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Running the Sahara
  • A Running the Sahara update from the News-Record:

    When Summerfield resident Charlie Engle accepted an offer to run across the Sahara Desert for a documentary film, he knew it was going to be produced and narrated by actor Matt Damon.

    He had no idea, however, where the $3.2 million to produce "Running the Sahara" was coming from. As far as he was concerned, it could be some guy in Timbuktu.

    Then he learned last week that one of the money men is Jim van Eerden, who lives next door to Summerfield in Stokesdale.

    Engle departs today for Senegal on the west coast of Africa . On Wednesday, he and two other ultra-marathoners will begin the 4,000-mile run across the desert, where temperatures reach 130 degrees. No one has ever done it before.

    Van Eerden said he and Damon will probably go to Africa near the end of Engle’s run.

    The runners aim to reach the Red Sea in Egypt by Feb. 1.

    The documentary will debut at the Toronto Film Festival in September before being released to theaters. Van Eerden hopes Greensboro will be a premiere site.

  • A detailed preview of The Good Shepherd is at IndieLondon, which also lists a release date in the UK of 19 January 2007.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 30th, 2006 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
    19th Of January....!!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 30th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne filming today

    Great excitement in our office today. We overlook Waterloo Station. I knew they were filming here this week as we all had letters. There was something going on underneath our office on a bridge by Waterloo Station - cameras, lights etc. So, we went down at lunchtime and suddently found ourselves walking past Matt! We couldn't believe it! Never thought we would find ourselves next to him! In the flesh he looks quite short - I am 5'6" and he didn't look much shorter than I. He looked very slim and was absolutely glowing. His skin was incredible. We couldn't look at him for long as they appeared to be filming or at least rehearsing a scene. So we didn't want to catch anyone's eye and put them off. they were still there 10 minutes later after we bought our lunch and again we walked right past Matt. In his Bourne clothes - dark jeans, black shoes and jacket. An earpiece in his ear and he was carrying one of those lined notebooks. We did think it might be his lines! We actually spent the next 2 hours looking out of our office watching them film the same scene over and over again. Matt walking across a bridge to Waterloo, checking this notebook we saw. Walking steadily (slight limp on right leg I thought) - abround 20 extras on the bridge too which was not shut down to the public. We saw Matt and Paul Greengrass speak a lot. Matt seems to talk much (we saw him talking to some extras) and waved his arms around a lot! Very eloquent it appeared.

    anyway I have some photos and some video taken from my camera. Can't post here but felicity I can email to you if you would like.

    In great excitement (they are filming in my apartment building next week!)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 31st, 2006 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne filming today

    Thanks for the detailed report Jan - sounds great. There's a few other brief reports on IMDB and on a blog (perhaps even from you!)

    If you can email the photos to me I'll post them if you want (email in user info section).

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 31st, 2006 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne filming today

    I shall download them today hopefully. Will need to enlarge, so don't be surprised if it takes me more thatn 24 hours do do this! I didn't make comments on IMDB (I am ashamed that I did this even once!) and the blog is not me either! Looks like they are possibly filming again today! Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 31st, 2006 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne filming today

    Thanks Jan. Here's the blog and pic from one person who was writing on IMDB - MovieMerlin:

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