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  • New interviews with Matt are at Deadline (photos by Gabriel Goldberg below) and Variety, including:

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    This is just a random aside, but I read that you wrote that script like a few streets away from me in Eagle Rock, which is sort of inspiring!
    Oh really? Yeah. We called it the castle. It was this place, sh-t, if you went down Colorado and went up the hill...

    I think it was on Hill Street.
    Yeah! We were there because Ben was at Occi[dental College], and so we lived in a bunch of sh-tty apartments in Eagle Rock, but the castle was the nicest place that we lived in because I had done “Geronimo” and Ben, I think he had just done “Dazed and Confused.” So we had enough money to get a nice place and Casey [Affleck] had just graduated high school and he came out and lived with us.

    Yeah, anybody can write something. I remember Tom Hanks saying to me in “Saving Private Ryan” — he said it to all of us. We were sitting in a foxhole waiting for a shot, or they were lighting or something, and he was talking about this business and he said, “You’re always one movie away from being the biggest movie star in the world.” He goes, “Your mailman is one movie away from being the biggest…” And if you think about it, he hung in there for so long and then suddenly just exploded. But it’s like that one movie, you’re one away.

    Indeed. And speaking earlier of “Bourne,” how’s that coming along?
    We’re, like, probably about halfway through. We started in September but they’re going dark for most of December and cutting basically the first two acts. And then we have the third act and then whatever we owe from the first two acts.

    There’s certainly been a lot that’s happened in the world to work with. Where are you shooting?
    We were in Tenerife, which is supposed to be Athens. It would be like a nighttime riot scene to kind of start the movie. And then England, Berlin a little bit for about a week, and a little bit in D.C. Then we’re going to Vegas for the third act.

    Oh wow. That’s going to be fun.
    Big car chase on the strip.

    Well good luck with it.
    Thanks. I’ll try not to f— it up!

  • From an interview with Alicia Vikander:

    "I'm a big 'Bourne' fan, I've seen the films several times," Vikander said. "I found myself on the set the other day, and someone had a line say, 'Oh, Jesus Christ, that's Jason Bourne!' And I was like, 'Oh, my God!' I couldn't really believe it. I felt like I was a fan on set."
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 20th, 2015 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I'm trying to work out where Matt and family may be for Christmas (or a pre-Christmas break) through clues on Tom Papa's instagram.

    Tom posted a pic yesterday of Matt Baiamonte blowing up balloons in a house. Tom then posted a pic on a ski slope. This odd matching of Matt's friends probably means Matt is somewhere in snow territory following the sighting at the airport over the weekend.

    (A random person posted on twitter that Matt was staying at her hotel, but I've got no clues as to where it is.)

    Another pic from the resort:

    ETA: Tom has now posted from an airplane, so he's out of snow country.

    Update - it was Ski Apache in New Mexico. Not sure if he is still there.

    Edited at 2015-12-22 09:45 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 23rd, 2015 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Location?

    Also there at the snow - Shaun Vance (who posted a pic today with the location of 'Yellowstone Club') and Matt's chef Ryan Toal.

    And maybe not surprisingly, the Yellowstone Club in Montana is where Ben and Jen are supposedly going for their vacation (according to Us magazine). Was probably Montana then, where I think Matt and family went last year.

    Edited at 2015-12-25 07:00 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 21st, 2015 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)


    New behind the scenes video, probably from the DVD:


    ETA: more details of the DVD extras:

    Edited at 2015-12-22 11:51 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 21st, 2015 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2015 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    The Martian wins the inaugural Sloan Science in Cinema prize (with video)

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 22nd, 2015 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)


    Another great creative post by NODJ on Tumblr - Matt movie props:

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: December 23rd, 2015 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Tumblr

    These are so funny! Wish we knew who NODJ
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 23rd, 2015 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Drew Goddard - The Martian

    Nice audio discussion with Drew Goddard about The Martian and his impressions of awards season.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 23rd, 2015 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Downsizing pre-prod

    Vietnamese actress seems to be casted for Downsizing


    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 23rd, 2015 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Wrap slams Matt

    Ah, it must be Oscar season. The Wrap just put out this nasty article - apparently mostl to encourage people to slam Matt. Infuriating!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 23rd, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Wrap slams Matt


    Well stated in the comments section...

    Edited at 2015-12-23 09:42 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 24th, 2015 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: The Wrap slams Matt

    Why, thanks! ;-)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 25th, 2015 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Boston Globe

    A nice line in the Boston Globe critic's top 10 list:

    7 | The Martian 

    An epic ensemble entertainment that uses the solar system as a backdrop and Earth and Mars as main stages. The movie reminds us why we enjoy the company of Matt Damon — he seems like a mensch with above-average smarts and zero entitlement — but the greatest pleasure comes from the way director Ridley Scott organizes groups of people, bringing dozens of countervailing personalities to the solving of one rather large problem. Donald Glover in the conference room, Kristen Wiig the only person not getting the Tolkien reference, Jeff Daniels’s bureaucratic weariness — half of my favorite movie memories from 2015 are from this one film.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 25th, 2015 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

    I hope you all have a safe and beautiful Christmas!
    Love, Hanna !
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 25th, 2015 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Thank you Hanna! Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 25th, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Wishes

    Thanks, Hanna and Paula!

    Wish everyone here a very Merry Christmas 🎄🎄🎁🎁and Happy New Year!🎉🎉🎉

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 26th, 2015 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Andy Weir - more about Mars

    For the science nerds amongst us (like me:) here's another really interesting conversation with Andy Weir about getting to Mars. The first third we have heard before, while the last two thirds has more original content.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 27th, 2015 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I just saw this today and was amused. Maybe it'll amuse you, too.


    There's also a link to the fake sex scene story in GWH's original script.

    Happy Holidays!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 28th, 2015 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Amusing

    Not amused. This was done to death about two months ago and is now a wannabe legit story in so many places. Enough already with a lack of originality and paucity of holiday news desperation.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 28th, 2015 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Amusing

    Sorry, Felicity. Please delete.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 29th, 2015 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Amusing

    It's fine, just recycled.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 28th, 2015 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Video of Bourne shoot

    Fan or pap video of Matt, Vikander, and the crew as they shot in DC. Towards the end Matt takes pics with fans and signs for paps.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 28th, 2015 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Great Wall

    Well, this is odd. What looks to be a mashup of set photos, early film footage, press conference photos, and a brief clip from some other movie (assuming time travel is not involved).

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 29th, 2015 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt seems to still be on holidays with family and friends in Montana.

    Edited at 2015-12-29 11:55 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 29th, 2015 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian awards prospects

    Nice article from the LA Times about The Martian just before awards ballots go out (Wednesday).


    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 29th, 2015 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Palm Spring International Film Festival

    A screening of the Martian is added to the film festival followed by a Q&A with Matt and Ridley on Jan 2.


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