Matt Damon Chooses A Name For His Daughter and Helps Africa

Matt DamonMatt Damon and his wife, Luciana have chosen the name Isabella for their daughter who is due in two weeks. That is a beautiful and romantic name..and no, it is not the name of one of my children! I just think it sounds lovely!Little Isabella will be just six months younger than Ben and Jen’s baby Violet! Matt is hoping that the two will grow up to be best friends! He said: “They will definitely have playdates. All we have to do is end up living in the same city.” That is too cute! More importantly, Matt seems to be following in Angelina and Brad’s steps by focusing his attentions on Africa.

With the birth of Brad and Angelina’s baby Shiloh, even more concentrated attention has been generated towards the plight of Africa.

Now, friends of the new parents are taking up the cause and getting in on the act. Recently, Brad’s ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ co-star Matt Damon returned from a trip in Zambia, where he was able to see firsthand how American funding to fight AIDS and extreme poverty are making a difference for those living in Africa. On his trip, Matt visited numerous sites demonstrating both the symptoms of and solutions to extreme poverty and global disease.

“To see so much hope from people who have so little made this an inspiring and life-changing journey for me,” the Academy Award winning actor said upon his return. “The promises America and other rich countries have made to Africa must be more than words. Those promises need to put hopeful children in school; help parents put roofs over the heads of their children; and get life saving AIDS medicines to the patients who need them now.”

Matt’s listening and learning trip was organized by Africa advocacy group DATA (debt AIDS trade Africa) and ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History (

“Matt is a smart guy who knows his stuff,” said Jamie Drummond, executive director of DATA. “We’re thrilled [he] has joined with DATA and ONE to give a voice to the more than one billion people around the world living on less than one dollar a day.”


Charlie Sheen Being A Good Dad While Denise Away

Denise Richards

Charlie Sheen bonds with daughters Sam, 2, and Lola (not pictured), who turns 1 on Thursday, during a visit in Malibu on Sunday. Soon-to-be ex-wife Denise Richards recently wrapped up an Italian getaway with new beau Richie Sambora.

Wow, I think I’ve lost all respect for Denise Richards. She left her babies with Charlie Sheen to go galavanting around with a washed-up rocker? This is the man she accused of being a violent drug addict obsessed with pornography? Yeah…perfect babysitter! This whole situation just leaves me confused! I think Charlie looks like a good dad here….he may not be perfect and have a shady history but I think Denise made up and exaggerated things to get more money from Charlie and I think that is truly despicable. If he was as terrible as she accused him of being in her public court document, why would she entrust her two precious children to him? Either she’s a liar or a lunatic!

Baby Brangelina Bonanza!

Just for those craving more details about Brangelina’s baby!

No wise men showed up when Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt made her historic debut in Namibia this weekend, but the absence of gold, frankincense and myrrh didn’t do much to quell the excitement caused by Brad and Angelina’s new addition. The eagerly anticipated ankle-biter begins life with the unenviable expectations of her A-list genetics (early word is she has indeed been blessed in the looks department) and the fervent prayers of a hopeful nation (no, not this one). Here’s the latest on Brangelina’s bundle of joy:

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

The delivery: According to People, Shiloh arrived Saturday night at Cottage Medi-Clinic in Swakopmund, with Angelina’s Los Angeles obstetrician, Jason Rothbart, M.D., performing a caesarean delivery because of a “breech presentation.” “The baby was a healthy 7 pounds,” the doc tells the mag. “Brad was with Angelina in the operating room the entire time and cut the umbilical cord of his daughter. The surgery and birth went flawlessly. The staff, nurses and doctors I worked with at the Cottage Medi-Clinic Hospital were amazing, it was a team effort.” The Jolie-Pitts were equally effusive about the local hospital personnel, thanking them for “their kindness and commitment in assuring the successful birth of our daughter.” Mother and baby “are fantastic,” a source tells People. Jolie, 30, is expected to return soon to the swanky — and fortified — Burning Shores lodge, where the family has been holed up since early April.

A brunette beauty with Brad’s beak: Shiloh is “a beautiful baby,” a loose-lipped insider tattles to In Touch. “She has tufts of brown hair, and Brad’s nose.” No word on whether she was lucky enough to get her mom’s famous pillow lips.

