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Today in Movie Culture: The Action of the 'Bourne' Movies, 'Pitch Perfect' Political Propaganda and More

1 hour ago | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Franchise Recap of the Day: With Jason Bourne out this week, Kevin B. Lee looks at the first three Bourne movies to show how action movies evolved in just five years (via Fandor Keyframe):   Actor in the Spotlight: Meanwhile, Matt Damon has evolved, too, and Burger Fiction has the montage to showcase his development:   Classic Movie Poster of the Day: In honor of artist Jack Davis, who died today at age 91, here's one of his greatest movie posters, for The Long Goodbye:   Political Propaganda of the Day: Elizabeth Banks put together a video for the Democratic National Convention and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign...

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Movie Review: They should have let Jason Bourne stay retired

2 hours ago | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

“I remember everything.” That’s the first line of dialogue in Jason Bourne, spoken over a black screen by the title character, presumably for the benefit of viewers who may have forgotten that everyone’s favorite amnesiac super-soldier finally regained his lost memories during his last mission. Bourne remembers everything, but will his audience? It’s been four years since the previous entry in this blockbuster franchise, and almost a decade since Matt Damon packed on some muscle and lost some levity to play Robert Ludlum’s signature spy. Those who don’t treat themselves to a “previously on” refresher may feel a little fuzzy themselves, the series coming back to them as a disorganized jumble of motorcycles racing down European alleys, desk jockeys yelling coordinates across blue-tinted control centers, and old white dudes furrowing their brows. It’ll all be a blur, just like the camerawork.

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- A.A. Dowd

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Matt Damon And Producer Frank Marshall Attend Jason Bourne Screening In Idaho

7 hours ago | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Opening Friday, July 29th is Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Matt Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.

On Wednesday July 20 at The Village in Meridian, Idaho, Damon and producer Frank Marshall treated moviegoers with a first look at the movie. Matt Damon walked the red carpet while fans of the films posed for selfies with the actor.

The two brought the fifth film in the black-ops thriller series to the Boise suburb for an advance screening and to help raise money for the Treasure Valley Ymca’s new South Meridian Family Ymca.

For Jason Bourne, Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series.

Frank Marshall again produces »

- Michelle McCue

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Matt Damon Agrees He Is a Good Card Player - But 'Not Ben Affleck Good'

8 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Matt Damon is a man of many talents - just ask his costars. "He is a good card player," Damon's Jason Bourne costar Alicia Vikander tells People. "I guess people kind of already know that. But it's something when even I knew that, and then got to see it myself." Vikander observed Damon's card-playing skills during filming in Las Vegas, where much of the third act of the new Bourne is set. "It's only because it's your fourth film set in Vegas, no other reason," Vikander, 27, tells Damon, 45, of his card-playing skills. "You've been kind of forced." For much more »

- Kara Warner, @karawarner

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Matt Damon Agrees He Is a Good Card Player - But 'Not Ben Affleck Good'

8 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Matt Damon is a man of many talents - just ask his costars. "He is a good card player," Damon's Jason Bourne costar Alicia Vikander tells People. "I guess people kind of already know that. But it's something when even I knew that, and then got to see it myself." Vikander observed Damon's card-playing skills during filming in Las Vegas, where much of the third act of the new Bourne is set. "It's only because it's your fourth film set in Vegas, no other reason," Vikander, 27, tells Damon, 45, of his card-playing skills. "You've been kind of forced." For much more »

- Kara Warner, @karawarner

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HBO Axes ‘Project Greenlight’ Again, Matt Damon & Ben Affleck Looking for a New Home

9 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Last year, Project Greenlight made a return to TV after being away for 10 years. The show originated on HBO back in 2001, lasted two seasons on the cable network, and then moved over to Bravo for a third season. The revival last year came as a surprise, but with the advances in the technology […]

The post HBO Axes ‘Project Greenlight’ Again, Matt Damon & Ben Affleck Looking for a New Home appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Jason Bourne Review

10 hours ago | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

It's been nearly 10 years since Matt Damon thundered around as Jason Bourne. He even said that The Bourne Ultimatum was his last outing as the character. And so did director Paul Greengrass. But shit happens and trucks full of money back up to houses. Whatever happened, Greengrass and Damon have teamed up again for Jason Bourne. So the band is back together, granted it's missing writer Tony Gilroy who was so pivotal in the other Bourne movies. Instead, Greengrass is teaming up with his long time Editor, Christopher Rouse. Which seems a bit bizarre, especially when you consider that this is Rouse's first writing gig. But before you go looking for flammable pitchforks, Rouse has been the editor on the last two Bourne movies as well. So,  he knows the character and knows him quite well. As does Greengrass and of course Damon does too. So why am I waffling »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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‘Jason Bourne’ Critical Roundup: Reviewers Have Fun With the Matt Damon Sequel but Wonder Why It Exists in the First Place

10 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Matt Damon is re-Bourne this week, but the first round of reviews suggest this latest installment in the spy franchise is one trip to the well too many. Indiewire‘s Eric Kohn calls Paul Greengrass’ “Jason Bourne” a “sequel to a franchise that didn’t need continuation…Damon and Greengrass have been coaxed back to resuscitate the series’ appeal, but even they can’t seem to muster more than a shrug.”

