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New directing and writing project
  • A new potential directing project for Matt has been announced at Variety. Matt co-wrote the original project with John Krasinski after Krasinski conceived the idea and developed the script with writer Dave Eggers. Further details are at the Hollywood Reporter and EW, with further reports at the Playlist, The Wrap and Collider. The project may film in the eastern states next spring. A summary of the various reports is below.

    Matt Damon plans to make his feature directorial debut in an untitled, mid-budget drama that he and Krasinski co-wrote and will star in together for Warner Bros. Project will be set up at Krasinski's Sunday Night Productions banner. Chris Moore will produce.

    Pic is not the long-rumored "Father Daughter Time," which many speculated when Damon said in June he was considering a directing project with Krasinski in the cast.

    Instead, project is something Krasinski came up with and developed with author Dave Eggers. Damon would play a salesman who arrives in a small town only to have his whole life called into question.

    Warner Bros. is yet to greenlight the project, and no individual deals are yet in place, though preliminary plans are to shoot the project on the East Coast in the near future.

    Damon and Krasinski would both star in the Warner Bros. film, but no deals have been signed yet and the project is still described as being in the early stages.

    Sources tell Variety that the budget would be around $12 million.

    Damon is also attached to direct Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses, about a criminal on the lam with his daughter, but a source tells EW the project with Krasinski will be his directorial debut.

    So we don’t know much about the project (nary a title), but with this kind of talent attached, I don’t think we need to. Can you even imagine a more amiable on-screen duo than Damon and Krasinski? (Maybe Damon and a chocolate lab puppy. Maybe.)

  • Matt is at #40 on Ask Men's Top 49 Men of 2011 list. Some of the text:

    Matt Damon was one of Barack Obama’s biggest supporters throughout his 2008 presidential campaign, but he has since jumped off the president’s bandwagon, becoming one of his most vocal celebrity critics. Does Damon think he can do a better job than the embattled leader? Michael Moore sure does. The lefty filmmaker has publicly urged the actor to run for office, and based on Damon’s recent caught-on-film criticisms of education in America, the Iraq war and taxes -- all as articulate as anything Obama has said all year -- the Oscar-winning actor might be up to the task. If not, he always has that whole movie star thing to fall back on.

  • A summary of a new German interview is here. It's Stella's first birthday today.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 20th, 2011 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Contagion

    Did anybody else just see Contagion? I thought it was fantastic, and brilliantly made by Soderbergh. It was great to see a drama for adults after months of poor movies.

    Edited at 2011-10-20 11:17 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2011 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Contagion

    I've just seen Contagion and thought it was a very intelligent, high quality movie. I absolutely loved Matt's role in the film and thought he was great!
    Karen
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 21st, 2011 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Contagion

    At my screening I had a trailer for Zoo and a brief interview with Matt and Andrew Gunsberg as part of the Hoyts time-waster before the film.

    Matt was also interviewed on the 7pm Project tonight (Friday) by Gunsberg - will probably be online later.
    http://7pmproject.com.au/home.htm
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 20th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Photos and GQ interview

    Photos of Matt and Kent at Central Park Zoo - other members of the family were there but I can't find other photos yet:

    http://celebrity-gossip.net/matt-damon/matt-damon-visits-zoo-readies-directorial-debut-554477

    Carving out some time with the family, Matt Damon visited New York City's Central Park Zoo with his loved ones earlier today (October 20).

    Enjoying the day with his father, wife and sister-in-law, the "Contagion" actor also took a few moments for an interview set to be featured in an upcoming issue of GQ magazine.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 20th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Interview

    Matt talks about the directing project and working with John in this interview (strange timing) - he says Emily's not in the movie and that it will be a 'small movie about people':

    http://nine-to-five.whereilive.com.au/lifestyle/story/interview-matt-damon-for-contagion/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 20th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview

    I just posted a link to the above but hasn't posted yet. You can delete. Thanks for updates
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 20th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New interview

    http://nine-to-five.whereilive.com.au/lifestyle/story/interview-matt-damon-for-contagion/

    More interviews coming out from contagion press. Nothing too new but he mentions the movie with John as a small movie
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 20th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New interview

    And I was sad to see that he thinks Adjustment Bureau was a flop and that he doesn't think the public wants to see him and Emily together in a movie again. I thought that would be the one thing he should take away from the movie - team up again in a more cohesive film.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2011 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New interview

    Me too...I actually didn't understand what he was talking about at first, because The Adjustment Bureau did reasonably well financially and the chemistry and talent he and Emily had together was the highlight of it all. Hopefully he was half-joking or being modest, which is typical of him :) Maybe he'll direct her someday, like he mentioned doing on the Piers Morgan interview, that could be good too...

    I can't wait for 'Zoo'...I love Matt's tender 'wool sweater' films :) And I feel like its been forever since I saw him in something even though I just saw Contagion last month.

    Grace
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 20th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Is Zoo in trouble?

    http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/10/20/will-the-exotic-animal-slaughter-in-ohio-hurt-the-movie-we-bought-a-zoo/?mod=google_news_blog

    Hollywood-Elsewhere says no, WSJ says yes (but thinks it will get lost in the Christmas movie glut anyway).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2011 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    German Interview

    I'm sorry, I don't speak any german and the translation made by the computer is horrible. Did Matt said that his apartment was flooded? :S
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2011 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: German Interview

    I think he was referring to an incident that happened several years ago in New York when his apartment flooded because of a sprinkler accident and a lot of his belongings were damaged. He said that before he had children he would have been very upset about it, but when he heard the news he was holding his daughter Isabella in their home in Miami and he didn't care about his stuff because everything he cared about was already with him....very sweet!
    Grace
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2011 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: German Interview

    Thanks!:D. He's always very sweet.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 21st, 2011 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: German Interview

    Good summary Grace! Matt's also said that Lucy's delivery of Isabella was very difficult and that at one point he prayed to a higher power that if Lucy and the baby were OK, nothing else would matter. So he later called the flooded apartment some form of divine response.
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