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H2O Foundation, Karl Urban, Cannes update
  • Proceeds from a new t-shirt by Panda Snack will support the H20 Foundation - details here and below, from the site.

    One line that is making a huge buzz in Hollywood is Panda Snack, a luxury bamboo knit collection. Celeb fans include Cedric The Entertainer and Sophia Bush. This line recently launched the "I CARE" tee designed to bring attention to Africa’s clean water crises and all sales profits will go to the Matt Damon's 'H20 Africa' program.

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  • Karl Urban says he will not be in Bourne Ultimatum.

    Coming Soon: I know that Paul Greengrass is making another "Bourne" movie, and there's some question about your character surviving the last movie. Has he contacted you about making an appearance in the upcoming movie?

    Urban: No, no. There is actually some dispute whether my character survived that car crash or not. I don't know the answer to it, but no, I'm not involved in "The Bourne Ultimatum," which I think they're just about finished shooting at the moment. I'm certainly really looking forward to seeing the third installment of that one.

  • An update on Ocean's Thirteen at Cannes and associated charitable activities from Roger Friedman at Fox News:

    George Clooney is putting his resources to work at the Cannes Film Festival next month. He's lining up a screening of his movie, "Ocean's Thirteen," to raise money for the besieged Darfur region of Sudan. The film's producer, Jerry Weintraub, is helping put this together.

    The fundraiser, sources say, is set for Tuesday, May 22, two days before the Steven Soderbergh thriller has its official Cannes premiere at the Palais on the Croisette. That means "O13" will get two big parties. It must be a blockbuster.

    This also means good things for the people of Darfur and the people of Cannes. For the latter, it's expected then that the all-star cast of "Ocean's Thirteen" -- including Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Brad Pitt, Ellen Barkin, etc. -- will be in town for most of the week, including Wednesday night's AmFAR dinner.

    For the people of Darfur, it means worldwide media exposure for a horrific situation. Clooney has worked undaunted for Darfur for some time. Most recently, he flew over the Christmas holiday to China and to Egypt, looking to find allies in his quest to assist the Sudanese people. He's also appeared in front of the United Nations pleading a case that shouldn't be so hard to accept.

    Clooney, by the way, has set up a new charitable foundation to disburse all the money he collects for Darfur. He's joined by his "Ocean's Thirteen" producer Jerry Weintraub, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. It's called Not On Our Watch, and Weintraub tells me it's already registered and ready to go.
  • 7 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 11th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
    any idea where i can get that t shirt in england?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 11th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Only US, Canada and Tokyo stockists are listed on their website.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 12th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
    Checking out the sources in Canada shows limited availability, three shops in the whole of Canada, and in-person sales only. I wish the website would offer them for sale online. Perhaps they will eventually. I'd like to support this effort and buy one, and I'm sure I'm not alone in this.

    Interesting that the shirts are made of bamboo. This is the newest designer type fabric, supposedly keeps a person cooler than cotton and draws perspiration away from the body. It's also the new trend for knitters - despite being horrifically expensive local stores cannot keep skeins of it in stock. It's also very soft, surprising considering the nature of the source.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 11th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
    All of it is really interesting news, Felicity.

    A friend at work attended a UN sponsored week in Switzerland which focussed on what's happening in Darfur. Sudanese government representatives had been in attendance the week before and from the sessions she attended the Sudanese government were hostile in accepting any aid or pressure from Western governments to put a stop to the Janjaweed (or Janjawid, not sure of the spelling), the only pressure that might have any affect would be from other moderate Muslim countries such as Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and China (who are big players in Africa as it has many of the raw materials they need to grow their economy, and they are investing heavily there), was the consensus from many delegates who attended. The Sudanese government still consider this a small land dispute that has been blown out of all proportion, and feel they have no moral responsibility for what's going on there. She returned really depressed but motivated to continue to fight for the people of Darfur, who's lives are beyond dreadful.

    I really like the t-shirt, hope they sell millions. Marcia

    PS, thanks Pauline

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 17th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Wow, now I actually have an excuse to go clothing shopping! :)

    Does anyone have any ideas about what it costs in both the US and Canada? Because I'm going to the states in June, so if it's cheaper there I might just get it in the states instead of Canada.
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