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It's pretty rare for nice guy Matt Damon to stick the knife in anyone, but when he spoke to GQ recently, his candid remarks about screenwriter, and longtime Bourne series scribe Tony Gilroy, made their way around the world. Calling Gilroy's draft for "The Bourne Ultimatum" a "career-ender" and "unreadable" (it was later rewritten by George Nolfi and Scott Z. Burns), it was another sting sent to the screenwriter who has already had a rocky relationship with the franchise. The short version is that he more or less hated the first two films, and made Universal pay him through the nose for the third installment (with the added condition that he didn't have to talk to Greengrass). But Universal is sticking by Gilroy, who also happens to be directing "The Bourne Legacy" (more on that in a second). Donna Langley, Universal's co-chairman, told The Hollywood Reporter about 'Ultimatum' that she was "thrilled with the. »
We.ve known for quite some time that a fourth Bourne movie is happening, and that Matt Damon isn.t in it. Instead, actor Jeremy Renner (Mission: Impossible . Ghost Protocol) will be taking over the franchise in The Bourne Ultimatum as a new protagonist, with series screenwriter Tony Gilroy now also directing. Up until now, however, it has sounded like these changes were all cordial and mutual. Based on some comments Matt Damon made in a GQ cover story, however, that may not entirely be the case. The trouble stems, apparently, from Damon and Gilroy.s last Bourne collaboration, The Bourne Ultimatum. Damon told GQ that Gilroy.s deal for the film only required him to write one draft of the script, no rewrites, because he was committed to making his directorial debut on Michael Clayton. Damon continued: It's really the studio's fault for putting themselves in that position. I »
Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.
The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.
Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today
Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine
Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »
- Connor Folse
Back in March, Universal Pictures released The Adjustment Bureau, written and directed by George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum), which is based on a short story (Adjustment Team), and next August, most of us will be heading to the theater to see director Len Wiseman‘s forthcoming remake of Total Recall, starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy and John Cho, which is based on a novelette called, “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale“.
In addition to the Michel Gondry (Green Hornet) directed big-screen adaptation of Philip K. Dick‘s 1969 book, Ubik that we told you was in the pipeline back in February, now Variety reports that Lila 9th and Electric Shepherd Productions are joining forces to bring Philip K. Dick‘s 1966 sci-fi novel Now »
- Jason Moore
Lots of actors are out doing press for their big holiday releases in the hopes of drumming up ticket sales. Matt Damon is doing his part trying to convince people to go see We Bought A Zoo and sat for an interview with GQ posted by MSN.During the interview he was asked why he chose not to return to the lucrative Bourne franchise and Damon had this to say:"If you look at the first three movies, we kind of pounded that idea of identity and amnesia into the ground. We really got everything out of it that we could. So to reboot it, we need to come up with something completely new."So it seems he felt the character had reached its limits in terms of believably being an amnesiac searching for answers. Universal is of course still moving forward with the Bourne franchise with Jeremy Renner starring in the next film, »
It seems Matt Damon while not currently involved in the further instalment of the Bourne series he could be up for reprising his role again in the future. His relationship with Tony Gilroy however has been damaged by quotes from Damon while promoting his upcoming movie “We Bought A Zoo”. When talking about the script for The Bourne Ultimatum he made it pretty clear he didn’t rate it and had this to say: "It's really the studio’s fault for putting themselves in that position," Damon speaking to GQ. "I don't blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in. It’s just that it was unreadable. This is a career-ender. I mean, I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude. It's terrible. It's really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically, and he took his money and left. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (gercooney)
Whoa! Where did all this come from, Mr. Damon?
It's been almost four and a half years since the theatrical release of "The Bourne Ultimatum," but Matt Damon apparently still has a bone to pick with screenwriter Tony Gilroy, according to The Playlist.
Gilroy himself has never been very happy with the "Bourne" franchise. He never thought Robert Ludlum's novels would make very good movies in the first place ("Those works were never meant to be filmed. They weren't about human behavior. They were about running to airports") and criticized director Paul Greengrass' work on "The Bourne Supremacy" ("It was sort of like a crime against the gods of storytelling").
