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  • The full length trailer for True Grit is now available.

  • It has been announced that Tony Gilroy will director Bourne 4, to be called The Bourne Legacy. There is no word yet as to whether Matt will be involved. Mike Fleming at Deadline.com, who broke the news, claims Matt would 'be crazy to give up his franchise character and a huge paycheck' while The Wrap claims the sequel is unnecesary and 'leaving the franchise would be the best thing Damon could do for his career.'

  • Confirming earlier reports from TIFF, Thomas Haden Church has been cast in We bought a zoo, which is due to start filming in LA in January. Amy Adams may also join the cast.

  • Meanwhile, more details about the filming of Contagion in Chicago are available from Before the trailer and here.

  • A great review of Hereafter from Sasha Stone is at Awards Daily. WB will campaign for Matt in the category of Best Actor for Hereafter, which will not clash with Paramount's campaign for Best Supporting Actor for True Grit - from EW.

  • Details of the live episode of 30 Rock are from The Girlie Show.

    Episode 504: Live Show
    On show night, Liz Lemon grows increasingly infuriated when no one seems to remember that it’s her 40th birthday. Just before the taping, Tracy Jordan becomes convinced that nothing is funnier than a performer laughing and breaking character, which he elects to do all night, much to Jenna Maroney’s chagrin. Meanwhile, Jack Donaghy struggles with the consequences of his promise to give up drinking while Avery is pregnant.
    Also starring: Matt Damon, Jon Hamm, Cheyenne Jackson
    Air Date: October 14, 2010 (8:30 for the East Coast and 11:30 for the West Coast)

  • Matt attended the New York Film Festival premiere of Inside Job last Friday. Photos from Zimbio. Director Charles Ferguson (pictured with Matt below) talked about working with Matt here:

    How did [narrator] Matt Damon get involved?

    Ferguson: Two ways. We asked him, and he said yes. He was the only person we asked; we thought he would be better than anyone else we could imagine. So why did he like him? He’s someone whose voice and character are well known obviously, and he’s known to have political concerns in an intelligent way. And why did he say yes? I had no idea this was the case. He had seen my first film. He had made a thriller action film called Green Zone set in Iraq and while he was preparing for that role, he saw my documentary on the occupation of Iraq and clearly liked it. So when he saw our and my name on the request he was thrilled, and turned out to be absolutely great, not just for the narration.

    He had clearly read the transcript of the entire film quite carefully, and had made a number of intelligent suggestions about the precise places that we ourselves had regarded as problematic. And we had this very quirky convoluted ending, and the one you see in the film owes quite a lot to his suggestions and discussions on the film. And needless to say, the total budget of this film is less than $2 million, and he worked for substantially less than his normal wage.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 5th, 2010 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne Legacy

    OK, my comments on Bourne Legacy. I still say Matt should (unhappily) do the film for as much money as possible and donate all fees to charity.

    Pros (why he could do the film):
    * Loyalty to Universal
    * Loyalty to fans, who mostly want another film in the series if the quality isn't reduced
    * Paycheck?
    * George Clooney may recommend Gilroy as director
    * The script may be good and logical
    * Perception that he needs a hit (even if his films have done/will do fine and he probably doesn't care)
    * Involvement of Frank Marshall

    Cons (why he may not do the film):
    * Has never seemed overly supportive of Tony Gilroy, who has publicly commented on his feud with Greengrass, his dislike for the series and how they mistreated his scripts etc. But I think Matt has always publicly praised the scripts of Gilroy in interviews.
    * Loyalty to Paul Greengrass (even if Paul says to proceed)
    * Unlikely to want to film for four months in Europe/outside US (although is filming the Crowe project in LA) - could all studio work be in NY and location shots only overseas?
    * Even if the film is a success, it doesn't really help him (we know the public wants to see Matt as Bourne)
    * Character is pretty boring to play and the making of all previous films were not easy or satisfying.

    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: October 5th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Doug Liman just tweeted that he is shooting a PSA with Matt for Feeding America.

    DL: I'm shooting a PSA today w/ Matt Damon for Feeding America. We're cold and wet but it's worth it. http://ow.ly/2OL37 #mattdamon
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 5th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Matt's shooting a PSA with Doug Liman? Well, THAT'S interesting timing, don't ya think ,)

    Ha, ha.

    I've gone back and forth on the Bourne question over and over. Bourne is my favorite movie character to emerge in, probably the last twenty years, and on one hand I hate to let him go.

    But you can't live in the past.

    1)Bourne is a creature of the paranoid decade of the 00's, when 9/11 and its bizarre aftereffects ruled. That decade is gone.

    2)The thing that made the character so compelling, his search for his unknown past, is gone. It simply wouldn't have the same meaning for him to be chased by the bad guys because he's not the same person. And don't even get my started on the repellent suggestion some are putting out that he should go to work for the government. That's a betrayal of Bourne's past, of Marie, of the last three movies, and of us as viewers.

