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Shepherd, Ultimatum
  • Eric Roth, the screenwriter of The Good Shepherd, discussed the film in this Variety story. He won Best Screenwriter for the film at the recent Hollywood Film Festival, and only accepted in an attempt to promote the film. (The Awards are a known joke, as they essentially reward films that have yet to be released, or are the first contenders of the season and have little long-term merit.)

    "Tenacity is a good trait," says Roth, who has spent the last dozen years on "The Good Shepherd," which opens in December, directed by Robert De Niro.

    Begun with Francis Ford Coppola and attached at various times to Philip Kaufman and John Frankenheimer, "Good Shepherd" covers the beginnings of the CIA, from 1939 to 1961. "It's a combination of research and fiction, drama hopefully," says Roth.

    As for how the film changed from filmmaker to filmmaker, Roth admits, "I gotta be honest, it's changed very little except for length. It was too long, and we've had to fashion something that's not a five-hour movie. I think it's as real a CIA movie as has ever been done, but at its heart it's still a drama and still a family story, with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie as husband and wife and their relationship with their son."

  • Here's the plot of The Bourne Ultimatum from Universal's website.

    Matt Damon returns as the trained assassin Jason Bourne for the latest showdown in "The Bourne Ultimatum." In the follow-up to 2002's "The Bourne Identity" and 2004's "The Bourne Supremacy"--the smash hits that have earned over $500 million at the global box office--acclaimed director Paul Greengrass ("United 93," "The Bourne Supremacy") joins returning cast members Julia Stiles and Joan Allen and new additions David Strathairn and Paddy Considine.

    All he wanted was to disappear. Instead, Jason Bourne is now hunted by the people who made him what he is. Having lost his memory and the one person he loved, he is undeterred by the barrage of bullets and a new generation of highly-trained killers. Bourne has only one objective: to go back to the beginning and find out who he was.

    Now, in the new chapter of this espionage series, Bourne will hunt down his past in order to find a future. He must travel from Moscow, Paris, Madrid and London to Tangier and New York City as he continues his quest to find the real Jason Bourne--all the while trying to outmaneuver the scores of cops, federal officers and Interpol agents with him in their crosshairs.

    The Bourne Ultimatum will be shot in Morocco, Spain, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

  • For amusement only - there's a few rumors around that Matt will be a leading contender for People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive this year. Here's one speculative article.
  • 9 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 26th, 2006 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
    What a fabulous plot, sounds really exciting. Can't wait until it's released.

    Dumb question but what is the point of all these stupid sexiest man/woman/pet/whatever polls? I understand that they're a bit of fun for the mags doing them, but do people in the industry really take them seriously? MP
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 26th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
    It's essentially just an annual promotion for the magazine and free publicity for the hot star of the moment.

    The magazine's editor goes on a media blitz when it's announced, there's lots of speculation beforehand and usually disappointment or resentment afterwards. For the star, I think they have to agree to it, do a photoshoot and interview, and be stuck with the title forever. Certainly a profile-raiser though.

    The announcement will be in late November or early December.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 26th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)
    As to the other question, do people in the industry take it seriously? Of course not, it's fluff and everybody knows it's fluff.

    If anything, it can be detrimental to a star's career - it was just additional publicity that came on top of months of promotion and media attention when Jude Law and Ben won it. People were sick of them by the time they 'won' the title, and the extra press didn't help.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 26th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I don't think I'd want Matt to win "Sexiest Alive" because, as you said MattDamonColumn, the overhyping of a celebrity does nothing but hurt him/her. It doesn't confirm the celeb's talent, which is more important than having what People considers "sexiness".

    Then again, if he were to win I could shove the magazine in certain people's faces and say "I told you so!". :P
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 26th, 2006 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas for the next "Bourne" installment. This sounds right up Matt's alley. Glad to see Greengrass still aboard. I personally love his hand-held cam effects. Puts you right *there*.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 27th, 2006 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's Home


    Is Matt's home really like this?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 27th, 2006 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt's Home

    A 'smart home'? They're dropping his name, but it may have no basis.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 27th, 2006 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt's Home

    Matt can certainly afford a "smart home". And they have done extensive renovations on their home in Miami. There's no reason to think that he doesn't have a home like this.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 27th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt's Home

    My response was more that we've got no reason to care either way.
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