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Ultimatum rating, H20 Africa
  • The Bourne Ultimatum has been rated PG-13 for violence and intense action, and language.

  • Ocean's Thirteen has passed $100 million in box-office receipts in the US, and $124 million in foreign box-office.

  • H2O Africa.org has announced a new partnership with The Ryan's Well Foundation here, including:

    The Ryan's Well Foundation and the H2O Africa Foundation, founded by Matt Damon in conjunction with the Running the Sahara expedition and documentary, have established a partnership to further their shared goal to provide clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene education for children and families in the water scarce regions of Africa. This partnership, based on the ideal of clean water for all, will engage and mobilize youth to become global citizens for clean water, develop greater awareness and raise economic resources to aid the water crisis in Africa.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 4th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the latest updates, Felicity you do an ace job. The rating for Ultimatum translates as a 15 here, which is the same as the previous ones (I think). I don't care for violent films generally but the Bourne franchise is more responsible than most Hollywood fare. It doesn't glorify it or make it look glamorous or sexy, it shows the consequences of violent action on the person who does it and the person it's done to, which makes a nice change for me.

    Read an article a while back about the growing worldwide water crisis. I know parts of Australia has been undergoing a seven year long drought, and it stated that experts in this field think that wars of the future will be about water rather than oil, as this vital resource becomes increasingly scarce, due to global warming and other factors. It will also trigger huge movements of billions of people as they move to areas where water is more plentiful, and all the problems that go with mass migration to areas that cannot cope with it

    Ironically, it's been one of the wettest and coolest summers in the UK for years. We've had flooding in the north and torrential rain almost daily for weeks, where we live the ground is saturated and cannot take much more rain and there's no end in sight. It's such a pity that the places that are so desperate for water can't have some of ours. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 5th, 2007 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)
    In Australia the drought has been widespread, but in the last month areas like Sydney have had their wettest June for decades, and there was significant flooding along the coast. Crazy weather. An area one hour from me has been on level five restrictions for almost three years (eg bucket water only) but conditions have eased significantly this week.

    Any clear, common-sense discussion of water usage and the extreme conditions being experienced by many around the world will be positive. Running the Sahara is likely to demonstrate that its narrative framework will be far more successful in educating/entertaining the masses than a dry, imposing documentary like Leo's green flick which premiered at Cannes.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 4th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ocean's 13

    I saw Ocean's 13 last weekend and was not impressed. Matt's part seemed smaller than in Ocean's 12 although he had some of the best parts. It really seemed like they were trying to showcase Brad and George which is a shame since there are so many good actors in that group.

    Thanks for all the updates. I love your column.

    Happy 4th to USA readers.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 4th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Hi all!

    Hi all!

    Looks good! Very useful, good stuff. Good resources here. Thanks much!


    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 4th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne Ultimatum "First Look" with "Die Hard" at Regal

    Felicity, Not sure if anyone mentioned this yet, but there is a very brief look at "Bourne Ultimatum" playing before the "Die Hard" movie at Regal Cinemas - at least here in Virginia. It's not a movie preview. There are shots of Matt and Paul Greenglass (individually) talking about the Bourne character and what this movie will focus on, interspersed with scenes from the newest trailers and a few new shots. Seemed like the whole thing was only 2 or 3 minutes, but I was happy to see it. No real new information, which is good, since it seems like they've already given us most of the plot. Less than a month to wait! -- As always, thanks for all the great info and pics, Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 5th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne Ultimatum "First Look" with "Die Hard" at Regal

    Thanks for the info Cheryl
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