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Sydney Pollack dies, Bourne at MoMA
  • Director, producer and actor Sydney Pollack has died. Pollack was a producer for The Talented Mr Ripley and Margaret, and a producing partner of Anthony Minghella, who also died recently.

  • The Museum of Modern Art in New York is adding the three Bourne movies to its collection, and will celebrate with a special presentation on Friday.

    Then on Friday night, MoMA's Titus 1 theater will host a symposium featuring the producer, screenwriter, and film educator James Schamus as he moderates a discussion with Doug Liman, director of the first "Bourne" film, and Dr. Giulio Tononi, a prominent psychiatrist and neuroscientist with a particular interest in the real-life underpinnings of the kind of memory disorders that are the basis for Jason Bourne's dramatic on-screen struggles.

  • There are a few articles with Paul Greengrass following his appearance at the Hay Festival: IC Wales and Reuters, including:

    As far as the successful Bourne trilogy is concerned, Greengrass admitted that shooting the latest in the Matt Damon feature films – Bourne Ultimatum – ran into problems when they filmed at Waterloo Station in London – because too many on-lookers tried to capture the chase scene on their mobiles and camcorders.

    "We would have to get a dummy camera out and then nip around the corner and shoot," he said. "By the time we started making it, so many people had been snatching shots that I would log onto YouTube and would see my own sequence cut together with one someone had shot and had added music to it."

  • An interview with Bourne and Green Zone stunt coordinator Markos Rounthwaite is at TV3 NZ.

  • It appears that Robert De Niro still intends to make a sequel, or the planned second part, to The Good Shepherd. Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, De Niro said it will be released within four years - my translation follows of this article.

    The actor acknowledges that, by contrast, he has had to grapple with the production when it happens behind the camera. "Generally, the discussions concern money," he said, saying that in the case of 'The Good Shepherd' (2006), "Matt Damon was always present in times of pressure."

    He does not seem discouraged, since he is working on a sequel to it. "I hope that it will premiere within three or four years. I do not think I will make more than five movies in my life and that is if I'm lucky. This will be the third," he said.
  • 5 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 27th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Good Shepherd Sequel etc

    I really hope De Niro is able to do a sequel; I loved the movie and felt it was too short. I still think maybe a TV mini-series would have suited the material better, but that's just my opinion. It's a really great and totally underrated movie and one of those films that improves with repeated viewing, having watched it a few times I like it more and more, the only thing that still jars is Billy Crudup's 'English' accent, still horrible. Matt really should have received an Oscar nomination for his role, no actor in Hollywood did better work that year.

    Even though I do feel for Paul Greengrass, Waterloor station is used by 350,000 to 500,000 commuters every day, I certainly would have taken a few pics if I'd had the chance. The Waterloo sequence is my favourite in the movie and not just because it's in the city I live in.

    Really sad news about Sydney Pollack dying, and so soon after Anthony Minghella - a very talented director and I liked him a lot as an actor too.

    Also, I agree with Maureen's comments about the work you do on the site. I'm really hoping it remains fun for you for a very long time. Marcia

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 27th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)


    It's a sad year for classy movies with the loss of Misters Minghella and Pollack. So few are left in Hollywood like them.

    I would give my right arm to attend that symposium at MoMA. (Unfortunately, that's about what it would take as I live 1500 miles away!) Jason Bourne is the most fascinating movie character to come down the pike in decades, imho. Perhaps we'll get some feedback about it after the fact?

    I respected Good Sheperd more than I liked it. I thought the major problem was really pacing and that more scenes delineating the strained relationship between father/son/wife/ were needed to give the ending impact. But Matt was spot-on according to Cate Blanchett. She called it her favorite performance of the year, and she knows a thing or two. The sequel is supposed to have more action, so that should help the public reception, and it would be fun to see Angelina play a full-out lush.

    Ditto the comments about the site. In chronicling the public life of one actor you are also providing a fascinating snapshot into the movie biz in this era.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 27th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Not been around much lately - but check the site every couple of days still. You do a fantastic job Felicity.

    The prospect of a sequel to Good Shepherd fills me with great excitement. I really want to know what happened to Matt's character. But please not Billy Crudup next time - I don't think I have heard a worse British accent ever and that includes Dick van Dyke!!! ;-)

    And very sad about Sydney Pollack.

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