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Directing debut postponed
  • Matt has postponed his directing debut and will no longer direct the project he co-wrote with John Krasinski that had the working title of Gold Mist. The Hollywood Reporter and The Playlist are reporting that 'scheduling issues' are to blame, and that Matt did not have sufficient time to prep the project before a proposed shooting date in March. Update: The Playlist is now reporting that Matt dropped out due to scheduling and unknown personal issues and that Gus Van Sant could step in to direct.

    We've been hearing this for the past couple of weeks and wanted to see how it developed, but Vulture now reports that Damon will step down from directing duties on the untitled project, but will still star in the movie. In the works for a while now, the film is based on an idea by writer Dave Eggers ("A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius," "Away We Go") but was penned by Damon and "The Office" star John Krasinski, who are both lined up to star alongside Frances McDormand. Plot details have been slim, but the story is said to be about a salesman who arrives in a small town, and finds his life turned upside down.

    Sources now confirm to THR that Damon has dropped out as director due to what are being called "scheduling issues." It's unclear how this move, first reported by Vulture, will impact the project. The THR source says Damon is still on track to act in the movie but declines to provide specifics.

    Update from The Playlist
    Why bail out? Yesterday Vulture reported that Damon was stepping down because of "script issues," but why would the actor talk up a movie he was imminently going to make – that he co-wrote no less – and then suddenly decided the script wasn’t where it needed to be? Sources have been telling us Damon felt squeezed for prep time. Some of it has to do with the extended shooting schedule for Neill Blomkamp's “Elysium” that is eating up space on his calendar, and apparently, there are also some unknown personal issues cutting into his time as well.

    Knowing that he couldn't commit to direct, Damon has been trying to find a director who could step in for him, and keep the project moving.

  • Matt and his mother Nancy Carlsson-Paige have declined an award nomination from the National Education Association - details are at the Huffington Post.

  • Matt's former acting and theater teacher at Harvard, David Wheeler, has died. Reports are at the Boston Globe - original report and a tribute.

    At Harvard University, Wheeler’s students included Matt Damon, who took his Introduction to Theater Arts class, as well as a directing class.

    Mr. Wheeler taught theater at several area universities, including Harvard University; one of his students there was Matt Damon, who credited Mr. Wheeler with helping him improve as an actor. It was in Mr. Wheeler’s acting class that Damon and Ben Affleck performed some scenes from a script they were working on; it would eventually become “Good Will Hunting."

  • Matt is currently in Haiti for 'charitable activities and to support the country', according to a post by Historique holding.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 6th, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    "It was in Mr. Wheeler’s acting class that Damon and Ben Affleck performed some scenes from a script they were working on..." I thought Ben was in California by that time. And also, Ben didn't attend Harvard, so..How does that work?

    And about his directing debut postponed, maybe Matt needs more time to make a project which he could name his own
    I think that after a year with 5 movies in the theaters a sabbatical may be good for him. And he still got the Liberace project
    Syl.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 6th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Ben was allowed in the class as a guest to be an actor in the play. Don't know the timing issues.

    The Liberace project is only a short term supporting role in July. Matt's never taken six months off before without getting involved in various projects - something will come up.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 6th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Haiti visit

    I thought Matt was on a trip somewhere - he is reported to be in Haiti.

    iamfree1804Kassandra Elizee
    Matt Damon is at Karibe Covention Center... The hollywood actor has been actively involved in humanitarian work to rebuild Haiti.

    Here's a report on the trip (Matt's with Gary White) and a photograph with the Haitian Prime Minister Gary Conille:

    http://www.informador.com.mx/entretenimiento/2012/349390/6/matt-damon-viaja-a-haiti-para-revisar-proyecto-de-agua-potable.htm

    http://www.defend.ht/entertainment/articles/celebrity/2396-haiti-actor-matt-damon-lands-in-port-au-prince

    Edited at 2012-01-07 11:35 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 6th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Playlist update

    Playlist is reporting that Matt dropped out due to scheduling and unknown personal issues. Gus Van Sant may step in to direct.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/Gus-Van-Sant-Could-Step-In-To-Helm-Matt-Damon-Former-Directorial-Debut?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 6th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Playlist update

    I hope that Matt is able to keep the project going - he obviously believes in it. Van Sant is a great director.

    And, of course, given the latest playlist report, the next question inevitably becomes, what are the "personal issues"? That invites speculation, so I'll bet be more clarification will be coming at some point.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 6th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Playlist update

    Or not. Deadline is now reporting that Gus Van Sant has committed to direct the Capra-esque film.

    http://www.deadline.com/2012/01/gus-van-sant-replacing-matt-damon-as-director-of-capraesque-drama/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 7th, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Playlist update

    "Playlist is reporting that Matt dropped out due to scheduling and unknown personal issues..."

    I hope it's nothing serious.

    Syl.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 7th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Playlist update

    I hope so too, my first thought was his Dad, hope all is well
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 7th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Pic of Matt in Haiti

    http://www.defend.ht/entertainment/articles/celebrity/2396-haiti-actor-matt-damon-lands-in-port-au-prince

    Paula
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