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Journey to Planet Earth interview, Bourne sequel
  • Matt will be interviewed in the Miami Herald on Sunday about a recent taping of Journey to Planet Earth - a preview is at Glenn Garvin's TV blog, and also here:

    Man, we can't do anything right around here. Even our paparazzi are lazy and second-rate. Interviewing Matt Damon for a story that will appear Sunday, I asked him what it's like living on Miami Beach (as he has for the past four years) instead of Los Angeles where the movie and television industry is located. His answer: Great!

    "Here, I don't have to deal with any of the nonsense," he said. "All the paparazzi live in L.A. There are guys waiting outside the gates to your house 24/7. But here, my wife and I figured out pretty quickly, it's only on the weekends, because Miami paparazzi have day jobs. They can't hang around all the time. So we just never go out on the weekends. The only time I leave is to go jogging.

    "One of the guys stopped me once and said, 'Can't you do something besides jog? I've got like 20,000 pictures of you jogging.' And I said, 'Man, that's the whole point.'"

    I spent an afternoon this week hanging around the Coconut Grove studio where Damon was taping the narration for an episode of the PBS environmental series Journey To Planet Earth. For more of his opinions -- on spies, torture, the war in Iraq and nymphomaniac fish -- check out Sunday's Miami Herald.

  • Photographer Greg Williams has uploaded a series of photos from the Morocco set of Bourne Ultimatum here, including:

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  • Matt's quoted in the February 2009 issue of Empire (UK) magazine from the Morocco set of Green Zone talking about Paul Greengrass' plans for the movie:

    "Paul wants this to be a big mainstream movie. He wants people to see it."

  • Emma Roberts talked about some early encounters with Matt on last week's Jay Leno appearance - her quotes and a photo are at Just Jared.

  • Bourne producer Pat Crowley talked about the possible Bourne sequel in an interview Wednesday at the Daily Telegraph. Matt has said previously that he won't sign on to the movie until he sees the finished script.

    Crowley's latest project will be the fourth Bourne film, with Damon already agreeing to reprise his role.

    "We've got a treatment but we don't have a script yet and it's a question of whether we'll shoot it this year or next year."

  • Paramount will not be exercising the option to make Torso/Ness with director David Fincher, and so the project is currrently shelved. Matt was rumored to play the role of Eliot Ness.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 25th, 2009 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne Times Two!

    Wow! What great updates! Loved to see the new shots from Bourne Ultimatum. Didn't think we'd ever get to see some new ones. And it was interesting to see that there's still some confusion about Matt's participation with Bourne 4, with Crowley saying there's going to to start shooting, and Matt saying he'll decide when he sees a script. Am assuming (!) that Universal would make an annoucement when the script is done and Matt and Paul G have signed on. Still have the internal debate about whether Bourne 4 is a good thing or not. As always thank you so much for taking the time and effort to keep this website updated! Best Wishes, Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 25th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne Times Two!

    Thanks Cheryl, and thanks also for being about the only one commenting these days!

    The Miami Herald interview is now up, and Matt also confirms the rumor of a few days ago (which I thought could not be true) that he's doing the Bourne sequel after Green Zone's now up to $125 million in production costs.

    The interview is below, where Matt talks about not attending the inauguration and his likely participation in the Good Shepherd sequels:
    http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/v-fullstory/story/869216.html

    On Green Zone, Moriarty (Drew McWeeny) wrote recently about how it's on his list of 'question mark' films of the year, with the following wary comments (why is Matt always involved with difficult shoots):

    "Green Zone"
    Oh, man, the stories I've heard about this one.
    Paul Greengrass is a very good director. No doubt about it. World class, in my opinion. And I hear chaos is part of his process. I hear he thrives on that sort of energy, especially when trying to put together a film about life inside U.S.-occupied Iraq, starring Matt Damon and a whole lot of real military guys. It sounds like the first round of shooting was just a warm-up, a way to learn what they really needed to make it a movie, and there's another round that's either about to happen or that just happened. Because there's so much uncertainty about that first round of shooting, this one has to end up on a list of big gambles for the year. When you trust your film to chance, as Greengrass does in some ways, you're sort of playing dice by definition.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 25th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Just Curious

    Where in the Grove is his studio?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 25th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Just Curious

    It's not his studio - the article mentions that he recorded the voiceover at the Cineart Group studio.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Assorted bits

    Those Bourne set pics are great - it's fun to see Matt in his 'Bourne costume' joking around and smiling in a way that he never would if he was in character.

    Uh-oh, Matt's talking politics again, everybody brace yourselves for a potential troll seige.

    And my understanding about Torso is that Paramount will still have the opportunity to buy the rights from another party, should they choose to do so. And, how could they not? Fincher just got nominated for 13 Academy awards, has a great track record with similar material, and it's obvious that many in the blogosphere are rooting for this movie. I'm not giving up on it yet.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 26th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Assorted bits

    Hi Paula. I was afraid your comment would be the first of the trolls, but happily not!

