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  • Photos of Matt and Lucy leaving Nobu restaurant in Malibu after dinner with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Patrick Whitesell and Lauren Sanchez on Saturday are at Gossip Girls and X17 Online. A report on the dinner is at People.

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    Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck met up with Matt Damon and his heavily pregnant wife, Luciana Barroso, at Nobu Malibu on Saturday night for a two-hour dinner on the patio that included cooked fish and sushi rolls.

    "Ben and Matt were entertaining the girls with stories, and they were all laughing a lot," says an observer of the couples.

    When dessert came, the celebratory group toasted – after all, Garner and Affleck's third wedding anniversary was the following day.

  • Crew members from The Informant spoke with children participating in a summer cultural program - a report from the Star Bulletin - below. Another report about the filming in Hawaii is here.

    The reason the crew chose to shoot here was because the book on which the script is based described a business meeting at the Makaha Resort - back in the early 1990s when it was a Sheraton - and they wanted to make each location as authentic as possible. "We're all impressed with how professional the local film community is here," said Lavet, who added that they hired about 10 percent of the crew for this shoot in Hawaii.

    Though it's not typical for a writer to travel with a production to various locations, Burns did not complain. "Steven (Soderbergh, the director) tends to be very collaborative with the writer," he said. Every once in a while, Burns has had to tinker with a scene that's not working. But he also noted that there's plenty of help, as Soderbergh and Damon have been known to write a bit, too.

    Compared with where they started in Decatur, Ill., Hawaii "is sort of a world unto itself," said Burns, who is spending a few days on Maui. "This is the same distance from Los Angeles as New York," he mused. "It's kind of a better way to spend five hours."

  • Joel McHale spoke briefly about his role here.

    TV Guide: You're doing Steven Soderbergh's film The Informant — it sounds kind of serious. What kind of part are you playing?

    McHale: It's a dark comedy and I play an FBI agent. It's [based] on a real story about price-fixing in a major American corporation. Now, that doesn't necessarily sound like a hilarious movie, but the guy that Matt Damon plays was such a character. I'm the third lead, [so] I'm obviously very excited. And I didn't have to meet Dina Lohan.

  • An amusing comment from Burn Notice actor Jeffrey Donovan here:

    "I don’t have the good looks of James Bond, and though I am a big fan of the ‘Bourne Identity,’ I don’t have Matt Damon’s chops and probably his intellect," Donovan says. "So I don’t think I’ll ever be confused with anybody really good."
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    layne67 From: layne67 Date: June 30th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
    No photo of all four of them together?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 30th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)


    No. Matt and Lucy left the restaurant just before Ben and Jen, so they're in the background of one shot, but they certainly didn't pose together. Matt and Lucy also left with another couple in their car, so it wasn't an exclusive double date.

    Edited at 2008-06-30 01:07 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 1st, 2008 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)


    The other couple that arrived with Matt and Lucy and left in their car is (Matt and Ben's) agent Patrick Whitesell and his wife Lauren Sanchez.

    They're all in the video at X17:

    But the TMZ video won't work for me:

    Edited at 2008-07-01 07:15 am (UTC)
    From: novice_41 Date: July 1st, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Guests

    actually I see no need to do such vids... but anyway that's hollywood ;).
    seems like Matt never loses his temper. respect!

    so while checking the TMZ link I sighted this one in addition:
    guess who? (choose the second last vid in the list) what's your opinion?
    is this Matt (maybe during the Informant shooting) or not?

    thx for the pics. very charming ;)

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 30th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
    They always look so happy together!

    - Mary
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2008 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)
    So Paul Walker and Universal are pushing to do a fourth Bourne next year.

    I've been away for a while so I've just been catching up on the column. All I can say is no, no NO. In their dash to make a quick buck they are going to ruin a fantastic franchise. Matt and Paul Greengrass don't want to do another so soon, and Tony Gilroy wants to continue as a director and doesn't appear to be interested at all.

    There really is no need for a fourth, the story has now been told; Bourne has got his memory back and he's still grieving for Marie, but there is definitely a sense of closure, at least for me. Matt has said he would like to revisit the character ten years later, and I think he's right.

    Ultimately the Bourne series is a love story and a tale of redemption, what more can doing another movie add to that?

    Matt appears to be a person of intregity, and not too driven by financial rewards so I hope he will continue to resist the considerable pressure to fill the balance sheet of Universal and Paul Walker's production company by putting out an inferior product, which will add nothing new, and will turn off fans of the movies. And Gwyneth Paltrow? Are they kidding? She's only every played one role, the icy blonde, that's her range.

    Hopefully this is all just rumour and supposition, and nothing will come of it, but I just hope Matt's 'people' will advise him to avoid doing this. It really will tarnish a so far golden career in my view; he's had a few misses of course as all actors do, but I don't think he's every done a role just for the money so far.

    Fabulous pics by the way. Matt and Lucy look really loved up. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 1st, 2008 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)


    I agree that a sequel is being forced on Matt and Paul by the producers (Frank Marshall) and Universal, but I don't believe Matt and Paul will sign up for it if the script isn't good enough. They have to find a new direction for the story, and if there's no story, there really is no reason for a movie. Matt may think the fans want a sequel, but I doubt he will make it without a legitimate reason.

    And I don't think he would do anything for the money. He doesn't need the money, he doesn't need or probably want the attention that would come with another Bourne, and probably doesn't want the stress that would come with the expectations of a sequel. I doubt it's a done deal yet.

    But in better news, there's hope that Green Zone may be out for Oscar contention at the end of the year. In a press release to announce that Amy Ryan is staying on 'The Office', it mentions that Green Zone "is set for release in December." No official word from Universal or Working Title Films yet.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 1st, 2008 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Idiocy on the web

    If anyone would like to slam the writer of this article at Cinemablend about his claims that Matt deliberately sabotaged the Bourne Conspiracy game, please go ahead. A more ignorant and ridiculous article you may not see (until you see other gaming-related articles).

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 2nd, 2008 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Empire magazine

    There must be an on-set interview for with Matt (and probably Paul) for Green Zone in the latest issue of Empire magazine.

    Some quotes from the interview:

    Those expecting forthcoming Iraqi-set film Green Zone to cause controversy will be disappointed, according to its star Matt Damon.

    In an interview with Empire magazine, Matt said that the Paul Greengrass-directed film will be a reflection of what life was like for CIA agents searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

    "I'm not going in trying to make a statement, particularly with a movie that costs 80 or 90 million dollars. Hopefully this will feel like an accurate portrayal of what things were like for these guys. You can't do a polemic -- you should just be blogging if that's what you want to do," he is reported to have said.

    The film, which is being filmed in Rabat, Morocco, is reportedly going to be in real time - something which Matt apparently finds a challenge.

    "My tempo is quite high. That's an issue with this film, pushing to get it into real-time all the time. But there's a danger with that -- that you don't get a pulse," he reportedly said.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 3rd, 2008 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Ante up for Africa And Green Zone

    Photos and reports from the poker tournament in Vegas, with more photos at Yahoo. Lucy's in the background of some pics and sitting next to Matt at the poker table.





    Video of Matt and Ben being interviewed:

    And a photo from Green Zone with a few more quotes:

    Edited at 2008-07-03 02:59 am (UTC)
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