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  • Matt celebrated his 45th birthday with family in London on Friday - from the NY Post:

    Matt Damon celebrated his 45th birthday in London on Friday with his family.

    “The Martian” star was at Claridge’s hotel having lunch with wife Luciana, their daughters and friends.

    “Matt was with his wife, some friends and seven kids,” a spy told Page Six.

    A nanny also pitched in with the tykes, we hear, and the restaurant brought out a big cake to celebrate.

  • Julia Stiles posted two photos on Instagram of the last day of Bourne 5 film at the former Kodak factory in Harrow:

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  • An update on Bourne 5 filming from producer and Robert Ludlum estate representative Jeffrey Weiner:

    Monday through Wednesday I spent on the set of the fifth installment of the Jason Bourne movie franchise, watching the filming of the still-untitled sequel, currently referred to as Bourne 5. As regular readers of this column know, I am a producer of the Bourne film series. And I must say, the new film promises to be as exciting if not more so than the four predecessors.

    Matt Damon looks great, returning as Jason Bourne 14 years after being cast in the first one. In fact, he looks better (don’t we all wish we could say that?). Julia Stiles is also back, reprising her role as Nicki Parsons, and delivers an amazing performance. And fans of the series will be happy to know that the action in this installment fully lives up to, if not exceeds, Jason Bourne standards. You will not be disappointed; I guarantee it.

    The production will be based in London for the next month or so and then head to places such as Berlin, Washington, DC and Las Vegas. I’m hoping, between now and mid-February when shooting wraps, to be able to carve out some more time to be on set.

  • An interview with Matt and Jessica Chastain conducted after midnight following The Martian's premiere in London. A deleted scene from The Martian is at EW.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 11th, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)


    The Martian wins weekend #2 and continues to do great overseas:

    Instead, Ridley Scott's "The Martian" won the weekend race with a better-than-expected $37 million from 3,854 locations after declining a mere 32% in its second outing for a domestic total of $108.7 million. The space epic, starring Matt Damon, also continued to dazzle overseas, earning another $58.1 million from 74 markets for an early foreign total of $119 million and global total of $227.7 million.

    From Deadline:
    The Martian‘s demos this weekend remained in sync with its opening frame drawing 52% males and 72% over 25. New York and Los Angeles continue to be the film’s top markets with Seattle, San Francisco, Boston and Toronto overperforming.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2015 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Boxoffice

    Some very impressive international statistics from Deadline:


    At $12.8M for the frame, this is Fox’s biggest opening weekend of all time in Korea and set an industry record for the biggest ever October opening.

    In Russia, the No. 1 $7.24M bow is twice as big as Gravity and 27% bigger than Interstellar. Also opening in Germany, The Martian bowed better than Interstellar (+5%) and Gravity (+33%).

    In holds, the UK added $6.2M taking the cume to a fantastic $20.7M after dropping just 17%. Australia cultivated a further $3.2M, maintaining No. 1 and also down only 17% from opening. The cume is $9.53M.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2015 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Boxoffice


    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2015 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Boxoffice

    It's Matt's first $100m+ film since True Grit in 2010. (Not counting Interstellar since he was uncredited, and Elysium made almost that much). As he himself said, from a business perspective he really needed this.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian was fantastic!

    We did not see it in 3D and then I found out from someone that it was wonderful to see it in 3D. If I get a chance, I plan to see the movie again.

    Interesting picture from the Bourne 5 movie -- I am excited to see it. There is already buzz about the movie.

    What is next is the Great Wall -- I love epic pictures and anything about China is a movie and the Great Wall is already a movie worth seeing.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 11th, 2015 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian was fantastic!

    Great Wall is next. It will be very risky and a big sell to the American audience, but that is the nature of the project, and would have been understood going in (ie, unlikely to be successful).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 12th, 2015 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Harvard memories

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 12th, 2015 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Harvard memories

    Nice piece. I think I've seen something similar before.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2015 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Harvard memories

    Oh my gosh, I really enjoyed reading that. Thank you.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2015 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Fandango Video

    Fandango posted a fun video called "Matt Damin Can Do Anything". Nice summary of Matt's movie roles, including scene from The Martian!


