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  • More photos from the Celtics/Lakers game are at Just Jared and PopSugar. Matt's comments to an ESPN reporter about the game and possible revenge on the Lakers are below, and Defamer's take on one photo is here.

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    Of course, if the Lakers were to tie it at 3-3, they'd be on the precipice of history. No team has overcome a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals. That might explain why Celtics diehard Matt Damon isn't concerned.

    "I'm not worried. Not even a little bit." says Damon, a Boston native, who's courtside with Mark Wahlberg. "We could've won [Tuesday's game], and it could've been all over by now. I just honestly think we're the better team this year. And I think we're the hungrier team too."

    But when the buzzer sounds, and the Lakers emerge the victors, Celtics fans are still in good spirits. Matt Damon offers backslaps to courtside fans, and even stops to wish Jack Nicholson well.

    He looks like a guy with something up his sleeve.

    "We're petty enough to sit around and start dialing the Lakers' hotel rooms," Damon warns. "If I were them, and I wanted to get some sleep, I would unplug my phones."

  • A sighting from People Online:

    Matt Damon, dutifully waiting in the car as his pregnant wife Luciana popped into the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Los Feliz, Calif., for some iced drinks. Wearing sunglasses and a hat, Luciana shared a little "baby talk" with a fellow patron before returning to the car, where Damon was waiting to make a speedy getaway.

  • Photos of Matt on the Van Nuys set of The Informant Monday are at JFX Online.

  • More comments from an ill-spirited Mark Wahlberg at Metro:

    Q: What about your rumored bid for Matt Damon’s role in “Ocean’s Eleven”?

    Wahlberg: That’s true. I didn’t get the role. The first one was good, but the second one isn’t good. You guys can tell George Clooney that it was great, but it wasn’t. I made two bad movies instead of it, but they were still more valuable in spirit.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 17th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Mark is definitely right about his movies being "more valuable in spirit". Planet of the Apes was a completely enobling enterprise, and when the third ape on the left said, "Graaaahhh" for the seventh time it was so moving I actually cried.

    What a tool. His handlers must dread his movies coming out. They have to run around tring to clean up his s$%&. OK, I'm done talking about this guy now, at least until the next time (and there's sure to be one).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 17th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Sorry to keep slagging off Mark Wahlberg but really, if his performance in The Happening had been good I'm sure some of the critics would have picked up on it, the ones I've seen have said good things about John Legazuimo, in spite of hating the film. I've read reviews of actors who have been in bad films but have acted well and the critics have praised their work whilst disliking the end product, so it does happen.

    Also can someone at Defamer lip read? Or have a word for word memory of a conversation that they were not part of? Or maybe they had a tape recorder hidden about their person ;) Marcia

    P.S. Lovely pic, who is the blonde?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 17th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The blonde is just a Lakers fan who had tickets in those seats, I think.

    A great story from ESPN's Bill Simmons from the game:

    A friend of mine sat courtside with Matt Damon in seats to the left of the Lakers' bench. During the third quarter, with Damon cheering on the Celtics in a green Celtics cap -- great job by him, by the way -- Phil Jackson barked at Damon, according to my friend, "Sit down and shut the f--- up." After getting texted that story, I spent the rest of the game rooting for a Boston comeback win, followed by Damon pulling a Will Hunting and asking Jackson, "Hey, Phil, do you like apples? (PAUSE) Well how 'bout them apples!!!!" Didn't happen.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 18th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
    Matt will be happy this morning - Celtics won and brought the NBA title back to Boston.

    I don't follow sports but smiled for Matt when I heard. Hope there's some comments from him.

    From: jennaz123 Date: June 17th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Mark Wahlberg

    I don't think Wahlberg's half as talented as Matt, but I have to cut the guy some slack. All actors grouse a bit about the parts they didn't get, Matt included. So he didn't like the second Oceans? Even I'd admit it wasn't as good as the first. If he has to tell himself that "Planet of the Apes" was ultimately better for his spirit than the "Oceans" trilogy was, that's his perogative. FWIW, I think that Matt's Oceans' experience (box office success, working with Soderbergh, great friendships) was plenty "valuable in spirit" for him.

    Judging from the photos, there appears to be no real bitterness between Matt and Mark these days. Mark could probably have been more gracious toward the Oceans' films, but it could be worse.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 18th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Kudos to Matt in Angelina Jolie story in ET

    ET Weekly's article on Angelina had a sidebar called "Angelina: Active Ingredients, A few of the things that make Angelina so captivating. Then there are circles with famous stars and their most well known attribute(s) with a plus sign between them. First is Sophia Loren to represent "Sex Appeal", then comes a picture of Matt with his attributes "Nuance and muscle as an actor". Nice, yes? -- Take care, Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 20th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)


    More photos of Matt on the set of The Informant, with a Celtics flag on his trailer door:


    And some photos of Matt at the basketball, including arriving at the game with his friend and Casey.


    Edited at 2008-06-20 11:25 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 23rd, 2008 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Hawaii shoot

    A report about filming in Hawaii with basically no new information:

    From: novice_41 Date: June 23rd, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hawaii shoot

    the doesn't work for me... is this what you wanted to link?

    at least it was partly new for me ;). wow a short trip just to film 20 min. ... that sounds like fun :D.
    thx for the hint.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 23rd, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Guys Choice Awards

    An extended clip of Matt at the Guys Choice Award, with footage of both victory speeches (and all Celtics references):

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 23rd, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Guys Choice Awards

    Amusingly, there is now a website out there (I have no affiliation) offering Celtic fans t-shirts with the words "categorically, positively, uneuivically, undeniably" written on them. Funny.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 23rd, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Guys Choice Awards

    here you go... http://redsarmy.wordpress.com/2008/06/23/categorically-positively-unequivocally-undeniably/

    pure greatness. :D

    From: novice_41 Date: June 23rd, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Guys Choice Awards

    thx sooo much.
    absolutely admirable! and well we al know he is damn right! respect!
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