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Green Zone, OneXOne
  • An official synopsis for Green Zone is now on the site for Working Title Films.

    Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93) re-team for their latest electrifying thriller in Green Zone, a film set in the chaotic early days of the Iraqi War when no one could be trusted and every decision could detonate unforeseen consequences.

    During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Damon) and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but stumble instead upon an elaborate cover-up that inverts the purpose of their mission.

    Spun by operatives with intersecting agendas, Miller must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil for answers that will either clear a rogue regime or escalate a war in an unstable region. And at this blistering time and in this combustible place, he will find the most elusive weapon of all is the truth.

  • A sighting from the Miami Herald:

    A "totally dressed down" Matt Damon was seen hanging out at the North Beach mainstay Cafe Prima Pasta Friday, according to a snitch. Damon discreetly hung back from the bar, drinking Heineken with a friend. Despite trying to enjoy an easy night with a male buddy, Damon, who is in talks with Steven Soderbergh to play Scott Thorson in an upcoming Liberace biopic, was "gracious and friendly with his fans, elated by the discovery of their surprise barmate, giving handshakes, saying hello, making small talk and giving hugs." The actor stopped in Haiti over the weekend to help with relief efforts from Hurricane Ike.

  • Matt was scheduled to attend the Sean McDonough Charity Foundation events in Boston before heading to Haiti. A report on the auction from the Boston Globe:

    Sean McDonough's fund-raiser for children's charities raised an estimated $375,000 over the weekend. One well-heeled guest at Sunday's soiree at the Boston Harbor Hotel bid $25,000 to have dinner with Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana, at next month's One X One gala in San Francisco. (And it wasn't Damon's dad, Kent, who attended the party with wife Celeste.) Other VIP guests included Olympic speedskater Dan Jansen, Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer, former CBS sportscaster Billy Packer, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim, and Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch.

  • There are photos of celebrity portraits by Raphael Mazzucco taken in the Diesel Lounge to benefit OneXOne at In Style. The magazine also has a separate report on the OneXOne gala. Matt's portrait is below.

    Monday was another big day. Matt Damon stopped by the portrait studio to pose for photographer Raphael Mazzucco and talk to us about the big OneXOne gala. We chatted about the upcoming launch of OneXOne in the United States and the other reason he was up here, to promote the documentary The People Speak. Matt produced the film along with friend Josh Brolin--who also came by the studio to have his portrait taken. Matt's mom Nancy came along, and they stayed in the studio for a while before heading out to do more press and prep for the big night.

    After a quick wardrobe change, we made our way to Maple Leaf Gardens and took our seats just as the OneXOne gala got underway. Our tablemates included fellow Toronto partyhoppers Donna Freydkin of USA Today, Carol Dittbrenner of TV Guide and Dave Karger of Entertainment Weekly, as well as star publicists Andy Gelb and Stephanie Samson, who played a big part in organizing the event. Both Matt and Wyclef Jean gave moving speeches and an uplifting performance by the African Childrens Choir helped inspire the crowd to open their wallets and donate to the cause. We did our part by attempting to charm a guest into placing a bid on a guitar signed by Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia--opening bid $12,000.

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  • Details of the fundraiser for Larry Aaronson is here. Aaronson is a former Cambridge Rindge and Latin teacher, and Matt is the honorary chairperson of his new advocacy group, Social Justice Works! Matt's mother Nancy Carlsson-Paige is a member of the Executive Committee.

  • A follow-up report on Steven Soderbergh's planned Liberace project by Ted Casablanca is at E Online.
  • 10 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 18th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Nice Update on Green Zone

    Thanks for all the great updates. Interesting story about Liberace -- I'm actually not very keen about the Liberace storyline but Steven Soderbergh always makes great movies. So I guess I could be positive about seeing this movie (maybe).
    From: sunnysanstar Date: September 19th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)


    I'm sure what to think about it, but I will remain optimistic for three reasons: 1. Soderbergh is a great director and a visionary, 2. I love the strange pairing of Douglas and Damon--I love seeing 'odd' couples whether opposite or same sex, on the silver screen, and 3. If Matt does it, I'll see it!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 19th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    CNN interview

    For those in the states: I was watching CNN today and they showed a tiny snippet of interview with Matt and Wyclef Jean about their trip to Haiti.
    It was sobering, as they said that the single most overwhelming sensation was the smell of unburied corpses. Matt also mentioned that the only blue helmets or police they observed were the people accompanying them. So dreadful. The rest of the interview is to air Saturday at 10 o'clock ET.(sorry, I didn't catch if it's am or pm). Will try to catch it and report on it if possible.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 19th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: CNN interview

    It's at 10pm Saturday (already in the calendar at the top of the page). I should be able to get the transcript after the show airs - but please post your comments (for all readers).

    I thought there may be something on 60 Minutes also, but it looks like election talk could take the whole episode.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 20th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Thanks for updates

    Wow! What a fabulous picture! Thanks for posting and for info about Saturday. It's so sad about Haiti. Frankly, it feels like so much tragedy all over the world and so little I can do, except send a check to the Red Cross. Take care, Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 20th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Informant reviews

    There are some very positive test screening reviews of The Informant at IMDB:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 21st, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hi Felicity

    I just got back today from our holiday in the US. We spent a few days in Los Angeles and the first thing we did was go to Graumann's Chinese Theatre to see Matt's hand and feet prints and his Hollywood star. I put my hand in his print and was surprised to discover that his hands are the same size as mine. I guess the cement shrunk as it dried, anyway took a few pictures, that's about as near as I'll get to him and it was great seeing the prints of my other favourite actors there too.

    I've just had a quick read through all the stuff I've missed over the last few weeks, will read in more depth later on, once the jetlag has worn off. Take care and thanks for all your hard work. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 22nd, 2008 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Marcia. I hope you had a great trip.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2008 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)


    Either they didn't air the CNN interview as advertised or I somehow missed it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 23rd, 2008 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: CNN

    It aired at some point - here's part 1 on YouTube and at CNN, but not all of the interview is available:



    Edited at 2008-09-23 02:50 am (UTC)
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