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Matt hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Matt hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday after staging a mock 'highjack' of the show. Reports are at Zap2it, Daily Mail and the Hollywood Reporter. Video and highlights are at Jimmy's YouTube and Facebook pages, with the opening available here. Friends such as Don Cheadle, Greg Kinnear, Andy Garcia, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt and Robin Williams showed up in skits or live on the show. Additional skits have been filmed and may appear on Friday's show. Some highlights from Zap2it:

    For years now, Jimmy Kimmel has ended his show by apologizing to Matt Damon. It seems that they're always just running out of time before the actor can come on for an interview.

    Well now Matt Damon has had his revenge. On the night of Thursday, Jan. 24, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" had Damon as a guest for the first time. Only that's not exactly what happened...

    Damon wasn't just on the show to chat. He was there for revenge.

    And oh, it was sweet! From Matt Damon's clever hosting skills (if that whole movie career goes kaput, he definitely has a second career in late night) to the all-star testimonials (Oprah! De Niro! Jimmy Kimmel's parents!) to a couch filled with Oscar nominees and winners, everything on the night of "Jimmy Kimmel Sucks!" was perfect.

    "Hey Jimmy, have you heard the joke about Lindsay Lohan? Because I have -- 1205 times." -- Matt Damon

    A brief moment of Jimmy-praise turned out to be written on cue cards held by none other than Ben Affleck. If that weren't funny enough, Damon's response of "He doesn't even love you like I love you!" was perfection personified.

    "How you doing over there, Jimmy? I'm just kidding, I don't care." -- Matt Damon

    Jennifer Lopez, Sally Field, Robert DeNiro, Oprah Winfrey and John Krasinski also appeared in pre-filmed video spots.

    "What can i say? Your sunny face kisses the world," Krasinski told Damon.

    The guest couch, at one point, held Nicole Kidman, Gary Oldman, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon and Demi Moore. Meanwhile, Andy Garcia was outside, throwing rocks at movie stars.

    "I am the opposite of Jimmy Kimmel: Matt Damon." -- Matt Damon

  • Robin Williams posted this photo from rehearsals on his new Twitter.

  • Matt is supporting improvements to the Brattle Theater in Cambridge - from the Boston Globe.

    On Wednesday, the Brattle Film Foundation launched a Kickstarter fund-raising page to raise money to install a digital projector and upgrade its HVAC system, which, according to the Foundation, keeps “the theater cozy regardless of the weather.” By Thursday afternoon, there were more than $8,000 in donations from 129 backers. We expect that number to skyrocket soon because, according to the Kickstarter page, the first person to donate $5,000 will get invited to a meet-and-greet withMatt Damon when he’s in town to pick up the Harvard Arts Medal. The first person to donate $10,000 will get the HVAC system named after them. The Foundation needs to raise $140,000 by Feb. 28.
  • 24 comments or Leave a comment
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 25th, 2013 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)


    Fellow Damon-ites!

    I was one of the lucky 200 or so to attend the Kimmel taping yesterday. An hour and a half before check-in time I logged in to see if any tkts had become available and to my great surprise I was able to obtain a general ticket. It didn't guarantee admission and I imagined the line would be VERY long. I raced over (none of my friends were free to join) & to my great surprise discovered I was in the first 30 after priority ticket holders. The Kimmel staff was outstanding in comparison to other live tapings of other shows. They were polite, positive, and got us excited. They couldn't tell us who would be in attendance but told us we were in for BIG surprises. Normally the show tapes at 5pm I think (due to rehearsals etc.) it didn't tape until 6pm or thereafter.

