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O13, the future of the Bourne series, Chris Rock

  • Two other reports on the Bourne Ultimatum clips shown at ShoWest are at Latino Review and Cinematical:

    One of these reels was an extended action scene from The Bourne Ultimatum, and according to those who saw the footage, this sequel is going to be another great installment. The Latino Review describes the scene as a rooftop hand-to-hand fight sequence that once again sets the bar high. was also excited about the scene and says the third film "is sure to get your heart pumping."

  • Universal vice-chairman Marc Schmuger discussed the future of the Bourne movies in an interview at the Hollywood Reporter today:

    Schmuger: And this summer we're releasing the third Bourne movie, with Matt Damon returning as Jason Bourne and Paul Greengrass returning to direct. That's a property that proves you can have a franchise that is being executed with the most impeccable quality while serving the broadest popular taste. And we believe there are other Bournes to come--as we've worked on this one, it just feels like there are more places for the characters to go.

  • Matt mentioned it in the Telegraph interview months ago, but it is now confirmed that Ocean's Thirteen will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

    Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's Thirteen" will make its international bow at Cannes, screening out of competition.

    As ever, Cannes is keeping tight-lipped about its program for the 60th annual event, ahead of its official lineup announcement April 19.

    The studio and fest have yet to determine a date for the gala screening, with hopes that as many of the pic's lead actors -- George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Al Pacino, et al -- can attend.

  • Ocean's 13 producer Jerry Weintraub, awarded Producer of the year at ShoWest, has been talking up the film to the Hollywood Reporter (below) and the Desert Sun:

    "There's some great new things in this one; it's funnier than the other two. All the stuff that surrounds the 'Ocean's' films -- it's all about camaraderie and about us being together and eating together and no one coming with an entourage for their ego. (Brad) Pitt, (Matt) Damon, (George) Clooney -- they drive themselves to work or come on a motorcycle. We have breakfast together, and they get made up in the same trailer; nobody has a dresser. We're all buddies, and there is no ego thing -- it's just work."

    Weintraub said by telephone today his upcoming second sequel to "Ocean's Eleven" is "the best of the three by far."

  • Chris Rock keeps mentioning Matt in interviews for his new movie, in a somewhat strange context. In four separate interviews he refers to Matt as an actor who gets a great script and just shows up on set and repeats the lines, particularly in reference to the Bourne movies. Anyone with even a limited understanding of Matt's role in the series would know that's quite untrue - a few quotes from Chris:

    Palm Beach Post interview:

    "Hey, look, I'd rather be Matt Damon. Show up with a great script and just act," he says. "But no one thinks of me that highly. And nobody wants to write that thing for me. So here I am, doing it all."

    An interview for Good Morning America:

    "I mean I'd rather just be an actor. I'd rather be Matt Damon and show up with 'The Bourne Supremacy" script, go, 'All right. I'll just lift some weights and learn my lines." But it hasn't worked out like that for me, so I have to write and do all this other stuff just to get a job, Diane." interview

    Q: You have done everything, what do you want to do next?
    Chris Rock: I just want to work with some good people. I’m so self generated. It’s not like, I’d rather be Matt Damon in 'Hey, 'Bourne Supremacy,' when do we start?' I’m not sitting around writing movies cause y’know, cause I want to.
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