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  • An item at the Boston Herald has denied recent reports in Life and Style magazine and the National Enquirer that Lucy is pregnant.

    We hear... that Matt Damon and his bride, Luciana, are NOT preggers with their second child. According to pals of the couple, Mrs. D. isn’t hiding a baby bump. "Just because (daughter) Isabella is 1 people seem to think it’s time for them to have another one," said our spy. "But they aren’t."

  • Despite that report, here's a few other rumors within sightings at the Miami Herald and the Miami Sun Post.

    Date Night With the Damons
    Some concert goers en route to the Samsung/AT&T Summer Krush show by Kinky at The Fifth caught a glimpse of Matt Damon and his reportedly preggo wife Luciana at Nobu last night. If she was eating raw fish, we guess she ain't pregnant. But no one paid attention to what she was eating. They were too busy gawking at Damon's Bourne-again physique. Yum!

    Matt Damon, who was recently spotted buying one of those stand-up paddle boards at the Quicksilver shop on Lincoln Road, is about to be a daddy again. Damon’s wife, Luciana Barroso, an Argentine beauty whom he met in a South Beach nightclub, is reportedly three months pregnant with the couple’s second child.

  • An Australian interview is here.

    And in contrast to Bourne's materially unencumbered lifestyle, the man who played him was lumbered with a couple of trolleys' worth of luggage at every station.

    "It just looks like I'm travelling light," laughs Damon, who was accompanied by his wife, Luciana Barroso, her daughter Alexia, 9, and the couple's 13-month-old baby Isabella.

    The actor reckons Bourne's freewheeling ways would strike a powerful chord for anybody who has kids.

    "I remember those days when you could move from city to city. You just jumped in a car and went. It wasn't that big a deal. You would figure food and all that stuff on the way," he says.

    "If you have kids, there's that requisite amount of planning - when are they going to eat, when are they going to nap? And more baggage than I could ever have imagined. I thought the baby would get a bag. I didn't understand there were strollers, and car seats and Pack'n'Plays."

    Not that Damon is complaining. Or at least, only fleetingly.

    "I wouldn't trade my life for anything. I spent my whole life on the road by myself, you know, and it's just so different."

    Even with the support of his family, however, Damon says he found the third Jason Bourne film the most difficult to shoot.

    That's why he's still a bit puzzled by its overwhelmingly positive reception -by critics and fans alike. Bourne Ultimatum pulled in $US63.9 million on its opening weekend, topping that of its two predecessors. And the reviews have been almost uniformly good.

    "When we started, we didn't have a script in place. And so that was the biggest challenge, creatively trying to pull this thing together. This is a completely unique movie for me because I've never had one that's been greeted with this much success, and yet the process was so unbelievably difficult and unrewarding in a way."

  • An article on the new breed of action heroes at the Chicago Tribune.

  • An article on the upcoming OneXOne event at the MSN Canada.

    Last year Matt Damon was the host. How did you get him and other celebrities?
    "We have built a great relationship with D.A.T.A., which is Bono’s organization in Washington and they do a lot of work with Matt on the One campaign. They introduced us to Matt and his partners and they have become an integral part of our foundation."

    Who is hosting this year?
    "We’re very excited that Matt Damon is coming back. The other important partner is Wyclef Jean who is our musical ambassador; Shakira will perform and we will have our Making a Difference award winners who will be Richard Gere, Petra Nemcova, The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, as well as the three runners from the documentary ‘Running the Sahara.’ I truly believe they are participating because they believe in what we are doing. Both Matt and Wyclef are incredible philanthropists who do great work all the time. Having them involved with us is a real blessing."

  • Matt and Paul Greengrass will attend a photo-call, press conference and premiere for The Bourne Ultimatum at the Deauville Film Festival on Saturday.

  • An interview with Matt aired on Australian travel show Getaway tonight - some brief questions and answers.

    Favourite place to holiday - Goa.
    Favourite Australian travel experience - Travelling around Sydney harbour.
    What do you never leave home without? - Wallet, passport and house keys. "I've had the experience of going around the world and coming home in the middle of the night and not having the keys to my house. That is not fun."
    Favourite city - Rome.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 30th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ultimatum comments

    I finally saw Ultimatum tonight and despite seeing hundreds of photos from the set, reading hundreds of reviews, knowing every major plot point and even the ending, I thought it was still brilliant. I was amazed by the pace from the opening scenes and first notes of the soundtrack, but even more amazed by the amount of mirroring scenes from earlier films. It's going to be fun to analyse Ultimatum against the previous two films and see how many scenes were original. Even Matt's green shirt at the end looked like it had been taken off the set of The Departed.

