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The Martian press day
  • Matt, Ridley Scott, Andy Weir, Dr Jim Green and astronaut Drew Feustel gave a Q&A about The Martian at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Tuesday after screening 49 minutes of the movie. Matt then put his handprints in cement and talked to NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Scott Kelly on board the International Space Station. Photos at NASA's Journey to Mars Flickr page, NASA JPL's Twitter and AP Entertainment.

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  • A new trailer for The Martian will be released on Wednesday. A preview is at The Martian's Instagram page. Entertainment Weekly's fall preview for the film is available here.

    Amazingly, Damon and Scott had never crossed paths. “Never even at a cocktail party,” Damon says. When the two finally did meet, the actor says the exchange went something like this: “Ridley said, ‘This script is great.’ I said, ‘Yeah it is.’ He goes, ‘Why the f— aren’t we doing this?’ ” Damon laughs. “That was it. I said, ‘Okay!’”

    Filming the storm that traps Watney on Mars also proved to be tricky. “They brought in so much dirt and really whacked us around with wind turbines,” Chastain says. “It’s probably the most difficult scene I’ve ever filmed. I was happy to leave Mars, but Matt was there for the long haul.” Indeed, for much of his filming, Damon had to go it alone. “It was one of the reasons why I wanted to do the movie,” he says. “I had never tried to do anything by myself in that way.” Well, not entirely by himself. “I had a ball with Ridley,” he says. “Even if I wasn’t working, I’d want to make movies with him.”

  • Updated: The new trailer has been released:

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    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 19th, 2015 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    CTP Recap

    Hey Everyone! Just got back from the Come To Papa show.
    Unfortunately, Matt did not come out into the courtyard to mingle after the show, as I believe he must've exited the backdoor with posse shortly after the show. Prior shows I've attended he's at least walked through the courtyard to a private bar. Perhaps he had a long day, or was trying to avoid added attention with is forthcoming projects. However, some paps were there and I think probably did catch a few of him leaving or coming, so photos I'm sure will emerge and I did notice the in-house photographer for the venue was there so hopefully some good ones from inside.

    Regardless... the show was a lot of fun. Papa's scripted material is always "on point" good, funny, and well written. Before the show he always comes out on stage to greet the audience and say a few jokes before the radio show taping actually commences. Tonight, and unusual, his opening monologue went on for about 15 minutes. I think he was having a good time with it too. He eventually acknowledged the show hadn't actually begun and then told us the theme for tonight's show was the "Final Days of Summer"
    The first skit involved several of the guest comedians on hand (who included Demetri Martin, Todd Glass, Kirk Fox, Melissa Villasenor) reading fictionalized letters of children at Summer Camp. Villasenor channelled Owen Wilson as she does so well. Matt was the final friend to come out and read his letter written by a little boy. It started off with "Fuck You Mom" LOL apparently this little boy was mad cause he got dumped at Summer Camp while his Mom was off at Bora Bora with her boyfriend or new husband staying at 5 Star Hotel. I can't remember much of the dialogue other than Matt being feisty and mad at his mom.

    The comedians tonight overall were not nearly as strong as past shows I've attended, but I did have many good belly laughs. Papa did his hilarious 60 minutes Andy Rooney bit as he does at all shows.
    There was a singing with the band bit (where the comedians sang a 70s Summer Classic, but Matt did not participate)

    The 2nd skit Matt participated in was as the Shark that attacked pro-surfer Mick Fanning. Matt sorta channelled a beach bum vibe while reading his lines as a kick back shark who claims he's not out to bite anyone but merely in it for the show. The skit was actually quite funny as it turns out the shark wants to be in show biz (ugghm) has an agent and is dating a "starfish from SeaWorld" LOL Shark, as he was referred to, was going to fire his publicist cause SHE (he really has a female publicist) isn't doing her job. Papa's reaction to the shark was one of complete surprise & amusement.

    Matt honestly looks the most fit I've ever seen him in his life, on screen or in person. He's not overtly bulky muscular but he's extremely toned and muscular currently. I give him ALOT of credit for working so hard. He had on a tight blue t'shirt that was snug around his biceps, and his tattoo was slightly visible on his right lower bicep (it's lower than one would imagine in person). He's definitely gone all salt & pepper but he looked GREAT. And just like the photos from earlier in the day, had one the same blue jeans & same facial scruff. He looks healthy, fit, and relaxed.

