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  • A few quotes from the recent interview with Matt in Perth Now:

    Far from simply still kickin’, both men are now doing work that should only cement their Hollywood standing: Clooney directing his most populist movie yet in The Monuments Men(with a little help from Damon on the acting front) and Damon moving to Los Angeles to spend more time on doing likewise via the production company he runs with Ben Affleck, Pearl Street Films.

    “It’s different,” laughs Damon of living in LA after many years as a New Yorker.

    “I took the second half of last year off just to help the kids with the transition.

    “There are a lot of things I like about it. I loved mountain biking until I went over the handlebars and busted my collarbone! And I have so many friends here, so that part’s great. “But it’s easy to get caught in your own world, which is why it’s good if you can get out and enjoy the best of it — which is the ocean and the mountains.”

    Stuck in a sling while doing promotional duties for The Monuments Men, Damon reckoned he’d be back on the bike “in six or seven weeks”.

    While Damon won’t compare the art he makes with, say, Michelangelo’s sculpture Madonna and Child (one of the key pieces the Monuments Men aim to rescue), there are a few films in his CV he’d hate to lose were they threatened by war.

    “Certainly Good Will Hunting; it was such a big part of my 20s. And the Bourne movies were a huge part of my life through my 30s. Those Ocean’s movies were a lot of fun. I love Ripley, still.True Grit ... The Departed ... There are a lot of movies I’m really proud of. But,” he adds, “I’d run into a burning building for my kids and I’d run into a burning building for your kids before I did for Good Will Hunting.”

  • Matt is included in a new United Nations ad campaign:

    Women earn 30 percent less than men for the same work. Some 64 percent of the world's illiterate people are women. Almost 800 women die every day from preventable complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

    These are just some of the mind-boggling global injustices cited by UN Women on a new website, HeForShe.org, intended to motivate men to act against gender inequality and violence toward women. Created by Publicis Dallas, the campaign asks men to upload YouTube clips of themselves speaking out in support of women. For further inspiration, it includes a simple but powerful video of well-known men—including activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Matt Damon and Patrick Stewart—sharing their perspectives.

  • From an interview with journalist Jason Kennedy at Glamour.com:

    "I gue-e-ess I'm nice," Kennedy tells me after Bible study ends. His way of speaking—goofy yet authoritative, confessional yet cautious—is the lingua franca of legendary good guys like Tom Hanks. "And you know, when I sit down to interview the biggest actors in Hollywood, the true A-list guys like Matt Damon or a George Clooney"—he pauses to heymangoodgood a singer who's passing by—"the most successful ones seem to be the nicest. I've met a lot of famous people, and douchebags out here are a dime a dozen. But those guys, they understand that being nice pays off. And I think that's starting to spread."
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 21st, 2014 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)


    With the George and Amal relationship now in the news, Lysa Heslov's Instagram is public again.
    From: cindiest Date: March 21st, 2014 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    From: cindiest Date: March 21st, 2014 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Love it! Are you back?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 21st, 2014 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Possible TV appearance

    According to this, Matt will be on "ABC This Week" (I assume they mean the one with George Stephanopolous). There's no mention of it on my DVR, but I'll record it and see.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 22nd, 2014 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Possible TV appearance

    Thanks, there were also a few Twitter references to the show, which will be for World Water Day. It may be the interview that was taped months ago but never shown with Cecilia Vega.

    Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight.com and an ABC News special contributor, sizes up the midterm elections on "This Week" at 11 a.m. on WFTV-Channel 9. The panel will be Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.; Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.; ABC News' Cokie Roberts; and Dan Senor, co-founder of Foreign Policy Initiative. The program will salute actor Matt Damon for co-founding Water.org.

    Elsa Pataky has given birth to twin boys.

    Back home and still catching up.
    From: cindiest Date: March 23rd, 2014 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Possible TV appearance

    Welcome back. You were missed.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 23rd, 2014 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Possible TV appearance

    Thanks very much Cindi. Great to be back, but not yet adjusted. You've given me an excuse to post a few links to photos:

    Elephant family in Botswana walking in front of our boat:

    Helicopter ride over the Victoria Falls, Zambia:

    Giraffes, Kruger National Park, South Africa:

    Cricket ground and Table Mountain, Cape Town:

    Edited at 2014-03-23 07:59 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 23rd, 2014 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Possible TV appearance

    Welcome home, Felicity! It seems you made a lovely travel. Thanks to share this beautifull pics with us. Wonderfull landscapes. For somebody who lives in a very small country, it's amazing to see so large spaces. Fantastic Victoria Falls!
    Thank you so much for having continue info during your vacation, it was very nice.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 23rd, 2014 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Possible TV appearance

    Thanks B. I promise all trip talk ends now.

    Hillary Clinton mentions Matt during a Kimmel interview.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 23rd, 2014 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Possible TV appearance

    Thanks so much for posting the photos. So stunning, and encouraging to see that there are still some "wild" places left on earth. Even the setting for the cricket was beautiful.
    What a great trip!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 23rd, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Possible TV appearance

    Welcome back Felicity!! Lovely vaca photos! Exceptionally pretty clear photos! :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 23rd, 2014 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ski holiday

    Thanks all. Not great photos, but indicative.

    Is it spring break? There's a few references to Matt at a ski resort somewhere, including:


    Confirmed - in Montana:

    Edited at 2014-03-24 05:14 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 24th, 2014 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ski holiday

    Very cute photo.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 29th, 2014 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: South Africa

    Great photos! Glad to see you enjoyed your holiday as well as the cricket. M..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 31st, 2014 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: South Africa

    Thanks M
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 23rd, 2014 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    This Week interview

    Here's the interview with This Week's Cecilia Vega. It was taped in November 2013 as this was her previous tweet:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 23rd, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    James Rebhorn

    Another cast member from The Talented Mr Ripley has died - James Rebhorn, who played Dickie's father.

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