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Green Zone filming at Sandown Park, various

  • Green Zone filmed for four days earlier this week at Sandown Park, a racecourse outside London. Details at the Wimbledon Guardian (which includes a small photo of Matt on set) and the Times.

    Hollywood star Matt Damon has been filming at Sandown Park this week for his new movie about the Iraq war.

    Damon was at Sandown from Sunday to Wednesday when the racecourse's Surrey Hall became Baghdad airport and Sandown View, which is the members' bar on race days, transformed into an air traffic control room.

    Damon was joined by 250 extras - RAF members who had been brought in from RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk.

  • Due to the filming outside London, Matt missed the Leatherheads premiere and party, but met George later for drinks at Mahiki (according to a Popbitch post) - a mention at the Mirror:

    But one man missing in action was Matt Damon, who couldn't make it after filming on his new movie Green Zone - in which Renee should have had a part! - ran over.

  • Another report on the Clooney dinner last Monday from People (with a photo from the event below):

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    At the fete, Clooney spent his time chatting with Matt Damon, sipping vodka, eating canapés and chocolate sorbet with Oreo cookie crumbs.

  • More reports on the memorial service for Anthony Minghella are here and here.

  • Director Sidney Lumet praises Matt as one of his favourite modern stars in this interview.

  • Matt is supporting the 2008 Day for Darfur, as detailed here. The photos are now available at the Telegraph, video is available here, and another photo is at People.

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    Thousands of people in over thirty countries across the globe will mark five years of war in Darfur with protests on Sunday, April 13, 2008. Sunday's Global Day for Darfur – organised by an international coalition of human rights groups including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Save Darfur Coalition – is highlighting how over one million Sudanese children have been caught up in the bloodshed, displacement and killing in the region.

    The global day, the fifth since the conflict began in 2003, is backed by children's authors including J.K. Rowling and Judy Blume who released a letter demanding the world bring back childhood to Darfur, and celebrities including actor Matt Damon and Thandie Newton who were pictured destroying emblems of childhood to highlight that childhood is under attack.

    Damon, 37, destroyed a dollhouse with a baseball bat in his shots. "After the genocide in Rwanda we all shook our heads and said never again," said the actor. "Today, as killings mount in Darfur we need to make never again a priority and demand protection for the most vulnerable."

  • Text from a discussion of 'bromances' on ABC's Nightline is below.

    JEREMY HUBBARD (ABC NEWS)
    (VO) Nope. A bromance is what's shared between, says, Owen and Woody, Lance Armstrong and Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and of course, the object of so much man affection - Matt Damon.
    DAN PERES (EDITOR)
    I think Matt Damon is the classic all-American guy. He's not too great looking, he's not too unattractive. He's not too threatening in any way. He's kind of the go-to bromance guy.
    PEDESTRIAN (FEMALE)
    He's got it all. It's that whole 'Bourne Supremacy" thing going on.
    JEREMY HUBBARD (ABC NEWS)
    (OC) Do you think the fact that Matt Damon is so bromantic makes him even more sexy?
    PEDESTRIAN (FEMALE)
    Definitely.
    JEREMY HUBBARD (ABC NEWS)
    (OC) Really?
    PEDESTRIAN (FEMALE)
    Sure. Sure. He's a metrosexual. And what woman doesn't like that, you know?
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