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Water.org, Adjustment Bureau
  • Matt and Gary White of Water.org were the opening speakers at the Clinton Global Initiative on Tuesday as they announced a new initiative in Haiti. Reports and video are at Tonic.com, PR Newswire, Cisco.com or the updated site at Water.org. Photos are from Yahoo, PopSugar, Just Jared and Premiere.

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    Today at the opening plenary of the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Water.org co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White announced the organization's $2 million commitment to provide 50,000 people in Haiti with safe water and sanitation over the next three years. As part of the commitment, Water.org has also launched a social media campaign so that anyone can participate in meeting the water challenge in Haiti.

  • Bill Clinton praised the work of Matt and water.org on the Larry King program on CNN recently:

    KING: Did Global Initiative get involved in health?
    CLINTON: Absolutely. We do a lot of work on health. But keep in mind, we do most of our work on health among low income people in America who need basic health care and in developing parts of the world, where, you know, like my foundation does, too.

    We give two thirds of the poor children in the world who get AIDS medicine get it through our health contracts and our foundation. Half of all the adults get it through our contract. So -- and the Global Initiative has done an amazing amount of work on clean water, particularly.

    Matt Damon, the actor, is a very, very serious leader in this global clean water endeavor. It's really impressive, since a billion people never get to drink a clean glass of water. It's a huge deal. And -- and if global warming continues, there will be, relatively speaking, less water per person. And you're going to have huge problems over water.

  • Photos of Matt and co-star Anthony Mackie on the set of The Adjustment Bureau are at PopSugar, Us magazine and People. Mackie also attended the premiere of The Informant! in New York last week.

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  • The Informant! co-star Jayden Lund discussed working with Matt in Decatur at the Argus Leader:

    Thinking back on "The Informant!" shoot, Lund shifts attention away from himself to talk about how impressed he was with how Matt Damon handled co-actors and fans, especially one rainy day during a shoot in Decatur, Ill.

    "There were about 65 people standing in the rain all day just waiting to get an autograph from him. He felt so bad that he went out there and made sure that everyone got an autograph," Lund said. "I don't know too many big names that would do that."

  • There may be a new PSA video with Matt and Adrian Grenier filmed on the set of Entourage - a report is here.
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    Comments
    From: ilario1 Date: September 23rd, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Great News! The Informant May Have Found Its Audience!

    Monday-$862,113
    Tuesday-$1,064,121

    Bringing the total haul to $12,390,548. Hopefully, this will hold up and the people who actually are interested in this type of movie will go and see it.

    This movie will open in a lot of international markets next month. They should be able to make a profit.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 23rd, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great News! The Informant May Have Found Its Audience!

    It will make a profit. Following the cinema release there are sales to cable and TV, and then DVD sales plus all the international releases. And it's already over halfway to making its distribution costs back.
    From: ilario1 Date: September 23rd, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great News! The Informant May Have Found Its Audience!

    Yes there are dvd sales and what not. But I'm happy that it is getting a theatre audience even with the mixed fan reviews.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 24th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great News! The Informant May Have Found Its Audience!

    Soderbergh joked in an interview that Warner Bros spent more on advertising than actually making the movie. That's where they may not get their costs back.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 24th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great News! The Informant May Have Found Its Audience!

    LOL Didn't they share costs with another production company on this? Soderbergh is a funny dude. On another note, the adjustment bureau looks interesting.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 24th, 2009 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great News! The Informant May Have Found Its Audience!

    They shared costs with Groundswell and Participant.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 25th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great News! The Informant May Have Found Its Audience!

    They are advertising this movie very heavily in the US. Hope it pays off for them.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt & Clinton

    What an odd coincidence. At the very time Matt's playing a character who is a politician he's hanging with the biggest politicos around. Think he's got his eyes open? lol
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 24th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt & Clinton

    And to make it stranger I'm sure he appeared at the CGI in his Adjustment Bureau suit and tie. And they even filmed scenes for Adjustment Bureau with Clinton at the hotel. Now that's crazy.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 24th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Water Initiative

    Good job on the water initiative Matt. We need the help down here. 50,000 is a great start, but remember we have 9,000,000 citizens in Haiti, most of which can't open a faucet and get clean water. The wells down here are way too shallow to get clean water. But again, this is a great start and we appreciate your concern.

    bob valerius

    northeast125@yahoo.com

    http://www.haitichurchofchrist.org
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 24th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Water Initiative

    Thank you for the message but this site has no direct contact with Matt, and is maintained by a fan.
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