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Wednesday
Feb132013

Matt Damon Goes on a 'Toilet Strike' for a Good Cause

Gary Gershoff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actor, screenwriter, producer, and philanthropist Matt Damon is taking a stand on the global water crisis -- by not squatting. 

In other words, Damon jokingly says he will refrain from going to the bathroom to raise awareness of the 2.5 billion people worldwide who are without clean water and sanitation.

Damon, who is the co-founder of Water.org, said all of this in a humorous fashion at a faux press conference, but he is very serious about the issue. 

The organization released a three-minute video this week in which Damon declared to reporters, "In protest of this global tragedy, until this issue is resolved, until everybody has access to clean water and sanitation, I will not go to the bathroom."

The Promised Land actor continued, "Does anybody have any idea what invention has saved more lives than any other in the history of humankind?  The toilet."

Damon added, "More people have cell phones than toilets."

The video is part of a viral campaign intended to draw attention to the global water shortage.  Damon said that for just $25 a day, one person can get clean water for life. 

To find out how to donate to the cause, visit StrikeWithMe.org.

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Friday
Jan252013

Matt Damon Kidnaps Jimmy Kimmel, Hijacks His Show

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(LOS ANGELES) -- On Thursday night's installment of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Matt Damon finally got even after years of being reportedly "bumped" by the host. 

He bound and gagged Jimmy Kimmel and then proceeded to take over the show he retitled Jimmy Kimmel Sucks!.

Damon not only farmed out the monologue to Robin Williams, he replaced Kimmel's security guard/sidekick Guillermo with Andy Garcia donning an identical uniform and aping his thick accent.  Damon replaced band leader Cleto Escobedo with Sheryl Crow -- who later debuted her new single "Easy" -- and featured videotaped well-wishes from stars like Robert De Niro, Oprah Winfrey and others.

Ben Affleck -- who according to a classic Kimmel gag had a relationship with Kimmel -- tried to rebel against Damon by slipping flattering cue cards about Kimmel into Damon's opening, then crying out in anguish as he ran off stage, "Forget it, Matt!  I couldn't do it to Jimmy!"

Damon, linked to Affleck since their youth, then screamed, "He doesn't even love you like I love you!"

With Kimmel gagged in the background, Damon first embarrassed Kimmel by revealing lost audition tapes, revealing Kimmel's animosity stems from losing every big role Damon has had to the Oscar winner.  Kimmel was shown blowing try outs for movies including Good Will Hunting and the Bourne films.

Later, Damon welcomed Oscar winner Nicole Kidman to the show for the first time.  Although she grinded herself on the incapacitated host, she told Damon she never appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! because he's not classy.  She also admitted she's a kleptomaniac -- something she felt she could never share with Kimmel.

In short order, Damon then welcomed Oscar nominee Gary Oldman -- who insisted a Gary Oldman impersonator had appeared on the show in his stead in the past.  Amy Adams followed, insisting Kimmel "slipped me the tongue" during a previous "horrible" interview on the show.

As the studio's couch filled with celebs, Damon said you could throw a rock and hit a celebrity in Hollywood, and outside the studio, Garcia proved that by hitting Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon and then Demi Moore, who was looking much younger than the last time many had seen her.

Damon also welcomed his former flame -- at least according to another Kimmel gag -- and Kimmel's ex, Sarah Silverman, who admitted her relationship with Kimmel was like eating hot dogs on the street, then being nauseated by having had them.

Things are looking up for Kimmel, however: on Friday he not only gets his show back, but he also gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Monday
Dec242012

Matt Damon Celebrates Christmas a Day Early

Gary Gershoff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Matt Damon has his own holiday traditions, and one of them is celebrating Christmas on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. The Promised Land actor said on Monday's Live with Kelly and Michael that because his wife is Argentinean, his family celebrates the holiday on Christmas Eve, because that's what they do in her country.

"I always [celebrated] Christmas morning," the 42-year-old actor told co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. "You wake up and Santa Claus came."  But since they celebrate on Christmas Eve now, he laughs, "I can't quite explain to the kids how, during dinner, Santa Claus came in the other room and put all the presents down."

Damon, who is a father to four daughters, also shared his New Year's resolution. "It's usually the same. I just try to be a better dad and a better husband," he said.

Promised Land hit theaters on Dec. 28.

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Wednesday
Nov282012

Larry Hagman's Last Interview: 'I'd Like to Play Matt Damon's Daddy'

Peter Larsen/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Larry Hagman told Entertainment Tonight in what turned out to be his final interview that he had a dream role in mind.

“I’d like to play Matt Damon’s daddy.  He’s a wonderful actor, I really admire him, and I’d like to play his dad one day,” Hagman said. 

He added, “You listenin’ out there Matt?  I’d like to work with you boy!”

The former Dallas and I Dream of Jeannie star died on Nov. 23.

