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Bourne Ultimatum Los Angeles premiere photos, Leno
  • Photos of Matt, Lucy, Matt's mother Nancy, Paul Greengrass, Ben and Jennifer Garner and others at the world premiere of The Bourne Ultimatum in Los Angeles are at Just Jared, PopSugar, Wireimage, Getty and Yahoo.

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  • Matt's fun interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is also available at the Just Jared link.

  • Matt's first interview with Access Hollywood, promoting The Rainmaker, is available here.
  • 18 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 26th, 2007 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)
    Lovely pictures of the premiere and the star event, even though it's a publicity stunt to promote Ultimatum he looks really emotional, another dream come true for him. I have a little bit of a shoe fetish and Luciana's in both pictures are just beautiful.

    I agree with you and Jan's comment, it's so nice to see him at the centre of all the attention for once, not overshadowed by more popular but in my view less talented actors, I hope he continues this way. He just isn't showy and I guess that is why he's always overlooked.

    Anyway, have to go now, got to build an Ark :) Marcia
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 26th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
    At least he's not an ear of corn. It hadn't been revealed before that the producer of the PSAs is Chris Moore.

    Bourne's looking fantastic. You may not have seen another rave from the blog of the Boston Herald movie critic - Stephen Schaefer - who even talks about the film in terms of Oscar consideration.

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 26th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    no problem

    I'm all 'who cares' about the Bourne v Bond question too - enough already as the concepts are completely different. I love that Matt's getting criticised in some circles (mostly Bond fans) about his 'misogynist, imperialist' comments (many interviews), but Paul Greengrass has been saying the same thing (exact same words) for a few years, and nobody's cared before.

    The comment was the movie for Oscar glory, not Matt, but it's a great idea that won't happen. :[)

    Even those who aren't completely taken by the film (script issues, lack of plot, questionable dead weight casting), still think it's pretty amazing, mostly due to the action scenes. I don't think it's going to disappoint many people.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 26th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for all the wonderful work you have done. Thanks for the news on premiere and the walk of fame, like someone said another dream come true for Matt. The Pictures look fantastic. Thanks for the news about the Rainmaker Dvd, and positive reviews so far for the Bourne Ultimatum (Good so Far :-) So Happy!) When is August 17th? To Long!
    Jimmy Kimmel and the poster thing he done Congratulating Matt, Funny! and Red Sox thats cool.
    Thanks anyhow one of best sites i go on!

    P.s Matt Looks handsome and Lucy's shoes loving them aswell - she has good taste.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 26th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Cass. A busy day for me, but a great day for Matt and his fans.

    I'll post this later, but these were some of Matt's comments in making his speech at the ceremony - including thanking the fans who were present.


    The actor told crowds: "This is incredible. I gotta say a few times in my life I've had these experiences that are just kind of too big to process and this looks like its going to be one of those times."

    He added jokingly: "It'll probably sink in when I walk down this street in the middle of the night in about six months and see someone peeing on my star!"

    Matt paid tribute to the people who'd always supported his career, thanking his mum "for giving me life, that was nice, and my wife for giving me a beautiful step-daughter and daughter".

    He also told crowds how touched he was that they'd turned up for the occasion.

    "I'm just thankful to you all for just taking a minute and sharing one of the biggest moments of my life, I'm thankful to all the people who came here and I'm thankful that the Red Sox are in first place!"
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 26th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Premiere report

    A long and Matt-focused report on the premiere, party and a shy Lucy from Will Keck at USA Today:
    From: jennaz123 Date: July 26th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne Again?

    I know Matt has has said repeatedly that he would not do another Bourne. However, this morning, the local LA television station, KTLA aired an interview of him at the premiere. He did say that the story of a man looking for his identity had been told. However, when the reporter asked, "Would you do a fourth Bourne movie?" Matt said, "If Paul Greengrass directed it." I TIVO'd this and listened to it twice.

    He may not have been serious, but if Bourne becomes a huge financial and critical hit, I could see him returning to the role if he liked the script and director. And the sense I'm getting is that the film leaves open the possibility of a fourth film. I'm sure the studio would make him an offer that could be very hard to refuse.

    Yes, he may resist being tied to a role the way many Bond actors have been. However, he has such a broad body of work outside the Bourne films, I just don't see Bourne limiting his options.
    From: jennaz123 Date: July 26th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    KTLA video

    Video of his interview at the premiere can be found here:


    Click on Entertainment Headlines, and find the video titled "7/26 Hollywood Headlines with Lu Parker." At about 57 seconds in, he is asked, "Would you be in a fourth one if there was?" and he answers, "If Paul Greengrass was directing it, yeah, yeah, I could do it."
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 26th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    still hanging around

    Reading...reading...reading...am loving all the reviews!

