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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."
  • 9 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Great stories! Thank you for posting.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
    it's wonderful to see people helping victims from the horrific hurricanes that have happened in the last few weeks, and it is also great the international news attentionb that is being viewed as well.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Damon's words on Palin

    No one, but no one, cares one whit what a useless nitwit like damon has to say about anything. I think it's a damn shame we don't have concentration camps for assholes like him to be liquidated in.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 15th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Damon's words on Palin

    Just leaving this anonymous comment for others to see as an example of the nature of comments being left on this site at present.

    Unbelievable. I am extraordinarily saddened and disgusted by these extreme reactions. I know it is not the usual readers of the site, but ignorant and vile comments such as these are intolerable.

    Edited at 2008-09-15 12:30 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Damon's words on Palin

    i completely agree. this is a site for fans to have updates on his work including acting and charitable organizations, which do lead to politics. But politics aside, this is for fans of his work.
    jjthomas10 From: jjthomas10 Date: September 15th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Damon's words on Palin

    I was wondering why the comments had been stopped. I can't believe that people would come here for the express purpose of spewing this stuff.

    I was surprised that he nipped down to Haiti so fast, but I'm happy to see that he'd not as anonymous as he thinks, too. How sweet was that? No food, no water, yet the guy runs home to get his Bourne DVD to show Matt. Too bad Matt wasn't able to autograph it for him.
    From: sunnysanstar Date: September 16th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Damon's words on Palin

    Hey, Felicity. I know, it's been a 'long time, no post' for me, but I just had to respond and say I'm so sorry you've been getting posts like those. Trolls, there everywhere. *sigh* I mean, I don't approve of what Matt said about Palin but crimany, I'm not gonna go on a fan website and blast him for it, or anyone else for that matter. Is that why we can't leave comments on his possible work on an upcoming Liberace movie...too many negative responses? If so, again I sigh and say ..."trolls"...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 16th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Damon's words on Palin

    Please feel free to leave comments about the Liberace movie - it will be a nice change to political commentary.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Damon's words on Palin

    Here is living proof that fascism is alive and well here in America. Personally, I think he was dead on about her, but that is not relevant to this site.
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