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The Austin Film Festival (Aff) has announced its lineup for 2015, which features standout awards contenders like “Brooklyn,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson; “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; and “Legend” as particular draws. The latter Tom Hardy vehicle is slated as the festival’s Oct. 29 opening feature. Academy Award winning actor Chris Cooper and writer-director John Singleton will also be presented with the festival’s Extraordinary Contribution to Film and Acting Awards, Oct. 31. Cooper has over 50 film and television credits to his name, among them “August: Osage County,” “American Beauty,” “The Bourne Identity,” and “Adaptation,” for which he won the 2002 Oscar for best supporting actor. He will be in attendance for the festival’s “Heart of Film” screening of “Coming Through the Rye,” in which he portrays author J.D. Salinger. As a veteran filmmaker, Singleton’s credits include writing and directing “Boyz n the Hood” and “Shaft,” among others. »
The Late Late Show with James Corden has only been on the air for just over six months, but in that short amount of time, new host James Corden has given movie fans a new reason to tune in, aside from interviews with the biggest stars. The host has a running segment entitled Role Call, where his guests such as Tom Hanks and Arnold Schwarzenegger act out all of their biggest hits (and some of their flops) in a short amount of time. Last night, Matt Damon stopped by the late night program to promote his sci-fi drama The Martian, in theaters October 2, where he became the latest star to act out his entire film career in just eight short minutes.
The awards will be presented on Oct. 31 at the Austin Club.
Singleton’s credits include writing and directing “Boyz n the Hood,” “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” “Shaft” and “Baby Boy” and directing “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Four Brothers” and “Abduction.” He’s directed an episode of “Empire” and developed “Snowfall,” an original series for FX.
Singleton will present a retrospective screening of “Boyz n the Hood” at the festival. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for the 1991 film.
Cooper’s award will be presented by “Lonesome Dove” creator Bill Wittliff. His credits include “August, Osage County,” “The Bourne Identity,” “Capote,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Lonesome Dove,” “The Town,” “American Beauty” and “Adapation,” for which he received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. »
- Dave McNary
Longtime friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck became international stars after writing and starring in the 1997 drama Good Will Hunting. Just a few years later, Matt Damon became a bona fide action star in The Bourne Identity, although Ben Affleck suffered a temporary career setback, or sorts, by starring in the comic book adaptation Daredevil, which wasn't received too well by fans and critics alike. Both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are at the top of their game now, with the former starring in the critically-acclaimed sci-fi drama The Martian and the latter taking on the iconic role of Batman in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While promoting The Martian, Matt Damon revealed he was actually offered the Daredevil role first, but he passed because he wasn't familiar enough with director Mark Steven Johnson's work.
Matt Damon's new movie The Martian doesn't open until early next month, but it's already getting extremely positive buzz and is likely to be an enormous hit. He plays an astronaut stranded on Mars, just one year after his role in Interstellar where he played an astronaut stranded on a planet much, much further away.
While it’s a known fact that Matt Damon is returning to play Jason Bourne, the role that solidified his status as a movie star many years ago, for the upcoming fifth installment in the Bourne series, plot details on the film have been scarce. However, during an interview with the New York Daily News to promote his new sci-fi film The Martian, Damon finally spilled some information about the film’s story.
On what fans can expect from Bourne 5, the actor said, “[Bourne] has his memory back, but that doesn’t mean he knows everything. It’s 12 years since Jason Bourne has been on the grid. So we have to answer the questions, Where’s he been? What’s he doing? What gets him going again? So once we solved all that, then we had a movie.”
Although Damon’s brief words about the as-yet-untitled film still leave a ton of questions unanswered, »
- Justin Cook
Production on Bourne 5, the next installment of the action thriller franchise that began with The Bourne Identity in 2002, is currently underway. The story of the titular character, a former covert operative named Jason Bourne, seemed to end in 2007, though the universe was expanded with The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner in 2012. […]
The post Matt Damon Divulges Some More ‘Bourne 5′ Story Details appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
After years of waiting, Jason Bourne fans finally got the news they wanted last year, when Universal Pictures confirmed that both Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are reuniting for a new Bourne Sequel. Production is currently under way, but Matt Damon took some time out from filming to promote his new sci-fi drama The Martian, arriving in theaters October 2. During an interview with New York Daily News, the actor offered some new plot details that reveal how this story came together.
"[Bourne] has his memory back, but that doesn't mean he knows everything. It's 12 years since Jason Bourne has been on the grid. So we have to answer the questions, Where's he been? What's he doing? What gets him going again? So once we solved all that, then we had a movie."
When the movie debuts next year, it will have been nine years since Bourne got his memory back in 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum. »
Over the course of The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum, we discovered just who Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) was, what he had done, and what he wanted; but by the time Bourne 5 rolls around, we'll have a whole new set of Jason Bourne questions to ponder. Matt Damon is currently in the midst of shooting Bourne 5 and he spoke with the New York Daily News to tease... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
“Blindspot” is a series that aims to hook viewers with curiosity. Yes, star Jaimie Alexander is alluring, and yes, the action that comes with the FBI’s cases of the week is thrilling. But it’s need to get answers in this odd mystery, the need to get more pieces of the puzzle that is Jane Doe that’ll likely do the lion’s share of the work in getting viewers to tune into the new series again each week. The new thriller, which premiered on NBC tonight, begins with this compelling scene: a duffel bag tagged with instructions to call the FBI is found in Times Square. Soon New York’s iconic square is empty, and a bomb squad is surprised to find that the bag contains not a bomb, but a naked woman, covered in tattoos. One of these tattoos bears the name of FBI Agent Kurt Weller. »
- Emily Rome
Ato Essandoh has joined the cast of the as-yet-untitled next installment of The Bourne Identity at Universal Pictures. He joins Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Julia Stiles. Paul Greengrass is directing what will be his third film in the series. Essandoh, who co-starred in the BBC America series Copper, is currently starring in Vinyl, the HBO drama series set in 1970s New York. He also appeared in the films Django Unchained, Blood Diamond… »
Tom Cruise will reunite with Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman on a new science-fiction movie, Luna Park, which centres on a group of renegade space scientists vying to secure a power source from the moon.
