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Premiere and party reports, various
  • A detailed report on the Bourne Ultimatum premiere and party from Will Keck at USA Today:

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    Matt Damon may have a little action star on his hands.

    Though the handsome 36-year-old star of The Bourne Ultimatum, in theaters Aug. 3, didn't bring 13-month-old daughter Isabella to Wednesday's world premiere, he offered a hint of her at-home antics. "She falls a lot," he said. "She seems to do pretty good stunt work from what I can tell."

    Luciana, still obviously uncomfortable on the red carpet, succumbed to photographers' screams for a fashion shot, but then ran sheepishly past reporters into the theater. Asked what she was wearing, Luciana turned her head away, leaving her escort to provide the answer: Versace.

    Joan Allen, wearing Sonia Rykiel, said Damon "is more tired now, and his face just lights up whenever he even mentions his daughter's name. She came to the set, and I got to meet her. Just adorable."

    English actor Joey Ansah plays the film's heavy, but said Damon kept things light on set. "Matt and I got hooked on Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions," Ansah said.

    Damon proved his versatility on the red carpet by mimicking not only Ah-nuld, but also Borat.

    Affleck threw his arms around Damon on the arrivals line and offered heaps of praise. "I've already seen the film, and it's the best one yet."

  • Here's the Access Hollywood report and video from the premiere, with the video including Matt talking about how much he liked the Kimmel advertisement.

    Advance word on "Ultimatum" is that it packs the same dynamic punch of the first two films, and Matt couldn't be happier about that.

    "Yeah it is a huge relief," he told Billy. "We have a lot of really, really wonderful people who have been on these movies, and you know, we work pretty hard to get them there."

    "Matt Damon Day ends in about four and a half hours," he told Billy, when asked if he had any big plans following the premiere. Billy wondered if Matt's wife, Luciana Damon, was aware of "Matt Damon Day."

    "Believe me, we had that conversation before we came out," Matt replied. "I said, 'you know this is going to be a special night for your husband,' 'cause it is, you know."

    "Is she showing you the proper respect on Matt Damon Day?" Billy joked.

    "We'll see. I will get back to you on that one," Damon said with a smile. "I think I am positioned pretty well, so we will see."

  • Video footage of Matt, Lucy, Ben and Jennifer leaving the premiere party is at x17online. Video from the premiere, including the Matt and Ben hug on the red carpet, is here.

  • Extra's report and video is here, including:

    But right now the only woman in Matt’s life is his wife Luciana, who was with him when he received the star and at the "Bourne" premiere.

    "I’m really blessed," Matt said about his new life as father to baby Isabella. "I wouldn’t mind another kid or two and maybe down the line that will happen... it’s easy for the guy to say. I’ll see what I can talk my wife into!"

  • From People, accompanying a photo of Matt and Ben at the premiere (previously posted):

    Surprising Matt Damon (in an ISAIA custom suit) at the L.A. premiere of The Bourne Ultimatum on Wednesday, Ben Affleck needles his pal about how slowly he was working his way down the red carpet. To the press, however, Affleck gushed about his buddy's film: "I've already seen it [and] by far the best, very good, very good movie."

  • Many thanks to Andrea of David Strathairn Online for making a video of the Leno appearance - available in two parts here and here. Matt stayed on the show for the George Foreman segment - did anyone watch it? Photos below from Rex.

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  • Video from the walk of fame ceremony is here (highlights) or here. In the latter video Matt thanks a few people "whose names won't mean much to you" but who he says have helped him from the beginning. Matt names them as "Patrick, Sam, Steve, Gary and Jennifer", and my guesses are Patrick Whitesell (agent), Sam Fischer (lawyer), Steve Burkow (lawyer), Gary Kress (business manager) and Jennifer Allen (publicist). Does anyone have any better guesses?

    Speaking proudly to crowds gathered at the world-famous landmark, the Bourne Ultimatum star made sure he thanked the most important people in his life - his family and his baseball team!

    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!"

  • New very positive reviews for Bourne Ultimatum are at Cinema Blend and the Boston Herald movie blog, including:

    With a wildly effective musical score, the you-are-there camerawork and editing, and furious fights to the death that are twice as effective because you know that is Stiles being thrown to the floor and Damon twisting that knife, "Bourne Ultimatum" sets a standard and a template that will be hard to match. I can’t wait to see how Oscar’s Best Picture race unfolds come January when at this point we already have two major contenders in "Bourne #3" and "Hairspray."

  • A media release on the upcoming OneXOne charity event in Toronto, to be hosted by Matt - here.

  • Photos of Matt's mother Nancy with Isabella, and other photos of Matt and Lucy heading to the ceremony on 25 July, are at PopSugar and Celebrity Baby Blog.

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  • New York Daily News asks Matt about Doug Liman and his role in the series.

    A natural-'Bourne' diplomat

    Director Doug Liman still has a friend in Matt Damon.

