May 14th, 2008

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Informant, Cannes project, Ripley photos

  • Video footage of the filming for The Informant in Decatur on Tuesday is available here and the Herald & Review (shoot at Main and Main). Joel McHale and Scott Bakula are also in the scene, with Melanie Lynskey also seen recently on location in Decatur. One of the reports claims that Matt will leave town "in just a few days". Filming in the Decatur area was expected to continue until 23 May.

  • There's an article at the Chicago Tribune about the filming of The Informant, the ADM scandal and Whitacre. A picture of the cement deer mentioned in the story is available on the blog of actor Tom Wilson here.

    Free after serving eight years and eight months in federal prison, Whitacre reluctantly supports the production, too, and considers Damon a good choice to play him because of his psychological intensity, if not his looks. "My kids tell me he is, like, the sexiest man alive. I'm 50 years old and bald-headed," he said.

    Whitacre had moved into a horse estate once owned by patriarch Dwayne Andreas in Moweaqua, 20 miles south of town. Soderbergh has restored it to its early-1990s condition for the movie, including a pair of fake deer in the front yard.

    Down the road, at Moweaqua's Hog Trough Too restaurant, a movie crew hung plaid wallpaper and painted the wainscoting a handsome shade of red in preparation for a shoot. They also ordered barbecue ribs to go—for 100. "It's been a nice boost to the economy around here," said owner Angie Knight.

  • Local TV station WAND-TV has a new site for all Informant footage, with a video interview with Matt to air soon.

  • The Informant will also film in Hawaii, likely at the end of June - details here:

    Several crew sources tell Reel Hawaii that WB’sThe Informant will film on Oahu for five days in June. The number of film days considered have varied from two weeks to three days. What Reel Hawaii knows for sure is that the production scouted Oahu twice.

  • Matt will be interviewed for a new film project announced at Cannes:

    Wild Bunch has unveiled a wide ranging slate which includes work from Ken Loach, Gaspar Noe, Lou Ye, Radu Mihaileanu, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Woody Allen and Hayao Miyazaki.

    Move On! Storming The Gate is a documentary from directors Alex Jordanov and Scott Stevenson. The film traces the grassroots movement that has become one of the major players in the upcoming US election.

    Participants include supporters of the organization like Matt Damon and Bruce Springsteen and those who are against such as George Bush and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain who both denounce the group on film. It will be completed after the US elections in November.

  • Comments from an interview with actress Brenda Song, formerly of The Suite Life of Jack and Cody.

    One of the most exciting moments Song had while on the set of the original Suite Life was when Matt Damon stopped by the set.

    "His stepdaughter came to watch the show, and I almost died when I met him. Like, I almost died. He's not just gorgeous, but such a great person. He's so sweet, so nice and down to earth. He was so nice and he talked to me, I was like 'ohmygod, I love you. Will you marry me?'" she recalls.

  • The forum at Bellazon has a good collection of photos of Matt, including these additional photos from the Vanity Fair shoot of Matt, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and the late Anthony Minghella in Italy.

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  • The Youth Without Youth DVD has now been released, and Matt's also included in the additional footage.

    The Making of 'Youth Without Youth' (480p, 8:42) is a brief feature that showcases several filmmakers and cast discussing the meaning of the movie. Matt Damon, who appears in a brief scene in the film, says it best when he proclaims the movie to be "experimental...exactly the kind of movie you want Francis Ford Coppola to be making."