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Bourne, Martian extended cut
  • Matt talked about the pressure of making a new Bourne movie to AP here and here.

    For Matt Damon, the "Bourne" films have been like a lifeblood.

    "I was kind of inoculated for that five or six year period when I made the first three. I could make decisions with absolutely no thought to what the potential box office was," says Damon. "It was liberating in that sense. I knew that if I had another Jason Bourne off in the middle distance, it would kind of rescue me and keep my career afloat for a few more years."

    In "Jason Bourne" (out July 29), Damon returns to the spy franchise that made him a full-blown movie star with all the freedom such status affords. Given how much 45-year-old actor credits the series with, it's a welcome homecoming.

    "It's obviously the most significant thing that's happened in my career," Damon said in a recent interview from the set of Alexander Payne's "Downsizing." "I definitely knew I wanted to do it again but I was always kind of tethered to Paul (Greengrass). I knew I didn't want to do it without him."

    Damon says the delay was partially caused by a struggle to find a worthy next chapter for the character. The time helped: "Jason Bourne" was inspired by Edward Snowden and more recent debate over civil liberties.

    "All those people who have come up to me over the years, hopefully they're representative of a whole group of people who will go buy tickets," says Damon. "We're counting on it. You never know. It's the movie business, so it could be a total disaster."

    "It's a different landscape than 2002 when the first 'Bourne' movie came out," says Matt Damon, who returns to the franchise in Paul Greengrass' "Jason Bourne" (July 29). "It's like a high-stakes poker game that I don't want to be in. The swings are just so brutal. Ben (Affleck) just opened 'Batman v Superman' a few weeks ago. Everyone around him and in his life was nervous about it. You feel less a sense of exultation when they do well and more a sense of relief because the bets are so big now."

  • The extended cut of The Martian will be released on 7 June.

    The extended edition includes an extended cut featuring 10 minutes of brand new footage not shown in theaters as well as more than two hours of behind-the-scenes content. Included in the new material is audio commentary by renowned director Ridley Scott, writer/executive producer Drew Goddard and author of the novel Andy Weir. There is also a documentary of the science behind recreating Mars for the film; interviews with NASA specialists and engineers; and a Q&A panel discussion about the planned journey to mars featuring commentary from NASA experts.

    NEW Special Features Content Includes:

    Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (Director), Drew Goddard (Writer, Exec Producer) and Andy Weir (Author of The Martian)
    Deleted Scenes
    The Long Way Home: Making the Martian
    Dare Mighty Things: NASA’s Journey to Mars
    Journey to Mars 101 Q&A
  • 39 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2016 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Fame and Money at a Cost

    I've known one or two actors (well, and maybe a few more), and I've never encountered a single one who wasn't anxious about his/her last job actually being their last. It's hard to imagine yourself being flushed out of the business with no offers or no longer being famous because no one wants to see your face any more because your moment has passed. For every Ozymandias there are the crumbled ruins to speak for them.

    But Matt and Ben needn't worry. Even when he is no longer the Bourne macho man, he will still be one of the very best actors (leading and character) of our time, and Ben will still be a fine director and decent actor. They are an institution in Hollywood with great instincts. Sure, they have "show biz anxiety," but butterflies often make for the best performance. They'll be around quite a while. Hmmmm... Sorry for all the hot air. Just musing.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2016 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Fame and Money at a Cost

    It's interesting Louie. Yes, an actor's career is by its very nature scary, but even by those typical standards it's a shaky time. Everybody keeps predicting/hoping for the collapse of the superhero trend, but seemingly nothing can kill it. It's just bash, bash, all summer long (now,spreading out all year) and movies with any true emotional resonance or reality keep getting fewer and fewer. For even the big, proven movie stars there are so few worthy, interesting, challenging projects.

    I feel terrible for the actors, who Hollywood chooses to blame when movies aren't successful. It's ridiculous, because studios are (mostly) corporate entities who couldn't care less if what they make is good and market test the hell out of what they produce. While the actors would - probably unanimously - absolutely LOVE to be in something artful and wonderful. I agree with you about Matt, he's got a diverse career and he also produces, so he's going to be fine. But I feel especially bad for actors younger than Matt. Chris Pine is an actor I like a lot and there was a really nasty article in the NY Post recently calling him "box office poison". Really ticked me off!

