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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.
  • 11 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 28th, 2008 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)
    The rebuttal comment about the type of film The Green Zone will be was really interesting. Like United 93 and Sunday Bloody Sunday I think it will be pretty controversial when it's released. Paul Greengrass isn't afraid of making a political statement but his movies are always well made and entertaining.

    My view is that most people are going to think it's another film made by a liberal eliteist with an anti-war agenda taking cheap shots at American foreigh policy, a really hard thing to overcome from an outsider (Greengrass being British certainly won't help), and that will be a big turn-off for many; I think getting over that hurdle will be a major obstacle to overcome when it comes to marketing the film.

    The source material doesn't lend itself to a thriller very easily, and I don't know how Greengrass is going to make that work; but like the article said, no-one knows what the final film will look like, as a thriller I'm not particularly interested, I'd much rather see an honest depiction of what went on during the early stages of the war, the fact that they have got military support and manpower suggests this might be the case.

    I haven't seen any of the Iraq movies. I always run a mile when a Hollywood celebrity comes over all moralistic, the morality they display in their personal lives leaves a lot to be desired I think and I'm certainly not going to alter my own moral compass to align with people who change their partners as often as I change my bedsheets! And those are the nice ones.

    I'll check with the newsagents where I work and see if they have the copy of Emire you're after. They keep their magazines a bit longer so might still have it. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 28th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for your comments Marcia. I think Green Zone will be a fascinating movie, and ripe for interpretation. They've got so much support from the military and troops in making the film, and it's such a day to day proposition in production - it's going to be vastly different from the original script anyway.

    Can't wait to see it, and see how the thriller concept translates to the finished film. It's still being filmed in London and Morocco, and may continue filming until the end of May, according to one report (Matt's scenes were front-loaded to allow him to escape within two weeks of his original end-date). A potentially great project that will be endlessly criticised and commented upon, whatever the end product.

    If you can check the magazine that's great, but I should have got onto this earlier!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 28th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Sadly no joy on Empire's May issue, I just missed out (the June issue with the Hulk cover is hideous!).

    Just to be clear I will definitely go and see Green Zone; but if it's done as a thriller it better be really good. M
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 29th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
    Why is it when a celebrity tries to contribute something to society, they get bashed for it and those who support corporate welfare get elected to public office? It's not like we heartlanders are that much better. We have our own demons, I can assure you.

    As for your view about Green Zone's reception, I don't think its criticism of American foreign policy would be that big of a deterrent. Plenty of everyday citizens do that already. If anything, the movie business is behind the curve.

    The problem with the recent Iraq-related movies has been that they put message ahead of story. As a result, they have not been that good, not to mention dated upon release. GZ looks to be handled differently. The fact that they were able to get 300 actual soldiers is impressive and shows that the filmmakers have genuine interest in the experiences of those soldiers. Plus, Greengrass is a far better director than Haggis, Pierce, Hood (though he does have promise), and lately Redford (he hasn't had a really great movie since Quiz Show). The current crop of Iraq films also lack anything compelling enough to interest anyone. A film about the soldiers and what they experienced might be that film.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 28th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Libertas commenters

    I don't know about the rest of you, but some of the commenters on that Libertas site made me really angry. It's obvious many of them have drunk the Kool-Aid and become vicious admirers of a truly calamitous administration. More than that, some of them bordered on being fascistic. I'm a liberal and proud of it, but I respect conservatives who are capable of expressing their views without being jerks (Joe Scarborough for one, and George Will isn't too bad most of the time). That respect does not extend to the commenters on that blog. If they don't wan't to see the film, good riddance!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 29th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Libertas commenters

    I wouldn't usually have linked to that site and I could have included a warning about its tone and content (it's a little too much for me). I had not been able to find the same information on another site, so that's why I linked to it.

    Matt's already being criticised for his stance against violence on the Bourne videogame (now that the truth's come out about his reasons for not being involved - they were claiming before it was the lack of potential sequels that stopped them involving Matt).

    As per this article:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 29th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: criticism

    I'm so glad the truth has come out about Matt's refusal to support the selling of a first-person shooter game. The timing is perfect - any critics can be referred to Nancy's book!

    And as regards Green Zone, to argue about it now is simply ridiculous. we'll all be able to make up our own minds when it comes out. Personally, I think the public have a suprising amount of good will stored up for Matt and Paul Greengrass due to Bourne and United 93. As people they are both liked and respected and very articulate. It's likely they will have an opportunity to make their case, although the right will do whatever they can to shout them down. The studio could do worse than to feature the soldiers/actors in the press as much as possible, as well as saying, "from the people who brought you the Bourne Ultimatum".
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 29th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: criticism

    It would be lovely to have charity premieres that would support veteran's support groups or organizations - VA hospitals are desperately underfunded.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 29th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    MTV story re violence in game

    I wrote to MTV to correct the story above, which didn't even link to Matt's comments about his reasons for not being involved in the game.

    They've now added a new story with the quote by Matt (without crediting me), and note another error by the journo in the Boston Globe story (I think that's at least four errors she made).

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: MTV story re violence in game

    Thank you so much for caring enough to pass on the information to them - although they didn't give you credit, you at least get the satisfaction of a 'correction'. Too bad more professional journalists don't have your standards. You always are concerned about being responsible here, and it's what makes your site such a pleasure. Well done.
    jeka_ooie From: jeka_ooie Date: April 29th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you so much for the great news!
    Another chance to see Matt at onexone! :D
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