Read More: ‘Jason Bourne’ Review: A Useless Sequel Makes the Case For Its Own Irrelevance

Robert Abele is much more enthused, writing in TheWrap that this fifth go-round “should represent, for those ready and able to separate popcorn mayhem from the grim realities of world headlines, a bruising and exhilarating ride.” Further, he feels that the film’s mindfulness about the violence depicted onscreen “sets ‘Jason Bourne,’ and Greengrass’s shepherding of this franchise, apart from the rest of the blockbuster crowd. »

- Michael Nordine

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The Best Bourne Yet

13 hours ago | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Mark Cerulli

The series’ fifth installment explodes on the screen as Matt Damon returns to the role he originated way back in 2002.  The Bourne in this film is a bulked up, bare knuckle street brawler, earning money to support a humble off the grid existence. While never chatty and light, this Bourne incarnation is – if possible – even more grim and purposeful than before. (Supposedly Damon has only 25 lines of dialogue in the entire film!) His old CIA ally, Nicky Parsons (played by the wonderful Julia Stiles) tracks him down, offering freshly hacked information that will finally put the missing pieces in Bourne’s identity puzzle. When he learns that his own father was deeply involved then sacrificed, this chase becomes personal. Let’s just say you don’t want to get in Bourne’s way when it’s personal…

As important as Damon’s return to the franchise is, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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TV News: Peep, Greenlight, Vikings, King, StartUp

13 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Peep Show

Acclaimed and long-running U.K. comedy series "Peep Show" is getting a U.S. reboot with Starz announcing plans for a new adaptation of the sitcom. The show is filmed through first-person perspective from two dysfunctional friends who share their lives while trying to adjust to the professional world.

Series creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong will serve as consulting producers. Eli Jorne is attached to write the half-hour pilot and serve showrunner. [Source: The Live Feed]

Project Greenlight

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's documentary series "Project Greenlight" has been scrapped at HBO for a second time. The docuseries took an uncensored look at the challenges facing a first-time director, it originally ran from 2003-2005 with the revival airing last year. [Source: Deadline]

Vikings

Former WWE Superstar Edge, aka. Adam Copeland, is set for a recurring role in the upcoming fifth season of History's period drama series "Vikings". Copeland will play Ketill Flatnose, »

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Does ‘Jason Bourne’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

15 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

As “Jason Bourne” bounds back to theaters this Friday, audiences can expect the usual gritty violence and explosive action that Matt Damon has brought to three previous films in nearly 15 years. But will the franchise about a human assassin adopt a popular habit of the superhero genre, a post-credits scene that teases a continuation of the story? In short, Bourne fans — no. Also Read: Does 'Star Trek Beyond' Have a Post-Credits Scene? Greengrass’ third outing with Damon (the first movie, “The Bourne Identity,” was directed by Doug Liman) wraps up as the previous ones have. Post-credit scenes can be deployed to great effect, »

- Matt Donnelly

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Box Office: Dave Franco, Emma Roberts Thriller ‘Nerve’ Scores $1.1 Million on Tuesday Night

15 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nerve,” a new thriller with Dave Franco and Emma Roberts, opened to a solid $1. 1 million on Tuesday from 1,700 locations.

Screenings started at 7:00 p.m. and Lionsgate, the studio behind the $20 million cautionary tale about the dangers of cyber gaming, will expand the film to 2,538 theaters on Wednesday.

Nerve” is aimed at younger female moviegoers and is trying to get a jump on a competitive weekend. It will face off against two new wide releases, Universal’s “Jason Bourne” and Stx Entertainment’s “Bad Moms,” as well as the second weekend of “Star Trek Beyond.”

The latest “Bourne” picture marks Matt Damon’s return to the franchise after nearly a decade-long absence. It is expected to dominate ticket sales, racking up $50 million or higher. “Bad Moms,” a raunchy comedy about a group of mothers who rebel against the pressures to balance work and parenting, is looking like a sleeper hit, »

- Brent Lang

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‘Jason Bourne’ Reviews: Does Sequel Thrill or Is It Franchise Overkill?

