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Another win for Bourne Ultimatum, Green Zone
  • The Bourne Ultimatum has won the people's choice section of the Richard Attenborough Film Awards (previously known as the UK Regional Critics’ Film Awards). Details from the Guardian, including quotes from Paul Greengrass and Matt. Updated with additional quotes from here.

    Awards season officially drew to an end with Sunday's grand Academy Awards ceremony in LA - except that no one appears to have told Sir Richard Attenborough. This morning it was announced that The Bourne Ultimatum had been named film of the year in the people's choice section of the ongoing Richard Attenborough Film Awards. Take that, Joel and Ethan Coen.

    The award was the result of a public vote via 25 UK regional media outlets and reflects the mainstream popularity of Paul Greengrass's action blockbuster, which has been seen by more than 4m viewers since its British release last summer.

    "I am hugely honoured that the UK public has voted for The Bourne Ultimatum as their favourite film in what was a fine year for the cinema," Paul Greengrass said in a statement.

    The film's star, Matt Damon, was still more fulsome. ""I love playing this character and working with Paul Greengrass and the entire crew who made the Bourne series a real triumph. We shot most of the sequences in London and at the UK's Pinewood studios with a primarily British crew," he pointed out. "So I'm particularly excited that this award has been voted for by the Brits themselves."

    Lord Attenborough said: "My admiration and congratulations go to Paul Greengrass and all who made The Bourne Ultimatum such a pulsating cinematic experience, and also to the public who felt passionately enough to vote in their thousands."

  • Actor Sean Huze has stated on his MySpace page that actor Jason Isaacs is in the cast of Green Zone.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 28th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
    Great news about the Attenborough award. Bodes well for the forthcoming Empire Awards which are also voted for by the public. Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 28th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
    Sorry - double post. The Empire Awards will be shown on ITV2 in the UK on 10 March at 9pm. Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 28th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    in the spirit of the "real" Good Will Hunting...

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    True Damon fans may find this true story interesting...

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 28th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That's great news about Ultimatum winning the People's Choice Award section of the Richard Attenborough Film Awards. It's really nice of Matt to acknowledge the UK's role in Ultimatum's success. I'm still wondering how they got permission to film at Waterloo Station, Ken Livingstone (Mayor of London) isn't known for his fondness for the US.

    I don't want to add to the comments about Kimmels 'response' to his 'cheating' girlfriend, I really hope the internet isn't going to be inundated with others copying it to prove how hip, cool and funny they are by jumping on the bandwagon. Sarah Silverman worked because it was totally original and unexpected; it still makes me laugh, very childish I know at 45 I should know better.

    Thank you Jan for the reminder of the Premier Awards show next month, someone did post about it before, and thanks to them too.

    Keeping all my fingers and toes crossed that Matt and his wife will be able to attend the show next month, pretty, pretty please with lots of sugar on top :) Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 28th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Oops! I meant Empire Awards! M
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 28th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Award and Ben

    Paul and Matt must be chuffed (pleased) by this award since they made a public statement acknowledging it. It's nice that the UK and I agree on our favorite movie! Interesting that Matt's only statement since his viral video took the world by storm has to do with his work, while Ben's... well, you know.

    As far as the inevitable jumping on the bandwagon goes, Ben's bid for increased attention is predictably in line with his personality. He just really needs that public affirmation. Which makes him like most of us, probably. Matt seems quite exceptional in this respect. I remember an interview with Kate Blanchett in which she described Matt as "secure". Unusual for an actor and probably due to his loving upbringing. Kudos, Nancy!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 29th, 2008 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Award and Ben

    I agree with your comment.

    My view is that the desire for fame or adulation from the masses is a sign of a messed up childhood, it's that biological need we all have for affirmation or unconditional love that hasn't been found in a loving family environment, if you don't get it there you seek it elsewhere. I haven't wasted my time following Ben's career so I'm not commenting on his life, just making a general observation.

    From what I've read Matt has come from a loving and nurturing environment provided by his parents even though they separated when he was so young, and having that background helps him as an adult to deal with a tough industry in such a mature way I'm sure.

    I know one thing, I could never be in showbusiness, I wouldn't last five minutes. Marcia
    From: sunnysanstar Date: February 28th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I think it's wonderful Ultimatum receieved that award. What passed for award winning in the USA is just laughable. "No Country for Old Men" was "No Good for Public Viewing," but Ultimatum was a fantastic movie, and I was so ready for it to be awful (I feared the worst when they kept having reshoots so close to it's release because that's usually a very bad sign). Sometimes those brits get it right!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 2nd, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Running the Sahara

    Variety has a small article stating that RTS will be out this summer. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117981727.html?categoryId=13&cs=1
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 3rd, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)


    There's apparently a new video/mobile game based on the movie http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Rounders+Poker/review.asp?c=5934

    I bought Rounders the other day and it really stands up to repeat viewing.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 4th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
    Empire was due to post the Jason Isaacs story in mid-February but lacked clearance. Here's the post, with a few more details about Green Zone:

    Jason Isaacs has joined the cast of Paul Greengrass’ new thriller, The Green Zone, Empire can exclusively reveal.

    The British actor – and all-round good egg, it has to be said – will play Lt. Briggs, a Special Forces unit commander who butts heads with Matt Damon’s Chief Warrant Officer, Roy Miller, during the search for WMDs in Iraq, following the fall of Saddam Hussein and the start of the American occupation of Baghdad.

    This is good news – Isaacs is a fine actor, and it’ll be fine to see him and Damon spark off each other in a movie that we’re hugely excited about. He also, crucially, has experience of working with Greengrass, having starred in the 1997 TV movie, The Fix, alongside Steve Coogan.

    The thriller, loosely inspired by the book Imperial Life In The Emerald City, has been shooting for just over a month on locations in Spain and Morocco, with London to come in the months to follow. Several major parts have yet to be cast, but are very close – stay tuned to Empire for further announcements.

    Chris Hewitt
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