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Promised Land, charity event

  • Gus van Sant talked about Promised Land at UT San Diego ahead of a retrospective of his films.

    Currently, the 60-year-old director, who was raised in Connecticut, is consumed with his latest project, “Promised Land,” set to be released in January.

    It’s about a natural gas salesman who arrives in a small town and tries to tap into the area’s resources. The screenplay was written by the films’ stars, Matt Damon and John Krasinski, and based on a story by acclaimed author Dave Eggers.

    But even though it’s about big business and gas prices, Van Sant said he didn’t set out to make a political movie.

    “Maybe the writers are reacting to modern business practices and current events that they’ve been reading in the last year,” he said. “But the story is a human story, an American business story.”

  • More details from Ben Affleck about the Whitey Bulger project.

    Ben Affleck has a Whitey Bulger film in the works and he updated us on it. “Terence Winter is writing it who did Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos. He’s written a first draft. It’s a movie I really want to make. It’s a tough story because it’s a long story and I really want to do the whole span. I want to go from Alcatraz where they experimented on him with LSD all the way ending up in the farmers market in Santa Monica.

    I will direct it. Matt (Damon) will star in it. My brother (Casey Affleck) will play Billy. I’m really excited for it, my only concern, ok I have two things, I want to do it right, you can’t f--k up Whitey Bulger. But I know there’s other guys out there who want to make the movie so do you want to be second? You diminish the appetite. People are like yeah we already saw that, but ours uh, we shot in Medford.”

  • A few more details about the charity cooking event on Tuesday are below. It looks like the event will be broadcast on a Food Network program.

    Actor Matt Damon is set to show off his culinary skills on Tuesday 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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