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Ultimatum in Spain, Running the Sahara
  • Bourne Ultimatum will film in Madrid from next Monday to Friday. The latest information is in this article - partly translated below.

    Matt Damon will begin on Monday the Madrid filming of "The Bourne Ultimatum" in notable places such as the station of Atocha, Términal 4 of Barajas airport, the Plaza de Canalejas and avenue Paseo de la Castellana.

    The filming in Madrid of "The Bourne Ultimatum" was going to begin Sunday, but it was delayed to Monday and extend for five days.

  • An email from the One campaign has been sent by Matt to all One subscribers about Running The Sahara, asking readers to sign up for email updates at this address. Part of the text:

    Right now, three human beings are attempting the impossible – running 4,000 miles across the Sahara Desert to raise awareness for the 1.2 billion people around the world who don’t have access to clean water. They will run 50 miles a day - for around 80 days - an amazing feat of human will and endurance.

    Through some friends, I learned about three men who will undertake a quest so amazing and symbolic that it could do an immense amount of good for Africans in extreme poverty. In a bold expedition that has never been attempted - 3 men, from 3 nations will run from the Atlantic coast of Senegal, through Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Libya, to the Red Sea in Egypt.

    My colleagues, including James Moll - a great filmmaker who won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 1999 - are documenting and promoting the expedition in our project called "Running the Sahara". As part of this effort, we've started a charitable initiative called H2O Africa, in a large part to raise awareness for clean water programs on the continent.

    Running the Sahara is happening NOW. These guys are there and they are going for it. And we want the world to sit up and take notice. These guys are my heroes, and I want to do whatever I can to support them and their mission.

    Next week ONE is sending a small team to Mali to catch up with the runners. The team will upload video and blog reports about the progress of the expedition!

  • Update: Casino Royale (Bond) director Martin Campbell is asked about the Bourne comparisons in this article:

    Q: Do other contemporary movies feed into the decision to reinvent Bond? I’m thinking of maybe The Bourne films with Matt Damon.

    Campbell: They are up to date movies. I love The Bourne Supremacy and Paul Greengrass is a very talented director, he has that documentary style which gives it a great sense of realism. But, yes, there’s that to think about.
  • 11 comments or Leave a comment
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: November 11th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
    Running the Sahara is SO cool.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 11th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
    And it's great that the 'race' itself is non-competitive; the three guys are friends who do it for the love of the sport. They do these ultra-marathons reasonably regularly, but this time there's other features to the race to give it an altruistic focus and wider appeal.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 11th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It's unbelievable what these 3 guys are doing. I can't even begin to imagine what it will be like to run 50 miles a day in temperatures ove 100 degrees. I look forward to seeing the completed film, I think it will be fascinating.

    We use everyclick.com as our search engine because we get a donation every time we hit a site. We also encourage our donors in all our mailings whether email or snail mail to make it their search engine as it costs them nothing and we get a donation every time they use it. I think it would be nice if Matt's charity did something similar. It's a really good way of reaching those who are less well off, or can't give in large amounts. It's the small but regular donations that keep charities afloat, rather than large one-off gifts. MP
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 11th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
    wow these guys are awesome, 50 miles a day is crazy, i hope they stay healthy through the run and make it ok.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 12th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    TGS & TD

    I hope Matt gives an amazing performance in The Good Shepherd. I just gave a visit to the IMDB board. There are soo many people on that board who didn't like Matt's performance as Collin Sullivan in The Departed. I don't know why but they will rather watch someone else playing that character. Are they mostly Leo fans or something else? Leo has got heaps of praise for his performance in that film and The Blood Diamond is said to be looking good. I just pray that Matt gives a flawless performance in his upcomming film, TGS. I just want to hear everyone saying that no one could've played his character in TGS any better than him. If he fails by any chance he will face severe criticism because Leo D was previously attached to it. I am kind of tensed about the outcome of TGS. Hope every review goes to Matt's favour.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 12th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: TGS & TD

    That's not the impression I got from the IMDB boards at all. In fact there are numerous threads dedicated to how great Matt was in that movie. Granted, I was on Matt's thread board, but I've found a lot of positive feedback.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 12th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: TGS & TD

    When the critics for The New York Times, The New Yorker magazine, Ebert and Roeper, and many many others conclude that Matt's was an excellent performance in The Departed, you may be sure that they're not just blowing smoke. There's general agreement That Matt and Leo both give great performances (though I find Leo's more surface--still good, but surface. Matt's is more nuanced.). It's Jack Nicholson who is dinged for giving a really over-the-top set-chewing performance. Most agree Matt and Leo both gave Oscar-worthy performances. Who is nominated is political, not necessarily an artistic choice. Scorcese wants Leo to have an Oscar. Since this is probably Scorcese's year to get one himself, he may be able to convince Oscar voters to go for him rather than Matt (unless Clooney, Pitt, and others actively support Matt.) Don't be downhearted, though. Matt is a truly fine actor, and there are millions of us who think so. You're in good company!

    Island Boy
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 13th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: TGS & TD

    I didn't find anything negative about Matt either. I checked IMDB under both Matt and The Departed boards. I've seen only positive reviews with a few minor exceptions on rottentomatoes.com. But even those had nothing negative to say about Matt's performance. I'm really looking forward to seeing this movie.
    From: sunnysanstar Date: November 13th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: TGS & TD

    I understand where you're heart is, but I think you may be taking other people's opinions too seriously. Who cares if Matt gets criticized by critics and/or audiences? We're his fans and we're much more cognoscente of what a great actor he is. And besides that, even if his performance in TGS winds up getting mixed or bad reviews, what's the big deal? Critics arn't always right (actually they're rarely right) and just by the fact that they don't all agree is proof enough that there's no right and wrong in the world of critiquing.

    But, most importantly, do you think Matt really cares what people say about him? I don't know the man, but he's always come off to me as the sort who only looks for satisfaction from within, not from what some other guys think of him. I'm sure he put in a stellar performance in TGS because that's just the kind of actor he is. Whether all those blowhards who make a living out of tearing others down see that, well, we'll have to wait and see ourselves. But really, I don't think you have anything to worry about.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 13th, 2006 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: TGS & TD

    Leo has just been named 'Leading Man' of the year and will be on the cover of GQ's 'Men of the year' issue. He's getting the majority of the attention from the movie, and the majority of the stand-out praise, mostly because nobody expected it of him.

    But Leo didn't get nominated for a People's Choice Award for Male Lead - Matt, Brad Pitt and Vince Vaughn did.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: TGS & TD

    I think that Matt does care what other people say about him. He aims to please, and it shows in every interview. I don't think that he allows it to affect him enough to obsess over or to derail him from achieving his goals, but he cares. He's even stated it before in comparing himself to Ben; Ben doesn't care about others' opinions -- something Matt admired -- and he (Matt) does care.

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