    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 12th, 2015 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fandango Video

    That was fun!!!! I always say "Matt can do no wrong"
    They didn't show Monuments Men or any of the Ocean's films, but they showed a lot :)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 12th, 2015 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    E Online

    My post on the previous thread got eclipsed. I thought this one was fun rapid questions where Matt mentions the things he would take if he went to outer space http://www.eonline.com/videos/240879/matt-damon-boxers-or-briefs
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2015 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: E Online

    Cute! Matt looks soon tired, he almost yawns in the beginning. But he's hanging in there like a champ. And boxer briefs! Interesting!
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 14th, 2015 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: E Online

    He's a Calvin Klein kinda guy ever since he had enough money to buy them, LOL
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 12th, 2015 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)


    Some comments on a birthday dinner and drinks for Matt by a PR company:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 12th, 2015 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Andy Weir

    Andy Weir's comments on casting before the ridiculous white-washing argument:


    Final figures for The Martian - $37,005,266 for the weekend and a worldwide gross of $345.2 million.

    Edited at 2015-10-12 10:47 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2015 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Andy Weir

    Funny how no other major news outlets pick up this headline!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2015 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Box office

    The Martian will be released in China on November 25th. Given that the box office opening in Hong Kong was huge, it seems likely to do extremely well there.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2015 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)


    Because it has been a while since we have had a Boston Herald update:


    Then there’s the story that Ben’s BFF Matt 
Damon never liked Garner.

    A “source” told OK! 
maggie that Matt “wasn’t pushing for Ben to end it, but he knows Ben will be happier with another woman.”

    “I don’t want to speak for Matt,” said our source, “but that’s insane.”
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2015 07:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian...finally!

    Yes! I'm now an entire part of this Damonite family: I saw The Martian yesterday! Very great movie, I love the story, the beautiful pictures of Mars, the whole cast's interpretation, Matt obviously but also Chiwetel Eijifor and Donald Glover were terrific. Matt is really wonderful, performing so different feelings. The theater was full, not a seat free. A some intense moments, any noise in the room, I could feel everybody holding breath, even my husband was tightening my hand! And of course, there were laughs here and there.(maybe less due to the translation- it was in original version with subtitles and the sentence "I have to shit the science ..." had no effect!) I didn't see the time pass even when Matt wasn't on screen, because the story is very well put together.
    Now...I can buy and read the book. Many good moments again and I'll imagine Matt in every scene!
    And you may add my few euros to the box-office!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2015 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: The Martian...finally!

    So glad that you enjoyed it, B!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2015 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian...finally!

    Thanks Paula! :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2015 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)


    A slice of Matt's on set birthday cake:

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 13th, 2015 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Vanity Fair Italia

    Matt is on the cover of the new issue of Vanity Fair Italia! Photographed by John Russo who's photographed numerous times previously.

    Edited at 2015-10-13 02:54 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2015 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    matt's selling his house in la. (ben is also selling his family's former home up the street)

    matt recently mentioned considering moving back to nyc but also said his kids were thriving in la. it would be a big upheaval for them to move schools again but i guess we'll see
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 13th, 2015 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Well that is very odd. I heard him mention NYC but I can't imagine him moving away
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2015 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That's strange given the fact that he recently stated his kids are thriving in LA.. maybe they're staying in cali. But just changing houses.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2015 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It doesn't surprise me. Matt moved there specifically to be up the street from Ben and work together developing projects. Ben & Jen's divorce means they're moving and his commitment to Batman means he's tied up doing that for several years. The reason Matt went there no longer exists. He may go back to NY. But it also wouldn't surprise me if he moved to Europe. Matt has never seemed to me to be a natural fit for LA.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 14th, 2015 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
    Ok Debbie downer Paula, lol. He loves attending Come to Papa performances, his & Lucy's personal trainer is based in LA, and less we forget Pearl Street Films is based here. They have ALOT of films in development where Matt and/or Ben or both are Exec Producing. Plus there's Project Greenlight. And if the kids are thriving and they've all adjusted to minor inconvenience of paparazzi outside the gym. He even acknowledged they don't bother him around his house. He also has said in the past that a lot of friends of his live in LA with kids the ages of his daughters. We shall see.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 14th, 2015 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
    Possibly a move to Malibu? They seemed to have a great time there at a rented house on the beach when Matt was filming We Bought a Zoo. And it is close to a Nobu.

    Ben's next job seems to be in Boston (Live by Night).
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 15th, 2015 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
    That might be a possibility. I still find this so odd.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 14th, 2015 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
    Move to Europe? ohhh! Alright, I' am searching a house to sell in my neighborhood!
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