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3 June 2016 - Matt to deliver the commencement address at MIT
20 July 2016 - Jason Bourne screening in Boise, Idaho (Matt to attend)
29 July 2016 - Jason Bourne to be released
October 2016 - Suburbicon to start filming in Los Angeles
17 February 2017 - The Great Wall to be released

Currently filming:
Downsizing in Toronto
  • Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of Suburbicon. Details at The Wrap.

    wo-time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson is joining the star-studded cast of George Clooney‘s dark domestic dramedy “Suburbicon,” TheWrap has exclusively learned.

    Matt Damon is set to star alongside Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin and Oscar Isaac. Black Bear Pictures is financing the project, which Paramount acquired out of the Berlin Film Festival.

    Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the script, and the film is being produced by Joel Silver of Silver Pictures, Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear, and Clooney and Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Pictures.
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  • Matt is interviewed for the new issue of Town and Country magazine to discuss his work with Gary White and water.org. The interview is available online here. Photos and excerpts are at the Daily Mail.

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    One of the reasons Damon and White get along so well is that they are smart, cerebral men; for them solving the water crisis is a highly intellectual exercise. But I'm curious about the emotional impact. Has Damon ever felt joy in this work?

    "That's a funny thing," he says. "There are fewer moments than if I was doing something much more specific at a local level. For me Water.org was always about maximizing impact. But I also have four daughters, and this is an issue for girls. And the people I talk to are girls, and sometimes the same age as my kids. So there is obviously going to be a connection there."

  • Matt and Frank Marshall will return to Boise on 20 July for the Jason Bourne premiere.
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  • Matt was in Javea, Spain, with family for the weekend for Lucy's brother's wedding. A report is at ABC.es.
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  • Downsizing looks set to film in Norway in August following long negotiations for local concessions. It is expected Matt and other cast members will attend.

  • Riz Ahmed discussed the environment of the Bourne set at Entertainment Weekly:

    Ahmed tells EW the dynamic of working with two veterans of the medium was energizing, and that both men facilitated a welcoming atmosphere on a chaotic set. “It was such a joy working on the Bourne project; Paul Greengrass, they say tone is set at the top, and I think Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon are such cool guys, from my experience with them,” he says. “Very generous, very engaging, very interested, humble, and that just trickles down onto set. So, no matter what kind of madness is happening or how much you’re running to try and make the day, it’s just a good vibe on set.”

    The upcoming film, the fifth in the series, sees Damon reprising the titular role after skipping the fourth installment, The Bourne Legacy, in 2012. Ahmed joins the franchise playing a CIA tech specialist, and he says witnessing Damon’s “genius” abilities made for an inspiring atmosphere all around. “That’s something I really learned from it. I think often we elevate this idea of the tortured genius, but I think [Damon and Greengrass are] geniuses at what they do, and they’re not torturing anyone, from what I can see. Maybe they go home and cry every night, but they were just spreading good vibes, so that was good to see.”

  • Matt was in New York last week to see one of the final performances of John Krasinski's play Dry Powder.
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  • Matt talked about the pressure of making a new Bourne movie to AP here and here.

    For Matt Damon, the "Bourne" films have been like a lifeblood.

    "I was kind of inoculated for that five or six year period when I made the first three. I could make decisions with absolutely no thought to what the potential box office was," says Damon. "It was liberating in that sense. I knew that if I had another Jason Bourne off in the middle distance, it would kind of rescue me and keep my career afloat for a few more years."

    In "Jason Bourne" (out July 29), Damon returns to the spy franchise that made him a full-blown movie star with all the freedom such status affords. Given how much 45-year-old actor credits the series with, it's a welcome homecoming.

    "It's obviously the most significant thing that's happened in my career," Damon said in a recent interview from the set of Alexander Payne's "Downsizing." "I definitely knew I wanted to do it again but I was always kind of tethered to Paul (Greengrass). I knew I didn't want to do it without him."

    Damon says the delay was partially caused by a struggle to find a worthy next chapter for the character. The time helped: "Jason Bourne" was inspired by Edward Snowden and more recent debate over civil liberties.

    "All those people who have come up to me over the years, hopefully they're representative of a whole group of people who will go buy tickets," says Damon. "We're counting on it. You never know. It's the movie business, so it could be a total disaster."

    "It's a different landscape than 2002 when the first 'Bourne' movie came out," says Matt Damon, who returns to the franchise in Paul Greengrass' "Jason Bourne" (July 29). "It's like a high-stakes poker game that I don't want to be in. The swings are just so brutal. Ben (Affleck) just opened 'Batman v Superman' a few weeks ago. Everyone around him and in his life was nervous about it. You feel less a sense of exultation when they do well and more a sense of relief because the bets are so big now."

  • The extended cut of The Martian will be released on 7 June.

    The extended edition includes an extended cut featuring 10 minutes of brand new footage not shown in theaters as well as more than two hours of behind-the-scenes content. Included in the new material is audio commentary by renowned director Ridley Scott, writer/executive producer Drew Goddard and author of the novel Andy Weir. There is also a documentary of the science behind recreating Mars for the film; interviews with NASA specialists and engineers; and a Q&A panel discussion about the planned journey to mars featuring commentary from NASA experts.

    NEW Special Features Content Includes:

    Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (Director), Drew Goddard (Writer, Exec Producer) and Andy Weir (Author of The Martian)
    Deleted Scenes
    The Long Way Home: Making the Martian
    Dare Mighty Things: NASA’s Journey to Mars
    Journey to Mars 101 Q&A
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  • Photos from the Downsizing set in Toronto on Thursday are at Just Jared.

  • Details of Swedish actor Ross Lassgard casting news as a Downsizing scientist, and filming dates in Norway, are at Arbetarbladet.se:

    Shooting began in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. Right now filming is in Toronto and Lassgård os traveling there in a few weeks to join the team which includes Kristen Wiig and Christoph Waltz.

    "We shoot in northern Norway at the beginning of August" he says, and tells a little about his role:

    - I'm the scientist who come to this and right now I'm trying to get my science English. There are many words. It's a terrific script, it is very entertaining while it also is an important story.

  • Matt was in London over the weekend, possibly for additional Bourne filming - a report is here and at the Daily Mail.
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  • The full trailer for Jason Bourne has been released - links at twitter and YouTube:

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  • After four days of filming in Omaha Downsizing now moves to Toronto. Photos from the Omaha shoot are here and here, with more links and videos in the previous comments section.

  • A new photo from Jason Bourne and more comments by Matt and Paul Greengrass about the plot are at EW, including:

    The world has changed significantly since the superspy last appeared on the big screen, by way of new leaders and looming threats. “Different concerns, different issues, different themes,” notes Greengrass. “For Bourne, that’s a good landscape to emerge in.”

    And he needs a bike that can keep up with the bulk of his biceps — which is why he seizes this custom ride from one of the goons on his tail. Damon pulled off the high-risk caper with the help of stuntman Paul Edmondson.

    “He does all the stuff that is life-threatening that I could never get insured for, and quite frankly, would never do,” Damon says, laughing. “Mostly because I’d just look terrified while doing it.”
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  • Matt has arrived in Omaha for a week of filming Downsizing. Photos, sightings and reports are at Omaha.com and KETV.
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