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Poker charity tournament, Green Zone
  • Matt and Lucy attended the Ante Up for Poker Tournament in Las Vegas. Photos and reports are at Just Jared, PokerStarsBlog, CasinoCityTimes, BodogLife, PopSugar, AP and DailyFiasco. The photos below are from the Las Vegas Review Journal (photo courtesy of Tom Donoghue), Just Jared and Us magazine.

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  • In a video interview for PokerStars.com, Matt spoke about leaving Las Vegas straight away as "my wife's getting ready to have another baby, so we've got to get home." Another video interview with Matt and Ben is here. More great photos of Lucy sitting with Matt at the poker table are at Hutchins Photo.

  • The upcoming issue of UK's Empire magazine has a preview of Green Zone, including a new photo and quotes by Matt, including:

    Loosely based on Rajiv Chandresekaran's book Imperial Life In The Emerald City, Green Zone has Damon as chief warrant officer Roy Miller, a soldier stationed in Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and charged with finding weapons of mass destruction. Quickly suspecting that said WMDs don't actually exist, he seeks out the truth, with perilous results.

    Though this is Greengrass' take on the situation in Iraq, don't expect the tub-thumping that some other Iraq-centric films have employed, and subsequently watched audiences turn away from. "[We're] not trying to make a statement," Damon tells us. "Particularly with a movie that costs $80 or $90 million. Hopefully this will feel like an accurate portrayal of what things were like for these guys. You can't do a polemic – you should be blogging if that's what you want to do."

    "My tempo is quite high. That's an issue with this film, pushing to get it into real-time all the time. But there's a danger with that -- that you don't get a pulse," Damon reportedly said.

  • An article at the Boston Herald previews an article in People that will discuss Matt's weight gain for The Informant. There's also a separate article at People Online.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 3rd, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Another photo

    Gorgeous photos and nobody's commenting??

    Another photo from Us online of Matt and Lucy at the poker tournament:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 4th, 2008 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Another photo

    The US online photo is simply divine. It's so much nicer seeing them on here than having to go to JustJared and other such sites, and this way I can avoid all the stupid, negative comments.

    I'm repeating myself, but they do look so happy, and I think Lucy is beautiful. She seems to be having a lovely pregnancy, she's just blooming all over.

    Matt's comments about the Green Zone are very interesting too. I'm very much looking forward to the movie now. I did have my reservations about it but I think Paul Greengrass will do an amazing job.

    The impossibly handsome Jonny Depp made a movie several years ago set in real time where his young daughter is kidnapped (I can't think of the name at the moment). The movie was very suspenseful I thought so I definitely think it can work. It's all in the editing I guess, and releasing the movie as quickly as possible so it stays relevant.

    Here's hoping they raise a lot of money and awareness about Darfur (and have a lot of fun). It's slipped from the news as the focus has now turned to Zimbabwe, but the situation there is still dire. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 3rd, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    All are really great photos! Thanks for getting them up so quick. It's sweet to see the two of them together having a good time. Very sweet couple.
    From: novice_41 Date: July 4th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
    hehehe felicity... just give us some time in between all the news and pics :D...
    really great job here!

    was that a Darfur charities as well ?

    the pics are fabulous... especially from Hutchins... (2. page of search) the
    ones with Lucy. they are really a handsome couple... and obviously very happy.
    they beam with joy. that's pure and great.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 4th, 2008 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)


    Yep, the poker tournament raised about US$400,000 for two Darfur-based charities: Not on our watch (founded by Matt/George/Brad/Don) and the Enough Project.
    Re: Charity - (Anonymous) - Expand
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 7th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
    Just Jared has a new article up about Matt.

    - Mary
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 7th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)
    I've linked to the photo a few days ago - included in this post.

    It's also not an official still, as a claimed - just a photo taken on set.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 7th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Terrific pics

    Loved the new pictures, that first picture in particular. Always great to see Matt and Lucy happy together. Thanks so much for the pics and updates! Take care, Cheryl
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 8th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Random thoughts:

    My deeply original and insightful ;) comments about the pics would, I'm afraid, fall along the well-worn lines of, "Hubba, hubba" and "Awwwwwww...."

    The possibility that Green Zone might be released before Christmas is very exciting. Both because it means that the studio feels it's 'award worthy material' and (more importantly) that we'd get to see it earlier.

    And all the internet chatter about 'chubby Matt' has probably been great advance publicity for The Informant, which would seem to be kind of a rough sell on first glance. People now have at least seen the title and possibly a summary.

    Thanks as always for the all the great stuff!
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