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O13 Las Vegas premiere, Emerald City

  • Photos from the Las Vegas premiere of Ocean's Thirteen are from Getty Images, Yahoo and FilmMagic.

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  • The Emerald City project was announced on Variety today:

    Damon, Greengrass re-teaming: Film based on Chandrasekaran's book

    Matt Damon is looking to reteam with Paul Greengrass on an adaptation of "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" for Universal.

    Damon, who worked with Greengrass on the second and third installments of the "Bourne" franchise, would play a composite character based on figures in Washington Post scribe Rajiv Chandrasekaran's tome about chaos in Iraq.

    Endeavor is finalizing negotiations, now down to scheduling issues.

  • Matt's included in a photo of supporters in the new issue of Vanity Fair - details here.

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  • Update: The Fighter definitely seems to be off the future projects radar, but the movie with Ben is back on. From an interview at the Sydney Morning Herald:

    The 36-year-old actor is on a brief break before hitting the publicity trail for The Bourne Ultimatum.

    "It's tough for me to stop working. There are a couple of things that I have lined up: another movie with [Bourne Ultimatum director] Paul Greengrass and a movie with Ben."

    Fame came to Damon when he won the best-screenplay Oscar for Good Will Hunting with Ben Affleck, his best friend from his Boston upbringing. And yes, he says their daughters, who are about the same age, will naturally be friends, even if Damon lives in New York and Affleck in Los Angeles.
    Damon will soon make a movie about the aftermath of the Iraq war with Greengrass.

    "It's set in 2004, the year that Rajiv Chandrasekaran, the Middle East bureau chief of the Washington Post, went in and observed the reconstruction. It's based on his book called Imperial Life in the Emerald City, which is reportage basically; he wrote down what he saw and it's pretty mind-blowing."

    "The scene in the airport at the end with the three of them is pretty funny," Soderbergh says. "The way that Linus leaves indicates that he feels he's now as cool as they are. Matt has his comic timing just right. He's very funny in the movie."

    "Unfortunately I don't have any scenes with Al Pacino," says a disappointed Damon. "I got the call and they said, 'Do you know who the 13th person is? Al Pacino!' I jumped up and said, 'Yes!' Then they sent me the script and I was like, 'What the f---? I don't have any scenes with him!' Though I've got my scenes with Ellen and I honestly had a blast with her."
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