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Green Zone promotion in Berlin
  • Photos from the presscall in Berlin for Green Zone with Matt and Paul Greengrass are from Zimbio. Matt and Lucy have now moved to Paris for a single day of film promotion, and photos of them arriving at their hotel are here.

  • More photos and reports from Matt and Lucy's dinner and gallery visit in Berlin are at BZ, I need my fix, PopSugar and TikOnline.

  • An interview with Matt about Oscar campaigning and dirty tactics is at the New York Times, including:

    For what it's worth, Mr. Damon was among the most charming and down-to-earth of all the Hollywood deities we've met this season, which we can say since he was not really part of the season. He drank a beer from the bottle and interrupted the interview to pose for photos with fans and smooch with his wife. Aw.

    (As for his own chances as a best supporting actor nominee this year for "Invictus," Mr. Damon didn’t have high hopes, but did want to go enjoy the show with his wife Luciana Barosso, who has never been.)

  • If Matt loses at the Oscars he will receive a gift bag valued at $85,000.

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 4th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Press reactions

    Anti-Green Zone stories could blow up shortly. This journo had a very strong reaction, which I haven't seen from any review previously. Expect this to go a little crazy.


    That is the sort of reaction Matt said they were trying to avoid - a BBC video from the Morocco set:

    This is the hotel Matt and Lucy are staying at for one day in Paris - Hotel de Crillon:

    Edited at 2010-03-04 11:42 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 4th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Press reactions

    The National Review is a flagship conservative publication, so I wouldn't expect them to be fairhanded. And is this quote from an actual reviewer, or just a randomly sent-in comment from some doofus? I can see plenty of those at imdb, they mean nothing to me or to the legitimacy or power of the movie.

    On the lighter side, when did Matt start carrying a man bag? That's the first I've seen of that! Funny!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 4th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Press reactions

    But it's a quality man bag!

    The National Review is linking to comments by Kyle Smith, who is a reviewer for the New York Post (a legitimate reviewer, but he may or may not be doing the print/online review for the paper).

    Matt will be a presenter at the Oscars this year - possibly as a 'friend' to a fellow nominee:
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 4th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)


    CBS has provided AP with a photo of Matt wearing the Saints jersey on Letterman (he lost a bet with Anthony Mackie):

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 5th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
    With Karl Rove's brand new book, in which he says in effect that the U.S. would not have gone to war in Iraq without the threat of WMD and admits the intelligence was plain wrong, even the ultraconservatives will have a difficult time denouncing GZ. I'm hoping the Bourne-like promos and trailers will lure the public and give people a chance to make up their own minds. Because, on top of the "bad intelligence" (many feel Bush knew the intelligence was false)the war has cost nearly 800 billion dollars and over 4,000 U.S. lives with 31,000 wounded--and huge hurt to the Iraqi people, public sentiment may support the film even as it shows U.S. diplomatic and executive misdeeds. I guess we're only one day away from finding out.

    By the way, I love my country (U.S.), but we have made some really bad decisions over the years. As`a democracy, we need light shone on the dark places. Got my fingers crossed for Matt and GZ. It's an important film.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 5th, 2010 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Green Zone reviews

    The reviews in the trade papers are out and while the Hollywood Reporter was a true rave, Variety had issues with its politics.



    Bottom Line: An energetic, frenzied thriller -- Paul Greengrass-style -- set in Iraq in the chaotic post-invasion days.

    In "Green Zone," director Paul Greengrass brings the frenetic, run-and-gun style with which he utterly transformed the movie thriller in the Jason Bourne series to a different kind of thriller, one with a sharper political edge.

    Iraq mostly has been a nonstarter at the boxoffice, but this is Matt Damon, Greengrass and the "Bourne" team reunited on another breathless venture into ticking-clock urgency. So Universal should easily overcome that hurdle to rack up considerable theatrical coin in North America and overseas.

    Damon, in motion the entire movie, acts as a magnet, drawing every detail of the story and its character into his orbit. Although there might be a touch of naivete to his character's determination to ferret out the truth, there is a Jimmy Stewart aspect, too. He positively will not let anyone, no matter where he belongs in the chain of command or how far "off the reservation" his character drifts, stand in the way of the truth.

    That chaos tips over into the action of the movie as the film hurtles from one destination to another in a race against time. John Powell's propulsive music eggs the action ever forward, and Christopher Rouse's rapid-fire editing nervously stitches the stunts, chases, fights and confrontations together. It's a remarkable film.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 5th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)


    Quotes from the Letterman appearance (if you don't mind spoilers for the show on Friday):

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