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O13 and associated charity events, Youth Without Youth
  • Full details of the upcoming Ocean's Thirteen promotional schedule and premieres is at this press release. It includes the three premieres previously announced (Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Chicago) and a ceremony (for only three of the eleven plus Jerry - why not Don Cheadle?) in Los Angeles on the day of the premiere.

    The all-star cast and the filmmakers from the much-anticipated caper comedy "Ocean's Thirteen" will be crossing the country for major events leading up to the June 8th release of the film.

    Combining film and philanthropy, two of the events will serve to benefit the aid group the International Rescue Committee for Not On Our Watch. Co-founded by producer Jerry Weintraub, and "Ocean's Thirteen" stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle, Not On Our Watch is a humanitarian organization whose initiative is to support existing Darfur relief efforts and to ensure the protection of civilians in that region.

    The events kick off in Hollywood, where stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, and producer Jerry Weintraub, will make a strong "impression" at one of the town's most famous landmarks. Surrounded by cheering fans and friends, the four will have their hand and footprints immortalized in cement in the famed forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

  • Francis Ford Coppola is currently touring the US and showing a new documentary about himself and his career, directed by his wife, that was made during the filming of Youth Without Youth. Details at this Indiewire blog.

    On Monday night, Francis Ford Coppola screened his wife's new hour-long documentary (CODA: Thirty Years Later) which follows the filmmaker during production of his upcoming feature, Youth Without Youth. Cinematically, CODA is a far cry from Eleanor Coppola's last foray into behind-the-scenes documentary filmmaking, the Apocalypse Now on-set account Hearts of Darkness. CODA feels much more like a DVD extra, but still delivers some interesting perspectives into the world of Francis Ford Coppola's highly anticipated new film.

    Based on the scenes shown in the documentary, we can gather that Youth Without Youth will be a dense and complicated epic. Based on a novella by Mircea Eliade, the film stars Tim Roth and Alexandra Maria Lara as lovers in what appears to be a rumination on time, love, and consciousness. We saw scenes about eternal youth, the Nazis, and Matt Damon. In short, Youth Without Youth seems like heady stuff to come (Sony Pictures Classics is due to release it later this year), all the more emphasized by Coppola's Q&A following the screening of CODA.

  • A report on an early screening of Margaret is here, including:

    I was invited to a private screening the other night. The movie's called Margaret and it's directed by Kenny Lonergan, whose previous outing, You Can Count on Me, was nominated for two Oscars and won numerous other awards.

    The post-production phase of Margaret has not been without its problems. To say that it has dragged on does a disservice to the procrastination industry. But there's a good movie in there, eager to be freed, and when release is finally achieved you should make a point of seeing it.

    Most movie goers will be attracted to Matt Damon and Matthew Broderick, who make cameo appearances as a pair of idealistic high school teachers. But the real stars of the show are Anna Paquin (Rogue, from the X Men), as Lisa, a deeply dysfunctional teenager, and Allison Janney (CJ from the West Wing), who plays her mother.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 10th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)
    I finally saw the trailer for O13 on TV. Matt's nose really is something! I'm looking forward to seeing it.

    Yeah, why NOT Don Cheadle?

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 10th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Crash and Hotel Rwanda are in my view two of the best movies made in recent years and he was superb in both, why no Oscar either? And I love his mockney accent in the Oceans films, cracks me up hearing a black American talking like a white guy from the East End. Marcia
    jjthomas10 From: jjthomas10 Date: May 10th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Er, Marcia? Aside from everyone saying that Cheadle's accent in the O movies are terrible, you do know that there are plenty of blacks living in England, right? Including the East End?

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 10th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yeah, I was going to say that, too. I don't get your comment, Marcia.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 10th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I think Marcia likes Cheadle, knows he's American and loved the accent. Nothing more. Correct me if I'm wrong, Marcia ;o)

    From: pebbles7 Date: May 11th, 2007 11:09 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Jan, I live in London and have a lot of black friends, and family. The accent he has is a white persons way of talking is the point I was trying to make. It just sounds funny to my ears. That was the only point I was trying to make. Clearly I didn't do it very well :(. He's also one of my favourite actors, I like him a lot. Marcia
    From: pebbles7 Date: May 11th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
    Oops! again, I should be thanking Maureen for defending me (too many late nights this week). Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 10th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
    theres no new picture of matt and his familly?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 10th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'd like to know this, too. It's been a long time since we've seen a picture of Matt and his family. He's been away from Miami for a long time. It seems impossible that his wife and baby and stepdaughter could be with him on all the different locations of TBU shoot. I hope he has some time planned for family maintenance when he finishes. All families need this but especially someone with the schedule that Matt has. It's really got to be hard to juggle all this.

    When does he start filming The Fighter?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 11th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
    Hopefully never (for when he starts filming The Fighter). It doesn't seem to have progressed at all, with no casting announcements or production details. I also think Darren Aronofsky has left the project (it's not on his upcoming film list anymore according to recent press reports) for possibly Catherine Hardwicke.

    Bourne filming so long also makes clear why Matt couldn't have appeared in Leatherheads, The Dark Knight or anything else he was criticised for not signing up for. The Fighter was originally meant to start in August.

    Matt's said before that his family travel with him everywhere when filming. They're definitely with him, but being careful not to be photographed anywhere. For the record, we haven't seen a picture of Isabella's face since December 2006, and only one pic of Lucy this year (when she was carrying a covered Isabella) on the Bourne set in about February.
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