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The Informant! Coming to Blu-ray

20 December 2009 5:49 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Warner Home Video has announced plans to release Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! starring Matt Damon and Scott Bakula on Blu-ray Disc and DVD February 23.

As part of Warner's 2010 new theatrical combo pack initiative, The Informant! on Blu-ray will come packaged with a DVD version of the film as well as a digital copy.

On the tech side, look for The Informant! in high-def to be presented in 1.85:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features include one Blu-ray exclusive and not much else.

Bd Exclusive: Audio Commentary with Director Steven Soderbergh and Screenwriter Scott Burns Deleted Scenes

Warner has priced The Informant! on Blu-ray at $35.99. Have a look at the cover art below and check back regularly for the addition of an pre-order link.


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The Informant Blows the Whistle on DVD and Blu-ray on February 23rd

18 December 2009 2:01 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

You can bring home Matt Damon as one of history's biggest whistleblowers on DVD and Blu-ray this coming February 23. The Informant will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 23. The standard DVD will be priced at $28.98 Srp and the Bd will go for $35.99 Srp. The film stars Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel Mchale and Melanie Lynskey. What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (Adm), Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company's multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion. But before all that can happen, the FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent. Unfortunately for the FBI, their lead witness hasn't been »

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‘Up in the Air,’ ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Lead Nominations By Chicago Film Critics Association

16 December 2009 8:29 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – The Chicago Film Critics Association, of which writers Brian Tallerico, Adam Fendelman, and Pat McDonald are all voting members, announced their nominees for the best of 2009 this morning. “Up in the Air” and “Where the Wild Things Are” led the way with six nominations each, closely followed by “The Hurt Locker” and “Inglourious Basterds,” each with five.

Up in the Air” and “Where the Wild Things Are” each scored nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. “The Hurt Locker” and “Inglourious Basterds” scored a similar trifecta of Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The fifth Best Picture slot went to the latest work by Joel & Ethan Coen, “A Serious Man,” a pair who were also nominated for Best Director. The Coen’s “Fargo” and “No Country For Old Men” are previous Best Picture winners of the Cfca. “A Serious Man” also landed »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Conspiracy! Greengrass Says No More Bourne And Call Of Duty Director To Now Direct Movies.

1 December 2009 10:55 PM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

If there's one thing I love, it's good old fashioned conspiracy theories. Nothing like making a bunch of stuff up to make yourself feel better and give those around you a reason to think you're even more insane than they had imagined.Two stories broke today that have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Or do they?First up, is the so not news of a director not doing a movie he was never attached to direct in the first place. Huh? The trades has more:Paul Greengrass has opted out of helming another installment of Universal Pictures' successful Jason Bourne franchise, and Matt Damon's participation is not sealed. That's a blow for the studio looking to assemble another sequel to one of its most important franchises, but hardly a fatal one. Hollywood's top franchises, including the long-running James Bond series and Warner Bros.' Batman pics, »

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Obituary to release Live Xecution Party DVD

30 November 2009 3:35 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Beginning their career as Xecutioner in 1984, Obituary remains one of the most influential and groundbreaking bands in the death metal genre they inadvertently helped forge. Hailing from the sunny state of Florida, the band's decidedly un-sunny take on metal integrated devastatingly slow, lead-footed riffing with obliterating overtures and guttural screams; the adrenaline of a speedball with the slow, degrading measures of a sewer at dusk. It was a sound unlike anything anyone had heard prior. Engineered by the legendary Scott Burns at Morrisound Studio (which would consequently become one of the most sought after production facilities during the death metal surge of the '90s), Obituary's Slowly We Rot debut remains a pinnacle release among all walks of metal; a carnal pleasure for doom, death and thrash fans alike. After eight full-length albums and several smaller releases the band remains one of the most important death metal bands in the world. »

- (Official Press Release)

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Golden Globes 2010 Predictions: Best Picture – Comedy or Musical

