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'SNL' Scorecard: Not Even Matt Damon Could Save Katy Perry's Terrible Show

by Mike Ryan, posted Dec 11th 2011 12:40PM


Katy Perry wasn't listed as the 'SNL' musical guest last night (that was Robyn), but, boy, she sure did sing a lot. Of the eight segments that Perry made an appearance in, she sang in six of them. I'm sorry, but that's pretty telling that the writers didn't know what else to really do with her. And to be fair to the writers: from what we saw of Perry, they probably did the best that they could. And it's always a bad sign when the host plays his or herself, which, yeah, she did that, too. I appreciate Perry willing to stretch herself as host instead of "musical guest who also appears in a sketch", but, yeesh, this was pretty bad. Not even Matt Damon and Val Kilmer could save this show. But, hey: At least Kristen Wiig had a good show. And 'Weekend Update' saved this show from being the worst of the season. Barely. On to a pretty ugly scorecard...

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Were Serious Teens About Acting (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 7th 2011 2:30AM
Matt Damon, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are big names in Hollywood now, but it wasn't always so. Everyone knows that they broke into the industry together, with their shared Oscar win for the screenplay of 'Good Will Hunting.' On 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), Damon revealed just how committed they were to making acting their career.

Dating back to when they were young teens, the boys set up a joint checking account for the sole purpose of financing trips to New York for auditions. They did commercials locally to fund these trips in the hopes of making it big. They were focused and dedicated to the dream ... well, mostly.

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Liberace Biopic Starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon Lands at HBO

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 11th 2011 2:00PM
Matt Damon, Michael Douglas LiberaceWe've known about Michael Douglas and Matt Damon's Liberace biopic for some time -- Douglas was on 'The View' in May talking about kissing Damon -- but now we know where we can see 'Beyond the Candelabra': HBO.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, Susan Ekins and Gregory Jacobs, the drama stars Douglas as Liberace and Damon as Scott Thorson, Liberace's younger live-in-lover. The script was written by Oscar nominee Richard LaGravense.

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What Jobs Do Emmy Nominated TV Characters Hold? (Infographic)

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 22nd 2011 10:45AM
We often joke that 95% of the characters we see on TV are either doctors, lawyers or cops. But among characters nominated for Emmys this year, the occupational breakdown is considerably more diverse.

Led by Don Draper, 12.6% of nominated characters are businessmen. 10.3% are stay-at-home moms or dads, 8% are lawyers, and 6.9% are teachers. The biggest group in the graphic falls into the 'Other' category, which includes Matt Damon's '30 Rock' character Carol, who's a pilot, and Dexter Morgan, a forensic scientist/serial killer of evil people.

Check out the infographic, courtesy of the official Emmys site, after the jump for the full breakdown.

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Barbara Walters Offers Kissing Practice to Michael Douglas on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 9th 2011 1:30PM
Barbara Walters Offers Kissing Practice to Michael Douglas on 'The View'On 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated), Michael Douglas, who is set to play Liberace in an upcoming biopic, explained how co-star Matt Damon is readying for their inevitable kissing scenes. And Barbara Walters had an inventive idea for how Douglas himself could prepare.

Damon will play Liberace's lover, and has said he plans on using creative visualization in scenes where he and Douglas lock lips. "Matt said, 'Listen. Here's the way I look at it. When I kiss Michael Douglas, it's algebra. I'm kissing Michael Douglas and I'm going through him and I'm kissing his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones,'" Douglas explained, leaning closely toward Walters.

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Ellen DeGeneres Gets Smacked by a Monkey (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 11th 2011 9:15AM
Ellen DeGeneres Gets Smacked by a MonkeyOn 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Ellen DeGeneres explained that while at her farm, which she visits to escape the "mean streets of Beverly Hills," she recently noticed a movie filming just down the road.

During a visit to the set, DeGeneres met one of the stars of the upcoming film, a rather hairy actress who's appeared in 'The Hangover 2,' and both 'Night at the Museum' movies among others.

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Jerry Weintraub Has a Wife AND a Girlfriend -- Kimmel, Pitt, Clooney and Damon are Impressed (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 24th 2011 5:05AM
Jerry Weintraub Has a Wife AND a Girlfriend -- Jimmy Kimmel, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Matt Damon are Impressed"I am in love with my wife. And I've been married to her for 50 years," said Jerry Weintraub, as the audience began to applaud. But Jimmy Kimmel held up his hand, warning the crowd to hold off on their kudos. "Give it a minute," Kimmel said.

Yes, Jerry Weintraub -- producer of such films as Nashville, Diner, The Karate Kid and Ocean's 11 -- has indeed been married to his wife Jane Morgan for five decades now. But he's also been living with Susie Ekins, his girlfriend, for two decades.

According to Jerry, the two women get along fine -- they go out together, they cook together. But Jimmy Kimmel seemed skeptical. "Are you sure they're not planning to kill you?" he asked.

