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Matt Damon Reveals A Bit More About Bourne No. 5

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Bourne TrilogyIt’s no secret that Hollywood lives on sequels. For that matter, so do film actors, who otherwise find it hard to keep a steady job.

The sequel providing the buzz this week is the fifth Jason Bourne movie, which will see the return of Matt Damon to the title role after stepping away from the franchise for the fourth film in the sequence. That film, The Bourne Legacy, featured Jeremy Renner as black ops CIA agent who was manipulated by the CIA through the use of “chems” that enhanced his physical and mental abilities, but also created a dependence, which becomes all the more critical when the government decides to end the black ops program and kills the surviving agents.

With production moving forward with the fifth film, Damon has revealed some plot twists in an interview with the NY Daily News. Spoiler alert for those who do not want to know, find another MovieSpoon article to read.

As we know, Jason Bourne’s primary predicament in the first films is that he – a highly trained black ops assassin – has lost his memory, which he has to recover while being hunted down by the very agency that trained him. But in the fifth film, says Damon, Bourne has recovered his memory. The film starts after a 12-year lapse of contact with the world of espionage. He has been “off the grid,” says Damon, the 12 years allowing for the point that Damon, himself, has aged since the series began in 2002, but hinting that the plot takes place three years in the future, given it will only have been nine years since the first release, The Bourne Identity.

While his memory has recovered, “that doesn’t mean he knows everything,” Damon said. First, “we have to answer the question: Where’s he been [for 12 years]? … What’s he been doing? What gets him going again? So once that we solved all that, then we had a movie.”

And here are some more Damon-provided hints from statements made earlier. “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 or democracy.”

OK, let’s back up the truck. An “austerity-riddle Europe,” refers, of course, to the economic recovery that has been managed through conservative economic policies, which involve pulling back or holding the line on social services, so that Europe can pay off debts. In so many words, that means pay off debts first, make investments that create jobs second – if ever.

Snowden, of course, is 32-year-old former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of pages of classified information to journalists and who has been in hiding – presumably in Russia – since June 2013.

We also know, says Blogging in the Reel World, that the next Bourne film begins in Greece and ends in Las Vegas. It will be directed by Paul Grengrass, who directed Damon in Bourne Ultimatum (the third Bourne film). Among the cast will be Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Cikander, Vincent Cassel, Ato Essandoh and Julia Stiles, who will reprise her role as Nicky Parsons.

 

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Have you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. 😉

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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