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  • It's quiet at the moment prior to the (expected) official start of Ocean's Thirteen filming today, so here's a few random high quality photos thanks to Clooney Network. Click on all pics to enlarge.

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  • An update on when Ocean's Thirteen will shoot in Las Vegas from the Las Vegas Review Journal.

    Directer Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's 13" will return to the Bellagio, site of most of the indoor action for the remake of "Ocean's Eleven'' in 2001, it was confirmed Thursday.

    Soderbergh and producer Jerry Weintraub were in town last week, along with 40 members of the creative team, scouting out locations for the shoot, according to Bernie Yuman, Weintraub's assistant.

    New cast member Al Pacino was spotted in Las Vegas on Thursday, meeting with MGM Mirage executive Bobby Baldwin, who ran the Bellagio until recently.

    Crews will film Aug. 6-9 at the Bellagio. Most of the Warner Bros. film will be shot in Hollywood.

  • Here's an article at the Chicago Tribune which seeks to explain various concepts in Syriana.

  • There are various (mostly unsourced) rumors that recent paparazzi pics of Jake Gyllenhaal cycling with Lance Armstrong are because as he has taken on the role of Lance instead of Matt in the upcoming biopic, to be directed by Frank Marshall. (Great news - let either Jake or Matthew McConaughey have it.)
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2006 09:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Lance Armstrong

    I agree. Much as I love Matt I feel that Jake or Matthew would be a better choice for Lance Armstrong
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 21st, 2006 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)


    Photo captions (left to right):

    1. Accepting Male Star of the Year at ShoWest, 2005
    2. With Monica Bellucci at the Venice Film Festival, 2005
    3. At LA premiere of Brothers Grimm, 2005
    4. With Lucy in Lake Como, Italy, 2004
    5. With director Robert de Niro on the set of The Good Shepherd, 2005
    6. On the set of The Good Shepherd, 2005
    7. On the set of Margaret, 2005
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2006 09:51 am (UTC) (Link)
    Can I say this. Pleaaaaaaaaase......

    Matt is looking absolutely yummy in the 4th pic but I DO NOOOOOOOOOT LIKE THE SHORTS HE IS WEARING.

    And to my previous poster,

    Sorry, I cann't agree with you. Matt is a far better actor than Matthew. Jake is good but I think Matt is better. If the news turns out to be true then I'll be really sad 'cause I've been waiting eagerly for this film.

    If Matthew or Jake gets the role then it would be a very bias decision.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2006 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)
    I have to agree on the shorts, but rather than be horrified I was smiling from ear to ear. Trust our lovely Mattie to not care one iota about appearing in public with flowered shorts and a mismatched top. To me it defines his casual, easy-going way about life. Love that about him.

    I join the ranks of preferring another actor to take on the Lance Armstrong role. Although Armstrong is a model for survival, and gives hope to all diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer, I find him to be a rather aggressive personality.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2006 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
    He he he. I was laughing too. He was there with the likes of George Clooney and Brad Pitt who are famous fashion icons. Can you guess the nature of teasing that Matt must had got from them. I would have blown a whistle. But then again he is soooooo delicious. I wonder who bought those shorts for him or may be he himself......*cough*.....*cough*.....

    OK, I only know Lance as a famous cyclist who won Tour De France 7 times. Can you please tell me why he seems aggressive to you? I don't know about him much, so may be then I can understand why some of you dont want to see Matty playing him.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 21st, 2006 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)
    Unless it's brilliant, a biopic of a living individual who's still in the news is almost doomed to fail. No matter how well made, it's going to be attacked by everyone. Months of training, months to make and a lifetime to get over.

    Otherwise, Lance is arrogant, an alleged drug user, a solo thinking and acting individual who showed little respect or consideration for others. He was a brilliant rider and survived his illness because of this arrogance and contempt, but it doesn't make him a good person, or one worth idolising.

    (Just my view, obviously)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2006 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
    O ok hmmm.
    You always give a very practical reason for everything. I enjoy reading your views. Definitely, there will be a lot of criticism. I agree. As I've said I donn't know much about Lance, so after reading your post, his nature dosen't seem to be good at all. But again complicated characters are the most interesting ones to play and watch as well.

