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  • Various interviews: a video interview with Matt at Variety about The Martian, including comments by Ridley Scott; a French interview at Closer; French interview at Le Parisien; Gala and Yahoo Singapore. The photo below is by Don Doperalski for Variety.

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  • Matt and family attended a matinee of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in London last weekend. A photo is at the musical's Twitter page, with another photo available here.

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    Comments
    From: cindiest Date: October 23rd, 2015 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    What great photos! Thank you.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 23rd, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Various

    Agree with Cindiest, the photos are delightful. That Variety shot of Matt is so ... masculine. No muscles flexing, or anything cheap, but just ... agh. Words fail me.

    If I'm correct, since it opened The Martian has been #1 every week day that was not 'Back to the Future' day. (although Goosebumps obviously won the weekend). This is from from the latest box office update from Deadline:

    Except for Wednesday night when “Back to the Future day” made $1.65M, 20th Century Fox’s The Martian was No. 1 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. In its third week, the Matt Damon astronaut movie made an estimated $28.17M and a running cume of $150.5M. (Nice!)😄

    Anthony Mackie just got a huffy article comparing him to Matt for saying that Black Panther didn't necessarily need a person of color to direct it, but simply needed the best director. I'm not inviting further comment on this tired subject, but think it's interesting that actors tend to have similar outlooks about directors.
    Paula
    From: cindiest Date: October 23rd, 2015 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    like.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 24th, 2015 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Various

    Paula, I loved the description of the Variety photo! <3
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 23rd, 2015 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Sighting in London

    Some new pictures with fans popped up on Instagram today.

    First one is in Russian, basically he said he saw Matt at Starbucks, no one except himself recognize Matt, he asked for a picture. "And here it is, my picture with the coolest coolest actor."
    https://instagram.com/p/9MGRrbKKrk/?taken-by=timurbatrutdinov

    Another
    https://instagram.com/p/9LvxKyrobK/?taken-by=isamisam

    I like his outfit!

    -Rose
    From: cindiest Date: October 23rd, 2015 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Sighting in London

    Love it, thank you.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 23rd, 2015 11:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Sighting in London

    Thanks Rose. The coffee cup Matt is holding has Lucy's name on it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 24th, 2015 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Sighting in London

    Those are great - nice spotting on the cup!
    Paula
    From: cindiest Date: October 28th, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Sighting in London

    Good catch!
    From: cindiest Date: October 23rd, 2015 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That Variety video is something special. That interviewer is exceptional.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 24th, 2015 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt kissing Luzy

    Maybe this clip has already been posted or just seen by all of you, but just incase soneone didn't..

    It's rather invasive, but still really cute.

    https://youtu.be/VEoruR18yYU">https://youtu.be/VEoruR18yYU</a>

    S-dk
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 24th, 2015 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Matt kissing Luzy

    Is that the one of them kissing outside a hotel before she leaves? I think i saw that one.. very invasive but damn his wife is a lucky lady..

    -Hanna
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 24th, 2015 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian Promo picture

    Very nice picture of Matt as Mark Watney.

    http://eve21mary.tumblr.com/post/131802849952

    -Rose
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 24th, 2015 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian Promo picture

    Another one of Mark Watney from John Russo

    http://www.johnrussophoto.com.temp.livebooks.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=5

    B.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 25th, 2015 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    On Top Again!

    Amazing! The Martian is number 1 again on the U.S. box office list! Although the weekend was a disaster for a bunch of new releases, I'm happy to see Matt and Ridley up there again. Quite a good year for them both!

    Louie
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 25th, 2015 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: On Top Again!

    Very happy for Matt! He deserves it (and some awards too).

    I don't remember seeing this nice pic of the cast - and a few quotes from them:
    http://www.instyle.com/news/inspiring-quotes-cast-martian-tiff

    B.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 25th, 2015 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: On Top Again!

    Yeah, that's great and pretty unusual. And undoubtedly one of the reasons that Steve Jobs did poorly is there are two other adult-oriented movies that people would rather see, The Martian and Bridge of Spies. I also saw an online theory that The Martian could conceivably win next week too, if people turn out for its IMAX run. It seems like a stretch, but I'll do my part by taking the gkids to the biggest screen around. Should be AWESOME.

    Here's an article:

    http://collider.com/the-martian-returns-to-top-the-box-office-in-fourth-frame/

    Paula
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 27th, 2015 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: On Top Again!

    NICEEEEEE and I like the InStyle Cast Photo!!! Love Matty's smile there.
    Gregory
    From: cindiest Date: October 28th, 2015 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: On Top Again!

