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  • The Focus Features 'For Your Consideration' site is now online for Promised Land. The site includes new photos, the complete Danny Elfman score and an original song - linked from here.

  • Promised Land was previewed in Boston earlier in the week, with John Krasinski in attendance - a report is at the Boston Globe:

    Krasinski told us after the screening that he wrote “Promised Land” with Damon at Damon’s house, with Damon’s kids playing not-so-quietly around them. He said that although the environment wasn’t always conducive to writing a screenplay, he and his buddy managed to work quickly, probably because they were so passionate about telling the story about people in small town who must decide whether to let a natural gas company frack -- or drill and extract deposits -- on their land. Krasinski told us that while “Promised Land” will be probably be labeled an anti-fracking film, it really isn’t. He and Damon just wanted to tell an American story about big decisions that affect the individual.

  • Reviews are embargoed until December 5, but Roger Friedman discussed the film in an article.

    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.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 24th, 2012 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land

    It's wonderfull. Pics and score are very nice! The movie seems to have a very great feeling. I love the music very much and I think I'll be listening to this non-stop! I can wait to watch the movie, but to have the release in Europe I think we can wait for a long long time (too long!!)(I just search for it and find it 'll be in March). Thanks for the link.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 25th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
    Love that song - very evocative of Americana.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 26th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Larry Hagman

    In Larry Hagman's final interview with ET, he mentioned admiring Matt and wanting to play his father.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 26th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Larry Hagman

    That was a very sweet comment from Mr. Hagman.

    I didn't know that Matt and John are also producers of Promised Land. Maybe that's why we see Matt so involved in promoting the movie.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 26th, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The new pictures of Matt Damon/:)

    I like the feeling of the movie Matt makes it worth seeing more then just once!!! He looks like the hottest American manly man (the type that's one of a kind) in the whole huge world! His outfits look sooo good on him he looks like an American Eagle Top Model and in the red truck picture he totally looks like the hottest boy in town--not mine :(
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 26th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Before the awards tonight there's a few sightings/reports.

    Actress Sara Lindsey on Promised Land:

    GrubStreet reports that Matt was in Boston for the Thanksgiving break (but he was in NY for Thanksgiving):

    A photo of Matt in NY today (probably doing press at the Waldorf Astoria - seen with John and Brad Pitt):

    Edited at 2012-11-26 09:00 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 26th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Watch live

    A live stream of the Gotham Independent Film Awards should be available:


    This shois the direct link:

    Edited at 2012-11-26 10:46 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 26th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Michael Douglas wrote about Matt for Variety's annual 'Actors on Actors' series:

    Michael Douglas on Matt Damon in 'Promised Land'

    SAG Preview: Actors on Actors - Douglas on Damon

    'Promised Land'

    In "Promised Land," you get a chance to see Matt's inherent likability. Some actors have that quality, some don't. And that likability is necessary to play this kind of scam artist and still be as caring as you are for his trip.
    His face is an open book from the first frame when he's washing his face and he's tormented and nervous about what's to come. He handles it without pushing. And he ends the picure with a final speech before the town, telling them the entire truth and what's he's been involved with. It's emotional and powerful without being pushed.

    In some ways, Matt is like John Wayne, who had that inherent feeling of trust. Which you also get from Matt. There's a direct truthfulness there that a lot of actors don't have. They have to get tricky. Matt has this inherent shit detector. He's a very good listener, but he also has the ability to handle lengthy dialogue, which is becoming a relatively lost art in film.

    He produced this picture and wrote it, and from my own experience with doing dual roles, it never gets in the way for him. Matt has enough knowledge as a writer and producer to surround himself with the best people possible. He's not threatened by talent. He enjoys it.

    Edited at 2012-11-26 10:48 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 26th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Gotham Awards

    A few sites are live-tweeting the red carpet and awards:


    Photos: http://instagram.com/ifpfilm/

    Edited at 2012-11-26 11:56 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 27th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)


    Photos of Matt, Lucy, Emily and John on the red carpet are at Getty. Lucy has worn the dress to a school fundraising event before, but not to a public event.



    Kristin Boehm ‏@turbotales
    watching john krasinski try to make Matt Damon laugh during acceptance speeches #painful

    (Remember: any speculative posts will be deleted.)

    Edited at 2012-11-27 02:12 am (UTC)
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 27th, 2012 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Chris Hemsworth

    Chris Hemsworth gets a reality check from Matt - from Empire:


    On How The Box Office Success Of Marvel's The Avengers Has Affected His Outlook:

    You almost forget that this just doesn't happen that often. I was talking to Matt Damon and he goes to me, "So Snow White did pretty good?" and I said, "Yeah, I think it'll probably hit $400 million, but it's not Avengers numbers." And he goes, "Man!" and he shook his head. "You're [frick]ing ruined - 400's huge!" It's like my brain thinks, "That's the norm now, that's the benchmark." Which, Jesus, I don't think anything will ever come close...Probably Avengers 2. But it will be pretty hard to hit that again. It's almost as if I've been ruined for the rest of my career regarding box office expectations.

    Edited at 2012-11-27 12:15 am (UTC)
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