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New Ultimatum trailer, Hawaii pics, Empire magazine
  • Photos of Matt, Lucy, Ben and Jennifer surfing on Friday are at PopSugar.

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  • A new trailer for Bourne Ultimatum is at Apple trailers. Universal showed some clips from Ultimatum at the Cinema Expo in Amsterdam this week.

    In the morning, Universal Pictures Intl.'s first Cinema Expo presentation since the break-up of UIP went down a storm with Expo delegates.

    Sneaks of "The Bourne Ultimatum" drew predictable interest. UPI flagged up the box office potential of the latest installment in the franchise, which has banked more than $500 million worldwide.

  • A new US poster for Bourne Ultimatum is available from Cinematical:

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  • Runner Charlie Engle is supporting one.org, and visited the office headquarters this week:

    Charlie has been an incredible advocate for ONE, and with the coming sure-to-be-spectacular Running the Sahara documentary—which chronicles this unprecedented expedition of pure endurance and will power. We are honored to work with and support Charlie, whom ONE’s President and CEO Susan McCue called a "hero in the sports world, and also a hero in the global poverty world."

  • Update: Matt is on the cover of the August 2007 issue of Empire magazine (UK). Here's the introductory text, but if anyone can scan the article that would be great.

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    Matt Damon: Undercover superstar
    He's the A-lister who the paps don't bother. He's an actor who's never let celebrity swamp his talent, who's never sold out. But how's Matt Damon looking forward to a life without Bourne?
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    the_grynne From: the_grynne Date: June 30th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
    Love the new trailer!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 30th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)
    The trailer is amazing! I have the new edition of Empire, unfortunately I don't have a scanner. There is an article about the film and an interview with Matt plus the most amazing photograph. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 30th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)
    Any good bits in the interview with Matt?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 30th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
    The usual stuff that Brad and George get more attention, that he's still a nice guy, better actor than Ben, changed man since Isabella was born. Nothing new actually. There is such a gorgeous picture. I might actually try taking a photo of it and email it to you - though hoping that someone can scan so everyone can get a decent look!
    The article about the film is more interesting
    - they re-shot the scene from Bourne Supremacy again at Pinewood studios - didn't use the original footage
    - they filmed Bourne's meeting with David Strathairn four different ways
    - Albert Finney plays the man who inducted and trained Bourne

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 30th, 2007 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the details Jan. They've obviously gone to such effort to make the film as good as it can be, and as an observer I just want it to work out well for the film-makers (cast and crew). We'll know soon enough, and test screening reports will probably surface soon.

    I'm guessing the press junket will be on the weekend of 20 July in LA.
    From: sunnysanstar Date: July 1st, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Albert Finney, eh? Great, now I've got a picture in my head of Daddy Warbucks teaching Jason in a glorious mansion setting. lol
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 30th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    "Life Without Bourne"

    Anyone taking bets yet that no one in his right mind walks away from what may wind up to be a billion dollar franchise world wide? I know what Matt said, but with the quality of this series, it's very conceivable (I think likely) that someone will come up with a worthy script and an offer Matt just can't refuse. If he gets the right script and the director of his choice, I'm betting there'll be a Bourne-again film for Matt and that the series continuation won't be still-Bourne. Anyone agree?

    From: jeff_in_utah Date: July 1st, 2007 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: "Life Without Bourne"

    Could be. Ever since I first heard Matt say he wouldn't be doing a fourth Bourne film, I've thought his statement could be a negotiating ploy. I think he genuinely doesn't expect the script, director, and everything else associated with a potential fourth Bourne to be good enough to be worth doing, hence his statement...but I also think that in saying he won't be doing another one, he's effectively challenging TPTB to come up with a storyline that's credible enough, in an overall package that's compelling enough, that it would be hard to say no to.

    I think it would be especially interesting if a fourth Bourne was an intentionally smaller movie -- perhaps even more of a straight-up psychological/espionage thriller, with less ginormous-budget action -- to counter the trend of every sequel outsizing its previous installments. I'm certainly not expecting that to happen, if indeed we get a fourth Bourne film at all, since the majors hardly specialize in subtle, but it's fun to think about.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 1st, 2007 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: "Life Without Bourne"

    Interesting comments Jeff. I think no means no at this point, mostly because of the troubled filming process of all three films. But something's very wrong when the cost of film 3 is about $150 million, and the cost of film 1 was about $60 million. Especially when all the talk (circa film 2) was about not needing more money to make a better film.

    FYI: Details of the Boise screening are now available here:
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