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We bought a zoo, Contagion
  • The first test screenings for We bought a zoo were held this week in Los Angeles and brief reviews on Twitter are positive (think 'lovely' and 'adorable').

  • Another casual photo of Matt in Vancouver is at Holy Moly.

  • Contagion will be shown out of competition at the Venice Film Festival.

  • Edward Norton tweeted on Thursday about a new project he's involved in with Matt - as board members of the Harlem Success Garden, created by their driver in New York, Tony Hillery.

    EdwardNorton: Matt Damon intro'd me to this guy when making Rounders. He's amazing. We both love him. more story from me in the link

    I met Tony Hillery back when I was making the movie "Rounders". Matt Damon tipped me to Tony's terrific car service company, TZR, and, as he always is, Matt was holding an Ace up his sleeve. Tony is pure class...self-made man, family man and a true citizen who cares about his community and country. After many early mornings and late nights in cars with him discussing politics and the challenges of America Tony said to me one day "You know I got tired of hearing myself just talk about everything that's wrong with the world and I decided I needed to DO something...so I started this project. Can I tell you about it?" Within 15 minutes he had sketched out the idea and the mission of Harlem Grown and the project to restore the Harlem Success Garden.

    I'm inspired by his passion and I'm proud to say I've joined his Board along with Matt D and we're raising all the support we can.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 29th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt & Ben

    HA,HA!I really like "baldy Matt" . But Ben looks awful and much older than Matt. Although he's 2 years younger, right?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 29th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ben Affleck

    Hi! Do you know if Ben is sporting that terrible hair for a movie role? Or is it just bad taste? haha
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 30th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben Affleck

    It's for his role in Argo, set in the 1970s. He's acting and directing in the film.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 30th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben Affleck

    Oh I didn't know that, thanks!;D
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: July 30th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
    In case anyone is interested I believe they will be showing the SOS march on livestream here.


    it starts at noon eastern time so a little less than an hour.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 30th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Washington trip

    Tweet tags are #sosmarch or #saveourschools and one live blog will be at:

    Matt caught a midnight plane out of Vancouver for NY and then another flight to Washington. Crazy (and he wasn't even working on Friday).

    Other links:

    * Backstage photos at http://twitter.com/#!/TeacherSabrina
    * Live coverage at the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post_now/post/live-coverage-save-our-schools-march/2011/07/28/gIQAPjFQjI_blog.html
    * Find #SOSMarch on #YouTube at #HeresToOurSchools

    Edited at 2011-07-30 03:51 pm (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: July 30th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The link that I posted doesn't seem to be an actual webcast as much as some random guy doing a really bad webcast. There is no picture, so feel free to delete the link. sorry.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 30th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm listening to it (3am here), but the quality and content is pretty awful. I think Matt's talking later, so I'll keep it going while there's a chance we can hear him speak.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: July 30th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Tuned in right as Matt started talking. He really is a great public speaker. All things well said.

    That webcast person was terrible though. ugh.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 30th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt seemed to be the headline speech, and the last person to speak before the march (he was introduced by Nancy). He's also done a lot of interviews.

    A few quotes from the speech:

    kelly8sully: Matt Damon's mom introducing him ... she's a teacher! "My sons are both artists ... Matt, you're bald!" #sosmarch

    DavidKY2R: I brought my son, a very talented public school graduate, to speak today: Matt Damon's mom (teacher of teachers)

    FundEducationFL: Matt Damon and his Mom are speaking now. "I think you are awesome, I was raised by a teacher..."

    MissP_in_DC: Matt Damon: "From K till I graduated from high school, I attended public school. What makes me who I am cannot be measured by a test."

    @michaelalison Damon to teachers: my love of learning, passion for acting, curiousity...none of those things can be tested #sosmarch

    Edu_Trends: "Millions of us have your back" - Matt Damon #SOSMarch

    @Aronic_MCPhD: Matt Damon: My teachers were empowered to teach me, not waste time on test prep...

    @brainyandbrawny: Damon: "I had a brush with high stakes testing. My mom went to the principal and said My kid ain't taking that." #SOSmarch

    museblogger: Matt Damon: Says he's never been introduced by his mom, who is a teacher, before. Cute! #SOSmarch
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 30th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Photos and reports via Twitter

    Travis_Waldron: Matt Damon backstage at Save Our Schools march #SOSmarch http://yfrog.com/h0rkghsbj

    khans1024: Matt Damon here at #SOSmarch in DC! @postlocal @michaelalison twitpic.com/5yborm

    educationweek: #SOsMarch Matt Damon is here. t.co/FEDHCtW via @twitpic

    michaelalison: Matt Damon at #S0SMarch says his children go to a private school, which is not "driven by high stakes tests"

    khans1024: Matt Damon speaks to reporters about #edreform, quality edication isn't driven by "high stakes testing" •

    TeacherSabrina: SWOON!!!! Matt Damon...#SOSMarch t.co/2CV6YQl

    khans1024: Matt Damon wants Obamato "listen to the teachers" on #edreform #SOSmarch @postlocal @michaelalison twitpic.com/5ybvgl

    gothamschools: #sosmarch ladies and gentleman, matt damon t.co/dPcn6Bz •

    Best tweet so far:
    gothamschools: "just google ' matt damon's mother" - matt damon's mother when asked how to spell her last name

    Edited at 2011-07-30 05:43 pm (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: July 30th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
    ugh I'm sure Matt is going to get a lot of wank because of the "among other things" comment about the gov of Wis, which is sad cause he was just answering a question and very briefly at that.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 30th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: July 30th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Walker took away the rights of many unions in Wisconsin. So needless to say he isn't popular among people who favor unions, but the Right wingers love him.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 30th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Got it.
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