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OneXOne events, various
  • Matt will host the OneXOne gala dinner in San Francisco on 23 October in addition to hosting the OneXOne event at the Toronto Film Festival on 8 September. More details at the official site, which includes these comments for the Toronto event.

    Evening Ambassador Matt Damon

    Matt Damon has been a dedicated frontman for the foundation, not only acting as master of ceremonies for three years running, but taking an active role in both fundraising and fact-finding. Damon’s own charity, H2O Africa, which he founded in 2006, is a major philanthropic partner of the ONEXONE umbrella organization.

  • An article on Running The Sahara is the feature story at the Energy Times magazine.

    Running the Sahara isn’t an environmental film but a story about human nature, exploration and fortitude. Endurance athletes Charlie Engle and Ray Zahab were running an Amazon marathon when they wondered what it would be like to run more than 4,000 miles across the brutal Sahara Desert. Two years later, in late 2006, Engle, Zahab and fellow endurance athlete Kevin Lin set out to traverse the Sahara across six North African countries on foot, an unprecedented challenge.

    Along the way, the team adapts to the elements and the physical and political landscape while fighting their own better judgment and limitations. The suspense of finding out who runs the full distance—the goal is to bring at least one runner across the finish line—makes for gripping storytelling. Aided by spare narration from executive producer and Oscar-winner Matt Damon, Academy Award-winning director James Moll brings to life the runners, the stark backdrop and African culture with equal billing.

  • Photos of Matt at the dinner for George Clooney in London are in August's Harpers Bazaar, (UK edition), available at Clooney Unlimited. There are new photos of Matt with George, with one of their photos captioned as follows:

    When Matt met George
    ‘Brothers from another mother’
    Matt Damon and Clooney spent the whole night ribbing each other

  • Another article is at In Touch about Matt's weight gain and expected weight loss. It's summarised in this National Ledger article.

    According to a report from In Touch, Damon gained 40 pounds for The Informant, but now he's got to shed the weight — fast! "Matt has to lose it to do reshoots for Green Zone," his Informant co-star Joel McHale recently said. In the movie, Matt plays a fit military officer and "the reshoots are in the next couple of months," says an insider.

    But check this out, Matt even at 37 years old isn’t stressing just yet. "He plans on running five miles a day outdoors and on the beach," his pal says. "He'll eat zero carbs, lots of tuna, chicken and almonds — his favorite snack."

  • Sarah Silverman's video with Matt was nominated for two Emmy nominations, including "best music and lyrics".
  • 11 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Well I hope Matt loses the weight safely and supervised this time! thanks for all the latest Felicity. Not been around much lately, but check in every few days! Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 22nd, 2008 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)


    Nice to hear from you Jan. Would you be able to check the latest Empire magazine to see if there's any more on Green Zone in the print article? It's their preview edition and they've featured the film. Many thanks.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 22nd, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Will do. I have a train journey tomorrow so will try and get a copy! Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 23rd, 2008 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Jan, that would be great.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2008 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Interview about Matt Damon and The Informant

    I saw the new video today online on CBS news about Matt Damon's new upcoming movie, The Informant. It also interviewed Whitacre's wife and it stated she was the whistleblower, not Whitacre. Here is the news video:
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 23rd, 2008 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview about Matt Damon and The Informant

    Thanks, I had just watched it (and Fresno will not get a boost from the movie). Pretty strange and useless story.

    There's also some new and ignorant comments from Doug Liman about Matt and Bourne. Liman claims Matt would do the next one because it would offer lots of money, but that Jason Bourne is a bigger movie star than Matt and Matt could be replaced.

    And Matt's down to number 6 on the Forbes paycheck listing because he earned too much for Ultimatum. He he.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview about Matt Damon and The Informant

    What an odd article from ifmagazine.com. He's still getting a producers credit (and a cut of the profit) on the Bourne movies so why have a dig at Matt? I don't think the Bourne movies would survive without Matt. We're comparing apples with oranges by comparing Bond to Bourne (an argument I was bored with long ago).

    Is it sour grapes that the two sequels did so well with Paul Greengrass directing? Marcia

    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview about Matt Damon and The Informant

    "Is it sour grapes..."

    Bang! You hit the nail on the head. I mean, he can hardly say, "If that director who earned rave reviews and enormous box office as my replacement comes back, then Matt will come back, too."

    And by automatically attributing Matt's career motivations to greed he says a lot more about himself than he does about Matt.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 23rd, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview about Matt Damon and The Informant

    I'm guessing it's sour grapes also, but Matt's always been so supportive of Liman in public. Matt's not the one Liman should be attacking.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 23rd, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Obama event

    Confirmation of the event from two sources. The minimum donation is $250, and it's at a Miami Beach club. That's all the information that has been provided. One report also claims it's on 1 August, not the previously reported 2 August.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 24th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Random rant

    An amusing story here about the media not caring about 'half-famous' babies.

    A comment that Isabella has been photographed a total of once this year (two photos). There's probably 20-50 photographs of Violet per day at the moment (at least), and perhaps thousands of her in past months.

    And nobody please reference the wonders of Jennifer Garner as the world's most perfect mother in today's People story.

    Edited at 2008-07-24 02:39 am (UTC)
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