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  • Matt will be performing in The People Speak, Live in Chicago on 31 January. Details are available at the official site. The performance has already sold out, but additional tickets may be released.

    Oscar winner Matt Damon will headline a night of dramatic readings and songs later this month at Metro, 3730 N. Clark.

    “The People Speak, Live!,” on Jan. 31, will feature actors and poets reading the works of rebels and dissenters from history. It’s based on the documentary “The People Speak,” produced by Damon and aired on History in 2009.

    The idea that all of the progress in America towards equality has been struggled for by everyday people, I hope will become a point of discussion for more students of all ages,” Damon said in a statement. “With ‘The People Speak,’ you’re getting the actual historical text verbatim; there’s no spin.”

  • Matt has signed a multi-year deal to be the on-air narrator of advertisements for TD Ameritrade. All fees will be donated to charity.

  • We Bought A Zoo leftovers: David Denby's positive review at The New Yorker; actor Ben Seeder talks about working with Matt; Peter Reigert talks about Matt and being in Zoo; a German interview with Matt and Elle Fanning interviewed at the LA Times:

    Elle: "Before I met Matt and Scarlett [on "Zoo"], they didn't seem like real people. They were like, 'Matt Damon' and 'Scarlett Johansson.' Huge superstars. Then you meet them ... Matt always had his family on set. They'd yell 'Cut' and all his girls would run up to him. He was so nice; he's such a normal guy."

  • A sighting from the New York Post.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 11th, 2012 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    New Statesman article

    FYI, here's a recent article from 'New Statesman' magazine on the Top 20 US Progressives - full article at link:

    Matt Damon: Actor and teachers' campaigner
    If you had to nominate a movie star to be a progressive president, who would you choose? George Clooney is obvious - he's an activist and campaigner, and has the requisite rugged good looks. But Clooney's Ocean's 11 co-star Matt Damon would be the smart choice.


    Edited at 2012-01-11 12:05 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 11th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)


    16 photos of Matt, Lucy and the girls in NY:


    Edited at 2012-01-12 01:09 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 12th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    stroll in new york

    l dont think that is gia and isabella. it might be stella and gia. isabella is over 5 and half years old, she probably is in school plus she should look a lot bigger .
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 13th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: stroll in new york

    It's Isabella and Gia. And they're both on the run to school (see the school bag on the side of the stroller).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 13th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    paparazzi photos

    I wonder what triggered the sudden photos on the school run? Didn't Matt say that he takes his girls to/from school quite regularly? I would have thought that there might be some family photos around the time that 'zoo' opened (as it is a family film and Matt was asked about his children during the promotion), but why the interest now? I guess I will never understand the minds of paparazzis and the media.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 13th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: paparazzi photos

    It's probably just a one-off. Other NY celebs get photographed every day on the school run or around their house. The paparazzi know where Matt lives, but there's little interest in the photos to pap them regularly.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 13th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Haiti visit

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 14th, 2012 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt in LA

    Matt was photographed arriving in LA on Friday. A surprise presenter at the Golden Globes on Sunday? Morgan Freeman is receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award.


    Edited at 2012-01-14 01:17 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 14th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt in LA

    That would be good if he was presenting at the Globes, for once i can watch it here in the UK on sunday night
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 15th, 2012 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt in LA

    The photo agencies claimed he was leaving LA, but I'm not sure how that's possible as he was in NY the night before. There was a special photo at Paramount Studios for 1,000 stars on Friday afternoon, but that's a long trip for one photo (if he took part).

    Edited at 2012-01-15 11:55 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 14th, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    comments about Matt from director Alexander Payne


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