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Stand up for Gus Benefit
  • Photos of Matt on the red carpet for actor Jason Patric's Stand up for Gus Benefit are at Zimbio and the Daily Mail. Video of Matt and Jason meeting on the red carpet is at Maximo TV. Matt and Jason starred together in Geronimo: An American Legend in 1993. Ben was scheduled to attend but didn't. Details of the cause, relating to parental alienation, is at Standupforgus.com.

    ABOUT STAND UP FOR GUS Almost four years ago, Jason Patric was blessed with a baby boy named Gus. For the first 3 years of Gus’s childhood, Patric was a consistent physical and emotional presence in Gus’s life. But that all changed in an instant. Patric was stripped of his rights as a parent after an outdated statute meant for sperm donors was applied to Patric simply because Gus’ mother and he were unmarried and used IVF to conceive. In Patric’s journey, he has discovered many other tragic stories of parental alienation and hopes to use his personal story and name to give a voice to those who do not have one. Thus, “Stand Up To Gus” was born, a night to raise awareness and provide assurance that no child should be left without the love and support of a parent.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Stand up for Gus event

    this is such a heartbreaking story, i hope Jason gets to see his son soon, this little boy needs his daddy and the mum should be ashamed of herself for putting them all through this, i haven't heard anything to suggest Jason was a bad dad so what the heck is the problem
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: November 15th, 2013 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
    oh my god. all teary. this is heartbreaking!!!
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: November 15th, 2013 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
    i love how comforting Matt's being in the clip.

    Edited at 2013-11-15 12:55 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 15th, 2013 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)
    Couldn't the Father claiming parental rights (Jason Patric) consider the voice of the child -- and not go make this a big publicity stunt without the Mother's voice represented and without asking for donation/setting up a charity that will benefit himself??! That is my personal opinion if I was Judge and standing up for Gus. Kind Regards, M..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 15th, 2013 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
    On some websites (eg the 20/20 story) there's a lot of support for the former partner. There's probably bad behavior on both sides, and the charity is supposedly to support other fathers in similar situations (over $75,000 was raised). There was coverage on Extra and other shows.

    An article on the benefit, where Matt was outbid by Mel Gibson:

    Good photo inside watching the stand-up:

    Edited at 2013-11-15 08:25 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 15th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    CNN interview, Foreigner

    Matt did an interview with 'The Lead with Jake Tapper' on CNN about water.org, and it will probably get less press than a web only interview about public schools. There may also be a later interview today about World Toilet Day.



    An article at Deadline about Chris Terrio mentions 'The Foreigner' and still only has 'Matt might direct The Foreigner'.


    Edited at 2013-11-15 11:13 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 16th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: CNN interview, Foreigner

    With all the "notable alumni" from Harvard University, I'm glad Matt has made his point. M..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 17th, 2013 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Winona and Odessa

    A few old pics of Matt and Winona on tumblr today:

    I'm not sure if this has been mentioned here before, but ex Odessa Whitmire has a number of interesting mentions in the Angelina Jolie biography by Andrew Morton. It's pretty explicitly stated that she was in love with Billy Bob Thornton and was one of his 'harem of assistants', aka girls that are inferred to have slept with him on a long-term basis, even when he was with other women, such as Laura Dern. She is described as "a pretty blonde from North Carolina who worshiped her boss", who stayed with him in her pajamas chatting with him at the Sunset Marquis regularly into the morning and ended each call to him with "I love you".

    Angelina was said to be "obsessively jealous of sometime assistant" Odessa, and called her frequently to locate Billy Bob, even when she was working for Ben. "Angie was perhaps right to be wary of the blonde beauty..."

    "Not only was he living with Laura Dern, but he enjoyed the company of Odessa Whitmire..."

    Two of the best pics of Matt and Odessa:

    Edited at 2013-11-17 06:25 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 17th, 2013 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Winona and Odessa

    Jennifer Lopez made Ben fired ​​Miss Whitmire (when she was his assistant) because she did not trust her either. Apparently, Odessa had no qualms about sleeping with her bosses (even if they are with other women)

    I never understand why Matt was with her in the first place...Winona, I get it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 17th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Winona and Odessa

    That's more photos than I've ever seen of Matt and Winona together. The two of them kept such a low profile they were practically invisible.

    Matt still doesn't seem to have much on his plate acting-wise in the near future. I assumed he'd be prepping his directorial debut but maybe it's caught in development.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 18th, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Whitey Bulger

    The project still seems to be valid

    And about "stand up for Gus".... what a weird thing when fathers aren't allowed to see their sons and paparazzi may take a bunch of pics of little girls...
    Pauline Gransier From: Pauline Gransier Date: November 18th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm hoping that Matt will be attending the Berlinale Festival again.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 19th, 2013 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
    Most likely as it will be the international launch of Monuments Men.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 19th, 2013 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt should be living in New York City

    Sorry, I had to say this somewhere and this looks like the best place on the web.
    I'm really surprised he moved to LA and till can't figure out why he couldn't get a nice house in the sub of NYC instead of that horrible Hollywood life in LA !
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 19th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt should be living in New York City

    Matt gave lots of reasons why he wanted to try out LA, including proximity to a number of friends while they had young children; it was the right time to progress work projects with Ben; and the lack of a suitable house/apartment that he could purchase in NY. He always said he would return to NY if the paparazzi got too bad.

    Edited at 2013-11-19 01:57 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 19th, 2013 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Men's Health cover

    Matt will be on the cover of January's Men's Health to promote water.org and the recent visit to India.


    On a recent afternoon, Phillips had three versions of the January cover. It's devoted to actor Matt Damon. The magazine accompanied Damon to India and documented as he helped to build sewage facilities in remote areas. The cover reflects the magazine's most recent trend, featuring celebrities almost exclusively on its cover.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 19th, 2013 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Catching Fire premiere

    There's a rumor Matt's going to the Catching Fire premiere tonight, but I'm not sure why (Stanley Tucci?) Might be a good night to stay in and not get attacked by any media-savvy press.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 19th, 2013 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Catching Fire premiere

    I think I remember him saying that alexia was a fan of the hunger games. So maybe he's taking her to the premiere?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 19th, 2013 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Catching Fire premiere

    He didn't seem to do the red carpet but he is at the after-party - there's one photo at Yahoo with Lenny Kravitz.


    Edited at 2013-11-19 06:41 am (UTC)
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