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  • Director Ridley Scott has arrived in Sydney and may be location scouting for The Martian or Prometheus 2, depending on the report. Details at the Herald Sun.

  • Ben has confirmed the Tom Papa comedy pilot was not picked up.

    Ben Affleck: Well, the chance to do Project Greenlight came up again this year because of the rights resurfacing and we thought it was a great opportunity to use the incredible advancements in technology (both in size and price of camera as well as ubiquity of editing systems) as well as people's increased comfort with sharing video to see if we could cast a wider net and find a great, undiscovered, director. I have a few pilots this year. Our Tom Papa show didn't get picked up but I believe in him a lot and I think we will see something else from him soon. One of the great things about television now is there are so many outlets and platforms—not to mention the web. It's an exciting time.

    Question: How will your time in the industry since it last aired inform what we see in the new season of Project Greenlight?
    Ben Affleck: The show will have the same spirit as the last one; giving someone with talent but no access a chance to be a filmmaker but we hope technological advancements will make it a more robust contest experience and we believe the documentary will also benefit from this.

    Question: Several of these TV projects have Matt Damon's involvement as a common denominator; how much of the appeal of these is working with him and how has your professional relationship changed over the years in terms of who plays what roles in getting things off the ground/bringing the other in?
    Ben Affleck: A big part of this is Matt and I finding ways to work together. We've always believed that our partnership was more than the sum of its parts so it's always exciting to find something to collaborate on. Plus he lives down the street from me so it's easier to get together and work on this stuff.

  • Photos of Matt, Lucy and two of the girls in LA are at the Daily Mail.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 22nd, 2014 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Prometheus 2

    Ridley Scott in Australia scouting film locations for science-fiction blockbuster Prometheus 2.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 22nd, 2014 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Prometheus 2 or The Martian?

    Bloody Disgusting is also debating about whether the location scout is for Prometheus 2 or The Martian, but I agree with them - it's likely to be The Martian. That appears to be ready to go, unlike Prometheus 2.

    It's funny,when Prometheus came out, I remember hearing a constant whine of complaints in America. It was boring, unworthy, etc. Funny what a good international box office will do. Ha.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 22nd, 2014 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Doug Liman interview

    Several comments about and references to Matt in this interview with Doug Liman. Obviously Liman's issues were with the studio and he and Matt still have a good relationship.

    From: cindiest Date: May 23rd, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Doug Liman interview

    Great. Thank you.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 24th, 2014 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Doug Liman interview

    However I wonder why Matt never speaks about Doug Liman in interviews when he talks about the directors he worked with. And for him, Bourne movies's director is definitely Paul.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 24th, 2014 07:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Doug Liman interview

    And both of them have a very chaotic directing style. Matt has always said he would work with every director again, but only Bourne with Greengrass (who had dinner with Tom Cruise this week).
    From: cindiest Date: May 23rd, 2014 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
    Ah. Bummer. I was really rooting for that Papa project. Glad about the other stuff, though. Thank you.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 23rd, 2014 06:10 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt in The Martian... and Director Ridley Scott has arrived in Sydney and may be location scouting for The Martian :) M..
    wownow From: wownow Date: May 24th, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 25th, 2014 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Martian rumors from a sports column


    The home of rugby league, ANZ Stadium, is set to feature in the upcoming Ridley Scott film The Martian.

    The acclaimed director and producer – the man behind blockbusters Blade Runner, Alien, Gladiator and Thelma & Louise – is in Australia scouting locations for The Martian.
    In a world exclusive, Sin Bin can reveal Scott was scoping out the Homebush Bay precinct, where our spies report he fell in love with the stadium's spiral exit walkways.

    The Oscar-winner was also a big fan of the level-two press box, which he earmarked as the perfect setting for a spacecraft.

    Whether the bays of empty seats reminded him of the barren Mars landscape he is trying to capture could not be confirmed. Matt Damon, who knows his way around a sporting field after playing Francois Pienaar, is slated for the lead role.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 25th, 2014 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Martian rumors from a sports column

    Very, very cool!

