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Chicago – To come back to a character that everyone thought he had left behind, Matt Damon needed the right creative team. He got it again in co-writer (with Christopher Rouse) and director Paul Greengrass, and together they fashioned a paranoid spy tale in the rat-a-tat “Jason Bourne.”
The strength of the story is in its modern context. The underground Bourne re-emerges in riot torn Greece (during its economic crisis), the CIA is in cahoots with a social media billionaire, plus the hackers and the rogue agents are more heroic than our institutions of “law and order.” The multi-layering of a desperate world blends with Matt Damon’s desperate character, a bitter killing machine trying to remember anything about a past that was taken away from him.
Ex-special agent Jason Bourne is in the “freezer,” as they say at the CIA, and he spends his days bare knuckle brawling on the Greek/Albanian border. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The re-pairing of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass with Jason Bourne seems to be paying off for Universal Pictures as the latest in the action franchise is on track to gross $22M+ tonight on its way to right around a $60M weekend, which will mark the highest opening for a Damon-centric film (The Martian grossed $54.3M). It garnered an A- CinemaScore. Jason Bourne, which we’ve heard is in the budget range of $120M to $135M, should do well as it is releasing in 46… »
That Alicia Vikander is so hot right now. After multiple buzz worthy roles in major films - including her Oscar win for The Danish Girl, the Swedish star, 27, is one of the most in-demand talents in Hollywood. "We were lucky to get her," Matt Damon tells People of getting Vikander to sign on for a role in Jason Bourne. "Everyone in Hollywood is trying to get Alicia in their movie right now." Damon, 45, praises Vikander's versatility in films like Danish Girl, Ex Machina and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. "I just think of these once-in-a-generation actresses who »
- Kara Warner, @karawarner
Critics say forthcoming film The Great Wall is just the latest example of Hollywood putting a white person in a role that should go to a person of color
A chorus of outrage followed the release on Thursday of the first trailer for The Great Wall, a fantasy adventure set in China more than 1,000 years ago, which stars the white Hollywood star Matt Damon in the lead role.
Damon’s plays a soldier in ancient China in The Great Wall, an English-language film directed by Zhang Yimou and set for release in February 2017.
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- Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco
“Fresh off the Boat” star Constance Wu took to Twitter on Friday to call out the upcoming film “The Great Wall” for its white star. The film, shot entirely in China and directed by Zhang Yimou, stars Matt Damon as a dragon slayer who helps to protect China from monsters to the north. Wu took the filmmakers to task for casting Damon as a “white savior” to the Chinese people, which, she said, perpetuates the “racist notion that white people are superior to , and that Poc need salvation from our own color via white strength.” Also Read: John Oliver Skewers Hollywood. »
- Reid Nakamura
After a nearly 10 year hiatus, Matt Damon is back in action as Robert Ludlum’s iconic spy in Jason Bourne, the new film from director Paul Greengrass that sees him reunite with the actor in an attempt to steer the franchise back on track after the middling spinoff The Bourne Legacy.
So far, reviews haven’t been terribly positive for the new flick, with our very own Matt Donato saying the following:
Jason Bourne packs a punch, but it’s softened by dizzying camera work and an expected story that loses what made the franchise so thrilling from the start.
Still, both Damon and Greengrass have built enough goodwill due to their fantastic work with the series and at this point, we’re willing to overlook the shortcomings here. And while Damon is as strong as ever in the role, it’s still interesting to think about how things would »
- WGTC Staff
2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum brought Jason Bourne’s saga to a tidy conclusion, but left the door open for a potential return just in case. Nine years later, Universal has finally convinced Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass to fling that door open and reveal exactly what our favorite amnesiac spy has been up to. The answer? Brooding, boxing, and […]
The post ‘Jason Bourne’ – What Did You Think? appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Matt Damon will save ancient China in “The Great Wall”, and that’s a problem. After the trailer for the historical action movie debuted online on Thursday, it was quickly met with outcry over Damon’s role. With a budget of $135 million, “The Great Wall” is the most expensive movie ever filmed in mainland China. And despite the […] »
- Rachel West
After its trailer popped up online yesterday, it took roughly zero seconds for people to start pointing out the unfortunate implications inherent to Hero director Zhang Yimou’s new movie The Great Wall, which sees an ancient Chinese empire drawing upon its greatest natural resource—whitebread mercenary hero Matt Damon—to protect it from some sort of monster attack. Accusations started flying immediately that Yimou and his American partners at Universal were perpetuating the stale old idea that only a grim-looking white dude can save the foreign peoples of the world. “But,” came the inevitable counter-argument, “The movie is Chinese-financed and Chinese-directed, so—” And that’s when Constance Wu stepped in.
You see, the Fresh Off The Boat star—recently the subject of a hashtag campaign that imagined her as the star of several Hollywood blockbusters in the place of a variety of white actresses—has no time for arguments »
- William Hughes
Universal’s actioner is performing slightly above forecasts with an opening day taking in about $20 million at 4,026 sites, while Stx’s “Bad Moms” will earn as much as $12 million on Friday at 3,215 locations.
Lionsgate’s thriller “Nerve,” which opened Wednesday, will gross an estimated $3 million on Friday at 2,538 theaters for a weekend of up to $9 million and a five-day total of about $15 million.
“The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” helmer Paul Greengrass returns to direct “Jason Bourne,” which also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, and Riz Ahmed.
