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Promised Land
  • Gus Van Sant's interview with John Krasinski about Promised Land in VMAN magazine is available at issu.com. The interview is conducted just after John and Emily have returned from Las Vegas where they visited Matt on the set of Behind the Candelabra. Among other things, John says that he would like to write another script with Matt (but it's hard for Matt to find time). John also talks about how excited he was to work with Van Sant and that he was in high school when Good Will Hunting was released. Van Sant says he had been waiting for another screenplay from Matt and wanted to work with him again.

  • John's interview from Elle is also available at Issu. Matt's quoted a few times:

    "I think that the moviegoing public hasn't even seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of what John can do," says Damon. He's got a whole range. He's just so good a t comedy that I think he gets put there a lot. But I think he can do anything."

  • More photos from Promised Land are at Indiewire and IMDB.

  • Deadline discussed the film's Oscar push, including:

    Focus is trying to get the word out within the industry. So before even showing it to most of the press they began an early “influencer” campaign that has featured private screenings and receptions at the plush theatre inside L.A.’s Soho House. 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. Earlier in November Aaron Sorkin hosted a similar screening that drew Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston and SAG President Ken Howard among others.

    In terms of additionally putting an awards spotlight on the film that critics are just starting to see is a Matt Damon tribute at the November 26th Gotham Independent Film Awards in NYC with the entire cast in attendance. LA and NY premieres will be held first week of December in order to be a key part of the conversation. “The reaction so far has been tremendous,” Schamus told me and he was clearly proud enough of the film to move it into awards season despite the tight post-production schedule. Obviously the company will also be blanketing the town with DVD screeners very soon too.

    At last weekend’s Deadline Contenders event where Focus debuted the first look at a scene from the film, Van Sant revealed he only came on board 11 months ago when Damon decided he didn’t have time to direct it himself as originally planned and turned to his Good Will Hunting (1997) director to step in. He said Krasinski, who also co-stars, kept writing even as the cameras rolled while Damon mostly stuck to acting. He 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. Focus’ desire to get the film out there is not a bad idea considering some of the blowback from corporations already labeling its treatment of fracking (the lingo for the drilling practice) as the stuff of liberal-minded Hollywood. Schamus bristles at that, pointing out that none of these corporate entities have even seen the movie they are trying to attack.

  • Here's a quote from Matt's recent interview as part of the Hollywood Reporter roundtable.

    "When I turned 40, I realised, and said to my whole family and friends, that I think, but I'm not sure, but I think that I might be the luckiest person on planet Earth. I can make a good argument... I have an amazing family, wife, kids... work experiences are just great. I learn more, I'm comfortable, I'm more relaxed now. I let it come to me, I don't push it as much. I don't have butterflies anymore. It's just fun, it's really fun and I feel full."
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 19th, 2012 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Old magazine

    Matt talks about his time in Buenos Aires in this Argentinean magazine (pages 24 and 41). Can anybody translate?

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 19th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Old magazine

    He says he spent 3 weeks in buenos aires and you have to walk. It's a beautiful place. They walked to lunch and it ended been a 3 hr lunch. Then they walked for a few more hours and went to dinner and that was a 3 hr dinner. (Lol). He says it was fantastic.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 19th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    new elysium photo

    I like the new photo from Elysium that is floating around. Mostly, I like that Matt looks freaked out.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 25th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: new elysium photo/:e

    I know he looks so...(let me think of a word that won't get erased to say about him even though it's so tough for me not to say it in a 'vulgar' way LOL)well he looks Manly and Gorgeous like he's perfect to play that role!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 20th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    BA interview

    The same commented before, but I wanted to translate it anyway since I have the time.

    Gastronomy tour in Buenos Aires.

    Could you tell us what aspects of your life are not tipically Hollywood?

    Everything is normal, I mean, we walk by the streets and we arepart of the community.
    There is nothing out of the ordinary. We are just parents who go to the school like anyone else who goes to pick up their children. I have friends who can´t do that.
    You know. You´ve interviewed Brad (Pitt) or Angie (Angelina Jolie) and they can´t walk anywhere. They can´t walk by the streets of New York, it would be like provocking an international incident (laghter). I feel very lucky that I´m able to do it.
    I have the best of both worlds, I travel all over the world. I do the job that I like doing and I don´t need a custody army to take a walk (laghter).

    Waht happens when you travel to Argentina with your wife?

    Totally normal. We walk everywhere. In Buenos Aires you have to walk.
    It´s a beautiful city to walk. Last year we spent three weeks and I remenber it´s like being in a long extended meal, since we got into a place and lunched the best food and then we got aout and we walked for a few hours. We had a lunch that lasted about three hours andthen, after another walk we went into another restaurant and dinned for other three hours. It was something fantastic. And nobody aproched us, bothered us, nore interrupted us. It was great.

    Do you know that John Cusack has an argentine girlfriend?

    Very good. Some actors have great taste, what can I say? (laghter).
    Bobby (Robert) Duvall also has an argentine wife.

    * Notice that in Spanish you “have” a wife and/or a girlfriend, the spouse is a possession.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 20th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: BA interview

    Thanks very much Ceci. Buenos Aires sounds like a great city. I hope Matt is able to get back there soon.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 20th, 2012 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Roger Friedman on Promised Land

    Roger Friedman talks about Promised Land in his latest column after seeing the film, but notes reviews are embargoed until 5 December.

    He suggests Matt is a Best Actor contender and is 'incredibly likeable', but that he should get a screenplay nomination with John.

    I think he's also suggesting the movie will be a contender.


    Anne Thompson wrote about watching an average film that should have no claims to awards that is being sold as a contender (and didn't name it).

    Edited at 2012-11-20 09:01 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 20th, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Roger Friedman on Promised Land

    These are interesting comments:

    "...Matt Damon could throw a monkey wrench into the Best Actor race. As I said last week, we already have Joaquin Phoenix, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day Lewis, and Denzel Washington. A fifth slot could now pit Damon against his buddy Ben Affleck. And that doesn’t take into account Hugh Jackman from 'Les Miserables.'"

    "A lot will depend on Damon’s own campaign–he wrote the movie with actor John Krasinski, who’s also his co-star. The pair should get a screenplay nomination."

    I feel pretty secure in predicting that Matt's not going to "campaign" in any serious way. A best actor would be nice, and is certainly overdue, since he hasn't had one since GWH. But my big hope is for the screenplay nom.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 21st, 2012 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)


    The video from the Focus panel at the Deadline event with Gus Van Sant is available online. The section on Promised Land starts at the 10 minute mark:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 23rd, 2012 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)


    Here's a Facebook post that probably breaks various confidentiality clauses, but indicates there's at least one trailer coming soon:

    Scott Rockenfield
    Elysium movie directed by Neill Blomkamp starring Matt Damon...I just completed the music and sound Fx with my buddy Jimbo and JJ Farris for 4 film trailers for sony films to be released in the next couple weeks...keep posted, as you're gonna love these !!!

    Edited at 2012-11-23 09:40 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 24th, 2012 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land

    The 'For your consideration' site for Promised Land is now available, and it includes the full score from Danny Elfman, an original song, new photos and some press kit material. The clips are not yet available.


    Original link via: http://filmmusicreporter.com/2012/11/23/listen-to-danny-elfmans-promised-land-score-and-jeremy-sams-music-from-hyde-park-on-hudson/

    Edited at 2012-11-24 05:28 am (UTC)
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