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Considine joins Ultimatum
  • Actor Paddy Considine ("In America") has joined the cast of The Bourne Ultimatum - details at The Hollywood Reporter.

    Paddy Considine has joined the cast of "The Bourne Ultimatum," the third instalment of the hit action series starring Matt Damon. Filming is under way in European and African locales.

    The story centres on assassin Jason Bourne (Damon) uncovering mysteries of his past, which puts him in the crosshairs of killers. Considine will play a London journalist who is tracking a former CIA director.

  • Brief video footage of Matt, Lucy and agent Patrick Whitesell leaving the premiere of The Departed is at Lulop.com.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Departed screening

    Did you go to see TD yesterday? I am sure you liked it. But I'ld like to hear your criticism about TD, MATT, Leo etc etc :-)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2006 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Departed screening

    Thanks - I saw it at a preview on Wednesday.

    My first viewing of a Matt film I've been following for years is usually somewhat negative. I've been monitoring this film since Matt was attached (the day of the Bourne Supremacy opening in July 2004). And I've read by this stage hundreds of reviews, seen the source movie, read every interview, know most of the good quotes and know every plot twist etc. And when I'm watching the film I'm looking at the extras and the plot locations, remembering the photos from on location etc and not caring too much about the story.

    I'm also waiting for the scenes I've read about and not caring about the linear storyline. I'm usually only surprised by few scenes with Matt (that I don't know anything about before) as I know something about the rest of them. And for other films (like Syriana and Ripley) I've read the entire script beforehand.

    My response is hugely tainted by all of the above. So I thought it was OK but not great, the language OTT and unnecessary, but the script and performances pretty good. I thought Jack Nicholson should have been cut/restrained a lot more, but loved the Boston connections and language. I'll watch it again tomorrow to get a better impression.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2006 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Departed screening

    Thanks for the reply. I've been checking your site regularly ever since I've posted the request.

    I like reading your comments because they are always honest and unbiased.

    Do you believe that if Marty had given Matt's role in TD a bit more layers and had developed it with a little more emotions then it’ld have been better? After you see it again tell us how you liked Matt's take on this role? Do you think he'll be a serious contender for the supporting actor category? There are many critics who've said that he deserves one.

    Can you kindly give me some idea of what you've read or heard about his performance in The Good Shepherd? Now that TD has been a very successful project for Matt and others as well, I am eagerly waiting for TGS.

    I am gonna make another request to you --- if its not too much could you please tell me what you think about his performance in Syriana, Talented Mr. Ripley, GWH and of course the Bourne franchise. Take your time, I am in no hurry J

    As for TBUltimatum, why are they casting actors in the middle of the shooting? They had 2 yrs in hand, it is a very hit franchise, and even after that why haven’t they chosen the cast before?

    Is there any award-smelling movie that he is in talks with or attached (not-publicly) with? ;-)

    Thanks for the video link. Another lady with Matt and Lucy must be her sister. She looks a lot like Lucy and I think I saw her in the Splash video on your site (she was carrying Isabella). Matt is always soo chatty with his fans. What was that guy telling Matt while he was signing the autographs? Neither Matt nor I could understand what he meant. What happened to the film about those 2 lawyers that BATT were going to star? And what happened to Informant? I heard about it years ago and still no news.

    Thanks again. Appreciate all the hard work you do to run this awesome site.

    PS:- Dying to see a pic of Isabella and Violet playing together.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Departed screening

    Where to start?! I'll try to answer some of the easy ones first.

    But obviously, I have no special information and am just a fan who is well-informed on information that is publicly available - thus proceed on that basis.

    I doubt Matt will even be considered in the Supporting Actor or Lead Actor category. There's way too many other contenders in either category and it wasn't a showy enough role. I'm sure it was written that way, and Leo got the better or more striking role. That doesn't matter now - they both got good notices but people react more strongly to Leo (partly the surprise factor as nobody expected him to be that good, and Matt's expected to do solid work).

    If there's any acting noms for this movie it will probably go to Jack, and Leo's a contender for his other role in Blood Diamond, depending on how it fares critically and commercially. As is Matt, of course, for TGS - his good reviews in The Departed will only assist with any positive reviews he gets for the later film.

    There were re-shoots for TD only a few months ago, potentially to add additional shades or characterisation to Colin. We can only guess what these late or reworked scenes could be. Colin was meant to be a fairly simply drawn nice guy playing bad guy, and Matt added a few extra elements to the character. I suspect the final role was a fair bit stronger and more complex than originally written.

    (continued in another post)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Departed screening

    The Good Shepherd is still being added to and re-edited. Nobody knows what it's going to be like at the moment, although early reviews call his character very bland and overshadowed by the performances of the character actors. Other reviews said he was brilliant and completely inhabited the character. The movie's already been written off in most Oscar predictions and could possibly surprise everyone. Too early to tell.

