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Airport photos, Ultimatum
  • Photos of Matt arriving at Los Angeles airport on Friday are at Just Jared, including:

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  • Jeff Wells discusses the Bourne Ultimatum budget and considers an insider's early look at Hollywood Elsewhere, including:

    All big-studio movies seem to end up costing a fat pile, and it's hard to sustain an interest in such things when everything is $100 million this and $200 million that. I just want the film to be good, and a slightly prejudiced friend of Ultimatum tells me it's "flat-out great, and that's what should matter most of all.

    "One of the things that distinguishes the Bourne films is that authentic, you-are- there, on-the-ground subjective shooting style -- that near-verite trademark feel," he says. "The production visited Morocco, Paris, London, Spain, Berlin and New York, but the Bourne series is not one of those metastasizing, ever-inflating behemoths like some other franchises. [Director Paul] Greengrass has become an even more accomplished director since the last go-'round and his virtuosity is one of the things that is a hallmark for Ultimatum."

  • Roger Ebert, recovering after his illness, took a late look at The Departed in his four star review, including:

    Another amateur theologian, Hemingway, said it's good if you feel good afterward, and bad if you feel bad afterward. Colin and Billy feel bad all of the time, and so their lives involve a performance that is a lie. And that is the key to the performances of DiCaprio and Damon: It is in the nature of the movies that we believe most characters are acting or speaking for themselves. But in virtually every moment in this movie, except for a few key scenes, they are not. Both actors convey this agonizing inner conflict so that we can sense and feel it, but not see it; they're not waving flags to call attention to their deceptions.

  • The Australian 60 Minutes program interviewed Matt in Vegas during the week for a story just aired on Australian poker champ Joe Hachem. The transcript is available here - Peter Overton is the interviewer.

    PETER OVERTON: Joe's world crown was certainly no fluke. Since then, he's gone on to win another $5 million. He's now a poker superstar. Movie star Matt Damon is a huge fan. I believe you play a bit of poker with Joe?
    MATT DAMON: You didn't tell 'em what happened, did you?
    JOE HACHEM: Nope. I just said we had some fun. I didn't tell them how you beat me.
    MATT DAMON: Good. I mean, I just want to spare you the embarrassment, Joe.
    PETER OVERTON: What do you think of Joe, the bloke from the suburbs of Melbourne, now world champion?
    MATT DAMON: Poker can bring out the worst in people, but when you see somebody who's just winning with grace and class and dignity, it's nice.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 9th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    100 Sexiest Lads in the World

    Matt's number 69 on the list. It's pure fluff, but I thought I'd share anyway.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 9th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Fighter

    Mark Wahlberg talks about The Fighter, and confirms that Darren Aronofsky is still involved.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 10th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's Esquire Interview

    Read the interview. Lovely full page picture of Matt sitting on the arm of a brown leather chair wearing Giorgio Armani (there's a very posh private school near where I live, very expensive, he looks like one of the head boys). Not much new info sadly, I like that he apologised for his untidy hotel room to the interviewer, who witters on about his good guy image and revamps how he and Minnie Driver created his alter ego Mike Smiley to keep the press at bay, and protect his private life. Discussed his life in New York at 16 with Ben living in an uncle's apartment mixing girls and alcohol.

    Also tells of how he and Ben wrote a scene in GWH where Robin Williams gives Stellen Skarsgard a blow job in one scene and how it went unnoticed at Castle Rock through various rewrites each time becoming more graphic; when Harvey Weinstein bought the script he had two notes the second to remove that scene (you've probably heard it before, but it's new to me). He has a go at critics who think he is a blank using his favourite word. There's a rather pointless (in my view) Bond versus Bourne column.

    There is also a really odd photograph, (I'm going to try and describe it but bear in mind I'm not a writer). He's struggling to hang onto a rail or bannister with his left hand with papers flying towards him (a wind machine was obviously used) holding a red phone to his right ear (an old-fashioned phone), there's a metal filing cabinet behind him and up on the wall to his right is a red sign with NO SMOKING in white letters on it he's wearing the same clothes as on the cover, I don't know what the photographer is trying to say, but I just don't get it. That's it. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 11th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt's Esquire Interview

    Thanks for the detailed report Marcia. I don't understand why journalists try the same tack in these interviews when they know he's going to share virtually nothing. Try a different approach or some new questions, because nothing much here appears to be unique (the story about the GWH scene is old, but hasn't been brought up in a while - usually about how Miramax cared enough about the script to notice).

    But I do appreciate the summary - thank you.
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