    The show was outstanding!!! It was like the Matt Damon hour! I sat like 35-40 feet away from his monologue. The surprise guests, as you all now know, were all A-list!! The crowd went nuts everytime another actor came out. It was just brilliant, it felt like we were rooting for team Damon! Having that much time with Damon and then to have all the others was amazing. During commercials Sheryl Crow rocked many of her hits and kept the audience clapping. After the studio portion the audience was escorted out to the front lobby area of the theater where a bar-like stage is set-up and we were treated to 2 more Crow songs. I stood 10 feet from all the actors in the finale but we weren't allowed to mingle with them. I was sneaky and sneaked this one photo was was lucky to catch them in this photo

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    left to right: Sarah Silverman, Demi Moore, Ben Affleck, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Matt Damon, Gary Oldman, Amy Adams (sans Robin Williams, Andy Garcia, and Sheryl Crow) I admit I took this photo with all you fellow mattdamoncolumn followers in mind :o)

    Matt seemed calm and prepared. He mouthed the lyrics to Crows songs a few times while they prepped him for the next portion of the show. He didn't get to mingle or interact with us in the audience.

    For those a few weeks ago asking, I made a mental note of his height. I'm 5'10 and he's an inch shorter for sure. What surprised me so much was how tall Ben is. He's approx 6'1-6'2. When they were getting the lighting ready for Matt to say farwell, the actors were mingling (as you can see from my photo) when it was over, Matt went over to Ben and they embraced. It was then that I realized how short he is in comparison to Ben. It was great to see the two compadres in person.

    I hope you all enjoyed the televised show as much as I enjoyed witnessing it live!!!

    Edited at 2013-01-25 12:17 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 25th, 2013 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kimmel

    Thanks very much for the report - great insights and a very good sneaky photo. Would have been fantastic to be in the audience. Funny to see that most of the guests on the show barely knew Matt, and may not have even met him before (Demi, Nicole, Gary Oldman, Amy Adams). His good friends were mostly in the pre-taped segments.

    From the clips I've seen, none of the shots that Matt filmed on Wednesday seemed to be in the show (tattoo parlour, laundromat, tourist bus). Maybe they're for a later segment or didnt make the cut.

    A few rumors of things happening Friday in LA - Matt may attend Ben's award presentation at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, Jimmy gets his star, and Matt may be filming a segment for water.org.

    Edited at 2013-01-25 12:18 pm (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 25th, 2013 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kimmel

    You are welcome! Hmm I don't know about the other clips you mention. I know Jimmy does get his star tomorrow and Sunday is the Screen Actor's Guild Awards. I'll keep my eyes open. I'm not going to the star ceremony

    I forgot to sign my name above, lol

    Edited at 2013-01-25 12:26 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 25th, 2013 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kimmel

    Thanks Greg. One of the people in the Wednesday skit said the producer called her and said it would now be shown on Friday.

    Good photos from the Wednesday skit/set: http://www.facebook.com/lisa.staub.587
    II0___0II From: II0___0II Date: January 25th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kimmel

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    The show was Hilarious! (at least, the videos I managed to see...) Although I already knew, Matt has proven once again that he's really funny and has many and varied talents.

    Do you know where I can see the entire show? (I'm not in the US)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 25th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kimmel

    All clips are on YouTube, but the beginning and end of each segment is cut off. The ABC site and Hulu are only available for US viewers.

    This site shows a clip of Andy Garcia that didn't make the YouTube clips:

    Highlights on Friday's GMA:

    Great ratings for the show - Jimmy's best yet in the new timeslot:

    Edited at 2013-01-25 04:23 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 25th, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kimmel

    Go to abc.com and find Jimmy Kimmel Live!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 25th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kimmel

    The clips on ABC are blocked for those outside the US.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kimmel/E

    Thanx I feel like I was there now...even if I'm crazy jelous that I wan't so I can 'almost touch' Matt Damon and Ben Affleck :) I missed the best show ever so sad but I will see it on YouTube later on today. If Ben is 6'2 that is extra tall and Matt is still a tall guy at 6'9 or so. I love that MD is so funny and then can be so serious and distinquished and smart, so unique humble and sexy!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kimmel/E

    OMG I said Matt was 6'9 that would be a GIANT, lol...sorry I wanted to say 5'9 or so but he's actually 5'10 from his stats. Girls wear high hills and have big hair so of course they look taller even if they're not.
    Duncan Young From: Duncan Young Date: January 25th, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    md hosts jk sucks

    just finished watching the episode - great! robin williams is one of the best. matt was awesome and i love him doing his thing (acting, advocating, etc...). seemed a bit nervous for a few seconds during the monologue which may have been intentional. guys, he nailed it. he and his guests and jimmy were fabulous!!!! thanks jimmy and congrats on the star!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 25th, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: md hosts jk sucks

    That really was great. It lived up to the preview that was released. I was wondering if matt would go to Jimmy's star ceremony. But probably not.