    End of rant. 😜
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: April 30th, 2016 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fame and Money at a Cost

    Couldn't agree with the both of you more! I don't think Matt has a thing to worry about BOURNE for 3 reasons
    1- People turned out for Legacy even without Damon, and now that he's back they'll definitely turn out
    2- Recent success of The Martian and Matt's accolades for it will bring the masses and even his cameo in Interstellar
    3- Matt's talented, people know it, and usually turn out for him. It's only when the material has been questionable that they doubt him (Promised Land, Monuments Men) and Bourne isn't questionable.
    (I'm still trying to figure out where Elysium falls. It didn't do well critically but monetarily it did well I think; and We Bought A Zoo I think was one he didn't need to do, and he continues to use it as a one-liner)

    The movie industry has certainly changed in recent years. All the quality storytelling is now on TV and a few stories make it to Cinema. With the decline of cinema attendance, the corporate studios are banking on what they know will work (sequels, remakes, superheros; but all 3 are getting old fast) and taking less chances. Independent movies are doing great but less of them.

    I too like Pine, and wish we'd see more of him in film (he's walking a balancing act trying to do big budget and indie, some of the big budget has worked and some hasn't) He's an amazing actor. I've seen him twice in live theater performances and was great.


    Edited at 2016-04-30 09:54 pm (UTC)
    From: fitzgerald17 Date: May 1st, 2016 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fame and Money at a Cost

    You didn't like Promised Land? I thought it was great.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2016 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fame and Money at a Cost

    I did too. It had kind of an indie vibe, which I liked.

    - Eileen
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: May 1st, 2016 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fame and Money at a Cost

    I said that "they" doubt, referring to the general public. Box office sales were non-existent for Promised Land. I personally loved the film. I told him it was one of my favorites of his as well!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2016 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Fame and Money, Chris Pine

    Gregory, what theater performances did you see Pine in? I heard he was fantastic in the Lieutenant of Inishmore. I've sought out his movies (I also wish there were more!) and think he has a really strong skill set. Plus, wow, those eyes!
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: May 1st, 2016 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fame and Money, Chris Pine

    I saw him both in Farragut North @ the Geffen and Lieutenant of Inishmore @ the Mark Taper. Yes, he WAS fantastic in Lt. and he very good in Farragut. I sat 5 rows from the stage @ Lt. and was in awe the whole time. I even got his autograph at the premiere for "Unstoppable". He walked right up to me and I got it and a pic of him signing. I used to see him at my old job too. He's very handsome in person & tall. But I've never talked to him.

    Edited at 2016-05-01 05:49 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: May 1st, 2016 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fame and Money, Chris Pine

    If you've not seen him in Welcome To People, I highly recommend, and The Finest Hours I enjoyed it a lot. Small Town Saturday Night he's in with his dad & he sings. Blind Dating is fun (he plays a blind man) and in Surrender Dorothy he plays gay opposite Tom Everett Scott. All worthy films to see him in. Jack Ryan didn't do well at box office but if you are a Pine fan, I recommend it, cause he pulled his weight!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2016 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Fame and Money, Chris Pine

    Thanks for the recommendations!
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: May 2nd, 2016 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fame and Money, Chris Pine

    Anytime, anytime!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2016 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fame and Money at a Cost

    Just to join the crowd, I, too, am a big fan of Chris Pine. He's one of the best of the newer generation' I think, now that the director's seat has changed again, that his next Star Trek might be a lot better--you never know. I see him playing more serious roles. I'd love to see play Hal in "Henry IV, Part One, Two" and "Henry V." I think he could do it. And maybe in a couple of years, Hamlet. Sorry, every time I think of Hamlet, I remember Anna Russell used to turn it into an opera and call it, "Hamletto, or Il Prosciuttino, the Little Ham."

    Finding movies like "Harold and Maude," "Sundays and Cybele" and films of that ilk is not an easy task. Although it would be lacking Robin, I'm still hoping to see a sensitive treatment of GWH--20 or 25 years on. I want to know about those guys! A guy can hope!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2016 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fame and Money at a Cost

    Forgot to sign--it's Louie!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2016 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Fame and Money at a Cost

    "Hamletto", har, har.

