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Great Wall project back on, Chris Hemsworth
  • A new casting announcement for the Great Wall project reveals that Matt is still linked to the film.

    “Game of Thrones” breakout star Pedro Pascal is in negotiations to join Matt Damon in Legendary’s untitled Great Wall historical epic, multiple individuals with knowledge of the project have told TheWrap.

    Visionary Chinese director Zhang Yimou is set to make his English-language debut with the film, which follows an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.

  • Kristin Wiig mentions she has finished filming her scenes for The Martian in this interview.

    Damon remains in negotiations to star in the Great Wall movie, which is expected to be the largest film ever shot entirely in China.

  • A new GQ interview with Chris Hemsworth mentions Matt a few times, including:

    I follow Hemsworth inside, through the living room, into the kitchen, and it's only then that I realize I'm standing in Matt Damon's house. The giveaway is Matt Damon, perched on a countertop in his kitchen, sipping coffee as his family buzzes around. Despite the thirteen-year age difference, Hemsworth and Damon are tight—like, annual-family-trip-to-Costa-Rica tight. "We became friends around the time I started to work, and I've really benefited from watching how he handles himself," says Hemsworth. "Matt's just a normal guy who has the movie-star thing figured out." And now Matt is our bike guy.

    Damon leads us out to the garage and starts gearing us up—checking brakes, squeezing tires, inspecting helmets for structural integrity. When I mention I forgot my shades, Damon bounds upstairs and comes back with two pairs, just so I have options. When I voice my fears about keeping up with Hemsworth, he tells me not to worry. "I'm not sending you guys on anything too crazy," he says. "Obviously, be a little careful up there. I broke my clavicle on the same trail a few months ago." Thanks for the reassurance, Matt Damon.

    We never get to that diner. Damon won't hear of it, insisting we have breakfast at his place instead. He brews some coffee (well, puts pods into a machine, the Hollywood version of brewing coffee) while Hemsworth makes pancakes. He plates two for me and two for himself. Damon passes—he's drinking a shake to drop weight for a Ridley Scott movie that has him trapped on Mars.

  • Lainey Gossip's take on the Hemsworth interview:

    The profile is set up as a kind of “man test” to see if Hemsworth is a Legit Man or a Hollywood Man, and throughout the piece Matt Damon keeps coming up—he and Hemsworth are good friends. He lends Hemsworth and his profiler, David Katz, a couple of bikes. He forgets to give them water. He insists they make breakfast, not go to a diner. Matt Damon is one of the good ones, one of the best, really, and if he’s tight with Chris Hemsworth, then that is the most attractive thing about him. It’s all you need to know. This entire profile could have been one sentence: “Chris Hemsworth is friends with Matt Damon.”

  • Empire has posted the cover page of The Martian's script, which Ridley Scott sent into space:

    Taking his commitment to realistic sci-fi very seriously indeed, Ridley Scott sent a page from The Martian into space for real this month, hitching a ride for it on the maiden voyage of NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The first page of Simon Kinberg’s original draft, the sheet bears Scott’s drawing of Matt Damon’s stranded astronaut declaring that he’ll “science the shit out of this planet,” – a line from book upon which the film is based.

    Taking off on December 5, the Orion embarked on a four-and-a-half hour orbital flight that took it 5600 miles above the Earth’s surface with Scott’s page in tow. “NASA really rolled out the red carpet for us,” explains executive producer Aditya Sood. “In the capsule they had some personal objects that were important to people involved in the Orion project and one of the things was Ridley’s drawing on the cover page of The Martian script. This is a movie about people who are really passionate about science and space-travel, so that was a really great moment for us."

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 19th, 2014 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Empire on The Martian

    LOVING the content of the Empire story. It sends great signals. People at NASA love the novel and are supporting the film, it's great PR, and Ridley's drawing is beyond fantastic in terms of both content and attitude.

    This will make me smile all day!!
    From: cindiest Date: December 19th, 2014 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Empire on The Martian

    Well said. And I'm loving it all day with ya. <3
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 19th, 2014 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Hi Matt

    If you ever wanted to be serious about Directing a film, I have a story to tell :) M..
    From: cindiest Date: December 19th, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    You are the absolute best. Thank you for all you do. Such tidy and thorough updates, every single time.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 19th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks very much. And thank you for always being so positive!

    Edited at 2014-12-20 01:44 am (UTC)
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 20th, 2014 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    I see by Andy Weir's facebook page that The Martian won the science fiction book of the year at Goodreads. Nice!

    Weir's Facebook is an interesting place to visit. There is some nice fan art, lots of comments about The Martian, a new short story, etc.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 21st, 2014 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Tom Papa

    We know that Matt's not going to be in LA on 13 January - the latest show from Tom Papa:

    Tom Papa @tompapa · Dec 19
    The next Come to Papa Live Jan 13 @LargoLosAngeles @jeffgarlin @nealbrennan @tommyjohnagin @danagould @steveagee tix http://bit.ly/1APqFAa
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: December 22nd, 2014 08:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Tom Papa

    i was spoiled in the last quarter of 2014 :) glad to know we'll see him up on the big screen in the not too far future!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 21st, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)


    This article claims Matt bought some clothing and a necklace from a local store in Budapest (and they link to the necklace). I think he's pictured with the sales staff.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2014 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Budapest

    i think its a shame they had to link to the jewellery, we have no idea what he bought or who for and given its so close to christmas this could have ruined a surprise
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 22nd, 2014 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)


    Another pic of Matt in Budapest:


    And another with the sales staff:


    Edited at 2014-12-22 02:37 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 22nd, 2014 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Coming home

    And Matt's on his way back to LA:

    Cameron Kietzman @CameronKietzman
    Matt Damon is on my first flight of the day 6 rows ahead of me. Good start so far I'd say.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: December 22nd, 2014 08:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Coming home

    home for the holidays! Damon Clause :)
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 23rd, 2014 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 24th, 2014 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Christmas sightings

    From a few sightings today Matt and family may be in New York for Christmas.

    Edited at 2014-12-24 10:32 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 24th, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    To all

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 25th, 2014 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: To all

    Thank you very much! Have a nice Christmas Day you too and all the MDNc readers.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 25th, 2014 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Merry Christmas

    :) Love from Mel xx
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 26th, 2014 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Merry Christmas

    Hi Mel from the MCG today!
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