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People Speak event in Chicago
  • Matt performed in The People Speak, Live event in Chicago on Tuesday. An interview with Matt and Chris Moore before the show is at ABC Chicago, where Matt was asked about his future plans (response below). A radio interview with Chris Moore is here.

    Matt: I’ve been working for about a year and I’m now working at being a dad and staying home. It’s a good job.

  • Before the event Matt and Lupe Fiasco attended a student performance inspired by the project at TEAM Englewood High School - a report is here.

    A group of students sat in a circle sharing their poetry, perspectives and personal takes on U.S. history. It was a kind of prep for these students at TEAM Englewood High School on Chicago’s South Side; this spring they will put on a performance to highlight anonymous voices in American history.

    The student project is a spinoff from Howard Zinn’s seminal book, A People’s History of the United States. Two years ago actor Matt Damon co-produced a documentary from Zinn’s material that aired on HBO. Damon’s also associated with an offshoot from Zinn's tome, a nonprofit civic engagement outfit called Voices of a People’s History.

    That brought him to Englewood Tuesday afternoon.

    Englewood Speaks is the name of the student performance — the only one of its kind in the city that’s connected to the Voices project.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 1st, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Chicago TV interview

    A gushy TV interview from Chicago morning TV (?) with Matt and Lupe Fiasco:


    A review at the Chicago Tribune:


    Huffington Post story with a link to the ABC interview:


    Edited at 2012-02-01 10:08 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 1st, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New home for writing project

    Focus and Participant are acquiring Matt and John's writing project, which is still untitled.

    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: February 2nd, 2012 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New home for writing project

    They updated the article to say it going to be titled "Promised Land".
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 2nd, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Jimmy Kimmel

    Jimmy Kimmel and John Krasinski jokingly discuss the writing project with Matt (part 2):

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 3rd, 2012 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Nice radio interview

    I didn't see this on the site - sorry if I missed it and you already have this. It's a second, very good, wbez interview with Matt and Lupe Fiasco.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 3rd, 2012 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Nice radio interview

    Thanks Paula.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2012 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt doesn't appear to be at the superbowl. No reliable sightings of him since Thursday. It sure has gone quiet. Good for him bad for us I guess.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 6th, 2012 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)


    Agreed - it's been very quiet. Matt may actually have been in Vancouver - a sighting at the Vancouver Film Studios last week:

    And there are possible sightings of Matt and John Krasinski at the Superbowl.

    Separately, this was from Us magazine's VIP Scene section (latest issue):

    Matt Damon using different voices as he read to one of his girls at a Barnes & Noble in NYC.

    Edited at 2012-02-06 10:24 am (UTC)
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2012 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Miramax college tour

    I missed all references to this - Chris Moore at a Q&A as part of a Miramax college tour:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne Legacy

    Anyone else just want to wake up when Bourne Legacy is over?

    Love that Tony Gilroy can so quickly switch sides and feign interest in the series again when there's money to be made. Just a Universal cash grab without loyalty or soul.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 9th, 2012 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne Legacy

    I know I do. I said it before and I'll say it again. I have no interest in this movie.

    It's so quiet right now. Where in the world is Matt?
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 9th, 2012 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    German GQ interview

    New quotes in a German GQ interview?


    Part of the interview is online (same quotes that appear in the press release):


    Damon tells GQ his family is a constant in his life: "If you knew my five women at home, you would understand why I'm solid. They're more important than anything else. I have a job where I have to travel a lot. Sometimes I am separated from my family for months. My life, therefore, is to do my job as best as possible and yet spend as much time as possible with the people I love."

    In his free time, the 41-year-old is therefore clear on his priorities: "At a certain age it is not fitting for a man to waste his time drinking beer."

    Edited at 2012-02-09 11:07 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 9th, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: German GQ interview

    So is this legit? He doesn't spend months away from his family. That's what has me questioning it
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 9th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    away from family

    that comment being away for months doesnt sound right. matt usually has his family with him when hes on location, l dont agree with the uprooting of the school children all the time. but he keeps his family close as much as he can which is nice,
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 9th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: away from family

    I know with Elysium Lucy and the girls were with him in Vancouver. The kids were not in school. But when September rolled around the girls went back to school while Matt commuted back & forth from Vancouver (then Mexico) to NYC. I remember sometimes it would be for just 2 days and then back to work. Now that the kids are schoolaged it's not possible to travel the way they did. (although they were with him in la for Zoo). I think he does everything possible to keep with the 2 wk rule which is very admirable.

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 10th, 2012 08:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Harvard flashback and room-mate update

    Here's a compliment sent by Matt and his former Harvard colleagues to a student cleaner in 1993:


    The names make it easy to google Matt's former room-mates (if I've matched them correctly):

    Julio Dipietro - financier and now film director
    Britton Stephens - atmospheric scientist
    James Rhee - financier or anaesthesiologist and internal medicine specialist
    S Jay Novatney - General Counsel
    John A Vest - unsure, possible cardiologist
    William Perkins - corporate lawyer
    Ross Daniels - Director of marketing, Cisco Systems

    Three of them lose a minigolf contest:

    None of them are the former room-mate and now doctor Sean Kelly, whose wedding Matt attended in 2002 and which aired as 'A Wedding Story' in 2002 on TLC.

    Edited at 2012-02-10 08:33 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 14th, 2018 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Harvard flashback and room-mate update

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