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Berlinale, Departed sequel
  • More photos of Matt on the set of The Bourne Ultimatum in Berlin are at PopSugar. A report on the filming is here.

  • The Good Shepherd will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday 10 February, with additional screenings scheduled for 11 February. Details in the official program.

  • The Departed screenwriter William Monahan is interested in writing a sequel for the film - details at Variety.

  • Smokin' Aces director Joe Carnahan mentions Matt in an interview at EW.

    You've said Smokin' Aces was a reaction to your experience with Mission: Impossible III, which you've described as ''artistically suffocating'' — can you expand on that?
    I had this very same conversation with Matt Damon. I [told him] my real goal was to take the piss out of the Bourne series, because I think it's so exceptional. So I thought, yeah, we're going to take a crack at MI:III. And I think we gave it a really great run. Danny Gilroy and I wrote what I thought was the best version of MI:III. But the more we put out there, the less that came back. We just weren't being allowed to work with all of our tools. It's like starting a boxing match when you're all ready to go, and by round six you're down to your left hand and you're bleeding heavily and bruised and swollen. That's how it felt.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 31st, 2007 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)
    February's Sky magazine has an A5 pullout promoting the Oscars next month sponsored by Total Film. It's got a page devoted to the Good Shepherd. There's a small blurb about the film with nothing new, but there's also a lovely picture of Matt and Angelina from the film, I don't recall seeing this still anywhere else. They're in profile and he's looking down at her with his hands touching the sides of her arms. She's looking down and looks as if she's about to start crying. I've never seen her looking so soft or feminine before, she looks like a real flesh and blood woman, (IMO she tends to look hard when photographed). I thought it was ironic that something promoting the Oscar nominated films would feature the one film that has no Oscar buzz at all.

    Thank you for pinning the release date for Bourne, my must see movie of this year. MP
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 31st, 2007 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)
    I've got the March 2007 issue of Total Film now, and as Jan said there's a lot of Matt and Good Shepherd content there too (but not that photo you're describing). Perhaps they had high hopes for the film and wanted to promote it, but their review was only 3/5.
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