Damon spoke with ET about Hagman's passing and the 1980 Dallas cliffhanger episode, "Who Shot J.R," in which Hagman's character was shot but not killed.  It became a major pop cultural event.

Damon told ET, “I grew up watching him.  'Who shot J.R.?' was more than a TV event.  It made its way into my consciousness at a very young age.  I was probably 10 or 11 when all that was going on.  He was certainly impactful in a way that is probably much harder to be now.  There’s a lot more channels and a lot more noise.  He’s a huge part of American culture.”

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Monday
Feb272012

Oprah Winfrey, Others Star in 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s' Post-Oscar Show

ABC/MICHAEL DESMOND(LOS ANGELES) -- Continuing the tradition, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! aired following the Oscars telecast.

The star-studded show began with a segment featuring Kimmel trying to buy an Oscar from Billy Crystal in a back alley.  The nine-time host does sell him an Oscar in a duffel bag: Oscar The Grouch.

The show also featured a comedic trailer for the totally made-up Movie: The Movie, which starred a Hollywood who's who, including George Clooney, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks and Samuel L. Jackson.

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Oprah Winfrey also appeared on the show, and in one sketch, Kimmel pitched her ideas for new shows for her network OWN, including a series called Oprah Winfrey's Book Club Fight Club.

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Coldplay also appeared, performing "Charlie Brown."  The band also performed "Paradise," but the tune was cut off by the end of the show.

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Thursday
Dec222011

Movie Review: 'We Bought a Zoo'

Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- We Bought a Zoo feels like two different movies, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  It just doesn’t start out being a good thing.

Cameron Crowe is a great storyteller, but it seems clear that the tepid reaction to his previous film, 2005's Elizabethtown -- a very personal film for him by his own admission -- shook his confidence.  I say that because intentionally or not, our introduction to the Mee family of We Bought a Zoo feels more like you’re briefly meeting some affable friends of a friend at a picnic with 200 other people you haven’t seen in 10 years.  What kept me interested in the story is my unwavering faith in Mr. Crowe -- and he did not disappoint.

Based on a true story, We Bought a Zoo begins six months after the death of Benjamin Mee's wife.  Played by Matt Damon, Mee struggles with life as a single dad. His adorable seven-year-old daughter Rosie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) is wise and responsible beyond her years but his 14-year-old son, Dylan (Colin Ford), is struggling in the aftermath of his mother’s death. After Dylan is expelled from school, Benjamin decides to quit his job as a journalist and move his family to a new house, for a new beginning.

This part of the movie plays out like a formulaic after-school special, as though Damon and company were acting out a set of instructions from Ikea, not a script co-written and directed by Cameron Crowe. Then comes J.B. Smoove, brilliant on Curb Your Enthusiasm and hilarious in the NFL On Fox commercials, but so miscast here as a fledgling real estate agent showing Benjamin and Rosie Mee homes that it almost destroys the film's credibility.

Smoove’s Mr. Stevens shows the Mees a broken-down home on 16 acres of land and it’s love at first site for Benjamin.  The house offers just the challenge his journalistic and can-do spirit has thirsted for.  It's also a project to distract him from his grief, and a real opportunity to start over. There's just one problem, as Mr. Stevens reveals: “It’s a zoo!”

The idea of moving into a defunct zoo rather appeals to Mee, but he isn’t convinced until he sees Rosie cavorting with a peacock, telling the bird, "I want to live here. I want to keep you.” With that, ladies and gentlemen, we have our first real moment of the movie.

While Benjamin and Rosie are enthusiastic about their new digs, Dylan has to be dragged to his new home kicking and screaming.  Upon their arrival, his consternation is slightly allayed upon seeing, then meeting, Elle Fanning’s Lily, the niece of Scarlett Johansson’s fresh-faced zookeeper, Kelly.

The zoo staff is made up of loveable misfits, the most notable of whom is Robin, well-played by Cameron's Almost Famous star, Patrick Fugit (who should be getting way more work -- hello, Hollywood?).  The staff, especially Kelly, is a little leery of Benjamin’s intentions, until they realize Benjamin is enthusiastic about reopening the zoo and helping the animals.

Now we at last move into Crowe’s wheelhouse: relationships between men and women and, in this case, boys and girls. Kelly is falling for Benjamin and Lily is crushing hard on Dylan, but the residue of the men's grief has blinded them both to it -- or, you could say, clogged their emotional arteries. Throw in a dying tiger, a killer scene between Damon and Johansson about the fate of that tiger immediately followed by an explosive argument between Damon and Ford, and our faith has been rewarded: we have been plugged back into the Cameron Crowe Matrix. 

Not surprisingly, director and rock journalist Crowe treats us to an incredible soundtrack along our journey, as well as a score supplied by Jónsi, the frontman of the ethereal Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós. Crowe fans will also appreciate his use of “Hunger Strike,” by near-forgotten Pearl Jam precursor band Temple of the Dog.

