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Joan Allen, reviews, videos etc
  • A highlight reel of the walk of fame ceremony, including some media questions, is at Access Hollywood.

  • More great Bourne Ultimatum reviews here and here. A 'making-of' Bourne Ultimatum special, with new footage, is now screening on HBO.

  • Joan Allen suggests an interesting sequel idea to Ultimatum in this interview:

    "I think these films are just remarkable," says Allen, who will turn 51 on August 20. "Matt is just wonderful in his part. He creates such a sense of being this macho guy, but one who's really confused and vulnerable. People are just hooked into the character, because they empathize with this guy who doesn't know who he is, where he came from, how he got to be where he is.

    "The other thing these films do, which is pretty amazing in this day and age, is that there's almost no profanity, there's no nudity or gratuitous sex, and there's very little gore," she adds. "It's just action. There are explosions and car chases and stuff like that, but the violence isn't over the top. It's tension, and it's caring about this guy and the dilemmas he's in.

    "I wonder about another one," Allen says. "I feel like it might be a 50-50 chance that there will be another one. We'll just have to wait and see. I think it would be interesting to wait 10 or 15 years, find Bourne when he's 50 or 55 and see what he's doing.

    "Maybe that'd be too long," she concedes. "I don't know if the audience would stay interested. But let a few years go by, at least, and have him age a little bit, and then concoct what's happened between the end of 'Ultimatum' and that period in his life. I kind of fantasize about that sometimes."

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  • Videos of the ceremony and premiere are at Sky News, including Joey Ansah talking about Matt.

    Joey: "I take my hat off to him. He is a fantastic guy, a real trooper, quite wise, he did all of the stunts himself – that’s not a stunt guy, that’s him doing it."

  • The impact of Ultimatum is already being felt - from movie critic Kevin Williamson at the Toronto Sun.

    SHOT DOWN: Clive Owen will never be Bond, which is a shame since he clearly has the chops. Case in point: His work in the outlandishly violent Shoot 'Em Up. I caught the world premiere of the movie, due in September, which stars the actor as a loner in a leather coat protecting a baby from hitmen led by Paul Giamatti. Unfortunately, having just come off the high of The Bourne Ultimatum, I couldn't help but feel Shoot 'Em Up, with its over-stylized John Woo-wannabe set pieces, felt as dated as a Hootie and the Blowfish concert.

  • Projections on Ultimatum's opening box-office from Nikki Finke:

    Next weekend (August 3rd), my box office gurus are starting raise their estimates for The Bourne Ultimatum which is getting rave reviews. The Matt Damon quintessential action pic looks more like "mid-$50s at least" now instead of just $40+ mil. One of the film's producers is trying to sucker-bet me that it'll do $60+ mil.

  • From a Fox News report:

    DOBSON: Matt Damon says forget Britney, Paris and Lindsay, he would rather his daughter looked up to co-star Julia Stiles.

    MATT DAMON: She is really smart, she is really talented, she has everything in great perspective and I can't imagine wanting anything else for my own daughter.

  • A Variety report on the premiere:

    The "Bourne Ultimatum" cast admitted at Wednesday night's preem it wasn't all work and no play on the set of the third installment of the Jason Bourne saga. "We end up just clowning around most of the time when we weren't shooting," said pic's star Matt Damon. "The sets are pretty goofy actually."

    Co-star Julia Stiles echoed the sentiment. "Tom Gallop, who plays Joan Allen's right hand man in the film, wreaked havoc on the set. He would drop his pants at different scenes." The group toasted the new pic alongside helmer Paul Greengrass and guests Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Ellen Pompeo during the after-party at the at the Palladium in Hollywood.

  • A few new pics of Matt and family are at Just Jared.

  • Actor Steve Carell has compared the new Get Smart movie to Bourne Identity - from Anne Thompson's column:

    He compares Get Smart to a comedic Bourne Identity. "These people live in a real world, a parallel reality. It's extremely funny but there's a sense of action and jeopardy."
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    From: jeff_in_utah Date: July 28th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    She took the words right out of my mouth!

    What Joan Allen said:

    "'I wonder about another one," Allen says. 'I feel like it might be a 50-50 chance that there will be another one. We'll just have to wait and see. I think it would be interesting to wait 10 or 15 years, find Bourne when he's 50 or 55 and see what he's doing.

    'Maybe that'd be too long,' she concedes. 'I don't know if the audience would stay interested. But let a few years go by, at least, and have him age a little bit, and then concoct what's happened between the end of 'Ultimatum' and that period in his life. I kind of fantasize about that sometimes.'"

