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Bourne Ultimatum update
  • Julia Stiles talked about her role in Bourne Ultimatum at this Coming Soon interview (all comments from her latest junket, but this article is the longest available). Filming supposedly starts in New York this summer:

    While doing interviews for the upcoming remake of The Omen, actress Julia Stiles spoke to ComingSoon.net about her next few movies.

    Of course, the one that most people will be interested in is The Bourne Ultimatum, the third chapter in the successful action series based on Robert Ludlum's novels, which star Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. The movie is scheduled to start shooting in New York this summer.

    "I'm going to be in it," she confirmed to ComingSoon.net. "Paul Greengrass is going to direct it. Matt Damon and Joan Allen are going to be back too, and it's going through so many incarnations of scripts. I think I was lucky to not die in the last one, but I just don't know if I'm going to be good or bad."

    "I really liked that you didn't know what I was doing in the first one," she continued, "and then luckily for me, they decided to explore my character a little bit more in the second one, and now hopefully, more in the third one. You feel like it's a trilogy that is complete. It's not just one movie and then another, and then another. Characters you didn't pay much attention to in the first one, you realize they are much more significant as the trilogy goes on. It's also a work in progress, too. That's part of the reason why I can't explain what exactly my role is going to be in this one, because what's great about Paul Greengrass is he's really good at updating those stories so it's not going to be anything like what the book was. I've seen a first draft, and then Tom Stoppard is doing [rewrites]. It'll be much more about current events, which I think is much more interesting."

  • A photo of Matt on the set of Youth Without Youth with lead actor Tim Roth is at the website of actor Billy Barth (see 'Actor' page).

  • Update: From the Miami Herald:

    Actress Lara Flynn Boyle was supposed to host a pre-Memorial Day dinner party with best pal and publicist Lara Shriftman at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Thursday night -- until she came down with strep throat. Among the guests who will have to take a rain check: Serena Williams and expectant daddy Matt Damon, who declined the original invite because his wife, Luciana, is about to give birth.

    Damon obliged, however, when it came to working out with a personal trainer, which he did Wednesday morning at Equinox on South Beach. According to a fellow iron pumper, "He was working out with a trainer doing some interesting exercises with the cables."
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 27th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    >A photo of Matt on the set of Youth Without Youth with lead actor Tim >Roth is at the website of actor Billy Barth (see 'Actor' page).

    Wow. That picture should have the caption "Matt Damon with two really creepy guys." Yipes.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 28th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
    Hey, don't knock Tim Roth, who is a very accomplished actor. And at least the other guy put the photo on his site and is, well, a man of varied interests.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
    Whoa, hey, whoa! I'm not knocking the guy, kay!? But in that picture (and it might just be how he looks in that particular picture) there are two guys that I definitely wouldn't want to come across in a dark alley.

    As for Matty, I don't think I've ever seen a bad picture of him. BTW, I love that icon you have of him above. Is that from a movie I don't recognize?

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 28th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
    (I knew you weren't knocking the guys - and the setting doesn't help much either - a falling down Romanian building...)

    The beige shirt icon is from a press junket, for Ocean's Twelve I think.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 27th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
    "Filming supposedly starts in New York this summer"

    Wouldn't that would be difficult when Ocean's 13 is filming from July 21...?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 27th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I was the one that wrote in about the production dates for Bourne. I was interning at NBC Universal, and that was some info that passed through my hands in April (I think?). So, whether or not that gets changed...who knows.

    But, I can say that everyone in my department said Matt is very nice in person. (And that says a lot b/c not every celeb got such good reviews!)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 28th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for letting us know the source - it sounded authentic and certainly was!

    Matt's probably going to have a smaller role in O13 and they will fit in his role around Bourne if necessary. Many of the O13 cast have other filming commitments and they will only be on set at the required times.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
    Awww. Brad and Angelina had a baby girl they named Shiloh. I just really hope that Matt and Lucy give their baby a pretty name. I don't know why all the celebs pick these crazy names. Shiloh is pretty, but I wouldn't want it for me, or my baby. Let's see what Matt and Lucy come up with.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 28th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
    The early Dominican reports claimed that Angelina was due at the same time as Lucy, so it's getting close.

    I don't want to start huge lists of speculative names, but my guess has always been Isabella, and I'm sticking with that.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
    Why Isabella? I can smell a story behind this ;-)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 28th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
    No story, I think it just works (Spanish influence, bella = beautiful girl, first child etc).

    Then some months after I guessed that name, a person connected (two degrees) with Matt said the baby's name would start with an 'I'. :-)

    But there's a few other celebrity connections with that name (Tom/Nicole child, Drew Lachey's child), and it's only a guess.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
    O, ok
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Oh my god!!! I totally thought that too, no joke. I am spanish so I thought it would be cool, or I also liked Emma =)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    "I" names, huh? Well, I hate to be the bringer of cutsy-wootsy, corny suggestions, but how about Iris. Ya know, Iris & Violet. ...:D
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