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Greengrass confirmed for Ultimatum, Margaret update

  • Yes, more interview text and no pictures, so nobody's going to read it. An interview at IGN is virtually the transcript of one round of the junket interviews - some excerpts:

    Q: How hard is it to maintain your focus with Bellucci?
    DAMON: I'd say impossible. There was that scene, and I almost kissed her. The line was, I would say, 'You are the fairest of them all,' and then we were supposed to consummate it with a kiss, and then Jacob breaks the mirror. So the shot was, I'd say, 'You are the fairest of them all' and it was so close and then crash and then she'd turn and she'd scream. So we did it like nine times, and finally I'm just going like, 'You are the fairest of them all. Don't break that f***ing mirror.' And he had to get his cue right.

    Q: Have you seen Syriana yet?
    DAMON: Yeah. It's really good and they've moved it to December because I think they're pretty excited about it.

    Q: What about another Bourne movie?
    DAMON: Yeah, off in the middle distance somewhere. I keep doing movies like with Terry Gilliam, I just wrapped one with Scorsese, I'm going to do this run of movies and then, if I flame out in all of them, I'll do another Bourne movie [and] buy myself a few more years. (Laughs)

    Q: Is that the trade off with doing those movies?
    DAMON: No, I love the Bourne movies. Paul's doing it, Paul Greengrass, is gonna do it again, which is huge. We had a great thing and I really love working with him. And so no, I'm excited. There's no reason the third one shouldn't be the best of all of them. That would be the only way to kind of come back and do it is not just to milk the cash cow, but to make it a proper kind of trilogy and finish it on a great note so that people look back and say, 'you know what, that was a f***ing kick ass three-movie trilogy there.' It's not something I would want to do forever, you know. [in old man voice]: 'I'm Jason Bourne! Get off my land.' (Laughs)

    Q: Can you elaborate on what scared you (in Brokeback Mountain)?
    LEDGER: You know, the idea I had to make out with Jake Gyllenhaal for one, which, just wasn't the easiest thing to do.
    DAMON: You found making out with me pretty easy though.
    LEDGER: It was dark and I was drunk. (Laughs) This was daytime and there was a lot of lights. (Laughs)

  • The Kenneth Lonergan project Margaret was confirmed in Variety:

    'Margaret' gets moving

    Fox Searchlight and Camelot Pictures are co-financing "Margaret," a Kenneth Lonergan-directed drama that is fast casting up for a September start.

    Anna Paquin is set and thesps Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, J. Smith-Cameron and Jeannie Berlin are near deals.

    Scott Rudin, Gary Gilbert and Sydney Pollack will produce and Fox Searchlight will distribute. Pic will shoot in New York.

    The drama revolves around a Gotham teen, her actress mother and the girl who tries to make amends for her complicity in a terrible traffic accident.

    Lonergan wrote the script for "Margaret" and has worked for two years with the producers to pull it together. Searchlight exec veep Claudia Lewis will oversee the pic. Anthony Minghella and Dan Halsted will exec produce.

    Paquin, who stars in Noah Baumbach’s "The Squid and the Whale," also will reprise her role as Rogue in "X-Men 3" for 20th Century Fox this fall.

    Damon adds the pic to an already busy schedule, as he completes the Martin Scorsese-directed "The Departed" and the Robert De Niro-directed "The Good Shepherd."

    Ruffalo and Smith-Cameron are reuniting with Lonergan, as both were in "You Can Count on Me." Smith-Cameron is also Lonergan's wife.

  • A sighting from the NY Post:

    Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon taking a lunch break from filming "The Good Shepherd" in Manhasset's Muncie Park at nearby Stresa restaurant...
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