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We Bought A Zoo, Time 100
  • We Bought A Zoo wrapped on Wednesday ahead of a cast party on Saturday. Cameron Crowe did not attend the premiere of his new Elton John documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, but sent a video from the set. A still with Cameron, Matt, cast and crew is available at the documentary's Facebook page. Crowe talked about finishing the documentary while still working on Zoo in a video at Elton John's website. And a review of the doco is available at Movieline.

    Caption: Cameron Crowe on video, working on another film had the folks in the room around him shouting out thanks to all involved or who supported the film...

    Thousands of viewers dropped by the namesake neighboorhood for a free outdoor screening of Cameron Crowe’s The Union, a world-premiere documentary about the rekindled musical relationship between Elton John and his chief influence, songwriter/bandleader Leon Russell.

    Sir Elton himself introduced the film, standing in for Crowe (who cheerfully sent his video regards along with Matt Damon, a capuchin monkey, and the rest of the gang on the set of his upcoming film We Bought a Zoo) and Russell (whose own video salutation was a little more subdued but no less earnest).

  • After the film wrapped, Matt apparently recorded a voiceover for a new documentary about education at the studio of musician Kenny G:

    Kenny G: OH!!! I have to brag.....Matt Damon is in my studio right now narrating a documentary about education! I should ask him to take a picture with me!!! I'm nervous!!! KG

  • A reference to Matt and his mother's long-term financial support of a non-profit organisation promoting peace and social justice from Patch:

    They have even been seeing donations from as far away as Hollywood. Actor Matt Damon, whose mother has been a support of The Peace Abbey, recently made a donation.

    “We did get a check from Matt Damon," Walsh said. "For $2500, he does give that every year, so that’s really wonderful that we were able to get that.”

    “His mother is a wonderful person and works in peace education and is also an author of several books in the Boston area and she’s been a friend of the Peace Abbey in the past,” said Walsh."

  • Update: Matt and Gary White have been named in Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, the Time 100. From a press release. (But really - Blake Lively's also on the list??)

    TIME named Matt Damon and Gary White, co-founders of Water.org, to the 2011 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes appear in the May 2 issue of TIME, available on newsstands on Friday, April 22, and now at http://time.com/time100.

    "Water and sanitation are the most basic building blocks of human life and dignity. Without them, people will forever struggle to move forward with their lives," said Gary White. He continued, "Matt and I, along with our staff, partners, donors, and long-time supporters believe we can achieve universal access to safe water in our lifetime. We know there will never be enough charity to fully realize our vision so it requires us to continually look to new ideas and ways to reach more people more quickly - something we have been doing since our founding."

  • The Time 100 entry on the official Time website was written by Ted Danson - bonus caricature at the site.

    Matt Damon and Gary White, activists
    Being a celebrity is like being a 5-year-old in a room with all the adults staring at you. It's easy to spin out of control. But if you redirect the energy coming at you to a cause you care about, it can be very powerful.

    In Matt Damon's case, what he wants you to know is that every 15 minutes a child under the age of 5 dies because of a lack of clean water and sanitation and it doesn't have to be that way. Matt, 40, teamed up with Gary White, 48, a longtime expert in water-supply systems, in 2009 and created Water.org. Their message is one of hope; their solutions for providing access to clean water are simple and cost effective. And their work gives us an opportunity to change lives forever.
  • 17 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 21st, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Peace Abbey

    Thanks for the latest updates.

    As usual you've found out a lot of very interesting information.

    I have a wee niggle though with the Peace Abbey, not only outing Matt as a donor but also quoting how much he donates each year. May be it's different in the US but such an action would be considered very unprofessional in the UK. Of course, Matt may be OK with it, but the charity I work with goes out of it's way to protect celebrity donors, and would not expose somebody in that way and would never mention in the public domain how much they give. I'm sure they do very good work, but this is not something I think should be done. Marcia

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 21st, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Peace Abbey

    Absolutely, but the article's about how desperate the organisation is to secure funding and keep operating. So maybe they think outing Matt (and his amount) is justified for any attention they may receive.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 21st, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Not to be pedantic, but isn't it every 15 seconds that a child dies due to lack of clean water?
    At any rate, in the age of Charlie Sheen it is nice to see Matt and Gary being recognised for the positive things they do with celebrity.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 21st, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It's good news, but it's overshadowed by the many ridiculous choices on the list (Mia Wasikowska?) Was it only selected by reader voting? But if it raises awareness it can't be all bad.
    walkintowalls99 From: walkintowalls99 Date: April 22nd, 2011 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
    Having the likes of Blake freakin' Lively and Bruno Mars on there is far worse.

