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Sighting, Informant
  • A sighting from the Miami Herald:

    Actor Matt Damon and his wife Luciana dined at Pacific Time in the Design District on Sunday night. The Damons and friends lingered over PT's signature chicken and Szechuan mahi, and owner Jonathan Eismann said they were among the nicest customers they've ever had.

  • A few new photos of Matt and family at the restaurant in Buenos Aires on 27 December are at X17online.

  • Matt will support screenings for Running the Sahara, despite the movie already being shown on cable - details here:

    The initial film that FWV and BPB Branded are supporting is Running the Sahara, a documentary executive produced and narrated by actor Matt Damon, which is being released concurrently on Showtime this month and via special theatrical event screenings across the country over the next few months that will be attended by Damon and/or other stars of the film.

  • The first review of The Bourne Collection on BluRay is at DB Techno.

  • Steven Soderbergh shot some additional footage for The Informant during a recent Tokyo press tour:

    Steven Soderbergh tends to travel light — even when he has a movie camera tucked inside his suitcase. That's how the filmmaker set off on a recent Japanese press tour where, between interviews, he used a lightweight high-definition video camera known as the Red One to steal some Tokyo exteriors for his upcoming movie The Informant, a darkly comic thriller based on New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald's nonfiction best-seller.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 15th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Haiti panel discussion

    More details about the panel discussion on Haiti issues scheduled for 27 January in Boston are now available.

    The formal invitation is:

    A live broadcast of the discussion will be available on the Partners in Health website.

    More details are also at the Library's site:


    New* Change Haiti Can Believe In
    Tuesday, January 27, 2009 5:30-7:00 PM
    Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health; actor and activist Matt Damon, who recently visited Haiti to assist victims devastated by hurricanes; Massachusetts State Representative and Haitian-American Linda Dorcena Forry; and Brian Concannon, Jr., director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, share their stories of eradicating disease and injustice in one of the world's poorest nations, and discuss how changes in U.S. policy can help to build a stronger, more resilient,and prosperous Haiti. Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, moderates.

    PLEASE NOTE: Seating is limited and restricted to two seats per person. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Doors to the main hall open one hour before the program begins. Once the main hall is full, audience members will be seated in an overflow theater where the forum will be streamed live.

    Edited at 2009-01-15 01:42 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    BluRay Bourne a Disappointment?

    Thanks for the great links. I checked out the link to the Bourne Collection on BlueRay, and it sounds like there will be no new features on the BluRay format. Only a new capability for viewing. Darn! I want more Bourne now! Oh, well. At least I can get a new Matt fix when "The Informant" comes out. Take care, Cheryl
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Entertainment Weekly takes Matt's Suggestion

    In this week's Entertainment Weekly, they have an article on re-judging the Oscars winners. They actually did a "industry-wide survey" for 5 different years to see if the winners would be different. They quote Matt "... 'The only way to judge a movie is 10 years down the line,' Oscar Winner Matt Damon told EW a while back. 'I think they should do the Oscars that way' We agree..." And in this revote, "Saving Private Ryan" won out over "Shakespeare In Love". Ah! Justice at last! (Though I did like Shakespeare In Love" too). Take care, Cheryl
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 18th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Damon in "Twilight"

    All right, so the subject title is a bit of a tease. Of course, Matt isn't in twilight, BUT, Matt and "Bourne Identity" are mentioned for their influence on the "Twilight" movie's action scenes. Here's the quote from the "Twilight: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companion" : "... Godfrey cited the Bourne series, wherein Matt Damon plays an assassin trained to be a virtual killing machine who becomes an amnesic, as an example of a crowd-pleasing movie that didn't need to be muscled up with CG enhancement. Damon himself stars in the fight scenes, and explosions and car crashes and other stunts happen in front of the camera. The Bourne precedent was also mentioned by stunt coordinator and second unit director Andy Cheng ... [talks about other movie fighting styles] But in the last five years it's changed [in America] to where you see Matt Damon in "The Bourne Identity" doing long choreographed fighting in one take." -- Frankly, after seeing "Twilight" I can't imagine any similarities in the fighting scenes! The fighting scenes in "Twilight" and the CGI is pretty awful, so I'm kind of thinking that any association between the great hand to hand fighting scenes in the Bourne series and ANY fight scene in "Twilight" remains in the person's imagination. -- Thought you all might find this amusing -- Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 18th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Damon in "Twilight"

    Thanks for your comments Cheryl. That's a connection I hadn't heard of before - the only other Twilight link to Matt I can think of is that Taylor Lautner has referenced Matt a few times as an actor he admires.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 19th, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne Identity comparison article

    Hi Felicity

    The Times Knowledge magazine (weekly TV listings) had the following article written by Caitlin Moran comparing the original Bourne Identity starring Richard Chamberlain and Jaclyn Smith in 1988, which is being shown in it's original format on one of the satellite stations here this week, with the 2002 version starring Matt.

    I've posted the url below if anyone wants to read it. Caitlin Moran is known for her humourous columns (she also writes the Alphamummy blog on Times Online)so don't be offended by her 'tone'. I found it interesting and funny. Marcia

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 19th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne Identity comparison article

    Replying to myself. Having re-read the article I realised there are probably some cultural references that need explaining to those under 35 or who aren't British, here goes:

    Blue Peter - children's TV show produced by the BBC that's been running for about 50 years, and still going strong.
    Wispa - extremely popular candy bar from the 1980's (recently brought back due to popular demand), so good I would lay waste to all around me for one!
    GHD - Hair straightner
    Kit Kat - two biscuit fingers covered in chocolate, not as nice as a Wispa, but pretty good.
    Yo! Sushi - very popular Japanese sushi bars, mostly based in the West End and City of Central London.
    Scrunchy - elastic band covered with scrunched material, that came in all colours and sizes that were very popular with teenaged girls in the mid 1980's.

    Hope that helps. M
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 20th, 2009 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne Identity comparison article

    Thanks Marcia, I hadn't seen that. Not what I was expecting!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 29th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Your opinions........

    I enjoy your movies, so does my wife. However, you should stay in your little bubble, stick to acting!!! You sound very uneducated, everytime you open your mouth outside of acting. Nobody, I mean nobody cares what you personally think!!
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