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The Martian, Ice Bucket Challenge
  • Ridley Scott has confirmed The Martian will shoot in Budapest later this year.

    Ridley Scott is a busy man. The director, 76, is currently putting the final touches on Exodus: Gods and Monsters, starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton (in theaters Dec. 12). But last week, he told EW a little about his next project, The Martian starring Matt Damon, which is slated for November 2015. “It’s a very good book,” says Scott of Andy Weir’s novel, which was originally self-published in 2012 before being republished by Crown this year. The story follows Mark Watney, an astronaut who becomes stranded and assumed dead on Mars after a deadly storm. “It’s like Robinson Crusoe—if you were marooned or shipwrecked, how do you survive?”

    Scott says he’s already storyboarded the film and is ready to begin shooting in November. “I think I’m going to shoot in Budapest,” he says. “And we’ll probably shoot in Wadi Rum for Mars. I like Wadi Rum—it’s the best view I’ve ever seen of what could be Mars.” (The alien-looking location in Jordan has been used in Lawrence of Arabia and, more recently, for some of Scott’s Exodus.)

  • Matt's Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS is available at water.org or YouTube. Matt challenged George Clooney, Bono and Tom Brady.

  • Photos of Matt and family after breakfast on Sunday are at the Daily Mail and Babyrazzi.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 26th, 2014 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's ALS bucket challenge

    Just noticed that as of this hour, Matt's ice bucket challenge has almost a quarter of a million views.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 26th, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt's ALS bucket challenge

    Thanks Paula, great news. It managed to get attention despite being released near the end (maybe) of this drawn out challenge. I like this recent tweet.

    JuxtaPoser‏@HesJuxtaPoser·11 mins
    Shout outs to Matt Damon for winning(?) this year's celebrity social media charity one-upmanship competition.

    Edited at 2014-08-26 11:07 pm (UTC)
    From: tsgpinkblack Date: August 26th, 2014 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt's ALS bucket challenge

    Yeah, I'm glad to hear that myself! Alright Matty!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 27th, 2014 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt's ALS bucket challenge

    Wow, I just checked again and it now has over 343,000 views on youtube! Amazing!

    Man, that was fast! I noticed a number of tweets that appeared to be from the developing world. India, the Phillipines. Perhaps that's why the fast movement? This could end up being being very significant for raising water.org's profile internationally among people who haven't yet had direct contact with it.

    Very, very successful. Congrats to Matt.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 27th, 2014 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's ALS bucket challenge

    Hey! 744,845 now! When you wrote a few days ago (22nd aug.) that he would probably do a promotion for water.org and use recycled water, you were totally right, Felicity. You know Matt so well!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 27th, 2014 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt's ALS bucket challenge

    Woah, now over one million views!

    From the time I got up, watered the garden (it's over 100 degrees here) and took a shower (hey, I had to water, but because of Matt's raising my awareness, it was a really SHORT shower;) and got dressed, the youtube video had added about 70,000 views!

    Congrats again, Matt, hope this is helping water.org

    From: cindiest Date: August 27th, 2014 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
    I have a well to do friend who after she saw this started checking out water.org and is now switching one of her monthly donations to them. I just love our Matty. He's a singular individual. What a good man.
    wownow From: wownow Date: August 27th, 2014 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Interesting - Jon Hamm wanted Matt's role in The Martian!

    “There are a lot of things I wanted which have gone to other people.” For example? “Ridley Scott’s new film The Martian. It should be amazing, it’s a beautiful script and I was like, 'I’d like to do that’. They were like, '…it’s not for you’. It’s going to be Matt Damon.”
    Global fame does not appeal to Hamm. He claims the recognition he’s experienced pales in comparison to the pressure faced by heavyweight film stars. “I’ve seen it. I know Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio. I wouldn’t trade my life for theirs. It’s horrible. You can’t go anywhere; you can’t do anything. Matt’s actually got the right balance and George has a pretty good life too,” he laughs. “Don’t get me wrong. I’m just saying that they have this double-edged sword that you really can’t control.”
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 27th, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks, good quotes from Hamm (and great news about The Martian's script).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 27th, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian, John Hamm, guess the view count?

