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Parade interview
  • Matt will be featured in Parade magazine this week to promote America's Giving Challenge. More details about the initiative, including a video with Matt, are available at this site.

    PARADE will help launch the America's Giving Challenge 2009 with a cover story on October 11 by Matt Damon. In addition to being a Hollywood superstar, Damon is also a passionate philanthropist. In his PARADE article, he encourages the magazine's 73 million readers to "find out what you can do to make a difference. Take five minutes to educate yourself on an issue you didn't know about before. Then tell somebody else. Or make a small donation, if you can. Every dollar counts."

    Participants can register to compete in the Giving Challenge, view details and donate to a cause they care about at www.americasgivingchallenge.com.

  • Steven Soderbergh discussed the upcoming Liberace biopic at MTV.

    "It's told from the perspective of Scott," Soderbergh said of the film, which he hopes to begin shooting sometime soon. "We have this framing device in which he's laying [the story] out for us. As a narrator, it feels like he has an agenda — and then when you get to the ending you realize, 'Oh, it's not what I thought.'

    "It's pretty crazy," Soderbergh said of the film's tone. "I don't think it's a comedy, but it's pretty funny because the environment and the lifestyle are so extreme that even just having these guys carry on a quote-unquote 'normal' conversation in one of these rooms wearing the clothes that they wore, it's hard to look at that and take it at face value.

    "I think it's going to be really funny," he said of the flick that will reunite him with "The Informant!" star Damon, and set the actor and Douglas amid an array of candles, pianos, diamonds and other Liberace hallmarks. "It lands in a really unexpected way. The ending is surprisingly emotional. It will be unexpected. It ends really, really well.

    "I'm really excited about it," he added. "Those guys are going to be amazing."

  • A new interview with Matt for The Informant! is at Moviehole, including:

    How did you feel when you looked at yourself in the mirror?
    I thought it was a blast and my wife liked it when I paraded around with my belly hanging out. And actors don't usually get to eat just what they want, but for this film I'd be at home all day drinking beer and eating pizza. My wife would walk in and look at me stuffing my face and I'd just go, ‘Hey, I'm working here!'

    Do you have a preference for making big blockbusters like the Bourne films or more character-based pieces like The Informant!?
    I just want there to be space for both. A lot of the edgier stuff certainly seems to have gone to TV and it seems like films have to get bigger and bigger in order to get people to theaters. But I think if you keep to a certain budget and don't take too long to shoot it, there is still room for more thoughtful films like this one.

  • A new song by Shakira titled Men in this town includes the following lyrics:

    Is there a prince in this fable
    For a small town girl like me?
    The good ones are gone or not able…
    and Matt Damon’s not meant for me
    Damon’s not meant for me (Damnit!)

  • Matt celebrated his 39th birthday on the set of The Adjustment Bureau overnight during a late shoot. About 200 extras, cast and crew sang to him and celebrated with a chocolate cake, with Lucy reportedly also on set.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
    39, wow! hope you have a good day with your wife, daughters and friends.

    And as for the lyric of the song,

    Matt and Shakira used to live in the same area in Miami, so I guess they know each other.
    Syl.
    From: ilario1 Date: October 8th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Happy Birthday Matt!

    I'm gonna celebrate your birthday with a marathon.

    From: ilario1 Date: October 8th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Happy Birthday Matt!

    LOL @ that Shakira song. I think we all can feel her pain.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 9th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Various

    A longer video about the Giving Challenge:

    http://www.parade.com/contests/givingchallenge/2009/index.html

    The story isn't up yet but there's a summary of the article (written by Matt) at Contact Music:

    http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/damon-writes-about-clean-water-woes_1118533

    And Anthony Mackie at Us:
    Next up is Anthony Mackie, who is working with Matt Damon in The Adjustment Bureau. What is he like as a dad? “The great thing about Matt is that his family comes first,” Anthony tells me. “From talking to him and spending time with him, the one thing that you're always assured of is if something goes wrong with his family, he's going to be there first. That's part of it to any good dad.”
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 9th, 2009 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Hamlet visit

    Matt and Lucy attended an evening performance of Hamlet, starring Jude Law, on his birthday. Matt also met Jude after the show. A photo of Matt leaving the show is at this site (in a very familiar old jumper):

    http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/forum/topic/822039

    Edited at 2009-10-09 08:56 am (UTC)
    From: ilario1 Date: October 9th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hamlet visit

    How cool. He and Lucy went to support Jude Law. I was pondering what he would do to celebrate his birthday. Ripley co-stars reunited.

    thanks for posting all this good info. I check in here regularly now.
    you are a treasure. You really need to look into being a publicist for a career, lol.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 9th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hamlet visit

    An unpaid publicist with only one client? I'll just call it my pro bono sideline.
    From: ilario1 Date: October 9th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hamlet visit

    Now you know I want you to get paid. The only reason you'll have only 1 client is because you like it that way, lol.

    I guess you call that a "Labor of Love."

    All kidding aside, you maintain a fabolous site. The best fansite ever.

    Keep up the good work.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 10th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hamlet visit

    I agree with ilario1 this is the best fan site ever, thank you for doing this and keeping us informed on Matt's projects, ive been a fan of his for 3 years now and im realy looking forward to seeing The Informant when its released in the UK.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 10th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Various

    Thanks for your comments.

    A photo of Matt and Lucy leaving Hamlet is here:
    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1021&message=33296620&changemode=1

    Newspusher has video of them leaving but I can't access the video or a still.

    Matt and Ben are tenth cousins once removed:
    http://www.bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view.bg?articleid=1203371&srvc=track&position=0

    Matt's Parade article is now available:
    http://www.parade.com/celebrity/2009/10/matt-damon-gives-back.html

    And a lovely introduction to the article by Janice Kaplan:
    http://www.parade.com/news/first-take/2009/1009-matt-damon-eyes-a-bigger-purpose.html

    A birthday photo celebration at PopSugar:
    http://www.popsugar.com/5496109


    Edited at 2009-10-10 02:15 am (UTC)
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