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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. IESB.net 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."

    Moviesonline.ca 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.
  • 21 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 15th, 2007 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm trying to figure out those Chris Rock quotes. I have mixed opinions on the gent after watching a red carpet event where he humiliated his wife live on camera. He's not known for his diplomacy as shown when he was the Oscar host. Perhaps a bit of envy that he's not in high demand as an "A Lister"? Matt's name may be the one that springs to his lips being as they were both in "Dogma" and Matt has the only cast member that has gone far since then.

    We that follow Matt know the dedication and preparation that he puts into his roles.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 15th, 2007 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
    Matt goes from one project to the next with little time in between and also spends a great deal of time traveling to promote his films. On the surface it seems that he does not spend a great deal of time in preparation. He filmed Margaret at the same time he was filming I think The Good Shepherd. I think I understand what Chris Rock is saying. And when is the last time that Matt wrote anything?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 15th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
    OK, let's bring up the old arguments...

    Margaret was a minor supporting role for a friend requiring no preparation.

    Matt promotes the films as he is required to do, and quite a few recently have just got the three day press junket and a premiere. It's only the Bourne and Ocean movies that have been extensively promoted (partly because he wasn't filming at the time).

    He wrote to get acting jobs, and he's now acting (first love over everything else).

    Of all the people to potentially target for taking jobs and not thinking about the script, or having any involvement with the script, or active participation in the role, I think Rock's picked the wrong guy.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 15th, 2007 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    On the lack of follow-up writing projects

    I don't think Matt's ever considered himself a writer, no matter what others, such as Chris Moore or Academy voters, would claim.

    He has always talked about how hard it is to be a writer and look at a blinking cursor, and only talked about the process of writing GWH as being fun and enjoyable because he was working on it with Ben as a shared exercise. I don't think he sees any real pleasure in working on a solo writing project because it's not a collaborative experience.

    This could be one explanation why any talk of solo writing projects keeps being overtaken by movie projects, which are far more collaborative, and usually with friends. And probably a lack of confidence also.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 15th, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Appearances can be deceptive. It is perfectly possible to prepare for one role whilst filming another - just imagine all that time Matt will have waiting around for a scene to be set-up, particularly with the Bourne movies - I can just imagine him sitting in his trailer swotting up on whatever role is next and nobody can deny how well Matt prepares physically for roles. Also, from what I remember, there was a gap of quite a few months between finishing Syriana and embarking on The Departed and The Good Shepherd. And having already made two each of Bourne and Ocean's, he probably easily gets into the mind-set of Jason and Linus. And like Felicity says, the junkets can be limited for most of his films and it is only really the Bourne and Ocean's movies that take up a lot of time.

    Speculation on my part! Matt's a bright guy and Chris Rock obviously speaks before he thinks.

    hefreak From: hefreak Date: March 15th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Chris Rock said basically the same thing on Jay Leno Tuesday night as he did on Good Morning America. I didn't think he was serious, I just kinda took it as a joke.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 15th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Exactly, Chris Rock is a comedian. Matt is an easy target because he does so many projects. It would be very easy to use him in a joke about just going to the set and saying your lines. It does look like that on the surface if you don't know anything about Matt Damon.

    I think it's the same kind of joke that he used about Jude Law the year Chris Rock hosted the Oscars. Jude was an easy target because he had 6 movies to come out in about 4 months time. And no one can say that Jude Law is not a good actor.

    Come on, everyone, lighten up. Don't take everything so seriously about Matt Damon. I'm sure Matt is laughing.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 15th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Glad I wasn't the only one who assumed he was joking. Gets him a few column inches as well.

    I read a recent interview with Ed Norton (not for his current movie), who said that an actor may be on a set for 18 hours a day but the time they spend actually filming may only be 3 or 4 hours during that time. Leaves them plenty of time to do other things. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 15th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I was really commenting on an earlier anonymous poster who was speculating that Matt spends little time in preparation. Just trying to re-dress the balance on that one.

    Chris Rock is a comedian yes - though he is sounding like a broken record if he is mentioning Matt in several interviews. Suspect Matt would not really care what he said. But I think the Jude Law joke was inappropriate. I can't remember who it was at the Oscars, but I believe that a particular actor turned the joke back on Chris Rock. Was it Sean Penn? Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 15th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Regardless of whether you think it is funny, that is Chris Rock's intent, even with Jude Law. He did seem to go over the line and offend some people like Sean Penn who as far as I can see has no sense of humor whatever. I, for one, do see the humor.

    Tell me how you know that Matt spends a lot of time in preparation for a role. What evidence do you have?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 15th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I don't think I did say that I 'knew' anything. My first post was speculating as I mentioned. The only statement I think I made was that it seems obvious that he prepares physically - just look at him! And all those photographs of him jogging. Incidentally, I am no teeny-bop fan!! Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 15th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yes I remember the 'joke'. I thought it was tasteless, but some people like that sort of thing and you're right about Sean Penn he did make Chris Rock look small and mean-spirited.

    I just decided to ignore that post. Anyone who reads this column regularly will know how hard Matt works. Marcia

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 15th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yes, please ignore this poster. BM likes to ignore all the evidence and bait people, although we're free to delete the posts here.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 15th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Chris Rock

    After reading those quotes, it really doesn't seem to me like Chris is slamming Matt...but praising him in a roundabout way. He's saying that Matt is in a place in his career where people just give him good scripts and he doesn't have to work so hard for it anymore. Chris is still having to write good scripts because he is not where Matt is now.

    Also, somewhere back...I remember Chris Rock said that he was a huge fan of the "Bourne" series. So I think that he is really praising Matt and comparing their two careers as only Chris Rock can!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 15th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Chris Rock

    I agree with you totally. There are very, very few actors in the same place Matt Damon is careerwise.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 15th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Chris Rock

    Also on Chris - I wasn't going to post this yesterday, but as Gawker linked it today:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 28th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    First look at the Bourne Ultimatum Trailer

    Very exciting news - the first trailer for Bourne Ultimatum is live on Yahoo!

    Check it out! http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/features/bourne-ultimatum.html
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