    Anyway, alls well that ends well. I donn't want Matt to get any kind of harsh criticism for his work (like the ones he got for The Brothers Grimm). He is soo honest to his work. If not working on this film is good for his career then so be it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 21st, 2006 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
    As I said, it's just my view.

    Lance was also rarely accepted by other cyclists because he didn't compete in other cycling events throughout the year. He trained all year for one race (the one with the greatest glory), and could devote all of his energy towards this single event. Every other cyclist didn't have that luxury because they were part of cycling teams, competing at events around the world, and fulfilling sponsor and personal obligations. Lance got paid to be in one race only.

    Also, his dutiful team would always, of course, have to give him the glory, and deny their own aspirations.

    Maybe I'm wrong with the facts, but that's another general criticism of Lance that's often brought up.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2006 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
    Eh. That's bad. I just googled Lance and have started to read about the good and bad things about him.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I agree with you that complicated characters are the most interesting ones to play and watch.

    I don't know anything about Lance Armstrong's personality, but I don't see why that should have anything to do with Matt taking the part. A good actor can play many different types of personalities. Matt should NOT just take parts that are likable characters. That would be very limiting.

    That being said, I have had reservations about him taking this part because I don't think he is really right for the part. He would have to get almost as thin as he was in Courage Under Fire in order to be believable in this part. I would hate for him to do that again. Also, Matt may have decided that the script wasn't good enough or that the director was not one that he wanted to work for.

    Also, from what I have read this story is about Lance when he was younger. I love Matt, but I honestly don't think that he can continue to play guys in their early to mid twenties. He doesn't look that young anymore. It is not believable. Jake Gyllenhaal would probably be better.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2006 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)


    Thanks for the pics Felicity. Particularly the one with the shorts which I haven't seen before. Lucy is laughing at those shorts!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2006 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)


    I didn't actually mean I thought Jake and Matthew were better actors (in fact, I think Matthew Mc. is pretty crappy) - I think Matt is much better than both. I just felt that the casting feels better with either Jake or Matthew Mc. Some roles are right for other people.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2006 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Actors

    O its ok. Its just a matter of different opinions. I actually thought Matt was perfect for the role. I personally wish this news is not true.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 22nd, 2006 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
    This is the best news about Matt that I've read in a long time. I absolutely dreaded the thought of him playing Armstrong even those he's worn the yellow bracelet for a long time.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 22nd, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the updates and pics - your great!
    The Lance Armstrong thing, I dunno i don't think Matt would be suited for the role - on how ever much i love him and think hes the best actor ever i just can not see it - he might be great for it but..i dunno just what i'm thinking i might change my thinking on it later but I like Jake i think he would look right for it hes pretty cool, i could see him - just hoping Matthew Mc don't (he just annoys me for some reason! no offence)- anyway we will see what the rumors turn out later. (Just my opinion)

    The pics look cool, seen most of them before but the 4th one i think he looks gorgeous in the shorts he looks fine in that pic and the rest but.. -and from top comments yep he looks yummy & delicious, but i'm sorry to say i dunno but i think i kinda like the shorts for some reason!and yeah i think it does show his 'casual, easy-going way about life' that was put above aswell and i agree i love it about him to.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 22nd, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Have you read the recent bad news about "FEAST"?

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 23rd, 2006 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
    It's not that bad. Re-shoots are a good sign, but it's a very limited cinema release before it goes to DVD.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2006 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    "but it's a very limited cinema release before it goes to DVD."

    This is what I thought was bad. Horror films make a good amount of money in wide releases. This film had good reviews. It could've brought in good cash and ultimately become a successful product of PG.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 23rd, 2006 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)
    If they (Weinstein Brothers/Miramax) wanted to make money from this movie they would have released it years ago, when publicity for this movie was at its highest. There are (unknown) other factors at work here.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2006 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
    IMDB is showing Matt to be attached to Star Trek.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 23rd, 2006 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
    I know, and they're wrong. It will just increase the speculation and erroneous postings.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 23rd, 2006 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
    Here's the first semi-official word on Jake playing Lance Armstrong from Nikki Finke:

    Strangely, she calls herself a fan of the Tour de France (and a Hollywood insider) but seems to know nothing about Frank Marshall's planned film, which has been in the works for years, or Matt's rumored involvement as previous front-runner.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 26th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Nooooooo news.


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