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LA Times "most super-powerful" list, Bourne DVD updates
  • Matt's on a new Los Angeles Times list of the "most super-powerful" celebrities. The introduction and Matt's listing (with the photo they selected for the story) is below (he's the ninth listing):

    Super-powered celebrities: Power lists are a dime-a-dozen in Hollywood, but who pays attention to the super-powered?

    Entertainment Weekly has one, Premiere magazine used to have one before it folded, even Newsweek got into the act this week by crowning Will Smith as the most powerful actor in Hollywood. Power lists are everywhere these days and the industry's soldiers pay quite a bit of their time jockeying for positions on them.

    But can't anyone with access to box office receipts figure out who's got the muscle? What about those other kinds of powers? What about super powers? In the spirit of this summer's coming superhero blockbusters, we submit our own list of Hollywood's most super-powerful.

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    Toughest: Matt Damon

    There's a difference between brute strength and toughness. The muscle guys got work in the '80s and early '90s. In the 2000s we like our screen heroes silent, but willing to take a few punches, even when it hurts a lot. Matt Damon doesn't say much because tough guys don’t have to. They don’t make a fuss. They stand there quietly -- and they smolder.

  • An update on upcoming Bourne films to be released on DVD from here:

    Now, 'The Bourne Identity' is at last ready to make its high-def debut on July 24, timed to help build buzz for the August 3 theatrical premiere of 'The Bourne Ultimatum,' the third entry in the smash spy series.

    The HD DVD of 'Bourne Identity' will also coincide with a standard-def special edition box set of the first two 'Bourne' movies, which will hit stores on the July 24.

    Universal has not yet divulged any specs for 'Bourne Identity' on HD DVD, but if their past history is any indication, we can expect it to be loaded with the same set of extras that graced the standard-def versions of the film.

  • Does anybody have any news, sightings, questions, anything??
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 6th, 2007 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
    Sorry Felicity - afraid I have nothing to report or questions etc! Everything has gone very quiet!
    What I would like to see on the the new DVD releases of the current Bourne movies is commentaries by Matt himself - so far we only have Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass. Matt was great on the Ocean's 11 commentary but his contributions on GWH were spoilt by Ben Affleck interupting all the time! So irritating - Matt would begin a story and you wanted to hear more and the Ben butts in!

    I have just received the DVD of TGS - I have a multi region player - but feel I cannot watch it again so soon as the film was only out over in the UK 6 weeks ago!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 6th, 2007 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
    Always good to hear from you Jan! Just so quiet for the moment, but things will certainly pick up with Cannes and the O13 promotion starting next month. But has Matt finished with Bourne, or will he continue filming back in the UK, where we know they're filming on Monday.

    I only saw TGS once in the cinema, because I thought it was coming out on DVD sooner. My copy is on its way...

    Has anyone else seen 'Brothers', the Danish movie Matt was rumored to be considering along with director Sam Raimi? I saw it this week and it's a fabulous movie. Matt would be great as the 'good' brother (Michael).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 6th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I saw Brothers about a year ago. It is a fabulous movie with fabulous acting. The American version will also take fabulous acting to pull it off.

    I have a question. Are Lucy and Isabella and Alexia still with Matt in New York and will they be going back to London with him?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 7th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
    Agreed on the acting in 'Brothers' - Connie Nielsen et al were fantastic.

    No idea where Matt is at the moment, and I don't know if he's expected back in London - he's not required for the one day of UK filming that was announced for 9 April.

    Lucy and Isabella have certainly been in NY, but Alexia was at school in Miami I think (although they've been flying regularly/weekly back there).
    From: sunnysanstar Date: April 7th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
    >Sorry Felicity - afraid I have nothing to report or questions etc! >Everything has gone very quiet!

    Ditto. But then again, the chances of me having Matt news before you are slim to none; I check your website daily for my dosage of Matt. Your my dealer, Felicity, I'm just a junkie. :D

    >Matt would begin a story and you wanted to hear more and the Ben butts in!

    Gotta disagree with you there. Ben makes every commentary he does worth listening to. I will say, however, that I was always disappointed Matt couldn't be there for the Dogma commentary, but even Ben filled in some of the 'funny' for him by saying, "Matt couldn't be here, but he wanted me to say 'the movie's...decent." It's two years away, but I hope a Dogma anniversary edition comes out with new commentary with Matt contributing this time around.

    >I have just received the DVD of TGS

    I bought the dvd tuesday, though I was torn about it. I want to support Matt by buying the dvd, but I don't want to support the ever present media entity that is Angelina Jolie. In the end, my love for Matt won out.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 7th, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Your last paragraph is exactly how I feel about buying the DVD also, I'll probably get it because I loved the film and am desperate to see it again. Hate the idea of supporting her lifestyle(although her role as his wife is the best I've seen her).

