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December 25, 2002
Rumors of Matt Damon's engagement have been greatly exaggerated, according to the actor's publicist, who says he and Odessa Whitmire are only dating. "The rumor that he's getting engaged has been fabricated over the past couple of weeks, but it's not true," Damon's publicist, Jennifer Allen, said Monday. According to one rumor, the 32-year-old star of The Legend of Bagger Vance and The Talented Mr. Ripley told friends he and Whitmire had gotten engaged last week. "He is dating Ms. Whitmire," Allen said.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
UPDATE:  On Sept. 30, Stacy Keibler posted an Instagram photo of herself with tech millionaire Jared Pobre in Paris. The caption reads: "Love being in the city of love! @jaredpobre. " We're not so in love with Pobre's New York Yankees hat in the snapshot. Our hometown girl needs to get her man some Baltimore gear.   Thank goodness the poor girl didn't have to fly solo for too long. Life & Style Weekly reports that there's a new man in the life of Stacy Keibler: millionaire Jared Pobre.
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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.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2013
Michael Douglas as the glittery Las Vegas pianist, Liberace, and Matt Damon as his young lover -- only HBO could have brought "Behind the Candelabra" to TV with this much style and care. Douglas, an Oscar winner, is something to behold in this role. Damon is rock solid. Steven Soderbergh directs, and the supporting cast is a jaw dropper by made-for-TV standards. Above is a a podcast preview I did with WYPR-FM (88.1) in Baltimore. Enjoy this holiday treat from HBO. I did. "Behind the Candelabra" premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday (May 26)
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By Ron Dicker and Ron Dicker,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 12, 2002
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - In The Bourne Identity, Matt Damon plays a spy who has forgotten everything except how to save his behind. Damon's own survival instincts kicked in when he showed up for work in Paris and the script he approved had been replaced. "It was unrecognizable in a way I was really uncomfortable with," he said in a recent interview. "And I said, `This is exactly the kind of movie that I pass on.' It had the perfect number of explosions. ... It was a peanut-butter-and-jelly kind of script."
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | December 22, 2006
There's a great, taut, jet-black satire hidden at the center of The Good Shepherd, Robert De Niro's anemic epic about the founding of the Office of Strategic Services before the Second World War and the OSS' postwar transformation into the Central Intelligence Agency. The government and military gamble that men with old school backgrounds will have a deeper emotional investment in their country and fewer conflicts about protecting it than more recent immigrants. They want the reliability of a rock-ribbed bank.
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By Katie Leslie and Katie Leslie,SUN STAFF | July 21, 2004
WASHINGTON - In a crisp, light blue button-down and jeans, looking more attractive and surprisingly younger in person than on screen, he extends his hand and smiles warmly. "Hi, I'm Matt. Do you want juice or anything?" he asks before settling into a chair to eyeball his already cold oatmeal. It's all so ... normal. Despite the penthouse suite setting, the publicists and staff flitting beyond the study doors, and the fact that the warmly smiling young man is Hollywood mega-star Matt Damon, ready to discuss his latest film, The Bourne Supremacy, things seem relaxed, casual, almost familiar.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | August 3, 2007
Few films combine a dense and tingling atmosphere with the headlong pacing and adventure of The Bourne Ultimatum. The director, Paul Greengrass, takes the minimalist story line and snaps it like a whip. Then he revels in the shock waves that concuss the denizens of a packed London subway station or a Tangier marketplace. The set-up couldn't be more elemental. Bourne (Matt Damon), determined to confront the secret CIA Treadstone programmers who made him a killer, stumbles on an even more lethal program called Blackbriar.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | September 18, 2009
The Informant!" is an entertaining expose of corporate corruption as well as a droll sendup of business-intrigue movies. But it wouldn't stick in the memory were it not for Matt Damon's audacious, baggy-pants portrayal of corporate whistle-blower Mark Whitacre, the antihero of this reality-based farce. Whitacre spends much of the mid-1990s wearing an FBI mike to gather evidence of price-fixing at Archer Daniels Midland, the Decatur, Ill., agribusiness giant. The role becomes a tour de force for Damon.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | December 21, 2006
At 36, Matt Damon has the boyish, square-cut good looks of a comic-book hero - the classical kind that doesn't wallow in anxiety or neurosis. He's developed a media persona as an All-American guy for a wised-up age: go-getting and idealistic, but with a hip, wry streak and an iconoclastic attitude toward everything, including his own success. His friend and creative partner, Ben Affleck, and Damon's pals from Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, attract publicity even when they try to duck it. Damon has become a superstar without any tabloid taint.
