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Jason Isaacs, Informant, Obama
  • Jason Isaacs' comments about Matt for an unknown media source were picked up by pr-inside:

    Isaacs: Damon gracious in defeat

    Hollywood actor JASON ISSACS loved working with MATT DAMON on new movie GREEN ZONE - especially during their fight scenes.

    The 44-year-old admits he took great pleasure in covering the Bourne Ultimatum star in bruise on the set of director Paul Greengrass' new film.

    He says, "Matt Damon is one of the loveliest men I ever hope to work with; he's very generous and up for improvising.

    "I bruised and battered him in a fight scene. He went home very gracious about it."

  • Two articles about The Informant filming in Decatur are at the Herald-Review, including WB discussions with ADM and a general update, including:

    Here's a guess: Any person connected with the film you see will be (a) by accident and (b) very tired. Director Steven Soderbergh doesn't waste time with his films. The guy already has directed 10 films and five television program episodes this DECADE. Two additional films directed by Soderbergh are in post-production now.

    He's built a reputation for working quickly and under budget. The publicist of "The Informant" last week indicated the length of the location shoot would be four or five weeks, which is precious little time. (The looming actors' strike is additional incentive for Soderbergh to hurry up and get his shooting done.)

  • The Bourne Ultimatum won another public-vote award at ShoWest:

    As a warm-up to the main awards, "The Bourne Ultimatum" took home the fourth annual USA Today/Coca Cola Consumer Choice Award for favorite movie of the year voted by the readers of USA Today.

  • Matt and Ben are among those supporting a new promotional effort for Barack Obama and MoveOn.org:

    MoveOn.org, the liberal activist group which has previously endorsed Barack Obama, announced its "Obama in 30 Seconds" TV ad contest, in which Obama supporters are invited to produce their own 30-second TV ad supporting the Illinois senator's candidacy. MoveOn will then purchase national TV time to run the winning ad.

    MoveOn members and the general public will have first dibs on deciding which entries make it to the final round. Then on April 10th, the finalists will be judged by a star-studded panel, including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Oliver Stone, Steve Buscemi, Jessie Jackson, John Legend and Naomi Wolf.

    Besides the national exposure, the winning ad-maker will also receive a gift certificate for $20,000 in video equipment, presumably to make even better ads in the future.

    Entries can be submitted online at obamain30seconds.org.

  • Not On Our Watch continues to donate to humanitarian efforts in Darfur.

    Hollywood stars have donated half a million dollars to the World Food Programme in Darfur, following warnings that cash shortages could ground its humanitarian flights, the UN agency said Thursday.

    The 500,000 dollars from Not On Our Watch, founded by actors George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, producer Jerry Weintraub and civil rights lawyer David Pressman, is WFP in Darfur's first donation in 2008, it said.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 14th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Greengrass comments

    Here is an interesting look at how Paul Greengrass created his acclaimed film Bloody Sunday (about the struggles in Ireland). The parallels with Green Zone are striking. This movie can't come soon enough.

    From the Independent:

    Bloody Sunday has the look of a 1970s World in Action documentary combined with the cinematic intensity of a thriller. The Belfast of the period is meticulously recreated, complete with grey skies, dingy interiors and graffiti strewn streets. Ask Greengrass why he decide to make the film and he says: "Here is this place, Northern Ireland, that I know very well. When you get into a conflict, the first thing that goes is shared narrative. Nobody agrees about anything, least of all history. Here we were at the high noon of the Good Friday negotiations. The mood was intensely optimistic. [We thought] let's take the one event – Bloody Sunday – for which there is definitely no shared narrative. Let's try to persuade a large number of people from Derry who were either on that march or whose family members were on that march, and a large group of soldiers who had served in Northern Ireland, and see if we can take the known facts and together shape a shared narrative cinematically. Then, when it is all done, we can all as a group say it must have been a bit like that."

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 14th, 2008 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Greengrass comments

    It is a fantastic movie, but so are his other fact-based films: Omagh, United 93 and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence. I've avoided his first 'Hollywood' film: The Theory of Flight (Kenneth Branagh).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 14th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Greengrass comments

    I think Paul Greengrass is a truly great director, I love everything he's done, though I haven't seen The Theory of Flight (where did Kenneth Branagh's talent go).

    The Murder of Stephen Lawrence is a terrific piece of work (it's been in the news here recently that DNA evidence has been found linking his killers to him, the evidence found has put a lot of pressure on their so-called 'alibis', there may have to be a retrial).

    I'm very excited about seeing the Green Zone, whatever the rights or wrongs of the war in Iraq, I think telling the story from the viewpoint of those fighting it will make a nice change; also Paul doesn't preach to his audience so it might buck the trend of all the other movies that have been made about the war, ordinary punters like me may go and see it, if it's done right. I have full confidence that Paul is up to the challenge. Marcia
    From: novice_41 Date: March 16th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Matt is already in London? apparently yes...


    grumpy faces of Matt but nice looking photos ;).

    the actual projects in filming are an intelligent and absolutely
    insteresting choice and the variety of backings are great as well.

    this will be really an eexciting year for Mr Damon.

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