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Monday
Aug132012

"The Bourne Legacy" Knocks "The Dark Knight Rises" Out of Top Spot

Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The latest Bourne film didn’t need Matt Damon to overtake The Dark Knight Rises for the box office crown.

The Bourne Legacy, featuring Jeremy Renner in the same type of assassin role filled by Damon in the previous Bourne flicks, debuted in first place,  earning an estimated $40.3 million.

The Will Ferrell-Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign premiered in the second spot, with $27.4 million.

After three straight weekends at number one, The Dark Knight Rises fell to third place, collecting $19.5 million, though this weekend's take pushed Christopher Nolan's final Batman film past the $800 million mark worldwide.

The Meryl Streep-Tommy Lee Jones comedy Hope Springs bowed in fourth place, with $15.6 million, while Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D finished outside the top 10.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Bourne Legacy, $40.3 million
2. The Campaign, $27.4 million
3. The Dark Knight Rises, $19.5 million
4. Hope Springs, $15.6 million
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, $8.2 million
6. Total Recall, $8.1 million
7. Ice Age: Continental Drift, $6.8 million
8. Ted, $3.3 million
9. Step Up: Revolution, $2.9 million
10. The Amazing Spider-Man, $2.2 million

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Friday
Aug102012

"The Bourne Legacy" and "The Campaign" Open Nationwide

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- The Bourne Legacy: Jeremy Renner plays Aaron Cross, who essentially replaces the Jason Bourne character made famous by Matt Damon in the previous films in the series.  Cross is much like Bourne -- he's a trained assassin on the run.  Joan Allen, Albert Finney, Scott Glenn and David Strathairn are back in their Bourne roles, along with newcomers Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton.  Rated PG-13.  [Click here to read a review]

-- The Campaign: Will Ferrell stars as a long-term congressman from North Carolina who finds himself running against the director of a local tourism office, played by Zack Galifianakis.  Jason Sudeikis, John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd co-star in the comedy.  Rated R.  [Click here to read a review]

And opening in limited release:

-- Red Hook Summer: This Spike Lee-directed feature centers on a middle-class young boy from Atlanta who spends the summer with his deeply-religious grandfather in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  Jules Brown and Clarke Peters star.  Rated R.

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Friday
Aug102012

Movie Review: "The Bourne Legacy"

Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to The Bourne Legacy, the natural first question is, “Will we miss Matt Damon?”
 
Upon hearing Jeremy Renner was cast as a new agent -- not Jason Bourne -- to take over the franchise, I was thrilled. I love Renner, but there are many skeptics out there.  Let's not forget that the Bourne franchise turned Matt Damon into the unassuming superstar that he is and Renner, who had a solid albeit semi-anonymous career before starring in the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, is cut from the same cloth as Damon.  Neither actor needs to be a star, and they carry that quality into their super-agent characters.
 
That’s why they both play their characters so well, and it's also why I did not miss Damon in this movie. I did miss something else, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
 
Thanks to Jason Bourne, the government’s secret program to create a network of genetically altered super spies is in danger of being exposed (see the previous three movies for why). The creator of that program, Edward Norton’s Colonel Eric Byer, is now in charge of destroying all evidence that the program ever existed. That also means killing anyone who actively worked on the program or knows of its existence.
 
Renner’s Aaron Cross is simply known as number five, presumably no relation to the robot of the same name in Short Circuit.  Byer goes to great lengths to kill Cross, believing at one point that he was successful. Eventually, though, he’ll discover the truth -- "Number five is alive!”
 
Also on the hit list is Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz), the scientist in charge of examining program participants. Weisz holds her own during the well-choreographed action sequences, all of which are deft, thrilling and, in one case, quite long.
 
Turns out, I didn’t miss Damon in The Bourne Legacy. Renner does a fine job with the material he's been given.  What this movie is missing, though, is the excellent writing and clever direction of the first three.  Tony Gilroy wrote all of the Bourne movies, including this one, but this is the first time he's directed one.  With Michael Clayton and Duplicity he proved his writing/directing chops, but the magnitude of the action sequences in The Bourne Legacy, coupled with the suspense, seem a little too much for him to handle.
 
Some are going to find The Bourne Legacy's story hard to follow, and those who can follow it likely going to be massively disappointed by the ending.  Actually, even if you can't follow the story you'll be disappointed by the ending.  Having said that, I’d like to see this team get another crack at another Bourne movie because even with this film's flaws, they're too talented to screw it up twice.
 
Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Friday
Jul272012

Jeremy Renner Says Taking on 'Bourne Legacy' Is a 'Huge Responsibility'

Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Actor Jeremy Renner feels the weight of the Bourne franchise on his shoulders, playing the lead role in the upcoming film, The Bourne Legacy, the first of the series to not star Matt Damon.

"It's a huge responsibility," Renner told Nightline. "It doesn't change anything, however. If I work 10 days on a movie or I work 100 days on a movie, it's the same amount of commitment."

The Bourne Legecy, which premieres in theaters nationwide on Aug. 10, is less a hand-off than a lateral. Renner is not playing Jason Bourne, a role held by Damon for the previous four Bourne films, but character Aaron Cross, a similarly Bourne-to-be-wild covert warrior. But it doesn't hurt to go into this box office battle with Renner, a two-time Oscar nominee -- with two major blockbusters under his belt with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and The Avengers under his belt -- as the film's star.

"It's no secret what a massive search we had to find this character," director Tony Gilroy told Nightline. "You also needed someone who is just bad ass. He just has to be that guy. There has to be a high level of integrity in it and in an interesting way. Jeremy had all those things."

Renner said he was "very conscious" of the fact that being cast in the next chapter of the series would change his life and said he took some time to consider whether or not to take the role.

"I initially was saying no in my head because I had to sort of go through a process, a personal process, with my family and not just jump at the chance," he said. "Because, of course, I wanted to -- this is a Bourne franchise."

Fusing high-octane chases with its building-a-super-soldier back story, The Bourne Legacy links Renner's character with a medical researcher, played by Rachel Weitz. Both are on the desperate run from their bent-on-destruction government.

"It certainly is high-speed chess," Renner said. "There is great intelligence to the material."

It's an overdue opportunity for the 41-year-old actor, who got a first-rate action apprenticeship from none other than Tom Cruise when he was cast in Ghost Protocol. Renner said Cruise told him to have a strong work ethic and prepare for action scenes to avoid getting injured.

Before filming for Bourne Legacy began, Renner said he practiced with the film's fight crew.

"You can't fake hand-to-hand stuff. You can't CGI it," he said. "That stuff has to look real authentic and so that's where most of the work went into."

With a few blockbuster films under his belt, it's hard to believe that this northern California native first came to Los Angeles to pursue acting in the early 1990s and struggled to find work. To make some money, Renner worked as a Lancome make-up artist.

"Great job," Renner said. "Kept my whole week free to audition or not audition and then on weekends I'd work a couple days and put make-up on hot girls."

He also said he turned down an opportunity to be a part of a boy band, but wouldn't name names.

Renner first became known for playing a serial killer, the title role, in the 2002 film Dahmer. He was then cast as bomb expert William James in The Hurt Locker (2010), which won the Oscar for Best Picture and put Renner among some rarefied company.

With Bourne Legacy now the peak of an unusual movie career, where stars are typically formed in their 20s, Renner can look back without disappointment.

"It becomes a long, long, long, long hike up a big, big mountain and it feels a little bit more precious I suppose at the top," he said. "It's a great -- gratifying, blessed experience to feel."

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Wednesday
Dec142011

Matt Damon Trashes 'Bourne Ultimatum' Script, Then Apologizes

Gary Gershoff/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Matt Damon isn't proud of how the third Bourne film in which he starred, 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, came to be.

He believes the film's initial screenwriter, Tony Gilroy, who also penned the previous two Bourne movies and is writing and directing the next flick in the series, mailed it in by turning in a mediocre script.

Damon told 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." The final version of the script was written by two other screenwriters.

Damon regretted making those comments, because he later contacted GQ to clarify what he meant.

He said of Gilroy, "If I didn't respect him and appreciate his talent, then I really wouldn't have cared....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***ing stupid and unprofessional and just kind of douchey of me."

Damon will not appear in the fourth Bourne movie, The Bourne Legacy, which will star Jeremy Renner.  He said he found out about the project while surfing the Internet, telling GQ, "It was a surprise."  The actor said he is leaving the door open for a return to the franchise one day.

Damon will next appear on the big screen in We Bought a Zoo, opening later this month.

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Wednesday
Jul272011

Joan Allen, Albert Finney Returning for Next 'Bourne' Film

Universal Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s already been reported that Matt Damon will not be part of the next Bourne movie, but Variety reports two of his former co-stars will be.

The trade paper says Joan Allen, who played CIA agent Pam Landy in two Bourne films with Damon, will return to star in the next chapter, The Bourne Legacy.  Albert Finney, who played Dr. Albert Hirsch, a behavior-modification expert, in The Bourne Ultimatum, will also return.

The new Bourne flick will star Jeremy Renner.

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