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Matt Damon: Ben Affleck is his 'hetero lifemate'

Matt Damon stars in "We Bought a Zoo"

Matt Damon wants to make it clear: Though he may wander from the supple valley of his Ben Affleck bromance, he'll never stray too far.

Basically, Damon has been collaborating with a new Hollywood guy but is still fond his oldest friend, Ben.

Damon is prepping his directorial debut to start sometime in 2012, a script he's currently co-writing with "The Office" star John Krasinski. The pair met when Damon was filming "The Adjustment Bureau" with Emily Blunt, Krasinski's wife.

"I just found writing with him really easy -- like writing with Ben," Damon told GQ.

But it's not like writing with Ben, Matt. It's not.

Damon acknowledges as much, referring to Affleck as his "hetero lifemate" and saying that the pair are working on a project  Affleck will direct. Based on the life of James "Whitey" Bulger, the Irish mobster apprehended after 16 years on the run, the project will see Damon in the lead.

And will see our boys reunited.

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-- Matt Donnelly
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Photo: Matt Damon spends a fashionable day at the zoo. Credit: Ben Watts / GQ

 


Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow meet again, as grown-ups

Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon star in "Contagion"

When "Contagion" opens in September, film fans will get to see Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow reunited from 1999's "The Talented Mr. Ripley."

Damon — who plays husband to Paltrow's character, a businesswoman stricken by a mysterious virus, in Steven Soderbergh's thriller — opened up about working with her again after more than a decade.

Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow in 'The Talented Mr. Ripley'"I was reminded of just how amazing she is, she's a really special actress," Damon told "Access Hollywood." "More so than anybody I've ever worked with, she's got an ability to turn it on and off. Like she can just be talking about anything and then when they say, 'Rolling,' it's like she snaps, she just locks in." 

Damon said "Mr. Ripley," made when he and Paltrow were in their 20s, feels "like a lifetime ago." With both now married with kids, their vibe was much more adult.

"We were talking about kids a lot," he said. "It was nice to reconnect."

Paltrow is married to Coldplay rocker Chris Martin, with children Apple and Moses. Damon, married to Luciana Barroso for nearly six years, has three kids at home.

See the whole interview, below.

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— Matt Donnelly
twitter.com/MattDonnelly

Top photos: Gwyneth Paltrow in December 2010; Matt Damon in February 2011. Credits:  Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times, left; Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times, right.

Left photo:  Damon and Paltrow in the 1999 film "The Talented Mr. Ripley." Credit: Paramount Pictures.


'His Way' premiere: Stars salute producer Jerry Weintraub

Matt Damon and Andy Garcia with Jerry Weintraub at the "His Way" premiere

Matt Damon, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone and other stars from Jerry Weintraub's repertoire came out to honor the Hollywood producer at the premiere of the HBO documentary "His Way."

Billy Crystal and wife Janice at the "His Way" premiere The documentary, which first airs April 4, chronicles Weintraub's five-decade career in the industry using personal video, archival footage and interviews with friends.

Damon, Andy Garcia, Elliott Gould and Carl Reiner, who starred in Weintraub's "Ocean's Eleven" franchise toasted the producer as they walked the red carpet -- er, concrete -- at Paramount Studios in Hollywood on Tuesday.

Actor James Caan took a comedy break from the media line and hooked his son Scott with a cane. Anne Heche and boyfriend James Tupper, Paul Reiser of "Mad About You" fame and funnyman Billy Crystal, attended, wife Janice on his arm. Bruce Willis, his wife Emma Heming and actors Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff also attended. Click the pics for more photos from the event.

Also spotted:  Actors Jeff Garlin, Lee Majors and Ellen Barkin, and model Cindy Crawford.

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Photos: Andy Garcia, top left, with Jerry Weintraub and Matt Damon at the premiere of HBO's "His Way" documentary about the producer. Billy Crystal, right, and wife Janice attended the event March 22 at Paramount Studios. Credits: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images, top; Mario Anzuoni / Reuters, right.

 


Matt Damon ramps up for Michael Douglas kiss in 'Liberace'

Matt Damon and Michael Douglas will kiss in "Liberace" Looks as if that Matt Damon-Michael Douglas smooch we were promised is coming on like a freight train -- with Damon speaking out about his excitement over the "Liberace" lip lock.

In January, Douglas talked about working with Damon for the upcoming biopic, revealing that the two men would be sharing some intimate moments -- nothing beyond the average teen drama, however, just some smooching.

"What kind of Chapstick are you using this week, sweetie?" is how Douglas described flirty text messages he was sending to his costar. And with the film still in pre-production Damon seems ready to kiss and tell.

"It's scripted that there's more than one," the "Adjustment Bureau" actor told E! Online. "I never thought I would get to kiss Michael Douglas."

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luciana Barroso, be warned.

The film -- with a tentative 2013 release -- will be directed by "Ocean's 11" man Steven Soderbergh, who claims it will be one of his last films before he retires from the craft. 

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-- Matt Donnelly
Twitter.com/MattDonnelly

Photos, from left: Michael Douglas at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 16 (Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images); Matt Damon at the "My Way" premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press).


Natalie Portman likes Ashton Kutcher's parenting skills

Natalie Portman No Strings Attached Natalie Portman says she'd take parenting advice from "No Strings Attached" costar Ashton Kutcher.

The newly knocked-up actress told MTV News that Kutcher would come to their movie set with sweet stories about advice he gave his stepdaughters, which showed her that he was a committed parent to Demi Moore's kids.

Did we mention that everyone's all up in Portman's business these days?

Recently engaged to choreographer Benjamin Millepied, she oh-so-ungraciously included mention of their sex life in her Golden Globes acceptance speech.

