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  • More interviews to promote Promised Land are at the New York Times and the Boston Globe.



    New York Times
    Uncharacteristically “Promised Land” will be the only film that Mr. Damon appears in this year. And that, he said, is a point of pride. “It’s a different feeling to work this in depth with a movie. Usually we show up, and we’re the mercenaries.”

    His longtime friend Ben Affleck noted that it was neither easy nor politically simple for an actor of Mr. Damon’s stature to take a year off to work on his own project. “His career is full of the most extraordinary opportunities that an actor could ever dream of. So naturally the instinct isn’t to just turn away from that and say, ‘Let me sit at home staring at a blank page for six months.’"

    On “Promised Land” Mr. Damon and Mr. Krasinski did everything from recruiting the cast, which also includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook and Frances McDormand, to scouting locations. That involvement provided “a much richer and deeper feeling of ownership,” Mr. Damon said.

    Boston Globe
    Damon, stocky in rumpled jeans and a plaid shirt, beams when the subject of his wife, Lucy, and their four daughters comes up. When Krasinski says, “He’s got the best girls in the world,” Damon doesn’t feign modesty.

    “It is high praise,” Damon said. “It’s also true.”

    There are however, lots of movies. Damon has three in the can, including “Behind the Candelabra,” in which he plays the gay lover of Michael Douglas’s Liberace, complete with kissing and nudity. Next up, he said, is “The Monuments Men,” a thriller about retrieving stolen art from Nazi Germany that his pal George Clooney is directing and starring in, along with Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett.

    Once that’s done, would they write together again? “If he’d have me,” Damon said, smirking only slightly. Said Krasinski, with no smirk at all, “I was going to say the same thing... It seems like an almost sure-fire bet to have a good time again.”

  • Aaron Sorkin supported the film at EW:

    Aaron Sorkin, who had an adapted screenplay nomination last year for co-writing Moneyball and won in the category for The Social Network, wrote us on behalf of Promised Land, a drama about a rural town that is considering selling its natural gas rights, though there may be an unseen risk to the reward.

    Sorkin: Somewhere along the line, someone in the next few weeks is going to tell you that Promised Land, a perfect film from Matt Damon, John Krasinski and Gus Van Sant, is about fracking. They won’t be entirely wrong, but Promised Land is only about fracking if Jaws is about fishing.

    Yes, you’ll know more about how we drill for natural gas than you did before you went into the theater but no one should stay away out of fear the movie is going to ask you to eat your vegetables.

    In fact, Promised Land, which was just named one of the 10 best films of the year by the National Board of Review, is so deft in its storytelling that it also manages to dramatize one of the more compelling ANTI-environmental messages you’re likely to see.

    Forget you just read the words “environment” and “message” — you’ll be completely taken in by the con game, the humor, the stakes, the absence of easy answers and the typically detailed, subtle and charismatic performances of Damon, Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Hal Holbrook.

    So when someone tells you Promised Land is about fracking, pretend they said whatever your favorite film genre is and trust that the director of Good Will Hunting, To Die For, and Milk is never, for a frame, going to stop telling you a good story so he can slip you some spinach.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 23rd, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Sighting

    Matt and Lucy in NY on Thursday (probably before leaving for Miami on Friday):

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20659522,00.html

    New York City hotspot The Box was the place to be on Thursday night.

    Matt Damon and wife Luciana, Jay-Z, Zac Efron and basketball player Baron Davis were all on hand for a performance from in-house entertainers the Hammerstein Beauties.

    While Promised Land star Damon and his wife were "very lovey dovey," Efron spent his evening with a group of friends, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 24th, 2012 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Video interviews

    Coming Soon interviews with Matt and John:

    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=98049

    * How he and John Krasinski ended up writing together
    * How he'd been asked a lot about his writing over the years since "Good Will Hunting"
    * The grey area to his character Steve Butler
    * Pulling together the cast for the movie
    * Reuniting with Terry Gilliam for "The Zero Theorem"
    * Whether he might want to eventually direct something himself soon
    * An update on how Neil Blomkamp's Elysium has been going since we spoke at Comic-Con and how it's tested well
    * How it has more visual FX then any other movie he's done so far

    And a cast interview at Crave Online:

    http://www.craveonline.com/film/interviews/202121-exclusive-video-matt-damon-and-john-krasinski-on-promised-land#.UNfm24JeZ0E.twitter

    Jo Blo interview:

    http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/interview-promised-land-star-matt-damon

    Edited at 2012-12-24 09:20 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 24th, 2012 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium

    There's an interview with Sharlto, a first picture of his character, and a feature in the new sci-fi issue of Empire:

    http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=36073
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 24th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Merry Christmas

    just wanted to wish you and all your readers a lovely Christmas and New Year and all the best for 2013, thank you for such an incredible sight keeping us up to date with Matt's projects, looking forward to seeing whats in store for 2013
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 26th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Merry Christmas

    You too guys, happy New Year! Christmas sucked, Santa didn't bring Matt Damon to me (again) but I'll get over it and forget about it finally I guess. I still love him though and I always will.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 24th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! :)
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 24th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Michael and Kelly

    Here's an online recap of the Michael and Kelly show.

    http://www.recapo.com/live-with-kelly-ripa/live-with-kelly-interviews/kelly-michael-matt-damon-a-patriots-fan-fired-from-promised-land

    For anyone who saw the show, was the line about Lucy being born in Sicily accurate?

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 24th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Michael and Kelly

    No, Michael strahan clearly said argentinean born. And matt did say no be doesn't mistletoe.

    Is matt in Florida? I thought I saw a sighting in la yesterday and then today a sighting in ny?

    A very merry Christmas to everyone!😄
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 24th, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    tsgpink

    I wanna say, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Matt and his family!) - Trinya
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 25th, 2012 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Season's Greetings

    Merry Christmas Matt and friends! Thank you mattdamoncolumn - Looking forward to Promised Land & Elysium.. 2013 and beyond.

    To that Director's Chair Matt,

    Mel x
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 25th, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    tsgpink

    I'm looking foward to watch Promised Land and Elysium too!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 27th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: tsgpink/:e

    ME THREE CAN'T WAIT I'M SO BORED WITHOUT MATT DAMON IF I DON'T SEE HIM/HIS MOVIES ALL THE TIME HE'S SO GOOD!!!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 26th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Interview

    A new, but familiar, interview with Matt and John at the Daily Beast (I didn't know that John's agent is also Patrick Whitesell):

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/26/matt-damon-and-john-krasinski-talk-about-their-bromance-promised-land-and-more.html

    Edited at 2012-12-26 03:44 am (UTC)
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