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Bourne reviews, interviews, GQ
  • The trade reviews from Hollywood Reporter and Variety are very positive - here's an excerpt from Variety:

    If they could bottle what gives "The Bourne Ultimatum" its rush, it would probably be illegal. The third and purportedly final installment in the mountingly exciting series is a pounding, pulsating thriller that provides an almost constant adrenaline surge for nearly two hours. Worldwide B.O. will be terrific and likely surpass that for each of the previous two pictures, which combined pulled down more than $500 million.

    In setting Jason Bourne on the home stretch of his search to discover who and what made him the killing machine he is, director Paul Greengrass has outdone himself, creating a film of such sustained energy and tension that the infrequent pauses for breath seem startling in their quietude. In other hands, unrelenting nervous camera movement and machine-gun cutting prove wearying more often than not, but Greengrass skillfully employs both not only in the service of excitement, but for the accentuation of telling detail and discreet parceling out of information.

    It may not have been entirely apparent at first, but Bourne is unquestionably Damon's signature role, the one in which a viewer becomes most complicit in the actor's identification with a character. The subjective camerawork merely augments the degree to which one is completely with him in the series, and if this is indeed his last "Bourne," as he has said, then this is a performance to be savored all the more.

  • Matt's GQ interview is now available in full at the magazine's site, including more photos by Nathaniel Goldberg. Below are some excerpts from the interview by Lisa DePaulo, which is surprisingly revealing and entertaining (note: Matt was wearing the necklace mentioned in the interview at the Vegas poker event):

    So it’s not that Matt Damon doesn’t want to talk. Matt Damon talks. And talks and talks. It’s that he has perfected the art—his buddy Clooney does this, too—of talking away for hours on end, amiably and intelligently, without ever revealing squat about Matt Damon. And that is his goal.

    In fact, he declares, this might just be his Last Cover Story. Because really, fuck this!

    He is still smiling.

    He is even smiling when he tells me he "feels sorry" for me. That he assumes interviewing Matt Damon isn’t my "goal in life," either.

    "It’s funny," he says. "Every six months, I meet someone who has to try and do this." He laughs. "And it’s like, I feel so bad for you."

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    "I didn’t expect to see you again," he says, ten days later, as he slips into a booth at Asiate, the restaurant on the thirty-fifth floor of the Time Warner Center in New York City. He’s wearing jeans, a T-shirt, a platinum wedding band, a necklace that his wife gave him (it bears the initials of the three important women in his life—his wife, his infant daughter, and his wife’s daughter), and the Tag Heuer watch that Jason Bourne wears.

    Because you knew I wanted to stab you when I left Spain?

    "I know." Long pause. Beautiful smile. "I didn’t think you were coming back. I’m sure whatever angle you have, it’s not good for me."

    But you’re here.

    "I came to take my medicine."

    Three rounds of Chardonnay later, here’s what happens with Matt Damon. We begin to understand a few things, starting with this: He’s not a jerk. He is trying to walk that fine line between being a movie star who obviously (and by definition) craves approval and being a regular guy who just doesn’t want to give his life away to the media.

    "It’s never gonna be that interesting," says Damon. "It’s only going to make me feel like shit when I read it and go, 'Oh, my God, I’m pimping out my infant daughter now? For what? To sell The Bourne Ultimatum?"

  • UK fans can win tickets for an early Ultimatum screening here, with the site also including a link to a Volkswagen online stunt simulator here.

  • Bourne v Bond comparisons in an AP story here.
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  • Matt's quoted in a USA Today story about 'fanboys':

    "You know the movie they quote me most often?" says Matt Damon. "Not the Bourne movies. Not Oceans. But Rounders. I can't figure it out."

  • New clips from Ultimatum, and easier to watch behind-the-scenes clips, are at IESB.net.

  • Paul Greengrass talks about the Imperial Life in the Emerald City project at Chud, and everything else at a lengthy Latino Review interview, including:

    Greengrass: A 'Bourne' movie is not an airline meal. It's made on the run and it doesn't always work, believe me [Laughs], but with tremendous self-belief in the team and in my view we've got the greatest movie star in the world who's perfect for the part, fantastic producers and a studio who allow us to make this huge franchise movie in this incredible edgy and bold way actually and together as a team we get there, I hope.

    Greengrass: I think it feels earned in particular by the franchise, by the three films which really goes to your first question which is how Matt's changed. I think that one of the things that's most interesting to me, and this is a funny thing to say, but the last time that I'll watch this film is when it comes out on DVD. I'm going to sit and watch 'Identity,' 'Supremacy' and 'Ultimatum' back to back and that'll be it. I know what I'll see. He's my friend, Matt, and I love him, but I'll see a wonderful, wonderful actor going through seven years of his life.

  • From a Sydney Morning Herald blog story about celebrity photographers (Steve Baccon's photos of Matt are below).

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    "Matt Damon's the friendliest celebrity I've photographed," Herald features photographer Steve Baccon said. "He's an A-list celebrity but he was like a mate. I almost didn't want to take photos because I just wanted to talk."

  • Matt's Walk of Fame ceremony is today, followed by the Jay Leno taping and the Los Angeles premiere of Ultimatum.

  • Site note: All Livejournal sites were down for an extended period yesterday due to a power outage in San Francisco.
  • 9 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 25th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New Review

    Here's a new positive review.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 25th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New Review

    That's the same Hollywood Reporter review I linked to above.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 25th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Great to see that the reviews so far are good. Glad that Matt will get some attention for a change withouth the distraction of Brad, Angelina and Clooney. Well, I've entered the competition for the preview tickets. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 25th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Walk of Fame ceremony

    Lots of photos of Matt with Lucy, his mother and Paul Greengrass at the Walk of Fame ceremony are at yahoo, Getty Images etc.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 25th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Walk of Fame ceremony

    Not only that but it was actually a news item on theBBC just now! Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 25th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    A story about the ceremony at Access includes a video on Matt's first interview for Access, at the Rainmaker press junket in Napa Valley. Very cute:


    Ceremony photos now at Just Jared:
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: July 27th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
    That Access 'Rainmaker' interview? SO cute, indeed -- what a great find!

    You're doing an incredible job keeping us up-to-date on all things Matt, Felicity, especially with all the news items right now -- thanks so much!

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    layne67 From: layne67 Date: July 26th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)
    That 'Bourne vs Bond' article cracked me up a little bit when I first saw it because I wrote this a little while back :D


    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 7th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    NATO takes over command of military operations in Libya

    [b]NATO is taking over command of military operations in Libya from coalition forces, world media reported Sunday.[/b]

    The UN Security Council imposed the no-fly zone over Libya on March 17, along with ordering "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from Muammar Gaddafi's attacks on rebel-held towns.

    The 28 NATO ambassadors met on Sunday to decide on further military plans in Libya.

    The United States transfers command for a no-fly zone over Libya to NATO, while coalition forces will continue to protect civilian population from attacks by Gaddafi forces.

    The military operation in Libya, codenamed Odyssey Dawn, has been conducted so far jointly by 13 states, including the United States, Britain and France.

    NATO members decided on Thursday to assume responsibility for the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya, but could not agree on taking full command of all military operations in the country.

    Meanwhile, leaders of the 27 European Union states on Thursday issued a statement saying the EU stood ready to assist in building a new Libya "in cooperation with the United Nations, the Arab League, the African Union and others."

    MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti)

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