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Great Wall update
  • Filming continues for Great Wall, and Variety has provided an update:

    Production has begun on “The Great Wall,” Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s first English-language film. The movie is also the first for Legendary East, the ambitious Chinese offshoot of Hollywood super-producer Legendary Entertainment.

    The film stars Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe alongside Chinese stars including Andy Lau, Zhang Hanyu and Eddie Peng. Production started March 30 and will run till July.

    Legendary describes the story as “an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.” Locations include the China Film Group Studios at Huairou, near Beijing, and the coastal city of Qingdao.

  • Another article on the importance of the film:

    Zhang Zhao, chief executive of Le Vision Pictures, believes.The Great Wall will see the start of a trend - Chinese blockbusters becoming popular worldwide.

    "The movie industry has reached the stage of globalisation," he says. "While we are making movies like Expendables, putting money into co-producing movies with Hollywood studios, those movies are still developed by them; meanwhile, we need to develop movies that allow them to work with us."

    Zhang explains that The Great Wall is the perfect Chinese production for a mainstream global audience. They made the movie mostly in English because cinema-goers don't like reading subtitles. He enthuses that if you combine blockbuster-style visuals, with a big cast of Hollywood and Chinese stars, and a story that is about a global landmark, you have a hit.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 17th, 2015 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Sony leaks

    More possible Matt links to the leaked Sony emails:


    Edited at 2015-04-17 02:24 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 17th, 2015 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)


    First photo of Matt on the Great Wall:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 17th, 2015 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pic

    Finally, another photo! I wonder if the fam are still there. Terrible hair seems to be a recurring theme for Matt on this trip. Ha.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 17th, 2015 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pic

    OMG, his hair! 😱😱😱😁
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 17th, 2015 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pic

    Stella in the background? It's such a public place so more photos should turn up?

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 17th, 2015 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pic

    I think you're right, the little girl in the background is Stella.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: April 18th, 2015 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pic

    the hair seriously concerns me. yikes!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 17th, 2015 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    dat hair tho!!!

    That's a great picture of him. He looks like he's in great shape now but, his hair looks crazy!!
    He's still cute though.
    Stella's getting big!

    -Hgum shoe
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 18th, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt, Lucy, Pedro

    A rare posed photo on Pedro Pascal's instagram with Colin, Lucy, Matt, Pedro and Shawn Vance.


    Edited at 2015-04-18 09:49 pm (UTC)
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