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Save the Children event, 30 Rock
  • Matt and Lucy attended an event hosted by Save the Children to support newborn and child survival programs. Photos are from Zimbio. Lucy did not pose on the red carpet, but was photographed inside and attending the event in Greenwich - photos from GoodGoes Twitter and LuxuryTravelMom's Twitter. Also at the event were Chris Moore, Ann Curry, Meredith Viera, Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford, and Hoda Kotb. A report on the event, with photos, is at the News Times.

    While most people had to tune in to the season finale of NBC's "30 Rock" to see Matt Damon Thursday night, 500 residents watched the actor live at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.

    Damon was honored for his work with Westport-based Save the Children at a fundraiser organized by the agency's Greenwich Leadership Council. The actor, who rose to stardom after writing and starring in "Good Will Hunting," spoke not about the movies, but his role in helping Save the Children raise money to aid people fleeing crushing poverty and political turmoil in Zimbabwe.

    Damon said Thursday he hoped the appearance on [Entourage] made people more aware of his commitment to philanthropy, and that he was talking with the show's producers about coming back.

    "I'm an actor and a writer, and I like making movies and great television if I can, if I'm lucky enough to be invited on," Damon said. "That's where I can help the most, I think. And so if I can find a way to marry those two things I'm hoping that it can be effective in raising awareness."

  • Matt appeared in a cameo role on 30 Rock's season finale on Thursday night, and is expected to be back next season. A recap is at EW, and preview clips (and praise for Matt) are at Eonline (via YouTube) and here. The full clip at NBC is here. Tina Fey talked about Matt returning in the Eonline clips - transcribed in part here.

    Tina Fey has revealed that she would love Matt Damon to return to 30 Rock in the future. Fey explained that Damon, who will appear in the season finale, approached her about a role in the sitcom.

    "He came up to us at the SAG Awards," she told E! Online. "He came up to our table and was like, 'Hey, I want to be on your show'.

    "And then Glee won Ensemble and he came up and he goes, 'No, I changed my mind, I want to be on that show'. And then he came back a third time and was like, 'No, I'm kidding, seriously, I want to be on your show'. So we were like, 'I think Matt wants to be on the show'."

    Fey added that she believes Damon could reprise his role in the future, saying: "Hopefully he will [be back]. He lives here. He was like, 'I live here and my wife wants me to stay home', so hopefully he'll be back. When he's between movies we'll grab him, hopefully. We had a great time in the episode, so yeah, hopefully he'll be back."

  • Following the release of Invictus on DVD this week, Movieline discussed Matt's performance and appeal.

    Damon, on the other hand, barely has a role to play as the politically clueless captain of the rugby team, and he plays the shit out of it. Is he the most reliably sensible, empathetic, unfailingly intelligent actor of his generation?

    I tend to think that’s why he’s a box-office behemoth: there’s something about Damon we trust. We know he will be fast-thinking and communicative and as responsive to dramatic crisis as we would be, even when he’s played sociopaths. (Think The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Informant!, which are, not incidentally, two of Damon’s few non-hits.) Being a movie star isn’t only about acting and beauty - we seek out actors we can believe, and wouldn’t be embarrassed to have, as our surrogates. Damon is for most of us the pointman of choice — try to think of a current movie that wouldn’t be better with him in it.
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    From: gachyy Date: May 21st, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 21st, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
    This link to a press release includes a posed photo of Matt and Lucy with Save The Children President and CEO Charles MacCormack.

    There's an article at People:

    Matt Damon Preps for 'Little Tornado' of Next Baby
    With three kids and another on the way, Matt Damon's household is about to get even busier.

    "We're bracing ourselves for our next little tornado," Damon told PEOPLE at Thursday night's Save the Children's Celebration of Hope fundraiser in Greenwich, Conn., where he was honored for his work with the organization.

    "We're excited," said the actor, 39. "But it is a lot of work."

    Responding to reports this week that he'll return to the NBC comedy next season, Damon told PEOPLE: "If they'll have me, I would love to pop in and see the gang again. I had a great time doing it. I've worked with Alec Baldwin before, and I am a big Tina Fey fan."

