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Christmas in Miami
  • Photos of Matt jogging near his home in Miami on Tuesday are at PopSugar, E Online and here.

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  • The Informant! will be released on DVD and BluRay on 23 February 2010. Extras include a commentary with Steven Soderbergh and writer Scott Z Burns and deleted scenes.

  • Critic Richard Roeper listed The Informant! in his favourite films of the year.

    10. "The Informant!"
    One of the most entertaining movies of the year -- especially if you get a bigger kick out of a well-delivered line of dialogue than another CGI explosion. I'm not sure why filmgoers didn't respond to Steven Soderbergh's offbeat satirical satire, based on true events. Matt Damon packed on the pounds, sported a cheesy mustache and created one of the most original characters of the year: Mark Whitacre, a corporate whistleblower/compulsive liar who is scary-smart and amazingly dim, sometimes in the same moment.

  • Matt talked about his culturally diverse family in this video at YouTube, including:

    "My daughters are English, Swedish, Scottish, Finnish, Italian, Spanish, French, Argentinean and American. That says everything I think about this country and what it’s supposed to be about."

  • Actor Ben Stiller's challenge to Matt to help him build a school in Haiti is also at YouTube.

  • A revealing article with Matt, which is a version of an article previously linked, is here.

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  • An interview with Marguerite Wheatley, who plays Matt's girlfriend in Invictus, is here.

  • Matt attended the second last performance of Kenneth Lonergan's play in New York last week - from the NY Post:

    Seeing Matthew Broderick in "The Starry Messenger" last Friday was the starry audience of Matt Damon and Jules Feiffer...

  • Matt was third on a list of favourite male celebrities of the year at PopEater.

    On the men's side, Depp earned 29 percent of over 58K votes. George Clooney followed him closely with 24 percent and Matt Damon rounded out the top three with 15%.
  • 16 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 25th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
    ¡Merry Christmas to everyone!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 25th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hope Santa/Father Christmas, etc., was kind to everyone. May the peace of the season fill everyone and joy abound.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 26th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks I.B. and Syl. Festive greetings to everyone (and hoping for another great year for Matt in 2010).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 26th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
    I got Matt under my christmas tree!! - well not rely it was a mug with his picture on it but im happy. Merry Christmas to all Exx
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 27th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    French interview

    There's a really interesting interview with Matt in France's Gala magazine - available online here:

    The interview is presumably legit because it's a reputable publication, and the answers are all new (and not film related).

    Matt talks about his recurring nightmare, what he would buy first in a supermarket, and how he's an eternal pessimist and everything stresses him. A few translated quotes (which I'm happy for anyone to psychoanalyze):

    Gala: What do you think in the morning when you look in the mirror?
    MD: That I am simply the luckiest man in the world. I have an exciting job, a career that I love and a really great family.

    Gala: What stresses you most?
    MD: I am an eternal pessimist/worrier, so everything stresses me. Most recently, when I realized that the handle of my refrigerator was scratched. I was sick!

    Gala: What is your recurring nightmare?
    MD: I'm riding my bike in the middle of a deserted road and I can not stop pedaling. Like I'm being forced. Just mentioning it, I'm shaking!

    Gala: What's the first thing you buy in a supermarket?
    MD: With age, I'm being obsessed by cleanliness. I throw myself on all these little liquid soaps with alcohol. It seems that there is nothing better to keep germs at bay.

    Edited at 2009-12-27 12:12 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 28th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Italian interview

    New international interviews continue.

    In an Italian interview Matt mentions that he'll be filming a project with George Clooney before the Liberace project. It's likely to be the project about Osama Bin Laden's driver (and Matt as a lawyer), and hopefully a short film for HBO, because it's not going to make any money.

    An early report about the project from the LA Times and the Guardian:

    What's in your future?
    "From next month I'll be back to work with Clint in Hereafter. Then I'll make a film with the Coen brothers, True Grit, with Jeff Bridges. Then another movie with Clooney and then again with Soderbergh. I'm very lucky."