The Second Coming: With Shiloh the Hebrew word for “Messiah” and Nouvel French for “new,” there’s been speculation that the tyke’s tag may be a wink-wink, nudge-nudge nod to talk that her birth is the most heralded since that little nipper in Bethlehem. But the more popular Biblical derivation of Shiloh is “the peaceful one,” which fits nicely with her do-gooder mom’s work as a U.N. goodwill ambassador. There’s also a theory floating around that “Nouvel” could be architecture-buff Brad’s tribute to famed French architect Jean Nouvel.

Jen’s congratulatory call?: Did Jennifer Aniston’s put her plans for a blowout pity party on hold to wish the Jolie-Pitts well? So says Life & Style, which claims that after a discussion with her “Break-Up” beau Vince Vaughn, she “decided to call Brad’s manager and give congratulations from them both.” According to a snitch, Aniston was “proud of herself” for “getting over her personal feelings to pass on her best wishes to the whole family.” Adds a source to In Touch (via Perez Hilton), “Jen’s really relieved now that Angelina’s given birth. It’s finally over. The baby is born, she’ll grow up and maybe now everybody will stop asking her about it.”

Grandpa reaches out: Jon Voight isn’t going to let a little thing like bad blood keep him from celebrating the birth of his grandchild. “I am just so happy for them,” Angie’s estranged dad tells Life & Style. “I wish them all the happiness in the world.” Jolie’s ex-husband Jonny Lee Miller was also willing to share his sentiments with the press, telling the London Sun, “I wish them all the best.”

Brad’s simple gift: What do you give the woman who’s been incubating your progeny for nine long months? Brad, 42, went the craftsy route, presenting Angelina with a braided bracelet made locally by a young girl, reports In Touch. Family-oriented guy that he is, he purportedly picked up a matching bracelet for himself, along with three more for Shiloh, Maddox, 4, and Zahara, 16 months.

How Brangelina marked the birth: Namibia has zealously protected the paparazzi-averse Jolie-Pitts by placing severe restrictions on any press trying to enter the country (written permission from the megastars is required) and aiding their bodyguards in keeping the media at bay (police reportedly ringed the hospital where Jolie delivered). As a show of gratitude to the country that has done so much to guard their privacy, Brangelina have coughed up some cold hard cash, donating $300,000 to needy Namibian newborns. The money will be used to improve maternity wards at hospitals in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund (Namibia’s infant mortality rate is 48 deaths per 1,000 births; the U.S. rate, by comparison, is 5 deaths per 1,000 births, which, by the by, is among the worst in the developed world). “We want to contribute to Namibia and the people who have been so gracious to us at this time,” announced the altruistic amours, who also gave another $15,000 to a local school and community center.

How Namibians marked the birth: Brad and Angelina’s decision to deliver in the poverty-stricken nation has been greeted with elation. “I have been inundated with phone calls from Namibians all over the country who have heard the news and the people are celebrating in the streets, and special prayers have gone out to them in the churches,” the governor of the Erongo region enthuses to Us Weekly. “Just like Angelina, this precious Namibian-born baby will be our ambassador. This family has opened the doors for us to the world, who now look upon Namibia with new eyes.”

Shiloh, Citizen of the World: The newest member of the world’s most beautiful family (as dubbed by People, which is believed to have the inside track on the first photo, a sought-after shot that will reportedly be acquired in exchange for a whopping $5 million donation to UNICEF) will share a connection to Africa with her siblings. Jolie adopted Maddox from Cambodia but assumed custody of him in Namibia while shooting “Beyond Borders,” and she adopted Zahara, with Pitt by her side, from Ethiopia last summer. By law, Shiloh is eligible for Namibian citizenship, says tourism minister Leon Jooste, who adds that he plans to discuss the matter with her parents “at a later stage.”

Brad’s dad dream: Hard to believe, but it was only a year and a half ago that Pitt opened up to Diane Sawyer about his loudly ticking biological clock. “Yes, I have got family on the mind,” he emotionally admitted in December 2004. “Jen and I have been working something out. Little girls, they just crush me — they break my heart.” While that “something” didn’t quite work out with Jen, his headlong sprint into domestic bliss with Jolie has. According to In Touch, the proud pop has been gushing about his offspring to pals over e-mail and passing out cigars.

What’s next: The Jolie-Pitts will reportedly spend a few more weeks in Namibia before returning to Paris, where they’re expected to rendezvous with Brad’s family. After that, says In Touch, they’ll head back to the Los Angeles, where Pitt is due to start work on “Ocean’s Thirteen” in July.

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