    Back when they made "The Bourne Identity" together, Liman clashed with the movie's screenwriter and producers, who refused to work with him on "The Bourne Supremacy." Thus, Liman was replaced with director Paul Greengrass, who has also directed "The Bourne Ultimatum."

    Damon refused to play favorites when we asked him which director he prefers. "I would be happy to just work with those two guys for the rest of my career," he told us at Wednesday's "Ultimatum" premiere in L.A.

    "It gets forgotten that Doug was the visionary behind [the 'Bourne' movie trilogy]," said Damon. "He was the one that saw that audiences wanted a spy that they could relate to."
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    Comments
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 27th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
    not too sure if you have seen this or not.... thought it was quite funny:
    http://www.myaimistrue.com/archives/2006/12/matt_damon_does_matthew_mcconaughey.html
    Love your site.... check it at least 3 times a day!
    Peta
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 27th, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Peta, that one's been covered in depth. Matt's original comments (Dec 06), McConaughey's response (Dec 06), Matt's return to Letterman (June 07) and probably a follow-up on next week's Letterman appearance.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 27th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    You're doing fine, and I can sense your excitement from here!

    Just seen my first semi-negative comment on a yahoo board so it's not going to stay at 100%, but as RT is over 60% positive (although that's often dodgily determined) we've got a shot at keeping it at least past 90.

    More grandma pics at the PopSugar link, including a sweet one of Matt in the foreground with Lucy (I think) walking back to the hotel with Isabella in the distance.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 27th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Jay Leno

    I have been torturing myself all week watching the Jay Leno show (he's really not funny, and that guy doing an impression of Linsday Lohan......what's that all about) waiting for Matt to appear. So, Matt will be on in the UK on Monday 30 July on CNBC on Sky. Unfortunately I don't have a recordable DVD player, so won't be able to share the part with George Forman - but for all other UK Sky TV people! Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 27th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Jay Leno

    Thanks Jan. If you could give us a brief rundown of Matt during the George segment after the show that would be great.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 27th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Jay Leno

    Will do! I shall watch it over and over....and report back.

    The Empire Leicester Square has previews of Bourne on 15 August - will try and get tickets in the hope that Matt will attend. What's the point of a premiere in London without the star!! The Empire haven't opened the booking yet. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 28th, 2007 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Jay Leno

    I've just seen a reference in the Daily Star confirming that Matt will be at the UK film premiere in London on 15 August, so that's (almost) definitely the premiere screening.

    Good luck!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 28th, 2007 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    London premiere

    I am now really confused. The Odeon Leicester Square are also advertising Bourne Ultimatum. So which one gets the premiere? Thy usually take place at the Odeon, but sometimes at the Empire. It is also odd for rival cinemas within a few steps of each other to show the same film. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 28th, 2007 08:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London premiere

    It's at the Odeon, according to this link, which quotes a few sources.

    http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/knowledge/posts.php?thread=2696
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 28th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    HBO PREVIEWS TBU

    WOW!!! I just saw HBO's "First Look" at TBU--22 minutes of great preview stuff. Running narration by Matt, Greengrass, Joey Ansah, and of course, all the major characters, producers, etc. In-depth location shots: lots about shooting in Waterloo Station and in New York (as well as all the other locations), rehearsal shots of the fight with Ansah (one in-shape dude!)and some of the filmed fight, more of the New York chase, car crashes, dialogue scenes. Matt gets called a "multi-talented bastard" when he demonstrates his skill at spinning 180's and 360's--they say he even did a 720. This is one heck of an exciting film. The proof is in the viewing, and I hope many of you can access HBO for this. The critics are loving it, but seeing it for yourself is better. What HBO shows is a great prolonged promo. My guess: if TBU opens between 60 and 70 and makes at least 250 (domestic US), there will be a fourth Bourne, and you know they would give Matt the moon (including Greengrass and a script both love)to make it happen. Matt may have said "no" before, but circumstances (huge success!) could well change his mind. I'm betting on it.

    Saw the whole Leno program. Matt was very relaxed and funny--he's got it down pat. Jay has this habit of getting a quote from Ben--this time it was about Matt being able to live in squalor. An unpleasant look comes over Matt's face briefly, and the he replies jokingly about their first apartment where he had to sleep on the floor since he was the last one in with Ben and someone else (I think Chris Moore?). After his segment, Forman came out, got Matt up, and raised Matt's arm as though declaring him the champ. Othere than that, there was virtually no other interaction. Matt mostly sat smiling quietly or laughing when the camera showed him in a two-shot. That's it.

    I.B.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 28th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: HBO PREVIEWS TBU

    Thanks I.B. - great reports there. The HBO show sounds great, and hopefully will get put on YouTube.

    There was a real flow in the Leno appearance, a rarity on these shows. Matt was conversing with Jay and getting direct answers from him for a real two-way interaction. I don't think he's been on the show since Supremacy, but Jay was very chummy (I know that's his job though).
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