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BAFTA screening
  • Matt attended a Q&A after a BAFTA screening of The Martian with Ridley Scott in London on Friday:

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 18th, 2015 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Sightings in London

    A few sightings of Matt in London:

    Nadeali Shah@mrnadealishah
    Saw #MattDamon today in central london! Big fan of him, i wish i got a photo! But he did say hi to me :D

    these ones with a pic:
    Film Fridays@FilmFridays
    Saw #MattDamon today. Charming fella.

    Gregory Sims@SimsGregory
    #MattDamon & I at work today. @CharlieChoc_UK Just another day at the office #London #WestEnd

    Vincent Cassel doesn't give new informations in this interview, he just appoints the cast and says he likes playing villains. However, according to him,they would already have shot in Las Vegas???

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 18th, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Sightings in London

    Thanks very much for the updates B (and the French translation)!
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 18th, 2015 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    John Russo Photos

    7 of the new photos of Matt photographed by John Russo can be found here http://eve21mary.tumblr.com

    Edited at 2015-10-18 04:58 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 18th, 2015 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Great finds, B and Gregory! Love that one of Matt and Ridley laughing.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 19th, 2015 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Pay arguments

    There are some interesting discussion points in this Celebitchy story about Jessica's claim she only received a quarter of the amount speculated for The Martian. And we have no idea what Matt got (and I'm sure it wasn't $25 million, and any back end benefits would depend on the contract).

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2015 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    Science dude takes a nerd-friendly look at The Martian in 'Science vs Cinema'. Lots of interviews, including some outtakes of Matt. Pretty well done.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 20th, 2015 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 20th, 2015 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: PGL

    I have a feeling that getting Effie on board was an absolute guarantee of drama. Obviously, I don't know her at all personally, but reading many of her comments in news articles I recognize somebody who's passive aggressive and manipulative in the extreme. I have a young woman in my family like this, and for her it's drama 24/7 and misery for everyone around her. I read a comment from Effie saying her relationship with Joubert was in tatters, she comments in this Variety interview about trying to patch up things with Jason, Farrelly walked off rather than work with her, and obviously Matt is never going to trust her again. Maybe not so much because of the reaction to his comment, but because of her repeated manipulation and exploitation of that comment.
    Feel free to remove this if you feel it too... judgmental.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 20th, 2015 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: PGL

    Totally agree. She infuriates me, but I haven't seen the show and try to avoid all references to her and her desire for attention (self above cause). And she makes allegations about Matt's thoughts towards her based on hearsay, which the media laps up. I also can't imagine Matt having anything to do with the show anymore and his relationship with friend/producer Joubert would also be in tatters (or should be for shoving him under the bus without recognising potential issues or showing Matt the final cut of the episode).

    On other things, Jesse Plemons (Landry in Friday Night Lights) talks about his scene in ATPH which was cut:

    Edited at 2015-10-20 06:35 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2015 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: PGL

    I'm starting to dislike Effie. I dislike the way she believes all the BS the media and twitter having been saying since the diversity issue. The attacks on Matt are childish. I'm fully backing up Matt.

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 21st, 2015 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: PGL

    I cannot stand her. She has a huge ego from merely producing 17 movies. That's small chops and the movies are small chops. Her disregard for Jason and so forth in no producer-like. And her hug and release comment in Variety about Matt is not professional. Her military background might work in some scenarios, but I hope to never see her again.

    Regarding Matt and PGL I don't think this is the end of it for him and he even said on the red carpet in London when asked about his notorious "comment" that PGL would have to be tweaked regarding its submission pool in the future.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2015 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: PGL

    I found her reaction after the controversy very suspicious and her interviews afterwards all seem more self promotion than actually helping the cause. I agree with Paula that she sounds very passive aggressive and boy do I hate those type of people. Now I try to avoid anything related to her or PGL.

    To be honest, I think Matt was totally right that they can not just pick the winner based on race. That's not really solving the diversity issue, instead they need to put more effort on getting more diverse candidates.

    From: tsgpink Date: October 20th, 2015 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)
    Today is Stella's 5th birthday and i can't believe that Matt's youngest daughter Stella is 5 already!

    Edited at 2015-10-20 11:58 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 20th, 2015 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Wow, feels like last week his wife was pregnant with her!!
    Time flies.
    She looks just like him btw. I think out of all three of them she resembles him the most.

    From: tsgpink Date: October 20th, 2015 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    She sure does resembles of Matt!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 20th, 2015 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Aww.... Happy birthday to little Stella!
    From: cindiest Date: October 21st, 2015 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
    From: cindiest Date: October 20th, 2015 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I don't know if this was shared before-Maybe this is old, but I'd never seen it.

