Matt Damon’s “toilet strike” for water.org is claiming more and more celebrities in an Oprah-like sweep: Now Bono won’t use the bathroom! And Olivia Wilde! And British mogul Richard Branson! Like Damon, the trio has pledged “not to go to the bathroom until everyone in the whole world has access to clean water and sanitation.” Damon kickstarted the strike in February; Jessica Biel, Jason Bateman, and Josh Gad joined him in March. The movement protests the plight of the 780 million people who lack access to safe drinking water and the 2.5 billion people who go without safe water and sanitation facilities.
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Before yesterday’s Boston Marathon took a tragic turn when explosions near the finish line claimed the lives of at least three people and injured over 170 more, Matt Damon published an essay reminiscing about watching his father and his brother run the marathon.
The Massachusetts-born actor called the race “a sporting spectacle like no other, overwrought with nerves and excitement” in an excerpt of the essay, which was posted on the Boston Globe’s website on April 14, one day before the bombings in Boston. The full essay is in a book published earlier this month that marked the 125th anniversary of the Boston Athletic Association, which sponsors the marathon. READ FULL STORY
Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel have a long, public friendship that includes songs, smiles, cursing, and one hijacking.
It now includes a vow renewal: People reports that Kimmel officiated the “sunset ceremony” between Damon and his wife, Luciana Bozán Barroso, this weekend on the 10-year anniversary of the couple’s first meeting. Robert DeNiro, Don Cheadle, and the Affleck clan were all reportedly in attendance.
A source told the mag, “It was a very family-oriented and happy celebration.” Afterward, cocktails were served while children played with white parasols. This otherwise beautiful image raises a few questions, like: Has Ben been replaced as Damon’s No. 1 Pal? And also: Did Kimmel waste a golden opportunity to stage a very-special episode of Matt Damon Sucks?
In honor of the occasion, take a video tour through the Damon/Kimmel hijinks. Fun fact: the first thing that pops up in Google under the pair is “Matt Damon Jimmy Kimmel feud.”
PSAs sure go down a lot more easily when they’re cleverly animated, legitimately funny, and narrated by Matt Damon. In fact, if it weren’t for the brief water.org plug, you might not even recognize this video as a PSA at all.
The clip takes one of our most pressing global health issues — the developing world’s lack of clean water — and illuminates it in a charming, irreverent way, mingling horrifying facts (more people worldwide have cell phones than toilets; only 8 percent of the world’s fresh water is unpolluted) with goofy jokes (calling a bowel movement “taking a Nixon”). The main takeaway: “Next time you’re drinking fancy bottled water from the South Pacific or moving your stocks while moving your bowels, take a moment to consider that the water six inches beneath your butt is cleaner than the drinking water of one billion of your neighbors.”
Happy Water Day, everyone!
Matt Damon is no longer alone in his refusal to use a toilet until the entire world has access to clean water.
Fellow “famous people” — as Damon affectionately calls them in the video below — Jessica Biel, Jason Bateman, and Josh Gad have joined his toilet strike, which he announced last month in a “press conference.” The silly-but-really-very-serious awareness campaign is led by Damon and the organization he co-founded, Water.org.
In the campaign, Damon and Water.org have called for change, citing the 2.5 billion people worldwide who are without adequate sanitation, the 800 million people who do not have access to clean drinking water every day and the 4,000 children under age five who die each day from preventable water-related illness.
Check out the new video below, which Water.org released today, to see Gad’s enthusiasm for striking, to hear about Bateman’s choice of a toilet-alternative and to learn about how Biel can make a room smell like a singing hummingbird. READ FULL STORY
This week's cover: Matt Damon and Michael Douglas go 'Behind the Candelabra' in HBO's Liberace biopic
Yes, that really is Michael Douglas and Matt Damon under the prosthetic makeup, wigs, and crystal-trimmed suits — all part of their costumes for Behind the Candelabra, the new Steven Soderbergh-directed HBO movie (airing May 26) about the stranger-than-fiction romance between Liberace (Douglas) and his young lover, Scott Thorson (Damon) from 1978 to 1982. In this week’s issue, Damon and Douglas give a frank, funny interview about filming one of the weirdest, glitziest gay love stories ever put on film, one that required both actors to do things they’d never done before onscreen. Like, say, wearing a metallic thong — and nothing else. “Every Sunday night, this girl would come to my house and I would stand in my garage and I would hike my boxer briefs up into the crack of my a– and she would give me a spray tan,” explains Damon, who spends plenty of the movie in tiny swimsuits, and wasn’t too excited about his real-life wife seeing his bronzed backside. “We’ve been through three childbirths, we’ve been in the trenches, there are no secrets. But I really wish she didn’t see that. That’s too much.”
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Matt Damon will not be using a toilet until the entire world has access to clean water.
Damon, co-founder of water.org, a site dedicated to raising awareness and funding for clean water throughout the world, staged a press conference today. He announced that he will not be going to the bathroom until sanitation was available to everyone to a room full of “journalists” with familiar faces like YouTube star ShayCarl and Winston from New Girl (Lamorne Morris).
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Thought Matt Damon would be content with a simple guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live? Think again.
After years of serving as the butt of Kimmel’s regular show-closing joke — “Apologies to Matt Damon; we ran out of time” — the Oscar winner got his revenge last night by seizing control of Live. Kimmel spent the entire episode taped to a chair with a tie stuffed in his mouth, watching helplessly as Damon taunted him, replaced his sidekick and his bandleader with Andy Garcia and Sheryl Crow — a definite case of trading up — and enlisted a bevy of other stars to assist in his takeover. From the show’s very first minutes, it was clear that this would be a night to remember:
Lance Armstrong may not ever be seen back at the Tour de France, but in movie theaters? That may be on the horizon.
Last week, Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, announced plans to adapt New York Times reporter Juliet Macur’s upcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, due out in June [EW's request for comment from Paramount was not returned]. It’s no surprise Hollywood has made a move — the story is captivating, and full of the kind of highs and lows that filmgoers love. Which just leads to the inevitable question: Who will portray the disgraced cyclist?
Bradley Cooper told BBC News yesterday that he “would be interested in [playing Armstrong]. I think he’s fascinating. What a fascinating character.” Cooper would be a great choice – post Silver Linings Playbook, it’s clear the professionally trained actor enjoys serious fare, and a prime part like Armstrong in a good adaptation could be great Oscar bait. Beyond Cooper, here are some other choices of men we’d love to see tackle the role. READ FULL STORY
Hold the phone — Matt Damon hasn’t hosted Saturday Night Live since 2002?! That’s bananas. The show could definitely use a strong dose of Bourne 1.0 in 2013 — especially if Damon whips out his unexpectedly spot-on Bill Clinton impersonation.
The Promised Land star did that impression on The Tonight Show yesterday, regaling Jay Leno with an anecdote about a screening of Good Will Hunting at Camp David circa 1997. He sounded just like our 42nd president — or, at least, like Darrell Hammond speaking as our 42nd president. And as a bonus, the story revealed why Clinton loves Tom Hanks. (It’s not just because everybody loves Tom Hanks.)
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