    Mia W. may not be influential yet, but she's sickeningly talented and could possibly win an Oscar before she turns 30. No one's talking about Lively in that regard.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 22nd, 2011 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
    Yep, noted Lively in the main post as a terrible choice (and written up by Baz Luhrmann??)
    walkintowalls99 From: walkintowalls99 Date: April 22nd, 2011 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
    Oh, yeah, I forgot about that. It made no sense at all, considering their only interaction was that he merely auditioned her for "The Great Gatsby."

    It's kind of like Woody Allen writing a blurb for Oprah.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 22nd, 2011 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne Legacy, Liberace

    Jeremy Renner is now confirmed to take the lead in Bourne Legacy. What a boring choice for an overexposed actor.

    Richard LaGravenese (writer) now says Liberace could film later this year:
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: April 22nd, 2011 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne Legacy, Liberace

    Renner is such a blah choice. I mean it's like they said get someone similar to Matt and maybe no one will notice it's not matt and that he isnt in the movie.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 22nd, 2011 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne Legacy, Liberace

    You really wish the studio had allowed Gilroy to go a little offbeat. Anthony Mackie or Oscar Isaac would have been fantastic - and they really wanted the role. It's just another film to add to Renner's franchise list.

    I am so pleased Matt's not just selling out Greengrass to do the movie as people expected. He doesn't need to do a superhero or cartoon movie and won't. (And nor will he call the paps or go to the opening of a clothing store for whatever purpose. Geez, Jennifer Garner.)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: April 22nd, 2011 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne Legacy, Liberace

    I really wish they would have just cast Edgar Ramerez(sp)and just done a continuation of his character. There's a story already there, and it's a character than Bourne fans already know. But yeah Mackie and Isaac would have been great too.

    My fear is that this movie will do well cause people will still think it's a Bourne movie.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 22nd, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne Legacy, Liberace

    I agree the Ramirez character would have been the most interesting choice. After all, he's the character Bourne already influenced. Obviously the studio didn't want to go ethnic because of concerns the audience wouldn't accept it.

    It's awful to say it, but in the best interest of movies in general I hope the thing is a colossal failure.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: April 22nd, 2011 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne Legacy, Liberace

    btw I couldn't get the Liberace link to work.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 22nd, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne Legacy, Liberace

    I think it's going to prove every point the studio's trying to make. People may say they'll boycott the movie now if Matt's not in it but once there's a decent trailer people will go.

    The text from the Liberace story:
    Can we talk about upcoming projects? Next is “Liberace.”
    It's a project I've been working on with Steven Soderbergh, based on Liberace's biography, for about three years; but between his schedule and mine, it's taken a while. Now, it looks like it's finally going to start filming later this year, for release next year or the year after.

    The story is told from his lover, Scott Thorson's (Matt Damon) point of view. (Michael Douglas has been attached to the project as Liberace.) It's the story of their life together, and it's really a fascinating story, in my opinion.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 23rd, 2011 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)


    There are really cute pictures of Matt, Luciana and Mickey Mouse together at Disneyland at Popsugar.com...They look so happy, love it!! Matt's hair is super-long again...
    wonder what he'll look like for Elysium?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 23rd, 2011 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Disneyland

    Matt's said before he'll have to be in great shape. And if he's going for an ex-con look and a cliche, it's probably a buzz-cut.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 22nd, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Photos of Matt and Lucy at Disneyland:

    The girls were there but have been deliberately kept out of these promotional photos.

    Edited at 2011-04-22 10:04 pm (UTC)
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