    Believe it or not, that's exactly what I've been thinking and almost posted here a couple days ago, but I decided I'd wait until after I see Ultimatum and exactly how it ends for myself first before going there.

    I've been thinking for a while now that that idea, waiting 10, 15, or even more years before doing a fourth Bourne film, would accomplish a number of things: First, I think Matt would find it a hugely intriguing and compelling idea, dramatically -- and I'm sure he'd also love the fact that, second, it would do fantastic business since audiences would flock to see him reprise, after a long respite, what many have been describing of late as his signature role in this increasingly popular series.

    It would also let him off the hook for his "Ultimatum is the last Bourne film" comment -- not that he needs to be "let off the hook," but still -- since they could say it took them that long to come up with sufficiently convincing material and an approach so interesting, and different enough from the previous three, that they couldn't resist going back to the well.

    And above all, I think it would be interesting -- I can't tell you how much I'd love to see Jason Bourne 15 or 20 years on, for some reason pulled out of his life of retirement from the spy game to re-engage with forces set against him...especially if, in light of his age in part, the film was more of an espionage thriller rather than a straight-up, all-out action movie.

    The possibility of reuniting with Greengrass to do such a fourth Bourne would be the icing on the cake, since I predict they'll be working together to great success over the next decade-plus in other projects to come; seeing Matt reprise his Bourne character specifically under the direction of Greengrass would make it, for so many fans of the series, an absolute must-see.

    So yeah, I love Joan Allen's idea. ;-)

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 28th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: She took the words right out of my mouth!

    Matt has also said in recent interviews that he wouldn't do another sequel now, but would consider it in 10 years time if the story could be fresh and Greengrass was willing. They seem to have discussed the possibilities amongst themselves.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: July 28th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: She took the words right out of my mouth!

    Really? That's awesome! I'm still working my way through the recent interviews, so I hadn't come across that yet, but if they're actually leaning that way, I'm all for it!

    Thanks for the reality check, Felicity, and for all the great info all the time! :-)

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 28th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re-Bourne

    Supremacy opened at $52 mil. It will be a shock if TBU doesn't open near or above 60. As I said in my last post yesterday, I expect a fourth Bourne if it does $60 mil and at least $250 mil (US domestic gross). It's really unavoidable business-wise. Matt won't want anyone else to do it (though he says he'd be fine to just be the Sean Connery of the Bourne franchise!).

    Here's a Bourne they could do sooner than 10 years: after the years of pursuing his identity, Bourne is left with many demons to deal with--it would be a natural follow-up to TBU. It could be both a psychological and an action thriller extending the logic of the character as Jason tries to overcome his inner turmoil remembering what he's done, the people harmed, the horror of being chased. Someone (or some agency) tries to avenge someone he killed. It would be about Bourne clearing the record and becoming psychologically whole (well, as whole as Bourne can ever be). They can call it, "The Bourne Resurrection". Matt would be awarded an Oscar--lots of opportunity for very complex acting. After all, trilogies are not sacred; make it a tetralogy! Oh,well...just a thought!

    Felicity, congratulations on the quality of your site. The amazing amount of work you've always put into it, and especially over the last couple of weeks, has been paying off big. Thanks for the devoted effort. You have fans, too.

    I.B.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 29th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Re-Bourne

    Thanks I.B. These busy weeks make all the other slow weeks worthwhile.

    It's going to be interesting to see if the huge weekend gross for The Simpsons is going to affect Bourne - Simpsons will get up to $80 million. And then there's Rush Hour 3 opening on August 10 - maybe a different audience, but it will still have a large opening also.

    I've always expected Ultimatum to get $60-$70 million, and the tracking on these Bourne movies is usually slow until the last week or so. The August record opening is $67 million, so that's an immediate goal.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 28th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
    There is a new picture of matt at x17. Thanks for the interviews and the hard work! -Jess
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 28th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Saw that - it's like you have to guess where the photo was taken because the caption doesn't help at all. Los Angeles or Miami?

    http://x17online.com/celebrities/matt_damon/matts_huge_in_france.php
    From: dmariano Date: August 4th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Jason Bourne

    Big fan of Matt Damon and his charcter Jason Bourne. I saw the Bourne Ultimatum last night and it was awesome! Never seen a trilogy where the sequels get bigger and better! I would like to see a fourth, fifth, sixth, Bourne. I stongly believe Matt Damon to be a legend with Jason Bourne as Sean Connery is with James Bond. More Bourne! More Bourne!
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