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Updates, DNC, Toronto Film Festival
  • Matt will attend a 'Mavericks' Q&A session at the Toronto Film Festival with Chris Moore and Howard Zinn to promote The People Speak. Details from the official site:

    With the addition of three highly anticipated presentations, the Toronto International Film Festival announces the complete lineup for Mavericks, which features leading industry personalities as they share revealing anecdotes, the secrets of their success, and discussions of recent and upcoming projects.

    The People Speak

    Historian, playwright and social activist Howard Zinn first published his landmark book, A People’s History of the United States, in 1980. Since then, it has gone on to sell one and a half million copies around the world and inspire innumerable fresh approaches to reflecting on the past. Now comes a unique documentary collaboration between Zinn and others, enlisting an extraordinary lineup of actors, including Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover, Marisa Tomei and Kerry Washington, who have contributed live stage performances of historical testimonies.

    The actors portray labour leaders, civil rights demonstrators and other activists, drawn from Voices of a People’s History of the United States, an anthology edited by Zinn and author Anthony Arnove. Zinn and Arnove are bringing this work to film with the support of Matt Damon and Chris Moore, who previously collaborated as producers on the television series “Project Greenlight.” In this special Mavericks presentation, the audiences will be treated to a sneak preview of clips from the documentary The People Speak, along with a discussion on stage between Zinn, Damon, Moore and actor Josh Brolin about the filmmaking process and their motivations.

  • Here's a summary of Matt's expected program at the Toronto Film Festival, from The Globe and Mail:

    Matt Damon will be here to push the new Steven Soderbergh movie Che, in which he appears briefly. He also shows up in the doc The People Speak, based on historian Howard Zinn's book A People's History of the United States. Finally, he's again hosting mega-charity event OneXOne. Paparazzi will also be ready to document whether he's lost the extra pounds he gained for Soderbergh's next film, The Informant.

  • Matt and Ben will host a benefit in Denver next Monday during the upcoming Democratic National Convention - details here. UPDATE - this report has now been denied by the Boston Herald.

    Word also comes today that Matt Damon will join buddy Ben Affleck at the DNC, who we already knew was coming.

    They’ll be at the clubhouse at 1490 Delgany St. 4-8 p.m. Monday with the Railbenders and Something Underground. The $100-per-person party to benefit Leader’s Challenge, a group that develops leadership skills in Colorado youth.

    VIP guests include Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Bill Ritter and San Fran Mayor Gavin Newsom. Go to leaderschallenge.org/goto/dnc or here.

  • A brief Bourne update from a Variety article on Universal's upcoming projects:

    Universal has plenty of other stuff cooking, too. There's a George Nolfi "Bourne" script designed to lure back Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon, who collaborated on the upcoming Iraq movie "Green Zone"...