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Joel Siegel Award

  • Matt will be presented with the Joel Siegel Award for his humanitarian work at the upcoming Critics Choice Movie Awards. Details at the LA Times, EW, and this official press release. The awards will be held in Los Angeles on 14 January.

    The BFCA may have snubbed Matt Damon's supporting performance in "True Grit" but they will be feting him at their Jan. 14 Critics Choice kudofest with the Joel Seigel award for his humanitarian efforts, including being a co-founder of Water.org which brings clean drinking water to developing countries. In making the announcement BFCA president Joey Berlin said, "Matt understands, as Joel did, that the true value of celebrity is as an enhanced platform to do good works for others.”

    "Matt personifies the values celebrated by the Joel Siegel Award," says BFCA President Joey Berlin. "Among his many charitable endeavors, Matt's work as co-founder of Water.org has inspired us to honor him."

    The Critics Choice Movie Awards ceremony will be telecast on VH1 at 9 p.m. on Jan. 14.

  • Tina Fey discussed Matt's return to 30 Rock.

  • An article on True Grit's financial success possibly leading to awards consideration, and an interview with Joel and Ethan Coen.

  • From an interview with Hallie Steinfeld at teen.com:

    Teen.com: Tell us something that most people wouldn’t know about Matt Damon?
    Hailee Steinfeld: Matt... has an iPad but all he does with it is play Scrabble.

  • Photos of Matt arriving in LA to start rehearsals for We bought a zoo are at PopSugar. Journalist Lauren Sanchez (also the wife of Matt's agent) mentioned that she will have a role in the film on her Twitter.

  • Hereafter will be released on BluRay and DVD on 15 March 2011.

  • Journalist Tom Shone previewed an upcoming interview with Matt for The Times on his blog, which discusses the origins of Good Will Hunting and the involvement of Terrence Malick. A previous article on Shone's blog about Matt's best roles is available here.

    During a recent interview with Matt Damon for The Times, I spoke at length about the writing of Good Will Hunting. The script arose, he said, from the stew of mixed feelings he had first as a Cambridge townie resentful of Harvard students, then as a Harvard undergraduate himself experiencing first hand the life he had been envying from afar.

  • Jodie Foster will be joining Matt and Sharlto Copley in Neill Blomkamp's Elysium. Matt compaired Hailee Steinfeld to Foster in an interview in the latest issue of Empire, saying she is someone (like Foster) who is unlikely to be "screwed up by the industry".
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