Yes, that's Matt Damon in those fuzzy-wuzzy ears

August 16, 2007

Matt Damon, who plays former assassin Jason Bourne in The Bourne Ultimatum, has a much fuzzier role in a future episode of PBS' Arthur.

Damon, bedecked with bear ears, plays himself as part of "Postcards From You," an initiative to encourage young viewers to make their own videos.

His guest appearance on the animated children's show about a friendly aardvark is set to air Sept. 3.

A Bel Air finalist

Country singer Julienne Irwin of Bel Air has made it to the finals of NBC's hit reality show America's Got Talent.

After a so-so performance the night before, the 14-year-old was left hanging for most of last night's show as she was the last finalist to learn she had made it to the final four.

Julienne -- who hopes to one day sing at an O's game -- beat out the Glamazons (four zaftig singers), Sideswipe (a martial arts dance troupe), country singer Jason Pritchett and soulful singer Robert Hatcher for the last spot.

The winner will be named during the two-hour finale at 8 p.m. Tuesday on WBAL, Channel 11.

Sarah Kickler Kelber

A quick fix

Quentin Tarantino was forced to hop into a pedicab to escape gridlock on flooded Manila, Philippines, streets yesterday as he made his way to the presidential palace to receive a film award.

Tarantino's limousine had been stuck in traffic for about 2 1/2 hours on a bridge close to Malacanang palace when Filipino filmmaker Amable "Tikoy" Aguiluz suggested they take separate pedicabs.

About 15 minutes later, they reached a street corner near the palace where a car picked them up, Tarantino said.

"It was a lot of fun. It's the way it is, I guess. ... It was wild," he told reporters.

Relay's message

Actress Mia Farrow, 62, joined genocide survivors in a torch-lighting ceremony yesterday at a Rwandan school where thousands died in a 100-day frenzy of killings in 1994.

An Olympic-style torch relay through countries that have suffered genocide is to press China, host of the 2008 games, to help end abuses in its ally Sudan's Darfur region.

More than 200,000 people have died and 2.5 million been chased from their homes in Darfur since 2003.

The Darfur torch relay will also go to Armenia, Bosnia, Germany, Cambodia and, in December, Hong Kong.

From staff and wire reports

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