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Australian press continues
  • No photos yet from the Melbourne premiere. However, earlier in the day a shamless press opportunity was arranged to "Welcome Matt to Victoria" by the Victorian Premier, John Brumby. Watermarked photos only at this stage from AAP, with a story from the Herald Sun - a video and photo is currently at the site's homepage.

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    Brumby asks Matt Damon to run for Labor

    Victorian Premier John Brumby today received a ringing endorsement from actor Matt Damon - then tried to talk him into running for Labor in a by-election. Before tonight's Melbourne opening of his latest film, The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon took to the roof of Victoria's parliament house where he met Mr Brumby.

    Asked if he had to meet a lot of politicians on his publicity tour, the action hero replied: "Some, yeah, very few as cool as John Brumby ... you know we democrats stick together."

    Mr Brumby, who took over as premier last week, did his best to convince the Hollywood star to replace either former premier Steve Bracks in the safe Labor seat of Williamstown or former deputy premier John Thwaites in Albert Park.

    "We're looking for a great candidate, you know - we democrats stick together - it's a very good seat (Williamstown), nice, seaside seat, safe seat," Mr Brumby said to Damon.

    In response Damon offered up a potential campaign slogan: "My platform will be, 'I've never been there, but I hear great things'."

  • Interview with Sydney radio stations are here and here.

  • WebCarpetLive has been updated with LA premiere interviews and footage.

  • More photos from the Sydney premiere are at Just Jared and PopSugar. A report on the premiere is here. Video footage is at yahoo or The Age.

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    Damon's swooning fans happy

    Flying solo may not make for a happy Hollywood dad, but Matt Damon's Sydney fans loved having the star all to themselves last night, at the premiere of The Bourne Ultimatum.

    The Oscar-winner spent time signing autographs and posing for happy snaps outside the State Theatre, before joining VIP guests inside for the special screening.

  • A column by New York Post columnist Cindy Adams a few days ago (main item!) claimed (unsourced and likely untrue) there would be a Bourne sequel.

    With "The Bourne Ultimatum" vacuuming up money, the ultimatum now is - providing Matt Damon can careen on, the franchise must march on. This was to be the end of the line. Matt's even acknowledged that he's marching toward Social Security. But nobody pre-figured this to be such a blockbuster. None of the suits were prescient enough to tag this best of the three by far.

    Difficulties in shooting it included the fact that, for whatever reasons, dialogue got sort of made up as they sort of went along. Not that this thing's heavy on dialogue. Barring grunts, groans and oofs and ughs, the whole hour and 45 minutes has maybe seven words. Maybe eight. Matt Damon never had to worry about his memory, just his muscles.

    Anyway, this is to announce that "The Bourne Again" or whatever-the-hell their next one will be called is a done deal. Jason Bourne marches on.

  • A Forbes magazine follow-up story at the Independent, which focuses on Matt.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    More Bourne Movies

    I am a big fan of Matt Damon and of the Author Robert Ludlum - I would like to know if there will be two more Jason Bourne movies based on the last two Boune Books written by Eric Ludlaster (sp?)?
    From: jennaz123 Date: August 8th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne sequel

    As the first three films bore little resemblance to the novels, the fact that there are other Bourne books may have little bearing on whether there will be more Bourne movies.

    That said, I believe Universal will do everything in its power to release a fourth sequel, simply because at the moment, the franchise is among the most profitable properties it owns. I would not be surprised if senior studio executives have already decided to commit funds toward the development of another Bourne film.

    I assume they will want Matt and Greengrass, and will offer them a great deal of money to work on a sequel. And Matt has backed off his "no more Bourne" stance quite a bit, so I think the door is open. It may simply depend on whether he likes the situation (script/director).

    However, honestly, I have a feeling that even if Matt and Greengrass said "no," Universal might still proceed without them. They may view this like the Bond or Tom Clancy franchises--vehicles which can go on without the actor who established them.

    Personally, I'd like to see Matt in a fourth Bourne film. And my feeling is, it's going to happen.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 9th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    4th Bourne film

    I hope Matt does a 4th Bourne film - the third beckons for more answers. I don't think money is a big issue for Matt. He has done films for next to nothing. He may want more creative control or perhaps become a producer or an executive producer to the next film. We'll see...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 9th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    More Bourne Movies?

    Guys, While I love the idea of more Bourne movies, I have a hard time envisioning anyone else playing the same character that Matt does. If they "re-start" the series with new actors, as they've done with the Batman and Superman franchises, then I think it would have a better shot of being successful, but that's not what I want! I would love to see Matt play Jason again, but honestly PLEASE, can we actually spend some time with the character instead of watching yet another clever chase scene? And PLEASE, only make the movie if you do have a great plot. Think that Matt and Paul Greengrass are far too smart to do the "James Bond saving the world against an evil genius" thing, so would be very curious to see what they think should happen next! -- Another tactic for new Bourne movies was mentioned in an article that Felicity posted, I think from a Universal rep that said since "Jason Bourne" is simply a name that the CIA in the movie gave to "David Webb", so then any other actor could also assume the Jason Bourne identity. Sure, I can see that. It makes sense. But would I care about this character? No. I care about David Webb aka Jason Bourne because I sympathize for his struggles against what he's done and what's been done to him. Why should I care if they make a movie about another some other generic spy, even if he is a Treadstone/Blackbriar agent? Here's an analogy - why haven't they ever made a movie about any of the other "double o's" - where's the movie about "005", and "006"? Because they aren't James Bond. And the audience cares about James Bond, not about some OTHER superspy. -- Speaking of generic superspies, the "Bourne" books by Eric Van Lustbader are the height of generic superspy books - this isn't Bourne at all, despite some subplot about nightmares. This Bourne is so damn stupid and clueless, right from the beginning of the book, that I hated it. If you care about the original Ludlum's original Bourne or the Matt Damon version of Bourne, don't read these books! If you want to read some excellent fiction for the Matt Damon Bourne, I recommend a truly excellent fan story, "Bucharest Directive", By LithiumDoll, at this URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/movie/Bourne_Identity_Supremacy/
    Note that this story was written before Ultimatum came out, so it's not "true" to the new movie, but the characterizations and plot are excellent. -- As always, big THANKS to Felicity for this web-site and all her hard work. Take care, Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 9th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
    Sweet (but sad) story from the Herald Sun:

    He may be a megastar, but Matt Damon is, first and foremost, a doting dad.

    While Matt was in Sydney for the premiere of The Bourne Ultimatum, his wife, Luciana, and 13-month daughter Isabella were at home in the U.S.

    So to try to ease the tyranny of distance Matt and Luciana hooked up a video chat through their computers.

    However, little Isabella was having difficulty understanding the concept.

    "My daughter was actually trying to reach out for me and hug the computer this morning," a noticeably upset Matt told Confidential.

    "She thought I was right there in the computer and was reaching out from her mummy's lap and I just wanted to reach out to her, it was terrible."

    He said to save heartbreak for all parties, the video chat facility would be put away for a year or so, until bubs was old enough to get it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 9th, 2007 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
    Awwwww, how sweet and heartbreaking at the same time.

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