    When I heard about Australia I assumed they would just be in the outback for exteriors. If this is correct (a big if, of course) it seems like the majority of shooting will be there. To me, this confirms that the shoot must be happening fairly quickly. The girls should be finishing school soon. A great trip for the fam!

    Thoughts, anyone?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 25th, 2014 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Martian rumors from a sports column

    I just doubt it would start in time for a summer shoot. Matt has previously knocked back a film in Australia due to the distance (20,000 leagues under the sea maybe?), and I would guess it would only happen in the summer break. Maybe they would do some exteriors here and move back to LA for the rest of the shoot?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 25th, 2014 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)


    I have no idea why, but Matt seemed to be in Fiji today, perhaps as a stopover.

    Matt Damon and Crew ready to depart our beloved Fiji Island shores.@niumataiwaluo @SavenacaNaiyaga pic.twitter.com/FRqBfWT4V2

    Fiji's Finest ‏@FijisFinest2
    Matt Damon arrived into Nausori Airport earlier this Arvo ! #TeamFiji #FijiMe #Fiji http://fb.me/1jtVW6MeQ
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 25th, 2014 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fiji?

    Now that is interesting. It doesn't seem logical that he would stop in Fiji for a water.org trip. And if he was there for a vacation it seems like we would have heard something. So it seems most likely to have something to do with The Martian. Maybe he is on the way to Australia for some kind of prep? Or maybe the fam is with and they'll have a vacation there before work? I don't know, but it's amusing to wonder.

    Great photo by the way. That is the face of happy actor about to make an sci-fi action movie with Ridley Scott! Lol. :-)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 25th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fiji?

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2014 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fiji?

    Hmmmm.... Keep your ears open, maybe he's in Australia?!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 26th, 2014 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fiji?

    Matt still seems to be in Fiji. (Has school finished yet in LA?)

    Geoffrey Smith‏@GeoffreyFijiTV
    Hollywood star Matt Damon meets local fans while arriving at Nausori airport enroute to holiday. #FijiOneNews pic.twitter.com/B582nKeDMZ

    And an encounter by a tourist operator.

    Report - arrived on the island via private jet presumably for a holiday (no word about family with him).

    TinaiHadassah ‏@RogersShide
    Funny how one of the media personnel came to find info about Matt Damon this morning and found out he left the country already
    And all these media announcements about him just arriving into the country #wronginfo #lateNews
    He's been here over a week and went back last night

    Edited at 2014-05-26 12:33 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fiji?

    Where in the world is Matt Damon?

    Lol. Dang you, Matt Damon, and your infernal ability to disappear! Don't you know that you are supposed to emulate some other actors and cravenly seek publicity at every opportunity? Ha, kidding folks, just kidding.

    Seriously, does "went back" mean back to LA? And does this person even know? If this person is correct and he's been there a week it proably was for a vacation. But isn't it strange to be so close to Aussie when Scott is also there, probably for The Martian? Since he's flying private could he have snuck in there without the press finding out?

    All just rhetorical questions.

    I'm not sure about the school schedule in California, as it varies from state to state and even school district to school district.


    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: May 26th, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fiji?

    June 5th is the last day of School for the "LA Unified School District" however, his kids are in private school so they may end different date.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2014 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fiji?

    If I could, I'd swap the Director's Chair for a beach chair in Fiji for a holiday too, beautiful!! And so close to Aus, excited!! :) M..
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2014 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fiji?

    :) M..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 27th, 2014 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)


    Ridley Scott moved from Sydney to Wollongong, just a few hours down the south coast. Still no confirmation about what he is working on.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 27th, 2014 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Wollongong

    "Where in the world is Matt Damon?" (Paula) to "Where's Wolly" ? :) M..
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 27th, 2014 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Wollongong



    The description of Scott's stop in "Wolly" sounds like a good Mars survivalist set to me!

    Of course, with all of those projects upcoming he could be scouting for multiple films.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 27th, 2014 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Years of living dangerously

    Here's the preview of Matt's episode of Years of living dangerously, which airs 2 June.

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