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Matt Damon News Column

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, 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

    "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 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.
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