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  • Photos of Matt, Lucy, Isabella and Gia on the beach in Hawaii on holiday are at PopSugar. A photo of Matt surfing was at Us magazine, with another photo at People (both are below).

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  • Matt may attend the Mandela Day concert in New York on 18 July.

  • Journalist Ben Lyons (At the Movies, The Daily Ten) wrote on his Twitter account today that he will be visiting Africa shortly with Matt to promote OneXOne.

  • Producer Frank Marshall has provided an update on Bourne 4 and says that Matt will not be considered for the Lance Armstrong movie.

    While filming continues on M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, Marshall is actively moving forward with another major movie franchise, as they're developing a fourth movie starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, although a lot of elements still need to come into place. "We'd like to shoot next year," he told us. "It's trying to get everybody's schedules in the right place and getting the script right. We've done pretty well with these scripts that are pretty loosely put together, but I'd like the script to be really solid this time before we go forward. We're spending a lot of time on this story."

    At one point, there were some thoughts that Damon might take on the role of Lance Armstrong in the biopic about the celebrity cyclist which is moving forward at Columbia Pictures, but Marshall said they'd be looking for a new up ‘n' coming actor to take on the role instead. "The book really only takes Lance up to the first tour, so he's only 21, and as much as Matt looks young, I'm not sure that he's going to be able to do it."

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  • In an interview at Entertainment Tonight Michael Douglas stated that he is hoping to do the Liberace biopic with Matt for director Steven Soderbergh in February 2010.

  • Clint Eastwood discussed Invictus at a recent panel, reported at the Hollywood Reporter.

    The Malpaso way, which is Eastwood's way, is lean, quiet, streamlined, actor-friendly--as long as they're willing to deliver in just a few takes. When Kevin Costner didn't show up on time for a scene during Perfect World, Eastwood just shot over the shoulder of his stunt double and was ready to shoot his face too when Costner turned up, shocked. "I'm paid to shoot film, that's what I'm here for," Eastwood told the star.

    Typically, Eastwood's latest, the South African drama Invictus, which Morgan Freeman brought to Eastwood, who in turn brought in Warner Bros., came in under its $50 million budget and four or five days shy of its 55 day schedule. "They bought it right away," said Eastwood. "It was an easy sell. Nelson Mandela is noble subject matter."

  • Other Invictus reports - a hairdresser who worked on the movie is interviewed here, and the source book's author, John Carlin, is interviewed about the book and his time on the set here.

  • Matt was interviewed for the documentary All in: The Poker Movie, which just premiered (and received an award) at CineVegas. A few reports are at Pokernews.com and here. Movieline reports that in the doc Matt says Rounders is the most influential film he's ever made.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 17th, 2009 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)
    Great stuff as always, and sorry to be shallow but Lucy has a lovely figure, hard to believe she's had 3 children. You wouldn't catch me in a bikini, especially with the paparazzi watching. Marcia

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 17th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)


    I thought Lucy also looked really great (and confident). Haven't seen her in a bikini since back in their dating days.

    Surprised there aren't more paparazzi pics, but there are very few available, and they've been in Hawaii since 9 June.

    Very happy that Matt's no longer attached to the Lance project. Never expected to see him do it, but I'm happy it's no longer a prospect.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 18th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
    My God, he's hot.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 19th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    My, my, my ... If I thought my husband wouldn't notice I'd sleep with that photo of Matt under my pillow!
    jjthomas10 From: jjthomas10 Date: June 20th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)
    I am relieved that Matt won't be playing Lance Armstrong. Incredibly relieved.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 20th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I hate to point this out, but where is Alexia.
    Lucy's first child from her first marriage.
    I hardly ever see her in any pictures.
    I hope it is just that the pazzari don't take her picture, but I have not seem her in a LONG time.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 20th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Alexia??

    I hate this being raised all the time. It's not for anyone to discuss as we don't know the full story.

    Alexia was with them for the recent NY trip, even though she wasn't photographed with them in all the widely published photos. We've only seen five photos from Hawaii and shouldn't speculate on life outside five photos.

    Alexia was also part of the Bahamas trip (pre-South Africa) but not shown by most of the photo sites.

    I think Matt usually asks photographers not to take pictures of her to protect her privacy. I know she's been cut out of some published photos even though there's evidence she's in the background.

    I'd love all speculation by readers about this to stop. In a Bourne Ultimatum era article Matt said her father had Alexia every second weekend. She's with Matt and Lucy for most of the time. Speculation over.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 21st, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Alexia??

    Well said.
    It's astonishing the leaps of logic people will take on incomplete information. It's as though someone took a picture of me walking my dog, and someone I barely know sees the photo and assumes, "Oh, she and her husband must have split up!"
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 21st, 2009 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)


    A story from the rugby set of Invictus, and it includes a photo of the NZ and SA 'teams' with the trophy.

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