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Green Zone, Mandela project
  • Recent sightings in Miami are at the Miami Herald, Ted Casablanca's column at E Online and People.

    Wearing a navy Obama T-shirt and skull cap, Matt Damon picked up crab meat ravioli and chicken Parmigiana at Miami Beach's Cafe Prima Pasta for a quiet dinner at home with wife Luciana. "Even though Matt said he was feeling under the weather, he stopped for a photo with fans," says a source. "What a great guy."

  • Jason Isaccs discussed Green Zone at Empire Online on 21 January and in an interview here:

    Isaacs recently wrapped Paul Greengrass' espionage thriller "Green Zone," with Matt Damon, in which he plays an American special-forces agent. "Like always, (Greengrass) gets your heart pumping," he promises. "There's a lot of adrenaline and I'm exhausted. That's all I can tell you."

    There was also a surprise, last-gasp appearance from Empire favourite Jason Isaacs in slightly less formal attire (“This is me dressed up! I’m wearing my best jumper”). Isaacs doesn’t appear in Valkyrie, so we assume he was warming up his red carpet skills for the premiere of Green Zone later this year. “I spoke to Paul Greengrass today. It’s going to be fantastic – he makes films in a way that nobody else makes them. I got to hang out for most of the year with soldiers of all ages from all different units, as well as Iraqis, Syrians and Lebanese people, which made the times between filming as interesting and stimulating as on camera.”

  • A new company has been given a license to create Bourne video games. A story at Variety summarises the problems with the previous game.

  • An update on The Human Factor from Clint Eastwood at a Film Festival event from In Contention:

    He also talked briefly about his upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon (nothing beyond what you know), though it doesn’t seem to be called (or based on) “The Human Factor.” The current title is merely “Mandela,” but I imagine that will change. He did, however, mention John Carlin’s “Playing the Enemy” as a volume that dealt considerably with the events he’ll be depicting in the film. Maybe the script will end up some variation or even an adaptation of that material
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 4th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Informant test screening

    Reports on an early test screening for The Informant:


    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Informant test screening

    Those reviews sound very positive, for the most part. I think with the right marketing, it could do very well. I'm really looking forward to seeing it and Green Zone. Thanks for finding the reports. Marcia
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: February 5th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Vanity Fair

    There is a pic of Matt and George in the new issue of Vanity Fair (the one with Obama on it). It is a pic from the party in London held for Not on our watch. There are other pics from the party but only one of Matt.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 5th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Vanity Fair

    Thanks for the information - the main Clooney site hasn't got a copy of it yet.

    Edited at 2009-02-06 01:45 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 7th, 2009 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Cape Town

    Hi Felicity,

    I've read somewhere that Matt and the rest of the cast will arrive in Cape Town next week. Do you think there's any truth in that?

    As always thanks for all the hard work you put in this site. I visit regularly, but always forget to comment. Shame on me.

    All the best,
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cape Town

    Hi Pauline,

    The information from Cape Town news reports has been incorrect for the most part so far. An article on 24 January in the Weekend Argus claimed the whole cast and crew were arriving the following week, which was clearly incorrect. I think it was just advance production crew scoping locations etc.

    Filming is from March to May, starting in Cape Town, and Matt's role probably isn't going to be that huge. Production is ramping up (all usual Eastwood crew, with IMDB adding a few this week), but I think it would be a couple of weeks before Matt would arrive (if he's even there for the start of filming). Matt's dialect coach was added to IMDB this week (Tim Monich, who did the much maligned accent for Leo in Blood Diamond).

    Unless the whole crew is going there for extensive workshops prior to filming commencing, I don't think they would be arriving that quickly. And I don't think the last few pics we saw of Matt showed he was in shape yet to play Pienaar.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 7th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you for your quick answer.

    I asked it, because the best way to reach Matt himself is to send the letter via venue.

    We'll see what happens.

    Again, thank you for running this site.

    Greetings from the Netherlands.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Address for fan mail

    If you're interested in those details, you'e probably seen this site, which will have the information for sending requests to the production office for Human Factor. But their information in the forum so far was based on the article which had incorrect details.


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