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Promised Land, GQ Germany
  • The script written by Matt and John Krasinski is now titled Promised Land, with shooting planned to commence in April. The film has been by Focus Features and Participant Media, via the Deadline report.

    When Damon was directing, the film had been set up at Warner Bros through the production shingle that Damon has there with Ben Affleck. It’s a $15 million budget, and it seems better placed at Focus and Participant, which are teaming up for the first time.

    Krasinski had the idea for a film that had resonance in the current climate of economic hardship caused by corporate greed. Krasinski paid Eggers out of his own pocket to write the first draft, then showed it to Damon and Moore while the latter were making The Adjustment Bureau, which starred Damon and Krasinski’s wife, Emily Blunt. Eggers was unavailable to do more work on the script, so Damon and Kraskinski rewrote it together.

  • There's a new interview with Matt in GQ Germany. Some of the interview is online.

    Damon tells GQ his family is a constant in his life: "If you knew my five women at home, you would understand why I'm solid. They're more important than anything else. I have a job where I have to travel a lot. Sometimes I am separated from my family for months. My life, therefore, is to do my job as best as possible and yet spend as much time as possible with the people I love."

    In his free time, the 41-year-old is therefore clear on his priorities: "At a certain age it is not fitting for a man to waste his time drinking beer."

  • An article about Matt and Lupe Fiasco's visit to TEAM Englewood High School in Chicago is at Yes Magazine.

    "If [students] can connect to these historical figures, hopefully they will see themselves as part” of history, Damon said, touching on one of the central goals of Zinn’s work—and of the nonprofit Voices of a People’s History of the United States, which has created a curriculum based on Zinn’s book. The group’s mission is to “bring to light little known voices from U.S. history,” including those of inner-city students of color. As part of this goal, they are rolling out an educator’s toolkit for 1,000 teachers in Chicago, complete with videos, lesson plans, and locally relevant readings.

  • A sighting from Us magazine:

    Matt Damon using different voices as he read to one of his girls at a Barnes & Noble in NYC.
  • 16 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Yet another Bourne ripoff

    Just had an idle thought: Reading the reviews for Safe House (Denzel Washington's latest) I couldn't help but wonder if Universal took parts of the Bourne script that Matt rejected and grafted it onto this copycat project. As the studios are now averaging about 12 Bourne ripoffs a year, Legacy will be Bourne ripoff #49.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 12th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Yet another Bourne ripoff

    And even as a bad rip-off it's expected to make $38 million this weekend.

    Matt's attending a Clinton Foundation event today (Saturday). It was apparently a poker night fundraiser for the Foundation at Tom Colicchio's Riverpark Restaurant. Mario Batali, Ivanka Trump and Jeff Gordon were also there, and the event was said to raise $1.5 million.

    Update: Joseph Reitman's Twitter has a few photos of Matt, Bill Clinton and Annie Duke.


    Edited at 2012-02-12 11:38 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 13th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Yet another Bourne ripoff

    Doesn't seem to be a lot of info on Matt at the poker event. Mainly Jeff Gordon and bill Clinton. Guess it'll go quiet again but he was spotted today in NYC. Hopefully well get a sighting tomorrow of him & Lucy somewhere.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 14th, 2012 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Random notes

    There have been no formal reports on the poker event, and no references on the Foundation's website or Twitter page.

    Lucy may attend the Naeem Khan show at Fashion Week on Tuesday (she attended the Spring show with friends last September and Matt was recently seen at the studio).

    Adjustment Bureau premiered on Valentine's Day last year.

    Edited at 2012-02-14 09:10 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 14th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Fashion Week

    Matt went to the Naeem Khan show with Lucy, and sat next to Padma Lakshmi:



    AP_FashionAP Fashion

    Matt Damon, Padma Lakshmi front row at Naeem Khan. #mbfw #nyfw http://pic.twitter.com/CdUULxzS

    PadmaLakshmiPadma Lakshmi
    Matt Damon trying to pry my secret boston clam chowder recipe out of me! http://yfrog.com/kjkbuyej

    TanyaElmTanya Elm
    Matt Damon and his wife spend Valentine's Day at the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge at @MBFashionWeek #mbfw http://pic.twitter.com/yxnJdbrh

    Edited at 2012-02-14 08:44 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 15th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fashion Week

    You were spot on where they might be today. Loving all the pictures. Michele merkin was there as well.
    I can't help but find it funny he went to a fashion show. I guess he did it for Lucy. They are so cute!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 15th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fashion Week

    Matt and Lucy were seen later at dinner (haven't worked out location yet). The show was early afternoon and the after-party was late that night.

    Where did you find the photos of Michele? I thought she would be there as she also went to the previous show.

    Details of the packed Zoo DVD release:

    Edited at 2012-02-15 02:11 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 15th, 2012 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fashion Week

    In a twitpic that was posted you clearly see Michele sitting next to Matt in the front row. I can't find it now but it was one of the first ones posted. In pics posted after it was a man sitting next to Matt.

    Now in the pic above I'm pretty sure that's Michele behind khans wife even though she's obscured. The man that you see behind them I believe was the man sitting next to Matt. He looks familiar but I don't know who he is. But it appears he was a part of the group.

    I don't think they stayed for the afterparty. One of the articles mentioned they after the show.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 15th, 2012 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fashion Week

    Thanks for the tip.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 15th, 2012 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fashion Week

    Now he's at a party (presumably the after party for the fashion show?). And please disregard my previous comment about them not going to afterparty because they left right after the show. You clearly stated after party was going to be later at night.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 15th, 2012 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fashion Week

    Here are photos from the after-party (love the idea of Matt, Lucy and Padma Lakshmi being friends for a day):


    This gets interesting. I didn't know that Michele Merkin married last year Ted Waitt, the founder of Gateway and now known as one of America's 50 most generous philanthropists through the Waitt Foundation (and a contributor to the Clinton Foundation).

    Edited at 2012-02-15 07:21 am (UTC)
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