However, due to the massive financial success of the first two films, Universal gave Gilroy the red carpet treatment when it came time for him to pen the script for "Ultimatum." He was given a ton of cash, »
- Bryan Enk
Actor Matt Damon has offered his apologies to screenwriter Tony Gilroy after taking aim at him in a new magazine interview and accusing him of submitting an "embarrassing" and "unreadable" first draft of The Bourne Ultimatum.
The Hollywood star aired his grievances about the third spy installment during a recent chat with GQ magazine, during which he chastised Gilroy for allegedly failing to pen a script worthy of the Bourne franchise.
According to Damon, the Michael Clayton writer struck a deal with movie bosses at Universal that allowed him to land a hefty pay cheque for submitting one draft of the film script - but the actor didn't think much of the work he produced, insisting it's so bad, it could end Gilroy's career.
Damon told the upcoming issue of GQ, "It's really the studio's fault for putting themselves in that position. I don't blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in. It's just that it was unreadable. This is a career-ender.
"I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude. It's terrible. It's really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically, and he took his money and left."
But the Oscar winner soon regretted his rant and got in touch with the GQ reporter to clarify his fiery comments.
Clearing up the incident, he says, "My feelings were hurt. That's all. And that's exactly why I shouldn't have said anything. This is between me and him. So saying anything publicly is f**king stupid and unprofessional and just kind of douchey of me."
And Damon insists he is a fan of Gilroy's work, despite his outburst: "If I didn't respect him and appreciate his talent, then I really wouldn't have cared (to apologise)."
"I don't blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in," Matt Damon told GQ recently about Gilroy's script for the third Jason Bourne film, The Bourne Ultimatum -- a script Gilroy agreed to write for "an exorbitant amount of money" as long as he only had to provide one draft and pay no regard to studio notes. "It's just that it was unreadable. This is a career-ender. I mean, I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude. It's terrible. It's really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically, and he took his money and left." Gilroy wrote and directed the latest Bourne film The Bourne Legacy, due in theaters this August with Jeremy Renner starring. [GQ via indieWire] »
To say that Tony Gilroy has had a bumpy relationship with the Jason Bourne franchise would be an understatement. He has never been happy with what what Doug Liman did on "The Bourne Identity" (“Those works were never meant to be filmed,” he said dismissively about the Robert Ludlum books. “They weren’t about human behavior. They were about running to airports”) and was even less impressed by Paul Greengrass' work on "The Bourne Supremacy" ("It was sort of like a crime against the gods of storytelling," he said). But the films made money. Lots of money. And moreover, Universal didn't want to jinx their luck by trying to get new writers to take on the franchise for "The Bourne Ultimatum," so they essentially gave Gilroy everything he wanted to write the third movie. Gilroy got a shit-ton of money and added stipulations that he just had to turn in one draft, »
Matt Damon thinks Tony Gilroy's first draft of 'The Bourne Ultimatum' was a ''career ender''. The actor has slammed the writer - who has taken over as director of the franchise in 'The Bourne Legacy', which Matt doesn't appear in - for submitting an ''unreadable'' script for the last movie, which he had agreed a deal to pen one outline and not have to do any re-writes himself. He said: ''I don't blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in. It's just that it was unreadable. This is a career-ender. I »
Matt Damon may have just started the most considerate feud in recent Hollywood memory.
Featuring on the cover of the new issue of GQ, the "We Bought A Zoo" star has some harsh words for the writer of his three "Bourne" films, Tony Gilroy. Discussing the pre-production on the third film, "The Bourne Ultimatum," Damon notes that Universal gave Gilroy a sweetheart deal that required only one draft, and instead of doing his best work, Gilroy phoned it in.
"It's really the studio’s fault for putting themselves in that position," Damon tells the magazine. "I don't blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in. It’s just that it was unreadable. This is a career-ender. I mean, I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude. It's terrible. It's really embarrassing. He was having a go, »
- Jordan Zakarin
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The production woes during the three 'Bourne' films are the stuff of moviemaking legend. Doug Liman butted heads with studio executives during 'The Bourne Identity,' and things didn't go that much smoother for 'The Bourne Supremacy' and director Paul Greengrass. Which is to say nothing of the mess that was the pre-production period during 'The Bourne Ultimatum,' the final installment in the franchise, to date, with Matt Damon. How bad did things get on 'Bourne 3'? Bad enough that Damon just told GQ in a new interview that writer Tony Gilroy's initial script draft was "unreadable."
