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Matt Damon will next be seen in the Ridley Scott film The Martian, and HipHollywood got to see a 40 minute clip of the film, and attend a Q&A session with  the actor, along with Scott, NASA Astronaut Drew Feustel, Author Andy Weir, and Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters Jim Green. So what did Damon think about suiting up to play NASA astronaut Mark Watney?

“A lot of people including myself really responded to the character in the book,” Damon told a crowd of journalists at JPL Tuesday morning. “I think the humor and the way mere mortals are always captivated by the way people can do this and have some sense of calm. I think that was what was really attractive to me, how he kept his sense of humor while at the same time kept this logical, practical, solve one problem then go on to the next type of thinking, it’s incredible.”

In the film, Watney is stranded on Mars after colleagues abandon him thinking he’s died  in a storm. Watney, the self-proclaimed best botanist on Mars, must stretch two months’ worth of supplies into enough for four years, when a new crew is due to arrive. With no way to contact NASA or his crew, he makes a GoPro camera his companion.

Check out the trailer hereThe Martian, which also stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover  hits theaters October 2.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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