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Family photos, more details on new project
  • Matt visited Central Park Zoo with father Kent and other family members on Thursday - photos at People and Gossip Girls.

    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.

  • Matt discussed the untitled project with John Krasinski during the Contagion junket, with the interview released yesterday, including:

    Will you be writing anything in the future?
    Yeah, I’ve been working on something with John Krasinski, and we are hoping to shoot that next year. I mean the writing, I haven’t officially written anything since Good Will Hunting, but that part of me, that creative part of me gets fed really on every movie, because I’m allowed to have so much input and there’s a lot of crossover in the jobs, what it really comes down to is kind of creative problem solving.

    But will you and Krasinski kind of co-direct?
    No, I’m going to direct it. Yeah, I’ve been dying to do it for a long time, but I keep getting these offers from these great directors, so I don’t feel like I’m wasting time, every time I’m with Steven I just learn so much when I’m with him, the chance to stand next to somebody like that, and just henpeck him with questions and watch how he does what he does is just, that just doesn’t come along. So I’ve been lucky, really lucky.

    Can you say what it’s about?
    It’s a small movie, New York has a twelve million dollar tax thing so we want to come in under that and so it will be a very, it’s a very modest small movie about people. How’s that for a description? No, I’m in it, I’m in it too.

    And Emily?
    Is not in it, no. No, after our smashing success with The Adjustment Bureau, we dare not pair ourselves together, for at least, we don’t want to raise expectations too much.

    You’re not bothered in the streets.
    Yeah, I saw Brad (Pitt) last year and I was kind of talking about, yeah my day, after I go pick up the kids at school, we’d walk over to the park and we’d play in the park, and he was just looking at me like, are you kidding me? (laughs) Like, why do you get to do that? And I feel really lucky that I get to do that, because my kids don’t see any of the craziness, and therefore live a normal life and I want that for them.

  • Matt talked about his desire to film in Argentina and his family's reluctance to talk Spanish in New York at Argentinean newspaper Clarin:

  • Details of the event Matt is scheduled to attend on 1 December for the International Senior Lawyers Project are available on their website.
  • 23 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Great to see Kent looking so good - lovely pictures.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 21st, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kent

    The extended family was presumably in NY for Stella's birthday. Not sure if Matt allowed the photos with his father to prevent them taking other photos of his family - only pics with Kent have surfaced so far.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2011 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Is Zoo in trouble?

    "Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson's Zoo Targeted by PETA"


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 22nd, 2011 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Is Zoo in trouble?

    Yeah, but it doesn't mean much (how many people own wild animals?) More concerning is the story I linked yesterday, about people now linking the film to the Ohio incident and questioning whether it should be released in two months.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Is Zoo in trouble?

    I heard about the Ohio incident,but I don't live in the U.S. Could you explain me what happened exactly? Thanks. ●▂●
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Is Zoo in trouble?

    A man in Ohio owned a farm with exotic animals. He ended up releasing the animals and then killing himself. The police killed the animals. Last I heard they were still looking for a monkey I think.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Is Zoo in trouble?

    That's awful.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 23rd, 2011 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Is Zoo in trouble?


    This is the people article on it that goes into detail. Bad timing for matt's movie.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 23rd, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Is Zoo in trouble?

    I can't believe some people are thinking it's bad for the movie - just the opposite.

    What could be better to take away that bad taste about one crazy person's abusive relationship with animals than a TRUE and affirming story about one man's dedication to them?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 23rd, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Is Zoo in trouble?

    Because nobody cares about happy zoos anymore when they can only remember Ohio. I'm guessing they may delay the movie for at least six months.

    Edited at 2011-10-23 11:26 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 24th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Is Zoo in trouble?

    I guess I'm just a glass-half-full kind of person, but I think delaying it would be ridiculous, especially given the fact of American's short attention span these days. In two months they'll be onto something else and grateful to replace bad thoughts with better ones.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 23rd, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Is Zoo in trouble?

    They believe that one of the Bengal tigers ate the monkey. They are no longer looking for him.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 22nd, 2011 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    BBC TV

    A video interview with Matt, Gwyneth and Steven Soderbergh from the Venice Film Festival

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 23rd, 2011 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt and John

    Matt had dinner or drinks tonight with John Krasinski (and possibly Emily Blunt, who's also in NY at the moment). Maybe at The Standard.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 23rd, 2011 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt and John

    Spotted: Matt Damon (sporting a shaved head), John Krasinski (The Office) & his wife Emily Blunt (Devil Wears Prada) outside of La Esquina.
    17 minutes ago via

    I wonder if Lucy really wasn't there or they just don't mention her since she's not a celebrity.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 23rd, 2011 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt and John

    Nobody usually recognises her but I'd guess she would be there.

    And after the Standard various Twitter posts have Matt and John at the 1920BunkerClub and then a karaoke bar.

    tnkgTroy Gordon
    Matt Damon is @BunkerClub right now in MPD

    Edited at 2011-10-23 09:11 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 23rd, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt and John

    Yeah I went to bed after a while so I missed the karaoke bar tweets. Just that one sighting of Emily and then she's not mentioned and of course none of Lucy.( or I wonder if it turned into a man night.). I know from previous sightings of Matt they won't mention Lucy until somebody else posts after the fact and mention his wife.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 24th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    new project


    Have you seen this? Ben to direct and Matt to star in true story of whitey bulger.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 24th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: new project

    Yep - the original story about the new Whitey Bulger projec, and Matt corrects a story about his directing project (it's got nothing to do with poisoning).

    Can't say I'm excited about the Whitey project, which could be called Departed part 2 (the early years). But it sounds like it's a long way off.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 24th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: new project

    Now I'm seeing tweets saying ben will direct himself casey & Matt. Should be interesting. What's funny about this is that when bulger was found over the summer people were joking that Matt will star in the true story.

    Also if you care found a us weekly sighting from June of Matt Lucy John & Emily at 1920 bunker club. So it was probably the 4 of them on sat. night. (even though only John & Matt were mentioned)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 25th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: new project

    The June sighting was actually of Lucy, John and Emily as Matt was in Chicago at the time. But a familiar location.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 25th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: new project

    Oops I read that wrong. Wasn't Lucy in Chicago at one point? No big deal old news anyway.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 25th, 2011 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: new project

    She was in Chicago, but came back early (I think).

    Lucy's not mentioned in the Bunker sighting (but Emily is) - at the NY Post:


    Matt Damon and John Krasinski seemed to be taking a party break from developing their untitled film together on Saturday night at 1920 Bunker Club in the Meatpacking District. Damon was seen dancing to hip-hop and sipping Champagne with Krasinski’s wife, Emily Blunt, and “The Office” star. Damon and Krasinski’s reps announced last week that Damon will make his directorial debut on a Warner Bros. film he’s co-written with Krasinski. The movie follows a salesman who moves to a small town. But don’t worry that Damon’s bro-mance with Ben Affleck might be replaced: Affleck just announced that he’ll direct Damon in an upcoming Whitey Bulger biopic.

    Edited at 2011-10-25 05:02 am (UTC)
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