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'The People Speak'
  • The Howard Zinn project titled The People Speak has found a distributor, and Matt has been named as a producer. Details at Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

    Historian Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" is being adapted into a feature documentary.

    Called "The People Speak," the documentary will feature dramatic readings and live musical performances from the likes of Josh Brolin, Viggo Mortensen, David Strathairn, Marisa Tomei Jasmine Guy, John Legend, Q'Orianka Kilcher, Michael Ealy and Kerry Washington.

    Four performances in Boston at Emerson's Cutler Majestic Theater have already been shot and a planned spring shoot will have Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Eddie Vedder and Steve Earle, among others.

    Damon, along with Dan Fireman, Ara Katz Art Spigel of Artfire Films, as well as Carolyn Mugar are producing. Zinn, Anthony Arnove and Chris Moore are exec producing. Damon has long been a fan of the book, throwing in a mention in his "Good Will Hunting," as well as narrating the audiobook.

    Cinetic Media is handling domestic sales while Cinema Management Group, headed by veteran international sales and distribution executive, Edward Noeltner, is overseeing worldwide rights, launching the project at Berlin.

  • I'll be absent from the site for a few days. Please post or link to any news or photos in the comments section. Thank you.
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    From: froggy1970 Date: February 9th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Empire Awards

    Just found this on the Empire website for UK viewers:

    The Awards On TV

    Watch this year's Sony Ericsson Empire Awards on ITV2 on Monday 10th March at 9pm.

    Couldnt remember if this had been posted before.

    Well done on an excellant site.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 9th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    London Film Critics Circle

    Paul Greengrass has won best British director for Bourne Ultimatum at the London Film Critics awards. Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London Film Critics Circle

    Thanks Jan, great news. Ultimatum also won two BAFTAS for sound and editing.

    A few references to Sarah Silverman at the Grammys, including:

    http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/awards/grammys/2008-02-10-grammys_davis_N.htm
    Other couples: Jermaine Dupri and Janet Jackson, Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna and Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman, garnering praise all night for her salty Matt Damon video, a YouTube hit.

    (Felicity - can't get into LJ at the moment)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2008 09:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London Film Critics Circle

    He was also at the BAFTA's last night, looking nicely tanned. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 13th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)
    were there any photos of him at the Bafta's?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 13th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
    We watched the last 30 minutes or so only, the camera focused on him when they were reading out the nominations for best director. The actor Jason Isaacs mentioned on Jonathan Ross's radio show on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday morning that he would be presenting an award and that he wanted his friend Paul Greengrass to win Best Director for Ultimatum.

    I had a gut feeling from that comment that Paul would be there so we caught the end to see if he showed up, and I was right! Marcia

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