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Matt in Haiti assisting storm victims, Emmy win

  • Matt is currently in Haiti on behalf of OneXOne to assist victims of recent storms and bring attention to the plight of victims. Reports are from AP, the Canadian Press and Nine MSN. Photos are from Yahoo.

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    A group of high profile visitors, including actor Matt Damon, is in Haiti this weekend to highlight the need for humanitarian aid after a series of tropical storms.

    Damon, along with Haitian-American musician Wyclef Jean and Canada's former ambassador to the United States, Frank McKenna, saw some of the devastation Saturday and helped hand out food to some of the hundreds of thousands of people who need immediate help.

    ONEXONE organized the visit. Part of the purpose was for Damon, McKenna and Jean to get a firsthand look at the devastation to help them in their efforts to push for humanitarian aid.

    About 20 people from Jean's Yele Haiti charity formed a barrier around the back of a truck carrying 300 bags of food that got stuck in the mud and leaned sideways. Damon tossed the bags to Jean, who placed them on the heads of women as they approached one by one.

    Outside the human chain, a young man jumped up and down, waving a DVD of The Bourne Ultimatum that he had retrieved from his house after recognising Damon, who laughed and nodded. Up until then, Damon had remained unrecognised by the crowd.

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    "I'm used to it. Whenever I go to a place where there aren't very many movies, it's pretty common," Damon told The Associated Press. "It's nice, it's really easy to move through a crowd like this."

    The two stars then walked to a nearby church where an estimated 600 people were sheltered. They knelt to talk to an emaciated, elderly man lying on the muddy floor before they began serving food. Damon poured red vegetable sauce over plates of rice that Jean handed out to people.

    Both celebrities later broke into a run when they left the church, as a crowd of about 200 people chased after them. Hundreds of Haitians pressed up against the food truck as they left Cabaret, screaming for more.

    Damon and Jean encouraged more people to help the United Nations raise more than $US100 million ($A125 million) for an estimated 800,000 Haitians left in dire circumstances by four devastating tropical storms and hurricanes since mid-August.

    "Hopefully we can make enough noise that people will pay attention," Damon told reporters earlier at a news conference in Port-au-Prince. "I truly believe in the people of my country."

    Damon and Jean will take a helicopter on Sunday to the even harder-hit city of Gonaives, where tens of thousands are living in shelters with little food and water.

    At least 331 people have died in the onslaught of storms since mid-August, which has overwhelmed international relief agencies.

  • Sarah Silverman has won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song "I'm f***ing Matt Damon" at the 2008 Primetime Creative Arts Awards - a report is at Reuters.

    Continuing to embrace TV's more subversive side, Emmy voters also saluted comedian Sarah Silverman and four co-writers of the heavily bleeped song, "I'm F---ing Matt Damon," which became an Internet sensation after she performed it on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

    The video clip claimed the prize for best original music and lyrics and a picture-editing award.

    Accepting the award on stage, Silverman cheekily thanked "the person for whom this whole video was made, Jimmy Kimmel, who broke my heart, ooh, ooh, who'll always have a place in my heart."
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