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7 November 2014 - Interstellar to be released
10 November 2014 - The Martian to begin filming - Budapest and Wadi Rum, Jordan
25 November 2015 - The Martian to be released
March 2015 (TBC) - Manchester-by-the-sea to start filming (location TBA)
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  • Matt has been in Budapest for a few days for The Martian pre-production. There are reports he may have left already and will return in mid-November for filming. Photos from Budapest are here, Hirado and Yahoo.

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  • Matt and Ben are attached to another TV project.
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  • Latest cast additions to The Martian, due to start filming in Budapest next month, are Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mackenzie Davis and Sebastian Stan. From EW:

    The cast of The Martian is getting even starrier: EW has exclusively confirmed that Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sebastian Stan, and Mackenzie Davis are the latest to join in director Ridley Scott’s The Martian, due in theaters November 2015. They join previously announced cast members Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, Michael Pena and Jeff Daniels.

    The Martian, adapted from the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, is about Mark Watney (Damon), an astronaut who gets left behind on Mars when his crew mistakenly believes him dead. “It’s quintessential Robinson Crusoe,” Ridley Scott tells EW. Drew Goddard (World War Z) penned the screenplay, and Damon and the rest of the cast quickly jumped aboard. “This is one of those movies that’s had a blessed life,” says producer Simon Kinberg. “Every actor is doing it for significantly less than their normal fee. It’s a real labor of love.”

  • Matt's participating in Tom Papa's next live Come to Papa show in LA on 4 November.

    Tom Papa @tompapa·Oct 22
    CometoPapa Live Nov. 4th @LargoLosAngeles w/ @therealrussellp Matt Damon, @steveagee @melissavcomedy @natebargatze

  • Matt has a 'key cameo' in Interstellar according to The Wrap's early summary.

  • Matt's episode of On Camera with Sam Jones is now available to purchase at Sam's site.

    He’s used these opportunities, hard work, and his unflagging curiosity to develop a remarkably insightful approach to his craft. Along the way, he also developed an uncanny ability to disappear into any character and become someone believably different in every film. So what could possibly be next? Damon tells Off Camera why no matter what it is, it will be something that he absolutely love.

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  • Matt has been filming a commercial, rumored to be for the SuperBowl, with Mindy Kaling. Photos are at the Daily Mail.

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  • Manchester-by-the-sea is expected to begin filming in March or April 2015.

  • Matt was in Las Vegas on Saturday for the Bruno Mars concert.
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  • More casting news for The Martian with Donald Glover joining the cast, and a new cast breakdown provided from The Wrap.

  • According to the Massachusetts Film Office, Manchester-by-the-sea now looks to be filming in March 2015 - from the Gloucester Times:

    Gloucester Times ‏@GDTnews
    NOTE: Film official says Matt Damon movie set in #ManchesterMA will not begin filming until around March.

  • Manchester-by-the-sea may be the project referenced in this interview with Chris Moore at Collider (thanks to reader wownow):

    Chris Moore: And then, I’m working on another project with Matt Damon, that we’re trying to get quickly put together before he goes off to do his big Ridley Scott movie. I’m focusing a lot of effort on that, and on getting The Chair out there.

    Question: Does the Matt Damon movie have a name?

    MOORE: It does have a name, but given the fact that I don’t have anybody paying for it yet, I don’t want to jinx it. When I have the Kickstarter campaign for the Matt Damon movie, then I’ll give you the name, so you can publicize it.

  • Ben and Matt are linked to a new TV project for the SyFy Channel.

  • Matt and family attended the Santa Cruz Derby Girls roller derby game on Saturday. Photos are at Adam Freidin's Flickr page or the team's Facebook page (Lucy is friends with one of the team members).

  • A photo of Matt at Tom Papa's show last week was posted on Tom's Twitter page.

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  • Photos of Matt and Lucy at a pre-birthday dinner on Tuesday and a birthday lunch on Wednesday with Nancy and Doug Kline are at the Daily Mail, Just Jared, more at the Mail and Go Fug Yourself.

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  • A new photo of Matt by Sam Jones has been uploaded on Sam's website ahead of the online release of his interview with Matt. Thanks to Gregory.

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  • A photo of Matt, Alyson Hanigan and comedian Melissa Villasenor after the Tom Papa show on Monday is at Melissa's Twitter.

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  • Jeff Daniels has joined The Martian.

  • Matt is one of the actors being considered for another biopic of Steve Jobs for director Danny Boyle.

  • The Farrelly brothers have joined the judging panel for Project Greenlight. The top ten have just been announced and Matt and Ben spoke to the finalists by Skype.

  • From an interview with Ben:

    When such decisions are to be made, he relies on the counsel of his wife, actor Jennifer Garner, his brother, actor Casey Affleck, and his best mate, Matt Damon.

    There is not, he says, “a gigantic number of people you would trust to give honest feedback”. His friendship with Damon now stretches to 30 years.

    “It’s so relaxing and nice to be able to talk honestly with someone who really understands you and your whole history of life, who can offer you perspective, who you can offer perspective to,” he says of his fellow Bostonian. “You don’t have to have a guard up, or be concerned about what you’re saying in any way.”

    He adds that he and Damon have an even more bizarre synchronicity in that they both have had to live most of their adult lives very publicly.

    “There’s a rare perspective that we have. A lot of the issues that come up around trying to do this job and what it means for your personal life ... how to approach it professionally ... We have each other to bounce that off.”
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  • Photos of Matt and Lucy leaving Venice and returning to LA on Monday are at the Mirror and Just Jared. A photo of Matt, Lucy and Emily Blunt at the wedding is on the cover of People.

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  • Photos of Matt and Lucy leaving to attend George Clooney's wedding in Venice are at the Daily Mail, NY Daily News, Us and Just Jared. Photos after the ceremony are at Mirror. Lucy's dress is by Naeem Khan.

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  • Photos of Matt and Lucy in Venice are from Daily Mail, Voici, Hollywood Life, NY Daily News and more at the Daily Mail.

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