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Bourne filming
  • Details about Bourne Ultimatum filming in Seaport here.

    Universal Pictures made a presentation to Community Board 1’s Seaport/Civic Center Committee last week on upcoming shooting for the film “The Bourne Ultimatum,” starring Damon and Julia Stiles, who grew up in Soho.

    Lauri Pitkus, a Universal project director, said that the movie will take over parts of South and Dover Sts. and Peck Slip to film a car chase scene from March 17-18, St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The film crew will be on location from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, Pitkus said, and will set up the night before.

  • Another Gawker sighting here.

  • An article on Francis Ford Coppola's latest projects at EW, which confirms Matt's cameo in Youth Without Youth will (still) be uncredited:

    Now, just as unexpectedly, he's roaring back, with a pair of movies he's writing, directing, and financing himself. He just finished editing Youth Without Youth, a philosophical time-travel romance starring Tim Roth and, in an uncredited cameo, Matt Damon. He hopes to shoot his next film, an immigrant saga called Tetro, this fall. In a revealing chat, the 67-year-old discusses his burst of creativity, a desire to go amateur, and the misunderstood work of his new mentor: Sofia Coppola.

  • Here's a blast from the past - from Jack Thomas of the Boston Globe on 26 July 1990:

    Remember the name Matt Damon. If he doesn't become a movie star, my name is Robert Redford.

    Damon is 19. He's handsome. He studied drama under Gerry Speca at Cambridge Rindge &Latin and he's majoring in drama at Harvard, where he studies under David Wheeler, director of works on and off Broadway and at the Trinity and ART.

    Damon appeared this week in a prime role opposite Brian Dennehy and Piper Laurie in the TNT cable network movie "Rising Son," and his performance was judged by the New York Times to be perfectly on target.

    His most dramatic performance, recalls his father, Kent Damon, president of Beacon Hill Capital, was turned in when Matt was 4 years old. Assuming for himself the role of Superman, young Damon tied a towel around his neck to simulate a cape, climbed to the top of a jungle gym at a playground in Newton and then leaped off, breaking his ankle.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2007 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
    I think I can recall the film Rising Son - one of those films that are transmitted on a weekday afternoon and you only catch it if you are sick. I periodically check the various DVD websites to see if it is available. No luck so far. Where did you find that story Felicity!

    Reviews of TGS in the UK press are basically not good. Though Matt has been received positively and even when they are criticising his character they don't blame him - rather de Niro.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yep agree with you Jan about the reviews for TGS. They are not looking good, but Matt has been recieved Good and they are not blaming him - they do blame like said 'rather deniro'.
    I read this morning out of a magazine... all positve for Matt in a way and not criticising him (I've read good things about Matt - even if the film for them is not great)...then got to De Niro they said 'Robert De Niro proves his directing skills don't match his acting' <---- which personally i thought was a load of Crap! Seeing as i thought the film was Excellent! Thought Matt Was outstanding aswell as Jolie...and De Niro did all good.
    But i just read them, and don't pay much attention to them, beause everyone has different opinions - and sometimes (most of the time) they chat rubbish!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Ohhh sorry forgot to say, that post was by me ~Cass (Apoligize forgot to name myself)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I own Rising Son on VHS. I got it on EBay. I don't think its available on DVD.
    From: sunnysanstar Date: February 24th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That's where I got a copy too. God bless eBay, lol.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 26th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
    I've had short-term access to a (paid) search engine and found lots of great old stories - will post more of them shortly. I've still go no internet access at home which is making things difficult.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: February 26th, 2007 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
    That 17-year-old story from the Boston Globe was fantastic -- great find, and thanks for posting it, Felicity!

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
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