    I am so happy The Martian came out on top again! And I'll do my share when it's in IMAX too. I have a friend who's seeing The Martian every weekend until it's gone, she loves it so much. We keep texting about it. She's reading the book now too. I will next month. I've spent all my fun money on *seeing* it. lol
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 25th, 2015 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Awards talk

    More awards talk

    http://www.awardsdaily.com/2015/10/25/the-martian-set-to-top-gladiator-as-ridley-scotts-highest-grossing-film/

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 26th, 2015 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    U2 concert

    Matt just met Bono backstage after a U2 concert at the O2 arena. Johnny Cicco also posted a pic with Bono.

    From the Telegraph's music critic:

    Neil McCormick ‏@neil_mccormick ·2 minutes ago
    There was a Martian backstage. Matt Damon actually looks even better in real life than he does onscreen.

    Photo during the show:

    Dave Giles ‏@davejgiles · 1 hour ago
    In this photo you can see me dancing like a loon and Matt Damon turning his back on me.... Yes. Matt Damon.

    Edited at 2015-10-26 01:07 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 26th, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Awards

    Sasha Stone's rambling discourse on critics, bloggers, and the Oscar race. The Martian gets the prime photo spot and - reading between the lines - a little push.
    Paula

    http://www.awardsdaily.com/2015/10/26/the-state-of-the-race-level-two-chaos-system/
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 27th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Awards

    Her latest comment:

    Sasha Stone ‏@AwardsDaily · 2 hours ago
    I'm still predicting The Martian to win at the moment. With Spotlight close behind.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2015 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Awards

    Wow, this article/flipcam interview of Ridley from Anne Thompson! Check out the title.
    Paula


    http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/ridley-scott-and-the-martian-head-for-multiple-oscars-exclusive-video-20151027

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 26th, 2015 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    U2 concert

    Photos of Matt and Lucy arriving at (or leaving) the U2 concert at the O2 arena.

    http://www.ilovestyle.com/article/56536/o-matt-damon-dilonei-kollimenos-me-pasignosto-tragoydisti-eikones
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 27th, 2015 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    John Russo

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 27th, 2015 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Critic

    Retiring Guardian film critic Philip French mentions Matt as one of his favorite actors:
    http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/aug/25/philip-french-tribute-readers-questions

    [ED] What about actors: do you see any of the current crop having the same lasting impact as Brando or De Niro?
    Ryan Gosling has a presence with which he can command a film. I think Only God Forgives you could say is a Ryan Gosling film – he really is what holds your attention.

    I think Matt Damon is a wonderful actor. If you look at him he looks like someone who has just been signed up for a team of Irish-American builders and yet he has an extraordinary charisma and also, he hasn't got the mannerisms of a star: he's an actor without ego.

    The other person who has gone from being a juvenile to a serious actor is Leonardo DiCaprio, particularly in the films in which he's collaborated with Martin Scorsese. He was remarkable in The Departed and his performance as Howard Hughes in The Aviator is uncannily accurate. I would say both of them [Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio] are actors in a class of the very brilliant but mannered and somewhat self-regarding Anthony Hopkins.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 27th, 2015 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Critic

    Wow, what an enjoyable interview. He's such a knowledgable and articulate man. I saw the movie "The Servant" a few years ago and it is a striking film. It introduced me to the wonderful British actor Dirk Bogarde.

    Surprising that Mr French's list of favorite actors are all American. It seems that Hollywood mostly wants to hire British actors these days.
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 27th, 2015 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Critic

    Coincidentally, Anthony Hopkins is in a new version of the Dresser this weekend for the BBC. He plays the actor and Ian McKellan is the dresser. Lovely comments about Matt, critics of Philip French's calibre are fast disappearing. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2015 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Critic

    Wow, what a cast. I'd like to see that!
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 27th, 2015 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Sky Movies Behind-The-Scenes interview
    don't fall out of your seat...!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iJq1oCRP00

    Deleted scene?:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOXVVvBAl1o

    I love particularly 01'21" tag...

    B.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2015 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Book vs Movie

    Very interesting analysis of The Martian (book) vs The Martian (film). Absolutely chock full of spoilers.
    Paula

    http://www.boxofficeprophets.com/column/index.cfm?columnID=17924
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2015 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
    New picture

    http://iconosquare.com/p/1105762067193177377_173292747

    S-dk
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2015 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Irritated

    In the "people say the dumbest things" department, David Poland is claiming that if The Martian gets nominated in the Musical/Comedy category at the Globes it can kiss its Oscar prospects good-bye. So poorly informed! Just last year Birdman was in that category, and won best picture! When I pointed that out in comments section ( I admit I could have been more diplomatic) , he deleted all the comments! Lol. So I pointed it out again, but was nicer this time. Looking forward to seeing if he deletes it again! 😈
    Paula

    http://moviecitynews.com/2015/10/18-weeks-to-oscar-why-the-martian-is-currently-the-movie-to-beat-2/#comment-1803525

    From: cindiest Date: October 28th, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Irritated

    lol
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