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October 23, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
The filmmakers behind James Bond invented (and then reinvented) the spy movie -- then watched as a generation of action directors, er, borrowed from the movies about the resourceful secret agent. We'll have plenty from the principals on the new movie, titled “Skyfall” and set for a Nov. 9 opening in the U.S., in the weeks ahead. But with the Daniel Craig movie premiering in London Tuesday night, we thought it worth posing one of the big questions asked about Bond circa 2012: How much does 007 have in common with other action heroes currently on the big screen?
July 26, 2012 | By John Horn and Ben Fritz
After narrowly avoiding a head-to-head battle in U.S. theaters, "The Bourne Legacy "and "Total Recall"may open against each other in China, another indication that the world's most populous nation is trying to curb the commercial returns of American productions. The China Film Group and Film Bureau, state-owned entities that oversee movie distribution in the country, are considering opening the action pictures on the same day in September. "Bourne Legacy" director Tony Gilroy said the plan is already underway and that his picture is being converted to the Imax format for Chinese audiences (it is not scheduled to play in Imax domestically)
August 12, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
It was a weekend without disappointments or thrills in Hollywood, as "The Bourne Legacy," "The Campaign" and "Hope Springs" all enjoyed solid but far from spectacular debuts. The biggest risk going into the weekend was "Bourne," a fresh take on the franchise -- with a new star -- on which Universal Pictures and Relativity Media spent about $130 million. The movie, which stars Jeremy Renner is his first role topping a franchise picture, opened to $40.3 million, a debut healthy enough to have Universal executives breathing a sigh of relief.
August 10, 2012 | By Meg James
After the coffee. Before wondering where in the heck did our summer go? The Skinny : Today we take a peek at projections for the weekend movie box office, Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the big screen, DreamWorks' plans for an entertainment district in Shanghai, NBC's fast start on advertising sales for the 2014 Olympics, and a bizarre incident Thursday in Nantucket, Mass., involving Deadline owner Jay Penske. And, oh yeah, three days until Joe Flint gets back from vacation.
May 3, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Two weeks after suffering critical injuries in a pre-race accident, Possum Bourne, New Zealand's only professional rally car driver, died Wednesday. He was 47. Bourne raced thousands of miles on rally courses the world over. In more than 20 years of racing, he won the Asia-Pacific title three times and the Australian Rally title a record seven times. Bourne's accident occurred as he was driving on a public road checking the route for a hill climb.
February 25, 2008 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
In a year when only one of the best picture nominees earned more than $100 million, an unlikely action blockbuster picked up three of the main technical awards. For their work on "The Bourne Ultimatum," Christopher Rouse won for editing, Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg for sound editing, and Scott Millan, David Parker and Kirk Francis for sound mix- ing.
Shortly after his "Swan Lake" opened at the Ahmanson Theatre in late April, choreographer Matthew Bourne began reshuffling the principals in his two alternating casts to create intriguing new partnerships and interpretive possibilities. More recently, company members new to their roles have added more surprises to this Adventures in Motion Pictures production.
January 23, 2003 | Susan King
"The Bourne Identity" Matt Damon, Franka Potente Universal, $27 When directors do commentary tracks for the DVD edition of their movies, they should take the time to provide commentary on deleted scenes and alternate openings and endings. Doug Liman, the savvy, hip director of this acclaimed adaptation of Robert Ludlum's spy thriller, doesn't offer any explanations about why he cut certain scenes in the movie starring Damon as a super spy with amnesia, or why he reshot the ending.
August 3, 2012 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Matt Damon didn't want to make another Jason Bourne movie, and neither did director Paul Greengrass. When your leading man and star filmmaker have departed one of your most profitable series, the alternatives aren't great. But in today's Hollywood, those options do not include throwing in the towel. Opening Friday, "The Bourne Legacy"is Universal Pictures' audacious answer to its spy series quandary. Rather than ditch Damon for another actor - the case when Harrison Ford replaced Alec Baldwin in the Tom Clancy movies or repeatedly with James Bond - the studio decided to create a parallel plot with a new actor, "The Hurt Locker's" Jeremy Renner, and added a fresh director, "Michael Clayton's" Tony Gilroy.
June 18, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County prosecutors filed additional counterfeiting and weapons charges Thursday against a man who spent six weeks on the run from authorities after making a dramatic escape from his downtown loft overlooking the Federal Reserve building. Brian Alexik, who authorities likened to Jason Bourne, the fictional secret agent known for his daring getaways and high-tech gadgetry, was charged with seven new felony counts — including forgery and drug charges — under an amended criminal complaint filed by prosecutors in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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