August 4, 2016 |
If there is one criticism of the otherwise excellent Jason Bourne , it's that the latest entry in the spy movie series has stakes that are entirely too personal. It's all about him . So if Paul Greengrass's statement that the film has set up possible sequels is true, the filmmakers should rectify that plot shortcoming by doing something very simple: Adapt the excellent books. The original movie trilogy was, of course, taken from the Bourne books by Robert Ludlum. Since Ludlum's death in 2001, Eric Van Lustbader has picked up the torch and written ten novels starring the character.
March 6, 1987 |
Robert Ludlum's lucky 13th nail-nibbler, The Bourne Supremacy (Bantam, $4.95), is a sequel - his first - to The Bourne Identity. If you haven't yet read Identity, I don't want to spoil the fun, so maybe you can skip the next few sentences. In the first work, a character called Jason Bourne was created by U.S. intelligence to flush out that infamous terrorist, Carlos the Jackal. And who was Jason Bourne? A world-class assassin-for-hire with nearly 40 kills to his credit? Nah. A poor chap named David Webb, who, in Supremacy, turns out to be a basket case.
July 24, 2016 |
Bad Moms Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, and Mila Kunis are stressed-out parents rebelling against the perfectionist PTA crowd led by Christina Applegate. From the writing team behind The Hangover. R Jason Bourne "I remember everything," says the amnesiac spy guy played by Matt Damon in his return - along with director Paul Greengrass - to the Bourne series. But CIA cohort Julia Stiles cautions: "Remembering everything doesn't mean you know everything. " Oscar-winning Alicia Vikander shows off her tradecraft technique.
August 2, 2016
Supermodel and new mom Chrissy Teigen , wife of Penn alum John Legend and a beautiful mixture of Norwegian and Thai, took to Twitter to weigh in on the 2016 Miss Teen USA competition. Rarely one to court controversy, Teigen was moved to tweet when the Miss Teen USA Twitter account released a photo of the top five finishers and it looked like a prismatic pic of the same girl. "Wow how can we choose from such a diverse bunch," @chrissyteigen wrote. Perhaps concerned about becoming a target for trolls, Teigen soon tweeted, "It's fiiiiiine.
July 31, 2016 |
Captain Fantastic. Viggo Mortensen stars, with an amazing group of young actors, as a radical hippie dad who has raised his kids way off the grid. When events force them to leave their rustic retreat and deal with modern-day America, the experience is jolting - and funny, moving, meaningful. R Jason Bourne. "I remember everything," says the formerly amnesiac spy guy played by Matt Damon in his return - along with director Paul Greengrass - to the Bourne series. The movie spans the globe and has the great action scenes you'd expect, but now that Bourne knows who he is, the existential underpinnings of the great franchise concept are MIA. PG-13 Our Little Sister.
March 13, 2001 |
Best-selling suspense novelist Robert Ludlum, 73, author of the Jason Bourne series of spy thrillers and The Matarese Circle, died yesterday. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack, said Matthew Shear, a spokesman of Mr. Ludlum's publisher, St. Martin's Press. "It's a horrible loss for all of his fans and for his publisher," Shear said. "Fortunately, he had been working on several books, and to honor him we're going to continue to publish him. " Readers can expect at least three more novels, Shear said.
August 3, 2007 |
It's not until the second-to-last shot of the lean, mean, most excellent The Bourne Ultimatum that somebody cracks a smile. But still, this clench-jawed thriller - with Matt Damon as the somebody's-messed-with- my-head secret agent known as Jason Bourne - is unstoppable fun. Jumping from Moscow to Langley, Va., to Turin, to Paris to London's Waterloo Station, all before most flicks have finished their "produced by" credits, The Bourne Ultimatum...
January 24, 2003 |
Every decade or so, a new style takes over the movies; from static talkies in the '30s to widescreen epics in the '50s to today's hyperkinetic films with a thousand cuts. And there will always be directors who want to try something older, like one movie new to video this week that recalls the gritty thrillers of the '70s. With its location photography, wild car chases and hard-hitting fistfights, "The Bourne Identity" (VHS: priced for rental; DVD: $26.99) owes more to William Friedkin and "The French Connection" than director Doug Liman's other films, such as "Go. " Based on a typically credulity-stretching Robert Ludlum novel, the plot follows Jason Bourne (Matt Damon)
October 5, 2007 |
Our suspicions were correct: whoever wrote the screenplay for "The Bourne Supremacy" was a big fan of "The Manchurian Candidate. " When we finally learned the dark secret to Jason Bourne's brainwashing/indoctrination/identity, it looked a lot like the dark secret harbored by Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey in John Frankenheimer 's 1962 classic. A movie that happens to be one of the favorite films of screenwriter Tony Gilroy , one of the guiding lights behind the profitable Bourne series and writer-director of the new George Clooney movie "Michael Clayton.
February 10, 2016 |
It may have started with puppies, but now everyone wants in on the big game. Key and Peele, Alicia Florrick, Jason Bourne, Stephen Colbert, President Obama, Conan O'Brien, James Corden all showed up, in one way or another, during Super Bowl 50 Sunday. With diminishing audiences for just about everything, the Super Bowl has become one of the few mass-media platforms still standing, and it isn't just advertisers climbing aboard. It's the media themselves. While the Carolina Panthers unsuccessfully battled the Denver Broncos on Sunday: CBS took the opportunity to announce that the critically acclaimed series The Good Wife , and viewers' relationship with Julianna Margulies' Alicia, would end with this season; Universal unveiled a super-cut Matt Damon in the now officially named Jason Bourne ; and various publications circulated stories and statistics about the danger of the game that everyone was watching.