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Ultimatum, Kimmel clip, Doug Liman
  • The Bourne Ultimatum received four nominations for the Empire Film Awards: Matt for Best Actor (he won previously for The Bourne Supremacy), Best Film, Best Thriller and Best Director.

  • Here's a funny follow-on story from the Matt/Sarah Silverman video: the makers of Diet Snapple wrote to Kimmel to apologise for the drink's 'role' in the clip - as reported at Miami Herald's Scene in the Tropics blog, in a letter to Jimmy Kimmel written by 'Diet Snapple' - excerpts:

    In an attempt to console you, here's a whole lotta me for you to enjoy. Hopefully it will numb the pain. In fact, if your viewers want to share their girlfriend/boyfriend is [bleeping] someone else story on air , they can have a case of me too...

    Anyway, keep your spirits up. It's not like she was [bleeping] Ben Affleck or anything. Now that would have been embarrassing.

    Diet Snapple

  • Paparazzi tried to get George Clooney's opinion on the video, or Matt's dancing skills, here.

  • There's an interesting interview with director Doug Liman at New York Magazine, where a little more information is revealed about the problems of The Bourne Identity, and Matt's role. And a great line about his dog.

    One does notice that Liman’s tales of conflict usually turn out well. “I always get my way,” Liman confides one day, his eyes widening.

    Unfortunately, Stacey Snider, the head of Universal when Bourne was being made, didn’t share Liman’s confidence in himself. To the studio, Liman’s process seemed costly, unorganized, and, worse, immature, with some justification—one night he paid the crew overtime to light a forest so he could play paintball. “Universal hated me,” says Liman. “I had an archenemy in the studio. They were trying to shut me down. The producers were bad guys.”

    Relations got so bad that the studio rejected out of hand anything Liman said. For a time, Liman developed a back channel in Matt Damon, who was playing Bourne. “I would be his surrogate because at least I could be heard,” says Damon. That only worked sometimes.

    (And, by Hollywood standards, the Liman process works. “He’s four for four,” says Damon, who adds, “He saved my career with Bourne.”)

    [Liman] sits with his sheepdog Jackson—for his birthday, Liman bought him some sheep—
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2008 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm really hoping his schedule will allow him to attend the Empire Awards - he's almost certain to win - when he won for Supremacy he told Jonathan Ross he loved the goody bag they gave him. It's a pity it's not a televised ceremony (at least I don't think it is), I'd definitely watch this one.

    I'm going to skip the BAFTA's; Ultimatum has no chance of winning and Matt isn't nominated anyway and therefore won't come. A three-hour luvvie lovefest is more than I can sit through.

    I've been rather baffled by Doug Liman's directing choices since Identity: Mr & Mrs Smith, and now The Jumper is about to be released here, not great choices I think. Just my opinion by the way, I'm sure most people will disagree with me.

    I love Diet Snapple's response to the video.

    Matt seems to have disappeared off the face of the planet, but I have my own lookalike in my office; one of our temps is the spitting image of him and is also called Matt, he also runs to keep fit, and is a lovely, lovely guy, his fabulous smile is almost as great as Matt's. I'm going to enjoy him while he lasts, he leaves at the end of March (sigh).

    My thanks for the great work you do on this site, even when Matt is nowhere to be found. Marcia
    From: bmcampbe Date: February 5th, 2008 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
    As far as Doug Liman's directing choices, I hated Mr and Mrs Smith.

    And I liked TBS and TBU more than TBI.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 5th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Agreed on all points.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm putting my hand up and agreeing as well. Mr. & Mrs. Smith was beyond awful.

    Greengrass is spectacular as a director. If he's directing a film I *will* watch it because you know it will be good.

    ~Maureen~
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
    My mother and I both hate Mr $ Mrs Smith, so when someone says that he likes that movie, I about to run away.
    X Pauline.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Just to add my own opinion...I'm really glad Paul Greengrass took over the franchise. Also glad that Matt can keep himself out of the limelight and concentrate on filming...and hope he appears at the Empire Awards. I have a feeling that if he is there, he will have won....I'm sure they tell the big stars under these circumstances....Paul Greengrass is also very popular. Have a slight concern that Atonement and James McAvoy are quite strong....Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Sorry...double post

    We still need to nominate for the Empire Awards...the shorlist is up on the website, but we need to vote. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 6th, 2008 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Awards

    Thanks Jan. I do hope they're able to go to the Empire Awards, especially as the magazine was so supportive of the movie (and called it best movie of the year). Paul Greengrass isn't scheduled, apparently, to go to the BAFTAs this weekend.

    The site to vote for the Empire Awards is below and I'll post it in the next update, whenever there's some news around...
    http://www.empireonline.com/awards2008/nominations/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I guess I'm the only one who preferred "the bourne identity"...the jerky camera of the next two installments drives me batty, and neither have matched the innocence of the first movie...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 7th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    You don't like "Mr. and Mrs. Smith??

    Wow! I thought I was the only person who hated that movie! The last scene makes NO BLOODY SENSE!! Brad and Angelina's characters kill all of the CIA-whatever operatives, and there aren't any consquences? They can just go back to a "normal" life? On the other hand, I loved the "Bourne Identity", it's the only movie were we really get to see more of who Jason is. In the other two Bourne movies (which I also love) Bourne becomes more and more of a blank. It's kudos to Matt that we still care about "Jason" during this movie. I really felt cheated by the teaser scenes, like the ones betwen Jason and Nicky. ** Thanks as always for keeping all the information here updated!! Must go now to vote for Matt and Bourne at Empire! (Thanks for the link!) -- Cheryl
    From: bmcampbe Date: February 7th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: You don't like "Mr. and Mrs. Smith??

    On Mr and Mrs Smith, I thought the whole second half of the movie made no bloody sense.

    On the Bourne Identity, you make a really good point about the character Jason Bourne being more developed and real in the first movie. Plus the development of the romance between Jason and Marie was the best romance I've seen Matt have in a film. But I like all 3. It's really hard to say which one I like the best. But I like the frenetic pacing of Paul Greengrass. And I'm usually not a fan of action movies.


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