College students in South Florida were treated
to some star power, a week before Election Day.
Actor Matt Damon of the "Bourne Identity" series
stopped by the University of Miami on Monday to speak to students
about early voting. He's also scheduled to stop by the Hollywood
Campaign for Change office and help lead the Miami March for
"I'm being paid a fortune," said Damon as he chuckled.
"No, I volunteered to be here and if Obama wins Florida, he
wins the White House, it's that simple."
Sunday night, Damon, along with actresses Kerry
Washington and Alicia Silverstone, appeared at VoteFest '08,
an all-day music festival on Miami Beach, funded by the Miami-Dade
Democratic Party to promote early voting.
Matt Damon and Alfre Woodard
among celebrities volunteering for Obama campaign
Celebrities Campaign For Obama In South Florida
Oct 27, 2008 7:17 pm US/Eastern
WASHINGTON - Sen. Barack Obama's advertising team is getting
some friendly competition from film pros with some Oscar clout
like Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
"The spirit of the contest is to put into video
form what it is that you think will help push Obama over the
top," said Iliyse Hogue, the campaign director for MoveOn.org
Political Action. "It's a great thing for aspiring ad makers
and film makers who want to participate in a meaningful way."
Participants in the "Obama in 30 Seconds" contest
will have until April 1 to submit their entries. MoveOn members,
which the organization places at 3.2 million people, will be
able to vote on their favorites by watching them on the MoveOn
Web site. The top 15 entries will then be judged by a panel
of liberal activists, recording artists and Hollywood notables.
Among them will be Affleck and Damon, both Academy
Award-winning actors and writers. Also judging will be actor
Steve Buscemi, film director Oliver Stone, singer songwriters
Moby, Eddie Vedder and John Legend, civil rights leader Jesse
Jackson and hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons.
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"I think there's a really good chance Sarah Palin
could become president, and I think that's a really scary thing,"
he told the Associated Press, referring to the Republican vice
"It's like a really bad Disney movie," he said.
"The hockey mom, you know, 'Oh, I'm just a hockey mom'... and
she's facing down [Russian] President Putin... It's totally
absurd... It's a really terrifying possibility."
Matt Damon: Sarah Palin Presidency
Would Be Like a 'Really Bad Disney Movie'
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
"We've become the people our parents warned us about!"
That quip by veteran singer Jimmy Buffet underscored the zeitgeist
at Thursday night's major Democratic fundraiser at New York's
Radio City Music Hall. Vice President Al Gore and running-mate
Joe Lieberman, with respective spouses and Hillary Clinton for
good (and local) measure were the front-row guests of honor through
a three-hour concert which raised a very impressive $6.5 million
for the DNC.
Salma Hayek was so enthused with saying that "Al
Gore rocks!" - that she walked offstage forgetting to introduce
the next act - and had to dash back to announce Jon Bon Jovi.
Perhaps the most enthusiastically received line of the night came
from the boyish Matt Damon who equated George Bush with "Fredo"
from the "Godfather" movies. "And they wouldn't even let him run
the family business...."
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Gore
by Martin Lewis (First published September 15, 2000)
``I would pay $1 million to have Kerry in the White
House,'' the actor said at the premiere of ``The Bourne Supremacy''
in Berlin the other night.
Matt ready to put money where
By Inside Track Tuesday, October 19, 2004
An exuberant crowd of nearly 2,000 packed New York
City's Hammerstein Ballroom on Tuesday night ostensibly to voice
their support for Sen. John Kerry, but President Bush had the
dubious distinction of being the man of the hour.
From hipsters to professionals to aging hippies,
the audience was as diverse as the talent on stage. Attendees
paid $25 to $500 to watch performances by rocker Perry Farrell,
techno-musician Moby, singer Natalie Merchant and hip-hop collective
The event, sponsored by MoveOn.org, also unveiled
a new TV ad campaign featuring such Hollywood stars as Scarlett
Johannson, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Matt Damon. Several
of the stars appearing in the ads were on hand as were other celebrity
speakers, including actress Edie Falco, comedian Al Franken and
actor and musician Kevin Bacon. But the longest and most enthusiastic
standing ovation of the evening was saved for former Vermont Gov.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004 By
MoveOn Whips Up Anti-Bush Sentiment
The pro-Kerry outfit MoveOn has teamed with Hollywood
heavyweights including Rob Reiner, Matt Damon, Kevin Bacon,
Scarlett Johansson, John Sayles, Ed Asner, Margaret Cho and Al
Franken to unleash Bush-bashing ads (10, according to the Associated
Press; 14, according to USA Today) for TV and the Internet.
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004
More Hollywood Hate for Kerry to Ignore: Beat 'Madman' Bush
Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon are among the
actors appearing in the latest campaign by MoveOn.org, the online
political action group behind such celebrity-rich electioneering
as the forthcoming Vote for Change tour featuring the rock singer
give Bush a bashing
By Catherine Elsworth in Los Angeles (Filed: 25/08/2004)