OKC Events: August 2, 2007

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OKC Events: August 2, 2007


Gilmore, Joan, THE JOURNAL RECORD


The pricey premiere screening of The Bourne Ultimatum drew more than a thousand folks to the Harkins Theatre. They came to see Matt Damon. Matt Damon live and Matt Damon in the third of the Bourne movies. He's a lot prettier in person than all beat up and crashing cars and killing people in his film.

Damon and the film producer Frank Marshall came to town for the premiere, which was a benefit for The Children's Center in Bethany. Nearly $200,000 was raised, what with the $125 individual tickets and the $1,000 patron tickets, which allowed donors to rub elbows with the handsome, genuinely nice Damon. A family man now, he brought his mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, and his wife, Lucy. They left their two little daughters at home since Damon needed to be in New York City the next night to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman (to promote the film, of course).

Marshall is not just a successful film producer. He's really an angel, an angel who has taken The Children's Center under his wing. He brought Damon and the second Bourne film here in 2004 and Eight Below, another film, in 2006, with the three screenings raising nearly $500 for the center, which cares for children with medical and physical disabilities. The center provides medical care, rehab therapies and special education for the young patients. Marshall has been coming to the facility for seven years. Not only has he done the screenings but he also comes each June with actor Mark Harmon and other celebs to do the Bombers baseball game, an annual event which also benefits The Children's Center. …

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