    I was a late convert to the Trek reboot series. I recognize the cultural backsliding in the JJ Abrams version (too dang white, for one) but I also think that by making Kirk and Spock more flawed and complex they made them more interesting and relatable. And while Quinto got a lot more fawning press initially - probably because he looks so similar to the late, great, Leonard Nimoy - honestly I think Pine owns those movies. Just hoping for the best on the new one.

    GWH - 20 years on - isn't that Jason Bourne? Ha.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: May 1st, 2016 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fame and Money at a Cost

    I honestly don't want to see GWH - 20 years on. Leave it alone. It is too good to mess with.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2016 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fame and Money at a Cost

    GWH is definitely a masterpiece by acclamation. I watch it every time it's on the tv, and maybe with my Blu-ray in the interim between showings-- I always have tears in the "It's not your fault" scene. A sequel would be like painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa. I want a totally new pic, a sensitive exploration of how Will and Chuckie developed. I want to know how Sean's therapy changed Will. But I respect your aversion, G. Maybe I'm intrigued because one of my professions has been that of psychologist. I just think Matt and Ben have at least another great one in them together--possibly more-- with the extrapolation of the original material. I get your reasoning, though. Peace!

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: May 1st, 2016 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fame and Money at a Cost

    I'm with you on wanting them to be in a film together. I just don't think revisiting GWH would be the way to go. I think the ending was left open for us to decide for ourselves what might happen to them. If I'm not mistaken, there's been on & off discussions to have GWH be turned into a TV show even, but I'm glad that hasn't happened.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2016 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fame and Money at a Cost

    I think, G., Matt said with great firmness that he was done with GWH and that there would be no sequel. I was just having a fantasy!

    wownow From: wownow Date: May 1st, 2016 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Fame and Money at a Cost

    I agree, they have A list status for life now.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 1st, 2016 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt in NY

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2016 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Matt in NY

    Ha, a Guinness cap. Man, he's sure racking up the air miles lately.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 1st, 2016 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt in NY

    Matt was definitely at the play, and sighted earlier in Brooklyn.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 2nd, 2016 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt in NY

    And maybe part of the night was spent with Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, who were in NY on Saturday night. Matt was at La Guardia on Sunday.


    Edited at 2016-05-02 02:49 am (UTC)
    wownow From: wownow Date: May 2nd, 2016 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt in NY

    is there any evidence he was with brady? or just that they were both in the same city?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 2nd, 2016 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt in NY

    If Matt Baiamonte is there for the weekend (visiting from Miami, where he lives), Matt was there. Gisele was promoting her book at the Bowery Hotel, and Matt and crew must have ended up there.
    From: iri_na_00 Date: May 2nd, 2016 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt in NY

    Matt was in New York two days and there are only two photos. It is so a pity. I read this website now for last years and I see what then his photos was more. And video too. (
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 2nd, 2016 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The new look

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 2nd, 2016 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: The new look/Matt, Payne photo

    Lol, Matt looks like he's some bizarre shaman performing an excorcism on Payne, what with his 'patch' coat and costume and bald head. Ha, ha, ha. that costume makes Matt look like a cube! He has exactly the same dimensions in every direction! So funny.
    From: fitzgerald17 Date: May 2nd, 2016 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The new look

    To me, it looks like a wig.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: May 3rd, 2016 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The new look

    Very odd looking. He looked alright in Elysium. When his peach fuzz was growing in he kinda looked cute.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 3rd, 2016 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The new look

    He looks the way he did in Eurotrip, sans earring. I approve!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 2nd, 2016 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Riz Ahmed talks about working in the Bourne movies:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 3rd, 2016 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: EW

    Another photo from NY outside the play (and Matt's old apartment):

    From: iri_na_00 Date: May 3rd, 2016 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    The new look

    I don't think it's a wig. I very much liked Matt in Elysium. But there he was slender. And now there are cheeks. He is similar to the alien :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 3rd, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New pics (with hair)

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: May 4th, 2016 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New pics (with hair)

    well that solves the odd shaped head dilemma. he was wearing a bald cap. whew!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 4th, 2016 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Toronto filming locations

    From: iri_na_00 Date: May 4th, 2016 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    New pics (with hair)

    That's good. I was afraid that he will be bald at Born's premieres. :)
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