    CinemaBlend says:

    "What is perhaps even more amazing than the movie’s ability to do things that’ll make your jaw drop, is the way it manages to do character development in the middle of all those car crashes and explosions, and does it without words. So much of the credit for that has to go to Damon, who even though he’s not talking says volumes with what’s going on behind that stoic, no-nonsense expression Bourne keeps wearing. Without saying a word, Damon puts together a complete picture of what his now familiar character is going through, not just externally but internally as well. Bourne is a living weapon, but a suffering, breathing, feeling weapon who, more than ever you’ll find yourself rooting for."

    I have a new favorite phrase: "Look at what they make you give." It comes full circle.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 26th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Daily Show

    The CinemaBlend review is great. Still 100% (with very limited numbers at Rotten Tomatoes).

    Matt's scheduled to be on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on 2 August. He's never been on the show before, but has said before it's his favourite program on TV.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 26th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Isabella photos

    Adorable (but paparazzi) photos of Matt and family in the surrounds of an LA hotel are at Popsugar:

    From: jeff_in_utah Date: July 27th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    For Matt and his family -- and his fans! -- life is GOOD

    I'm just reeling from all this coverage -- fantastic job, Felicity! -- as well as the overwhelming praise for Ultimatum and, above all, thoroughly enjoying watching Matt and his family enjoy this most recent high point in his career. The box office on Ultimatum will be huge, and after listening to all the buzz on the picture over the last few months, even before Stephen Schaefer said it out loud in the Boston Herald, I was thinking -- well, hoping, at least -- that it might, just might, be in the running for a Best Picture nomination.

    It really could happen; when I think of the possibility, I'm most reminded of the Harrison Ford movie The Fugitive, another character-driven action film whose mix of popularity and critical acclaim landed it a Best Picture nomination in the '94 Oscars. The Lord of the Rings effect -- on a much smaller scale, since the Bourne films haven't earned LOTR's level of box office -- could be in play, too, with the third film in the series of an intensely popular franchise receiving laurels for the series' entire run; if not a win in this case, as it was for Peter Jackson with Return of the King, then maybe at least a nomination as kudos for all three Bourne films, especially since there seems to be a solid consensus that Ultimatum is the best of the three.

    And of course that "best of" description is due in great part to Paul Greengrass, a huge talent who was previously recognized by the Academy with an Oscar nomination for directing last year's United 93 (a win that did happen for him at the BAFTAs). And last but far from least, Matt's popularity with both the moviegoing public and the Academy will be a tremendous factor as well in whatever hopes Ultimatum has for a nomination; if forthcoming reviews for this film continue to characterize Matt's performance as Bourne as his "signature role," the chances for yet another Best Actor nomination and a congratulatory Best Picture nomination will surely mount.

    Do I actually expect a Best Picture nomination for Ultimatum from the Academy? What, are you crazy? I get a lot of my predictions for various awards right, but TPTB always surprise me, more often in ways that disappoint rather than delight. (Most recent example: I was without-a-doubt confident the American TV series Friday Night Lights, hands-down the best new network series I've seen in years, would be taking home the Emmy for Best Drama this fall...only to see it not even get a nomination in that or any other major category last week. *sigh*) But maybe, just maybe, the Oscars will surprise me in a delightful way early next year -- who knows?

    One thing I do know: I am so jazzed about, among so many other great developments in Matt's career of late, the fact that he and Paul Greengrass seem to have discovered in each other his professional soulmate. Given their individual talents, which are prodigious, and the apparent synergy that develops when they combine forces, Damon and Greengrass may turn out to be one of those storied actor-director collaborations in the mold of De Niro and Scorsese, Ullmann and Bergman, and Mifune and Kurosawa -- filmmakers whose symbiosis propels them to career-best levels of work.

    Okay, sure, it's way too early to go that far. But at the very least, I seriously cannot wait to see them team together again for Imperial Life in the Emerald City -- considering the source material, that could be off-the-charts good. (I only hope this project doesn't fall apart, or into others' hands. *crosses fingers*) But wait, I haven't even seen Ultimatum yet! Friday, August 3 can't get here soon enough, as far as I'm concerned.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 27th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: For Matt and his family -- and his fans! -- life is GOOD

    Thanks for the post Jeff, and for your considered thoughts.

    It's all looking great for Bourne, but the people now have to watch it. Especially with its inflated budget, it will need viewer support worldwide to turn an eventual profit. But it seems to be a crowd pleaser, which is fantastic.

    The Paul/Matt combination is certainly working so far, and they've got such respect for each other. A great meeting of minds indeed and Imperial Life should be an amazing film, despite the competing Iraq projects (12 at last count).

    To show how talkatie and relaxed they are with each other, this YouTube clip from the set of Ultimatum may be insightful - my favourite line from Matt: "that's not the worst idea".
    jjthomas10 From: jjthomas10 Date: July 28th, 2007 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)
    I really liked the pictures of Matt; he looks well rested. I'm not reading any reviews, tho, until I see the movie! About the Matt/Paul combo, maybe they can be the John Wayne/John Ford duo of the 21st century (altho there's some who probably think it's Di Caprio/Scorsese).
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