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LA photos, The Martian
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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4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 2nd, 2015 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Onion

This past week, satirical website The Onion posted an article on Matt losing $500 on bad headshots! Including a "candid" photo of him potentially in his kitchen.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 2nd, 2015 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Twinkies - Matt and Pedro

Lol. Too bad they didn't wear their matching hats. ;-)


1) Matt and Pedro have decided to attend summer school and this is the uniform.

2) Matt and Pedro went shopping together at 'Grey House, Grey Market'.

3) Matt and Pedro are secretly ninjas.

4) Matt and Pedro are twins separated at birth and share a hive mind.

5) Matt and Pedro are developing a mime act. Their white gloves are in their (identical) back pockets

6) Lucy told each one separately what he should wear and is laughing her head off at how silly they look (see above).

7) Matt and Pedro have part time jobs as support staff at a local community theater moving sets between acts.

8) Matt is sponsoring Pedro for membership in "The Sexy Men's Club" and this is the required audition attire.

9) They lost a bet.

10) They took turns reading selections of beat poetry to the bemused patrons of the Mexican restaurant, as part of a deeply felt but probably misguided attempt to start a poetry revolution centering on guacamole dip.

11) Matt and Pedro want to do a sequel to the international smash "Stuck On You". In this heart rending tale Matt's character is so devastated by the death of Kinnear's character (his brother) that he has himself sewn to the Red Viper and they make become a recurring two-headed character on Game of Thrones. Their name is Matro Pasmon.

12) Matt and Pedro are planning to leave acting to pursue their mutual dream of becoming professional baseball umpires and they are heading to tryouts.

I am perplexed as to which of the above is correct. as all the scenarios are so likely.

Your humble servant,
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 2nd, 2015 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Twinkies - Matt and Pedro

Double post? How did I do that?!

4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 3rd, 2015 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Twinkies - Matt and Pedro

HAHA!! Paula you are too much. Don't get me to singing "O Ponytail O Ponytail" again for you. I think we are experiencing a Damon adrenaline rush with all the excitement over his new projects :) I still haven't been able to get my hands on a copy of Total Film magazine.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2015 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Twinkies - Matt and Pedro

Ha. I was definitely inspired by "O Ponytail"! It's also amazing what a person will do to avoid going outside to water in August :-). Our local Barnes and Noble carry Total Film but as of yesterday didn't yet have the latest edition.

Two months to The Martian!
mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 3rd, 2015 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Lucy and Pedro

From: (Anonymous) Date: August 4th, 2015 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Martian new ares video

"The Martian" NEW Featurette!

mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 4th, 2015 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Martian new ares video

From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2015 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Martian new ares video

Thank you!
4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 5th, 2015 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)


Annie at MattDamonFan.Net has posted scans of the full TOTAL FILM article here:

She's run a really nice website of Matt since 2004 and there are tons of AWESOME photo galleries there to immerse oneself into if you've not already visited.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2015 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: MattDamonFan.Net

Thank you for posting this!! Very intersting read!
And might i add, he looks great without a shirt!!
Oops did I say that out loud??

From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2015 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: MattDamonFan.Net

Ha, yes, you did, H, and we ALL heard you! :-)

And all I have to say to that is "Amen".
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Varican

Matt's invited to have an audience with the Pope? I would discount this, but it is The Hollywood Reporter, and they wouldn't write it without a source.


4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 5th, 2015 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Varican

Oh WOW! I totally believe this report. How special for Matt if he can attend!! See, even the Pope knows Matt is a good hearted soul. I do think the church is often demonized unnecessarily in movies.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2015 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Varican

Lol, obviously I meant 'Vatican', not 'Varican'.

