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More photos, Darfur auction
  • Photos of Matt and Lucy arriving at their hotel in London on Friday are at Splash News.

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  • A report on the Darfur auction Thursday is at The Independent by Janet Street-Porter. Hamilton's an interesting guy, and was impressive in an episode of the Sundance Channel's Iconoclasts series.

    I've had some tough assignments, but running the auction at a fund-raising dinner for the actor's favourite charity, the Not on Our Watch foundation, was probably the most nerve-racking, as the celebrity audience included Kid Rock and Matt Damon, who sportingly splashed out $40,000 (£27,400) to spend a day with surfing legend Laird Hamilton.

  • Various fan encounters with Matt (including photos) are at meetthefamous.com.

  • A good interview with Steven Soderbergh is at Indiewire, and he was also interviewed for the Wall Street Journal, which revealed the comparatively low budget for The Informant:

    In a typical career sequence for Mr. Soderbergh, he followed his work on "Che" by shooting a $22.5 million Matt Damon movie for Warner Bros. about a price-fixing scandal in the world of agriculture, called "The Informant," which comes out next fall; from there, he quickly moved on to production on "The Girlfriend Experience," starring mostly nonprofessional actors and made on a shoestring budget of about $1.8 million.

  • Matt came third in the best autograph collectors of the year from the official Autograph Collector magazine, but came first in this Autographs blog:

    We have put together a list of the top 10 celebrity signers nationwide. The criteria includes how the celebrity interacts with the fans in different situations and locations, not just in Hollywood. We have used emails and reports from hundreds of collectors to put the list together.

    1. Matt Damon - signs everything and in most locations - doesn't mind taking a photo as well -cordial and respectful of fans - always one of the best signers.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 8th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Stuck on You - continued

    I just wanted to add that I too think Stuck on You is underrated. I really like it. OK, it's not hysterically funny, but it is a warm-hearted, sweet little comedy; and also one of the few major films to have positive images of the disabled.

    Thanks for the info about Matt's coat with all the badges on it. I hadn't seen him in it before and was curious about it.

    Thank for the sterling work you do here. Don't let the haters get to you Felicity, they really need to get a life! Marcia

    jjthomas10 From: jjthomas10 Date: December 15th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)
    O boy, people are going to go ballistic when they look closely at that first picture on meetthefamous.com and see that Matt has a cigarette behind his ear. Because, nowdays that's such a moral failing.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 19th, 2008 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
    But the photo is a few years old.
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