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Holiday pics, various
  • Photos of Matt and family vacationing with Don Cheadle and his family near George Clooney's home in Lake Como, Italy, are at BauerGriffin, The Insider and here.

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  • The report about Matt and his beekeeping past on Wikipedia has been debunked.

  • Terry Gilliam talks about problems with Brothers Grimm and the fake nose story at HitFix.com.

  • A lengthy report on Matt's TCA appearance and The People Speak is at KansasCity.com.

  • Mark Whitacre is the subject of a new book, compiled from interviews with family members.

  • An amusing and snarky recent item from Us Weekly:

    Matt and Ben's double date

    Bon appetit! Old pals Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and wives Jennifer Garner and Luciana Damon caught up during dinner at Beverly Hills' Polo Lounge on June 29. On the menu: salads, red wine - and an onslaught of fans. According to a witness, whenever someone approached their table, Affleck was extra-friendly, even asking fans where they were from, while Garner, 37, appeared lukewarm at best.

    In fact, it was only when one admirer requested a photo with Garner alone that the actress lit up. (Garner's rep couldn't be reached for comment.) By contrast, Luciana, 33, gladly stayed out of a lot of snapshots, and when one diner asked Luciana to take a picture of him with the three A-listers, Luciana happily obliged!
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Lucy's a class act

    Interesting dinner. Overly friendly Ben, stuck up Jenny, sweet Matt and classy Lucy.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 5th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lucy's a class act

    Agreed. It supports some rumors about Ms Garner (to me). I really don't think there's much of a friendship between her and Matt/Lucy.

    Edited at 2009-08-05 12:56 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Wow, an awesome collection of assorted stories. Thanks!

    I find it completely hilarious that Whitacre has written a book. That guy is incredible. Literally, you couldn't make this stuff up!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: thanks

    My father did not write this book. Our entire family interviewed for this book. It is a book written about what our family went through, because the other two books are 10 years old and focused on the case only. The case happened almost 2 decades ago. The new book focuses on how my mother started the case, and what our family then went through prior to my dad's diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder. It also covers what happened since the other to books were written 10 years ago. The new book focuses on how we survived as a family with dad in prison for eight years. Our family became stronger and closer than ever before. Mom and dad had their 30th wedding anniversary in June. That tells you how much they care for one another. Mom was the glue that held it all together and kept dad alive. After several years of treatment for bipolar disorder, dad has overcome tremendous odds over the past decade. He fully admits to his crimes and mistakes during the ADM case. He is a very loving, caring person and has regained the respect from many in the world, including the FBI agents he worked with. My mother and three FBI agents went on national TV recently and supported dad, where it aired yesterday on Discovery. A chapter in the book is devoted to comments from the FBI including official letters from the FBI agents written to the White House in support of dad. They are trying to clear his criminal record. Many families are hit with adversity and then crumble. This book is how our family handled it and survived it. The book's sample chapter excerpt is at www.markwhitacreagainstallodds.com
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)


    Thanks for keeping such an excellent and updated website about Matt Damon. Several of my friends have also become fans of your site. I started viewing your site months ago because of Matt Damon playing my father, and then became a big fan of your site. I was already a Matt Damon fan. I love the Bourne movies. My parents have a great relationship with Warner Brothers and the movie team for The Informant. They spent a few days with WB in June in Burbank and they had a fantastic time while there. They liked the movie. Mom said Matt Damon plays dad perfectly. She said there are also some sad parts in the film that were hard for them to relive, and that Matt Damon did well portraying mental illness, bipolar, at its worst level. I wish that I could have been there too. After my parents were there, I received several neat gifts and posters from WB that I cherish. Thanks again for maintaining such a great website.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 6th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Thanks

    Thanks for your comments and for following the website. I changed the main text to incorporate your comments about the book.

    I look forward to the movie's release (and associated media interest) to see how everything plays out, and how people relate to the movie. I'm really pleased to know your mother was happy with Matt's portrayal.

    (Just wish I could see the movie before December when it is released in Australia...)

    Edited at 2009-08-06 08:04 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: thanks

    Sorry that I misinterpreted the story. I know several families who are dealing with the challenge of bipolar family members and your story will certainly be inspiring to them. All kudos to your mom - she must be a mountain of strength.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: thanks

    Thanks for your comments. I am fully aware that my dad looks like a doofus in many parts of this movie, because my parents told me all about the movie. They wanted to prepare all members of our family and friends in what is coming with the movie. When bipolar was at its worst and untreated 15 years ago, dad really was crazy. But with years of excellent treatment, he has come out of his delusional world and has done fantastically. Manic depression is a tough illness on any family, and we circled the wagons and survived it. Today, my dad and our family live very productive, normal lives. Mom saved the family from crumbling.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 30th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    I still work at ADM

    Im not sure which of mark's kids is posting here, but i wanted to say hello and let you know i work at ADM still, i started a year before your dad came on,,, i used to see him everyday if he was there when i delivered a daily hedge report. Your dad was the only upper managment who made us little nobodys feel good, he always said hello, how you doing, and always had a smile from day one,i do fell a few others back then got away with not doing any time but thats just my opinion,, glad to hear you are all doing so well. ADM is all a buzz about the movie, they even released a e- mail to all of us last week in reference to it and was a bit over kill lol.. anyway
    there are several of us old timers left there and a few will be in the movie, take care and tell your dad a lowly clerk says hello,,
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It may be more about Garner's communications difficulties with Ben (which are whispered about here and there)than any antipathy for Matt and Lucy. Lucy is a very confident person; she clearly has not bought into Hollywood-style relationships with their attendant ego-fests and remains very down-to-earth like our boy, Matt. It's always great when people act like the mortals we all are and do not take their brief stay on Earth or their own seeming importance too seriously.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 9th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Lake Como pics

    New photos from Lake Como of Matt, Lucy, Don Cheadle and kids on a boat (and in the water):
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 10th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lake Como pics

    And more new photos from Sunday of Matt and family on a boat:
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