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Great Wall cast photo, Bourne casting
  • 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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    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 21st, 2015 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Great Wall, Bourne

    Do you think release of this Great Wall cast photo means they're getting ready to wrap shooting? It seems like they've been shooting forever.

    if the Bourne team has put out an offer to Viggo Mortenson as "an assassin" they may be tweaking the formula a bit. Typically the assassins themselves are important but decidedly secondary characters. Bourne's real enemy has been from within the power structure. But Mortenson is a pretty big name. Maybe they are planning more of an extended 'Mano y mano' sort of thing.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 21st, 2015 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great Wall, Bourne

    I think they are filming until July, so they could be wrapping shortly. Wonder if Matt will go into a summer break (in Costa Rica?) before shooting Bourne in fall.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 21st, 2015 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    instagram picture of Matt

    https://instagram.com/p/4MWzvcihuy/

    Is that Gia or Stella at the bottom of that picture?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 21st, 2015 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: instagram picture of Matt

    And here are some more!!

    https://instagram.com/p/4MRr_buPaW/

    https://instagram.com/p/4MLR3fhT0v/

    #crazyHairInTheLastLink

    -H
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 21st, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: instagram picture of Matt

    And another one!
    http://iconosquare.com/p/1012048674773375467_193784453
    B.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 22nd, 2015 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: instagram picture of Matt

    :(

    None of these links works for me...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 23rd, 2015 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne casting

    Deadline has confirmed that Vikander has been cast. She's a very hot actress right now, so the fact she chose Bourne over the competition is a positive indicator regarding the script, IMO. I'm curious to see what her role will be. Friend, foe, or something else entirely? Maybe we can expect confirmation on Mortenson soon as well.

    http://deadline.com/2015/06/alicia-vikander-jason-bourne-sequel-opposite-matt-damon-paul-greengrass-1201452209/

    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 23rd, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne casting

    Kristin Wiig talks about The Martian, but didn't work with Matt:

    https://www.yahoo.com/movies/new-masterminds-preview-makes-kristin-wiig-this-122261445187.html
    From: cindiest Date: July 1st, 2015 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne casting

    I love it. It just makes me feels so happy when people are fans of his, or somehow recognize is awesomeness or work status.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 24th, 2015 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne casting

    COOL!
    From: cindiest Date: July 1st, 2015 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne casting

    Like. Thank you for the insight.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 24th, 2015 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    esquire

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 24th, 2015 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Lucy

    Pedro Pascal posts a photo with Lucy:

    https://instagram.com/p/4UG5S8nw0r/?taken-by=pascalispunk
    From: cindiest Date: July 1st, 2015 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lucy

    :D
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 26th, 2015 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Drew Goddard talks The Martian

    This is very cool!

    On this podcast Drew Goddard enthusiastically discusses The Martian for about ten minutes, beginning at approximately the 1 hour, 17 minute mark.

    Big takeaways from the discussion: 1) Matt was always Drew's first choice 2) everyone involved is "very proud" of the film (he says this about three times:) 3) the movie has come together in an almost magical way 4) for example, after Goddard had to drop out, the first director they took it to was Ridley Scott, and he said yes the same day(!)

    Paula

    http://www.ejscott.com/ej-podcast-079-with-drew-goddard/

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 27th, 2015 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Drew Goddard talks The Martian

    Thanks - love your enthusiasm for this film!

    Re Great Wall: Pedro Pascal is now in Bangkok, so his scenes may have finished, but others are still in Beijing.
    From: cindiest Date: July 1st, 2015 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Drew Goddard talks The Martian

    Great news.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 28th, 2015 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Report

    Matt and family visited the Great Wall through a local tour company and gave their guide an ovation:
    http://www.bespoketravelcompany.com/urbanedit/damon-does-the-wall/

    From: cindiest Date: July 1st, 2015 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Report

    He is such a good egg!!!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 29th, 2015 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Pic

    Another casual pic, probably from the Beijing hotel:

    http://ww3.sinaimg.cn/bmiddle/7d48a8a3jw1etjunj9a0qj20xc18g7is.jpg
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 29th, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pic

    Wow, he looks really good and in shape!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 30th, 2015 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian will be at San Diego Comic Con!

    With NASA, no less!

    Woo-hoo! NASA's panel was hugely popular last year. Apparently they will hold several panels this year, with The Martian featured very prominently among them. Having actual astronauts discuss your movie, talk about legit!

    This from a NASA spokesman speaking to SDCC:

    We have planetary scientists on two panels who will talk about subjects ranging from Europa to Mars to exoplanets and the search for new worlds.

    NASA’s Jim Green and NASA JPL’s Kevin Hand will discuss NASA’s journey to other planets, including the upcoming Pluto fly-by on July 14th by the Pluto New Horizons spacecraft. NASA astrophysicist Amber Straughn will talk about subjects ranging from exoplanets to the James Webb Telescope.

    A lot of the discussion will also be framed around the incredible collaboration we are embarking right now with Ridley Scott. His film adaption of Andy Weir’s The Martian is chock full of NASA and we've been very heartily and heavily involved in the production from the beginning. So on our Mars panel, we have Andy Weir, the author, Aditya Sood, the executive producer, and NASA scientist Jim Green who consulted on the film and who will show special visuals related to Mark Watney’s adventure on Mars. (Watney is the main character of the film played by Matt Damon.) And Victor Glover who became an astronaut this year and who may some day be on a mission to Mars will discuss his own path from test pilot to astronaut to future explorer.

