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Syriana press notes, Bourne Ultimatum casting news
  • An article about the first day of filming for The Good Shepherd in Tarrytown (and a new cast member) is at the Journal News - excerpts:

    Visitors to the village got a glimpse of movie stars today as Matt Damon, Chazz Palminteri and Robert DeNiro started three days of filming in Tarrytown for the 1950s-era CIA thriller "The Good Shepherd."

    Damon and Palmenteri were filming inside the Tarrytown Music Hall today. Damon plays one of the early Central Intelligence Agency agents. In the Tarrytown scenes, he takes a woman on a date to the theater.

    Filming continues through Thursday.

  • The final press notes for Syriana are available on the Warner Bros. site, including:

    Damon felt similarly compelled to be a part of such an ambitious film. "Stephen gave me a lot of background reading for the movie and I used it as an excuse to learn as much as I could in a short time," says the actor. "It’s an interesting subject and it’s set in a fascinating part of the world. The more I know about it, just as a human being, the better off I am."

    While Matt Damon speaks English throughout the film, as expert oil analyst Bryan Woodman he was faced with some sophisticated industry dialogue that needed a bit of translation. Damon made sure he understood every word that came out of his mouth. "Even if ninety percent of the people who see the movie believe you, the two percent who you really want to believe you are the experts in the field," notes the actor. "I wanted the people who actually do Bryan’s job to look at the movie and feel like everything was believable."

  • Joan Allen is the first cast member said to be considering a role in The Bourne Ultimatum, which may film next year. From Coming Soon:

    [Joan] Allen is also in early talks to reprise her role as Pamela Landy in The Bourne Ultimatum, the third installment of the Universal spy thriller franchise starring Matt Damon. The film is expected to shoot sometime next year.