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Promised Land, Whitey project
  • Titus Welliver spoke about his role in Promised Land at The Hollywood News.

    Aside from ARGO which is coming up soon, could you tell us what we can expect to see you in, in the future?

    Welliver: I just finished a film in June with Matt Damon entitled PROMISED LAND. Matt and John Krasinski wrote it together and Gus Van Sant directed it. I co-star with Matt and John and Frances McDormand, Hal Holbrook and it’s a pretty large cast. It has great story because it’s really about the issue we face right now with this hydro-fracking. Within that framework is a story about people and how they navigate the idea of making a lot of money when things aren’t exactly how they seem on the surface.

    It’s about people going through changes and how they perceive things or what the truths the ideals are that they have, how they change as things unfold. That was an incredible experience. Gus obviously, I have to say what an amazingly talented director he is. Matt, John and Frances, the experience of working with those actors was a great experience. Also it’s a departure from me and Matt and not having to put anybody in handcuffs or sort anybody out and that was nice, it was a nice departure. 90 percent of my scenes are with Frances McDormand, who goes without saying is a talented actor to work with.

    I learned a great deal working with her, Matt and under the guidance of Gus who is just a wonderful director and human being. Just a really wonderful experience.

  • Ben spoke about the Whitey Bulger project at the Boston Herald.

    Apropos of that, Ben is working with his BFF Matt Damon on an as-yet-untitled Whitey Bulger film. Terence Winter of “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Sopranos” fame is writing the script, Affleck will direct, and Matt will play the Southie crime boss. He hopes to start shooting it in Boston in the next year or two.

    "If there was a movie that me and Matt were meant to do together, this has gotta be the one," he said. "It’s where my heart is, but there’s a lot of stuff, and we’re trying to cull it and we’re probably twice as careful about this one because we know the degree of scrutiny that people are going to have — particularly in Boston."

  • Ben also spoke to the Herald about living close to Matt last summer.

    "We’re closer than we were in Central Square," Affleck said. "We've got the kids back and forth in the yards. The weird thing is, when we imagined hanging out with our kids together, it would be like playing football and baseball. But it’s all these girls playing princess!"
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 13th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne sequel confirmed


    Universal have announced the series will be continuing, but did not indicate which form the series would take.

    Edited at 2012-09-14 03:33 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne sequel confirmed

    "...I think Universal will be happy enough with the money to date and plan to second, and Matt will not be part of it. They need this franchise to work."

    These were your words, eight days ago. You were right.

    I saw a tweet that said that Matt wouldn't be in the sequel.(But it was in portuguese, so I'm not sure if I understood well)

    Was already confirmed that Matt is not coming back?

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne sequel confirmed

    Here is the link of a Belgian article about Boune Legagy (in French: Jason Bourne: l'héritage) which released in France and Belgium this Wednesday 09-12. The article is in french...take your Google-translater!
    Others comments : I heard "It's a "navet" (I think you say a third-rate film)and Hugues Dayez, my favourite radio movies-critic says: it isn't a bad movie, but first, it is very complicated and it wasn't necessary: the history was ended and (as Matt says him-self) all was said.
    I can't say anything about box-office now!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 14th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne sequel confirmed

    There are old quotes from Frank Marshall being posted that Renner will be the star of the sequel, but those comments were said before Legacy was released. We won't know for a while whether Matt will be in the sequel, but it would appear unlikely, particularly if Tony Gilroy is the director.

    I didn't realise that Empire magazine gave Legacy 2 stars out of 5 after promoting on their cover the new film was bigger and better than the previous ones.

    Edited at 2012-09-14 03:30 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 17th, 2012 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Cooking charity event

    A few more details about Tuesday's cooking event:


    Actor Matt Damon is set to show off his culinary skills on Tuesday (18Sep12) when he takes part in a live TV cook-off for charity.

    The Bourne Identity star will swap the film set for the kitchen for the Food Network's Cooking Live!, on which he will serve as Chef Ming Tsai's sous chef to help prepare a six course meal.

    The event will take place at The Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown New York to raise funds for the Family Reach Foundation, which aids poverty-stricken families with their medical expenses.
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