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Informant delayed, InStyle
  • The Informant looks to have been delayed until after the festival season in 2009, with this site claiming a new release date of 11 September 2009.

  • A sighting from People online.

    Matt Damon, rising to his feet as Olivia Newton John gave a surprise performance – and not at a public concert. The pop star performed at the wedding of Marquis Jet cofounder Jesse Itzler and Sarah Blakely in Boca Grande, Fla. Damon attended the ceremony with his wife Luciana, who also cheered on the musical entertainment.

  • As promised online, the latest issue of InStyle includes a photo special on the OneXOne portrait studio from Toronto, and includes a few photos of Matt. Here's some of the text.

    It was the easiest phone call to make," said Matt Damon of enlisting his friends to be photographed at the In Style/Diesel lounge in Toronto and chat about their festival projects. The portraits will be auctioned off to benefit the children's charity One X One, so "I didn't have to sell them on anything," as Damon put it.

    And sure enough, the film festival's biggest stars put their faces to work. Josh Brolin, who swooped in to pose for photographer Raphael Mazzucco with only a few minutes between obligations, explained, "Anything I can do to support my friend Matt."

    MATT DAMON [for] The People Speak "I rarely take the title of producer, but in this case I participated in the creative aspect."

  • It's from a few years ago, but here's a good report of Matt talking with fans after a Letterman appearance.

  • H20 Africa has a new deal with Renaissance.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 23rd, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
    My goodness Felicity you do keep busy manning (or is it womanning) this site. Thank you for all the great (and not always pleasant) work you do on keeping Matt's fans up to date with what he does in his public life.

    That picture of Matt with a cigarette behind his ear is funny to see, I'd totally forgotten he used to smoke (so glad he quit, disgusting habit)! Interesting comment from Josh Brolin; posters of W are all over the tube at the moment, it opens here either this or next weekend, from the clips I've seen it looks very interesting. Oliver Stone's interview on the Daily Show was hilarious. Marcia

    PS. I love Lucy's shoes, my shoe fetish shows no signs of abating.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 23rd, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Stuff

    Lucy's shoes are great - Louboutin's, and possibly the yoyo slingbacks.

    The photos of Matt in flip-flops have led to some seriously erroneous tabloid reporting around the world. It started with a UK tabloid which called Matt essentially trashy for wearing them at a wedding. This was taken up by a series of Romanian gossip sites, who have false quotes of the bride being upstaged by Matt wearing the shoes, and saying Matt was therefore acting very disrespectfully and upset her day! Why bother with the truth when you can make these things up! (As quoted in the story - and quoted on the site - the bride gave flip-flops for all the guests to wear on the beach).

    Josh Brolin has said a few times now that he and Matt are friends, and Josh has certainly been supporting The People Speak (and he's now a producer on the project). Funny to note of course that Josh took the role originally intended for Matt in 'Milk'.

    If Green Zone doesn't come out until the end of 2009, it will be over two years between major releases for Matt if Informant stays on track for its new September release. That's an awfully long time between movies and promotional campaigns.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 23rd, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Stuff

    Is Green Zone really slated to come out so late in '09? I had assumed it would be marketed as an action movie and be out during the summer.

    Bummer! That's much too long! I'm already suffering serious Matt withdrawl. I actually rented school ties the other day!!!
    need matt... need matt...
    Paula
    From: nejaa_halcyon11 Date: October 24th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Stuff

    Sounds to me like they're going to promote for awards, a la Black Hawk Down or Platoon.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 24th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Stuff

    I don't think they know how to market Green Zone. The re-shoots are in a couple of weeks, and maybe then they'll decide whether it's a summer movie (action with prospects of box office) or fall/winter (awards prospects).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 24th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    OneXOne press

    No photos yet, hopefully they're coming...

    Matt, Wyclef and David Arquette attended a food relief distribution centre on Thursday morning:
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/cityinsider/detail?&entry_id=31850

    Comments by Matt to AP about various things, including Joe the Plumber:
    http://www.sfexaminer.com/ap/?id=682889
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