Vanity Fair gave the report a mention and said it "cemented Matt Damon's status as Boston's favorite son." Ha.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2015 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Ares 3 video

In Lainey's column earlier today (the 5th)'she was very complimentary about the viral marketing campaign being launched for The Martian. Seeing as it's Lainey I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and her to say something catty but it never came.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2015 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)


Matt leaving the gym on Tuesday

mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 6th, 2015 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Andy Weir

Another interview with Andy and he talks about Matt


Hi from Oslo (yesterday Denmark, today Norway)!

Any one else amused daily by the inevitable Ben stories? And this one's just the first. People keep trying to draw Matt in but there's nothing there...

Edited at 2015-08-06 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2015 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Andy Weir, Ben

I won't say 'Hope you're having fun" since I know you must be! Safe travels.

I love Andy Weir. His Facebook page is so fun. He's a real asset to the movie in terms of bringing along the book's fan base. Can't wait for his next novel.

I don't really know how to think about Ben. It seems crazy and sad. If the stories about his general conduct are true, it was probably inevitable that something like this happened eventually. Of course Matt will always publicly support Ben but a person can't help but wonder what he says in private.

From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2015 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Matt leaving the gym

New photos

From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2015 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

RE: Matt leaving the gym

He appears to be in great shape!
mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 7th, 2015 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

RE: Matt leaving the gym

And more.

There is also a pic from the restaurant on Instagram with Matt.

(currently stuck on a train with a broken down track ahead waiting for a bus to transport hundreds of stranded passengers somewhere between Oslo and Bergen. Joys of travel...)

And livejournal is looking very different. New design!
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2015 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

RE: Matt leaving the gym

He's looking fab. It looks like Alexia might have been with them as well. Ugh, good luck on your transport!
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2015 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

RE: Matt leaving the gym

Mobile-friendly update! It looks good:)
Safe travel!
mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 7th, 2015 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

RE: Matt leaving the gym

In Bergen, only about four hours late ( a seven hour train ride took most of the day). Beautiful city though.

More photos, and it's definitely Alexia.

From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2015 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Martian, new format

Box office.com has release their long range forecast for The Martian. They are predicting $46 million U.S. opening weekend and $172 million total U.S. gross. It seems high to me considering that Ridley's last movie was a commercial and critical bomb and the movie has no bump from IMAX. Prometheus opened at around $51 and it was an Aliens prequel.


I see the new livejournal format gives me a blockhead. How appropriate. :-)
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

RE: The Martian, new format

'Interstellar' opening weekend: $47.5M, total domestic: $188M
'Gravity' opening weekend: $55.7M, total domestic: $274M

I'm so excited for this film :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

RE: The Martian, new format

I'm worried that comparisons to Interstellar and Gravity will make this movie look like a box office loser even if it does well. I simply don't see any way this movie can make that much. Interstellar was inevitably going to open big because Nolan was coming off huge movies and had an army of Batman fanboys in his pocket. Gravity had a stunning trailer and rhapsodic reviews. Plus they had box office bumps due to IMAX. I don't believe this movie will have IMAX, but has the much less popular 3D.

Ridley is coming off several movies that were either critical or commercial failures (or both). Plus a producer commented that Fox decided not to push the movie harder at Comiccon because they were targeting an older audience. Older audiences tend to avoid opening weekend and give their movies longer legs on the backend (if the reviews are good).

Lol, I guess I would be even more upset if they were predicting a flop.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

RE: The Martian, new format

I think it will have IMAX because the trailer and the martian website says it will be in REALD 3D & Digital 3D and "premium large format theatres". I thought that means IMAX.
4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 8th, 2015 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Martian, new format

Interesting observations Paula. All we can do is hope for the best. Maybe it will play in IMAX. My friend who attended Comic Con and works in marketing for Lionsgate said that the reason THE MARTIAN wasn't pushed there was cause THE MARTIAN appeals to an older demographic, which is exactly what you just said. Hmm, I would've never thought that myself, but maybe they know something we don't. I thought the TIFF film premiere also tells us that it could be considered more "artsy" than typical SciFi fair. I'm hoping it's GREAT and that word of mouth spreads and everyone goes to see.
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