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  • Matt and Lucy attended the Children's Defense Fund of California's annual gala on Thursday, but did not walk the red carpet. Photos with JJ Abrams, funding recipients and Marian Wright Edelman are below from Zimbio and PopSugar. The event raised funds for Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat the Odds Scholarship Program, which recognizes outstanding high school sophomores who have overcome adversity to excel in school and as leaders in their communities. Chris Moore and Patrick Whitesell are on the benefit committee, and Jennifer Garner was a presenter.

  • Photos of Matt on a LA bike ride on Thursday are at Zimbio.

  • Behind the Candelabra has been nominated for three Satellite Awards, including Best Actor for Matt in a television movie or mini-series.

  • An interview on the set of the Nespresso commercial with Matt and George is at YouTube.

  • A new international trailer for Monuments Men is at the Daily Mail.

  • A photo of Lucy and Matt with Nelson Mandela in 2005 is below. Mandela has died at the age of 95.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 6th, 2013 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Nelson Mandela

    Movie night tonight, Invictus: http://megashare.info/#Search,invictus

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 6th, 2013 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Nelson Mandela

    Channel 9 put it quickly on the schedule tonight (Australia).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 6th, 2013 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt and Ewan

    I've never seen this short clip before - Matt meeting Ewan McGregor at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards:

    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: December 6th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
    thank you!
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: December 6th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
    sad i can't view that interview. ah well. i bet i will someday. lol.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 6th, 2013 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Bulger project

    Ben reports that Aaron Stockard is working on a draft.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 7th, 2013 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Bulger project

    Announced a few weeks ago.

    Edited at 2013-12-07 12:51 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 7th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Ben interview

    A new interview with Ben in Playboy, including:

    AFFLECK: I was terrified. Everybody said, “This is going to suck. Ben Affleck is directing. This movie’s going to be shit.” I was very discouraged by it and didn’t have a lot of support from anybody really, except my wife. And Matt.

    PLAYBOY: Matt Damon has been your friend since you were eight. What’s the value in a long-term friendship like that?
    AFFLECK: I probably can’t overstate the degree to which he’s been helpful, even in that it’s psychologically good to have somebody you trust, who’s going through it too, who can understand what you’re going through and whose opinion you respect. Matt just moved down the street from me, so he lives closer to me now than when we were growing up together in Boston. Our kids hang out together; we have barbecues. I was at his place two nights ago. Having a friend you’ve been connected to since you were a little kid, that’s grounding. Matt and my brother Casey are the two people I rely on the most, emotionally and professionally.

    PLAYBOY: Isn’t there a competitive nature between you? Who wins at poker?
    AFFLECK: I’m still the better poker player, probably, though neither of us plays much anymore. Matt was talking about getting a game going in his house. Yeah, we’re competitive, but we learned to handle it early on. We would take the train from Boston to New York to audition. We both felt, Look, I want to get the part, but if it’s not me, I want it to be you. It was a healthy way of acknowledging you want what you want, but you’re also rooting for the other guy.

    Edited at 2013-12-07 01:42 am (UTC)
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: December 7th, 2013 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben interview

    love it a lot. thank you.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 7th, 2013 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Children's Defense Fund event

    Article at the LA Times:

    The star-studded A-list affair at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday included numerous long time CDF supporters, plus newcomers to the cause, such as Matt Damon, who said he and his wife, Luciana Barroso, were there for the first time at the invitation of friends and looking forward to the program.

    A longer version of the article has a few more details (but still only the Getty photos):

    As an admirer of Matt Damon’s films, I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with the “Bourne” star, who said he came at the invitation of friends, naming Abrams among them. I only wish I’d thought to ask him about Nelson Mandela, as he starred as the rugby captain in “Invictus,” and no doubt would have met South Africa’s remarkable president, who died earlier on the day of the dinner.

    Edited at 2013-12-07 01:43 pm (UTC)
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