    After the show, I waited in the courtyard with about 15 other people, and then gradually everyone exited when a stagehand said something about Matt having left from the back. I did get to to say hi to Melissa Villasenor but Papa was occupied with some attendees. One of these days I do need to say hello to him. Of note, although I've seen Lucy in attendance before, this was the first time I saw her enter the theater to find her seat, and with her was daughter Alexia whom I don't believe I've seen in attendance before (she's quite tiny in stature but is only 15) and then my eye spotted Jason Walsh (Matt's trainer) who is HUGE in person. Later I spotted Shawn Vance enter the theater and he did a sort of faux leap once he spotted Matt's posse sitting about 4 rows back from me. I had a great seat this time was 2nd row center!

    Not sure when the show will air on Sirius XM radio yet, but Papa won't be back to do another show until October sans Matt of course.
    Gregory

    Edited at 2015-08-19 07:31 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 19th, 2015 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: CTP Recap

    Awesome report - thanks Gregory. I saw one comment on IG that Joel McHale smuggled Matt out the front while the paparazzi was out the back (I presume for this event), but I don't know if Joel was at the show. And very good spotting with the Matt entourage!

    What a long and eventful day for Matt - it shows how much he wants to be involved in the show despite a whole day of press.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 19th, 2015 07:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Interview, preview

    First interview from the early junket is up - Access Hollywood:

    http://www.accesshollywood.com/matt-damon-how-the-martian-stays-grounded-in-science_video_2926737

    JoBlo's report on the visit to NASA and the 49 minutes of footage from the 'unfinished film':
    http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/joblocom-gets-an-early-glimpse-at-ridley-scotts-the-martian-934


    Edited at 2015-08-19 08:10 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 19th, 2015 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview, preview

    Photo of Matt's handprints left in the "Mars Yard" here
    https://instagram.com/drwarpy/
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 19th, 2015 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Martian

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 19th, 2015 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
    WOW! That new trailer nails the book! Beautiful, exciting, just the right amount of wit, great use of music, and Matt is PERFECT as my most beloved character, Mark Watney. This is leagues ahead of the previous trailer.
    Paula
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 19th, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    NASA has posted selections from the NASA/JPL q&a.

    https://twitter.com/martianmovie/status/634063111763333120

    This is a terrible day for all these goodies to come out. I've got seventeen people coming to dinner! Lol, hope they don't expect a clean house! :-)

    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2015 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    I sympathize! Back to work today on zero hours sleep! That is a very large group of people to dinner, but I hope you caught the interviews on Extra, E and ET!
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    From: cindiest Date: August 20th, 2015 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
    Are they sending Matt's handprints to Mars?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2015 04:34 am (UTC) (Link)
    I think it's just for the 'Mars Yard' at the NASA JPL headquarters.
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    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 20th, 2015 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    CTP

    More but similar to DailyMail pics from Come To Papa. Leaving out the backdoor
    http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Matt+Damon/Matt+Damon+Wife+Luciana+Leave+Largo+Coronet/N7a_yXDrBkR

    BTW in the second DailyMail gym posting (above) there is video footage too of Matt surrounded by the autograph hounds.
    Gregory

    Edited at 2015-08-20 05:13 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 20th, 2015 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Good Morning Britain Interview

    Matt will appear on Good Morning Britain this morning to promote the Martian. I assume by video link from LA. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2015 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Good Morning Britain Interview

    Hi Marcia - great to hear from you.

    And for Australian readers, there's an interview with Matt on 'A Current Affair' either tonight or tomorrow (Friday). They're selling it as the journo's first interview.

    Andy Weir posted a photo with Matt:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andy-Weir/462962073803090?fref=photo

    And a few sightings of Matt at Disneyland by staff on Wednesday night.

    Edited at 2015-08-20 06:41 am (UTC)
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2015 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Disneyland photos

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 20th, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Disneyland photos

    Cute!! Happy to see their having some fun!!

    -H
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