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Howard Zinn tribute
  • Matt attended a tribute to Howard Zinn in Boston with his family - details at the Boston Globe:

    Over 250 friends and family gathered Saturday at the Arlington Street Church to pay tribute to the late Howard Zinn, the longtime BU political science professor and author of the influential book, "A People's History of the United States."

    Zinn, who died in January at the age of 87, was more than once referred to as "Howie" by a crowd of admirers that included familiar faces from the fields of academia and entertainment.

    Actor Matt Damon, a former neighbor of Zinn's, was with his mom, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, and his wife Luciana and daughter Alexia. Also there were Chris Moore, producer of "The People Speak," the movie based on Zinn's bestselling book, and actor Benjamin Bratt, who appears in the film.

    Hardly a somber affair, the service easily included as many laughs as tears. Damon said one of the last times he spent with Zinn was at the Toronto Film Festival, for a screening of "The People Speak." While the film's focus is on everyday Americans, a ticket to the screening cost $800. With a smile, Damon said Zinn could not resist pointing out the irony.

  • Matt was interviewed by his friend Michelle Merkin at the Cinematheque Award for TV Guide, and the video is at YouTube.

  • Ocean's producer Jerry Weintraub is releasing a book about his life and career.

  • An article on the ongoing work of OneXOne in Haiti is here.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 5th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Damon Easter morning

    The day after the Zinnmemorial, Matt was seen in front of the Charles Hotel in his hometown of Cambridge,Mass.
    Here is the link to a blog that has the photos...http://iewtg.th8.us
    If that does not work the blod is pictureboston.com
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 6th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Damon Easter morning

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 5th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Easter

    I hope his kids got there easter eggs
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 6th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Forbes list of hardest working actors

    http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/05/rogen-freeman-damon-business-entertainment-hardest-working-actors.html?boxes=Homepagechannels

    Matt is third on a new list of the hardest working actors

    Our annual ranking of A-list actors who have scored top billing in the largest number of decently performing movies over the past five years features not a single name that appears on our list of Hollywood's highest-earning actors.

    How can that be? Karie Bible, a box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations, attributes it to some stars' habit of alternating between films with obvious mass appeal and more risky, niche movies.

    One example: Matt Damon, who came in No. 3 on this year's list (Damon's eight top movies over the past five years pulled in a combined $696 million, including $227 million from The Bourne Ultimatum). "The Bourne films notwithstanding, Matt Damon tends to go more for artistic challenges over box-office hits," says Bible. "A film like The Informant, which brought in just $33 million, was something Damon did because it was a smart, adult film."

    So too with Damon's choice of Invictus, a film about South Africa and Nelson Mandela that made just $36 million. Damon took a part in the film due to his desire to work with director Clint Eastwood, whose work he has long admired, says Bible.

    http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/05/rogen-freeman-damon-business-entertainment-hardest-working-actors_slide_4.html
    Text: Damon has appeared in eight movies that earned more than $20 million in the last five years. They earned $696 million, including The Departed ($132 million) and Ocean's Thirteen ($117 million). Projects set for release in 2010 include the Coen brothers' remake of True Grit and the Clint Eastwood-directed Hereafter.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 6th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Possible UN role

    Matt possibly being courted by UN for a role promoting water issues:

    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/blogs/niteside/NTSD-Matt-Damon-Sought-as-UN-Spokesman-Official--89911837.html
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