Matt Damon in The Martian

The Martian represents Sir Ridley Scott‘s grand return to science-fiction and what a return. Unfortunately, the director behind Blade Runner and Alien was not nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. But that’s no matter, as his inspiring, exciting, and funny “comedy” (as the Golden Globes called it) will stand the test of time. Drew Goddard‘s (The Cabin in the Woods) script features some of the best material the director has worked with in years and while the screenwriter did a tremendous job adapting Andy Weir‘s novel, but it wasn’t always easy for the screenwriter.

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The Martian Visual Effects

Out of all the Best Picture nominees, The Martian is probably the most easily accessible for general audiences. It’s fun, dramatic, has a simple story, a great cast and just works. Mad Max: Fury Road is a close second, but it’s definitely far too weird for your grandparents who would probably love The Martian.

Following the Oscar nominations, studios are starting to put out more featurettes to take people behind the scenes of the movie vying for the big prize this year. This time it’s The Martian visual effects taking the spotlight with a reel that shows off just what was real on the film that stranded Matt Damon on Mars, and what wasn’t You might be surprised to see what was practical and what wasn’t. Read More »

The Martian Honest Trailer

One of the favorites of critics and audiences alike in 2015 was The Martian, starring Matt Damon. The movie hits Blu-ray and DVD next week, so there’s no better time for the Honest Trailer to skewer the space survival story that makes us spend even more money to rescue Matt Damon from space (which has happened a little more often than you may remember). So let’s go to a place we can only go in the movies: a world where NASA is suddenly popular and very well-funded. Read More »

Bourne 5 Production

America sure has spent a lot of money trying to save Matt Damon over the years, but thankfully his next role, Jason Bourne, is a more self-reliant sort. He kind of has to be, considering our government (well, the CIA) has burned through a lot of money trying to kill him.

The as-yet-untitled fifth Bourne movie picks up 12 years after we last saw him in The Bourne Ultimatum, which was released in 2007 but set in 2004. (That puts Bourne 5 in 2016, if you’re trying to do the math in your head.) So what’s he been up to all this time? Damon drops a few more details, and serves up the first official Bourne 5 image to go with them.  Read More »

Matt Damon in The Martian

Over the last two decades, Hollywood has saved Matt Damon from a variety of precarious situations, from an exhaustive European search during World War II (Saving Private Ryan) to his most recent rescue mission from Mars (The Martian). How much money did it cost to save Matt Damon’s characters in movies? Find out after the jump.

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Bourne 5 Production

Right now Matt Damon is on a break from shooting Bourne 5, which has reunited the actor with director Paul Greengrass after they both stepped away from the franchise after The Bourne Ultimatum. Originally, Jeremy Renner was going to inherit the mantle with his spin-off franchise The Bourne Legacy, but a follow-up to that film has been put on hold in favor of this new flick.

Now an update from Damon lets us know that the film is halfway through production with some big things still left to be shot. And while there’s plenty of international locations again, something big will be happening in the United States again this time as well. Hit the jump to find out more. Read More »

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George Clooney is a magnet – place him in an undisclosed location and watch as talented people of all stripes slowly gather around him and agree to participate in whatever he’s working on at that given moment. The list of great directors who have cast Clooney in their films is staggering, and the list of great actors who have been directed by him is equally so. Even when he makes a bad movie, Clooney emerges from the mess smelling like a couple million bucks.

The latest news from Camp Clooney is that his latest directorial effort, the mysteriously titled Suburbicon, has started casting. In typical Clooney fashion, a handful of terrific actors have already felt the gentle tug of his magnetic forces and have already gathered, ready to do his bidding. Hit the jump for more on the Suburbicon cast.

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The Martian Golden Globes

The nominations for the 73rd Golden Globes won’t be announced until December 10th, but the classification for certain movies, clarifying whether they’re competing in the drama or musical/comedy category, is already creating some controversy.

20th Century Fox submitted The Martian as a comedy, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has now confirmed it’s been accepted for the consideration in the comedy categories for the awards. If you need any more proof that the Golden Globes are irrelevant, this is it. Read More »

Science vs Cinema

We all know that most of what we see in motion pictures isn’t the absolute truth. Even in grounded biopics and films inspired by true stories, there are plenty of liberties taken with stories to create drama and tension, or even just to speed up the story to fit in the timeframe of a motion picture.

But in the case of sci-fi blockbusters, there are also always liberties taken with science. And while Mythbusters tackles some of the more fun side of the wild and and crazy science of motion pictures and television, a new show called Science vs Cinema aims to dive even further in depth to determine the accuracy of science in the movies. Their first subject? It’s Ridley Scott‘s hit survival drama The Martian. Read More »