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Video interview, LA candid
  • There's a new interview with Matt by WebCarpetLive.com at YouTube where he discusses some non-Ultimatum topics: downloading and watching the whole season of 30 Rock online, eating with a tribal Chief in Zambia, and the discomfort of watching The 40 year old virgin and hearing his name referenced.

  • A preview of Monday's Boise premiere is here.

  • A candid of Matt in Los Angeles (same series as linked yesterday) from here.

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  • A caricature accompanying the New Yorker's review of Ultimatum (and some text) is below. The film got a two thumbs-up review from the Ebert and Roeper show Sunday.

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    Matt Damon, at least in the “Bourne” series, looks like a bullet. He has short hair, no stubble to speak of, and a blunt nose. In violent scenes, his eyes go dead, and he has a strong, compact body, which he hurls through the frame, ricocheting off walls, windows, cars, and fences. In person, Damon is thoughtful and friendly, with a ready smile, and he has shown an increasing range as an actor. Sociable and fast-talking in "The Departed," he was glum and all but immobile in "The Good Shepherd." As the C.I.A. assassin Jason Bourne, however, Damon is a smooth and deadly object.

  • From People online's sightings.

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    Following the premiere of The Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon and his real-life leading lady, wife Luciana, celebrated at Hollywood's Palladium. The couple were joined by his mom at a reserved table inside the afterparty, a secret-agent-themed bash with a backdrop of New York's skyline and white orchids floating on every table. Damon’s BFF Ben Affleck and wife Jennifer Garner stopped by, too, and had had plenty of people who wanted to say hi to them. Says an onlooker: "All eyes truly were on the Damons and Afflecks."
  • 16 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 30th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Great interview at WebCarpetLive.com, very funny; I just love how smart and articulate he is.

    Loonking forward to seeing him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, we never miss it, the best import from the US I think, (along with House, My Name is Earl and Curb Your Enthusiasm). Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 30th, 2007 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That interview was great because it asked no predictable questions, and the host was so intense! Matt's always a lot more enagaged when he's not providing pat answers (naturally).

    I can't access the Daily Show here, but hopefully clips will be online soon after it airs.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 30th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Photos of Matt and Lucy leaving a restaurant in Los Angeles at the weekend with friend Michele Merkin:



    Merkin attended the Bourne Supremacy premiere in LA and was also photographed with Matt when leaving Hyde nightclub after the Hollywoodland premiere last year in LA. Michele is a former E News host and medical student. End of bio.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 30th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt en revista Caras en Argentina

    Salio publicado en la revista caras de Argentina que Matt es fanatico de Boca Juniors un club de futbol de Argentina.
    Como te hago llegar la pagina para que la puedas publicar
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 30th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt en revista Caras en Argentina

    A possible translation:

    Matt is in Caras magazine in Argentina. An Argentinian magazine says that Matt is a fan of Boca Juniors, a soccer club in Argentina. When I get the magazine/link I will send it to you.

    (Am I right?)

    Thanks Lorena
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 31st, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt en revista Caras en Argentina

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 31st, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt en revista Caras en Argentina

    Thanks, I understand you.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 30th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: mmmmmmmmmMORE Bourne

    Thanks, I didn't post it because the video wouldn't work for me.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 31st, 2007 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: mmmmmmmmmMORE Bourne

    Thanks for the recap - and the video's now working for me. Heather was very annoying, and has done previous interviews with Matt.

    Great quote by David Strathairn.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 30th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ebert and Roeper

    You reported Ebert and Roeper (with Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune subbing for Roger) gave TBU two thumbs up. Happy to say it was "two BIG thumbs up". This influential and prestigious critics show praised the film highly, particularly Greengrass' direction. Roeper, in simply mentioning films from the spy genre, said he felt that Matt and Daniel Craig had both given Oscar-worthy performances in TBU and the latest James Bond. Roeper added he was hoping there would be another Bourne film, and Phillips agreed. They called it the "best sequel, by far, of the summer". It can hardly get any better than that. Normally Roeper despises sequels. What a great critical flying start!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 30th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ebert and Roeper

    Thanks, that's much more positive than the report I had seen from a poster at IMDB.

    It's funny to think now that Supremacy was the 'little action movie taking on the blockbusters' last time around. Nobody's mentioned that this time around (with Ultimatum's huge budget).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 30th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Just realise that we get the Daily Show with John Stewart over in the UK. On More4 at 8.30pm each night. I've got it set to record on series link...though I guess it will appear on youtube sooner - dont' know what the delay is between it being shown in the US and the UK. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 31st, 2007 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)


    From: jeff_in_utah Date: July 31st, 2007 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Boise

    Damn, that would've been awesome to have been able to attend the Boise premiere and reception again as I did for Supremacy, only this time to not only see Matt but also Luciana and the girls -- and even Matt's mom! -- in person. What a treat that would have been!

    When the news first got out that Frank Marshall and Matt would be returning to Boise this year, I was on vacation that week, traveling for much of it and offline most of the time. By the time I got caught up here after returning home, learned there'd be a Boise event again this year, and contacted the Boise Contemporary Theater to inquire about tickets, they'd just sold their last ones.

    How close did I come to getting in? I was, no kidding, #1 on their waiting list! For that reason, I was hoping they just might call me at the last minute over the last couple days to let me know they had a cancellation or two or were increasing capacity, so that I could again play the role of your US Mountain West Field Correspondent and report on what I saw, with pictures this time and everything...but alas, 'twas not to be. ;-)

    Oh, well -- at least I have the very fun memory of my previous trip to Boise, which remains the only time I've ever seen Matt in person. But hopefully not the last. :-)

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 31st, 2007 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Boise

    No way! Number one on the waiting list - I'm so sorry. Photos and videos now up on the latest update. (Yep, they all looked good.)
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: August 1st, 2007 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Boise

    Thanks, Felicity -- and sorry I couldn't provide you with some original content from the Boise event! I'll put the theater on speed dial and try again in a few years for Bourne 4. ;-)

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
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