December 15th, 2004

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Charlie Rose Wednesday, Bourne's continuing success

  • Matt and Jerry Weintraub's interview on Charlie Rose's show will air tonight (barring any significant news events today). Show details are here. Thanks to Natasha.

  • A Universal press release promotes the success of Bourne Supremacy on DVD, amongst other achievements:

    'Bourne' Franchise Reaches New Heights as Universal Studios Home Entertainment's 'The Bourne Supremacy' Explodes Out of the Gate With 5 Million Units Sold in the First Seven Days

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Marking yet another milestone in the spectacular success story of the Jason Bourne franchise, "The Bourne Supremacy" reigned supreme in its first seven days on retail shelves, selling 5 million DVD and VHS units. Released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment on December 7, 2004, the tremendous strength of the sales figures is just the latest in a long line of successes posted by the franchise.

    An even bigger hit than its predecessor, "The Bourne Supremacy" opened theatrically in July 2004 to over $52 million, going on to gross $176 million domestically. That same week, "The Bourne Identity Explosive Extended Edition" was the top-selling DVD in America, ultimately selling over 1 million units this year, making it the biggest live-action re-promote of 2004. The original "Bourne Identity," when released in home entertainment, set its own record as the #1 rental title of 2003. The franchise further demonstrated its enduring popularity with a recent airing on USA Network of "The Bourne Identity" -- this airing ranked as the top-rated movie on cable this year among adults 18-49.

    "This confirms 'Bourne's' status as one of the most popular spy franchises of all time," said Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. "'The Bourne Supremacy's' first week sales blew away those of all spy thrillers, including those in the Bond and 'Mission Impossible' franchises."

  • From People Online.

    Matt Damon Displays His Love

    Matt Damon showed everyone his love for girlfriend Luciana Barroso on a recent night out at Dan Tana's. Though the pair was at the West Hollywood eatery with another couple, they didn't tone down the PDA, with the Ocean's Twelve star keeping his arm wrapped around Barroso throughout the meal and sharing kisses. "They were all over each other, very in love," says a spy.
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    The Departed, Sox bash

  • A few mentions of The Departed from NY Daily News and here, talking about the large-scale filming of The Aviator:

    It’s a risky proposition, he said. "I don’t know how many more times I can make a big film with a budget like this that has elements that have enough risk factors to make me feel comfortable," Scorsese said.

    In fact, he said he next is returning to small-scale filmmaking with a gangster movie called The Departed that has a simple tale to tell. "The simplicity is the challenge," he said, "because simplicity is deceptive".

    Scorsese and DiCaprio now have a third film collaboration in the works, "The Departed," an update of the Hong Kong cop-and-gangster tale "Infernal Affairs." Set in contemporary Boston's Irish underworld, "The Departed" begins shooting next year.

  • A story from the Boston Herald:

    Fenway South fete

    The party just won't stop for World Series-clinching Red Sox chief John Henry, who was feted in Florida the other night at a Fenway-themed bash attended by hundreds of buds, including Hollywood It Boy Matt Damon.

    Production poohbah Scott Wooley hosted the hoedown for the soft-spoken Sox sultan at his haute home in Delray Beach, which was transformed into a mini-Fenway South, said our spies.

    Valets sported Sox uniforms, a guy hawked programs at the entrance to the "paaahk" and there was even a pot-bellied Babe Ruth wandering through the party looking crushed now that his Curse was reversed. Or maybe, since it was the Babe, the doppleganger was just drunk!

    Anyway, we're told Damon, a Sox superfan, came late to the party with a few of his buds. Team titan Tom Werner, hobbling hero hurler Curt Schilling and perennial party guest, the World Series trophy, were also in attendance.

    During the night - and after Henry got the This-Is-Your-Life treatment on video - the megamillionaire jumped up on stage, grabbed a bass and jammed with the band. But we're reliably informed that the song wasn't "Sweet Caroline."

    Now, the pre-party buzz was that "Margaritaville" man Jimmy Buffett or Henry's rocker pal, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, would entertain. Both were no-shows, but Wooley's friend, Jimmy Sommers, was there to croon some tunes and hand out copies of his new Christmas CD to guests.

    And speaking of which, the party's lovely parting gifts were "World Series Champions" baseball caps and a Series pin.