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Running the Sahara, Bourne
  • Here's a 'power of celebrity' story from the Orange County Business Journal which provides more details on the Libya border problems previously referred to by the athletes:

    At first, Newport Beach businessman Omar Turbi didn’t return Matt Damon’s calls—didn’t know who he was. But Turbi got set straight by a friend, contacted the Hollywood star and the rest is show business. Turbi and son Omar Jr. just returned from three weeks on location in Libya with Oscar-winning director James Moll and the rest of the cast and crew of "Running the Sahara."

    The film, in production, follows three athletes on a 4,000-mile, 100-day run across the desert (www.runningthesahara.com). The expedition was under way when it ran into a figurative sand wall—nobody could get clearances to enter Libya, the fifth of six countries on the trail to Egypt and the Red Sea.

    That’s when Damon, the film’s executive producer and narrator, was put in touch with Turbi, an expert on his native Libya with ties to its strongman Muammar al-Gaddafi. Turbi opened doors and handled logistics, and the run continued. For his efforts, Turbi, who operates semiconductor and aviation company Orbit Systems, said he collected $1,000 a day—"I was told I had to charge them something or they wouldn’t respect me." Plus he gets a film credit and will be portrayed in the documentary. And now he’s on a first-name basis with Matt...

  • More photos from Bourne Ultimatum filming in New York are at Empire Online, including:

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    From: jeff_in_utah Date: March 1st, 2007 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
    Cool story, Felicity! Thanks.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 1st, 2007 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for your comments Jeff - always good to know you're out there, even when it's exceptionally quiet...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 1st, 2007 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
    Some months ago you posted a letter Matt wrote urging Americans to lobby their Senators to vote to continue funding various projects in the developing world in connection with his work with DATA. I thought you'd like to know that Congress has since voted to not only continue with the funding (which was threatened with being stopped) but have increased it. I did have the figures but accidentally deleted the email, but I do recall that it was over a billion dollars.

    It doesn't take a lot of money to make someone's life better, for example dysentry which affects millions of children worldwide can be prevented with medical aid that costs only a few cents for each child.

    Is your home computer better, by the way? MP
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 1st, 2007 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks MP, my computer was fixed today. I'm much happier :-)

    And thanks for the One/DATA update.
    From: kitbraden Date: March 1st, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    email

    please check your email for the news re. the column I sent ya, felicity :)

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 1st, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: email

    I didn't receive it - can you check the email address is correct (in user info)?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 1st, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the story and the great pictures. I don't know if i missed it in a previous story or post but do you know when running the sahara will be released. sorry to make you repeat it if you already mentioned it.
    -Jess
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 1st, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
    sorry, nevermind, i found it. -Jess
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