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Jerry Weintraub dies
  • 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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    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 7th, 2015 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt and Jerry

    What a wonderful collection of photos! Thank you. George's comments were perfect. Weintraub was a true showbiz legend.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 7th, 2015 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt and Jerry

    I had so many photos over the years, and Matt and Jerry were very close. I had forgotten that Matt traveled by helicopter to attend the premiere of Jerry's documentary, My Way.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 7th, 2015 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt and Jerry

    Knowing how Jerry was, he probably sent the helicopter, then told the press, "Guess who wanted to come so badly they came by helicopter?!" :-)

    P
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 7th, 2015 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt and Jerry

    True. His book is an amazing read, but you wonder how much is fiction (it doesn't really matter either way).
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 7th, 2015 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt and Jerry

    Thanks Felicity for the photos!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 7th, 2015 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    Tom Hanks has tweeted about The Martian. He's jealous of Matt :-)

    https://twitter.com/tomhanks/status/618395114856181760

    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 7th, 2015 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    Lol! That's cute! I cant wait to see the movie either!

    -H
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 7th, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    Sorry to reply to myself but Aditya Sood will be hosting the joint NASA/The Martian panel at Comic Con on the 9th from 6-7 pm. Only an hour?! Too short!

    https://twitter.com/adityasood/status/618489956885880832

    Paula
    From: cindiest Date: July 9th, 2015 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    I like it! Thanks.
    From: cindiest Date: July 9th, 2015 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
    The end of an era. I remember seeing Diner on cable when I was 12/13ish and was going through a bout of insomnia and it instantly became a favorite movie of mine. And, I became a lifetime fan of Ellen Barkin. Was sort of when I realized was into movies in a way the other girls I knew who were my age weren't. I remember watching Karate Kid for the first time in a continuation high school I went to for a semester. One of my best movie watching memories. We were a bunch of misplaced, underdog kids, seeing it for the first time. We fell for it completely. Totally on the edge of our seats, surprised at the revelation of wax on wax off, and at the end when Daniel san used that kick. The adult me would see it all coming from a mile away. I recently watched it with my 8 year old nephew and it was such a joy. He totally fell for it all too. He loved it.

    And in this group here, I don't have to explain how much I love the movies he made with Matty. Writing this teary eyed. Glad I have a group to share the loss with. <3

    Cindi

    Edited at 2015-07-09 01:30 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 9th, 2015 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Jerry

    Awww...that's beautiful Cindi.

    I remember Matt talking about that gorgeous scene near the end of Oceans Eleven when the gang walk out of the garage having successfully robbed the casino. You see in the sky just beyond them the huge fountains at Bellagio shooting water massively into the air. It's striking and effective, and Matt said Weintraub made it happen. Jerry was so powerful in Vegas that he stood with a walkie talkie and when Soderberg gave him the high sign he said "Now" and boom, up it went. So every time I see that scene I always think of him.

    Matt did a commentary on Oceans Eleven with Tony Garcia and Pitt and it's good fun to hear if you ever get the chance. Matt and Brad both imitate Weintraub (Matt's is better of course) and it's very funny.

    Paula


    From: cindiest Date: July 9th, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Jerry

    <3. I love that scene. So timeless! I love that commentary, too. Their imitations are so full of love <3
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 9th, 2015 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Site note

    Hi all,

    Just letting you know I'm traveling tomorrow and will be away from home base for about five weeks, so the site will be updated less, and I won't be able to post photos etc.

    Off to London (for the Ashes - cricket series), Belgium, France, Birmingham, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, all via Bangkok!

    If everyone can post news or photo links that would be great.

    Thanks very much, Felicity
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 9th, 2015 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Site note

    Sounds like that's going to be a wonderful trip! Safe travels, and hope you have a blast!

    We'll try to behave while you're gone :-)
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 9th, 2015 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Site note

    Thanks Paula! You guys always behave (except maybe when I mention Ben).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 9th, 2015 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Site note

    Welcome in Belgium, Felicity! Have a nice trip in Europe.
    B.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 9th, 2015 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Site note

    Safe travels Paula! Cindi just proved that this community really serves a purpose for news swapping and for sharing our common interest. Thanks for giving us this place to gather :)
    Gregory
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 9th, 2015 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Site note

    Have a safe trip! And have fun!!! :)

    -H
    From: cindiest Date: July 9th, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Site note

    Be safe and have fun!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 9th, 2015 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ponytail...again and no more!

    lol! That made me smile. Not you?

    http://iconosquare.com/p/1025080925479362821_9728703

    B.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 9th, 2015 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ponytail...again and no more!

    Ha, ha, ha, ha! It's gone off to fight Ant Man.
    Paula
    From: cindiest Date: July 10th, 2015 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
    On twitter someone made a Matt of Mark Witney's traverse: https://twitter.com/cirquelar/status/618953474802233344/photo/1


    *map... lol. I wrote Matt where I meant to write map!

    Edited at 2015-07-10 04:18 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 10th, 2015 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Comic Con

    A comment made at the joint NASA/The Martian panel.

    https://twitter.com/futureboy/status/619323849503436800

    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 10th, 2015 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Comic Con

    Hello from Bangkok airport. I've seen references to a new Martian trailer. Is it out.?

    A few new pics on the official Instagram account of The Martian from comic con.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 10th, 2015 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Comic Con

    There were apparently some comments that new footage was featured at the Comic Con event, but the description of the footage didn't seem new. I haven't seen any sign of a new trailer.
    P
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 10th, 2015 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Great Wall

    Pedro Pascal has posted a striking phot on his Instagram of the Gobi desert. May be travel or may be shooting. Sorry I can't upload the link to the photo, but here's his tweet.

    https://twitter.com/pedropascal1/status/619561710479908864

    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 11th, 2015 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great Wall

    I saw that too, really awesome picture!

    -H
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 12th, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great Wall

    Hi from London! Jason Walsh has also been posting some great pics from the Gobi desert at his rise movement account.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 13th, 2015 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great Wall

    Johnny Cicco has posted a few pics from the desert, including one with Matt and the gang including Pedro and Jason (he's a long time friend and double). Johnny has gone private so I can't post a link.

    Ig johnnycicco


    Edited at 2015-07-13 09:43 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 13th, 2015 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great Wall

    Those are cool! And look what I found!

    Given the tags on Jason's Instagram photos, it looks like Matt and the gang are staying at The Silk Road Hotel in Dunhuan. It's described as the best in the area, so it makes sense they would be there.

    Here's a video showing the hotel. I'm not sure how many years ago it was made, so it may have been updated some, but you can get a pretty good idea of what it and the area are like.

    It's a city with an amazing history, crossroads of the Silk Road, China's historic western border, etc. Fabulous location to shoot.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=q3NlXjcusUg

    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 13th, 2015 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great Wall

    Here the pic:
    https://instagram.com/p/5EeBCbIp-g/
    B.
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