20 November 2009 2:29 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

2010 Golden Globes Predictions: Best Picture – Comedy or Musical The Informant! (above, with Matt Damon), d: Steven Soderbergh; scr: Scott Z. Burns A pathological liar helps the Us government nab a nefarious agribusiness conglomerate. Julie & Julia (above, with Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci), d & scr: Nora Ephron Julia Child starts cooking decades ago, while in the early 21st-century blogger Julie Powell decides to boil and broil every single recipe found in Child’s first book. The Men Who Stare at Goats (above, with Kevin Spacey), d: Grant Heslov; scr: Peter Straughan Us military "intelligence" and its use of paranormal activities. Nine (above, with Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren, Stacy Ferguson, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson), d: Rob Marshall; scr: Michael Tolkin, Anthony [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Peter Berg to Direct Army of Two Video Game Adaptation

9 November 2009 10:46 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Over the past few months, we've seen director Peter Berg drop out of a couple of upcoming projects including the robot boxing film Real Steel [1], and the remake of Frank Herbert's Dune [2]. Clearly he's in demand after directing Hancock, but what exactly has he been freeing up his schedule for? Well, we already know that he's going to be directing Universal's Battleship [3] movie, but now in addition to a board game movie, it looks like he has added a video game adaptation to his list of potential projects as well. Yay? A recent article in Variety [4] examines some of the properties that EA is licensing out to TV, movies and comics. Among them is the previously announced big screen version of Army of Two, about two mercenaries working for the U.S. military who get caught up in a political conspiracy in the Middle East. We knew that Scott Z. Burns »

- Sean

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Scott Z. Burns Writing a 'Virus Movie' Script for Soderbergh

29 September 2009 5:47 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns recently released their film The Informant! the to tune of about $21 million, an impressive opening total. While talking with Creative Screenwriting magazine's Jeff Goldsmith (via The Playlist), Burns revealed that inspired by a scene he was writing for the character Mark Whitacre in The Informant, he developed the idea for a "virus movie" that was pitched as "Traffic meets Outbreak." Sounds like an ensemble thriller about viruses and the way health is addressed in contemporary society. But alas, Burns had to put the project on hold when the swine flu epidemic hit. "So now I've kind of had to stop because I want to see where it plays out," Burns said regarding the status of the unnamed project. He had finished three months of work and sixty pages before the swine flu hit. He has no interest in making it into a »

- Alex Billington

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The Informant! Giveaway - Who Wants Free Stuff?

18 September 2009 9:44 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

While it’s been kind of quiet on the giveaway front of late, I’ve got some cool stuff to giveaway to help promote the release of Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant!” So if you’re interested in getting a free t-shirt, a video camera pen, caps, mugs, coasters and more, hit the jump to see pictures and how you can enter. Also, if you were debating seeing “The Informant!” this weekend, here’s Matt’s review which tells you why you should go.

So you’re probably asking how you can win. Here’s what you need to do….


In the headline say The Informant! Giveaway

In the body of the email please provide your name and address and if you win, you’ll get an email from me and soon after you’ll get something in the mail. The giveaway ends September 30th at »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Informant!, The | Review

18 September 2009 7:46 AM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Steven Soderbergh Writer(s): Scott Z. Burns (screenplay), Kurt Eichenwald (book) Starring: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey During the mid-1990s there was an organized scheme, you might even want to say international conspiracy, involving several agricultural companies (including Archer Daniels Midland – also known as Adm – from Decatur, Illinois) to raise the price of lysine, the animal feed additive. The scheme was quite successful – resulting in a 70% increase in lysine prices just within the first nine months of the coercion. The FBI learned of the lysine price-fixing conspiracy from Mark Whitacre, a highly degreed Ivy League bio-tech researcher turned Corporate Vice President of Adm. Whitacre agreed to work as an informant (!) for the FBI (becoming the highest ranking executive to turn whistleblower), effectively collecting hundreds of hours of video and audio tapes that documented agriculture executives from around the world fixing the prices of food additives. »

- Don Simpson

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'The Informant!': Liars, Inc., By Kurt Loder

18 September 2009 7:20 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Matt Damon's laugh trek.

Matt Damon in "The Informant!"

Photo: Warner Bros.

It's October of 1992, and Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon), a hotshot executive at Archer Daniels Midland, the giant agricultural conglomerate, is going about his job. He has a full plate at the moment — some mysterious virus is screwing up the company's corn-syrup operation. Did you know there's corn syrup in everything — orange juice, maple syrup? It's true.

