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Promised Land
  • More interviews are at the OC Register, Daily Beast, Collider, Coming Soon, Boston Herald and We are movie geeks, including:

    We are movie geeks
    Do you double date a lot?
    JK: Yes we do. They are really fun double dating… You know, ironically, one of the things we’ve done a whole lot is karaoke. (Laughs) You wouldn’t know, because I didn’t get any better for the movie, but… That’s the best part about writing the script, or writing the stage directions is like “Dustin is horrible at karaoke.” and I was like “Now that that’s in there, I’m safe! I can do whatever I want”.
    What’s your go-to?
    JK: My go-to is Enrique Iglesias’ “Hero”. (Laughs) You’re welcome America! Get ready to not be excited!
    What about Emily (Blunt) and Matt (Damon)?
    JK: Matt hits some Springsteen… a lot of the time. Matt and I have also duetted with “The Gambler”. (Laughs) Yeah, Kenny Rogers “The Gambler”. Bet you didn’t know it was a duet? But we made it into a duet, and it was one of those things where it was like “Oh, you’re getting that? Ok, fine. You can have that verse and I’ll have the other one.” It’s like, you’re fighting for the better verse. Again, it’s so exciting because in the moment it’s like ” We sound amazing!”. Thank god those are tiny rooms in the basements of buildings in the East Village, otherwise it would be really embarrassing.
    You know, you could take this on the road and make money… and finance your next film with it…
    JK: I don’t think we could finance a lunch with it! (Laughs) But hell, I’d give it a shot!

    Boston Herald
    Damon wrote “Land” with Krasinski on weekends at his rented house in Los Angeles while filming another movie. Krasinski joked how no one would guess they were really working with his daughters running around.

    “I am a terrible multitasker, always have been,” Damon said with a smile. “I’m really good when I can focus on one thing at a time, and having these four kids has been the greatest thing that ever happened to me.

    “At the same time, John’s right — it was unbelievably challenging. If you walked into that room you would say, ‘There’s no way there’s work being done’ — these kids are climbing all over John. But I’ve gotten better at just managing my time and concentrating in bursts.”

    Asked if he ever thinks of leaving acting for something completely different, “My work is a big part of who I am,” he answered. “I’d say there’s too much other stuff I still want to do.”

  • An interview with Sharlto Copley, and the first photo of his character in Elysium, is at Empire.

  • A NY sighting of Matt and Lucy at 'The Box' on 20 December is at People.

  • Matt discussed his New Year's resolution at the Inquirer:

    Matt Damon: “My resolutions tend to be more about just thinking about my wife and the kids and just trying to do a better job on the home front. They tend to not be so specific. I gave up smoking a long time ago. I work hard. I don’t really have too many bad habits yet that I can give up. Whatever I have left, I don’t want to give it up. So it’s more about making sure that I’m a good person around the house.”
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 27th, 2012 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Billy Bob Thornton

    Billy Bob Thornton's 2012 autobiography 'The Billy Bob tapes' is interesting for what it includes and leaves out.

    There's a chapter of Billy Bob and composer Daniel Lanois talking about the problems of All The Pretty Horses, how it was mis-marketed and how there's a tape available of the finished full movie with the original score. Billy Bob still shows it to a few people (and wants to show it to Roger Ebert). Miramax told Billy Bob up front they knew it would be an epic movie that had to be a three-hour movie, and then made sure it was cut to under two hours to get more showings per day (not for creative reasons). Otherwise, there's almost no discussion of the film.

    In a chapter about friends in the music and movie business there's the following quote:

    "I'll always love Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. I knew them back when they were kids running around town. Just good kids. And look at them now."

    But neither are thanked in the four pages of acknowledgements at the back of the book, where most cast and crew are thanked by name (and Brad and George get additional mentions). There's also no mention in the book about Odessa, his former assistant.

