Matt Damon, plenty others judging Obama
Here we go with the political stuff again: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Oliver Stone and John Legend have teamed up with MoveOn.org to shill for the group's latest commercial contest, "Obama in 30 Seconds."
The contest echoes 2004's "Bush in 30 Seconds" campaign, which asked creative types to send in a 30-second video showing why George W. Bush will ruin the country by 2008 (gee, how has that turned out?). The difference with this go-'round is, MoveOn wants inspirational efforts about Sen. Barack Obama, who has apparently already won the Democratic nomination in their minds.
The quartet of celebs will help pick the winner as part of a panel of judges that also includes Steve Buscemi, Jesse Jackson, Moby, Julia Stiles, Eddie Vedder, Adrian Grenier, Naomi Wolf, Russell Simmons and several others. The champ gets national distribution and $20,000 worth of video equipment, while the losers get a vague sense of shame. Details are at www.obamain30seconds.org.
[Photo: We can't show everyone, so here's Matt Damon. Yay. Getty Images]