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  • A sighting from People Online:

    Matt Damon, grabbing some Mexican food at Paquito's Mexican Restaurant in Aventura, Fla. The actor, who sported a trucker hat and sunglasses on top of his head, dined with his wife, their daughter and another woman. According to an eyewitness, Damon fed their daughter Isabella, 2, and laughed with her as she sat in her highchair.

  • A report from the Miami Herald about a line in Matt's speech during the Obama fundraiser is below, with other comments from Us Online. More photos from the event are at PopSugar.

    Matt Damon -- with pregnant wife Luciana -- was pretty funny, too: "Ben [Affleck] very eloquently spoke about what it is about Barack that I think everybody here really has fallen in love with the guy for," then added, "I'm gonna see that on YouTube."

    Affleck then introduced longtime pal Damon, whom he also called "extraordinary."

    "We could go issue by issue — there's so many reasons he inspires me," Damon said of Obama.

  • Running the Sahara will have its world premiere in North Carolina on September 5 - details here.

    Most of us can't imagine running 7 days in row, but a Triad man ran for 111 days straight. The journey is now a documentary narrated by Matt Damon. The world premiere of "Running The Sahara" will play at the Carolina Theater on September 5th.

    "Running The Sahara" stars Charlie Engle from Summerfield and two other athletes. It shows their harrowing challenge against the heat, the sand, a lack of water, and political challenges.

    Film makers hope it brings more attention to the water crisis in africa through "H2O Africa." But Engle says the movie really isn't just about running or messages. It's about human nature and taking risks.

    There are two types of tickets. General admission is $20. There are also $100 VIP tickets. They include admission, food, drink, and a donation to H20 Africa.

  • Details of the response by Ocean's castmates to Bernie Mac's illness at the Chicago Sun Times:

    BERNIE'S BUDDIES: It's looking like one of our favorite comics, Bernie Mac, is slowly on the road to recovery from his very serious bout with pneumonia -- cheered on by virtually all of his co-stars from the "Ocean's'' flicks. Among those sending good wishes, flowers and funny notes have been George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Julia Roberts, Elliott Gould, Matt Damon and even busy new dad Brad Pitt, who sent "love from Angie, me and the kids."

  • And Morgan Freeman was involved in a serious car accident on Sunday. No word yet if the start date for The Human Factor will be delayed.
  • 11 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The UK press have fallen in love with Barack Obama too! Hardly a day goes by when there isn't a story about him on the news or in the press. The stories aren't sometimes critical, but I've hardly seen anything written about John Mccain good or bad.

    Matt's shed that extra weight really quickly, he's gone back to his usual svelte self.

    Read a few of the comments on US Online - scary.

    I hope Bernie Mac and Morgan Freeman get better soon. Marcia

    P.S. Love Lucy's dress and her BUMP t-shirt is very cool.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Replying to myself 'aren't sometimes critical' I meant aren't always positive. M
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 6th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)


    Interesting to note that Matt and Lucy scored that shirt, and the diaper bag they gave away in the recent auction, as part of a 'celebrity gifting' opportunity - baby gifts for celebrity parents.

    Here's the collection of gifts they received from this supplier/promoter:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt looks like he's lost years as well as weight in those popsugar pix! He looks about 21. Time at home must agree with him.
    Hope we'll get some more pix when greenzone reshoots start.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 6th, 2008 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt

    Not sure about photos from re-shoots if they're in Morocco and London (as somebody said on IMDB) - much better PR opportunities coming up at the OneXOne gigs and the Running the Sahara premiere (if he attends).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 7th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Conde Nast Traveler

    As previously mentioned, Matt's interviewed in the latest edition of Conde Nast Traveler, and is on the cover.

    The article is online at the official site:

    There's also video of the cover shoot available.

    Edited at 2008-08-07 02:38 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Conde Nast Traveler

    Thanks for posting that interview Felicity. It was a revelation to me; I agreed with so much that he said. Whenever I go to the US I'm often surprised how little American's know about the rest of the world. Yes, there are terrible things going on in Africa and the rest of the developing world but it's not all doom and gloom.

    Africans themselves are taking the lead in alleviating poverty, but they get little recognition and thanks for it.

    The charity I work for is rolling out a programme to get disabled children into education. In many parts of the world disability is seen as shameful, and the children are hidden away. Very few have access to schools or therapy that could alleviate their suffering, where such care is available.

    We recently wrote the story of a little girl in India who was in a wheelchair. Her brothers and sisters attended school but she did not. Her parents loved her but didn't think she could be educated. She took the initiative and was determined to go to school to learn to read and write. The school classroom for her age group was on the first floor and she had to leave her wheelchair and crawl up the stairs and into class, her teacher and the other students refused to help her, but she didn't let their negative attitude put her off.

    After a few months she was steadily catching up with the others in her class. Her teacher then began to help her. The charity I work for heard of her story and they went in and built a ramp; bought her a smaller wheelchair, and adapted the girls toilet so she could use it. Before she just had to hold it all in until she got home.

    She is now doing exceptionally well and is one of the most popular girls in her school. Her family's attitude to her has also changed, her siblings include her in their play and her parents encourage her in her studies. The adaptations to the school cost just a few hundred dollars, but has given this little girl her life back and her dreams. She wants to teach when she grows up and help other disabled people to get an education.

    Sorry for the length of this, but I hope others will not be offended. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 7th, 2008 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Conde Nast Traveler

    Thanks for your comments Marcia - I've posted excerpts of the article in a separate post, but do encourage readers to look for the whole article, which focuses more on Matt's views on charity, celebrity and affecting change.

    Matt's comments towards his children and the effects of fame on their lives are always interesting - they're not new, but now it's deflected towards his kids and not hiimself.

    H20 Africa is certainly aiming to empower individuals in their home environments, and effect change from the ground up - like your wonderful example. A simple but effective solution, with superb partners.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: story

    I've been out of pocket for a couple of days so I'm behind the times, but I did want to thank Marcia for that inspiring story. As a speech therapist I've work with many children who have physical or intellectual challenges and it's so important that people are respected for where they are... then encouraged to progress. Every human person has the potential for growth, but attitude and desire are the keys to achieving it, no matter what the ability level.
    Thanks for sharing.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
    I just had to tell everyone that I just got back today from vacation in Massachusetts and Maine. We spent 24 hours in Boston and I was very happy to visit the hometown of Matt Damon for the first time in my life. I didn't make it over to Cambridge but we did spend all day visiting many of the historical spots in Boston and walking along the harbor. It is a very interesting and lovely and friendly city.

    It was funny to see all the males in Boston that dress and look just like Matt. Many, many males wear Boston Red Sox baseball caps and have their hair cut short and wear big T-shirts and long shorts or jeans with sneakers. Everywhere I turned I thought I saw Matt! They all even kind of walk like Matt. It must be that Matt just likes to blend in to his hometown. Everyone is constantly talking about the Red Sox, on the subway, in the restaurants, along the harbor the talk is all about the Red Sox.

    Everyone was very friendly and seemed proud of their city. I hope all of you get to visit Boston one day. I can see that Matt is a product of the environment he grew up in.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 7th, 2008 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)


    Thanks for your comments about Boston - a lovely city I agree. I believe Matt is very much a product of his environment, and that the city has shaped him (and his family) without a doubt.
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