April 23, 2014

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The Bourne Legacy the top film with $40 million

HollywoodNews.com: To the surprise of no one, the top film of the weekend was The Bourne Legacy. With $40 million, the fourth entry in the ten-year old franchise opened well above the $27 million debut of The Bourne Identity during June 2002, but that’s mostly due to ten years of inflation as The Bourne Identity’s opening would equal $38 million today. It’s below the $52 million debut of The Bourne Supremacy back in July 2004, and understandably well below the $69 million opening weekend of The Bourne Ultimatum back in August 2007.
This spin-off/reboot of the Matt Damon-led Bourne series showcased Jeremy Renner as a totally different government assassin in the same world as the three prior Bourne films. Helmed by Tony Gilroy (who had a hand in writing all three prior adaptations), Universal sadly spent $125 million on this quasi-sequel. So if the film ‘merely’ approaches the $121 million gross of the first film and earns about that much overseas ($92 million for a $214 million total), it won’t be profitable. The endless loop on USA starting in 2015 won’t hurt. The second and third films grossed $176 million and $227 million in the US respectively while earning $288 million and $422 million worldwide respectively (Bourne Ultimatum basically doubled Bourne Supremacy’s overseas take). If the film excels overseas, which it now must, matching the $288 million gross of Bourne Supremacy isn’t out of the question (it opened in a few markets this weekend and earned $7.8 million overseas).
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Matt Damon explains “Bourne” insults, says he could return to series

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Matt Damon might have put his foot in his mouth during a recent GQ magazine interview — where he lobbed insults at his “Bourne” collaborator Tony Gilroy and his half-baked treatment of a fourth “Bourne” script – but the A-list star (and one-time “Bourne” lead) claims he had a reason for the comments.
If you didn’t hear, Damon called Gilroy’s draft for a fourth “Bourne” film “unreadable” in the GQ interview. Damon suggested that its part of the reason why he walked away from the franchise.
“It was idiotic of me to say anything. At the end of the day, it’s between me and Tony, and we’ll figure it out or we won’t,” Damon now says after the fact.
The rift, according to THR, really exists between Gilroy (a longtime “Bourne” writer) and director Paul Greengrass, who helmed parts two and three. “Paul and Tony have clashing styles,” a source close to the production revealed. “Tony does all the work before and delivers a finished script. Paul wants the script to be ever-evolving during shooting.”
And while Gilroy is directing a fourth “Bourne” without Damon (going with Jeremy Renner in his place), the star of “We Bought a Zoo” feels he could return to the franchise somewhere down the road.
“I think if [Bourne Legacy] doesn’t work, we can just ignore it and pretend it didn’t happen, and that’d be fine,” Damon says. “But I expect that it will work and only help us if we did another one, which I’d love to do.”
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Matt Damon Protests With Teachers at ‘Save Our Schools March’

HollywoodNews.com: On Saturday in Washington D.C., 40-year-old Matt Damon rallied with teachers on a march to The White House. The ‘Bourne Identity’ star walked with teachers to protest the use of standardized tests.
The actor, whose mother was a teacher, “joined the Save Our Schools March to protest the use of standardized testing throughout the education system,” according to Radaronline.com.
At the rally, Matt recalled a time where he was faced with standardized tests. He commented: “My mom went to the principal’s office and said, ‘My kid ain’t taking that. It’s stupid, it won’t tell you anything and it’ll just make him nervous’.”
What do you think about Matt walking with the teachers?
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“Bourne” sequel bringing back Joan Allen, Albert Finney

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Matt Damon might not be returning to the “Bourne” franchise, which he carried for three thrilling films, but the ice-cold bureaucrats hot on the amnesic spy’s tail will stay the same.
Joan Allen and Albert Finney are negotiating to play government agents pursuing Jason Bourne as he fights to complete his next mission, THR reports. Instead of Damon, though, they’ll be tracking Jeremy Renner, who is set to assume the lead role in the fourth film of the still-bustling franchise.
Renner isn’t the only fresh face. Behind the camera, Tony Gilroy (who wrote the first three “Bourne” films) has signed on to direct, so you can see why he’d want to keep some familiar talent around the franchise.
But Gilroy, who wrote the new “Bourne” script, is casting great actors in support. “The Bourne Legacy” has lured Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac and Edward Norton in, reportedly, the villainous role.
As of right now, “The Bourne Legacy” is due in theaters on Aug. 3, 2012.
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Ed Norton eyeing villain role in “Bourne” reboot

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: If Universal Studios gets its way, the new Jason Bourne will face off against the incredible Hulk in their franchise reboot.
Not literally – though that would be a pretty badass mash up. Instead, Jeremy Renner (who is replacing Matt Damon in the Tony Gilroy-directed “The Bourne Legacy”) may be matching wits with Edward Norton, who is in discussion to play the chief villain, Variety reports.
Now that’s a face-off I’d be itching to see. However, now that we’ve seen the full trailer for the next “Mission: Impossible” film with Renner running alongside Tom Cruise, how will this latest “Bourne” distance itself from that franchise? Is Renner the right choice? Or does this create conflict?

