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  • Matt and Ben are expected to film an interview or skit for Jimmy Kimmel's show at the Celtics/Lakers game Thursday - from the Boston Globe:

    We're told Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will be courtside before tonight's Game 4 tip-off at the Staples Center to tape a segment with talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel. You'll recall that Kimmel's girlfriend Sarah Silverman made a silly video called "I'm (Bleeping) Matt Damon," and Kimmel responded with a video of his own called "I'm (Bleeping) Ben Affleck." No word on who'll be (bleeping) whom tonight.

  • Matt is at #51 on the latest Forbes Celebrity 100 listing.

    Matt Damon
    Power Rank 51
    Pay $21 mil
    Category: Actors
    Pay Rank 63
    Web Rank 39
    Press Rank 31
    TV/Radio Rank 20

    The Bourne trilogy has been an unprecedented hit in Hollywood: The films were made on relatively modest budgets and brought in huge returns for Universal. Much of that is due to Damon's charm. He somehow manages to look like an everyman while kicking lots of butt. He also made headlines this year with a viral video produced by comedian Sarah Silverman in which she professed her love for the movie star.

  • More photos of Matt on the set of The Informant are at Just Jared.
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    layne67 From: layne67 Date: June 12th, 2008 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
    Omg, I can't wait for that Matt and Ben interview!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 12th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)
    It may not be an interview. Kimmel is currently airing specials on each game night, mostly to promote current movies etc with visiting stars. So it could be part of that.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 13th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)


    It's unknown whether Matt and Ben filmed anything for Kimmel at the game, or even whether they even attended Game 4. There have been no photos or confirmed sightings, although they were scheduled to be guests of the Celtics courtside.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 13th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Any idea when their baby is due?

    - Mary
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 14th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
    The date is obviously private and it hasn't been announced. Possibly mid August (but no other speculative guesses from readers please).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 14th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Vegas charity tournament

    From the Boston Globe:

    Ben Affleck doesn't need a reason to play poker, but it helps. Homeboy is among several celebs who've signed up for "Ante Up for Africa," a high-stakes fundraiser July 2 for the Not on Our Watch Project. To be hosted by card shark Annie Duke and actor Don Cheadle, the Vegas event's guest list includes Matt Damon, Adam Sandler, Ray Romano, Jeremy Piven, Jason Kidd, and assorted professional poker players.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Hulk is the new Jason Bourne...Huh?

    Saw this on CNN today in their review of the Incredible Hulk movie: "Imagine Jason Bourne in stretchy pants. That's the basic idea in Marvel's relaunch for Stan Lee's Jekyll-and-Hyde character, "The Incredible Hulk." ... He may not suffer from amnesia, but like Jason Bourne, Banner has a scary tendency to turn into a pure killing machine if you push him. And like Bourne, he realizes that in order to disable that reflex, he's going to have to return home and see what really makes him tick. Here's the link: http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/06/13/review.hulk/index.html). Seems like a pretty silly an analogy, but maybe it's just me. Thanks for the information from Forbes. "... Bourne trilogy ... unprecedented hit.." was very interesting, but didn't the last Bourne movie cost around $100 million? That doesn't sound like a "relatively modest budget..". In any case, nice to see that Matt is doing so well. Thanks as always for all the terrific website and constant updates! -- Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 14th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Hulk is the new Jason Bourne...Huh?

    Lots of Hulk reviews have compared it to the Bourne movies, particularly an opening set piece which seems a direct take on the Moroccan roof-top chase.

    And another report at Fox News has Edward Norton refusing to do publicity for the film except for a spot on Jimmy Kimmel which is hoped to be bigger than the Matt/Ben ones. (rolls eyes)

    There's a photo of Matt and Lucy leaving Dan Tana's restaurnt in LA on Friday around, but it's only in very small versions so far - will post a link if a better version becomes available. There only seems to be one in the set (taken of them in the car).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 15th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
    A photo of Matt and Lucy leaving Dan Tana's on Friday is here:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 16th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)


    More photos of Matt and Lucy outside Dan Tana's:

    And Matt's also at the Celtics game next to Mark Wahlberg - photos at Yahoo and Getty Images.
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