Monday August 24th, 2015 · by Annie

Water.org helping communities get water globally

About one in nine people, or 750 million people globally, do not have access to safe water. Around the world, women and children are spending 140 million hours a day collecting water.

Water.org, cofounded and supported by actor Matt Damon, has been screening and certifying quality indigenous partner organizations for over 20 years who best understand the needs of their local culture. They can navigate the social, political, and economic issues which may impact projects, are better able to leverage local financial resources for cost-sharing, and know the local expertise which exists for project implementation. It is also more cost effective than hiring expatriate staff. The motto is “Safe water and the dignity of a toilet for all.”

Communities and individuals become invested owners by contributing to the project cost. Communities can contribute at least 10 percent of the total project cost through grants, either by financial contributions, securing local materials, or doing physical labor or “sweat equity.” The WaterCredit branch allows people to get loans through its network of local partner organizations such as join-lending groups, women’s self-help groups, and community-based organizations. Typical loans range in size from $50 – $200 USD.

One of the first steps is the community election of a local water committee which plays a critical role in the project’s success. Since women disproportionately bear the water collection burden, the committee must include female members. They serve as a liaison between the community and partner organization, facilitate the hygiene education program, and determine the project construction community work schedule. Committee members are also trained on operation and maintenance of the water and sanitation systems, and management of the finances.

Whether a project is grant funded or involves small water and sanitation loans, community ownership is integral to its success. Water.org insists on community involvement at every step from project planning, financing, and building through ongoing project maintenance.

The WaterCredit Initiative helps with the small water and sanitation loans to communities and individuals who have no access to traditional credit markets, empowering them to solve their own water issues more quickly. As loan payments are paid in, the money is assigned to other people with water needs. For details on WaterCredit, view the website.

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Tuesday August 4th, 2015 · by Annie

‘The Martian’ Viral Video: Matt Damon & Crew Are Tested After Isolation Training

A new viral for “The Martian”, which is set for release on October 2nd:

Before the first trailer for Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi drama The Martian debuted, 20th Century Fox teased the film with a viral video from the video archives of the Ares 3, the latest mission to Mars. And now a second viral video has debuted with Matt Damon and the rest of his crew being interviewed by a NASA psychologist after experiencing 10 days in isolation.

From the video it’s made pretty clear that Damon has no problem being stuck by himself for 10 days, with the most pressing question he has upon emerging being about Aquaman’s abilities. And honestly, it’s a perfectly valid question. Watch The Martian viral video after the jump!

Michael Pena didn’t have any problems getting used to the isolation either, choosing to partake in a more primitive way to pass the time, while Aksel Hennie isn’t scared at all, simply because he’s German. Sebastian Stan seems to be in perfect condition as a doctor who deals with stressful situations everyday, and Kate Mara is just plain sleepy, but she gives us the rundown on how she feels about the rest of the crew.

One of the more intriguing parts of this video is Jessica Chastain‘s silence when asked if she feels any pressure as the first female crew member on an Ares mission to Mars. Could that be telling of something that happens in the movie? Either way, this is one of the more clever viral marketing campaigns we’ve seen in a long time, and I hope there’s much more in store leading up to the fall release.

Don’t forget, The Martian has moved up to an earlier release date on October 2nd, and you can still watch the first trailer for the sci-fi flick right here.

The synopsis:

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

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Monday June 8th, 2015 · by Annie

Official Trailer for The Martian

The first Official Trailer for The Martian is out. It looks great! It’ll be in theaters in November.

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Sunday June 7th, 2015 · by Annie

Matt Damon says farewell to Earth in viral promo for The Martian

Here’s the first promo for The Martian.

Forget trailers: On Sunday, with the help of former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, Twentieth Century Fox released the first promo for Ridley Scott’s The Martian.

The viral video is hosted by astronaut Mark Whatney (better known in real life as Matt Damon), and introduces viewers to the crew of the Hermes (including characters played by Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan and Michael Pena) as they prepare for their mission to Mars. At the end of the clip, Whatney says goodbye to viewers and family: “Have a wonderful year. Just remember, what we do up there, we’re doing for everyone here on Earth. This is going to be an amazing journey for all of us. We’re all in this together. Mom, dad, I love you. I’ll miss you. First thing we do when we get back is go to Gino’s for some deep dish. All right. Whatney, out.”

Based on Andy Weir’s book, The Martian focuses on what happens to Whatney in the aftermath of the mission launch. He gets stranded on Mars after being presumed dead by his crew, and has to survive in increasingly dangerous elements as he tries to get back home.

“He finds he has a problem, and instead of him collapsing into terror—because he’s got 28 days to live – and that’s if everything goes well for him – he knuckles down and actually starts to work it out,” Scott said to EW last month.

The Martian is out on Nov. 25.

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Tuesday February 24th, 2015 · by Annie

The Kimmel School of Perfect Acting (Video)

Great segment from Jimmy Kimmel Live where Matt plays a chair and a lamp.



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Sunday February 1st, 2015 · by Annie

Mindy Kaling tries to kiss Matt Damon in a new commercial

Brand new commercial featuring Mindy Kaling where she tries to kiss Matt.

After years of being treated like she was invisible it occurred to Mindy she might actually BE invisible. Watch it:

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Friday January 30th, 2015 · by Annie

Matt Damon is the Locker Room Guy (Jimmy Kimmel Video)

Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick have spent a lot of time denying they had anything to do with Deflate-Gate. We don’t know if these people are trying to protect Tom Brady, but already more than half a dozen people have come forward to claim responsibility:

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Friday January 31st, 2014 · by Annie

Matt Damon & George Clooney talk The Monuments Men (Video)

Interview with Matt and George about The Monuments Men:

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Friday January 31st, 2014 · by Annie

Matt Damon says that Nolan’s Interstellar is special

Matt talks about Interstellar, where he has a small role

Matt Damon has been caught in conversation with both Hitfix and MTV news saying that Christopher Nolan’s upcoming science fiction film Intersteller- starring Matthew McConaughey- will be nothing short of special.

Damon gushed about the duo (Nolan and McConaughey) whilst being interviewed by Hitfix and MTV for his other film Monuments Men. Read parts of the interview below:

Matt Damon on:

Christopher Nolan

He’s a guy who is working on a very big canvas and there are very few people who can work on that big a canvas and make consistently great movies. I loved, loved, working with him. Matt (Matthew McConaughey) and I had a lot of fun too.

On Matthew McConaughey

You know I think the movie’s just going to be great. Matthew is the star of the movie and he’s just on fire right now and he’s really locked in.
Talk about being in the zone, he’s really just crushing everything right now and I think its just going to be great. I think it’s gonna be just another big, awesome Chris Nolan movie with awesome performances from Matthew and Anne Hathaway.

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Friday January 31st, 2014 · by Annie

First Trailer for The Zero Theorem

The first Trailer for The Zero Theorem is out. Looks like a crazy movie!

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