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Bourne, Martian extended cut
  • Matt talked about the pressure of making a new Bourne movie to AP here and here.

    For Matt Damon, the "Bourne" films have been like a lifeblood.

    "I was kind of inoculated for that five or six year period when I made the first three. I could make decisions with absolutely no thought to what the potential box office was," says Damon. "It was liberating in that sense. I knew that if I had another Jason Bourne off in the middle distance, it would kind of rescue me and keep my career afloat for a few more years."

    In "Jason Bourne" (out July 29), Damon returns to the spy franchise that made him a full-blown movie star with all the freedom such status affords. Given how much 45-year-old actor credits the series with, it's a welcome homecoming.

    "It's obviously the most significant thing that's happened in my career," Damon said in a recent interview from the set of Alexander Payne's "Downsizing." "I definitely knew I wanted to do it again but I was always kind of tethered to Paul (Greengrass). I knew I didn't want to do it without him."

    Damon says the delay was partially caused by a struggle to find a worthy next chapter for the character. The time helped: "Jason Bourne" was inspired by Edward Snowden and more recent debate over civil liberties.

    "All those people who have come up to me over the years, hopefully they're representative of a whole group of people who will go buy tickets," says Damon. "We're counting on it. You never know. It's the movie business, so it could be a total disaster."

    "It's a different landscape than 2002 when the first 'Bourne' movie came out," says Matt Damon, who returns to the franchise in Paul Greengrass' "Jason Bourne" (July 29). "It's like a high-stakes poker game that I don't want to be in. The swings are just so brutal. Ben (Affleck) just opened 'Batman v Superman' a few weeks ago. Everyone around him and in his life was nervous about it. You feel less a sense of exultation when they do well and more a sense of relief because the bets are so big now."

  • The extended cut of The Martian will be released on 7 June.

    The extended edition includes an extended cut featuring 10 minutes of brand new footage not shown in theaters as well as more than two hours of behind-the-scenes content. Included in the new material is audio commentary by renowned director Ridley Scott, writer/executive producer Drew Goddard and author of the novel Andy Weir. There is also a documentary of the science behind recreating Mars for the film; interviews with NASA specialists and engineers; and a Q&A panel discussion about the planned journey to mars featuring commentary from NASA experts.

    NEW Special Features Content Includes:

    Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (Director), Drew Goddard (Writer, Exec Producer) and Andy Weir (Author of The Martian)
    Deleted Scenes
    The Long Way Home: Making the Martian
    Dare Mighty Things: NASA’s Journey to Mars
    Journey to Mars 101 Q&A
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2016 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Fame and Money at a Cost

    I've known one or two actors (well, and maybe a few more), and I've never encountered a single one who wasn't anxious about his/her last job actually being their last. It's hard to imagine yourself being flushed out of the business with no offers or no longer being famous because no one wants to see your face any more because your moment has passed. For every Ozymandias there are the crumbled ruins to speak for them.

    But Matt and Ben needn't worry. Even when he is no longer the Bourne macho man, he will still be one of the very best actors (leading and character) of our time, and Ben will still be a fine director and decent actor. They are an institution in Hollywood with great instincts. Sure, they have "show biz anxiety," but butterflies often make for the best performance. They'll be around quite a while. Hmmmm... Sorry for all the hot air. Just musing.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2016 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Fame and Money at a Cost

    It's interesting Louie. Yes, an actor's career is by its very nature scary, but even by those typical standards it's a shaky time. Everybody keeps predicting/hoping for the collapse of the superhero trend, but seemingly nothing can kill it. It's just bash, bash, all summer long (now,spreading out all year) and movies with any true emotional resonance or reality keep getting fewer and fewer. For even the big, proven movie stars there are so few worthy, interesting, challenging projects.

    I feel terrible for the actors, who Hollywood chooses to blame when movies aren't successful. It's ridiculous, because studios are (mostly) corporate entities who couldn't care less if what they make is good and market test the hell out of what they produce. While the actors would - probably unanimously - absolutely LOVE to be in something artful and wonderful. I agree with you about Matt, he's got a diverse career and he also produces, so he's going to be fine. But I feel especially bad for actors younger than Matt. Chris Pine is an actor I like a lot and there was a really nasty article in the NY Post recently calling him "box office poison". Really ticked me off!

    End of rant. 😜
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 1st, 2016 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt in NY

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2016 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Matt in NY

    Ha, a Guinness cap. Man, he's sure racking up the air miles lately.
    From: iri_na_00 Date: May 2nd, 2016 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt in NY

    Matt was in New York two days and there are only two photos. It is so a pity. I read this website now for last years and I see what then his photos was more. And video too. (
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 2nd, 2016 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The new look

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 2nd, 2016 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: The new look/Matt, Payne photo

    Lol, Matt looks like he's some bizarre shaman performing an excorcism on Payne, what with his 'patch' coat and costume and bald head. Ha, ha, ha. that costume makes Matt look like a cube! He has exactly the same dimensions in every direction! So funny.
    Re: The new look - (Anonymous) - Expand
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 2nd, 2016 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Riz Ahmed talks about working in the Bourne movies:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 3rd, 2016 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: EW

    Another photo from NY outside the play (and Matt's old apartment):

    From: iri_na_00 Date: May 3rd, 2016 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    The new look

    I don't think it's a wig. I very much liked Matt in Elysium. But there he was slender. And now there are cheeks. He is similar to the alien :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 3rd, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New pics (with hair)

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: May 4th, 2016 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New pics (with hair)

    well that solves the odd shaped head dilemma. he was wearing a bald cap. whew!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 4th, 2016 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Toronto filming locations

    From: iri_na_00 Date: May 4th, 2016 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    New pics (with hair)

    That's good. I was afraid that he will be bald at Born's premieres. :)
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