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Informant, OneXOne, various
  • Details of the 23 February release of The Informant! on Blu-ray are at Amazon. The audio commentary with Steven Soderbergh and Scott Z Burns will only be available on Blu-ray. An article about Matt's make-up artist Christine Beveridge, and her work on The Informant!, is at Variety. An article with composer Marvin Hamlisch is here.

    "It's easy to push too much," says Beveridge, who also worked with a team to fit Damon with a prosthetic to make his nose look wider, a mustache and a wig designed to actually look like it was a toupee. "So when we were putting everything together, we worked toward getting the essence of the character rather than being exact in our interpretation."

    Considering all those adjustments, Beveridge was able to put Damon's look together in about 90 minutes each day.

    "We worked quickly to make sure it wasn't too much," Beveridge says. "And Matt was a great sport about it."

  • Photos of Matt arriving solo at Los Angeles airport and meeting fans on Monday night are at PopSugar, Bauer Griffin and Just Jared.

  • PopSugar reported a sighting of Matt in LA on Thursday via Twitter:

    Spotted: Matt Damon holding Isabella at the Beverly hills hotel! Sporting his Pats hat and chatting about the family.

  • Hereafter filming moves from Hawaii this week to Matt's first scenes in San Francisco next week. Reports on the filming in Maui are here and here.

  • A report on water.org and founder Gary White is at Pitch.com, including:

    Today, White is the executive director and co-founder of a standard-setting nonprofit called Water.org. The other co-founder? Matt Damon.

    White met Damon at a 2008 meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. Damon was already involved in relief efforts through the H2O Africa Foundation, which he created in 2006. The actor liked White's ideas. H2O Africa made a grant to WaterPartners, the organization that White had started with the help of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church.

    White and Damon stayed in touch. White says Damon is "incredibly knowledgeable about the water and sanitation crisis."

  • Donations for the Haiti earthquake appeal are being sought by OneXOne. Frank McKenna, who was part of the delegation with Matt to Haiti in 2008, discussed the devastation in Haiti at the Telegraph Journal. Matt is likely to be part of the telethon being organised by George Clooney for 22 January. Water.org also has prepared a Q&A about water.org's response to the earthquake.

    "The devastation is extraordinary," Frank McKenna said from Toronto, where he had been up all night following developments and organizing relief efforts. "A lot of people we have met before, including the UN delegation, appear to be dead. The devastation is complete."

    "When I went in 2008, there were 800 people dead, and it was a terrible thing to see," McKenna said a few hours after TD Bank made a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross, an amount quickly matched by RBC. "But this is way beyond that. They are talking about staggering numbers."

    In Rothesay, Judith Irving was working hard on Wednesday on relief plans for ONEXONE, for which she serves on the board of directors. The organization is accepting donations on its website to purchase water purification kits, blankets and medical supplies, which will soon be airlifted to Haiti.

  • A new featurette on Green Zone, which includes mini-interviews with Matt and Paul Greengrass, is at The Playlist.

  • Former LivePlanet exec Sean Bailey has been appointed Disney's new president of production - details at Variety.

  • A good profile of Matt is at Marie Claire France.

  • A New York judge considers Matt to be a good influence on a high profile criminal offender:

    Former NY1 star Dominic Carter was sentenced Thursday to a month in jail for punching, kicking and choking his wife at their home in October 2008.

    During the sentencing, the judge reportedly gave Carter a copy of an article about actor Matt Damon in which he expresses his views on honesty and humility. Something he said that Carter should focus on.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 15th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New Matt Film - Happy Feet 2 ??

    Just found this


    Interesting, Isabella and Gia will love it and me to
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 15th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New Matt Film - Happy Feet 2 ??

    Yes, it sounds a natural fit for Brad and Matt.

    EXCLUSIVE: Brad Pitt and Matt Damon to Reteam for George Miller
    Matt Damon and Brad Pitt haven’t made a movie together since Ocean’s Thirteen, but Movieline hears that the two actors have both been cast in an upcoming film directed by George Miller. No, not Miller’s Mad Max reboot starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. I’m warning you, temper your expectations a little.

    Pitt and Damon will both be voicing characters in Miller’s Happy Feet 2, a 3-D sequel to his 2006 animated film. They’ll be joining original cast members who include Robin Williams and Elijah Wood.

    Warner Bros. refused comment on the casting, but Movieline sources say that it’s a done deal — in fact, both Pitt and Damon were recording for it this week.

    Happy Feet 2 is currently set for release on November 28, 2011.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 15th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Critics Choice Awards

    The Critics Choice Awards are tonight in LA, hosted by Kristin Chenoweth. Matt may attend as he's nominated for Invictus.

    The awards are on VH1 in the US (but I don't think they are broadcast in Australia).

    Update: Matt is at the awards.

    Edited at 2010-01-16 02:55 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 16th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Critics Choice Awards

    Did anyone watch the show?

    Matt and Lucy were there, but not many photos are available yet. According to Twitter reports on the Vh1 'mingle cam' Matt was seen talking with Joe Jonas, but I'm not sure how many times he was on the broadcast. Any reports would be appreciated.

    Edited at 2010-01-16 04:34 am (UTC)
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