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Photos, Green Zone
  • Matt will attend a discussion in Boston on Haiti with Dr Paul Farmer - from the Boston Herald:

    We hear: That Cambridge homey-gone-Hollywood-do-gooder Matt Damon will rap about Haiti with Partners in Health nonprofit founder Dr. Paul Farmer at the John F. Kennedy Library on Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m.

  • Universal has released the first official still from Green Zone as part of their 2009 preview - the photo is available here.

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  • Photos of Matt, Lucy and Alexia at a restaurant in Buenos Aires are at Pure People.

  • A fun competition of photo-shopped Matt photos is at worth1000.com.

  • USA Today has a new (and fairly pointless) article comparing the lives of Matt and Ben.

  • An article at the Sydney Morning Herald discusses celebrities who 'overshare' personal information with the public, and includes the following reference to Matt and the 2006 'letter' by Peter Bart:

    I was reminded of the open letter Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart wrote to Matt Damon, chastising the actor for being "utterly secretive" about his private life. Bart compared Damon with the famously reclusive Marlon Brando but even Damon fronts up for loads of interviews and events and has spoken about his wife and family frequently, though never in great detail. Sure, he likes to "keep his private life private", but since when were privacy and secretiveness synonymous? And why is an attachment to the former seen as, in the words of Bart, "mildly pathological"?

    Today we all live with the expectation that we must happily spill our guts for whoever cares to slosh through them. Once considered a virtue, discretion is now viewed as either a character flaw or a sign that you're hiding one.

    We've become so used to hearing about the lovers' tiffs, sexual kinks and medical problems of celebrities that those who refuse to offer up such details are treated with outright hostility - as in the attack on Damon - or suspicion.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 7th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Sydney Morning Herald

    Amen to that article. I'm sick to death of celebrities sharing even the most trivial stuff from their private life to tabloids and magazines, often for a fee or to promote some dubious product.

    Matt's quite right to keep his private life private. Personally I'm not interested; all that interests me about him are his public life, movies, projects etc. and his humanitarian work. I couldn't care less about what colour socks he wears, or his medical history or sexual quirks.

    The Daily Mail and The Times have chosen Green Zone as must see movies this year, both have given release dates of Autumn 2009. The Daily Mail even went so far as to describe Paul Greengrass as Britian's favourite director! I guess the Autumn will be a busy time for him promoting two movies all over the world :) Marcia

    P.S. Nice pic by the way.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 8th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Sydney Morning Herald

    I've got Green Zone listed as a US summer release at the moment because a few actors who recently worked on the movie have it listed as summer on their websites.

    I don't think it can feasibly come out at the end of the year due to Matt overload: Informant in September, Human Factor in December. They're going to need to spread out his movies and GZ should be finished soon (although there are still rumors of yet more re-shoots). Universal need to pick a release date and distribute a trailer - it's ignored in many 2009 previews.

    Edited at 2009-01-08 05:49 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 7th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bart article, usa today

    My impression is that the Bart article was received with a torrent of criticism. The reader's comments section was full of slams against Bart and defending Damon. Some insinuated that Bart was attempting to strongarm Matt into joining some sort of public forum that he was sponsoring. I'm glad to see it revisited in the press and treated with the scorn it deserves.

    I can only think it must have been a slow news day for usa today. Congratulations to Ben, however. Nice that they each have two girls (and Alexia, of course).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 8th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bart article, usa today

    My memory of the Bart article is that a few ardent Matt fans wrote in Matt's defence, but nobody else really seemed to care enough to object or criticise the article. I'm surprised that a writer even remembers it a few years on (although it still upsets me that Bart spent a whole article knocking Matt for no obvious reason). Attack somebody who actually deserves it, like those who avoid press junkets when they're the star of the movie just because the movie sucks, like Owen Wilson or Vince Vaughn.

    Edited at 2009-01-08 05:43 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 8th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Loved the photo! Interesting article on oversharing

    First, love the photo, can really see how blue Matt's eyes are. About Matt's personal life, I definitely hope he and his family are well and happy but I seriously don't want all the gory details of their lives either. Though to be honest, I must admit I like seeing pics of him and his family. At the same time I can appreciate that we shouldn't be enabling paparazzi to invade his family's pricavy. -- Thanks for the slew of updates, Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 8th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)


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