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Matt Damon Reveals 'Great' Advice George Clooney Gave Him When They Met (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 4th 2011 12:45AM
When Matt Damon and George Clooney first met, Damon was just beginning the ascent of his career, so Clooney passed along to the younger actor a piece of advice on dealing with fame that Paul Newman had given him.

Damon spoke about this conversation on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (weekdays, 9PM ET on CNN.)

"The first thing [Clooney] said to me, the first day I met him was, 'don't let them keep you inside,' and that was great, great advice"

"By that you mean physically in your home," Morgan clarified.

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Matt Damon Makes First Appearance on 'Ellen' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 2nd 2011 9:45AM
Matt Damon Makes First Appearance on 'Ellen'Matt Damon makes his very first appearance on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated) and is treated to a faux trailer for a new 'Bourne' movie.

"I can't believe you haven't even seen this finished product of the new 'Bourne Identity' movie," Ellen DeGeneres said.

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Betty White Gets a Grander Entrance Than Matt Damon on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 2nd 2011 2:55AM
Betty White, 'The Tonight Show'Betty White is a superstar. If you have any doubt about this, just watch the lavish introduction she got on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). Inspired by classical musical introductions from the era of black-and-white television, White was ushered in with her own singers.

As she walked to the desk, her name was in lights, and even Matt Damon presented her with a bouquet of flowers.

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Matt Damon Big-Times Packers Coach Mike McCarthy for Laughs in Kenny Mayne Segment (VIDEO)

by PopEater Staff, posted Feb 7th 2011 12:15AM
An athletic mega-event that's practically a national holiday, Super Bowl Sunday has a way of inspiring a whole lot of cooking, marketing, music-making and, yes, low-budget comedy bits.

Resident ESPN jokester Kenny Mayne recently decided to take viewers on a "hard-hitting" tour of the town where Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy grew up: Greenfield, a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Penn., smack in the middle of Steelers territory.

And who should pop up in the footage? Oscar winner Matt Damon, over-the-top cranky in his role as a high-school rival (Damon actually went to high school in Cambridge, Mass.), griping about McCarthy from inside his posh Hollywood trailer.

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Shows That Need to Come Back: 'Project Greenlight'

by Jane Murphy, posted Feb 6th 2011 1:15PM
Tentpoles are letting us down ('Tron' ... meh) and big budget comedies are suddenly bombing ('The Dilemma'), so maybe it's time to put a small fraction of the business back in the hands of amateurs.

The always-riveting 'Project Greenlight' was gone too soon from TV. Sure, it didn't produce any Oscar winners, but it did give talent a leg up (wasn't THAT the point?).

A little-known actor named Shia LeBeouf stole the show in season 2 with his precocious professionalism in the face to 'Project Greenlight's' usual chaos. And on Feb. 25, the Farrelly Brothers' 'Hall Pass' opens wide; the naughty premise was brought to us by indefatigable screenwriter Pete Jones -- yes, that Pete Jones, the first to get 'Greenlight's greenlight, for the twee 'Stolen Summer' (oy, that title).

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Josh Brolin Rips on Matt Damon Like He Did While Filming 'True Grit' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 3rd 2011 5:00AM
Josh Brolin Teases Matt Damon on 'Kimmel'Jimmy Kimmel really enjoyed 'True Grit.' "Hailee Steinfeld is terrific in the movie. Jeff Bridges, unbelievable. Matt Damon was alright," he joked to their costar Josh Brolin on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC).

Brolin went along, saying, "I understand why he didn't get nominated, but that's alright." He then recounted how he would mercilessly tease Damon as he got into character before each scene.

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Matt Damon Heading Back to '30 Rock'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 6th 2011 8:30AM
'30 Rock' fans only have a few more days to wait until the show comes back from its winter hiatus on January 20. And now that it will air in a new 10PM ET timeslot, creator and star Tina Fey says viewers can expect to some creative shakeups. And more Matt Damon.

A later timeslot means the show's writers can get away with more risqué stuff, and Fey told Entertainment Weekly that "It will be kind of exciting. ... We have been wondering: Can we do even weirder things?"

Given the high weirdness quotient of previous seasons -- The Generalissimo, Dr. Spaceman, the 'Live Show' -- it'll be fun to watch them raise the weird bar. But what about Matt Damon?

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Matt Damon, Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Lopez to Present at Golden Globes

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 5th 2011 6:45AM
Matt DamonThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been using Twitter to give us little glimpses into the presenters roster for this year's Golden Globes Awards.

Ricky Gervais will be hosting the awards for the second time and will be joined on-stage at the Jan. 16 ceremony by a bevy of TV and movie stars including Matt Damon, Robert Pattinson and Jennifer Lopez.

The most recent presenters to be Tweeted into the lineup are 'TRON: Legacy' star Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester from 'Gossip Girl.'

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