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  • An Australian interview with Matt is at news.com.au, including:

    The family relocated from New York City to the coastal suburb of Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles last year. “The kids are thriving in LA. They love it,” he says.

    It’s hard to believe it’s been eight years since the last time we saw Damon as Jason Bourne, in The Bourne Ultimatum. Fans of the franchise can rejoice that he’s currently shooting the untitled fifth instalment (still untitled) due for release next year.

    “I trained a lot, more than I ever had on any of the Bourne films,” he says. “I had to be really physically fit and really lean so it was a lot of work for me to get there.” Damon’s weight seems to fluctuate with great regularity. “Well, being a dad is an occupation hazard. I end up eating the kids’ macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers,” he happily admits.

    “We’ve just done one week of shooting and it was spectacular,” he says, grinning. “It’s been great to slip into that old skin again. Hopefully it’ll be as good as the other three films. The others take place over a two-year period so technically this is Jason Bourne back after twelve years, and so it really separates it from the others.” He smiles. “And Jason has grey hair now so I didn’t have to dye my hair, thankfully. I actually got to use my own grey hair in a movie.”

    The Martian, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, is one of the few movies that is suitable for Damon to show his kids. “I was very excited about taking my 17-year-old to the premiere in Toronto last week and I’m excited to make something that my kids can see. Other than Happy Feet 2 (in which he voiced the character of Bill the Krill, in 2011), there hasn’t been much.”

  • Audio and video interviews with Matt: with Dean Richards and Anne Thompson.

  • Articles on the Oscars chances for Matt and The Martian are at: Daily Beast, LA Times and Awards Daily. There will be a preview of The Martian at the New York Film Festival this weekend. The London premiere is on Thursday.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2015 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    I am reading the book now because it was highly recommended that I read it before seeing the movie. The first two chapters are fantastic and I cannot wait to see the movie. The character fits Matt Damon to a tee.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2015 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian Behind -The-Scene B-roll footage

    I didn't watched it because I'm afraid about spoilers but for those who want it:


    By the way, it' s out of subject but there are new gifs on Affleckdamon.tumblr



    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 24th, 2015 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm sure it was posted here at some point but just a reminder that The Martian premiere will be live streamed tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. PT via yahoo. Now I need to go check out how that's supposed to work!


    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 24th, 2015 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Box office tracking for The Martian

    Variety has released the first box office tracking numbers that I've seen for The Martian. Here's a paragraph with some comparisons. The Martian numbers look to be barely high enough :-/

    "... Other films that resonated strongly with audiences were “Hotel Transylvania 2” with 313 and “The Martian,” the Matt Damon and Ridley Scott sci-fi adventure, with 255. “Spectre,” James Bond’s latest martini-swilling outing, had a 282 rating, which represents an improvement over the 007 series’ last installment, “Skyfall,” with 231. Lynn said big-budget films need to score in the 250 range if they want to be successful."
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 24th, 2015 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Box office tracking for The Martian

    I saw a projection a few weeks ago for a $45+ million opening weekend. It's going to be interesting as the release dates are mostly in sync world wide. And the London press blitz will need to go world wide as there won't be too much promotion on TV in the US next week - Matt's overseas and there aren't many 'new' TV appearances (but pre-taped ones on the entertainment shows). Donald Glover was on Conan yesterday.

    What this film should have going for it is good word of mouth. I don't know the competition of what else is out there, but reactions should be very positive, and a lot of people will see it before the official opening date due to preview screenings etc.

    Edited at 2015-09-24 03:12 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 24th, 2015 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)


    Instagram post by Jessica Chastain


    Video from Hong Kong (with man bun):


    Edited at 2015-09-24 03:20 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 24th, 2015 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 24th, 2015 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)


    A tip from someone on the Bourne crew in Tenerife - they are in Las Vegas from November 8 until February (via ig).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 24th, 2015 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 24th, 2015 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Review

    I was just coming to post this wonderfully articulate review! It actually made me tear up with the joy of knowing 'He feels it, too!' I particularly love:

    The Review:

    The film is an unabashed love letter to the notion of scientific discovery, human ingenuity, and the idea that any problem can be solved with enough work, patience, and smarts. [my interjection - just like the book!]