    So brilliant in wrapping up every plot point, and I'm almost surprised that not more has been made of its very strong political overtones - it's a huge attack on current political events and the US presidency (or so says an Australian).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 30th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ultimatum comments

    Im glad you enjoyed the movie! I guess the next wait is for Margaret. Thank you for all of your hard work you put into covering Ultimatum all summer. -Jess
    jjthomas10 From: jjthomas10 Date: September 1st, 2007 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ultimatum comments

    I'm so happy you liked the movie. Now you just have to see it a few more times to note all the things you missed the first time. :-) Was your theater crowded and how were their reactions to certain scenes?

    Now you can go over and read at imdb.com. You'll be surprised how many people thought they were seeing things with the "Get some rest" scene. And of course there are those who say its boring, redundant,derivative, blahblahblah. And the shaky-cammers are a little outnumbered this time. Plus it puzzles me why people would see this movie without having seen the first two.

    Oh well, I think I'll go see it again later today. Gotta keep those week-end numbers up and help it make $200 million domestic.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 1st, 2007 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ultimatum comments

    Thanks for your comments JJ. I've seen it now twice in two days and am quite satisfied for the time being. Some things certainly made more sense on second viewing and weren't quite so super-human.

    The crowds weren't huge, but they were early evening sessions on Thursday and Friday. There's virtually no audience response in Australia, and no applause ever during a movie, but the scenes that got the most response were mostly those in the trailers.

    I've avoided the IMDB board on Ultimatum for weeks because it's so negative and aggressive. I don't need to know everyone's individual complaints.

    The Australian reviews have been very mixed, and some of the most negative reviews (mostly due to the camera work) that I've seen anywhere. It won't stop the crowds though, and Australia will still be have one of the best returns outside of the US and UK. Matt's appearance here three weeks before release won't help though, but it certainly raised awareness of the movie.

    Ultimatum is expected to make $200 million by Tuesday.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 30th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hurrah! you've seen it at last. So glad you enjoyed it. We saw it again last week and thoroughly enjoyed it again; oddly I found the violence more disturbing than on first viewing, but in a good way, it's not the usual senseless almost pornographic violence that Hollywood glories in, especially if the victim is a women.

    The fight scene with Dersh was just brutal, I found it very hard to watch a second time, by the way I think Joey Ansah is beautiful, absolutely my type, dark and brooding.


    I loved the way many of the loose ends were tied up, but also left a few left dangling (in case they do a fourth?) like what was the nature of Jason's relationship with Nikki, were they lovers? did she recruit him to Treadstone? Was the first man Jason killed the real Jason Bourne? Where will he go now? I think he'll try and find his family (parents, siblings if he has any). Anyway lots to speculate about.

    It is the most political of all three movies, and as Matt and Paul are left-leaning liberals I'm not surprised it's critical of the current US administration. I don't follow politics at all. The people who most crave power are usually the very last who should be given any. In my view power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    I'm bored of these pregnancy rumours. Time will tell on that issue. I wish the tabloids would leave them alone. They're not Brad an Ange for goodness sakes! Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 30th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Great that you have now seen the film Felicity! I urge you to go and see for a second time asap!


    My friends and family and I are debating not only the political overtones, but whether that sort of technology exists. We were also laughing because Waterloo Station never looked so good - today I was back in the station for the first time since seeing the film - laughing out loud to myself as I passed by Threshers (the wine store where Simon Ross hides).

    I can't believe Matt is coming back to Europe for Deauville - especially with his bad neck. What a professional Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 30th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Rainmaker special edition

    Well this finally arrived after a few weeks. Worth the wait. Normally you get a raw deal with these so called special editions - not so this one. In addition to extended deleted scenes and screen tests (Matt looks soooo young) there is a very interesting documentary on Coppola's directing of the actors. Shows them playing games, improvising and even giving the actors physical discomfort in order to play the scene in the right way - for instance, when they film Matt as Rudy meeting all the lawyers and staff from Great Benefit, they stick a rock in his back and in his shoes to show his discomfort - so he doesn't have to think about the acting. Those actors have to work hard for Coppola. Absolutely fascinating.

    Which reminds me....is the Bourne Supremacey special edition worth buying?

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 31st, 2007 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Rainmaker special edition

    Can't remember the Supremacy special edition, but I'll check it again later.

    The Rainmaker SE was great, and I've got lots of quotes and stories the commentary and features, but forgot about it in the Bourne rush. Will do a post on it soon.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 31st, 2007 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 31st, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)


    A photo of Isabella with Lucy's mother and sister in Miami on Thursday is at Celebrity Baby Blog.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 1st, 2007 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)


    Have just checked the official website for Deauville and the press call with Matt and Paul Greengrass will be at 1430 French time. Jan
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