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  • Francis Ford Coppola discussed Matt's involvement in Youth without youth at the Press Democrat:

    Q: How did Matt Damon get involved in "Youth Without Youth," as a supporting character in just one scene?

    Coppola: I had worked with him in "The Rainmaker" 10 years before, and for this one little bit, I wanted someone who was really quintessentially American.

    Q: For the role as a spy with a glib cover story and a schoolboy persona?

    Coppola: Yeah, so I asked him. And he was very kind to come all that way, and do it for free out of friendship. I'm eternally grateful to him.

  • The OneXOne site has been updated with photos and a PDF version of a magazine/program from the night, including an article by Matt.

  • The H20 Africa Foundation has announced an increased partnership with Ryan's Well Foundation - details here.

    The Ryan's Well Foundation is pleased to announce a $700,000 partnership for clean water and sanitation projects in Africa with the H2O Africa Foundation. H2O Africa was founded by Matt Damon in conjunction with the Running the Sahara expedition and documentary to be released in 2008. The H2O Africa Foundation has agreed to MATCH funds raised by Ryan's Well to DOUBLE THE IMPACT for both organizations and accelerate benefits for children and families.

  • The Bourne Ultimatum is one of 15 films on the short-list for a visual effects Oscar nomination. An interview with second unit/stunts director Dan Bradley is here.

  • Matt was named the second best Hollywood signer by Autograph magazine.

  • The Bourne Ultimatum DVD has sold 5.4 million units to date - details here.

    Continuing the explosive growth of the blockbuster Bourne action thriller franchise, The Bourne Ultimatum DVD once again outperformed its predecessors, selling more than 5.4 million units since its December 11, 2007 release date. Despite the industry's measured start to the quarter, the third installment of the chart-busting espionage series chased down approximately $95 million in consumer spending in its first six days in stores, making the Bourne series the only motion-picture trilogy of 2007 to demonstrate a consistent upward trend in both box office and DVD sales.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 17th, 2007 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Youth Without Youth

    The reviews have been pretty bad here. It sounds really convoluted and bafflingly complex. Shame really as Tim Roth is a great actor and Francis Ford Coppola one of the best directors ever. Heard a bit of it on BBC Radio 2 on Friday night(which included Matt's cameo)and I didn't understand any of it at all! Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 17th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Youth Without Youth

    The reviews have been awful, but they were pretty much expected to be. Coppola's happy as he's finally completed a personal project, and he pretty much financed it himself, I think. I just hope it's not going to be included as a misstep in Matt's career, as is often the case with Finding Forrester (idiot critics and writers don't even know enough to check that it's a cameo performance only).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 18th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Youth Without Youth

    I think if Matt could survive the "Gerry" reviews then a cameo in a Coppola turkey (if that's the direction it's going) will be a walk in the park.

    (O/T - I loved "Gerry")

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 18th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Youth Without Youth

    Ditto, Maureen. Interesting to note that neither The New Yorker nor Ebert and Roeper (with guest critic) even mention Matt's involvement at all. The New Yorker Review (David Denby) is punishing. Roeper recommended it marginally "for adventurous moviegoers". No one will remember Matt was in it--my bet is that no one will even see it. Matt will emerge unscathed. I'm just concerned his next major release is a worthy successor to the phenomenon TBU turned into.

    From: bmcampbe Date: December 20th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Youth Without Youth

    I agree that no one will even remember that Matt was in it. And, like you say, few people will see this film anyway. I think you're right that Matt will emerge unscathed totally.

    I guess his next major release will be The Green Zone and I expect that with Paul Greengrass directing this will be a very worthy film. No, it will not be another TBU but not all of Matt's films are going to be like that, nor is that his goal.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 19th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Youth Without Youth

    I thought that Matt's part is a cameo appearance so it shouldn't really matter and would be looked as a personal favor to Coppola.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 19th, 2007 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Youth Without Youth

    I'm saying that is all fine and correct in a decent world, but these things are often misinterpreted and misconstrued by someone looking to write a bitchy story.

    And Matt's likely done another cameo in the upcoming Soderbergh biopic of Che Guevera (as previously reported).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 17th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The Huffington Post is the first outlet to mention that Matt didn't appear at Harvey Weinstein's weekend wedding, or send a video (as Ben, Gwyneth and George did).

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 18th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That was a bitchy article from start to finish.

    From: bmcampbe Date: December 18th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
    Entertainment Weekly gave Youth Without Youth an F.
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