    Don't know why they are still announcing casting decisions for Bourne, but it could be a planned strategy. Every time they announce a new casting choice they're giving more details about the film (and a new co-writer strangely enough). Actors previously chosen could have fallen through, or negotiations just finalised and a drip down approach to casting attempted. It just amazes me that nobody asked Matt the right question during the whole Departed press junket (at least that I saw) - what's the status of Bourne Ultimatum, and what do you think of the script.

    The story in the Hollywood Reporter of the potential casting of Garcia Bernal was very poorly done, but the paper could have been looking for the scoop and went against the wishes of the producers. The studio has yet to issue a press release announcing the start of filming and the full cast, but will presumably do so once the cast is finalised. It could be a slow publicity build, and anyway the casting decisions are superb, so I've got no complaints. I'm sure also that these actors aren't required on set yet, so it's not delaying the production.

    Look at the photos of Matt, Paul Greengrass and Frank Marshall on set (pics with a Tangier fan) - nobody's looking upset or distressed at the state of the film:

    The only possible project that may come up again is the Kenneth Lonergan play in New York (Matt would play a country singer). He auditioned for it, was great, but chose not to proceed (and the play has yet to be staged). Otherwise, there have been no casting decisions in the week of the Departed's opening (which is usually when they're timed to get maximum impact), so I think there's nothing in the works (maybe Clooney's Leatherheads?) Next will be time out with family to write a project and then direct it. An obvious step and a timely one - allows more time with family in a settled location without significant travel.

    I'm presuming the lady with Lucy is her sister (she has two). The paparazzi guy wanted Matt to say something in his own language, and Matt asked what it was before saying it.

    No idea what's happened to the lawyer project with Ben, but when it was announced it was never a settled upcoming film, only a potential project for LivePlanet starring them both, I suspect. It will be put on the backburner til both of them have time to take on the project around other commitments (as it won't hold too much appeal for either apart from working with each other again). They would have no creative control if neither directs (and if they were to direct, they would likely choose a more personal or interesting project).

    The Informant was set to go after The Departed, but Matt got the offer to do Good Shepherd instead, and Soderbergh agreed to delay the Informant. Now Section Eight (Clooney/Soderbergh company) has disbanded and the project has no start date and does not appear to be active. It may be picked up by another company, but it's a shelved project at this time. Cards just never fell in place.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Departed screening

    O yes. Nobody asked Matt about the status of TBU in the press interviews. Have you read the final script? What do you think?

    Thanks for the link. Matt looks great. Sima is also very attractive. Lucky girl. Didn’t understand a single word though. In what language is it written?

    Another play with Kenneth Lonergan!!! That’s very good news. When This Is Our Youth was playing I didn’t read a single review (Only heard that it was done very well).

    “Clooney's Leatherheads?” Well, that wont be a surprise. It’ll be fun again to read those naughty comments they’re gonna make about each other.

    Yes, he needs to write one. He wants to. He has said this so many times. Its been years he hasn’t written anything. He has always said that he’ll direct only what he has written.

    Thanks for all the info. Appreciate it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Departed screening

    I have no access to anything, and certainly haven't seen the Ultimatum script.

    The blog's in French, but there's a lot of colloquialisms. I think it says that Bourne's filming in Tangier until 17 October before it moves to Spain.

    The Lonergan project may never come up again, but Matt's now done a few projects with Lonergan and says he wants to do more plays. This sounded a great match. The reviews for This is our youth were mostly very positive, and they're all summarised in the archives of the fortunecity website.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Departed screening

    Thank You. I'll search the fortunecity website for the reviews.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Departed screening

    Wow!!! Just Wow!!! I adore you. Wasn’t expecting your reply soo soon. Thanks.

    Yes Blood Diamond did have some good reviews after the initial test screening. I hope Matt gets enough good reviews to grab a nomination for TGS. Winning is not important but being chosen as a serious contender with other heavy weights is far more respectable.
    From: sunnysanstar Date: October 14th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Departed screening

    >So I thought it was OK but not great

    [claps] Thank you! I'm so sick of hearing about how great this movie is. I saw it the night it premiered, and it took all my will power not to laugh out loud and ruin the "dramatic" moments. Scorsese has lost his touch. The man will never return to the days of Goodfellas, although he's clearly nostalgic for them. The writing was horrendous (you could fall and break your leg in the holes), the editing was absurd, the music choices cheesy at best, and most of the drama felt forced. I was really disappointed because I had high hopes for it. The superb acting of Matt and Alec Baldwin were the highlights (God bless Baldwin, unlike almost everyone else, was *purposely* funny). How this movie has been labeled a hit and The Brothers Grimm a bomb, I will never know.

    Rant over and out! :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's interview

    An interview with Matt

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