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Matt to host Obama fundraiser
  • Matt, Ben and Jennifer Garner are scheduled to host a fundraising benefit for Barack Obama in Miami on 2 August. Details at the Miami Herald:

    The Oscar-winning stars of Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, are slated to headline an Aug. 2 fundraiser for Democrat Barack Obama on Miami Beach. Affleck's lovely and talented television and movie star wife, Jennifer Garner, is also scheduled to be there.

    Damon, also well known for starring in the Bourne Identity thrillers, has a house on Miami Beach and is registered to vote as an independent in Florida.

  • A quote from Joel McHale at the New York Post's PopWatch:

    PW: What was it like working with Matt Damon in "The Informant?"

    Joel: It was awesome. All the clichés and stories about Matt being the greatest guy you've ever met are true. You'd want to hang out with him if he was just a guy working at Blockbuster.

    PW: He gained a lot of weight for the role, how did you contribute?

    Joel: Well, I didn't make out with him, but I did shave him. We were in Decatur, Illinois, where the salads are deep fried.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 17th, 2008 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
    Hi Felicity

    Great to have some news at last! It's It's been so quiet I've felt like the only Matt Damon fan left in the world.

    I'm still reeling from the news of a certain actress giving birth in the south of France to twins on Sunday. A matter of such overwhelming importance that the BBC made it the second item of news and related it in tones that made me think of the second coming of the Messiah! OK I know Sunday is a slow news day and we are well into July when the BBC's head honchos decamp to their Tuscan villas and leave the juniors in charge, so I shouldn't expect too much.

    I had a 'senior' moment and actually said out loud that I would write to complain to the BBC on why something like this is considered of such vital importance. I've now recovered from my 'stop the world I want to get off' phase.

    I realise the irony of posting this comment on a site dedicated to another celebrity, but I just needed to let off steam. You can delete my comment if you want to.

    I don't really understand American politics, and don't feel qualified to comment. Matt is registered as an Independent? What does that mean? Doesn't everyone just vote for who they like? I'm not being facetious, I really would like to know. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 17th, 2008 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)
    Yes, it's really quiet. My guess is that Lucy will give birth in the next fortnight and Matt's not leaving the house.

    I can't believe they're still finding stories to report on in relation to that event. My favourite today was reading that the birth was moved up 10 days as "the mother wanted to feel more comfortable". That's tied with the father's comments of elation and the miracle of birth at cutting the cord of a caesarean birth following IVF treatment. Miracles indeed.

    And I also had no idea what an independent voter meant, but it appears that if you have indicated no party preference you can vote for either major party or an independent. I'm sure somebody will correct me if that's wrong.

    The only other bit of news is in relation to the Silverman/Kimmel split, as nobody appears to be able to mention the break-up without mentioning the Matt/Ben videos. Certain comments from Kimmel about how uncomfortable he was that he had nothing to do with the item which brought his show its greatest notoriety have come to mind (and he's already got another partner, apparently).

    Edited at 2008-07-17 10:26 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 17th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
    Elections are a two part process in the US: the primaries and the general election. In the primary, where you narrow down the selection to one candidate for each party you are allowed to vote only within your party. I am a Democrat (as is Barack Obama) so I could only vote for a Democrat (I voted for Hilary). A Republican can only vote for a Republican. An Independent is not associated with a political party so they don't get to vote in the primary elections. In the general election you can vote for anyone you want. Many people are truly Independents (meaning they don't have full agreement with a political party ideology or platform) but they register with a party just to be able to participate in the primary elections.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 17th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you for answering my question. It all seems very complicated to me, but thanks for explaining it so clearly. M
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 17th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)
    And I also appreciate your answer - thank you. So very different from my (Australian) system.
    From: dysney2 Date: July 17th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Primary elections in US

    Some states have primaries, some don't. I live in Minnesota, and we have caucuses, where groups gather and nominate a candidate. Delegates committed to a particular candidate are then chosen and go to the national nominating convention committed to the candidate chosen. In Minnesota (and other Midwest states), Obama won the majority of the caucuses.

    Our selection system sometimes sucks, but it's what this state has chosen. So, we have to live with it. Or change it.

    Incidentally, I was a Hilary supporter.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 17th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    joel's comments

    Joel: "Well, I didn't make out with him, but I did shave him."

    That's an interesting non sequitur! I can understand the part about the shaving. In the book, Whitacre (Matt's character) gets his chest shaved in order to have equipment strapped to him. But, Joel, why are your thoughts turning to making out with Matt? I mean, it's not as if anyone brought the subject up! It's just hanging around there, in your head, isn't it? Like a background noise that won't go away...

    Ha, ha Joel. Welcome to Matt fandom! lol ;)

    I'm not too crazy about Joel's show, but he is a genuine wit. The complete interview is quite funny.
    jeka_ooie From: jeka_ooie Date: July 18th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: joel's comments

    Joel: "Well, I didn't make out with him[...]"
    Aww... darnit!

    "[...]but I did shave him."
    Hmm... still kinda hot. :P
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 17th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Obama Fundraiser


    Do you have any more details on where and when this fundraiser will take place, time etc. I would really love to be there and see Matt Damon in real life...

    Any info would be appreciatted.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 17th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Obama Fundraiser

    Try contacting the Obama campaign/Democratic headquarters in Miami. Keep in mind, though, that if it's a closed fundraiser rather than a publicity event there will be a charge to attend. Good luck!

    And, since there's not a lot of news, I was scrounging around in the bowels of webworld and found a review of a play Matt was in at Harvard. I particularly enjoyed reading that "he has the stage presence of Jabba the Hutt." http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=178011
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 17th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Other news

    There's news:

    The Sarah Silverman/Matt video has received two Emmy nominations, while the Kimmel/Ben video received one.

    More on Matt's weight issues and diet, with a note that re-shoots for Green Zone will be in the next couple of months (originally scheduled for July):

    And confirmation of Matt as OneXOne host:
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