    ... it is a top-notch piece of high-quality popcorn cinema featuring some great movie star turns in a film filled with spectacular special effects that are almost beside the point. It is the kind of film that would be an Oscar frontrunner if we still considered top-notch studio output to be would-be Oscar contenders. But awards glory or not, The Martian is spectacular entertainment.

    ... the key is how casual and cheerful Damon is as he explains the particular scientific ideas and processes that he will use to extend his survival beyond the supplies left behind. Damon is fantastic here, offering another in a growing list of excellent “all by myself” star turns like Sandra Bullock in Gravity, Tom Hanks in Castaway, and Will Smith in I Am Legend. This is one of his best performances and a shining example of why he has been a movie star for the last 18 years.

    I am emphasizing the actors because this is truly a character piece disguised as a special effects extravaganza. But that doesn’t mean the film doesn’t have superb visuals and dynamite production design.

    Arthur Max has created a vivid and authentic Mars exterior, and the copious special effects are flawless without really drawing attention to themselves.

    Again this is Damon’s movie, and he absolutely runs with it, and the wonky movie only works because its star makes the scientific exposition relatable without dumbing it down in the slightest.

    The Martian is one of the rare Ridley Scott movies (along with arguably Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, and Kingdom of Heaven) that qualifies as genuinely moving. The film doesn’t lay on the melodrama, but it is rather filled with moments of unexpected goodness and utter selflessness, which at my old age is far more moving than the standard “cry cause the kid died” melodrama.

    The Martian pulls off an incredible trick, something that usually only applies to true stories, in that its third act is relentlessly suspenseful and tense even though we (presumably) already know the overall outcome of the story. The picture spends most of its time only subtly dealing with the possibility of failure, with Damon’s can-do spirit leading the way, only to come upon a final act that is an exercise in bruised-forearm tension even as it maintains the tone that it started on. It’s a tricky balance and one that shouldn’t go unheralded.

    The optimism that runs through The Martian isn’t just about the notion of how science can save the world and/or how our desire for discovery and invention can change the world. It’s also a testament to the notion that Hollywood can and will still make unabashed popcorn entertainment as good and as smart as The Martian when they just get out of their own way. The underlying message in the movie is also the fundamental message of the film: “Look what we can do.”

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 24th, 2015 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Premiere inLondon


    I just can find it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 24th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Premiere inLondon

    Here is Matt. So cute. Dark grey suit, white shirt, shaved. No sight of Lucy.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 24th, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt and crew - one day trip to London

    At the premiere:

    mattbaiamontesboxingclubOur very own Matt Baiamonte @ the Premier of #TheMartian with his Boyz... Matt Damon, Colin Ohara, Ryan Toal, Johnny Cicco and Shawn Vance. #Mbbc #London #TheMartian 👊

    (Ryan Toal is Matt's chef)

    Leaving Tenerife (also posted by Shawn Vance):

    On the way to London for "The Martian" premier. Spain to London, London back to Spain. #oneday #showtime #redcarpet #jets #mbbc #london #boxing

    Premiere pics:

    Edited at 2015-09-24 06:53 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 24th, 2015 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Matt and crew - one day trip to London

    Video interview with Matt and Jessica Chastain in which he talks about diversity among PGL contestants (and Jessica gives him a hug).


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 25th, 2015 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    USA Today

    Great interview at USA Today, with lots of lovely quotes from Jessica Chastain:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 25th, 2015 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
    Where's Lucy!!!???
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 25th, 2015 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
    Probably at home with the girls

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 25th, 2015 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Martian Premiere

    Some video from an interview on the red carpet.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 25th, 2015 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian premiere

    Here's a recap of some of the "official" red carpet footage.


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