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  • From USA Today, in an article about how much press access new celeb parents are granting the paparazzi:

    Not all are sold on the idea. Jack Black, whose son was born Saturday in L.A., won't release photos because he wants to protect his privacy, his representative says. Matt Damon, whose daughter, Isabella, also was born Saturday, says he wants to keep details private but is aware that paparazzi could get ugly, and he might reconsider, his rep says.
  • 16 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2006 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Common decency and good manners

    I fully understand what it means to be a fan....really admire someone, love their work, think they are so beautiful, handsome whichever......however; there is a line that has been erased between being a fan and being downright crazy!! Why must people know every detail of these famous people's lives? I think only news pertaining to what ever movie, concert and or public appearance should be included in the news....and only what information they CHOOSE to release. I think it will be a shame it Matt is forced to sell (even if the money goes to charity) photos of his daughter just to get some peace. This should be a wonderful time in his life one he will never get back--and I think it is terrible he should even have to worry about taking the kid out of the house. I admire Felicity for using good common sense and good manners when deciding what she puts on her site.

    Hoping the Damon family gets the privacy they deserve---Christi
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2006 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)
    Isn't Isabella born on Sunday. The article says Saturday. Confused.

    Are you back ?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 15th, 2006 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)
    Quite a few (erroneous) reports say she was born on Saturday - even the New York Daily News report got it wrong. Even some reports from the last few days are claiming Saturday - maybe the People report (and the Us mag one) was a little unclear.

    Not back yet - currently in the wasteland known as Alice Springs (a true Australian outback town), and yep, travelling for work.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Baby Pictures

    I reallly hope he doesn't give in to pressure to release pictures of his baby. why should he, it's none of our business. He's provided enough information to satisfy public curiosity, that's it.

    He chose a career that put him in the public eye and therefore he must accepts that people will be interested in him, also the paparazzi will pursue him. His wife and children didn't make that choice. It's the price they for being with him.

    His family should be left alone.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Baby Pictures

    I agree--people should go look at their own babies and forget about babies they will never be friends with.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Celebs shouldn't be forced into releasing baby pictures just to satisfy the paps and fans. I really hope people allow Matt and his family the privacy they deserve. Tom Cruise still hasn't released pics of Suri. I hope Matt follows Toms's example and not his pal Brad Pitt's.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
    TomKat did promise to release pics though, they just haven't done it yet. But, I agree - I hope the paps just leave them alone. Then again, if Matt and his fam finds that releasing a photo affords them the opportunity to live without paps chasing them for a while, I'd respect his decision to do so.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
    with respect to all of the opinions that have been posted, i must say that i - to an extent - disagree. i am not saying that the following opinion is true of matty, but i do believe that it is true of most celebrities. if you are a celebrity you want your name in the paper. you want your picture in the magazine. the objective in the business is to stay 'out there'. when people are not talking about you, you are not hot. now, the down side to all of that is this: any good parent would draw the line when it comes to using their children for the above stated agenda. however, i feel like it comes with the territory. you can not play the game and then change the rules when you do not like them. you play the game. THE WHOLE GAME from start to finish. we are interested because maybe it gives us something to relate to with this person that we admire for their good work, good looks or whatever the case may be. we are interested because it gives us something to talk about with our friends when we've talked them to death about our own interesting lives. we like these people. we don't know them personally, but we invest our money and our time in them and if we did not they would not be the celebrity that they are. yes, the paparazzi do go to far and i am not condoning that. yes, there are crazy people in the world. however, asking them to just totally leave them alone is unfair. no! i am not a paparazzi. i know of people who are not celebrities and i am very interested in their business and personal lives. i do listen to some of the gossip etc... concerning them. i think we all do it is just taken to another level when it is someone known all over the world. i can not wait to see a picture of the baby. i am sure that she is beautiful as all babies are. congratulations to the family.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 15th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
    It's the price of fame. The unfortunate part is that fame affects those around you, as well. My question is, is it (fame) worth the money, the fear of harm, questioning the motives of a new acquaintance? To me, no. I like my anonymous, ordinary life filled with its own wonderful people and moments.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 15th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Baby Pictures

    I agree, Jenna. The Donald Trumps handled this type situation gracefully, I thought. They had a photographer, professional, I'm sure, take some lovely pictures of Mrs. Trump and the baby in what I assume was The Nursery. Mrs. Trump looked lovely, the baby was cute...it certainly wasn't a situation where the paps were snapping candid photos when the subjects were not at their best.
    The public is happy to see pictures in a relaxed setting, the Trump name is out there and everyone should be satisfied.
    Later a very "sweet", posed, picture of Donald Trump holding his new baby was published.
    I really don't like to see pictures of people I admire under stress.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 15th, 2006 07:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Baby Pictures

    To chime in here after all the good and worthy comments expressed above.

    It's often claimed that the best option (as stated by Liz Smith of the NY Post only last week) is to allow a single baby photo of mother, father and baby leaving the hospital. This was the approach adopted by Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick with James, and by Gwyneth Paltrow and her second child.

    This way you alleviate the immediate pressure of the press trying to get the first photo, and any photos after that are worth considerably less.

    Ben and Jennifer hid baby Violet's face for weeks/months, and it only increased the interest in the child, and made for many angry scuffles/frustrated looking photos as they were pursued for that first photo. And when it comes, it's almost an anti-climax.

    I don't believe Matt would 'sell' the baby picture, but just allow the photographers to take a picture and then move on.

    The other alternative, of course, is to release one or two carefully selected pictures of mother and baby to the media. Give it to the press on your own terms.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 15th, 2006 08:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Baby Pictures

    I agree. If he gives the press one picture of the baby, then he and his family will stop being hounded by the paps.

    I do think though that in general we have become so obsessed with celebrity as a society that we've lost all perspective. I don't buy gossip mags, because I'm just not interested in the lives of people I'm never going to meet.

    I'm interested in the lives of my family and friends, people that I love. That's my focus, but I know I'm in a minority.

    I'm a fan because I love his work, and he is gorgeous but if I want to see him I'll watch one of his movies. I don't care about what he does in his down time, as long as it's not illegal. Someone commented that his family haven't chosen to be in the public eye, and I agree. Why should they be inconvenienced to satisfy our stupid longing. Everyone's seen pictures of babies, they're cute and lovely, what satisfaction can anyone get looking at the baby pictures of someone who is and will always remain a complete stranger. I just don't get it. I know this sounds like a rant, but please don't cut this comment, I just feel enough is enough.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 15th, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Baby Pictures

    I agree 100% and could not have said it any better!!! Enjoy the movies and get on with real life!!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 17th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
    Hey guys, i just thought i would post matt damon's music video for "eurotrip", he is so funny and different in this. just a little something funny for you.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 17th, 2006 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks a loooooot.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 17th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Music Video

    Now that I've emerged from a state of shock...and a fit of laughing...I must thank you for sharing this video.
    Matt Damon is versatile, to say the least; and, I think, will never be stereotyped.
    Keep sharing. Thanks again.
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