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- Christopher Rosen
Paddy Considine is known primarily as a character actor, with some small parts in some big movies, like “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Cinderella Man”, some bigger parts in smaller films. He also has a few writing credits to his name, most notably 2004’s “Dead Man’s Shoes”, which he also starred in. This year he added to his resume, making his feature film directorial debut with the bleak, violent drama, “Tyrannosaur”. Joseph (Peter Mullan) is a man saturated in violence and driven by rage. The very first scene illustrates his lighting fast temper, and he commits a heinous act—thankfully off-screen—destroying maybe the only thing in the world that he cares about. A widower, Joseph is a lost soul, sinking into a lonely oblivion of alcoholism and self-hatred. Mullan has an incredible face, the deeply etched lines are like a roadmap of pints, shots, fistfights, and broken hearts. He’s not quite a criminal, »
- Brent McKnight
Lifting the mystical hammer Mjolnir is no easy feat - as it's becoming very clear from the trouble finding a director for Thor 2.
Marvel is now racing to fill that empty director's chair and, according to HeatVision, the studio has narrowed its search to two candidates - both from the world of television.
They are Alan Taylor (right) and Daniel Minahan (below right), who have both helmed episodes of Game of Thrones. Taking into account Brian Kirk's earlier discussions, it's obvious that HBO's acclaimed medieval fantasy adaptation is seen as a template from which the thunder god's next cinematic adventure could draw some inspiration.
- David Bentley
Deadline is reporting that Guy Ritchie has made a deal to take over the Man From U.N.C.L.E. reboot for Warner Bros. He’ll be joined by producing partner Lionel Wigram. The duo’s last project was Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, which releases on December 16.
The original television series ran from 1964–1968 and starred Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as Ilya Kuryakin, agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). Every week they went up against the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (T.H.R.U.S.H.).
- Blaine Kyllo
Edger Ramirez looks to be top of Paramount Studios list to play the villain in J.J. Abrams Star Trek sequel after Benicio Del Toro turned the role down. Impressive supporting roles in The Bourne Ultimatum and Vantage Point may have gotten Ramirez a foot in the Hollywood door, but his astonishing turn in Carlos The Jackal has given his career a major boost.
Abrams acclaimed Star Trek reboot impressed enough long standing fans as well as a new generation of movie-goers to warrant a big-budget follow-up. The recent announcement that the crew of the Starship Enterprise will once more step aboard, has fans itching to see if the rumoured villian Khan will be part of the plot.
Source: Variety »
- Craig Hunter
J.J. Abrams is eyeing Edgar Ramirez to play the villain in the upcoming "Star Trek" sequel. Benicio del Toro was attached, but that's fallen through. The "Carlos" star now has a chance to make a grand franchise entrance into the mainstream. Ramirez's performance in "Carlos" was critically lauded, and while he nailed his roles in "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Domino," his career would get a huge boost should he land this role. Variety reports that Jordi Molla ("Columbiana," "Blow") is also being considered for the villain, which Abrams insists is not 'Khan.' - Fox Searchlight is taking over "Alfred »
Once upon a time, Benicio del Toro was set to appear as the villain in "Star Trek 2" -- a big casting coup, considering the first movie was low on established stars. Fan speculation ranged wild on whether del Toro would be playing the infamous Khan, or... well, that was about it, really.
Things changed when Paramount and del Toro couldn't come to an agreement. Now, Variety is reporting that Edgar Ramirez is the leading candidate to take over.
You'll remember Ramirez as Paz, the hot-shot assassin in "The Bourne Ultimatum" whom Jason Bourne tried to teach a lesson to at the end of the film. He's also had smaller roles in movies like "Domino" and "Vantage Point." Playing the villain in "Star Trek 2" would obviously be a big career jump, continuing the series' current trend of developing newer actors. There's no confirmation that Ramirez, or whoever might get the part, »
- Jeremy Gordon
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