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  • A new poster for The Adjustment Bureau is here (and below). The review at The Hollywood Reporter is very positive - excerpts:

    George Nofi pulls off a relative rarity in his feature film debut -- which stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt -- by creating a genuinely romantic fantasy suspense thriller.

    With vibes from such recent clever films as The Matrix, Duplicity and Inception darting through this adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story, first-time director George Nolfi has pulled off a relative rarity -- a genuinely romantic fantasy suspense thriller -- in The Adjustment Bureau. Quite low-tech as these things go and a great New York location film in the bargain (no Toronto doubling here, thank you very much), the picture nimbly scampers all over the city while betraying a disarmingly whimsical attitude toward the central couple's peculiar peril. Although more accessible conceptually and dramatically than either the Wachowskis' or Nolan's films, and possessing far more heart, this classy Universal release might nonetheless be perceived as too brainy and sophisticated for lowest common denominator mass consumption, indicating good but not great box-office results.

    Equally responsible for keeping the viewer on the film's side is the excellent rapport between Damon and Blunt. Incorporating known aspects of Damon's personality -- his political interests, athleticism and thoughtfulness -- into the role helps David quickly assume three-dimensional stature. Damon also strongly conveys the character's wounded side as well as his sense, when it comes to Elise, of bewilderment and persistent hope. It's a satisfying, full-bodied performance.

    For her part, this is the best Blunt has been onscreen since her early work in My Summer of Love and The Devil Wears Prada and certainly the film in which she seems most vibrant and alive in a romantic pairing; Elise sasses and tests David at every turn up to the point when she allows herself to become vulnerable and honest. For the film to pay off, it's imperative that you believe in these two despite it all. And you do.

  • Video of Matt and Emily's photo shoot for Men's Health/Women's Health is available at the website of Men's Health Australia - some stills below.

  • An Australian interview with Matt and Emily is here. Matt discusses filming in Chicago and the Oscar nominations for True Grit co-stars at the Chicago Tribune.

  • An article on location shooting with a focus on We bought a zoo is at NPR.org:

    Four-legged neighbors? Gotta think of them, too. Miles from Los Feliz, on a 450-acre ranch in Thousand Oaks, location manager Chris Baugh is overseeing the creation of that same film's zoo — made from scratch just for the movie. There are horses pastured nearby, and while everything seems bucolic and calm at the moment, that could change: Tigers will eventually populate the zoo set.

    "Wait till we bring in the big cats," Baugh says.

    Plus there'll be lots of other creatures on the film — flamingos, llamas, monkeys and the bear. For a six-week shoot, Chris Baugh will also have to provide facilities for the care, feeding and safety of a tamer group (one hopes): the cast and crew.

    Director Cameron Crowe says it's all worth it, if it helps an actor like Damon.

    "What was great was being able to bring him to these places and say, 'This is what we found.' And he immediately said, 'I feel the movie here. I can play this character,'" Crowe says.

  • Actors in contention for Bourne Legacy include Tobey Maguire, Taylor Kitsch and Kellan Lutz.

  • A negative and poorly considered article on Matt's box office potential is contrasted with interesting reader comments at The Wrap.
  • 8 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Isn't it misleading to use the Bourne name in the tittle, when Jason Bourne is NOT in the movie??? Syl.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 25th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne

    That's just Universal trying to find more ways to make the franchise continue without Matt. They can justify it by saying it's about the Bourne universe, rather than an individual character.

    My vote's for Taylor Kitsch.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne

    Surely a younger actor will attract a new generation of fans to the franchise. And who knows? The new movie might be even more successful than the previous ones. But at least for me, a Bourne movie without Matt is not a Bourne movie.
    I just hope that someday, Jason Bourne returns.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne

    I agree that the 'Wrap' article is influenced by studio short-term thinking. A studio executive's idea of what a movie star should be is somebody who sells out his audience to make a movie he doesn't truly believe in for the money. Matt has always tried to take the longer view.

    And I gotta admit to a certain amount of delight in Gilroy's leading man difficulties. He made his own bed.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Today Show

    Matt and Emily's Today Show interview is online at msnbc.com
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 25th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)


    The Today show interview:

    Matt turned up in a bathrobe at the Publicist Guild Awards honoring his publicist Jennifer Allen:
    @Breznican: Matt Damon in a bathrobe shows up "late" to give his publicist, Jen Allen, her Pub Guild award: http://yfrog.com/h7rsiwej

    A positive review by Drew at HitFix:

    Article about film at NY Times:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Piers Morgan

    Kevin Smith was a guest on Piers Morgan's show tonight and they briefly discussed Matt. Morgan said the upcoming interview was "fantastic" and said he had been struck both by how bright and how "resolutely normal" Matt was.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 26th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Piers Morgan

    Thanks Paula, I'll look out for the interview.
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