The first half of We Bought a Zoo scared me. Outside of Benjamin celebrating a moment with Rosie by clanging utensils and saying “Give me some fork” (instead of a fist bump), the film was bereft of Cameron Crowe-esque moments.  But again, the second half of We Bought a Zoo is a different story. Crowe gets his mojo back, and we get poignancy, intimacy and humor: advice from Kelly to Dylan (“The secret to talking is listening”); words of encouragement from a father to a son (“Sometimes, all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery, and I promise you something great will come of it”); or simply a double entendre from a Home Depot clerk reminding Benjamin he left something behind ("Hey mister!  Your balls!”).

We Bought a Zoo won’t have you at “hello,” like Crowe's Jerry Maguire, but be patient: in the end, he will show you the money.

Three-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Thursday
Dec222011

Matt Damon Rips President Obama Again, in 'Elle' Interview

Gary Gershoff/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- When Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, Matt Damon was one of his biggest celebrity supporters.  Now, Obama may want to reach out to Damon if he'd like the actor to back him again in the 2012 presidential race.

In an interview with Elle magazine, the We Bought a Zoo star said, “I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level.  One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician.'"  He then added, “You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better.”

Referencing the Occupy protests, Damon said the Democrats have received a mandate from people who are, "just wandering out into the streets to yell right now because they are so pissed off."  He wondered aloud, "Imagine if they had a leader."

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Thursday
Dec222011

Matt Damon's 'We Bought a Zoo' Out Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Matt Damon’s film roles have included portraying a CIA assassin and a crooked Boston cop, but his latest big screen character is a simple family man who buys a zoo.

In the film We Bought a Zoo, Damon stars as a newspaper columnist and recently widowed father who quits his job and buys property that includes a zoo.  He works with the zoo's staff, including a head zookeeper played by Scarlett Johansson, to care for the animals.

We Bought a Zoo opens nationwide Friday.

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Wednesday
Dec142011

Matt Damon Trashes 'Bourne Ultimatum' Script, Then Apologizes

Gary Gershoff/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Matt Damon isn't proud of how the third Bourne film in which he starred, 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, came to be.

He believes the film's initial screenwriter, Tony Gilroy, who also penned the previous two Bourne movies and is writing and directing the next flick in the series, mailed it in by turning in a mediocre script.

Damon told GQ, "I don't blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in.  It's just that it was unreadable.  This is a career-ender. I mean, I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude. It's terrible. It's really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically, and he took his money and left." The final version of the script was written by two other screenwriters.

Damon regretted making those comments, because he later contacted GQ to clarify what he meant.

He said of Gilroy, "If I didn't respect him and appreciate his talent, then I really wouldn't have cared....My feelings were hurt. That's all. And that's exactly why I shouldn't have said anything. This is between me and him. So saying anything publicly is f***ing stupid and unprofessional and just kind of douchey of me."

Damon will not appear in the fourth Bourne movie, The Bourne Legacy, which will star Jeremy Renner.  He said he found out about the project while surfing the Internet, telling GQ, "It was a surprise."  The actor said he is leaving the door open for a return to the franchise one day.

Damon will next appear on the big screen in We Bought a Zoo, opening later this month.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Nov272011

Matt Damon's Clean Water Mission

Gary Gershoff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actor Matt Damon is on a mission to improve access to one of the world's most precious resources: water.

"It's really hard for people like us to relate to it, because it's just never been something we had to think about," Damon told This Week anchor Christiane Amanpour. "Clean water is only as far away as the nearest tap, and there are taps everywhere. There's a faucet everywhere. But the reality is, the water in our toilets is cleaner than the water that most people are drinking."

While water covers 70 percent of the earth's surface, less than 3 percent is drinkable. Beyond the challenges of drought and overuse in some parts of the world, lack of access to clean water has a wide impact.

The figures are staggering: Nearly a billion people—one in eight people worldwide—lack access to safe, clean drinking water, mostly in large portions of Africa and South Asia, and about 2.5 billion are without proper sanitation. More than 3 million people die every year from water-related disease, with a child dying every 20 seconds due to lack of clean water and sanitation.

It's these kinds of startling statistics that moved Damon to team up with environmentalist Gary White in 2009 to start water.org, a non-profit organization "committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries."

Damon said he was inspired to take action to improve access to clean water after meeting a 14-year-old girl in Zambia going out to collect water for her family from a local well.

"It just hit me that had someone not had the foresight to sink a bore well a mile from where she lived, she wouldn't be in school, because her entire life would revolve around scavenging for water," Damon said. "And she wouldn't have any hope, she wouldn't have any dreams. She'd be stuck in this kind of death spiral of poverty."

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