    Edited at 2010-05-21 09:26 pm (UTC)
    From: gachyy Date: May 21st, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    From: gachyy Date: May 21st, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 21st, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ratings for 30 Rock episode

    The Nielsen ratings for Matt's episode were good, considering it was up against the Grey's Anatomy finale, which apparently was an incredible episode. GA got its best ratings in quite a while.

    9:30 p.m.

    ABC – Grey’s Anatomy (season finale)
    Viewers: 14.86 million (#1), A18-49: 5.2/14 (#1)

    CBS – CSI (season finale)
    Viewers: 14.47 million (#2), A18-49: 3.3/ 9 (#2)

    NBC – 30 Rock (season finale)
    Viewers: 5.45 million (#4), A18-49: 2.8/ 8 (#3)

    Fox – Fringe (season finale)
    Viewers: 5.62 million (#3), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#4)

    CW – Smallville (R)
    Viewers: 1.27 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

    30 Rock appears to have the highest ratings of the NBC comedies last night, so I would guess Matt had something to do with that:

    On NBC, Community didn’t seem to benefit from the absence of Survivor like other 8pm shows, it was even with last week’s 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Parks & Recreation got a 5% bump vs. last week, as well as last season’s finale with a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. The Office finale was merely even vs. last week, and down 3% from last year’s finale with a 3.4 rating. 30 Rock was up 12% from last week, and even with last season’s finale with a 2.8 rating. The Marriage Ref finale was up 31% vs. last week to a 2.1 rating.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 21st, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ratings for 30 Rock episode

    Oops, I should have said 30 Rock had the highest increase in viewers compared to last week, not that it had the highest rating overall. The Office had a bigger viewing audience.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 21st, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Can the guy who weeps with Robin Williams,emaciates himself in a war film, murders psychopathically, leaps along rooftops, shines as a rugby star, stoically runs covert operations, balloons as an informant, etc., etc. possibly make you like him as a super-cynical pilot willing to let a plane full of passengers rot on the runway while he enjoys himself and then reverse-cap dances the night away with Tina?

    You gotta love this guy. Clearly the most versatile actor now working, he gives you what you're looking for: a good time. It's no wonder Alec Baldwin, in a clip you posted, says he envies Matt's career after lavishly praising him and his choices. Not every film is a box office smash, but Matt is a hit whatever he does. Matt and Tina--hilarious!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 21st, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    30 Rock UK

    I cannot wait to see Matt in the season finale. Comedy Central are showing two at a time so not long to wait now. I know I could watch online, but want to keep things in context so trying to avoid all spoilers.

    Doesn't he look beautiful in the pictures you've posted? We've watched 30 Rock since the start and think Tina Fey is the funniest person on the planet right now! Sorry Jon Stewart. Marcia

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 21st, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: 30 Rock UK

    The episode probably won't air here for a year so I watched it online.

    The clip from the credits of Matt and Liz dancing is available in a loop here:

    or here:

    Edited at 2010-05-22 02:34 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 21st, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Paul Greengrass's possible next movie -would Matt consider a role?

    Hope this isn't too off topic - Paul Greengrass supposedly may next direct a remake of Treasure Island, depending on the script. Just wondering if Matt would consider a role in it.


    Doesn't sound like a Paul Greengrass movie to me, frankly, especially since Treasure Island has already been made into movies and TV shows more than 25 times, according to Wiki. But maybe he's looking for something that has a good chance of being a hit since Green Zone didn't do well.

    The linked article said Paul was in the running to remake Fantastic Voyage in 3D for James Cameron (that doesn't sound like a Greengrass movie either, but I could see him directing that more than I could see him directing Treasure Island). But now Paul is supposedly out of the running, so maybe will do Treasure Island instead. Those both have a lot of male leading roles, so I wonder if Matt will at least consider Treasure Island if Paul directs.

    Also, I wonder if Matt will be considered for the lead in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" if Brad Pitt turns it down. That sounds like a better movie than Treasure Island! I believe the character is older than Matt, and since it's a trilogy they may end up wanting someone just turning 40 instead of an actor in his 40s or early 50s. I looked around the internet a while back and some people were already suggesting Matt would be a good choice before the movie was even a reality. I don't know too much about the director, though. (David Fincher)

    Every hot young actress in Hollywood wants to play the lead in Sony Pictures' The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. But will director David Fincher cast one of them -- or go with an unknown? This is the studio's next 3-film franchise based on Swedish author Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium trilogy.