    Paula

    - See more at: http://www.comicconguide.com/2015/06/nasa-interview-nerds-science-spock-sdcc.html#sthash.ioT2klFF.dpuf


    From: cindiest Date: July 1st, 2015 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian will be at San Diego Comic Con!

    I am getting so excited. I am going to see this movie in the theater a bajillion times. Each time with different friends, from my science geek friends, to action movie friends, to "Matt Damon makes every movie worth seeing" friends.

    Edited at 2015-07-01 04:22 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 1st, 2015 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian will be at San Diego Comic Con!

    Haha! that sounds fun! Too bad we can't all go see the movie together :( Could you imagine how rollicking fun that'd be?
    Gregory
    From: cindiest Date: July 2nd, 2015 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian will be at San Diego Comic Con!

    That would be so fun if we could!!!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2015 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian will be at San Diego Comic Con!

    :-D

    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 1st, 2015 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Ben and Jen divorce

    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2015 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Jen divorce

    How sad :(
    There were reports back in April, Ben wasn't wearing his wedding band at an event and a few other things as well.

    I hope Matt and Lucy are holding up well in their marriage, that would be devastating for them to divorce. I doubt they will though. Matt and Lucy seem to be strong.


    -H
    From: cindiest Date: July 1st, 2015 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Jen divorce

    So sad for their family and all of their loved ones, but especially the kids. So so sad.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 1st, 2015 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Jen divorce

    Yeah I'm really sad for them too and the 3 kids. I thought they made a nice couple and seem more down to earth than some other "Hollywood" couples. He being from Boston and she WV they seemed grounded. Well I hope the best for the family, but it does make me sad and sad for Matt and his family too to see a friend's marriage fall apart like that.
    I was rooting that the rumors be false.
    Gregory
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 1st, 2015 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Jen divorce

    It was amazing the marriage lasted this long with all of Ben's issues, mostly due to Jen's desire to protect her image and Ben's need to keep that false family image intact. The slide begins.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 1st, 2015 07:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Jen divorce

    That's true I guess. I wonder what caused the break. Sad to see it inevitably gave way. I really hope the best for them and the kids. We'll always have Ben & Jenn's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and who can ever forget Jenn's intro to Matt & Ben's bromance at the Cinematheque?
    https://youtu.be/D3zC7-2b1tY
    G

    Edited at 2015-07-01 09:12 am (UTC)
    From: cindiest Date: July 2nd, 2015 04:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Jen divorce

    Yes.
    From: cindiest Date: July 2nd, 2015 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Jen divorce

    It's a shame Ben has so many vices. I wonder if this would be happening if Matt had been around more this year or if Jen hadn't gone back to work. Ben seems to need others to keep him grounded. Very very sad.


    Edited at 2015-07-02 04:37 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2015 10:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Jen divorce

    Yes, so difficult for those kids. So sad.

    But how sad depends how it is handled from here out. Matt's parents divorced when he was very young and he remained close to both of them.

    I remember Ben gave an interview after Argo in which he said that he had been so busy that he hadn't been present for his family and Jennifer had handled everything. He said even when he was physically present he was thinking about the next day's shooting and wasn't mentally there. We can't know for sure, but maybe witnessing that close up is why Matt has (seemingly) put off directing?

    It's interesting that he and Lucy decided to bring the whole family on the very extended China shoot at this time. He's hugging them very close.
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2015 10:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Jen divorce

    Paula, i think you're right that maybe matt saw what was going on between ben and jen with his directing and being away for so long. Matt seems like such a family man, i remember reading once that he and lucy have a two week rule.
    I feel so bad for ben and jens kids... thats rough.

    -H
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 1st, 2015 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Jen divorce

    Very nicely stated Paula!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 1st, 2015 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Jen divorce

    The two week rule has only ever been broken once, by one or two days on Monuments Men when he couldn't get away. They still maintain it.
    From: cindiest Date: July 2nd, 2015 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Jen divorce

    The two week rule makes me so happy. One of my very favorite things about Matty is his love and dedication to his wife and daughters and extended family and friends. He really is a gem.
    From: cindiest Date: July 2nd, 2015 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Jen divorce

    Good insights. You're right about how things can be handled moving forward.

    Edited at 2015-07-02 04:39 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 2nd, 2015 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Jen divorce

    Its rude how you hate them so much. You always have...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 6th, 2015 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben and Jen divorce

    No, just realistic. This isn't a Ben site.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2015 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm so sorry for them, there were one of my favorite couple.

    I have a question.
    Matt was present at Ben and Jennifer's marriage?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2015 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
    I don't believe so.

    -H
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 1st, 2015 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)
    No, and Ben wasn't present at Matt's ceremony in NY (but Ben/Jen were there at the renewal of vows in St Lucia).
    From: cindiest Date: July 1st, 2015 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you so much. I love all that he has in the works. and just that he has all this in the works. :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2015 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Great Wall

    Apparently there will be a press conference about The Great Wall tomorrow. This is the strangest poster!

    https://twitter.com/moan4selu/status/616182165957513216

    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 1st, 2015 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Great Wall

    Well spotted Paula! Maybe it will announce the end of filming. Luhan will bring in a lot of youngsters to the film.
    From: cindiest Date: July 2nd, 2015 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Great Wall

    Thank you.
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