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Promised Land, photos
  • Matt, John Krasinski and Gus Van Sant were interviewed for an interview about Promised Land at the LA Times, including:

    "If people want to internalize it as a political issue movie, they are going to and we're not going to be able to stop them," said Krasinski. But that's not how he sees it. "In my head, I always just wanted to do a Frank Capra-esque movie. Capra was a genius at toeing that political line in a way that is representative of how it affects all of us rather than sort of this hard-line activist stance on the issue at hand.

    Damon echoes the sentiment: "If the movie takes any position, it's don't let big money make big decisions for you. You have to make a decision one way or the other, no matter what it is."

    After deciding he wouldn't have enough preparation time to direct the project as he had initially planned, Damon emailed the script to Van Sant in December just as his flight was departing. By the time Damon landed a few hours later, Van Sant had agreed to direct.

    "I just wanted to stay out of the way," said Van Sant, likening the style to how he shot "Good Will Hunting." "I wanted the story to tell itself."

  • Matt, John and Gus will attend a Q&A about the film for the LA Times on 12 December - details here. The Q&A in NY for TimesTalk on 27 November will be able to watch live and on video here. John and producer Mike Sablone attended a WGA event to promote the film on Thursday. And a Twitter review of the film.

    Linda Howard ‏@MrsKenHoward
    Just came from a screening of #PromisedLand written by & starring#JohnKrasinski & #MattDamon. Brilliantly written & acted. #Humanity. GO!

  • Gus interviewed John to discuss the film at VMAN magazine - not currently online.

    Gus Van Sant interviews the breakout star (and screenwriter) of the forthcoming film Promised Land, and helps reveal the real Krasinski

  • Ben talked about avoiding working with Matt at the Shortlist.

    Ben also revealed why he hasn't worked with Matt Damon for a while.

    The best friends wrote and starred in the Oscar-winning movie Good Will Hunting, but Ben revealed their friendship was hyped so much it became a distraction from their actual work.

    "We wanted to have our own identities; this whole Matt and Ben thing was so strong it kind of upstaged whatever the movie was. I think it's been long enough now, so we're about to do this movie together called Whitey, about this famous gangster [Whitey Bulger] in America. Matt's going to play him and I'm going to direct," he said.

  • Photos of Matt, Lucy, Gia and Isabella leaving a Halloween party last Sunday are at the Daily Mail and Premiere.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 3rd, 2012 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt for Elizabeth Warren


    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 3rd, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt at telethon?

    There was a Facebook post that said matt was seen at the telethon to raise money for hurricane sandy last night. I don't see any mention of him in reports. I find it funny that if he was there he didn't participate. (It was only for an hour so maybe there was no time for him).

    Maybe the poster was mistaken. Has anybody seen any reference to him?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 4th, 2012 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt at telethon?

    No, I haven't seen any references to Matt being at the telethon.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 4th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    rainmaker interview

    I stumbled across this old interview for The Rainmaker that I had never seen before. Matt debuted his Matthew McConaughey(sp) impression! Lol - he was so young and admitted he was scared to bits. I'm not sure if this link will work but I've got to give it a shot.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 5th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: rainmaker interview

    Great interview. I've heard some of those stories before but not that clip.

    Here are her other interviews with Matt for GWH and Ripley:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 4th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Awesome interview from the beginning!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 4th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Flight to

    There was a sighting of Matt at an airport on Sunday, presumably on his way to filming in Bucharest.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 5th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    People Speak Australia

    Here's the speaker and reading line-up for the Australian version of The People Speak, which will air in December.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 6th, 2012 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Hollywood Reporter cover?

    A story on Denzel Washington at Grantland mentions he was at the same location as a Hollywood Reporter cover shoot with Matt, Jamie Foxx and Richard Gere.


    A few leisurely hours later I walked into La Descarga, a handsomely appointed new Cuban restaurant where we were to meet. Milling around the unmanned bar were a small battalion of publicists, a photo crew, hair and makeup people, and, just as casually, some of the biggest movie stars in the world: Matt Damon, Richard Gere, Jamie Foxx, and Denzel Washington — all laughing and shooting the shit as they waited to shoot a Hollywood Reporter cover.

    It's mentioned that President Obama is in LA on the day of the interview. That's probably 24 October, the date that Matt was seen meeting Ben in LA after the visit to Vancouver.

    Edited at 2012-11-06 01:59 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 6th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land screening

    Aaron Sorkin hosted a screening of Promised Land last weekend:


    Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin hosted a special advance screening of Gus Van Sant's Promised Land on Saturday night at the SoHo House in Los Angeles. Among the celebs who turned out to see the Matt Damon anti-fracking drama were Demi Moore, Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston, who reportedly cornered co-producer/co-writer John Krasinski after the film ended to gush about it. Focus Features has not yet screened Promised Land for journalists but presumably will soon since it will be released in theaters Dec. 28.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 6th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Filming in Romania

    There seems to be a photo of Matt in Romania, but I can't currently access it.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 7th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming in Romania

    I can only see one picture so far. He's getting out of a car with a coffee in his hand. I'm using google translate to read the article (which is not great) but it suggests the other pics are of him in costume and wig. It also says they postponed his scenes for Monday evening because of bad lighting. I guess he will be there for an extra day.
    Re: Filming in Romania - (Anonymous) - Expand
    Re: Filming in Romania - (Anonymous) - Expand
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 7th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Site reminder

    Just a remindert that comments are deleted if they are speculative re Matt or his family or do not actively contribute to the discussion on the site or provide meaningful conversation. Overly gushy or 'fan-girly' comments are deleted as they do not add to the discourse. News items and links are encouraged, but stories or views not about Matt will be deleted.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Site reminder/:e

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