    The only sightings I had seen of matt possibly on 'vacation' was in Colorado at a ski resort. And right bf that sighting he was spotted at airport. If those sightings are true.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2013 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: md hosts jk sucks

    Matt was awesome when he did his thang and really nailed it didn't he?!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 25th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Does Jimmy

    One of the best things I've seen on TV. Thank you, Matt and Jimmy. Real talent, real stars, everyone in on the joke and relishing being a part of it. It felt like joyous play, and I laughed my assets off! I've said for a long time that Matt can do anything, and he keeps proving it! Gotta love this guy!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 25th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    I Love Matt Damon!

    Matt is always good, talented, good looking and funny actor and i just wish that he could have his own variety show! lol! _Trinya
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 25th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Latest news is that the show is to be rerun next week in prime time. Great, then more people will gain even more appreciation of Matt's talents and good humor.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2013 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    I Love Matt Damon!

    Ever since yesterday when i saw the clip preview of Matt gonna be hosting the show promo, it made my day and love Matt alot more! ........_Trinya
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 26th, 2013 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)


    I watched the show on ABC.com. They cut out 3 video-taped skits that were pre-taped and we saw in the live audience. First Matt interacting with a StarLine bus tour driver (one that drives you past star homes). She claimes that Kimmel gets on the buses all the time and asks tourists, "you want to see a star?" and then points to his genitalia. The second was Matt interacting with a construction worker putting in Jimmy's star on Hollywood Boulevard. Matt inquires how it's going and then Matt says I'd like to contribute something and reaches up under his shirt and comes down with something (we don't actually see the object). Matt reaches down and puts the object into the letters where the concrete is going to be filled and says, "Leave it in there I want Kimmel to know I put a belly hair between the J and the I in his name." The third was of Matt going into (I think it was) a dry cleaning store with photos of celebrities on the walls who've visited. Matt notices no photo of Kimmel despite the fact that the laudramat is near Kimmel's theater. The lady behind the counter is Asian and claims she has a photo of Kimmel but that she hides it. She doesn't speak clear English so Matt asks did you say hate or hide. She says, "Both!" Matt asks her why. She pulls out the autographed 8x10 of Kimmel which reads, "I don't know what you are (ethnicity) but you smell weird". So Matt pulls out his own 8x10 to autograph and asks her what the lady would like to smell like. She replys penguin. So Matt writes "you smell like a penguin" and holds it up.

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    a photo i sneaked before the taping began

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    a screen cap. the arrow is pointing to me clapping!

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    another screen cap. arrow pointing to me cheering!


    Edited at 2013-01-26 01:57 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 26th, 2013 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: kimmel

    Thanks very much Greg. The pre-taped skit should air today.

    Matt is at the Santa Barbara Film Festival to present Ben with an award but didn't walk the red carpet. Earlier in the day he filmed a PSA for water.org with various YouTube stars, Bill Nye and Stephen Root.

    Full details of every aspect of the Kimmel show, and how it came together, is at TV Guide. The show did go over 10 minutes long, and parts will be on tonight's show and the Christmas highlight reel.


    Edited at 2013-01-26 04:07 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2013 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: kimmel

    It's great for you to attend the show, Greg, and very kind of you to share it with us. That's more alive than only watching. I watched on You Tube of course and found it wonderful. Matt is impeccable and very funny.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 26th, 2013 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: kimmel

    Thanks B.! I'm glad to share my experience and hope you got to experience it vicariously :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Robin, Matt and Kimmel picture...

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Face book and fan sites:

    I really wonder why actors never respond directly to any comments or wishes or questions. I care about what mean people say and try to defend them but they never say anything back to show that they read, just wondering if anyone knows...Is it against 'rules' or something?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 12th, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I like Matt, but he really is a liberal tool
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