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Casting, field trip
  • Photos of Matt and Lucy at the Freeing Voices, Changing Lives Gala benefiting The American Institute for Stuttering are at premiere.fr and Just Jared. A report on the event is at The Daily Beast. The group photo from Marketwire is of Matt, Lucy, honoree Arthur Blank, Stephanie Blank, Emily, John and guest Sam Waterston.

  • Matt told New York Magazine that John Krasinski has been cast in his first directing project.

    It's about time for Matt Damon to give Ben Affleck a run for his money as a writer-director, and he knows it. "I am coming closer to a directorial thing, yes," Damon told Vulture last night at the American Institute for Stuttering 5th Annual Benefit Gala. "I've got a few things that I really want to direct, and one I'm actually going to start at the first quarter of next year."

    The go project is believed to be Father Daughter Time, a hot spec Warner Bros. picked up last month where Damon would play a criminal on the lam with his daughter, and though Damon wasn't telling, he did offer that "John Krasinski's in it." We wondered if he was joking, since Krasinski also happened to be on the red carpet with wife Emily Blunt, who'd co-starred with Damon in The Adjustment Bureau. But no, "I'm being dead serious!" Damon insisted.

  • On Wednesday Matt and John Krasinski took a flight to Messina, in northern New York State, and then did a road trip around various towns including Malone and Churubusco, possibly to look at wind farms (they met with a vocal wind-farm opponent). A report is at the Press Republican, and a few photos are at the Facebook page of Dick's Country Store and Music Oasis.

  • Is a Rounders sequel the project Matt is filming in NY later this year? More on the film from the NY Post:

    Matt Damon was spotted meeting with Harvey Weinstein and "Ocean's 13" screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien at Cipriani Downtown, to start a script on their poker movie, "Rounders 2." Edward Norton will join the sequel, sources say. In "Rounders," Damon played a law student dragged back into gambling by an ex-con pal. The 1998 movie was a box-office dud but became a DVD hit. Meanwhile, Damon's rep said after repeated calls about his postponed Anthony Weiner fund-raiser, "He's traveling, and I can't reach him."
  • 10 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Wonderful news.

    I'm glad that Matt has chosen John Krasinski for his project(love him)
    I am also happy with the Rounders sequel.I wish they could meet the entire cast of the first movie.Besides Matt & Edward, would be amazing if John Malcovich and John Turturro were in the movie too.
    Matt and Lucy look very handsome together.And with Sam Waterston! I didn't see him anymore since the Law & Order.
    I like their friendship with Emily and John.Seems sincere.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 12th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Wonderful news.

    It is genuine. They spend so much time with Emily and John when they're in the same city and it's a lovely gesture of Matt and Lucy to attend Emily's benefit. And Matt made the comment about John appearing in his film at the event which brought more attention.

    I was expecting it would be Emily who would be in Matt's film, not John. And I think the odds on Matt appearing in one of John's baseball rivalry ads with Alec Baldwin are now pretty short.

    Edited at 2011-06-12 02:27 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    upcoming movies

    John Krasinski? Hmmmm.... Not so sure about that one. I thought "Father Daughter Time" was described as dark - can't really see John Krasinski as "dark", but I suppose we don't even know for sure that's the movie Matt's planning yet. I can't see how wind turbines would fit into that movie. Maybe he's doing a comedy?

    And wow, Rounders 2 is really happening. Will make poker guys happy.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 12th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: upcoming movies

    The media have interpreted that John's the lead of the movie, but that may not be accurte. I don't think the script is very dark but it probably has a range of tones.

    Unsure about the wind turbines but there was also talk from the trip that it was for a documentary and may have nothing to do with the film.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 13th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: upcoming movies

    I think you may be right on both counts.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 10th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    More photos

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 12th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Rounders 2

    Rounders: a unique, trendsetting movie that had great chemistry between Norton and Damon. It was a real pleasure to watch and it would be interesting to see a sequel.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 12th, 2011 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)


    It was Isabella's fifth birthday today and she had a party with friends at a venue in NY.

    More photos from Dick's Country Store and a description of the visit from Matt and John is at their Facebook page:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 2nd, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    I repost it on G+

    Thank you. I repost it on Google Plus
    James Peters, CA
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