    It was also reported that George may have been in Miami (with Elisabetta Canalis) for Christmas.

    Edited at 2009-12-28 11:16 am (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: December 28th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Italian interview

    all these controversial political movies make me very nervous for Matt's career. It's fine to do them every once and a while but he seems to be doing a lot of them and I fear it could hurt his overall career.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 28th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: LA Times headline

    That LA Times headline is an appalling example of yellow journalism.

    The only problem I see in Matt's choices is that he is attracted to projects that are smart and adult oriented. And American adults seem reluctant to part with discretionary money right now, politics or no.

    I wouldn't want him to be any different, though. Smart, adult movies are what I want to see.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 28th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: LA Times headline

    I can only imagine that the project will be quick and low budget, if Matt is fitting it in between True Grit (starting in March) and Liberace (starting in June). And nobody should be giving them a lot of money to make it.

    I worry for Matt's political choices too, but it's what he wants to make. There will be a lot of backlash for Green Zone, and the flak for People Speak hasn't completely died down yet. It's got little to do with the actual content of the projects but all about the perception. And Matt enjoys being provocative and challenging audience perceptions.

    All fine and good until you've got a string of flops for adult projects that are noble victories. That's probably still better than being part of studio manufactured crap like Sherlock Holmes.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 29th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: LA Times headline

    I agree with both points of view, but I also think that Western culture is becoming increasingly infantilised, and doesn't seem to want to engage in anything that requires serious thought.

    Although many may have issues with Matt's politics, opinion and lifestyle, it doesn't detract from the fact that he is a fantastic actor, who has been involved in some of the best projects since Good Will Hunting made him a star. He'll always work, and the projects he has done recently will eventually make money for his employers I think. It took ten years for one of his movies to go into profit.

    Love that story about him possibly being in Australia, I hope for your sake it's true.

    Thank you for all your work on this site this year and every year. I hope you and yours have a great 2010, as well as Matt, his family and all visitors to your site. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 30th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: LA Times headline

    Hi Marcia, thanks for your comment.

    I hope Matt isn't in Australia - the media will now be on his trail and he won't get much peace.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 29th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Possible sighting - in Australia

    Strangest possible sighting of all time for me - Matt about two hours away from where I live enjoying the Australian summer??


    HOLLYWOOD star Matt Damon looks to be headed to Sydney for New Year's Eve on board one of the most luxurious private ocean liners on the planet.

    After charming the locals at Batemans Bay this week, Damon (or a man who looked suspiciously like him) happily signed autographs for staff and customers at the Batehaven Fish Shop on Sunday, warmly responding and signing the megastar's name before signing a petition to support a local delicacy - vodka dipping sauce. Yesterday came yet another sighting.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 30th, 2009 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    New Year in Boston for Matt and Family

    Its been reported in the Boston Herald that Matt and family are in Cambridge for New Year - makes sence considering the health problems of late

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 30th, 2009 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Damon New Year

    Or is he still in Miami?

    It seems that our Matt Damon is one of a number of celebs spending the holidays in Miami, and based on yesterday’s Boston weather, we don’t blame him. The Miami Herald reported yesterday that Damon was spotted grabbing a take-out order of chicken and gnocchi from the Miami Beach favorite Cafe Prima Pasta.


    That will keep the paps busy trying to find him
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 30th, 2009 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Damon New Year

    That report is about Wednesday 23 December, based on the original Miami Herald report.

    The Australian report is therefore plausible, but very unlikely. My money's on the Boston Herald.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 30th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Damon New Year

    The only thing i found strange about the Australian story was the fact he was suppose to be on a luxury liner, very nice but i get the impression he doesn't splash out heaps of money for something like that if you understand what i mean. I remember an interview on Letterman where he spoke about the price of 1st class airline tickets and the fact he would never pay that himself.

    Also going by weather reports was it easy to fly to Boston from Miami after Christmas as the snow storms seem to have been pretty bad this year
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