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Fall 2015 - Next Bourne movie to start filming (Europe, including Tenerife in September)
11 September (date tbc) The Martian world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival
2 October 2015 - The Martian to be released
29 July 2016 - new Bourne film to be released
23 November 2016 - The Great Wall to be released
Photos of Matt and Lucy leaving the gym, and a dinner with Pedro Pascal are at the Daily Mail:

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There is a cover story on The Martian in the new UK Total Film magazine.

A quote about The Martian from the LA Times:


"We've seen a rough cut of Ridley Scott's sci-fi survival story, and it's pretty great. Look for comparisons to 2013 TIFF outer space sensation "Gravity" as well as raves for Matt Damon's lead turn as a stranded astron
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The world premiere for The Martian will be at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Tommy Lee Jones has been added to the Bourne sequel as a senior CIA officer, via Variety:
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The Great Wall has now finished filming around China, but there are no photos yet of Matt and family back in the U.S. The next Bourne film is set to start filming in Tenerife in September.

Pedro Pascal posted a final photo with Matt on his Instagram:
pascalispunk Here's the thing. Goodbye's are the fucking worst #TheGreatWallMovie #Legendary #ThatIsAWrap @jillpups27 @dameluce

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Matt and the cast including Pedro Pascal are now in the Gobi Desert. Trainer Jason Walsh posted the following pic on his Instagram: rise movement.

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risemovement Amazing group of guys. Day I'll never forget. @pascalispunk #GobiDessert #china
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  • Producer Jerry Weintraub has died in California at the age of 77. Jerry produced the Ocean's films, Behind the Candelabra and Years of living dangerously. From George Clooney at Deadline:

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    “In the coming days there will be tributes, about our friend Jerry Weintraub,” Clooney said today. “We’ll laugh at his great stories, and applaud his accomplishments. And in the years to come the stories and accomplishments will get better with age, just as Jerry would have wanted it. But not today. Today our friend died. To his family and friends, Amal and I send our love. And to those who didn’t know him, we send our deepest sympathy. You would have loved him.”
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  • Matt and the cast of The Great Wall held a press conference on Wednesday for an international audience. A report is at the LA Times, with various additional photos available at: x, Elle UK and x. Another report is at AP.This Twitter account includes more photos and videos from the press conference. A cute tumblr post of Matt talking about Luhan is here, with a video of the comments here.

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    But that is exactly what Tull's Legendary Entertainment is now in the midst of doing. After a few false starts, Tull recruited China’s most famous director, Zhang Yimou, to helm the $150-million project and enlisted powerful investors including state-run China Film Group and LeVision Pictures. Matt Damon and Hong Kong legend Andy Lau are anchoring a cast peppered with “little fresh meat,” or Chinese heartthrobs, who appeal to young Chinese women.

    After months of shooting on 28 sets in Beijing and on an elaborate faux wall constructed in the eastern city of Qingdao (no filming actually took place on the historic structure), “The Great Wall” will soon move into post-production and intensive visual-effects work in preparation for a Nov. 23, 2016, stateside release. It is one of the highest-budget films ever in China, and certainly the biggest U.S.-China co-production to date.

    In China at least, anticipation is running high. On Thursday, Zhang, Damon and Lau — along with other cast members including Pedro Pascal (who plays Oberyn Martell on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) and Chinese actress Jing Tian — sat for the first of what are sure to be numerous press events to stoke interest in the film. Zhan Haicheng of China Film Group said the movie brought together the “best of China and U.S.” and was a “real co-production,” though he called it a “very American film.”

    Whether “Great Wall” may be too American and fantastical for Chinese audiences, yet too Chinese for international audiences, remains a question on both sides of the Pacific.

    Damon spoke in Beijing to publicize the movie "The Great Wall," which has a budget of $150 million. Damon, whose movies include "Good Will Hunting" and the "Bourne" action franchise, plays a battle-scarred mercenary in search of treasure. Pedro Pascal, of "Game of Thrones," is his sword-wielding partner. Lu plays a boy emperor.

  • ETA: This Daily Mail story:

    Matt Damon looks strikingly different as he debuts luscious ponytail at The Great Wall press conference in Beijing
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  • Project Greenlight premieres 9/13 at 10pm on HBO - Facebook site.
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  • A press conference about The Great Wall is scheduled for today in Beijing, and a possible early poster was also tweeted, thanks to Paula.

