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The Informant! premieres in Venice
  • Matt and Lucy attended the world premiere of The Informant! in Venice on Monday. Matt was the only cast member to attend, but other cast are expected to be at the upcoming Toronto and New York premieres. Photos are from Yahoo, PicApp, Fotoglif, La Stampa, Premiere.fr, Just Jared and Film Gecko.

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  • Postive reviews of the film are at Variety, In Contention, here and Empire Online. A brief video of the red carpet arrivals is here.

    Empire Online
    Most people agree, though, that the film is very much a triumph for Matt Damon, who really excels in the role of Mark Whitacre, a biochemist working with a company that produces corn derivatives used by food manufacturers.

    In Contention
    The brilliance of Damon’s performance – and, consequently, the pleasure of the film – lies in the fact that Whitacre is by turn a lot smarter and a lot dumber than people take him for.

    We never quite gauge the reliability of his narration until the final reel; not unlike his otherwise wholly different turn in “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” he reveals the psychological cracks in the makeup of the American everyman so incrementally that you hardly notice until it’s too late. Aided by a deadpan comic fluidity the actor has never controlled so comfortably, it’s the finest work of his career.

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  • A report on the Venice press conference is here or here. More photos from the earlier Venice events are at Just Jared, PopSugar and A Socialite Life.

    Soderbergh first talked to Damon about doing the role seven years ago. They did three other movies in the meantime.

    In Soderbergh's words: "Seven years of foreplay and then a quickie."

    "Steven's theory on comedy is you make sure the screenplay is perfect, and then you shoot the actual production really, really fast," Damon said. "So that is what we did. We stewed on the script for seven years, and then shot this film in 30-something days."

    "Some days we were shooting eight pages -- almost a TV schedule. Steven cuts the film in his head as he is shooting. The only other director I know who does that is Clint Eastwood," Damon said.

  • A report on the upcoming OneXOne event and the organisation's Edward Rogers at the Globe and Mail.

    It is a rare turn in the spotlight for the normally reserved Mr. Rogers. As the curtain rises on the Toronto International Film Festival this week, the most sought-after ticket in town will have nothing to do with the festival itself. Instead, it will be the private gala he hosts at his Forest Hill home to raise money for One X One (pronounced “one by one”).

    Bill Clinton will attend, Elvis Costello will perform, and a who's who of Corporate Canada, from Research In Motion co-chief executive officer Jim Balsillie to Toronto-Dominion Bank deputy chairman Frank McKenna will rub shoulders with the likes of Mr. Damon and musician Wyclef Jean, who are the faces of One X One internationally.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 8th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Just Gorgeous

    Second comment in as many days, but I just had to comment on the beautiful pictures you've put up.

    Matt and Lucy are so gorgeous; I don't think I've seen Lucy look lovelier, her dress is to die for!!! Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 8th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Beautiful pictures and the informant looks like a great movie.And BTW,your site is excellent. Syl.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 8th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Photos

    Thank you Syl, and Marcia. There are so many great photos from the premiere I'll post some more later.


    Edited at 2009-09-08 02:28 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 8th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Heath Ledger

    Matt's talked about Heath Ledger's death for the first time in an interview with a Uraguay paper. Some translated quotes:
    http://www.montevideo.com.uy/nottiempolibre_91463_1.html

    [Matt] also had words for the late actor Heath Ledger, whose sudden death still remains shocking.

    "He's the best actor I've worked with. I have this terrible sense of loss after his death. I do not think he's gone having already said all he had to say, neither having done all he had to do. It has been really terrible, terrible" he said.

    "I know a lot of acting and directing and I know what is magic. I have seen many people and I can say that he is the best I've seen."

    **
    Matt also says that he's working less hours per day to be with his kids more, and that Alexia (not stated) is becoming more independent and leading her own life away from visits to film sets.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 8th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's recent interview on CBC

    http://www.cbc.ca/arts/film/story/2009/09/08/matt-damon.html
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 9th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt's recent interview on CBC

    Thanks. The audio of the interview is also at that link - good questions and responses.
    From: ilario1 Date: September 8th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    They look so beautiful!

    They brought back some glamour to Hollywood (even though it was in Venice).
    From: ilario1 Date: September 8th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    And thank you so much for keeping us up to date on Matt.

    If it weren't for you we wouldn't have any news on such a wonderful actor. You are really doing a great job.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 8th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: And thank you so much for keeping us up to date on Matt.

    Thanks Ilario. I'm happy there's so much press...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 9th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Informant website

    If you're bored and want some amusement, the website for The Informant has been updated (downloads, clips etc).

    If you leave the site open with the volume on, there's a series of audio comments by Matt that appear infrequently for maybe half an hour. They're all quotes from the movie, and mostly Matt's interior monologue against the wacky Hamlisch score. Very funny (kinda spoilers from the movie as they are direct quotations, but it's not related to the plot).

    http://theinformantmovie.warnerbros.com/

    Edited at 2009-09-09 03:01 am (UTC)
    From: ilario1 Date: September 9th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Informant website

    Thank you. I'm eating this stuff up!
    From: ofeliax Date: September 23rd, 2009 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)
    Matt Damon should be pleased, as he has a movie opening this weekend: The Informant! Yes, it's spelled with an exclamation point in The Informant! The film has thus far gotten positive critic reviews, which ought to be pleasing for the cast and the director. This is the fourth time Damon has worked with Steven Soderbergh, who also directed the Ocean's series. The film is a dark, somewhat satirical comedy about a food company executive that turns whistleblower, and brings down the company exposing their price fixing conspiracies. It looks as though neither Damon nor Soderbergh will need quick payday loans to get good reviews for The Informant!
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