Should the early estimates hold, »
- Dave McNary
Constance Wu has a simple, direct response to the upcoming Matt Damon thriller The Great Wall: "We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world." The Taiwanese-American actress, known for her role as Jessica Huang on ABC's Fresh Off the Boat, took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the sci-fi co-production between Legendary Entertainment and Chinese companies Le Vision Pictues and China Film Group, which features Damon and Willem Dafoe joining a number of big name actors from Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan to battle an
- Graeme McMillan
As the global box office (and especially China) continues to make a greater impact on a film's overall success, we're beginning to see how that might play out in future big-budget movies. One example is The Great Wall, an English-language film starring a major Hollywood star (Matt Damon) that's not only the largest film ever shot entirely in China, but also one featuring an eclectic ensemble full of international stars. Plus, it's also the English-language debut for director Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Hero). And it's got monsters! Check out the trailer below. The Great Wall, which looks to have a bit of fun with the legend of China's Great Wall by telling a story about the other very literal monsters it was built to keep out, arrives...
- Erik Davis
At least Matt Damon is back, right? That may be a common sentiment from anyone who followed along with the Bourne franchise. The first trilogy of films – The Bourne Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum – make up an impressively intense series of espionage thrillers with Damon's eponymous character riding high in the lead seat. With The Bourne Legacy, Damon chose not to return, Jeremy Renner took his place, and the stale, lackluster adventure that time around made it seem like the franchise's shining moments were long behind it. It's now 14 years since the initial entry, and though Jason Bourne sees Damon returning for his fourth outing as the rogue super-spy the bloom hasn't quite grown back on the rose leaving us with a dulled, run-of-the-mill version of a series that once actually brushed against the limits of cool cinema. You don't have to be following closely with the series to know where »
- Jeremy Kirk
Trainspotting 2, Split, and The Great Wall top our list of trailers you might have missed this week!Trainspotting 2, Split, and The Great Wall top our list of trailers you might have missed this week!Amanda Wood7/29/2016 2:48:00 Pm
If you’re like us and absolutely love trailers, then this was your week.
The tail-end of Comic-Con at the beginning of the week saw tons of new trailers for some of our most hotly-anticipated movies like Wonder Woman, Kong: Skull Island, and Justice League. There were so many new trailers that we made an entire post catching you up on what you might have missed: read it here.
Even after the Comic-Con excitement died out, we saw a bunch of new trailers for a variety of films being released over the next little while. Check them out below to see what you missed!
- Amanda Wood
2nd Update, 11:44 Am: No surprises this weekend so far in early box office returns as Universal’s Jason Bourne may end the day with around $21M (that would include the $4.3M from last nights previews) and is on track for a $57M gross so far. It is very early yet so depending on this evening’s shows, it has a shot at $60M for director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon. Bad Moms, like we mentioned earlier today, has a potential of $30M and early results are showing a $12M day… »
The freedom-loving, indiscriminately destructive marionette heroes in Team America: World Police, the 2004 satirical comedy from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have a full dance card when it comes to enemies. Not only do they have to contend with North Korean madman Kim Jong-Il, but they’re also menaced by the meddling, liberal Hollywood big shots of the Film Actors Guild, an organization whose roster includes such notables as George Clooney, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, and the whiny, constantly self-referencing Matt Damon. As voiced by Parker, Damon is such a dimwit that, much like Timmy from South Park, he seems inordinately fond of saying his own name out loud, drawing out the a sounds for maximum irritation.
Back when Team America came out 12 years ago, Damon had only appeared in two films based on the Jason Bourne character created by Robert Ludlum. Now that he’s ...
- Joe Blevins
Out doing press for today's release of "Jason Bourne," the film's director Paul Greengrass makes it clear that should the series continue with another entry that two of the supporting talents from the new film are expected back - Alicia Vikander and Riz Ahmed.
Talking with The Playlist, Greengrass says Vikander's CIA cybercrimes division chief and Ahmed's billionaire tech giant characters are part of the new groundwork laid out in this entry which would be picked up in any further entry Universal wants to do:
"These franchises are really difficult to build for all the studios, and if you're lucky enough to have been associated with one as I have, one that people love, you want the best for it. Renewing it, giving it somewhere to go that feels organic as opposed to just stuck in there, it is the hardest thing. That's what I wanted to do. Once I decided to do another, »
- Garth Franklin
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Stranger Things, The Fosters, Rizzoli & Isles and Wayward Pines!
1 | From Stranger Things Episode 5: Why didn’t Hopper contact Joyce right after he discovered that Will’s corpse was a fake?
RelatedStranger Things Season 2 Would Explore ‘Bigger Mythology’
2 | As great as it was to see the old Degrassi gang during Episode 500, was anyone else disappointed that Emma and Spinner were still married after that wacky TV-movie? Was it delusional to think Sean »
On this week’s episode of Film Club, A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky talk Jason Bourne, the fifth entry in the superspy franchise, which reunites star Matt Damon with shaky-cam maestro Paul Greengrass. The two critics then turn their attention to the latest Woody Allen film, Café Society, and discuss why this bittersweet romance got to them a little more than the average late-career work from the Woodman. »
- A.A. Dowd, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
The Jason Bourne star battles monsters in the trailer for China’s most expensive film, causing online commentators to ask why a white man is playing the lead
Earlier this year, the Hollywood remake of classic Japanese anime Ghost in Shell caused controversy by casting Scarlett Johansson in the lead role, as did Marvel’s Doctor Strange for signing up Tilda Swinton to play a character depicted as Tibetan in the comics. Now, the forthcoming blockbuster The Great Wall finds itself embroiled in the same type of whitewashing controversy, for casting Matt Damon in a film depicting an epic battle on the titular Chinese structure.
The Great Wall is the first English-language film directed by Zhang Yimou, who made House of Flying Daggers and Hero, and the most expensive production completed in China, with a budget of $150m. A Chinese/American co-production, its diverse cast includes Willem Dafoe, Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal, »
- Nigel M Smith
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