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Gus Van Sant reteams with Matt Damon in the trailer for Promised Land

Sep. 21, 2012by: Alex Maidy
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After 15 years, Gus Van Sant and Matt Damon are filming a movie with a screenplay by Damon and another Hollywood actor. No, not the sequel to GOOD WILL HUNTING.

PROMISED LAND is based on a story by Dave Eggers and was adapted by Damon and John Krasinski. Van Sant directs the film which also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Francis McDormand, Titus Welliver, and Hal Holbrook.

Plot: Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company's expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski), as well as the interest of a local woman (Rosemarie DeWitt). Promised Land explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge.

The movie looks a lot lighter than what I would have expected from Van Sant or Damon, but I cannot argue with their past working relationship. Damon was originally going to make PROMISED LAND his directorial debut, but scheduling conflicts prevented that.

PROMISED LAND will open in limited release on December 28th,

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9:35PM on 09/21/2012
North Carolina legislators recently agreed to allow fracking, by the slim majority of one woman who accidentally hit the wrong button and was not allowed to revote. Some land-owners sold mineral rights a long time back. While it will likely be a little different than what's going on in places like Pennsylvania, this natural gas drilling is becoming a really hot-button issue for a lot of people. And Van Sant can always be trusted to deliver a tasteful, not overly-preachy film that nonetheless
North Carolina legislators recently agreed to allow fracking, by the slim majority of one woman who accidentally hit the wrong button and was not allowed to revote. Some land-owners sold mineral rights a long time back. While it will likely be a little different than what's going on in places like Pennsylvania, this natural gas drilling is becoming a really hot-button issue for a lot of people. And Van Sant can always be trusted to deliver a tasteful, not overly-preachy film that nonetheless can lead to interesting talking points among viewers. Just as a movie, this looks really good. But I can't help but think about the real-life risks of hydraulic fracking.
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9:02PM on 09/21/2012

Damon + Krasinski + Gus Van Sant = Win

Godammit Van Sant. He always knows how to make you tear up inside, doesn't he?
Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Alex. This looks real promising.
Godammit Van Sant. He always knows how to make you tear up inside, doesn't he?
Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Alex. This looks real promising.
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