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  • There's really no news around as The Good Shepherd finished filming last Monday and Matt has probably left New York. Syriana will be shown in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, to be held from 9-19 February, but it is probably only George Clooney who will attend. Some press is likely around this time when Syriana opens wider internationally.

  • The latest Gawker sighting (a little old now) is here.

  • A story about a child musician in The Good Shepherd is here.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 4th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Thanks!

    I was wondering what was going and thought maybe you had gone on holiday. Thank you for that little update!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 5th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Thanks!

    Nicely deduced, I had been on a trip for work. But there's no news around, and things are going to be quiet for a while.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm relieved to know that "Syriana" will have an international release; I was beginning to wonder if it would.

    OTOH, I wonder how Clooney got an supporting actor nom when he stars in the movie?

    JJ--
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 5th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
    Where to start... George was originally in the lead actor category since he was the nominal lead of the film and the biggest star, but they put him back to supporting when it was obvious that category was weaker and he would have a greater awards chance. And they could always claim it was an ensemble movie with no leads so that justified BSA.

    However, since Clooney was the only actor who really did any promotion for the film (Matt did no television appearances, no major press articles), he was the only one who was going to get noticed. And because this is the 'year of Clooney', he's obviously going to get a lot of press, and sell himself to the highest (his role of Syriana takes a last paragraph or final note to his other projects).

    And George had the big "selling point" story from Syriana - the back injury and weight gain. Everyone else was forgotten.

    Clooney going back to supporting gave nobody else from the film a chance (Matt, Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Siddig). And George is a WB favourite, so he was the best and easiest pitch for the studio. All studio politics.
    From: peta_h Date: February 5th, 2006 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    syriana

    Any ideas when Syriana will be opening in Australia. We are a bit behind unfortunately and I hear all this great stuff, just for it to happen a year later! I can't wait!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 5th, 2006 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: syriana

    Syriana opens in Australia on 16 February. Waiting, waiting...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Syriana and Ocean's 12 DVD

    It is a pity that the voting members of the Academy don't look beyond all the hype and vote for what they see onscreen. In my opinion Matt and Alexander Siddig's performances are much more worthy than George. I could rant for ages..... The film is great though, I saw it 2 months ago in LA and will catch it again when it opens in the UK on 3 March as I am sure there will be more to it on a second viewing. You need to take your brain with you!

    I also just picked up a special 2 DVD edition of Ocean's 12. I suspect this is only available in Europe (region 2). There are 25 minutes of deleted scenes and the HBO special. The deleted scenes include 3 alternative opening scenes for Linus - one of them quite an amusing parallel to the scene from Ocean's 11 when the team meet up for the first time at Elliot Gould's home. And there is Linus's own version of the Lost in Translation scene - very funny.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Syriana and Ocean's 12 DVD

    I'm an IDIOT! I *have* that DVD set and NEVER saw that. It came with the HBO First Look, but did not see deleted scenes anywhere!

    Thanks for the head's up - I'm off to look for that right now!

    Maureen
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Follow-up

    Buyer beware - my two DVD set did NOT have deleted scenes included, and it was purchased from a reputable place. One DVD was the movie only, the second DVD was the HBO "First Look".

    There must be two versions, so make sure you check before buying.

    Maureen
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Syriana and Ocean's 12 DVD

    Thanks so much for the info on "special 2 DVD edition of Ocean's 12. I suspect this is only available in Europe (region 2)". I have a "all-region DVD, so I might have to buy from the UK if I can't find a DVD set here with all the good stuff (thanks for all the details! --
    -- Here's a big THANK YOU to the site owner - many kudos on your excellent site!

    Best wishes,
    TealCrow
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I can not wait till syriana comes out over here in the UK!....it takes to long for us in the UK!
    and i will have to pick up that oceans 12 DVD, the special 2 DVD edition.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Good Shepherd

    Does anyone know why it is taking so long to film The Good Shepherd? It seems like it has been going on for several months. And when did Matt film Margaret if he has been busy on The Good Shepherd for the last year?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 5th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Good Shepherd

    "The Good Shepherd" filmed from 15 August 2005 to 31 January 2006. It took a long time because it's a complex, highly technical, $110 million dollar movie. It filmed in many locations and had a huge cast. It's not the sort of film that was done quickly and cheaply on a LA studio set.

    Matt filmed "Margaret" on his days off from Shepherd. It's only a small cameo role.
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