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John Krasinski update on new project, photos
  • John Krasinski discussed his writing project with Matt at Collider:

    Question: John, can you talk about the project that you were working on with Matt Damon, that he was going to direct but now Gus Van Sant is going to direct?
    John Krasinski: As far as my brain has been able to process it, it’s a pretty incredibly exciting thing. I had this idea for a script, and worked on it a little bit with Dave Eggers, who came up with the story and actually wrote a first draft of a script with me. And then, I brought it to Matt, who wanted to direct, immediately. The script fell apart because of an issue that was happening, at the time, that wasn’t going to be a strong enough issue later on, so we had to re-write the script. He’s been an incredible friend and collaborator on the whole thing.

    But then, just before Christmas, he realized that [it wasn’t going to work out]. It’s very similar to doing three or four movies over five years, and then having them all come out in the same year. Everyone believes that you shot them all last year. It’s the same thing with booking movies, I would assume. I’ve never been that in demand. But with Matt Damon, a lot of things that he had agreed to, all of a sudden, everybody was calling him and saying, “The only time we can do it is here.” And, he looked at his schedule and there was just no way to do everything. He’s a very, very talented guy, and an incredibly smart guy. He takes it really seriously, and he didn’t want his first opportunity to direct to be hindered, in any way, shape or form.

    So, it really was purely scheduling. He’s doing Liberace (with Michael Douglas) in June. He would have had to shoot our movie, go shoot another movie, and then come back and edit, and that’s just not the way you want to do your first movie. And so, I was incredibly bummed, to say the least. It was a very hard night. He called me around 7:30. And then, I remember at 1:30 the next day, he called again and was like, “So, Gus Van Sant is doing our movie?,” and I flipped out.

    I think Gus is one of the most talented directors there is, or ever has been. He’s an incredible storyteller, and for our movie, in particular, he’s going to be unbelievable. So, I’m thrilled. I’m really, really thrilled. It’s my first original script. I adapted a screenplay, which is very, very different because that was all David Foster Wallace. But, this is my first script, so to have this experience, I should just call it quits after this.

    How soon will that go?
    Krasinski: It’s going to go in April. It’s pretty exciting.

  • From an interview with Steven Soderberg at Coming Soon:

    CS: You've also worked a lot with Matt Damon, who writes, and George who both writes and directs, so is that something preferable in an actor you're collaborating with?
    Soderbergh: No, it's a huge benefit. I mean, Scott would be the first to tell you. In a couple of cases in "Contagion" we'd have a scene that he and Matt and I would sort of re-tool on the set based on what we were thinking that day. To have someone like Matt who's not looking at it from the point of view of, "I'm the movie star," but who's someone who has written and is very sort of savvy about how movies work and how narrative works. It's great to have that person in the conversation to be able to talk about the movie on a macro level and not just the thing that we're doing right now. That's just a huge plus for a filmmaker. I mean, he's very bright.

    CS: I've talked to a lot of filmmakers who've worked with him now, who will vouch for Matt's contributions as a collaborator.
    Soderbergh: Yeah, he understands that stuff. It's something he thinks about a lot, and his instincts are good. My opinion is if you can get him, you should get him.

  • More photos of Matt and Lucy on holiday in the Caribbean with Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky are at PopSugar, Celebuzz, X17 Online, Celebrity Gossip and the Daily Mail.

  • 12 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 21st, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Lovely pics

    So happy -- thank you for posting this pics!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 21st, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lovely pics

    They look so happy, a lovely couple
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 21st, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)


    It appears that Matt and Chris are in London at the Mayfair now. Never heard anything about them being friends before. Has anybody else?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 21st, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London?

    I suppose we'll find out soon enough if that twitter report is accurate. But, it is kind of odd that the first time we see them hanging out together is on vacation. Normally people only vacation with good friends. Maybe a mutual friend organized the party for a celebration of some sort.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 21st, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London?

    Someone who works for Warner Bros in London recently mentioned on Twitter that Matt would be touring the studio shortly (the studio is currently being built and due in 2012). Or the visit could just be tied into press for Zoo and Matt could be visiting Dartmoor.

    There were three Twitter references at the Mayfair (which is Matt's favorite hotel in London), so that's accurate. Matt and Chris were then off to a party of some kind, which appears to be a birthday party for a celeb at a pub in London.

    From the photos it looks like the main friendship in this new grouping is Elsa and Lucy. Matt and Chris don't share an agent, management agency or publicist.

    Edited at 2012-01-21 10:14 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 22nd, 2012 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London?

    He's at lisa snowden's bday party. Isn't that clooney's ex? I think when they were still together and they were doing one of the oceans movies she mentioned spending a lot of time with Lucy & Alexia. I guess the friendship is still there.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 22nd, 2012 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London?

    Yep. She's one of George's exes and mentioned previously visiting Miami to see Matt and Lucy. I think she was George's girlfriend at the time of Ocean's 12, and she came to one of the Bourne premieres in LA. It seems Matt was quite a random appearance (with Chris Hemsworth) at the party, and everyone was quite taken with him, including the bar staff whom he tipped well.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 22nd, 2012 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: London?

    I really only saw one reference of Chris at the party and he was referred to as the lead star of Thor. Matt definitely more popular. I'm assuming Lucy and Elsa was there. One twitter post mentioned doing someones makeup in a hotel room and Matt walking in. Maybe Lucy and Elsa? Lucy never gets mentioned but she probably likes it better that way.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 22nd, 2012 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Lisa Snowdon

    First photos are at Rex - Matt, Lucy and Lisa. Friend Michelle Merkin was also at the party.

    Some of Lisa's old quotes about Lucy.

    31 January 2005
    Question: Who did you hang out with?
    Lisa: I spent a lot of time exploring the city on my own - it's a great place to do that. I also hung out a lot with Matt Damon's girlfriend, Luciana, who was there with her little girl, [name removed]. She was a very cute five-year-old and gave us a great excuse to stop off for ice creams!

    30 August 2007
    Q: Do you still speak to George?
    Lisa: Yeah, I occasionally do. It's not a weekly thing – he is my ex, after all! If he's in town, then I might hook up with him. I've also kept in touch with Jennifer and Matt Damon's wife Luciana, who's lovely.

    Edited at 2012-01-22 06:19 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 22nd, 2012 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lisa Snowdon

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 22nd, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lisa Snowdon

    For some reason Rex features took pics down. Don't see them anymore. They look like they had fun. The definitely were not expected so I wonder if it was a spur of the moment decision to go.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 22nd, 2012 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    More vacation pics

    Next version of the slide - going down with boogie boards:

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