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Strong opening day, various
  • It is predicted that Bourne Ultimatum earned approximately $25.5 million on Friday, for an expected weekend total of $72 million.

    The Bourne Ultimatum (Universal) is already a critical favorite with an amazing 92% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes and an 83% Positive score at MetaCritic, but now it is a huge popular success as well. It’s not a surprise to see Ultimatum at the top of the weekend box office heap, but it has far exceeded most expectations. Ultimatum grabbed $25.5M on Friday, which should translate to a staggering $72M opening weekend. That’s easily the best opening in the franchise topping The Bourne Identity’s $27.1M and The Bourne Supremacy’s $52.5M.

    This also marks the best opening weekend of Matt Damon’s career.

  • A caricature accompanying the Toledo Blade's review of Ultimatum.

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  • Sequel talk from EW:

    Damon, however, thinks another chapter is inevitable. He just doesn't know if he wants in: "The studio obviously wants to keep it alive. I mean, look, Universal is owned by GE. When they sell a refrigerator that works, they want to try to sell more of them. But from the creative side, this is definitely the end of the story of this guy's search for his identity." If there is a sequel, Damon believes there should be a hiatus first. "I think the way you could do a No. 4 is to do it in, like, 10 years."

    Of course, the studio might not want to wait that long. "I'm not surprised Matt said that, after what he just went through," says Universal's president of production, Donna Langley. "But if we had a great script, my hope is we could be persuasive."

  • In a KROQ interview Friday, Matt said his only upcoming movie was The Informant, and there was no mention of the Greengrass Green Zone project.

  • Videos: Reel Talk is an interesting but disjointed chat about many projects, including some new stories about the writing of Good Will Hunting; Friday's Early Show interview, and there's a funny (and clever) YouTube video of a Jimmy Kimmel skit where Guillermo bumps Matt from the Bourne Ultimatum trailer - Matt's included in the video.

  • A photo of Matt meeting actress Anne Hathaway at the Early Show studio on Thursday, from Marie Claire.

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  • A good Paul Greengrass interview at the Telegraph.

  • Some reminiscing from Mal Vincent at the Virginian Pilot:

    We first met in a bar in Washington, D.C., 15 years ago. It was on that day that Damon first learned how to sign expense vouchers to the studio. When he learned the power of a signature on the bar bill, he ordered a half dozen or so Bloody Marys - just to see if it worked. Yes, studios pay the traveling expenses of their actors, even if they're not yet stars.

    A decade and a half later, Damon is an Oscar winner (for writing, not acting) and Fraser is limited to a rehash of the movie "Mummy" every few years. There is no question but that Damon gets an expense account much larger than bar bills these days. His rumored salary for "Ultimatum" is $15 million, give or take a few million.

    "Someone once told me that being famous would be a thrill for, maybe, a week, and then it would all be over. I missed out, even on that week," he said. "I've never enjoyed that aspect of the business, but, blessedly, they leave me alone for the most part. It would be boring to get photos of me learning lines. My wife and I walk down the street. They can take a photo if they want, but I don't think it would sell."

  • A very enthusiastic (and fun) Ultimatum review from Pajiba.com.

  • Matt is featured on an upcoming episode of This week in baseball, a Fox program. Video should be available later on the site.

    Next, TWIB presents "Front Row Fans," a segment sponsored by Chevrolet that explores Matt Damon's relationship with his beloved Red Sox. Damon talks about his experiences growing up in the heart of Red Sox nation in Boston and what he was doing as he followed the 2004 squad's march to the World Series title.

  • Thanks to Lorena for a scan from Argentina's Caras magazine of Matt wearing an Argentinian Boca Juniors soccer shirt, with the number of former club great Diego Maradona.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 4th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Diego Maradona Shirt

    OK, this is the first thing Matt has done to really disappoint me.
    Maradona will always be remembered in the UK as the man who kicked England out of the World Cup several years ago (the Hand of God incident, as it came to be known), his hand touched the ball, which is not allowed in football and the goal should have been disallowed, the referee sided with Argentina, they won and England were kicked out; it nearly started another war, such was the outrage.

    Fabulous news on Ultimatum's Friday night take. Only 12 more days before it opens here. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 4th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Diego Maradona Shirt

    Hehe! I'm with you there Marcia. But of course Matt would only have heard the Argentinian side of the story. Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Diego Maradona Shirt

    yes, but you should remember the 2nd goal, voted as the most beautiful goal in the history of world cup.

    As a boca fan, i'm proud of a star like matt wearing a "retro" boca's shirt
    From: billie_jean8 Date: August 4th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hey, I was wondering what anyone knows about The Informant? Nothing comes up when I search for it on IMDb. Is it an adaptation of the book?
    Thanks for all the news, and some lovely photos of late!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 4th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It is a planned adaptation of the Kurt Eichenwald non-fiction book and Matt would play Mark Whitacre. Matt and Steven Soderbergh have been planning it for years but it never quite gets made. In the early days there were rumors that Julia Roberts would have a role. (Try Matt's Wikipedia page for a summary of the book.)

    Matt says it will start filming on 15 April 2008 and be completed by 30 June 2008. After Ultimatum, that shooting schedule would be bliss!
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