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The Martian opens
  • The Martian has opened to strong reviews (94% on Rotten Tomatoes) and looks like it will have a great opening worldwide.

  • Paramount has picked up Downsizing to star Matt and Reese Witherspoon for a fourth quarter 2017 release. It will start filming in spring 2016.

  • Quotes from an article at the Globe and Mail:

    The door to the hotel conference room swings open, and there’s Matt Damon, sitting dead centre in a brown leather wing chair. He’s chewing gum and scrolling on his phone. His hair is short and freshly cut, and his biceps bulge from his tight black polo shirt like Popeye’s after a hit of spinach. Sitting opposite him is like hanging out with an energy-efficient generator – it’s a compact package, but it emits a powerful heat. Not until he grins, however, do you fully appreciate why Damon, 44, is a movie star. His is a grin for the ages, a can-do, all-American, where-you-wanna-be smile. It’s so engaging, I almost reach for $12.50 to see him do it again.

    That would be his wife of 10 years, Luciana Barroso, an Argentine whom Damon met in Miami when she was bartending and he was acting in the dreadful Stuck on You (a rare career misstep). A tattoo of her name, Lucy, in curling script, is visible on Damon’s right bicep just below his sleeve. He got it two years ago, after she woke one morning and announced they were getting matching tattoos, “apropos of nothing,” he says, with that grin. A tattoo artist friend came to their house in Los Angeles’s posh Pacific Palisades and did it. (“Lucy” was a bonus tattoo. Damon won’t say what the matching one is, only that it’s “personal.”)

  • Jimmy Kimmel's take on The Martian:

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 3rd, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne 5

    Jason Walsh has posted a photo from Richmond, in south west London. Bourne could be based at the Twickenham Film Studios, which is nearby.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2015 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    (Mildest of spoilers)
    Saw it last night. Ridley really made a visual stunner. Matt beautifully navigates the humor and still gives a (completely unspoken) revelation of the existential dread. Fabulous performance, one of his very best. One thing I thought Ridley did wonderfully which I haven't seen mentioned anywhere, is subtly indicating the lower gravity, while not making a big deal out of it.

    They did a great job incorporating the humor of the book, without using many direct quotes from it. I agree with some that it dragged a bit when the movie shifted too long from Watney. And there was a piece that I expected to see there which was absent, which made me sad. I was even visualizing how Ridley would shoot it, but that's an ardent fan of the book speaking. Adding it would have added another 10-15 minutes to the movie, and they couldn't do that. But I want it in the director's cut!!

    Honestly I could watch another hour and a half of just Matt as Watney, easy.
    Paula
    Here's another VERY nice review round up.

    http://www.ew.com/article/2015/10/03/martian-reviews
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 3rd, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    Very nice to hear Paula!!! You should write a pvt note to Andy via Facebook. I'm sure he would love to hear your reaction and about the 'missing scene'. I have to patiently wait to see it Sunday night when my friend is free. I will contribute my thoughts afterwards! Very happy to see both critics and audiences are receiving it so well and praising Matt's performance. Matty turns 45 this Thur and he'll be on top with fans around the world. Very happy for him :)
    Gregory
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 3rd, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt in London

    A picture of Matt in London with boxing coach Matt Baiamonte and Miami Dolphins player Branden Albert:

    https://instagram.com/p/8Y02nJleiS/?taken-by=b_albert76

    https://instagram.com/p/8ZB5jgmkbF/?taken-by=mattbaiamontesboxingclub


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 3rd, 2015 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Various

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2015 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Just saw The Martian!!!

    Well, i broke up with my boyfriend this last week after 2 years :/
    BUT ON A LIGHTER NOTE, i took my big sister as a date Lol!
    We saw it in 2D, and absolutely loved it! The science talk was of course a little over our heads but they really stayed true to the book!
    I did notice a few differences, but all in all, WONDERFUL movie. Matt was incredible and funny ... and hot

    -Hanna
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 3rd, 2015 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Just saw The Martian!!!

    Ouch, so sorry to hear Hanna. Matt on the other hand is a constant :) Glad to hear you too enjoyed it!!! Anyone seeing it twice this weekend?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 4th, 2015 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
    Just saw the Martian in Standard Def. gonna see tomorrow with a friend in 3D. Obviously I loved it.

    Cindiest
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 4th, 2015 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
    Hi Cindiest!!
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 4th, 2015 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Dinner with George - photos

    Jesal Parshotam ‏@therealjesal 3 hours ago
    George and Amal Clooney dined with Matt Damon and Cindy Crawford tonight at the @electriccinema in London. #Exclusive

    **
    It was Matt and Lucy at dinner -there are photos around.

    Nice quotes and picture at the New Yorker:
    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/10/12/forward-drive

    Damon has never seemed more at home than he does here, millions of miles adrift. Would any other actor have shouldered the weight of the role with such diligent grace? He is our most unstarry star, no longer needing to hunt for our good will. Someone like Tom Cruise is too acutely conscious of his image to convince as a regular Joe, and Christian Bale too remote, whereas Damon, like Crusoe, feels stranded on our behalf, tasked with digging up the best of himself. Hence the first, grainy picture of Watney that is patched through to NASA; he may be Lazarus, come from the dead, but he poses in his spacesuit, thumbs way up, as the Fonz. Terrible place, Mars. Happy days.

    **
    Guardian journalist won't shut up and milks the quote again:
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/04/matt-damon-sexuality-diversity-elizabeth-day-interview-row

    Edited at 2015-10-04 02:15 am (UTC)
    From: cindiest Date: October 4th, 2015 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
    http://deadline.com/2015/10/the-martian-the-walk-sicario-weekend-box-office-1201565765/

    Insightful article about the Opening Weekend box office of The Martian and it includes this happy gem, "When Matt Damon’s name appeared in the end credits during a SAG Cinema Society screening today, the crowd thundered a solid applause. "
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 4th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    SAG screening

    Thundered applause for Matt's name at a SAG screening? Somebody had better start pressing his tux for awards season! 😃
    Paula
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    From: cindiest Date: October 4th, 2015 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Fun tidbit. My 9 year old nephew sent me this text the other day, "Hey look what was on the title screen in P.C"

    Here's the picture: minecrafthttp://s16.postimg.org/dyyfjcmmt/matt_damon.jpg

    I guess someone using minecraft likes Matt Damon. Hee.


    Edited at 2015-10-04 03:43 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 4th, 2015 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Other box office reports

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 4th, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
    This is lovely to hear, especially since Fox hasn't really targeted younger people in their marketing. Shows there is room to expand the audience. Plus it gives me encouragement that if you give young people an intelligent, well constructed film, which doesn't insult their intelligence or have superheroes, they are capable of appreciating it.
    Paula

    "In addition to that A CinemaScore, Martian earned 4 1/2 stars from audiences polled by Rentrak’s Postrak. Under 25ers gave it an A+."
    From: cindiest Date: October 5th, 2015 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)
    Precisely. Well said.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 5th, 2015 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian Numbers

    From here:
    http://deadline.com/2015/10/martian-tops-100-million-55-million-international-box-office-the-walk-1201566927/

    ..."Hong Kong it had a similar strong $2.7M from 124 dates to become the second-highest opening weekend all-time for Fox. The per screen average in Hong Kong is a whopping $21,774."

    Cindiest
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 5th, 2015 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian Numbers

    And Matt did a lot of early press from Hong Kong. Wonder if that helped.

    Also seeing a lot of reports from India, although the censors intervened and cut down all profanities.
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