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  • Bernie Mac died on the weekend following complications from pneumonia. Matt co-starred with Mac in all Ocean's films, and was an early guest on The Bernie Mac Show (pictured below). On the Oprah show to promote Ocean's Twelve, Mac memorably said of Matt: "Matt Damon is a box of candy. He’s a good guy. He’s a box of candy." A report on Mac's death is here, with tributes from friends and co-stars here.

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  • Actor Morgan Freeman has left hospital following his car accident, but will be in a neck brace for six to eight months, leaving The Human Factor unlikely to commence filming, as planned, in early 2009.

  • Various reports are claiming that Matt may attend the Democratic Convention in Denver.

    A Democratic Party official involved with the planning for the convention, which kicks off two weeks tomorrow (MON25th), told The Sunday Telegraph: "There will be more celebrities in Denver than there were when the Democratic convention was in Los Angeles eight years ago. America understands celebrity and these people will be there to see Obama. It will help generate the kind of excitement we want to see.

    "There will be photocalls with some of the bigger names and there are plans being worked out for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to do some sort of gig on the stage."

  • A scan of Matt and Lucy in Us Magazine is at jewelsandpinstripes.com.

  • There will be a charity screning of The People Speak in Boston in September - from the Globe.

    Howard Zinn will give supporters of Social Justice Works! a sneak peek at "The People Speak," a film of readings and performances based on his classic history text, Sept. 19 at the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge. The charity bash, honorary-chaired by Matt Damon (who is not expected to be there, sadly), will raise money for the organization's Aaronson Fund, which is awarding its first two $5,000 grants to social justice projects this year. (Recipients are still secret, said executive committee cochairman Ray Shurtleff.)

    Retired Cambridge teacher Larry Aaronson taught Damon and Ben Affleck history at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Matt's mom, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, is an Aaronson friend and Shurtleff's cochair on the executive committee. And Zinn was a Damon family neighbor in Newton. In Boston, it's all six degrees to Affleck-Damon.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 12th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bernie Mac

    Really a shame. The world can't stand to lose any more funny people. He always seemed so hale and hearty, too.

    Heath, Anthony, Bernie Mac. Matt has lost a number of colleagues recently.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 12th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bernie Mac

    But Bernie had a lot of health problems. He spent most of the Oprah interview (for O12) talking about his illnesses.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 13th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Expect baby news soon

    According to a few reports, Matt and Lucy's baby is due this Saturday, 16 August. I don't think they announced the birth until Lucy was out of the hospital last time (and Matt said Isabella also came late).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 18th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Expect baby news soon

    If Lucy hasn't had the baby yet, it could be pretty stressful. There's a storm which may turn into a hurricane over Florida and it's closed most of the hospitals in Miami for Monday/Tuesday except for emergencies.

    Hope all is OK...

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 19th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Expect baby news soon

    There's a few blog reports that the baby was born today (Tuesday). No official announcement yet.

    A separate report that Matt will be appearing at the DNC with Ben next Monday.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 14th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Ben/Jen FYI

    An item in the Miami Sun Post (it does contradict the report of a Miami Herald reporter at the event, but it comes closer to the Ted C report...)


    Obama, Ben, Jen and Baby

    In other celebrity gossip news, a very pregnant Jennifer Garner and husband Ben Affleck, along with Matt Damon, hosted an Obama fundraiser at Set on Aug. 2. It was pretty funny to see the velvet ropes, which are usually manned by guys in suits, get replaced by guys best described as suits.

    Still, it was not so amusing to see Ben Affleck treat his Alias wifey in such a cold and distant manner. Word around the tabloid campfire is that Affleck is drinking and gambling again despite his wife’s obvious baby bump. Perhaps that’s the reason for what appeared to be some heavy-duty strife in the would-be Kennedy’s relationship.

    We’re watching you, Affleck. You better straighten up and fly right, or we’ll sic Victor Garber on you.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 14th, 2008 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Green Zone


    Re-shoots for Green Zone are not in LA, they will be back in Kinetra Morroco from Sep:15 - Oct: 1 as I will be there so you didnt now that then as stated in IMBD. Capt."S"
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 14th, 2008 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Green Zone

    Many thanks for the info Capt. S. I hope the shoot's going well and that it has been an enjoyable and creative time for the cast and crew.

    Edited at 2008-08-14 09:50 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 14th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Green Zone

    Any more info ? ,from Capt ."S " @ Red Sox nation
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