April 28th, 2008

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OneXOne, MTV Awards, various

  • Matt will host September's OneXOne event at the Toronto Film Festival, but Ben has taken up the cause as well - details at the Globe and Mail.

    The ambitious children's charity OneXOne is heading west next month, with the launch of its first gala fundraiser in Calgary, hosted by the Oscar-winning activist actor Ben Affleck.

    His childhood buddy, Matt Damon, will once again act as evening ambassador to this year's OneXOne event in Toronto, now in its fourth year. It has raised roughly $7-million for impoverished children around the globe.

  • Here's part of Matt's acceptance award speech from the MTV Australia Awards:

    Movie Star Award - Matt Damon

    OC "It" girl Mischa Barton flew in to Australia to present Matt Damon with the MTV Australia Movie Star Award 2008. The first of it's kind, the Award recognises Matt's contributions to the silver screen, starring in a string of box office successes that straddle multiple genres: from drama to thriller, and action to comedy.

    Mischa presented Matt with the Award, who accepted by videocam. Matt said he couldn't be in Oz, due to filming in London, while pretending to be in Baghdad a trip to Australia in between would have made it all too confusing! But he did congratulate us on our good taste; namely, for voting him over Brad Pitt and George Clooney we didn't tell him that they weren't really in the running...

  • More information on the release date for Running the Sahara:

    Running the Sahara
    The project: Documentary about three men running across northern Africa, partly to raise money for new sources of fresh water. Matt Damon narrates. Its status: "It should be released at a yet-to-be-determined date this summer, probably August. We're taking it to Cannes in May, and the international distributor (Porchlight Entertainment) will be there.

    "We took it to Toronto last fall and decided not to take a studio offer that would put it on a few screens to see what happened, a `throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks' mentality."

  • Matt and Lucy attended Gulfstream Park on Saturday - details here. A photo of Matt at the event is available with a similar report here.

    Gulfstream Park's racing season is over, but actor Matt Damon still had plenty to do at the racino Saturday, according to a release from officials there. Damon and his wife, Luciana Barroso, and guests played the horses via simlucasting, and had their picture taken with poker room manager Scott Poole.

  • And a sighting from last Tuesday via People:

    Matt Damon, sharing a bagel breakfast with his pregnant wife, Luciana, at Bagel & Co on Miami's Biscayne Boulevard. A source tells us: "Matt and his wife were so nice and gracious, we were all excited to see them here. They even signed autographs."

  • A rebuttal of some allegations posted at Aint-it-cool-news regarding Green Zone is available here.