    Matt really just doesn't care what people think of his comments, and he will likely upset the same people he upset before! And they'll attack his support of Haiti development on Tuedsay as well!

    My view of Torso is if they didn't pick up the rights while they had them, they really don't care. Lots of talk of budget issues for Benjamin Button, and while I really didn't like that movie, Fincher's back on home turf with a serial killer movie. But maybe it's too familiar ground and the studio wasn't willing to support it for a few more years.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 26th, 2009 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Fabulous Life of Real Life Cinderellas

    The VH1 show mentioned by readers in previous months aired on Australian channel MTV tonight. Lucy's included as an ordinary girl who struck it rich.

    The only new information was a photo of an article featuring Lucy as one of Miami's sexy bartenders (maybe a year or so pre-Matt). The bartenders were answering questions about dealing with flirtatious customers, did the guys buy them drinks etc. Lucy looked great, and I think the article was from 'Complete Woman' magazine - I've never heard of the article before and it's not available online (and no gossip column or tabloid has ever digged it up before).

    For amusement - a blog article about Matt being harrassed at a club in Miami on Saturday night is below. For the detractors - I do pass on some semi-negative stuff...
    http://miamibro.blogspot.com/2009/01/matt-damon-hates-my-guts-and-i-hate-his.html

    Edited at 2009-01-26 10:45 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 27th, 2009 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Blog posts

    This response to the miamibro post is even more vile to me - they're encouraging getting photos of a person by any means possible irregardless of the situation. And he can't understand why people are supporting Matt/the celeb/zoo animal:

    http://carlosmiller.com/2009/01/27/a-miami-bloggers-run-in-with-matt-damon/

    Edited at 2009-01-27 10:30 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Lots of interesting information to chew over. That link you posted of Matt being accosted in a nightclub was a weird read. She kept going on about how nice she was, but sounded very aggressive bordering on rude to me.

    Gonna leave the politics alone (not my strength), but any opinion, whoever holds it seems to inflame people to an insane degree these days. I guess the art of genuine debate is officially dead; Matt certainly didn't help his own cause (though I'm sure he doesn't care)by calling that guy at the New York Times an idiot, reverting to name calling is very, very childish; that sort of behaviour should have been left beind in the playground.

    I can't believe Green Zone has production costs of $125 million. With the world's financial systems on life support where could they raise that kind of money? How could the studio ever recoup their investment, and this is before marketing the movie has even begun, which would add many millions more to the budget, it would have to be a huge worldwide hit, and if it follows the trajectory of every other movie about Iraq that probably won't happen.

    The interviewer seems to have caught him in a feisty mood, a fascinating read.

    Thanks
    Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 27th, 2009 10:34 am (UTC) (Link)
    I wonder if the recent attitude is a deliberate means of destroying the image, or just a sign that he doesn't care about the business (or caring if people like him any more). It's going to affect his movies, and it's very damaging to his public persona.

    I can't believe Green Zone would cost that much, although the comments by Moriarty (posted above) are very concerning. I'm sure the final movie will be great, but it's going to struggle to make any money and will be deemed a failure. So nobody wins. And Matt making a so-called anti-war movie, even if it's not - a red rag to the enemy, who will smother the press in negative sentiments.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 26th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Family photos

    Photos of Matt and family in the backyard of their home in Miami are at PopSugar. Those are private photos and should not be on the photo sites, but it appears the paparazzi have taken their revenge on Matt after his comments about the poor state of Miami paparazzi.

    http://www.popsugar.com/2737486

    And the first troll has struck. Any political posts will be deleted immediately.
    From: froggy1972 Date: January 26th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Photographs

    As much as i love to see photo's of Matt and his family these particular photographs are just so wrong, your back yard is somewhere you should have complete privacy no matter who you are, I hope things settle down for them again.

    Thank you for such a brilliant site, I love reading about all the new projects coming up and i am looking forward to seeing Green Zone and The Informant.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 26th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Photographs

    I've made a comment on the site and written to the author of the PopSugar article advising her that the photos were taken at Matt's home. The photo agency writes the captions, and they may have been deliberately misleading. Hopefully the photographs will be removed.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 27th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Two things,I like your site and tell us more about the next Bourne movie.
    Syl.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 27th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks. Just look through the archives of the site for information about Bourne and other projects.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 17th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
    Cool..love the pic. Hope things are going well. Been very very busy. Alli

    Wish you great success and happiness.

    God bless
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 17th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
    Oh and thank god I checked the updates. I will be sure to watch the State of the Planets Oceans on Wednesday at 8pm on PBS. Peace.

    Alli

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