    I will comfort myself with the fact that her screen time is small. Marcia

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 7th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I wasn't particularly criticising Ben's comments, just that he kept butting in before Matt had finished speaking. Jan
    From: sunnysanstar Date: April 8th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)
    I didn't think you were. I just thought I'd throw in my two cents. People don't ask for it, but I like to throw it around anyway. :D
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 6th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)
    I've been enjoying a long break from work. With Passover and Easter so close my boss decided to close the office for the few working days in between.

    I've always wanted to know, how much time does it take to run this site; is it expensive, and where do you get such great scoops and information on my favourite actor?

    Have you ever met him?

    What would be your ideal role for Matt to play?

    I'm assuming Matt is spending time with his family over the Easter holidays, so that might be a reason why it's so quiet.

    Final question, does Australia follow the British or American Easter holiday system, I mean do you have a 3 or 4 day weekend?

    Enjoy the break, and thanks for the site. I'm back at work next Wednesday. Marcia

    PS, if you don't want to answer on here you can email me.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 6th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hi Marcia.

    On a quiet Good Friday evening, here are some answers (but the questions weren't meant to be about me!)

    1. The site takes as much time as I want it to. You can either do the news searches once a day and it could all be done in 20 minutes. Or you could spend any amount of time looking at every search engine, very regularly, do random searches or specific searches. Lots of looking for stories, trying to find leads, etc. It's an enjoyable research project, basically. Cost - a livejournal fee, magazines, clippings, etc. Not that much. It's a lot cheaper than my previous fan-based activity (following a sports team around the country).

    2. Never met Matt, and seen him in person only once, at the Ripley premiere in London in 2000.

    3. Ideal role - something commercial to surprise an audience. A great romantic comedy or screwball role, but it probably won't happen. Matt says that he doesn't see himself as a romantic leading man, and it would take an amazing script and director to make him feel comfortable enough to play this role. But I definitely wouldn't want him to do a Kate Hudson/Wilson brother/Vaughn/McConaughey type of movie.

    4. It's been really quiet for months, so it's not just now that it's quiet. He's been filming in NY for about three months, but there's been just two published sightings away from the set.

    5. We have a four day weekend, with holidays on Friday and Monday. Gotta love it. Don't know what other countries have though.

    Thanks for the questions!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 6th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for answering. You've answered most of my Matt related questions over the time I've been visiting your site.

    One of the things I like about Matt is that he shows it is possible to live under the radar and have a relatively normal existence even as a major Hollywood star.

    I would love to see him in a romantic comedy too! It's a played out genre that desperately needs revitalising. Maybe one day a film will come along that will give this tired genre a new lease of life like the Bourne movies did for the action movie. It would be great if Matt could be involved, he's defintely good enough to bring it off. Anyway, I guess there'll be lots of news when Oceans 13 is premiered at Cannes next month. Marcia

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 6th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    A romantic comedy would be great, or even just some sort of love story I think. I'd love to see him opposite a beautiful yet not stereotypical actress, like scarlett johansson. Even though she's a lot younger then him I think that would make for an interesting combination.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 6th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I,,personally, don't think Scarlett Johansson is a very good actress. I thought she was OK in Lost in Translation but I haven't thought she was very good at all in anything else I've seen her in. I would like to see him with Reese Witherspoon and I would have loved to have seen him with Kate Winslet. I'm sorry that one didn't work out for whatever reason.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 7th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
    i would also like to see Matt do some type of a romantic movie, it doesn't necessarily have to be a comedy. as long as its not something cheesy and common. i would like to see him work with rachel mcadams bc she is in her upper twenties and i think she is a very good actress. i think they would have good chemistry and it would be a unique pairing. I am not really a big fan of scarlett johansson either, i cant stand some of her facial expressions.

    From: jeff_in_utah Date: April 7th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
    As far as a news item or a sighting, I got nuthin', but there's been so much news for so long that it's kind of nice it's slowed down just a bit recently -- it certainly has been a busy and exciting year for Matt!

    I'm not familiar with 'Brothers,' but it sounds good -- I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the tip!

    And I agree with the rest of you, it would be great to see a romantic comedy worthy enough for Matt to take one of the lead roles. Apart from that, I can't say at the moment that I have a particular role in mind that I'd really like to see him do, but there are some people he hasn't worked with yet that I'd love to see him do a project with -- some of the first to come to mind are Jodie Foster, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Laura Linney, Quentin Tarantino, Todd Haynes, Paul Thomas Anderson, Stephen Frears, Clint Eastwood, Pedro Almodovar, Terrence Malick, and you bet, Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes, and yeah, Rachel McAdams, too (I agree, they could make a really cute couple!). And there are others Matt has already worked with that I'd love to see him work with again, like Spielberg, Scorsese, Coppola, De Niro, Gus Van Sant, Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Robert Duvall, Philip Seymour Hoffman -- really, there are so many, this could be a very long list!

