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Trump Stays in Zoolander, Says Ben Stiller

Cameo was one of many, possibly because they were part of the deal

(Newser) - Donald Trump didn't get the reaction 20 years ago when he stepped before a camera that he gets now. When Ben Stiller was making Zoolander, he was filming at the VH1 Fashion Awards when Trump and his wife, Melania, arrived for the show, the New York Post reports. "... More »

Kimmel Shares Big News, Followed by Surprise Guest

Late-night host is taking summer off to spend time with family; Matt Damon is perturbed

(Newser) - If you're a Jimmy Kimmel fan who tuned in to his show last night, you'll be glad you did, as it was his final one for a while. "Tonight is my last new show for the summer," he said in a surprise announcement, per People . "... More »

DJs Get Interview of a Lifetime: a Locked-Down Matt Damon

'I feel like I'm about to throw up,' Dublin's Nathan O'Reilly told Damon, quarantined in small Irish town

(Newser) - Talk about an at-work win. Per the BBC , Dublin DJs Nathan O'Reilly and Graham O'Toole nabbed none other than Matt Damon for a Zoom interview after finding out the 49-year-old star was quarantining with his family in the coastal town of Dalkey. For six weeks, O'Reilly had... More »

Far-Flung Town Adopts Matt Damon: 'Leave Him Be!'

He's a surprise resident in Dalkey, Ireland

(Newser) - Small town, meet your new celebrity neighbor—and pretend he's just like anyone else. That sums up a New York Times report on an Irish town's reaction to Matt Damon, who's been seen walking and talking around Dalkey while holed up there during the coronavirus shutdown. "... More »

What Critics Think About Ford v. Ferrari

Expect a thrill ride

(Newser) - The true story of Ford's effort to show up Ferrari at an epic 24-hour auto race in France in 1966 is retold in Ford v. Ferrari , James Mangold's latest film starring Matt Damon as auto designer Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as the man he recruits to drive... More »

SNL Has Field Day With Kavanaugh Hearings

Meanwhile, Kanye West goes on pro-Trump rant

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live opened its 44th season with no shortage of material by the way of Brett Kavanaugh's hearings Thursday, Kanye West and his name change , and Pete Davidson's engagement over the summer to Ariana Grande. A lengthy cold open reimagined the Kavanaugh hearings, with Matt Damon as... More »

Jaw-Dropping Expose to Get the Affleck-Damon Treatment

Ben Affleck will direct, Matt Damon will star in movie about McDonald's Monopoly scam

(Newser) - Jeff Maysh's deep dive in the Daily Beast about McDonald's rigged Monopoly prize contest is what everyone's been buzzing about the past few days—and which Fox now hopes will translate to Hollywood gold. Deadline reports the film studio nabbed the rights to Maysh's story over... More »

Over 20K Sign Petition to Boot Matt Damon From Movie

Thousands want him cut from 'Oceans 8' after recent comments

(Newser) - Ocean’s 8’s star-studded cast could potentially be down one A-lister. Fox News reports that an online petition with more than 23,000 signatures at the time of this posting is calling for Matt Damon’s cameo in the all-female reboot to be cut. The reason why? Damon’s... More »

2 New Sets of Sex Misconduct Comments Draw Fire

McKellen says women used to offer sex for roles; Damon says focus on guys who aren't predators

(Newser) - Ian McKellen has jumped into the conversation on sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, and he has much to say about the "madness." Except the madness he referred to in a recent talk at Oxford Union comes courtesy of the women he learned of early in his career... More »

Minnie Driver Shuts Down Matt Damon on Sex Harassment

Actress lit into her ex after his comments on 'spectrum of behavior'

(Newser) - Matt Damon opined this week that the wave of sex harassment and assault claims sweeping Hollywood and society at large include "a spectrum of behavior" and that "none of us came here perfect," and the woman he once dumped on Oprah wasted no time in shutting him... More »

Clooney's Suburbicon Is 'Tone-Deaf' Failure

Critics call it 'shameful,' 'strikingly bad'

(Newser) - You'd think only good fun could come from George Clooney directing Matt Damon in Suburbicon . Apparently not so. The satire touching on murder, fraud, and also racism in 1950s suburbia has just a 29% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they're saying.
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Matt Damon on Weinstein: I Only Knew 'He Was an A------'

George Clooney also speaks, plus more on the fallen producer

(Newser) - Matt Damon and George Clooney continue to declare they were in the dark when it came to Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misdeeds. On Good Morning America Monday to promote Clooney's new film, Suburbicon, in which Damon stars, Damon said, "When people say like, 'Everybody knew,'... More »

The Great Wall Isn't Even Good

The Matt Damon film is a mess, though it is pretty: critics

(Newser) - Movie executives surely thought The Great Wall —a $135 million film shot entirely in China but starring American actor Matt Damon—had the potential to be a blockbuster in both the Chinese and North American markets. Unfortunately, they may have overlooked the fact that the movie about warriors and... More »

Matt Damon Remembers Robin Williams 'Crushing It'

In 'Good Will Hunting' bench scene

(Newser) - Thursday marked the two-year anniversary of Robin Williams' death, and his Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon just happened to be doing an interview with Irish website JOE.ie . Asked about the memorable bench scene from the movie, Damon responded that he knew right away the scene would be a... More »

Jason Bourne Slays the Competition

Matt Damon's return to franchise is a success

(Newser) - Jason Bourne killed it at the box office this weekend, with the latest installment of the spy thriller series pulling down a cool $60 million—about $10 million more than expected, and marking a fine comeback for Matt Damon in his return as the amnesiac assassin. "Matt Damon went... More »

Critics Split on the Return of Bourne

One says it's 'the best the series has yet offered'

(Newser) - Jason Bourne returns from what was believed to be a watery grave to surprise the CIA in the fifth Bourne installment and fourth starring Matt Damon. In this flick, Bourne is bent on discovering the story behind his initial recruitment. Critics are mostly split. Here's what they're saying:... More »

Matt Damon's Martian Hero Gets His Own Plant

Solanum watneyi even thrives in red soil

(Newser) - Matt Damon's character in The Martian made botanists look like rock stars, which, shockingly, doesn't happen very often. The reward for the fictional Mark Watney: There's now a plant named after him, reports Time . Chris Martine of Bucknell University found a bush tomato plant in Australia and... More »

The Outrageous Cost of Saving Matt Damon in Movies

Including $200B mission to Mars in 'The Martian'

(Newser) - Matt Damon: Hollywood's official dude in distress? Thanks to Quora user Kynan Eng (and Time for spotting) we now have a general idea of the real-life costs of saving Damon's movie characters from sticky situations: $900 billion. The breakdown includes $500 billion for a spaceship in Interstellar and... More »

The Martian Is 'Out of This World'

Matt Damon charms critics as an astronaut in peril

(Newser) - Matt Damon plays a botanist-astronaut stuck on Mars while NASA debates whether to risk six lives in an attempt to save one in The Martian . It seems to be a winner, with a 93% favorable rating from both fans and critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what critics are saying:... More »

Damon: Sorry for Explaining Diversity to Black Director

His comments on 'Project Greenlight' sparked uproar

(Newser) - Matt Damon has apologized after sparking an uproar at Sunday night's Project Greenlight premiere. The HBO show features a panel of writers, directors, and producers deciding which director should be given the opportunity to direct a $3 million feature film; producer Effie Brown, who is black, is part of... More »

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