia
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: November 28th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Plans to merge DATA with the One Campaign

    Good points about the intelligence of DATA + One = ONE.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: bmcampbe Date: November 27th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I know this is old to most of you. I'm probably the last person that reads this site to see this film, but I just saw Ocean's 13 on DVD today. I refused to buy a theater ticket because Ocean's 12 was so bad. Well, I'm glad I waited for the DVD. It was slightly better than O12 but not much. Please let that be the last Ocean's movie. I mean haven't these guys made enough money off this series to last a lifetime? I will say that Matt and Casey Affleck were the best things about the film. They had the only scenes and the only lines that made me laugh.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 28th, 2007 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)
    Agree with your comments about Oceans 13, skipped the cinema release because I just wasn't excited about it and from all the PR they did at the time it was starting to border on the self indulgent for me.

    Watched the DVD a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it. My favourite scenes were the ones with Matt in it, especially when he tries to seduce Ellen Barking we laughed out loud it was so funny, especially with the sexy nose! I agree though that the best scenes were Matt and Casey Affleck. It made a lot of money internationally so I guess there will be a fourth some time in the future.

    Am I the only person who liked Oceans 12? I thought it was a lot of fun. Marcia
    From: bmcampbe Date: November 28th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
    "it was starting to border on the self indulgent for me."

    Starting to border??? Oh, no, they had gone waaay past self-indulgent with O12. I'm not even sure what to call it now. I couldn't even watch or read all the hype about O13. I avoided it as much as possible.

    I actually loved Matt in the nose. It gave him a totally different look.

    I'm sure the studio would love to see a 4th one. But I won't buy a theater ticket for it either.

    I think you're in the minority on O12. I really hated it. I don't know when I have come out of a theater feeling so ripped off. I mean I really wanted my money back. And I see a lot of films in the theater. The only thing I liked was the Euoropean scenery which of course was completely absent from O13.

    I really enjoy reading your comments, Marcia. You almost always make a lot of sense to me. You seem to be able to maintain objectivity which I appreciate.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 28th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
    We'll have to agree to disagree about O12. I know I am in the minority, most think like you and hated it from what I've heard and read.

    I don't go to the cinema much anymore, it's really expensive in London so I have to really love a movie before I fork out nearly £10, about $20 (a lot of money for me as I work for a charity)to go see a film. DVD releases are so quick now I can wait for most things.

    I'm not the typical fan I guess, maybe because I'm a little bit older than the typical fan. Also most celebrities have PR for a reason, I don't think much of what they do in private would stand up to much public.
    scrutiny.

    From what I've seen and read about Matt he seems to be one of the few decent ones doesn't hurt that he's easy to look at, but most celebrities are better than average looking and I can't stand most of them. If there were a lot of negatives stories about him some would have surfaced by now. The tabloids pay well for that stuff. Marcia
    From: bmcampbe Date: November 29th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
    Yeah, I was in London back in March. I noticed that cinema tickets were very expensive. It's a lot more reasonable here. Some shows I go to, like early matinees, are only $5.

    I'm not the typical fan either. I am older than most too.I don't have much in common with the young 20 year olds.

    Matt does seem to be very decent by Hollywood standards and I have always admired his intelligence. He has certainly been very smart about managing his career. And I find him very attractive.

    But I'm old enough to know that he's not perfect because nobody is.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 28th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I actually quite liked Ocean's 12 - but possibly because there was more of Matt in it and he was hysterically funny in it. Though I must say, I usually fast forward throught the CZJ bits. I really hated Ocean's 13. Even Matt couldn't save the film for me. I thought it was a really bad film. Al Pacino really spoilt it I thought and George and Brad just went through the motions. On a happier note I see that Bourne Ultimatum will be showing on my flight to the States next month! Jan
    From: bmcampbe Date: November 29th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
    I agree Al Pacino added nothing. And George and Brad just went through the motions.

    I wish they had moved the whole story to Mexico and just continued with the Casey Affleck storyline. Matt could have come down to help him. I think that could have been funny.

    I didn't find anything funny in Oceans 12 not even Matt. I thought the whole thing was painful.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 28th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
    O13 was ok - but definitely better than O12.

    I would have to agree with the comment from Ent Weekly on Jodie Foster and Matt. They are definitely grounded!

    Thank you webmaster for doing such a great job!!!
    From: f_isbaella Date: November 28th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Jodie and Matty

    I was a Jodie Foster fan long before I was a Matt fan. I agree that they seem a good choice for the word 'grounded'.

    Hey Felicity! I hope all is well on your end of the earth...I hope you have an enjoyable holiday season. :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 28th, 2007 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Jodie and Matty

    Doing good thanks L. Twelve days of work to go!

    From: bmcampbe Date: November 28th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Jodie and Matty

    Are you quitting your job?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 28th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Jodie and Matty

    Christmas holiday break.
    From: bmcampbe Date: November 29th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Jodie and Matty

    Are you a teacher?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 29th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)
    No. Most offices in Australia close between Christmas and New Years Day, and it's the time most people in the country have an extended break (or sometime in January when they will flock to the coast). Schools will finish in mid-December for their academic year, and re-commence late January or February. But we also have 20 days annual leave here, which is more than most countries.

    End of off-topic discussion!