The Variety piece also makes it sound like Rachel Weisz is locked in to play the leading lady in the “Bourne” film, though we’ll have more on that if and when it gets confirmed.
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Jeremy Renner may fill “Bourne” shoes

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Jeremy Renner’s currently helping Tom Cruise resurrect the dormant “Mission: Impossible” franchise. Could he also be planning on picking up the baton from Matt Damon on another signature adventure franchise?
The Oscar nominee reportedly has been offered the starring role in the next “Bourne” film, according to THR. Directed by “Bourne” scribe Tony Gilroy, who also helmed the excellent “Michael Clayton” with George Clooney, “Bourne Legacy” would continue the story of the once-amnesic spy that previously was played by Damon.
The one thing keeping Renner from signing on the dotted line right now is timing.
THR reports that Renne’s about to film “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.” He’s also a part of Joss Whedon’s massive “The Avengers,” set for next summer. And he’d like to star opposite Eric Bana in Sheldon Turner’s revenge thriller “By Virtue Fall.”
Can Renner fit it all in? I hope so, because if “Bourne” has to continue without Damon, Renner would be an excellent substitute.
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Jake Gyllenhaal up for Jason Bourne role in next film?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Now that every young actor under the sun has been cast in a superhero franchise – from Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) and Chris Evans (Captain America) to Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man) and Henry Cavill (Superman) – Hollywood has to turn its attentions to another male-dominated franchise in hopes of getting it back off the ground.
That would be the dormant “Bourne” series, which is hoping to jumpstart production under the watchful eye of “Michael Clayton” director Tony Gilroy now that Paul Greengrass and his Jason Bourne – Matt Damon – have moved on.
But who will plug into Damon’s part? The list of potential spies is inevitable, with most of the expected names and faces surfacing in a report posted on Deadline. Joel Edgerton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender seems to make sense. Other names, like Tobey Maguire or Paul Dano, do not make sense at all. But Mike Fleming reports that Gilroy will narrow down his list “quickly,” so we may have a new Bourne on our hands before we know it.
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John Irvin’s ‘Garden of Eden’ is quite the visual spectacle

By Erin Darling
HollywoodNews.com: “Garden Of Eden” is a film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel of the same name, which was released posthumously in 1986. Nearly thirty years later, it is still considered to be one of his most mysterious and controversial works. Screenwriter James Scott Linville and Director John Irvin attempt to capture the provocative nature of this novel, succeeding in most departments.
The film follows David Bourne (Jack Huston), a young American writer on his European honeymoon with new wife, Catherine (Mena Suvari). Catherine, a wealthy socialite, becomes bored on the lavish vacation and begins to lust for new locales and sexual taboo. It begins with cutting off her long hair and experimenting with gender roles, but quickly moves to inviting a bisexual woman, Marita (Caterina Murino), into their lives and eventually into their bedroom. What begins as a game or a desperate cry for attention, soon becomes a complicated three-way relationship with high emotional stakes. Catherine’s increasingly odd and jealous behavior brings David and Marita closer together, adding tension to their already strained marriage.
For the most part, the acting in this film was superb. Mena Suvari shines as Catherine Bourne. She delves into a complex character that she describes as the most challenging role she’s taken on in her entire career. Caterina Murino’s performance as the beautiful Italian woman who comes between David and Catherine Bourne is subtle and sexy. However, the women in this film steal the show away from Jack Huston, whose portrayal of David Bourne leaves something to be desired.
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James Franco is the new Jason Bourne?

HollywoodNews.com: Rumors swirled Thursday that “Jason Bourne” screenwriter and director Tony Gilroy was eager to meet James Franco at the premiere of his new film “127 Hours.”
Page Six thinks that Gilroy might be considering Franco as Matt Damon’s replacement for the “Bourne” series. Damon recently mentioned that he wouldn’t return for a fourth installment unless Paul Greengrass was at the helm. Gilroy was recently tapped to direct the next “Bourne” sequel.
Franco is generating plenty of heat as a best actor contender this award season.
A source close to Gilroy said “He was just there to see the movie.”
Fox Searchlight bows “127 Hours” this Friday in New York and Los Angeles.
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Matt Damon’s character written out of next ‘Bourne’ film

HollywoodNews.com: Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne character will not be making an appearance in the next ‘Bourne’ film, so the next film will just pick up where it left off, but without him.
Damon previously said he would not do another film without Paul Greengrass attached, so director and writer Tony Gilroy will be making the next film “a stand-alone project,” states Digital Spy. The Bourne Legacy will not be “a reboot or a recast or a prequel.”
And while Gilroy says there will be a new hero in this one, he will be setting the film up so that it “invites Jason Bourne’s return.”
Think the Bourne film will do as well without Damon?
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