    Edited at 2012-12-27 09:57 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 28th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Gus Van Sant interview


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 28th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Gus Van Sant interview

    Thanks Ceci, good interview.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 28th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    NY Post

    Not that NY Post critic Kyle Smith has ever been impartial, but he keeps writing negative posts about Promised Land, and has written previous articles attacking the film. An expected, but disappointing, lack of ethics by a 'journalist' and his newspaper. And he was even allowed to write the official review for the Post.

    A number of the Promised Land reviews are very biased in their reporting, showing up the personal opinions of the writers and not the film.

    Edited at 2012-12-28 04:30 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: December 28th, 2012 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land Costumes

    Hey, I've got photos of the Promised Land costume exhibit/props on display at the ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles. Can I email them to someone so they can be shared here? I don't know how to upload photos.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 28th, 2012 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land Costumes

    You can post them to imageshack or one of the photo sites and just post the link. Or my email is in the user info section.


    Edited at 2012-12-28 05:16 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: December 28th, 2012 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land Costumes

    just emailed them to ya!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 28th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land Costumes

    Thanks Greg, I will post them later.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 28th, 2012 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
    'The game is rigged:' Matt Damon says he's done with 'fixed' Washington politics

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 28th, 2012 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It's just another quote from the Playboy interview, which they keep trying to drag out for more stories.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 28th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: "It's just another quote..."

    Nevertheless, the comments are quite positive to read.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 13th, 2013 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    On Politics...

    I've said the same exact thing and so I agree with Matt Damon, oh well.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 28th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt on missing out on Dead Poet's Society but selling tickets all summer, and donating gifts after Christmas:



    Edited at 2012-12-28 03:17 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 29th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Release pattern for Promised Land


    While the title has remained relatively under the radar compared with some of the other heavy-hitting Oscar contenders crowding theaters, the pic has sparked the ire of pro-fracking interests who have already decided it’s “anti-fracking.” A pro-fracking pic is in the works and proponents have “been very active in framing the movie as a fracking movie”, said Schamus. “It’s a little movie that’s national and they’ve managed to frame it in a particular way and have been extremely effective. They’ve managed to make it appear as an issue movie but it’s not”, he said “Just got to get the movie out there. It’s been educational.”

    Promised Land opens in 25 theaters across 14 markets this weekend including LA, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C. Focus will expand to 1,500 runs on January 4th.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 29th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Monuments Men

    Just finished reading Monuments Men. Two things struck me . One, Bill Murray seems a couple of decades too old to be a MM. Two, Rose Valland is constantly being described as "plain" and "unmemorable" - obviously that part is being ignored if Blanchett is playing her! Lol.

    I can picture Matt playing any one of several different parts (so versatile!) but it seems to me that James Rorimer would be the best. He' s the one that interacts the most with Blanchett's character and has the most action. But the one obviously closest to Matt's personality is Walker Hancock who was very engaging and beloved by everyone. Of course, the script will probably take a lot of license with the facts. The part of Balfour, the British guy, seems both unsuited to Daniel Craig ( I don't think he has much range) and quite small, so maybe he's playing an American?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 29th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Monuments Men

    Thanks Paula, I've just started reading it. Organisers of the Berlin Film Festival said George would be working at Babelsberg (Berlin-based studio) at the time of the Festival in early February, but the filming is due to start on 1 March.

    Here's a speculative thread from a Clooney forum about the characters and casting:


    Romimer and Hancock do look to be the best of the support roles.

    Edited at 2012-12-29 05:25 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: December 29th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Monuments Men

    Is the script floating around on the web? or did you guys get it some other way? I did read Promised Land in advance but noticed last night that the some of the dialouge was different from what I read (movie better).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 29th, 2012 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Monuments Men

    I bought the book online, but haven't read the script (the book is over 426 pages, plus notes, so it will be cut dramatically).

    Matt's role could be fantastic or very small. It's a great real life story that deserves renewed attention, but it's a very ambitious project.

    Edited at 2012-12-29 01:53 pm (UTC)
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