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  • Matt and director Zhang Yimou appeared by video during US/China talks last month:

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    Kristie Kenney ‏@KristieKenney Jun 24
    Star power at #USChina talks. Yao Ming in person. Matt Damon & Chinese Director Zhang Yimou via video fm Beijing.

  • Pedro Pascal posted a photo with Lucy and Shawn Vance on his Instagram.

  • Alicia Vikander has been confirmed for the Bourne sequel.
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  • A photo of the main Great Wall cast has been released. Filming continues in Beijing.

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    Sina Entertainment today posted a group photo of the cast of director Zhang Yimou's new film Changcheng (the Great Wall). Hollywood star Matt Damon is seen among leading actors that include Andy Lau, Jing Tian, Wang Junkai, Willem Defoe and Pedro Pascal.

  • Julia Stiles will be returning for the next Bourne film. Alicia Vikander and Viggo Mortensen are also in talks.

    Julia Stiles is set to reprise her role in the next “Bourne Identity” film that will have Matt Damon returning as Jason Bourne and Paul Greengrass attached to direct.

    Alicia Vikander is also in talks to join the cast. Sources have told Variety that Viggo Mortensen was holding the offer to play the assassin tracking Bourne but has not confirmed whether he will be joining the cast.
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  • Interviews from visits to The Martian set in Budapest in December and February have been released at a number of sites including Newsweek, Collider and JoBlo, including:

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    Matt Damon looks terrible. But that’s the point. The make-up department has slathered his face in scabs, bruises and dirt. The black circles under his eyes match his outfit and sneakers (he hasn’t donned his spacesuit yet). His hair and beard are matted and pinned with barrettes. “I have these hair extensions in,” he says. “I look like I should be playing in a rock band.”

    Damon might look like he would fit in at a Bushwick dive bar, but he’s actually impersonating an astronaut. It’s February in Budapest, Hungary, and we’re on the set of The Martian, which he’s making with British director Ridley Scott of Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator fame and Exodus: Gods and Kings infamy. The shoot is nearly complete. The story is structured around Mars days (called Sols, which are 39 minutes longer than Earth days), starting at Sol 6 and ending on Sol 549. “Today, I think we’re on 547,” Damon says. “I’m living on Mars time.”

    Damon is the obvious choice for Watney. He’s perhaps the most likeable actor in Hollywood not named Tom Hanks. When he speaks, he opens his eyes wide and smiles. He likes to laugh, and when he laughs, his eyes crinkle. New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis once called him the contemporary ideal for the “American character.” No other actor “can better vault across rooftops and in and out of genres and make you care greatly if he falls. He’s so homespun that he could have sprung wholly formed from a corn silo.” Damon might be the only actor capable of making Watney seem more like your lovable but slightly inappropriate cousin than a misogynist frat boy.

    Did you have to lose weight?
    I talked to Ridley about it because I’ve lost weight before for movies. We had about six months. And I said, “That’s perfect. I’ll lose about 30 or 40 pounds, and we’ve got to shoot all that stuff first.” And he went, “Fuck that.”

    Your character is offbeat and kind of raunchy.
    And yet really capable and smart. The writer Drew Goddard said he read the book and he fell in love with it, and he wanted to do because it was like a love letter to science. And he wanted to make that cool. In one sense, the guy’s an incredible nerd. He’s a botanist. But that’s really what’s cool about the character in the movie. He needs every single one of his skills to save his life. It’s fun to play a character who’s smarter than you. He gets to the right answers quicker than I would. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat in my surface suit on set thinking, I wouldn’t last 20 minutes on Mars. Every mistake is life-threatening.

    One of the many things I love about Matt Damon is his infectious charm and easy-going attitude. While he’s one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, he never acts like one. He’s always grounded and honest, willing to answer anything with a smile.

    So was that year and a half off by accident or intentional?
    The first six months was intentional because we moved from New York to LA, so just to be around the kids for that transition I took time off. And then I couldn’t find anything that I wanted to do. I mean you see what’s out there…it’s tough. The movies that have really been my bread and butter for twenty years, they don’t make them anymore. They really don’t. It’s really very hard to get the money together. A lot of that stuff is migrating to television. They’re more apt to take a huge risk on a high concept idea than on a kitchen sink drama or something. When this came along, I went ‘how many of these movies will I be able to really do that I’ll like, that are original and aren’t just a knockoff of something else?’

  • New Danish screenwriters have been selected by Matt and producer Jennifer Todd to write the script for RFK.
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