    [Carey] Mulligan, Page, Kristen Stewart, Mia Wasikowska, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Olivia Thirlby, and Scarlett Johannsen are all circling.

    I hear Sony execs think the bestseller itself is such a phenom, and the material so exciting, that the twentysomething female lead doesn't need a name. On the other hand, they think the male lead does require a star, and the studio is waiting for an answer from Brad Pitt.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 21st, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Paul Greengrass's possible next movie -would Matt consider a role?

    The Swedish version of Girl with the dragon tattoo is great and they don't need an English version. Matt wouldn't really be right for the main character (and neither is Brad Pitt) - he should be older, sadder, greyer.

    I don't think Matt and Paul would sign up again for another non-Bourne project. There are too many echoes (good and bad now) of their former work and Paul probably wants to strike out on his own. Can't see what another version of Treasure Island will add to the world.

    Edited at 2010-05-21 09:24 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 21st, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Paul Greengrass's possible next movie -would Matt consider a role?

    Thanks for your opinion on Matt probably not being right for the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I haven't read any of the books, just some summaries that make it sound good, so it's good to hear from someone who has seen the movie. I knew the character was older but not what he was like. I did notice that the actor who plays the part in the Swedish film is about 50.

    You said:"The Swedish version of Girl with the dragon tattoo is great and they don't need an English version."

    As you know, that (unfortunately) won't stop the Hollywood folks. :-) Or stop them from casting someone who doesn't look the part. But from reading stuff online I think your opinion seems to be the prevailing one; that this movie doesn't need to be remade. It's sad that Treasure Island and a whole bunch of movies that don't need to be remade or have "prequels" are getting made, so I suspect Dragon Tattoo will go forward in this current atmosphere. There doesn't seem to be much appetite for new stories in Hollywood anymore, I guess they don't make enough money.

    Which is probably why Paul Greengrass is trying to do some of these big movies; if he doesn't bring in the money, he won't get offered these directing gigs anymore. Just like Steven Soderbergh really needs Contagion to do well after The Informant, Che, and The Girlfriend Experience didn't do so well (and he also basically got fired from directing Moneyball, the movie with Brad Pitt that now has a new director). Otherwise, I doubt the Liberace movie with Matt will get out of pre-production.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 22nd, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Paul Greengrass's possible next movie -would Matt consider a role?

    An article published today stated the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the two other books comprising the trilogy will be all be filmed together. So Matt wouldn't end up having one advantage I thought he might have, that he's younger than some of the other men supposedly in the running if Brad Pitt turns it down (the usual suspects - Depp, Clooney)and wouldn't age as much if filming took six or seven years.

    Matt likely also wouldn't want to sign on to film a movie and two sequels all in a row - but then again, maybe if they were all filmed in New York City, he might consider it. :-)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 21st, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Where is he?

    I know you posted a while ago that Matt was in Austin, but it's so odd that he would fly to Connecticut while he's in the middle of shooting True Grit in Texas. Is he done shooting, or has he not started?

    The writing on 30 Rock is almost surreal in how funny and fast it is. I bet Matt really enjoyed the challenge of the pace, because there's simply nothing else like it anywhere. My favorite line: "Yeah, I'm a doorman... to the SKY!"

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 21st, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Where is he?

    He was on set in Austin for a week solo, having arrived on Wednesday of last week. He's been going back and forth to Austin for a while, but I think that was his first week shooting as a block.

    There are a few sightings of Matt walking around NY today with kids and he's got another benefit on Saturday.

    Matt's only got a supporting role in True Grit and said he would only be doing about six weeks work total. I think most of his filming will be in the weeks ahead, but he'll come back to NY for the two days off per week (and I'm sure they're arranging his schedule so he has as few shooting blocks as possible).

    ETA: Matt's at the Pearl Jam concert in NY and Eddie Vedder did a shout-out to Howard Zinn. Pearl Jam's official site also has a page dedicated to water.org in their activism section of the site.

    Edited at 2010-05-22 02:45 am (UTC)
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