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Ocean's 13, Lustra in the charts
  • As expected, the visit to the set of Ocean's Thirteen was another puff piece to promote Jerry Weintraub, alcohol abuse and cast 'togetherness' (very hard to bond when the cast members aren't there, ie George Clooney in Italy). The video is available at this link.

    Ante up for an "Extra's" "Ocean's 13" exclusive, courtesy of franchise producer Jerry Weintraub. The movie mogul opened Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon's luxurious inner sanctum, The Ocean's Club, only to "Extra."

    Weintraub built the ultra-hip, private poker lounge just for his cast. "This was inspired by Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack," Weintraub said. "Guys that I hung around with all my life who made the original ‘Ocean's 11.'"

    "This is our booze joint over here," Weintraub showed us. "It's a great bar, real New York kind of bar, all the guys love it. This is my drink of choice, Grey Goose orange vodka, which I love."

    "And we don't drive after we drink," Weintraub added. "We have cars and drivers."

    Jerry also showed us the lounge's poker table, which is a favorite for Brad, George and Matt.

    "The guys all love to play poker," Weintraub said. "Brad liked this most of all. These are great chips that our executive producer had made for us. These are the Ocean's chips."

    And just in case the poker and swanky pad aren't enough to make the film's stars feel at home, Weintraub showed us a wall full of pictures of the cast, including Scott Caan, Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Al Pacino, Bernie Mac and Matt Damon.

    "A lot of Academy Awards on that wall," Jerry said.

  • A few years after the release of Eurotrip, "Scotty doesn't know" has finally hit the charts. Details here.

  • The OnexOne Campaign site has been updated with the official press release and more information about the benefit.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Unfairly Harsh Critique

    I think you should be more careful about labeling behavior "alcohol abuse." How do his comments regarding the bar and his drink of choice rise to the level of promoting "alcohol abuse"?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 3rd, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Unfairly Harsh Critique

    I'm tired of this series of movies doing little more than promoting the unlimited, free supply of high quality alcohol in a private setting, with extended camera shots of alcohol and loving descriptions of booze. It's compounded by suggestions of the cast drinking so much that they don't even have to worry about driving themselves home, because they are so rich and pampered they have drivers and private cars just to help when they're intoxicated. Pity the general public doesn't have such a service.

    The anecdotes of cast and crew are little more than drinking games or vodka advertisements, and it's an incredibly poor message to convey (excessive alcohol to the point where you don't remember what happened the previous day = great fun and high times) to the public when the abuse of alcohol causes so many of society's problems.

    Just me on my soapbox - everybody can ignore it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Unfairly Harsh Critique

    Very well said Felicity!! I COMPLETELY agree with you so make some room on that box for me.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Unfairly Harsh Critique

    I agree as well, Felicity... shove on over, the soap box is getting crowded...

    A thought I had, and in keeping with the theme of this discussion, I have often wondered about how seriously O's 11 & 12 were taken with all the publicity depicting partying seemingly 24/7. I had hoped that for the shooting of O13 that the press would give it a bit more credibility rather than citing "The Brat Pack" lives again for the umpteenth time.

    My own humble opinion.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Unfairly Harsh Critique

    I'm sorry, but I really have to go OT to correct Maureen here. Maureen, you're confusing the "Rat Pack" with the "Brat Pack." The original "Rat Pack" (of which this guy compares Matt and the boys to) was Sinatra, Martin (my fave), and Davis Jr. The "Brat Pack," however, consists of such folks as Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, and Anthony Michael Hall. I know, I know,--you probably just had a momentary spelling mistake, but I just had to jump on it! :D

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 4th, 2006 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Unfairly Harsh Critique

    LOL!!! You're so right! 'Twas the Sinatra/Martin/Davis Jr. crew I was thinking of but my heat addled brain came up with the wrong "pack". RAT Pack.

    Thanks for correcting me, Stephanie! I'm sitting here laughing at myself! One of my more subtle faux pas. I called a group of nice rug makers "hookers" the other day without thinking. LOL!!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Unfairly Harsh Critique

    As the Matty fan that you are, is it his presence in these films that is the only reason you watch them? Or do you not watch them at all because you find their content offensive? And, just out of curiosity (caused you've really peaked mine), are there any other movies of Matt's that you don't like, excluding ones in which he makes cameos? If I'm getting too OT for this thread, I'd love for you to write me at sanstar922@hotmail.com, because I'm very interested in knowing your opinion on this.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 4th, 2006 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    MD Films

    May I answer this as well? I do believe myself to be as much of a Matt fan as Felicity and I find that question thought provoking.

    I will watch a film if Matt's in it, regardless of the theme or content. I may not like it and never watch it again. For me "All the Pretty Horses" was a mess. I'd love to see a director's cut of it because as it was it just didn't work.

    However, I find MD's choice of films interesting and I do find them all the richer for a good portrayal, which Matt seems to pull off every time. Regardless of the role, from comedic to deadly serious, he manages to convince me.

    Sorry to butt in...

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 4th, 2006 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: MD Films

    Anyone can respond - and it's always a pleasure to read your comments Maureen.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 4th, 2006 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Unfairly Harsh Critique

    Thanks Stephanie - I've responded by email.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 4th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Oceans of Booze

    Have to agree with the weird focus of Jerry W's interview. Nothing about the movies, but lots of loving references to specific types of liquor. I kind of took the comment about the star's having their own drivers, I sort of took that he added that because of Mel Gibson's little incident - just my thoughts. In any case, what a bore. I really don't want to have my face rubbed into the fact that their rich and I'm poor! I just hope this movie isn't quite as dumb as the last one. (The laser-dancing master thief cracked me up big time. Sadly, not in a good way - yes I was laughing at the dumbness of this concept. But hey, there were a couple of laughs and, of course, I was glad to see Matt Damon.
    --- As always, thanks oh mighty webmaster for keeping this site going!! Love it!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 4th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I just called the benefit phone #, and to save you all a long distance call, here is what I found out: The cost for the benefit is $1500 (I am assuming that is Canadian $) per person, or $25,000 for a table of 10. It includes all access to the event, as well as the concert that begins after 10pm.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 5th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: OnexOne

    Thanks for the information Anne. I didn't realise it was "that" kind of benefit, and expected it would be more accessible to the general public and held in an open space.

    Here's the venue's website: http://www.thecarlu.com/thecarlu.html

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