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By Michael Sragow | michael.sragow@baltsun.com and Sun Movie Critic | March 12, 2010
G reen Zone," a political adventure movie from the "Bourne" franchise dream team of star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, says that nation-building in Iraq has been a struggle partly because the United States based "regime change" on the spurious notion that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. With Damon as an idealistic Army officer who wonders why he can't find any WMD and Greg Kinnear as a ruthless political operative in the Coalition Provisional Authority, the movie depicts the authority's futile attempts to speed the formation of a democratic Iraq as "fruit from the poisonous tree.
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By Michael Sragow | December 4, 2009
The Men Who Stare At Goats . ( 3 STARS) It's gotten starkly contradictory reviews, but Grant Heslov's wild and woolly piece of fact-based fiction about the post-Vietnam Army's attempt to create a new fighting force with New Age attitudes and powers features outlandish and funny vignettes and a couple of happy, expansive performances from Jeff Bridges and George Clooney. And a lot of it really happened - though not in the way it does here. Opening next Friday Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans: (First Look Studios)
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October 2, 2009
'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' ** 1/2 ( 2 1/2 STARS) $25 million $60.4 million 2 weeks Rated : PG Running time : 1:30 What it's about : A Jimmy Neutron-type inventor (voiced by Bill Hader) perfects a machine that turns water into food. Our take : Fairly inventive and exceedingly manic, it is certainly fresher than many recent computer-animated flicks. 'Surrogates' * 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS) $14.9 million $14.9 million 1 week Rated: PG-13 Running time: 1:28 What it's about: Set in a world where humans live in isolation and interact through robots, a cop (Bruce Willis, above)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | September 18, 2009
The Informant!" is an entertaining expose of corporate corruption as well as a droll sendup of business-intrigue movies. But it wouldn't stick in the memory were it not for Matt Damon's audacious, baggy-pants portrayal of corporate whistle-blower Mark Whitacre, the antihero of this reality-based farce. Whitacre spends much of the mid-1990s wearing an FBI mike to gather evidence of price-fixing at Archer Daniels Midland, the Decatur, Ill., agribusiness giant. The role becomes a tour de force for Damon.
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September 15, 2008
Oprah show highlights bill targeting child predators CHICAGO: A few weeks after cheering presidential candidate Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, Oprah Winfrey will take up a different kind of political activism. Today's episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show will be dedicated to a Senate bill targeting child predators, according to a release issued Friday by Chicago-based Harpo Productions. During the show, which will detail the "extent and pervasiveness of child pornography trafficking in America," Winfrey will ask viewers to contact their senators about U.S. Senate Bill 1738, the Protect Our Children Act, Harpo said.
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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.
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November 23, 2005
Caddy tees up hope for golfer (Matt Damon, Will Smith) in The Legend of Bagger Vance (10 p.m.-12:30 a.m., TNT).
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,SUN STAFF | December 5, 2004
A rumor, a rumor, a big juicy rumor circulated in Baltimore this week. Matt Damon - yes, Matt Damon, that cutie-pie math whiz, that king of the poker table, that master assassin, that grinning Harvard sap - was heading to Charm City. He'd be here just for a moment and then he'd be gone with a snap. That rumor was short on details (they often are) but according to our Sources, and these are Sources who know, he's filming in D.C. but hoped to see our monument aglow. Of course, that's what he'd do!
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | August 3, 2007
Few films combine a dense and tingling atmosphere with the headlong pacing and adventure of The Bourne Ultimatum. The director, Paul Greengrass, takes the minimalist story line and snaps it like a whip. Then he revels in the shock waves that concuss the denizens of a packed London subway station or a Tangier marketplace. The set-up couldn't be more elemental. Bourne (Matt Damon), determined to confront the secret CIA Treadstone programmers who made him a killer, stumbles on an even more lethal program called Blackbriar.
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