    Oh, yeah fantastic news about The Martian! I read a rumor online somewhere that the script was supposed to be good, but you never know about that sort of thing. It makes sense that Scott wouldn't have signed onto it unless it offered real quality, as he has a hugely busy schedule and many in-demand projects competing for his attention. But it's still great to hear it from the perspective of a respected actor like Hamm. What thrills a studio is not necessarily the same thing that thrills a terrific actor. Can't ask for more than a completely unprompted "amazing" and "a beautiful script". I really love Jon Hamm, he's sooooo talented. I'll miss Mad Men terribly.

    "Matt's actually got the right balance". That's our boy. <3 <3 <3

    Matt's Youtube video still piling up the views. Does anybody want to have some fun and play "Guess the View Count"?

    What say we call it at 10 pm after one week (Felicity's time) from the day it went up? Does that work for you, Felicity? Assuming it is and anybody else wants to play, it's at approx 1.5 million now. I'll guess 3.75 million.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 27th, 2014 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian, John Hamm, guess the view count?

    No, it will slow down after the initial rush. Although People has included a story on its site today.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 29th, 2014 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian, John Hamm, guess the view count?

    Just noticed that the Youtube views for the video now number over 3.1 million. :-)

    Too bad nobody took me up on the 'Guess the Views' challenge!! It might make it to 3.75!

    From: cindiest Date: August 28th, 2014 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian, John Hamm, guess the view count?

    I believe the 3m, since I'll be watching it a million more times tonight. ;)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 28th, 2014 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian, John Hamm, guess the view count?

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 28th, 2014 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    Bucket challenge

    Here's an unexpected ripple effect from Matt's bucket challenge video. A spokesperson from UNICEF was invited onto an MSNBC news show to reflect on the statistics Matt's video brought up. Unfortunately she wasn't a particularly interesting speaker, but It's certainly a news clip focused on water that would not have happened without Matt getting people thinking and talking.

    Wow, time and again his public comments are so effective. He has such a gift that way. He's a national treasure, really.



    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 28th, 2014 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bucket challenge

    Water.org will be involved in a session at the Hollywood Film Festival as part of a water crisis presentation. That may send a lot of strange messages, but it's more promotion for the cause.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 28th, 2014 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bucket challenge

    Here's a strange take by an Australian financial newspaper which seems to have completely lost the point of Matt's video, or it could be just badly written.


    Richenda Vermeulen‏@RichendaG
    My Op Ed in @AFRtechnology: Businesses are not #MattDamon, think twice before using #IceBucketChallenge as marketing http://afr.com/p/technology/b

    Edited at 2014-08-28 06:11 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 29th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)


    I just walked past @MattDamon and @BenAffleck at the #Wilshire and my life is now complete. #notrealpeople #beautifulhumans
    wownow From: wownow Date: August 29th, 2014 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Sighting

    cute. photos from yesterday with lucy


    sidenote: matt should claim the @mattdamon twitter handle even if he never tweets.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 29th, 2014 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Sighting

    Thanks for the link - have been meaning to monitor that site now that Matt's back in LA.

    I've tried to report the current @mattdamon twitter account which has recently moved from inert to obscene, but they haven't cancelled it yet.
    wownow From: wownow Date: August 29th, 2014 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Sighting

    "I may or may have not met Matt Damon and Ben Affleck tonight!! Sorry for the lack of Ben. He dipped before I could bug him."

    Pauline Gransier From: Pauline Gransier Date: August 29th, 2014 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
    It's even on upworthy right now.. http://www.upworthy.com/the-ice-bucket-challenge-posed-a-problem-for-matt-damon-heres-what-he-did-about-it
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 29th, 2014 06:10 am (UTC) (Link)
    It's getting a lot of promotion through this site.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 29th, 2014 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 29th, 2014 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: PGL

    Very cool! I'll have to sign up!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 29th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Quote about Matt

    Nice comments about Matt from actor J.C. Mackenzie, a favorite of Scorsese, who I worked with Matt on The Departed.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 31st, 2014 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Toilet water

    Nice one Matt, hehe :) Mel (M..)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 4th, 2014 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's Ice Bucket Challange

    You're so cute wet and 'toilet-dirty' but clean :) and when you're not acting too and that is a great cause, you are so awesome!
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