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Celtics, Informant, Human Factor
  • Matt and Ben apparently attended Game 3 of the Lakers/Celtics NBA finals series in Los Angeles as a guest of the Celtics, and watched the game from a private box. Video of Matt at the Spike TV Awards spruiking the Celtics is available here, thanks to a reader.

  • Photos of Matt on the LA set of The Informant on Monday are at X17 Online and Pacific Coast News Online.

  • Further details about plans for The Informant to film at The Makaka Resort in Oahu, Hawaii, in the week of 23 June are here.

  • More reports about The Human Factor are available here and here.

    It will be directed by Eastwood and stars Damon as former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar.

    "It is indeed exciting,” Pienaar said. “My wife is quite pleased that they picked Matt Damon."

    Meanwhile, Freeman will launch Carlin’s book in New York next month.

    Carlin refused to divulge details of the script, but said: "My book covers a time span between 1985 and 1995 — essentially about Mandela’s political genius in getting white South Africa completely into the great project, and getting black South Africans to support the Springboks.

    "The country was in an extremely volatile condition in Mandela’s first year of presidency. There were a lot of right-wing threats of terrorism; the country could have gone either way."

    Pienaar said he had indeed been approached to meet with Damon to help him prepare for the role. He said no time frame had been set for the meeting yet.

    SA Rugby CEO Johan Prinsloo told The Times the rugby body had not been approached by the filmmakers to use any of the local stadiums or the Springbok brand.

  • An inteview with Paul Greengrass about his new role as the new President of Directors UK is at the Guardian.

  • Video of Guillermo from Kimmel taking on the role of Jason Bourne in the video game of The Bourne Conspiracy is here.

  • And it's a happy birthday to Isabella, who turns two today.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 11th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)
    I googled the actual video game and cannot believe the violence in it. No wonder Matt refused any part of it. I certainly won't purchase it.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 11th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Video game

    I liked the review at EW (or somewhere else) where they discussed the violence in the game and stated that they never remembered the movie being like that.

    Here's a quote from the Boston Phoenix about the game which incorporates Matt's comments.


    In short, The Bourne Conspiracy has no ambition beyond resembling the films. Matt Damon decided not to contribute his voice and likeness to the game because he’d wanted it to be puzzle-based and cerebral, almost like Myst. How we laughed at poor naive Matt! Thing is, he was right. The Bourne Conspiracy could have been a much more interesting game if only it had aspired to be. Instead, it’s a joyless plod through the same drab airports, parking garages, and subway tunnels that always appear in games of this type. (Think of another movie tie-in, Stranglehold, whose star didn’t have the good sense to stay away.) Bourne’s espionage comes down to picking locks, which you accomplish by holding down a button for a few seconds, and ripping control panels out of walls. Is that all it takes to become a great spy these days?

    Edited at 2008-06-11 11:41 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 11th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    spike video

    That video came from novice 41, not from me. Great clip, by the way :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 12th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: spike video

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 12th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Forbes list

    Matt is at #51 on the Forbes Celebrity 100

    Power Rank 51
    Pay $21 mil
    Category: Actors
    Pay Rank 63
    Web Rank 39
    Press Rank 31
    TV/Radio Rank 20

    The Bourne trilogy has been an unprecedented hit in Hollywood: The films were made on relatively modest budgets and brought in huge returns for Universal. Much of that is due to Damon's charm. He somehow manages to look like an everyman while kicking lots of butt. He also made headlines this year with a viral video produced by comedian Sarah Silverman in which she professed her love for the movie star.
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