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LA sighting, casting call
  • A sighting from Los Angeles at People online:

    Matt Damon, helping daughter Isabella, 18 months, pet the animals at the Molly's Mutts & Meows and Best Friends Animal Society adoption booth at a West Hollywood park along with wife Luciana. The family didn't adopt an animal, but Isabella appeared to enjoy playing with the dogs, a park goer tells us.

  • A call for ex-military personnel to be extras in Green Zone from Stars and Stripes, including:

    There are still plenty of open slots for others who didn’t make it to last week’s casting call at the Bird in Hand pub. The London-based talent agency 2020 Casting is currently on the hunt for 200 U.S. troops to be filmed between February and April in the U.K., Spain and Morocco.

    Provisionally titled “The Green Zone,” the film is set in Baghdad’s Green Zone, the center of the international coalition. The plot follows Damon, leader of a U.S. Army mobile exploration team, as he and his team search for weapons of mass destruction in the first year of the Iraq war.

    The film is an adaptation of Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s book, "Imperial Life in the Emerald City," and will be directed by "Bourne Ultimatum" and "United 93" director Paul Greengrass.

    "It's a very pro-military film," casting assistant Becky Lennox said in between interviewing airmen for the film.

    Lennox said that Greengrass is striving to bring the film credibility by using real military troops.

    "He doesn’t want to get actors trying to pretend to do it," Lennox continued. "He wants to give respect to the people that do it."
  • 7 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 19th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Green Zone

    Interesting -- I've never read the plot details before. Thanks for the info!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 19th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Green Zone

    I posted all the details I have found about the film (including a lengthier plot summary) a week or so back.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 20th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Annoyed at "Bourne Ultimatum" Releases

    This is a rant about Universal's marketing strategy (or whatever) for "Bourne Ultimatum". Love the movie, but I think Universal is BAD. There are TWO variants of "Bourne Ultimatum" being sold: 1) The regular version (not counting widescreen or full screen) like the one being sold at Walmart AND only at BestBuy stores (or webiste) for $24.99 what is called the "Steel" Limited Edition Bourne Ultimatum with EXTRA footage (About 40 minutes is claimed) not included in the "regular" version. Yes, I am a sucker, I bought the "Steel" version to get one thing - "The Evolution of Nicky". This featurette included very brief snippets of interviews with Nicky, Matt, Paul and the producer. You learn NOTHING about the characters that wasn't in the movie!!! Just that they'd given the character more to do than being a glorified secretary as she appeared to be in the first film. Like, duh - you needed to tell me that? They tell you NOTHING about what the relationship between Jason and Nicky; just that the way the characters act implies that there might be something between them in the past. Of course, I want to know more, darn your eyes! Especially if there isn't another "Bourne" movie! Enough of these rant. Next time, I'll rant about the TWO different collections of the 3 movies. -- On a more rational note - thank you so much for all your great finds! Great to know that the BU DVD is selling so well. -- Take care, Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 20th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Annoyed at "Bourne Ultimatum" Releases

    Thanks for the info Cheryl, but I've got no idea what the deal is with the different versions available in the US. I'm still waiting for my Amazon copy to arrive...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 20th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Annoyed at "Bourne Ultimatum" Releases

    I got the HD DVD version of TBU with the regular version on the flip side. The picture is crystal clear and sharp, and the sound is unbelievable. This version is Web-enabled. I can interactively access cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage while watching the film as well as access Blackbriar files--character dossiers, spy gadgets, etc. There's also an interactive feature about the VW Touareg. There is a Be Bourne Spy Training aptitude test that allows you to download your results to your HD DVD player. The rest of the features are what you would expect. I highly recommend this version for lots of fun and background material PLUS you really feel somehow attached to the film--almost a part of it. There's my review!

    From: jeff_in_utah Date: December 22nd, 2007 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Annoyed at "Bourne Ultimatum" Releases

    Great review, IB! I just bought an HD-DVD player along with the Bourne trilogy and a few other titles, all on HD, but I'm still shopping for an HDTV (Christmas present to myself ;-), so I haven't had a chance to watch it yet or check out all those fun features. Can't wait to see (and hear) it in all its HD glory! Thanks for the heads-up. :-)

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 20th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I didn't realize Greengrass was going to be the director. How did I miss that? My fav director and my fav actor. This should be one great film.

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