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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.
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