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Ultimatum to film in Berlin
  • The Bourne Ultimatum will be filming in the Berlin city centre from late January - details here.

  • A few more details on Ultimatum are at Anne Thompson's Risky Biz blog:

    I was trying to get director Paul Greengrass to tell me more about The Bourne Ultimatum, which he's been shooting in Europe. He admitted that action was important: he felt the need to top his last Bourne sequel in that sense. OK, and? I understand that Matt Damon has a fierce young nemesis. There's more of Julia Stiles this time. And contrary to some speculation, Bourne will survive to star in another sequel.

  • The Departed did not win Best Picture - Drama at the Golden Globes, but Martin Scorsese did win for Best Director. In his acceptance speech Scorsese correctly credited each actor in actor, including "Matt Damon, great actor."
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
    One thing I've never understood and would love an answer to is how can a director win an award for best director but the film he's directed not win best picture. It doesn't seem logical to me. I would also like to know who won best actor (really hoping it wasn't Di Caprio I don't dislike him, I just think he's a good actor not a great one and really shouldn't be rewarded for his only competent acting in Blood Diamond). The coverage here this morning has concentrated solely on the British winners.

    Even though Matt hasn't been nominated for any of the major awards for the Departed or the Good Shepherd he should be proud of the amazing work he's put into those films. Time will tell as they say and I think his work in both those films will last and be viewed as classics in years to come long after the popular winners are forgotten. That's just my opinion. MP
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 16th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm still waiting for the awards to air here, but watching the pre-show inanities certainly makes you care a lot less for just about everybody.

    I'm pleased with the losses, but amazed at the Best Drama winner (who knew that people actually cared for it).

    Scorsese mentioned Matt in his speech and praised his acting, but I'm waiting to get the exact quote.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)
    'I'm still waiting for the awards to air here, but watching the pre-show inanities certainly makes you care a lot less for just about everybody.'

    Totally agree. I haven't watched an awards show for years for this very reason. MP
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2007 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)
    Don't worry - Caprio Kid didn't win - it was Forest Whitaker. Congratulations to Martin Scorsese! Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2007 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
    So glad! The reviews I've read for the Last King of Scotland have been glowing and Forest Whitaker much praised I'm really looking forward to seeing it. MP

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 16th, 2007 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
    Cameron Diaz really messed up introducing 'The Departed'. She put Mark Wahlberg before Matt in the credits list (that's a serious contractual issue, especially at such a major event), and she called 'Infernal Affairs' incorrectly 'Internal Affairs'. Wow.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 16th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Forest Whitaker's speech was great, and he actually seemed genuine (a big change from most of the others). I liked that he thanked other cast members, whereas most do a Clooney and think they're the only actor in the film.
    From: sunnysanstar Date: January 16th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm sure it wasn't Cameron Diaz's mistake--she, like all the other presenters, was probably reading off a screen. Even the Infernal Affairs thing could have been a typo, though chances are that was probably her goof.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 17th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)
    I suppose we're lucky that she didn't call it "The Deported". Can't believe that she put Marky Mark first. Wow is right.

    From: jazchu Date: January 16th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hola a todos!!!! Me parecio que The Departed fue la mejor pelicula y merecia ganar pero bueno que le vamos a hacer.
    Me gustaria que Matt fuese nominado al Oscar por The Good Shepherd sera posible?? Se sabe algo de las nominaciones al Oscar?
    Cuando terminan THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM estoy ansiosa por verla..

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 17th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Prequel and Sequel news for Departed?

    Hi - thanks so much for the updates. Great to hear news about "Bourne Ultimatum". Saw the following article quoting Mark Walberg about the potential for a prequel and sequel for "The Departed". Just a rumor at this point. Take care, Cheyrl

    Here's the URL and text: http://movies.go.com/tipster?id=870482 -- Mark Wahlberg lost out on the Golden Globe this week, but he may get something better out of his role in The Departed — another job. Wahlberg tells MTV News that Martin Scorsese is planning a possible sequel — and a prequel — to the mobster drama. "We may do another one, because it's based on a Hong Kong film (Infernal Affairs), and there is a trilogy," Wahlberg says. Wahlberg also says Scorsese is lining up some heavyweights to join him, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio, in the potential project. "They're talking to Robert De Niro and a couple of other people," he says. "Anybody who is anybody wants to work with Marty." … Meanwhile, though The Departed is feeling much love in the U.S. this awards season, it's not such a hit in China. In fact, Chinese government officials have announced that it won't see theaters there because of a plot point that mentions a Chinese plan to buy military equipment. Illegal DVD copies of the movie, of course, are readily available in the country's rampant pirated-films market.
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