    Unreal Candy commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOOeNvls7qc

    Edited at 2015-10-20 05:15 pm (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 22nd, 2015 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
    It was posted originally when it first came out. I think they'd must moved into their house in LA, so it was cool to see a bit of it and I think jungle gym outside too :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2015 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yes. I liked seeing that too.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 20th, 2015 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    LA house rumors

    Lauren Beale ‏@LATHotProperty · 2 hours ago
    Also, while we are debunking reports elsewhere, Matt Damon is not selling, sources tell @LATHotProperty @NJLeitereg @latimesbiz

    From: cindiest Date: October 21st, 2015 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: LA house rumors

    I had a feeling he wasn't. Seems like they're just throwing him in with Ben.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 22nd, 2015 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: LA house rumors

    Ahh hah, I knew that didn't seem right.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2015 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: LA house rumors

    Lol, rest easy, Gregory. Your buddy's still around! 😀
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 20th, 2015 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne 5

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 20th, 2015 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne filming

    In a little bit of BBC weirdness, a radio reporter goes to a village looking for Matt.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 21st, 2015 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)


    Long interviews with Ridley and Jessica by David Poland. Ridley confirms there will be an extra 15-20 minutes of real footage on the DVD (he was working on the DVD the day before the interview).


    I hadn't seen this - Sebastian Stan lost a bet with Matt and couldn't speak in an interview:


    Edited at 2015-10-21 03:01 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2015 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interviews

    A CNBC interview:
    "Matt Damon's mission & Mars:
    Matt Damon talks about the need to keep a sense of humor on Mars, why earthlings need a crash pad somewhere else in the universe soon, and how he's trying to solve the world's water..."


    Interview from Le Parisien


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 21st, 2015 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interviews

    And an interview at Gala (France):


    Gala: You seem to be now blossomed in both your career and your privacy. Do you have a secret to happiness?

    MD: My children and my wife. When I look at my children and I see all their innocence in their eyes, it gives me great hope for the future. It's great to see the world through the eyes of a child. This allows me to recharge my batteries and be ready to begin a new day.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2015 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Oscar talk

    The Wrap's article about box office successes that have a good shot at contending at the Oscars this year. Example #1 - The Martian 🌌🍟💋

    Ok, sorry, got carried away in emoji land, but French fries, yes?!

    I made a comment at The Wrap. Bet you can guess which one! Ha.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 21st, 2015 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Bourne 5 may be filming in Croydon in south London, but not a lot of evidence presented (although it's likely to be correct).

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 22nd, 2015 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)


    Isabella was on a tour at JPL while Matt did interviews:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2015 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)
    A pic of Matt with the crew of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory:

    Charlie Choc UK ‏@CharlieChoc_UK
    He's back from Mars to visit the Factory! We were delighted to see @MartianMovie star #MattDamon at #CharlieChoc!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 22nd, 2015 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the photo B
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2015 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)




    Is it appropriate to thank God for an IMAX run? 👏🏼🎉😃

    Running for the week of Oct 30th, in U.S., and selected international dates.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2015 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: IMAX!!!!!

    Absolutely its appropriate hahaha!!
    Thats awesome!! Yayyy!!! 🎉🎈
    From: cindiest Date: October 22nd, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: IMAX!!!!!

    Oh heck yes! I was wondering why it wasn't in IMAX I CANNOT WAIT I AM SO EXCITED!!!!! 🎊🎉💥✨💫🎏🎋

    Edited at 2015-10-22 06:41 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2015 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    China box office

    The Wrap says The Martian is getting a prime Chinese release date (Nov 25th) and may make over $100 million there. Seems to me one week after Mockingjay, or whatever this new one is called, is pretty crowded, but I guess they know more than me.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 22nd, 2015 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: China box office

    The report said it was good news they weren't released at the same time, so small victories.

    A new interview up at Variety with Matt including comments from Ridley (hosted by Jenelle Riley, who did the SAG interview a few years ago):


    Edited at 2015-10-22 10:47 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 23rd, 2015 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Interview

    Great interview at Variety, thanks for that. Would love for it to be longer, but I guess we have to take what we can get. The photo they used is also fabulous! I could put that one up on my wall! Ha.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 23rd, 2015 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview

    Thanks for this very nice and interesting interview. Pleased to hear the opinion of Ridley about Matt! Love the pic too.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: China box office

    The competition is fierce but I can see it has a good run. Interstellar made 120m in China. So far I see a lot of interest. Bourne series and Matt is pretty popular in China and the Martian does have some Chinese actors in it which always pleased local. Chinese box office tends to be very front loaded so it's good it comes after 007 and Hunger Game. Also it will have mostly 3D and IMAX in China.

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