    3)I can't imagine Matt could have the same relationship with Gilroy he did with Greengrass and Liman. Gilroy is too precious about his writing and too much of a stuffed shirt to ever be collaborative. For heavens sake, he refused to speak to Greengrass when they changed his story to make it more filmable.

    4)Gilroy hated and verbally dissed all three of the movies. Quotes from the Baltimore Sun: "While Gilroy was making the press rounds for 'Duplicity,' his second film as a writer-director (the first was 'Michael Clayton'), he confessed that he disdained the way Doug Liman directed the first 'Bourne' film. And he deemed Paul Greengrass' handling of the second film a 'crime against the gods of storytelling.' The last 'Bourne' film (again made by Greengrass) he refused to see.

    5)I'm sure Matt wants to be loyal to Frank Marshall, but instead of doing this maybe they should go make another movie together, one they both feel confident is reaching out for somthing fresh.

    6)I know Matt's career would take a temporary hit if he said "no" and the movies he has coming up tank. But Matt is enormously talented and has an amazing career, working with the best directors out there. If he can't act according to his principles who in the world can?

    7)Having said all this (sorry) I just want Matt to listen to the dictates of his own conscience and let the thing sort itself out how it will. All the evidence on your website suggests that he's got a pretty good head on his shoulders. He should just follow his heart.

    Sorry I'm so wordy, I've thought about this way too much.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 6th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)


    Paula - pretty much agreed. All things considered, Matt seems very unlikely to agree to Bourne 4. We'll find out at the Hereafter press conference this weekend.

    On the PSA - Doug's posted a photo of Matt on the set, and says there will be more on the site (not up yet).

    DL: Matt and I shot a PSA today for Feeding America. I'll have more pics on the site #mattdamon http://twitpic.com/2uyg9w

    And from his most recent blog post - is he trying to recreate Jason Bourne?

    Ironically, today I’ll be directing the third spy in my life, Matt Damon, in a PSA for an organization called Feeding America. Scouting yesterday, I made the decision that since it’s stormy weather in NY, we are going to shoot rain or shine and we’re not going to give Matt an umbrella or even a raincoat because his character wouldn’t have access to one. So my first time shooting Matt since Bourne Identity is likely to leave him very cold and very wet but it will probably trigger a sense memory of being in Paris in 2001 in the freezing cold. I’ll let you know how that goes after we’re done.

    And because it's interesting and timely - a blog post from Liman on how Tony Gilroy got involved in Bourne:


    Edited at 2010-10-06 07:25 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 5th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)


    You probably know this already, but here it is anyway...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 6th, 2010 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Gossip item

    Matt was followed/stalked for 15 blocks and they make it a gossip item and question his behavior?

    Was Matt Damon having a bad "Bourne" flashback yesterday? A friend of this column couldn't help but give chase when he saw the hunky action hero, dressed for invisibility in black knit cap, hoodie and navy-blue jacket, start sprinting down the sidewalk on Amsterdam Ave. at 86th St. as if he were filming a scene from his blockbuster spy trilogy.

    Our source pursued Damon for 15 blocks before losing him at 71st St., where the actor ignored a "Don't Walk" sign and danced through oncoming traffic. After big gulps of air, our source surmised that Damon may have been fleeing to avoid getting recognized, and suggested we offer him this advice: Racing down a sidewalk, crazily dodging pedestrians, is not how to keep a low profile.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: October 6th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 7th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
    I would really love to see Matt in another Bourne movie but only if it is as high-quality as the previous ones. I can't see anyone else as Jason Bourne - Matt has really put his heart and soul into that character.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 7th, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Karen's comment

    Agreed-I really can't see anyone else than Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. I was thinking about Doug Liman and the Bourne Identity -- really a suberb movie and I hope the next Bourne movie can be just as good! I love the series and hope there is some way to keep Matt in it!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Karen's comment

    I agree. Bourne Identity was may favorite of the trilogy. I hope Matt does another one.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: October 7th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
    In an Mtv interview Ben suggests that there is a small possibility that Matt may direct "The Trade". He doesn't say for sure, but it seems like it has at least been discussed between them. Who knows if it will actually happen, but I think if Matt wasn't going to direct something that he actually wrote it would be something Ben, Casey or even George wrote.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 7th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
    This has always seemed to be more Ben's project than Matt's. And taking on a project that by the logline will deter about half of the audience is a challenge.

    Matt's previously said he wouldn't direct anything he didn't write himself, and then changed to basically say he was looking for any material (already written). This is closer to the first approach, but not a very personal project.

    Doug Liman on Matt (but not the PSA):

    Tina Fey doesn't know if Matt will be back:
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