    As for Matt news items I'm watching for, I'm hoping that sometime soon Frank Marshall's production company will announce a round of charity fundraising premiere screenings of the third Bourne movie like they did for the first two. Going to the Boise, Idaho benefit screening of TBS in 2004, which is only a five-hour drive away, was a thrill, since I not only got to see the movie shortly before its wide release, but it's also the only time I've ever seen Matt in person, which was really gratifying and fun. I'd love to be able to do it again this summer, if they're planning on returning to Boise, and if they do, who knows? Maybe this time I'll get to shake his hand or take a picture with him. :-)

    Thanks again for all your efforts in gathering the Matt news for us, Felicity, and for making this such a fun, informative site. And enjoy your long Easter weekend!

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 7th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    I love your list of who you'd like to see Matt work with! I agree.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 8th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
    Yep, great post Jeff, and I love the director/actor list, but I'd probably leave out Tarantino. :-)

    As for Matt's own list, he's said before he wants to work with both Andersons (Paul Thomas and Wes), Peter Weir, the Coen brothers etc. I'd love Matt to work with a female director (Jane Campion, Mira Nair maybe), and certainly Weir.

    And I think it's a pretty good chance they will be going back to Boise - didn't everyone say it was one of the favourite spots of the whole tour (apart from Australia, of course).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'd leave Tarantino off the list, too.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: April 8th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks, and Peter Weir? Absolutely! I'd put him near the top of my own list. I'd forgotten that Matt had mentioned him as one of the directors he'd most like to work with -- he's one of my favorites, too.

    You're also right about a female director, and Campion and Nair are right up there. Excellent call.

    I'm hoping chances are strong for a TBU premiere in Boise, because I believe Frank Marshall is good friends with people at the Boise Contemporary Theater, which is the organization that benefitted from the events previously. I've got my fingers crossed for that -- and for a return trip to Australia for you, too, of course!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 7th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hi Felicity and the rest of you who post comments on here,

    Happy Eastern to everyone!

    I know I don't post here often, but I wanted to let you all know that I'm very happy to see that I'm not his only supporter. He told me to thank everyone who supported him as much as I do, although he doesn't understand why we love him, and not someone like Brad Pitt.
    I don't know him personally, but I've met him twice when he was in Amsterdam filming O'12. The second time we had lunch, don't ask me how that happened, I cannot even believe that myself, that was when he told me to thank everyone. I don't want to go into details about the lunch, because to me it's a personal memory to hold onto in hard times, but I can say we had alot of laughs.
    I also saw him coming into the venue with deNiro at the premiere of TGS in Berlin, I had tickets for that, sadly I was sitting too far away to say hi to him. Anyway I loved the movie to pieces and my respect for deNiro even grew more.
    As for TBU, I'm planning to go to the premiere of that, but I'm not sure if I still have holidays then.

    For the people that don't know me: Hi, my name is Pauline, 19 years old, living on my own in the Netherlands, studying webdesign, and I love to play with my dogs, write, laugh, reading books and travel. If there's a premiere in the country where I'm celebrating my holidays, why not go there right?!

    I also have great respect for John Cusack, Joshua Jackson and Ryan Gosling, they all have something in common with Matt and that is that they're so down to earth. I love that!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 7th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I clicked on Post Comment instead of Preview. Sorry. I just wanted to thank you Felicity for making this site a great way to meet other Matt fans. I feel like I'm the only one in my country. So thank you.

    hugs Pauline.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 7th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hi Pauline, and thanks for writing. If you do get to a premiere, we'd love to hear about it, but he may yet come to your part of the world as part of the Bourne promotional world tour.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2007 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)
    What a lovely story Pauline, thanks for sharing it. I've never been keen on Brad Pitt, either as a person or an actor(and this is nothing to do with his marriage breakup, I didn't like him before he split with Jen), he just lacks depth in any role I've seen him in IMO, and every time I open a paper or a magazine recently he's staring out at me flogging expensive watches.

    I really hope Matt doesn't go the same route. I would lose a lot of respect for him if I saw him trying to sell me something I don't want and can't afford. Martcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The only movie where I like Brad Pitt in is, Meet Joe Black. cause he plays the death showing no emotions, that role just suited him as an actor. But I'm not going to judge his personality, that doesn't feel good to me.

    I guess the only thing Matt did an spot for was Heineken, heck I don't even like beer!

    Matt has said many times that he wouldn't give permission to make people in the game world use his voice. But we'll never know if he is going to sell anything else later, let's hope not. The thought of it is just odd.

    He did gave an interview back in 1998 about a charity he supports (don't know if he still does) It was about helping kids who had an alcoholic parent. I just cried my eyes out when I saw that interview.

    Hope ya'll have had a nice easter if I don't get in touch with you sooner.

    Hugs, Pauline.
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