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O13 Chicago premiere
  • Photos from the Chicago premiere of Ocean's Thirteen are from Yahoo and Photorazzi.

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  • Reports from the premiere are here, here, here and here.

    The best way to describe the Chicago premiere of "Ocean's Thirteen," an event that attracted the film's stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Ellen Barkin, Bernie Mac and Don Cheadle -- plus a surprise guest?

    It was simply wild, delicious, organized, happy chaos on Illinois Street Thursday night as an estimated 2,000 screaming fans cheered on their big-screen idols.

    For Damon, the selection of Chicago for the "Ocean's Thirteen" event was perfect. "It's nice we're doing this in the middle of the country and getting ordinary Americans talking about Darfur."

    On a lighter note, Damon joked about the prosthetic nose he wears in some scenes to disguise himself from Barkin. "I put on the first one and [director] Steven Soderbergh said, 'It's not big enough. I want bigger! No -- much, much bigger.' "It really got ridiculous. But it was funny -- and that was the whole point."
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    O13 Review

    My boyfriend asked me to post here that The New York Times critic, Manhola Dargis, loved O13. Shed said,

    "Ah, bliss, the gang’s all here, well, the guys anyway, looking fighting trim and Hollywood beautiful, at your disposable pleasure as well as mine. There’s George, of course, as in Mr. Clooney, lovely and lean and a touch more gray, smiling and gliding his way through the shimmer and gleam. Brad, henceforth known as Pitt the Elder, looks a wee tired around the eyes, like a baby-bottle warmer on 3 a.m. call, while Matt Damon looks handsomer, somehow more adult, now that he has a lucrative action franchise to call his own. The third time really is a charm."

    She goes on to compliment Soderbergh for his great skill in making such a successful film out of such airy components. All of it is fun, she indicates, and she feels the film was really made for our pleasure. Such a review can only help the box office.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Just saw O13, i thought it was great..obviously better than 12 (Even if i did like that still). But i thought it was good, and the nose that was just hilarious i thought. But over all it was good, i think better than the first 2 maybe for me *Not quite sure yet*.
    And it got all good reviews over in here in the UK (from the stuff i have read) and it has been highly recommended in places aswell. They have got their act together for this one, and i really enjoyed it.

    Loving all the photos, interviews & reports etc.. and Lucy looks gorgeous she is stunning! Especially in the Red Dress (aswell as the gold) *But lovin the shoes aswell with the red one* Matt Just looks HOT like always! and hes great in the film. And they look so good together, you can tell their in love and happy.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I read the Broadsheet reviews and a few others here in the UK. Quite polarised. Some are 4 or 5 stars, others just one star. All say 13 is better than 12. I actually rather liked 12 - so I'm sure I will be happy to see 13 next week.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the reply - wanted to see what other reviews said. Not suprised all say 13 is better.
    I along with you liked 12 aswell, and i know my brother likes it aswell. But out of the three I feel 13 is the best, 11 not far behind and 12 last. But i really do enjoy all three alot, and don't dislike any of them.
    Hope you enjoy seeing 13 next week!!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)


    Guess my only question would be: What does he really feel about Darfur? What is the first repsonse? Why does Matt Damon really care? Who understands more of this situation out there or can actively share more information on this topic or see the solutions to this? And how can more people help? This topic only appears to be mentioned most when there's a premiere. Most understand enough only to tap the cries of others who really care or relative things but I'm just not sure and I'm no "mom" kind of thing, but I'd really like to hear the real answer from this artist of greater worldly experience that most of us haven't been so fortunate as to have had.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 9th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Darfur?


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