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John Krasinski interviews
  • John Krasinski was part of the Hollywood Reporter's writer's roundtable. There's only one extended quote about Promised Land, summarised here:

    Krasinski: I probably subconsciously wrote the script for my dad. He grew up in Pittsburgh and worked in a steel mill town. Life was simpler, and we believed in each other, and that to me is in a very fundamental way not the case anymore. I brought it to novelist Dave Eggers, and we sat around and hashed out the ideas. Then Matt Damon and I decided to do an actual script. He was shooting We Bought a Zoo in Malibu, so we just worked together every single weekend in his house.

    I had always heard from my friends that the blank white page was terrifying, and I was like, "Come on, there's a lot of things that are terrifying." And then you realize it's one of the scarier things: To actually put yourself out there and be telling a story that's very personal is really hard.

  • John Krasinski is also interviewed about the film in recent interviews at VMAN, Elle and C Magazine, but haven't been able to locate the magazines yet (and full interviews are not online).

  • Various screenings and Q&As with Matt, John and Gus Van Sant are being held in NY and LA - details in the calendar.

  • A water.org promotional video with Matt is available here.
  • 16 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 15th, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    GQ -Ben

    Nothing particularly startling, but a nice paragraph mentioning Matt in a GQ article about Ben.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 15th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Matt's back in school today. Maybe checking out schools for Alexia.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 15th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I think you're right about the purpose of the visit (and I won't post the name of the school). There's a few photos:

    big pill‏@landbass
    Matt Damon was at my school yesterday remember that http://pic.twitter.com/Bds0iaiJ

    Matt Damon at my school....the fool laughed at me.... http://pic.twitter.com/5aozNMGH

    New photos for Promised Land
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 15th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Is that Lucy in the first pic? If that is the purpose of the visit its very probable she's with him.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 19th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
    Lucy was definitely in LA with Matt.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 15th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    John Krasinski interview

    John's certainly doing most of the advance press. Another interview is at Nuvo (not all is online):

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 16th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land Oscars push

    Deadline has an article on how Promised Land is aiming to be seen as an Oscars contender. Matt and John were at a Cameron Crowe hosted screening in LA on Tuesday (Matt and John were also seen together today). There will be premieres in LA and NY. Pete Hammond has clearly seen the film.


    Tuesday night Cameron Crowe held one with guests including Meryl Streep, Sam Mendes, Colin Firth, Kate Hudson, Ben Affleck (coming over after getting his GQ man of the year award) and other academy voters who were able to mingle with star and co-writer (with John Krasinski) Matt Damon.

    [Damon] is first-rate in the lead role of a corporate salesman who comes to a small town to get the economically-challenged citizens to accept an offer for drilling rights to their properties. Also standing out are Frances McDormand as his co-hort and Hal Holbrook, very touching in just a couple of potent scenes.

    Edited at 2012-11-16 12:58 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 16th, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land Oscars push

    Glad to know that Promised Land is having a good impact among those who saw it.
    I always thought that the best part of this movie, is the fine cast it has.
    Frances McDormand is a fantastic actress . And I absolutely adore Hal Holbrook.
    Also, it's like the third comment I see praising Matt's performance.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 16th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land Oscars push/:e

    It comes out in January on screen unless the date was moved (without reading his journal) right? But would be so cool to go to a premier to see Matt in person :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 17th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land Oscars push/:e

    The movie has an Oscar-qualifying run in December, so it's eligible for the Oscars. There are numerous press screening being held at the moment, and public screenings start shortly.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 18th, 2012 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)


    This picture is new to me.
    I apologise if it was already posted.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 18th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium

    I think it's new.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 18th, 2012 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium/:e

    Pleeease don't appologise for any 'new' or 'past' photos of Matt I could see one every day and not get tired of it ;)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 18th, 2012 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)


    Pete Hammond at Deadline on Best Actor contenders:

    Matt Damon, Promised Land
    Damon is earnest and very fine but more likely to land another original screenplay nod than to crack the best actor circle this year, plus the film is coming out very late near the end of the voting period, which hurts the buzz potential.

    The film was apparently dismissed as 'conventional' and not-award worthy by Kris Tapley and Anne Thompson (without either seeing it) on a podcast.

    PROMISED LAND (B+) Oh for all issue movies to be this non-obvious and interesting. Good job Krasinski and Damon.

    IMDB has more photos, including one behind the scenes shot of Gus, Matt and John.

    Edited at 2012-11-19 01:28 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 19th, 2012 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Deadline

    Tapley & Thompson knocked it without ever seeing it?! That's #*%#! It infuriates me when people (who are allegedly 'professionals') are so intellectually dishonest. If true, I suppose what it really means is that they have a vested interest in pushing some competing movie. Grrrrr.....
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 21st, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Deadline

    I liked the segments that I've seen so far/anyone who said something bad about it with/without even seeing it they should 'bite the dust' or something...Matt does good movies and if anyone FKS with him I swear that I will mind-words-battle with them until I win!
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