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Matt Damon says he's Bourne again, with Paul Greengrass directing, in 2016

Looks like the rumors were true: Matt Damon says he will be back on screen as Jason Bourne.

“It’ll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out,” Damon told E! Friday. “Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that’s all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes.”
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Matt Damon to star in Alexander Payne's 'Downsizing'

EW has confirmed that Matt Damon will be starring in Alexander Payne’s new film, Downsizing. 

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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are 'Bourne' again. Are they Hollywood's top actor/director pair?

In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, like Elysium, also failing to catch fire (or Oscar buzz), a reunion seemed to be in everyone’s best interests—and maybe sooner rather than later.

Damon and Greengrass are kindred spirits, with a similar artistic and political outlook that’s been on display in their two Bourne films and Green Zone, the 2010 action movie that poked the Bush Administration’s 2003 invasion of Iraq. Greengrass, a former TV journalist, directed Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips last year, and had been contemplating tackling a Martin Luther King biopic. But Damon and Bourne seem to be calling now, and Universal is ready to slot their next adventure together into summer 2016.

Directors and actors have a mystical way of finding each other, and when something clicks, they often seek that comfort zone again and again. The most frequently cited example of an actor and director who’ve repeatedly brought out the best in each other are Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese, who collaborated on eight films, beginning with 1973′s Mean Streets. Frequently, such relationships are between peers of the same generation, with the actor becoming the director’s on-screen stand-in. Other times, an older director takes an actor under his or her wing, as either an apprentice or a muse. (Think Woody Allen and Scarlett Johansson.)

But who are the most compelling actor/director pairings working today? Whose films become immediate must-sees when their names line up on the same movie poster? EW ranked the 20 most interesting and exciting actor/director collaborators today, with Damon and Greengrass in the mix. READ FULL STORY

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass might be re-teaming for another 'Bourne'

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are reportedly returning to Bourne, according to Deadline.

The re-team would mark the pair’s third collaboration in The Bourne Identity series, and Damon’s fourth Bourne film overall. The pair are reportedly in early talks at Universal.

Universal declined to comment. A rep for Damon did not immediately respond to EW‘s request for comment.

If the re-team pans out, it will likely be the next Bourne film to go into production in order to fill the July 16, 2016 release date that the studio selected for an untitled Bourne film. In effect, it will presumably push Bourne‘s Aaron Cross spinoff sequel, starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Justin Lin, aside, according to Deadline.

According to THR, Greengrass would direct and write the script, which would mark his first writing endeavor with Bourne.

 

Ridley Scott in early talks to direct Matt Damon in 'The Martian'

Ridley Scott, who knows a little something about space thrillers, is in early talks with 20th Century Fox to direct Matt Damon in The Martian, a project that has drawn comparisons to Apollo 13 and Cast Away.

As The Hollywood Reporter initially reported, the Alien auteur would take the place of Cabin the Woods director Drew Goddard, who left to supervise Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff, Sinister Six. Goddard had already written a script, based on Andy Weir’s self-published book, which tells the story of an injured astronaut stranded on Mars who must improvise to survive while Earth’s scientists attempt a rescue operation to bring him home. Damon is also not yet officially attached, though he has a solid relationship with the film’s producer Simon Kinberg, who also produced Elysium.

Matt Damon on returning to 'Bourne' series: 'I've always been open to it' -- VIDEO

Jason Bourne fans, have your sequel ideas out and ready.

Over the weekend, Matt Damon went on CNBC, where he was asked if he’d ever return to the Bourne series. “I’ve always been open to if, if Paul Greengrass is the director,” Damon answered. Greengrass directed both The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, and Damon has said in the past that he’ll only return to the series if Greengrass is involved. “We’ve just never been able to come up with a story,” continued Damon. He went on to encourage viewers to call up Universal with their ideas.

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Casting Net: Brie Larson to star in Emma Donoghue's 'Room'; Plus, Matt Damon, more

• Brie Larson (Short Term 12) is set to star as Ma in the adaptation of Emma Donoghue‘s 2010 best-seller Room about a kidnapped woman living in captivity with her 5-year-old son. Donohue wrote the script for director Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Frank). Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the book an A- and wrote: “Though the story’s chilling circumstances reflect the horrors endured by tabloid-famous abductees, Donoghue avoids all sensationalism. Instead, she gracefully distills what it means to be a mother — and what it’s like for a child whose entire world measures just 11 x 11.”  [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Oscars supercut: And the award for best winning moment goes to... -- VIDEO

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What would you do immediately after you won an Oscar? Not sure? Well, apparently neither were some of these past winners. From moments of excitement with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to being reduced to tears like Jennifer Hudson or literally jumping out of your seat like Roberto Benigni, there are many ways to react after hearing your name follow the famous “And the Oscar goes to…” Who knows who will make their moment even more memorable on Sunday after winning, but in the meantime watch our clip of some of the best moments in Oscar acceptance speeches. READ FULL STORY

'The Zero Theorem' Trailer: A look into Terry Gilliam's wacky, futuristic world -- VIDEO

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There may not yet be a U.S. release date for The Zero Theorem, but eager fans can get a first look at how Terry Gilliam has created the movie’s futuristic world in a brand new trailer just released online. It sure seems like Gilliam has pulled out all the stops – crazy wigs, fun futuristic clothes, lots of colorful cinematography…and yes, that is Christoph Waltz with a bald head and no eyebrows.

In the film, Waltz stars as Qohen Leth, an eccentric computer programmer who is on a futile search for the meaning of life. Working under his boss, a figure only known as “Management,” (Matt Damon) he attempts to solve the “Zero Theorem” which may finally bring the answers to his — and the universe’s  – questions. The film also stars Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis.

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Golden Globes: Party Report! Inside scoop from all the after-ceremony festivities

EW is inside all the Golden Globes parties tonight. Check out our reports from inside all the carousing and celebrating. Check back often for updates and follow us on Twitter at #EWglobes.
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