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  • In an interview at Time, Matt discusses the Red Sox, the teachers rally and water.org, including:

    Why have you chosen to focus on water in your philanthropy?
    I met the engineer Gary White, and I was so inspired by his innovations that we founded Water.org He invented WaterCredit, which takes the concepts behind microfinance and applies them to water. Say you live in a slum in India, where a municipality is piping clean water through the neighborhood. For a $75 loan, you can get that water coming directly into your home forever.

    At the Save Our Schools rally in Washington, you made comments defending teachers that received a lot of attention.
    My mother is a professor of early-childhood education. At the rally, I just wanted to boost teachers' morale because they've been taking a real beating. How many young people are not going into teaching who would have if there was more prestige or if public treatment of teachers was better?

    You've been critical of President Obama recently. What kind of leader do we need?
    Somebody who believes that building a strong, solid, educated middle class is ultimately the best thing for America. Someone like FDR. There's a misconception that leaders lead. They don't. They follow. Every great movement has come from the bottom up.

  • In a junket interview at the Chicago Sun-Times, Matt mentions that Liberace will start filming in June 2012.

  • A trailer and poster for Margaret is available at Indiewire.

  • One of the experts used in prepping the Contagion script, Laurie Garrett, discusses her involvement with the film here.

  • A Chicago-based interview about Contagion is available at WGNTV.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 2nd, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)


    From an interview with Elijah Wood and Jason Gann of Wilfred:


    In the beginning of the season we kind of all talked about the mention of Matt Damon movies, but since it's aired has Matt Damon seen this show? Has there been any talk of maybe him appearing on the show and maybe as like a gratitude of all of his help maybe "Ryan" is able to track him down and have him meet "Wilfred"?

    Jason Gann: I've got some ideas if we can ever get Matt involved in an episode. I'm unaware about whether he knows about the show or seen it, but look, I think that we'd be crazy if we didn't try and get him on, and yes we get to have "Wilfred" react with him. I doubt he'd be able to see "Wilfred" in the same form as "Ryan," but yes, he'd be really funny in it.

    Elijah Wood: Ah, it'd be brilliant.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 2nd, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    already in Venice?


    According to his article Matt, gwyneth paltrow and Jude law have already arrived but it erroneously states that contagion is in competition. (unless something has changed)? I guess we'll get pics soon.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 2nd, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: already in Venice?

    No, I think that item was just plain wrong (or pre-emptory).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 3rd, 2011 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)


    Possible sighting - Matt was in Vancouver today?

    salisburyt: Matt Damon came to rent a bike at my work and I wasn't there! He gave a $60 tip :O
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 3rd, 2011 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Venice?

    I saw that. Would'nt he be on his way already? I guess we'll find out soon enough. He'll definitely be in ny next week.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 3rd, 2011 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
    I honestly don't think he is going. I heard it was onlybgoing to be paltrow and Jennifer, maybe fishburn. Jodie wasn't in Venice either so they may be working.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 3rd, 2011 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's in Venice

    Scrap all that - Matt's in Venice (and will be met with quite a bit of negative reaction about the film). Gwyneth appears to be the only other star there.

    veneziadavivere: #Venezia68 tutta questa polizia...Sta arrivando qualcuno di importante: matt damon? #vdvlive in pole t.co/cVhnggJ
    rmc_cinema: Tra pochi minuti conferenza stampa di "Contagion": presenti, oltre al regista, Matt Damon e Gwyneth Paltrow!!! #Venezia68

    (Some like the film a lot, but others are calling it a silly genre movie that should not be at the festival.)

    Edited at 2011-09-03 11:00 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 3rd, 2011 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt's in Venice

    First photos of Matt, Gwyneth, Jennifer Ehle, Laurence Fishburne. Also nice to see Terry Rigarlsford (Matt's European security guard) in the mix.


    Video of the boat arrival:

    Press conference:
    gsgabriele: #Venezia68 conferenza stampa di contagion t.co/CbkziVB

    Edited at 2011-09-03 12:53 pm (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 3rd, 2011 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
    Nevermind e earthing I said....ha.

    Playlist liked it. Anne Thompson
    Iiked it. As well as incontention and Sasha at awards daily and I believe dave Poland did too. None have posted more than tweets or talked about it in their Oscar talk audio programs more will come later.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 3rd, 2011 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
    Sasha sent a tweet calling it "pulsating greatness" :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 3rd, 2011 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
    Yes - listened to Oscar talk to hear that Anne and Kris really like it (in a non-awards kind of way). And Sasha always likes Matt films. Others think it's too impersonal and cold.

    Matt flew about 15 hours to get to Venice. Impressive.

    Soderbergh's apparently said at the press conference that he will take a sabbatical from directing for 12 months (presumably after Liberace and Magic Mike).

    Edited at 2011-09-03 11:47 am (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 3rd, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It's funny people say it is cold and impersonal cause I think Tarpley from inContention is right in saying that that is the way it is supposed to be. It's a movie about staying away from people. It's funny how some people are really really like a movie and others can really really hate it for all the same reasons.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 3rd, 2011 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    First reviews

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 3rd, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    He's really liking his v neck shirts. The only bad thing about this promotion they tend to repeat the same ? The la press got like that. Glad he made it and can't wait for pics from premiere.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 3rd, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Most press so far for Matt at Venice focuses on his hair and weight. First photos are up in a new post.

    As noted in this Twitter comment:

    @GabeKlinger: #Venezia68 God bless U.S. celeb media for flying 7000 kms to Venice to ask Matt Damon about his hair.
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