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Informant moves to Springfield and Illini, various
  • Filming for The Informant has moved to the Springfield area, with filming also expected in St Louis and Chicago this week. A few reports are here and here.

    Filming has already taken place in Decatur and will continue at Illini Country Club Sunday and Monday. The extras will also be used Tuesday for filming at the state Capitol.

  • Extras are required for St Louis on Friday - details here.

  • Final comments from Tim Cain at the Herald & Review about the departing cast and crew here, with similar comments by the paper's editor here.

    Saturday evening, as “The Informant” made its way out of Decatur and Moweaqua and Blue Mound and Forsyth and Mount Zion and wherever else they found themselves and off to other places, I received a voice mail from someone connected with the production.

    "I don’t know if you’re writing anything else about the show,” the individual said, “but you might - MIGHT - want to mention how happy everyone here has been with everyone. Everyone has been incredible. The hospitality they gave us and the eagerness with which they worked was incredible.

    “It’s a pleasure. I’m glad that everything worked out.”

    So take a bow, folks. You did well, and there’s the word right from the inside.

  • A report of Matt's generosity to a favored local restaurant in Decatur is at TMZ.

    TMZ spies found out that Matt's been in Decatur, Ill. -- aka the Soybean Capital of the World -- to shoot "The Informant" with Steven Soderbergh, and we hear that he's been every bit the good shepherd in town. After one dinner at Decatur's Beach House, Damon and his posse left $180 for each and every person -- servers, cooks, bar staff -- who worked that night.

    And everyone we talked to say Matt has been incredibly gracious with his time and signs for absolutely everyone.

  • Casting news for Matt's mother in the film (presumably a younger version of Matt) is at Variety.

  • Steven Spielberg talks about the effect of the Bourne and Bond movies on the new Indiana Jones movie at the Star:

    He's a fan of two spy movies and stars: Daniel Craig as the new James Bond and Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. They both represent the character-driven moviemaking that Spielberg helps revive with Indy IV.

    "I'm really happy to go back to the old-school, action-adventure filmmaking, where you become collaborators in the process, where you respect the audience and you want them to know exactly where they're at, at every moment along this journey."

  • Working with Matt can help co-stars in the most unlikely of places. From a report at the Guardian about participants in the first Palestine Festival of Literature who were on a six-day tour of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

    It started when we crossed the border from Jordan at the Allenby Bridge. All of us had EU or American passports and most us got through immigration in less than an hour. Then we waited for our colleagues with Arabic names. One hour, two hours, three hours. Khalid Abdalla, the actor, got out first; a conversation about his co-star Matt Damon seemed to be key.

  • From an article at The National:

    Rule one: Be nice to everybody.

    Years ago, before he had reached supernova star status, Matt Damon once approached me, politely, on a flight from Boston to LA to ask if I wouldn’t mind switching seats with him so that he could sit next to his girlfriend. Not a problem, I told him. He thanked me. And he made a point to come up to me, after we landed and I was straggling down to baggage claim, to thank me again. “I like that Matt Damon,” I said to myself — I sound a lot like an old lady when I talk to myself — and from that day on I’ve always rooted for him. I’m not planning on becoming an executive with a suede sofa, but I do participate in various guild and academy awards processes, and let me tell you, he’ll always get my vote.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 19th, 2008 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Guardian Article

    I noticed the same thing when I went to Israel. British and European passport holders were processed quickly but anyone flying in from an Arabic country had to queue, the lines were very long it was the same when we flew out.

    From what I've been told Israelis have similar problems travelling to Arabic countries. A lot of my friends have dual nationality so that can use their British passport if they have to travel to somewhere like Egypt or Jordan, an Israeli passport just gets you held up for hours sometimes, and sometimes refused permission to enter the country. Marcia
    From: novice_41 Date: May 19th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
    gosh... seems like I was off too long ;)... tons of news... that's fantastic. thx for a great summary of all the information :).

    lucky folks there in Decatur, Illinois... they must have had a smashing time with cast, crew and the public all around. absolutely amazing.

    think The Informant will be an intersting and eagerly awaited movie.

    it's great to see all this photos... great and somehow hilarious :)... Matt looks strange in this outfit but well it's probably fit and proper to the role.

    if you like read a short report in the The Sun-Herald about his costume role.
    "Hollywood commentators believe Damon might be making an Oscars bid with the dressed-down role, because of the complex and challenging script."

    thx sooo much for your great work, felicity!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 20th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
    I haven't posted the links to the ridiculous Oscars comments because they're baseless. The LA Times was the first to see the Informant costumes and leap to the conclusion that it's Matt's grab for an Oscar because he's 'gone ugly'.

    Matt's already stated (Playboy interview, I think) that it's a great role but not the kind to stand out or lead to Oscar nominations.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 20th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Sequel to Romancing the Stone?

    I keep reading more reports out of England about Matt being in a Romancing the Stone sequel. Do you think it's Douglas trying to boost the movie or could there be some truth in it? I can't imagine Matt would be interested in such a project. Has there been anything official?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 20th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Sequel to Romancing the Stone?

    There's definitely been nothing official about it yet, and all reports seem to be based on the first article, which mentioned Matt in passing.

    I'm still hoping that it will be false. The director's a nobody with a bad record, the script is by a nobody and it would be a long and difficult shoot in India starting in January. Can't believe it would be true.

    It's also supposedly not a sequel, but an action adventure like Romancing the Stone. Douglas would play the villain, and a young male actor was being sought for the partner of Catherine Zeta-Jones. Yuck.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 20th, 2008 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Filming at the Illini CC

    A report and photo from the country club filming:


    The actors all were pleasant, and Calvin said he had an opportunity to see Damon’s human side, even though he wasn’t allowed to speak with him.

    “When he arrived (at the country club), the first thing he did was order dinner and watch the Celtics game at the bar,” Calvin said.

    Damon lives in the Boston area, and the Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to advance to the Eastern Conference championship of the NBA.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 22nd, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
    You wrote: "Casting news for Matt's mother in the film (presumably a younger version of Matt) is at Variety."

    It can quite easily be Matt. Candy Clark was born June 1947 according to IMDB.com, so can realistically play his mother.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 23rd, 2008 07:58 am (UTC) (Link)
    The photos with her story looked pretty young (I didn't check her actual age). They have been looking for a younger version of Matt for certain scenes.
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