The once-private starlet is basking in the limelight thanks to critical acclaim for playing a psycho-ballerina in "Black Swan." Honestly, we think awards should go to the actors who take on roles where they have to naturally pack on the pounds, then shed them by award season. Hear that, George Clooney, Jake Gyllenhaal and Matt Damon?

Pounds or no pounds, she's likely getting more awards if "Strings" doesn't ruin her chances, as "Norbit" did for Eddie Murphy. Her laugh has also taken on a life of its own.

"The weird thing is people knowing about something that's so private," she told MTV about her pregnancy. "But I mean, you get used to it. It's just wild to walk down the street and have a complete stranger be like, 'Congratulations!'"

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Michael Douglas is swearing off vices -- except Matt Damon

Michael Douglas Michael Douglas says he's quitting tobacco and most alcohol, but give up flirting with Matt Damon? That's one new habit he's not quitting any time soon.

"I'm back," said Douglas, who recently finished treatment for stage-four throat cancer that was possibly "motivated" by the first two of those vices. "I'm sure I'm still going to have a glass of wine or two."

And though the tumor is gone, and the Golden Globe-nominated actor plans to go to those awards with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, "I probably won't be clicking my heels for another two or three months," he told Access Hollywood.

He had informed doctors last January that something was wrong, but the growth under his tongue wasn't found until August. "I understand … it's a very difficult cancer tumor to find," he told host Billy Bush on Sunday in New York. However, a diagnosis at stage two "would have been nicer than stage four."

So, wait, back to that flirting? Douglas is already prepping for his next role, playing Liberace, in part by exchanging sexy text messages with costar Damon. But it's not exactly rough stuff -- more along the lines of, "What kind of Chapstick are you using this week, sweetie?"

"It goes with the territory," Douglas joked.

See the three-part "Access Hollywood Live" on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Photo: Michael Douglas promotes "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2010. Douglas is nominated for a supporting actor Golden Globe for his reprise of the Gordon Gekko role. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

 


Matt Damon, Ben Affleck reunite for Feeding America

 

It wasn't exactly a Hollywood reteaming of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, but the famous pair did get together again to spread some goodwill (insert "Hunting" pun here). 

The men loaned their talents to two public service announcements for Feeding America, which aims to increase awareness for hunger relief across the country.

Damon takes a lighthearted approach, telling the story of Steve, a family man who utilizes one of the program's many food banks. When the real Steve weighs in with some acting tips, Damon reminds him, "I have an Academy Award."

"Not for playing me," Steve quips. (Allow us to quip: That Oscar was for writing, Matt.)

Affleck shoots straight from the hip, dropping statistics on the millions of Americans without food. Check out Matt's PSA above and Ben's below, and leave your thoughts in the comments section.

 

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Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso welcome new baby girl

Matt-damon-baby-girl Matt Damon's household isn't hurting for estrogen: The actor just welcomed another baby girl with wife Luciana Barroso.

"Mom and baby are both healthy," Damon's rep told People magazine of new little bundle Stella Zavala Damon, who joins her sisters Isabella and Gia, plus Barroso's daughter from a previous marriage, Alexia.

"The whole family is thrilled," added the rep.

Damon's next project is a narration gig -- telling the story of cyclist Lance Armstrong.

-- Matt Donnely
twitter.com/MattDonnelly

Photo: Luciana Barroso and Matt Damon attend the premiere of Ben Affleck's "The Town." Credit: EPA

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'Hereafter' premiere: Luciana Barroso glows with hubby Matt Damon on the red carpet

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"Hereafter," a drama starring Matt Damon and directed by Clint Eastwood, premiered Sunday night in Manhattan to cap off the 48th New York International Film Festival, which opened Sept. 24 with the premiere of "The Social Network."

Hereafter-gallery-refer Other cast members on the red carpet included Cecile de France, "The Twilight Saga" player Bryce Dallas Howard and "The Sopranos" alum Steve Schirripa.

Damon's wife of almost five years, Luciana Barroso, who's pregnant with her fourth child (their third together), rocked the red carpet in an animal-print cocktail dress, and Eastwood's wife Dina Ruiz stood by her man as well. Click the picture of Eastwood at right to launch a photo gallery from the gala premiere.

"Hereafter," which also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, opens Oct. 22 in U.S. theaters.

— Christie D'Zurilla

Top photo: Luciana Barroso and Matt Damon attend the closing-night premiere of "Hereafter" during the 48th New York Film Festival in New York City on Oct. 10. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images.

Second photo: Clint Eastwood at the gala New York screening of his latest directorial effort. Credit: Peter Foley / EPA.

 

 


Seems like everyone who's anyone is hitting the Toronto International Film Festival

Bryce Dallas Howard at the Hereafter premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival With dozens of premieres, screenings and Q&A sessions, plus parties to match, is there really a good reason for an actor not to attend the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival?

Makes sense that Hollywood -- and by that we mean East Coast, West Coast and overseas "Hollywood" -- is out in force up north through Sunday, at the event that began Thursday.

Matt Damon and Bryce Dallas Howard showed up for a gala screening of Clint Eastwood's supernatural thriller "Hereafter," and Ryan Reynolds did press for his flick "Buried," a thriller set in Iraq that also screened at Sundance.

Tiff-gallery-refer "Slumdog Millionaire" couple Freida Pinto and Dev Patel hit the screening of "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," Woody Allen's flick featuring Pinto along with Anthony Hopkins. "Rabbit Hole" star Nicole Kidman was escorted to that film's premiere by husband Keith Urban, and Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver and Sam Rockwell promoted "Conviction."

Fresh off world premieres in Venice, Natalie Portman showed up for "Black Swan," and Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner and Jon Hamm again represented "The Town," joined this time by costar Blake Lively. And of course the shy and retiring James Franco has been making news along with "127 Hours," which ...

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