The Hollywood Reporter suggests the long-gestating film, a passion project for the film-maker behind Swingers, The Bourne Identity and Mr & Mrs Smith, has been given a new lease of life by Cruise’s interest. The Top Gun star has seen a strong box-office return for his Christopher McQuarrie-directed spy sequel Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which passed $500m at the global box office last week and looks likely to post a franchise-best total after breaking records in China at the weekend. Edge of Tomorrow was also a hit last year, »
- Ben Child
I never expected, nor needed, Matt Damon to return to the character of Jason Bourne, after The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum, it felt as though Bourne's story had been told; but that's not how Hollywood works so after the lackluster reception that the Matt Damon-less Bourne Legacy received, Matt Damon has returned to get the franchise back on track.... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
This stoner/secret agent mash-up of The Bourne Identity and Pineapple Express promises cross-generic thrills and doesn’t skimp on crunchy violence, but comedy is in far shorter supply. Jesse Eisenberg is the hapless convenience-store clerk who discovers he has super-combat skills; Kristen Stewart is his long-suffering girlfriend with hidden secrets of her own.
At its best, Max Landis’s script channels some of the anarchic energy of Into the Night (which his father, John, directed), but too often American Ultra looks like 17 different movies thrown into a body bag and left to duke it out. Topher Grace and Connie Britton have snippy fun as warring CIA drones each trying to manage an increasingly explosive situation, but Project X director Nima Nourizadeh seems too seduced by the action set pieces to keep his eyes on the characters. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Jesse Eisenberg is the unlikely action hero at the centre of American Ultra, a fast-talking, hyper-violent action-comedy about a stoner who turns out to be a Jason Bourne-like sleeper agent. Making it an Adventureland reunion is Kristen Stewart, onboard as Eisenberg's equally-blazed girlfriend Phoebe.
Eisenberg plays Mike Howell in typically fidgety fashion, working a dead-end job at a convenience store while he tries to find the right moment to propose to Phoebe. When the CIA puts a kill order on him (Mike was part of the defunct "Ultra" programme before getting his memory wiped), old instincts kick in and before long he's turned a spoon into a deadly weapon to take down a pair of government goons.
Staging a fake viral outbreak, the government seal off Mike's small West Virginia town to pen him in and finish the job. Topher Grace's conniving agent Yates pulls the strings from Langley »
Well, this is awesome! We don't often see Vincent Cassel in Hollywood films, but among the handful he's done are "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen." Perhaps he became pals with Matt Damon while working on those flicks, because the pair are set to reteam for a big summer blockbuster. Read More: 10th Anniversary: 5 Things You May Not Know About 'The Bourne Identity' Variety reports that Cassel will play an assassin on the hunt for Jason Bourne/David Webb in "Bourne 5." He joins Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones,and Julia Stiles in the Paul Greengrass directed movie: plot details are being kept under wraps, though the story is inspired by the post-Snowden world we live in. Interestingly, the script is being co-written by Christopher Rouse, Greengrass' longtime editor. Perhaps instead of trying to find the movies in the edit —a not uncommon occurrence of past 'Bourne' movies— Greengrass is »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Matt Damon just provided an update on the upcoming fifth instalment to the Bourne franchise, explaining the main thrust and drive that drew him back to the character. As it turns out, we have Edward Snowden and the recent austerity crisis across Europe to thank for Damon.s involvement. During his recent discussion with Buzz Feed, Matt Damon, who previously starred in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Legacy, which in turn helped to turn him into a legitimate action star, admitted that everyone involved had to wait for the world to change in order to bring a fresh edge to the series. He explained that after discussing the idea of a follow-up a number of times with director Paul Greengrass over the years, it wasn.t until Edward Snowden and the Nsa whistleblowing tales emerged that they felt they had a story worth telling. Damon said: »
While promoting "The Martian," Matt Damon gave Buzzfeed some updates on the untitled "Bourne" sequel, which starts production next week. Damon said he and director Paul Greengrass had always looked at the "Bourne" movies as about the Bush presidency, so they took a page from John Mayer and waited on the world to change before revisiting Damon's character. Thanks to Edward Snowden and the Nsa scandal, they felt it was time to be Bourne again. Here are Damon's details on the new plot:
Without giving too much of it away, it's Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world. It seems like enough has changed, you know? There are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy. »
- Gina Carbone
'Sinister 2' poster. 'American Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'Sinister 2': Weekend box office bombs American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47, and Sinister 2 are the new entries at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 21-23, '15. All three of them are expected to underperform – with American Ultra having a particularly disastrous bow, especially for a movie starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and former Twilight star Kristen Stewart. Whether you blame it on a glut of movies targeting the same audience, a lack of major box office draws, or poor reviews, only one of the debutantes is expected to score more than $10 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters by Sunday evening. 'Sinister 2' According to early estimates found at Deadline.com, Ciarán Foy's Sinister 2 will lead the pack of newcomers with »
- Zac Gille
Plot: A meek stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) discovers that he.s actually a highly-trained former C.I.A assassin. With his former bosses now out to eliminate him, he must try to elude a crew of assassins while also keeping him similarly stoned girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) in one piece. Review: American Ultra is basically Half Baked meets The Bourne Identity. Now, to some that comparison is enough to make... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
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