15 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Jason Bourne” returns to theaters on Friday nine years after the events of “Ultimatum,” and critics are aren’t entirely welcoming the retired super spy back with open arms. While some critics tend to agree that Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon know how to make a great action film, others believe that the previous “Bourne” films had set the standard too high for just any regular follow up. At the moment, the fifth film in the Universal franchise has a 62 percent approval rating from critics counted on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s enough to be considered “Fresh,” but still a mixed bag of reactions. »

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JoBlo Movie Trivia Quiz: Jason Bourne

16 hours ago | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Welcome to JoBlo's Tremendous Movie Trivia Quizzes! Matt Damon is back as Jason Bourne and will be bringing his particular brand of hard-hitting action espionage with him. After saying that both Paul Greengrass and himself were done with the franchise following The Bourne Ultimatum, I suppose we should thank our lucky stars that they decided to return and we weren't left with The Bourne Legacy as the... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Revisiting the Jason Bourne Franchise

16 hours ago | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Jason Bourne is returning to action in the appropriately titled Jason Bourne. This will be the fourth time Matt Damon plays the highly trained assassin with a memory problem, but it’s the first time since 2007 he’s headlined a Bourne flick.

If you have amnesia when it comes to the Bourne series, don’t worry, we are here to help. Here are mission briefs (with some spoilers) on the previous installments of the Jason Bourne franchise to get you ready for Friday’s release of Jason Bourne.

  The Bourne Identity

Year of Mission: 2002

Mission Cost: $60 million

Recouped Budget (Box office): $214 million worldwide

Mission Recap: In Jason Bourne’s first big screen adventure, Bourne is found in middle of the Mediterranean Sea with no memory of who is. After learning about a safe deposit box in Germany, he finds numerous passports, a large amount of money, and a gun. »

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Jason Bourne Review #2: A Bone Crushing, Cinematic Smackdown

16 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Jason Bourne is back and thankfully hasn't forgotten how to beat bad guys to a pulp. Director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon have the Bourne formula perfected; a dash of conspiracy, a sprinkle of big brother, healthy tablespoon of beautiful sidekick, and a bucket of bone crushing action. There's not much different in their third Bourne outing. The beats are pretty much the same, but it works. Jason Bourne is a swift actioner that never lets up for a second. Whatever political statements it attempts to make is negligible under the action onslaught.

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is a haunted man. The kills, the lost companions, years on the run has left him in a shell. He survives day to day on his winnings from bare knuckle fights. But you can only hide from your past for so long. Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), the former CIA analyst turned hacker, has tracked him down. »

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[Review] Jason Bourne

16 hours ago | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

From its beginning, the Bourne series has been defined by a minimalist approach to narrative. Beneath the jargon about multi-tentacled, global terrorist conspiracies and the encroaching dangers of cyber-warfare, it’s fundamentally about the thrills of watching Matt Damon punch things really, really hard. Director Paul Greengrass and cinematographer Barry Ackroyd have been indispensable in bringing across the series’ signature throttling energy and perpetual motion. But Jason Bourne, the fifth installment in the long-running (loose) adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s novels, proves one thing: even the Bourne films can’t succeed with only lived-in camerawork.

Simultaneously pretentious, mind-numbingly tedious, and dizzyingly incoherent from scene to scene, Jason Bourne is the definition of diminishing returns. Greengrass and Ackroyd are still nearly unprecedented in their ability to drop into the chaos of action and, more crucially, the ecosystem of conversation. Every scene is still a hurricane as the camera moves with the »

- Michael Snydel

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Win ‘Jason Bourne’ movie merchandise

16 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the release of Jason Bourne in UK cinemas on Wednesday 27th July 2016, we’re giving away an exciting bundle of prizes including a branded ladies’ T-Shirt, men’s T-Shirt, rucksack, Bluetooth keyboard and a watch.

Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.

For Jason Bourne, Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series.  Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment, and Greengrass, Damon, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also produce.  Based on characters created by Robert Ludlum, the film is written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse

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Matt Damon Talks The Disappearing Indie Film Market, While James Cameron Explains How To Save The Moviegoing Experience

17 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This weekend, Matt Damon returns to the big screen in the blockbuster “Jason Bourne.” It’s the character and franchise that saved the actor’s career after it went slightly sideways following “Good Will Hunting,” but he has always kept a healthy mix of mainstream and independent fare on his CV. However, the audience hasn’t always been […]

The post Matt Damon Talks The Disappearing Indie Film Market, While James Cameron Explains How To Save The Moviegoing Experience appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Newswire: Matt Damon’s all in for a Rounders franchise

17 hours ago | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Matt Damon’s made a lot of movies, including several of the Jason Bourne and Ocean’s Eleven variety. He’s actually out stumping for Jason Bourne right now, which will see him taking out his foes, efficiently and thoroughly. While on The Rich Eisen Show, the Martian star talked about the great fun that was had, breaking necks and playing pranks, in both those franchises. But when the host asked him which properties he’d actually revisit, Damon revealed that the cinematic world he’d like to flesh out is one of straight flushes and big blinds.

If you hadn’t guessed from our admittedly lame poker references, Damon’s talking about Rounders, the John Dahl-directed film he made after Good Will Hunting, where he again played a gifted, charming guy with a past. That eminently re-watchable movie—which had everyone wondering if they were the sucker at »

- Danette Chavez

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