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Oscars prep, Green Zone promotion

  • In an interview with a Paris radio station, reported at Premiere.fr, Matt says he will be attending the Oscars with Lucy, Lucy's mother, and stepdaughter Alexia. Matt says Alexia wants to see all the stars on the red carpet. Matt will also be a presenter at the Oscars.

  • A very interesting long video interview with Matt and Paul Greengrass interviewing each other is at Sky.com (UK). The first topic is Greengrass getting flak for attending the Arsenal/Chelsea game with Matt. A long print interview with Greengrass is at Coming Soon. Matt and Paul's interview with Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo on BBC's Radio 5 will air today.

  • The trade reviews of Green Zone at Variety and the Hollywood Reporter are positive, particularly the latter:

    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.

    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.

  • A photo and quotes from Matt's interview on Letterman (which airs today) are at the Boston Herald.

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