July 28th, 2007

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Joan Allen, reviews, videos etc

  • A highlight reel of the walk of fame ceremony, including some media questions, is at Access Hollywood.

  • More great Bourne Ultimatum reviews here and here. A 'making-of' Bourne Ultimatum special, with new footage, is now screening on HBO.

  • Joan Allen suggests an interesting sequel idea to Ultimatum in this interview:

    "I think these films are just remarkable," says Allen, who will turn 51 on August 20. "Matt is just wonderful in his part. He creates such a sense of being this macho guy, but one who's really confused and vulnerable. People are just hooked into the character, because they empathize with this guy who doesn't know who he is, where he came from, how he got to be where he is.

    "The other thing these films do, which is pretty amazing in this day and age, is that there's almost no profanity, there's no nudity or gratuitous sex, and there's very little gore," she adds. "It's just action. There are explosions and car chases and stuff like that, but the violence isn't over the top. It's tension, and it's caring about this guy and the dilemmas he's in.

    "I wonder about another one," Allen says. "I feel like it might be a 50-50 chance that there will be another one. We'll just have to wait and see. I think it would be interesting to wait 10 or 15 years, find Bourne when he's 50 or 55 and see what he's doing.

    "Maybe that'd be too long," she concedes. "I don't know if the audience would stay interested. But let a few years go by, at least, and have him age a little bit, and then concoct what's happened between the end of 'Ultimatum' and that period in his life. I kind of fantasize about that sometimes."

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  • Videos of the ceremony and premiere are at Sky News, including Joey Ansah talking about Matt.

    Joey: "I take my hat off to him. He is a fantastic guy, a real trooper, quite wise, he did all of the stunts himself – that’s not a stunt guy, that’s him doing it."

  • The impact of Ultimatum is already being felt - from movie critic Kevin Williamson at the Toronto Sun.

    SHOT DOWN: Clive Owen will never be Bond, which is a shame since he clearly has the chops. Case in point: His work in the outlandishly violent Shoot 'Em Up. I caught the world premiere of the movie, due in September, which stars the actor as a loner in a leather coat protecting a baby from hitmen led by Paul Giamatti. Unfortunately, having just come off the high of The Bourne Ultimatum, I couldn't help but feel Shoot 'Em Up, with its over-stylized John Woo-wannabe set pieces, felt as dated as a Hootie and the Blowfish concert.

  • Projections on Ultimatum's opening box-office from Nikki Finke:

    Next weekend (August 3rd), my box office gurus are starting raise their estimates for The Bourne Ultimatum which is getting rave reviews. The Matt Damon quintessential action pic looks more like "mid-$50s at least" now instead of just $40+ mil. One of the film's producers is trying to sucker-bet me that it'll do $60+ mil.

  • From a Fox News report:

    DOBSON: Matt Damon says forget Britney, Paris and Lindsay, he would rather his daughter looked up to co-star Julia Stiles.

    MATT DAMON: She is really smart, she is really talented, she has everything in great perspective and I can't imagine wanting anything else for my own daughter.

  • A Variety report on the premiere:

    The "Bourne Ultimatum" cast admitted at Wednesday night's preem it wasn't all work and no play on the set of the third installment of the Jason Bourne saga. "We end up just clowning around most of the time when we weren't shooting," said pic's star Matt Damon. "The sets are pretty goofy actually."

    Co-star Julia Stiles echoed the sentiment. "Tom Gallop, who plays Joan Allen's right hand man in the film, wreaked havoc on the set. He would drop his pants at different scenes." The group toasted the new pic alongside helmer Paul Greengrass and guests Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Ellen Pompeo during the after-party at the at the Palladium in Hollywood.

  • A few new pics of Matt and family are at Just Jared.

  • Actor Steve Carell has compared the new Get Smart movie to Bourne Identity - from Anne Thompson's column:

    He compares Get Smart to a comedic Bourne Identity. "These people live in a real world, a parallel reality. It's extremely funny but there's a sense of action and jeopardy."