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Mandela dinner, PGL pics
  • Matt attended a dinner in honor of Nelson Mandela in New York. Details from the NY Post.

    Stars hail Mandela

    May 13, 2005 -- The cream of the New York and Hollywood elite came together in lower Manhattan last night in a star-studded event honoring Nelson Mandela.

    Among the luminaries gathered to fete the former South African president at the Tribeca Grill were actors Sean Penn, Hugh Jackman, John Travolta, Richard Gere and Matt Damon, along with one of the evening's hosts, Robert De Niro.

    Co-host and hotel tycoon Jerry Inzerillo thanked Mandela for "spreading your humanity and message of hope throughout the world."

    The frail 87-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who first visited the restaurant during a trip to New York in 1990, hammed it up with heavyweight legend Muhammad Ali, who pretended to box with him.

    Ali also mugged it up with actor Leonardo DiCaprio and CBS head Les Moonves, and even performed a magic trick for "Saturday Night Fever" star Travolta.

    Others in attendance included billionaire Donald Trump, musicians Dave Matthews, Jon Bon Jovi and Quincy Jones, supermodel Naomi Campbell, hip-hop master Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, and directors Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee.
    Actresses Glenn Close, Kelly Preston and Carey Lowell and Vanity Fair honcho Graydon Carter also turned out to pay homage to the legendary apartheid opponent.

  • Photos of Matt from the PGL finale are from the Bravo website.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 13th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Are they sharing clothes?

    Forgive me as I don't have TV and don't get to watch the show, but isn't that "The Nuts" t-shirt that Ben has on in the picture the same T-shirt that Matt was wearing in the pictures of he and Lucy in LA posted last week?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 14th, 2005 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Are they sharing clothes?

    It's a shirt promoting Texas hold'em poker ("that you just got the nuts on the flop"). Probably sent out to all poker-playing celebs or wannabes.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 13th, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It was nice that Matt got a little face time on the show without anyone else save John Gulagher, but I got the impression that last night's episode wasn't the last one because they got extra money to punch FEAST up a little.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 14th, 2005 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
    Is it me?, or does it look like you can cut the tension between matt and ben with a knife. They're smiling for the camera to say they're still friends, but the look in ben's eyes makes me think otherwise. I didn't see the episode so I'm just going on the picture. Will someone please prove me wrong.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 14th, 2005 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)
    Is there some underline tension between matt and ben? They didn't seem to happy to see one another, but I missed the episode.
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