    From: bmcampbe Date: November 29th, 2007 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
    "End of off-topic discussion!"

    So sorry. I didn't mean to offend.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: November 28th, 2007 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)
    I agree with you guys -- and EW! -- about Matt and Jodie Foster epitomizing the notion of groundedness amongst today's stars. Thinking of them together makes me think it'd be cool to see them work together on a project, although I'm having a hard time imagining their chemistry if they were cast as a couple. Hmmm...

    Great to hear that "Ultimatum" has surpassed the combined total of the first two Bournes -- I knew it was doing well, but I didn't realize it was doing quite that well. Excellent!

    And I loved the Boston Globe feature looking at back at the ten years since GWH, but then I'm a sucker for retrospectives. :-)

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: bmcampbe Date: November 28th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I agree about Matt and Jodie also. I don't think there are 2 more grounded individuals in Hollywood. It's hard to even use that word in the same sentence with most actors these days.

    I would love to see them in a film together, but probably not as a couple. I don't think either one of them are particularly strong when it comes to romantic scenes anyway so, no, not a couple. I can see her as another Treadstone trained assassin though.

    I always enjoy reading your comments, also, Jeff. It's great to have some intelligent readers of this site. It makes it a pleasurable place to visit.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: November 28th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
    You're too kind -- thank you, bmcampe. And I enjoy reading your comments as well!

    Your notion of Jodie Foster as another Treadstone assassin is a great one -- not that it'll happen, of course, but it's really fun imagining that. I thoroughly enjoy her in everything she does, and there's no question she could pull it off -- she can bring the bad-ass with the best of 'em, if you ask me.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 28th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Completely agree on Ocean's 12. I think the stars knew it was terrible which is why they wanted to make a much better movie with Ocean's 13. Clooney has said there will be no more Ocean's movies which I think is a good thing. I saw Ocean's 13 on DVD as well and I hated it. Of course all of Matt's scenes were great but then again I am a big fan of his.

    Also in Parade magazine this weekend (comes with sunday paper in areas around the country), a reader asked a question about given all of the actors who get into trouble are there any classy actors left in hollywood and the reply was that Matt was one of the few left.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: November 28th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Very cool find from Parade magazine -- and so true!

    I'll chime in about the Ocean's 11-12-13 series, too, since everyone has interesting comments about them. I agree with a lot of you, and I have to say I'm in the majority, too, when it comes to Ocean's 12. I loved Ocean's 11, but was, overall, disappointed in Ocean's 12 -- which is a shame, really, because it had all the right ingredients to make for a seriously great sequel. (Vincent Cassel was amazing as the master thief! Cherry Jones as Matt's CIA mom! Eddie Izzard as the crew's "Q"! Catherine Zeta-Jones, Albert Finney, yet more incredible locations, etc.) I think it's one of those projects that looked like an absolute sure thing on paper but didn't quite gel as far as the finished project -- and I don't think there's any shame in that, as virtually every one of the most accomplished filmmakers around has turned out at least one less-than-successful movie, you know?

    And I thought Ocean's 13 was an enjoyable return to form, but probably too much so. It seemed so similar to the first one that it played kind of like a retread to me, and a rather tired one at that. (Although I too got a kick out of Matt's scenes, especially the ones mentioned previously with Matt wearing the outrageous prosthetic nose while trying to seduce Ellen Barkin -- very funny!)

    So while I enjoyed Ocean's 13 well enough, I really have no desire to see it again since seeing it for the first time in the theater -- unlike Ocean's 11, which I could (and have) watched any number of times. And I really admire Ocean's 12 ambition, if not its execution.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: bmcampbe Date: November 29th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
    I agree with you about the cast of Ocean's 12. It should have been great. And I don't think it was their fault.

    I remember sitting in the theater as the end credits were rolling and the screenwriters came up. And I almost wanted to throw my Coke cup at the screen and yell, "You should be ashamed to have your names associated with that piece of shit script." Sorry, but that's the way I felt. I really think the script was just made up as they went along.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 29th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
    Aw did anyone else watch Matt's first appearance on Jay Leno, due to the writers strike tonight? He was promoting the talented mr. ripley and it was hilarious, they were making fun of his green speedo. I had never seen it before tonight. Now I am in the mood to watch the movie hmm....

    I enjoyed reading all of the comments on here today,

    Thank you and Take care! -Jess (Only 2 weeks until this crazy semester is over ahh)
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: November 29th, 2007 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)
    Shoot, I totally forgot that the old Leno episode with Matt was going to be on tonight. I never watch Leno, but I was really looking forward to seeing Matt's appearance from years ago. Oh well...glad at least you had a chance to enjoy it, Jess!

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 29th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Sorry - you missed the episode Jeff. It was a very fun interview - Jay making fun of Matt and trying to embarass him. My favorite moment was when Jay started laughing because Matt got injured playing golf for Legend of Bagger Vance. Matt separated his rib from his golf swing and Jay was laughing because its very hard to get injured playing golf.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
    Matt Damon is jealous Palin is a woman and he is not. Who the f cares what this dumb ass has to say about anything. He needs to stay in the closet and put on his make up and wear his wifes panties, quite shocked to even know the fag was married. Shut the f up Damon and do your job like you are anyones idle, get over yourself. Like you are a great representive of any regular American.
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