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New York Times interview
  • A new profile of Matt is at the New York Times, including:

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    “I think it’s fun to watch people smarter than us solving problems,” [Matt] said.

    Directors insist it’s no act. “The man is smart as a whip,” Mr. Scott said. Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Ultimatum”) described Mr. Damon, a Harvard-educated actor, as “ferociously intelligent.”

    “He was always terrifically good,” Mr. Greengrass said by phone from London, “but he’s the father of children now, he’s lived life more, and you can see it in him and in his acting. There’s a broader humanity to what he does now.”

    Mr. Affleck explained: “Matt is totally willing to look foolish, scared, weak, or to take on any of the very human qualities that we all have but that our vanity makes us want to hide from others. You can see his willingness to do this in almost all of his performances, and ‘The Martian’ is no exception.”

  • An article on The Martian's Oscar chances are at the LA Times.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 30th, 2015 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Feinberg's predictions

    Scott Feinberg, of The Hollywood Reporter, put out his latest predictions for Oscar nominations today, and he lists The Martian as 'likely' to be nominated in eight categories. He's guessing that it is in first place position for Adapted Screenplay and Director, in second position for Best Picture(!) and that Matt is in third for Best Actor. And then several tech noms.

    Just educated guesses, but it's very encouraging that it continues to pick up steam in his opinion while newer releases come and then fade.

    I'm trying not to get too excited about it, as anything can happen, but (as I've been saying for months) there's just something special about The Martian - the book - which has transferred through the film.

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: December 30th, 2015 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Feinberg's predictions

    I think it's chances of adapted screenplay are a complete guarantee. Beyond that I'm not sure at this point. But somewhere I read/heard that unlike much of the other movie fair, the big difference here is that it focuses on positivity and thus audiences are drawn to that and the humor in current world of much bad news and woe. Fingers crossed here!! Nice pic of Matt from December.

    Happy New Year!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 30th, 2015 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Feinberg's predictions

    In a related story, Congress has opened the purse strings a bit and given NASA an extra billion dollars, specifically to begin the planning for a Mars mission.

    Remember the articles written just after the movie came out about how the movie might have "saved" NASA? The Martian is a very, very important film. It shows a real - better - country (and, by implication, world) which is so inticingly reachable that it inspires people to do better themselves.

    That's powerful.

    And a very Happy New Year to you and everyone from me as well! What a nice Matty year this one has been, with interesting travel, a huge hit movie and award prospects. 🎉 ⛩🎭🏆🍟


    From: cindiest Date: January 3rd, 2016 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Re: Feinberg's predictions

    Well said. Agreed.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 30th, 2015 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne 2016

    EW has new first look for 2016 hottest movies:


    Untitled Bourne Film
    The world has changed drastically in the eight years since Matt Damon last appeared as Jason Bourne on the big screen. “There’s been the financial collapse, the great recession, all these issues of cyberwarfare and civil liberties,” says Damon, who agreed to resurrect his superspy for returning director Paul Greengrass. (Neither was involved in the 2012 spin-off starring Jeremy Renner.)
    The tumultuous present serves as the backdrop for this story, in which Bourne resumes his quest for answers about his past. “We find him in a dark and tortured place,” says the actor, who’s also producing. Joining the action are Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) as a cyberspecialist and Tommy Lee Jones as an old-school CIA agent.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 30th, 2015 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Entertainment Weekly: Bourne picture

    Heres a new picture of Matt posing as Jason Bourne, Entertainment Weekly

    Happy New Years to everyone on Matt Damon LiveJournal! It's been a terrific year for our lad Matt, he's been very busy and The Martian has been a box office success AND there's talks about Oscars for thr movie!! GO MATT!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 31st, 2015 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Jasin Boland

    Jasin Boland (stills photographer) just posted this on Instagram with the EW pic:


    jasinbolandJust released image from my last film of the year and my 2nd this year with my buddy #mattdamon we've shot 5 or 6 films together now and they don't come any more solid than the lad. Made some awesome new friends on this like the legendary boxing trainer @matt_baiamonte @BourneMovie
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 31st, 2015 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    NY Times

    Another (better) photo from the NY Times on their instagram page:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 1st, 2016 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Sean Whitesell

    Patrick Whitesell's brother Sean died on 31 December from cancer:

    From: cindiest Date: January 1st, 2016 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)
    Such lovely comments. A very happy post. Happy New Year, all!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 1st, 2016 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
    Happy New Year to everybody! Thanks for all these interessant posts and all the searches of Felicity.
    Wish a beautiful year to Matt and family, as special as this one!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 1st, 2016 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks B, cindiest and all. Happy New Year to all, and bring on all the Matt goodness starting on 2 January with the Palm Springs ceremony!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 1st, 2016 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you Cindy and Felicity! Happy New Year Damonites! What a very satisfying fan year Matt has provided us with! 🍾🏅🎉
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 1st, 2016 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Happy New Year to everyone here! Thank you all for a wonderful 2015, especially Felicity! Wish everyone a great 2016 and many Matt goodness!

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 1st, 2016 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Happy New Year fellow Damonites!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 2nd, 2016 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
    Happy New Year to you too my fellow Damonite!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 2nd, 2016 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    Jaunty Yates, costume designer for The Martian mentions Matt in this video interview. About 10:40.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 2nd, 2016 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Palm Springs event

    Matt is at the Palm Springs event in holiday mode:


    Current event - talking with Matt and Ridley about The Martian:

    I like the Dale Chihuly award all recipients will receive:

    Edited at 2016-01-03 12:10 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 3rd, 2016 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Palm Springs event

    Jenelle Riley‏@jenelleriley
    Asked Matt Damon about acting opposite himself in MARTIAN. He said it was easy because "I'm a huge narcissist." @PSFilmFest
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 3rd, 2016 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Red carpet

    Matt and Ridley on the red carpet (no sign of Lucy):


    Edited at 2016-01-03 03:20 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2016 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)


    There are several brief snippets of the screening chat with Matt and Ridley up on Instagram/iconosquare. Not sure if this link will work.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 3rd, 2016 04:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: PSIFF

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 3rd, 2016 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Acceptance quotes

    USA TODAY Life‏@usatodaylife
    Ridley Scott's description of Matt Damon: "not dull, very funny, loves red wine and better still, loves vodka martinis" #PSgala

    Shali ‏@shaldore
    Ridley Scott says when you have lot of fun good films don't emerge. But this time it did because of Matt Damon's professionalism. #psiff16

    Shali ‏@shaldore
    Matt Damon says I'm the last guy you're almost out of here. #PSIFFGala

    Alison ‏@abrower
    Matt Damon hopes this is Ridleys yr for Oscar "I don't know if you're supposed to say that" #psiff16

    Jacob Bernstein ‏@BernsteinJaco
    "Awards?" says Matt Damon. "Who gives a shit? Except this one." Then he announced this ought to be Ridley Scott's year.

    Tim Gray@timgray
    #psfilmfest Matt Damon says there are only a handful of master directors on the planet & Ridley Scott is one of them.

    Sara ‏@eserei27
    Matt Damon just called Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender two of his favorite actors. Matt Damon knows what's up.

    Shali ‏@shaldore
    You love all the movies you do, but when one strikes a chord it's great: Matt Damon #PSIFFGala
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 3rd, 2016 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Acceptance quotes

    The USA Today quote from Ridley is almost the exact same thing he said when I saw Ridley at AFI Fest.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 3rd, 2016 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Acceptance quotes

    There was virtually nothing to say about this movie, or the cast, after the first interview. And it's a long awards season.
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