So Mark has a lot on his mind. Or at least that part of his mind that's not buzzing with a whole other swarm of odd fixations. Like ... sushi. "I wonder who went first on that one?" Mark wonders. "The guy without the grill?" There's also the threat of poison-winged butterflies. And ... polar bears! Do you realize that polar bears would be impossible to spot in their snowy Arctic habitat if it weren't for their black noses? It's true. Do you »

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Movie Review: The Informant!

17 September 2009 9:10 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Sep 18, 2009 Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! reaffirms its creator's status as one of the most important American directors working today. Just as great performers find a new way to approach every role, Soderbergh rarely repeats himself. And just as great performers make roles completely their own, Soderbergh brings traditional stories to life in continuously unique, interesting ways. With a truly original script by Scott Z. Burns, The Informant! approaches what first feels like a previously well-told story and turns it into something fresh, new, hilarious, and memorable. One of the best films of the year to ...Read more at »

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Review: The Informant! Makes Matt Damon Fat for No Good Reason

17 September 2009 2:05 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Review in a Hurry: Matt Damon stars as a corporate golden boy who exposes his company's price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI. This odd-but-true tale tries to piece fraud, embezzlement and bipolar disorder into a satirical framework, but like Damon's dopey toupee, the fit is never quite right. The Bigger Picture: After wading together through Oceans 11–13, Damon and director Steven Soderbergh reteam to navigate the tricky waters of dark comedy. Though a porked-up Damon weighs in with a buoyant performance, the overly convoluted script throws The Informant! off course. In this adaptation of Scott Burns' book, based on real events, Mark Whitacre (Damon) is a high-ranking exec at agri-industry giant Archer »

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'The Informant' - 20 videos total from the film starring Matt Damon!

11 September 2009 12:43 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

See 20 total videos from Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Informant!" starring Matt Damon, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Bakula, Nuje O'Mally, Patton Oswalt, Thomas F. Wilson and Tony Hale. The Steven Soderbergh-directed comedy sees theatres on September 18th and is written by Scott Z. Burns based on the book by Kurt Eichenwald. Jennifer Fox and Gregory Jacobs produce the comedy. What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (Adm), Whitacre (Matt Damon) suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company's multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero »

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Summer Wraps, Michael Moore, Fest Clips, Brit Wit, Remakes

10 September 2009 6:14 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Catching up after the holiday weekend and travel to and from fall film fests: Summer boxoffice wraps from THR and Lat. Fall fest round-up: Jay Fernandez covered my Telluride panel with Nic Cage et les autres. Scott Burns talks The Informant! at McN. Analysis of the contemporary role of the film festival. Never one to hide his light under a bushel, Michael Moore promos his Capitalism: A Love Story reviews. Lots … »

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Contest: Win Huge Prizes from The Informant!

9 September 2009 12:42 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Informant! is a hilarious new film from Steven Soderbergh that stars Matt Damon as real-life whistle blower Mark Whitacre. If you've been wishing to follow in Whitacre's footsteps and become a turncoat yourself, then, boy, do we have a contest for you! To celebrate this unbelievable story, we are giving away a bunch of excellent items that will help push you on your quest for that prized work promotion. It's the early stool pigeon that gets the worm, so hurry and enter our exciting The Informant! contest today! Before someone turns you in!

We're giving away the following prizes to various winners:

- Video Camera Pen

- The Informant! Soft Briefcase/Laptop Bag

- The Informant! Tee

- The Informant! Yellow Cap

- "0014" Mug - Arv $8

- The Informant! Plastic Whistle on White Rope

- Set of 4 Coasters

Tons of winners! Tons of prizes! Enter today!

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'The Informant!' - New images in from the Matt Damon starrer.

9 September 2009 8:16 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

See over thirty new images from Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Informant!" starring Matt Damon, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Bakulam Nuje O'Mally, Patton Oswalt, Thomas F. Wilson and Tony Hale. The Steven Soderbergh-helmed film sees theatres on September 18th. Jennifer Fox and Gregory Jacobs serve as producers. Scott Z. Burns adapted the screenplay based on the book by Kurt Eichenwald. What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (Adm), Whitacre (Matt Damon) suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company's multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero »

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The Informant!: Based On A Tattle-Tale...

1 September 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Informant! is the newest feature from director/cinematographer Steven "The Girlfriend Experience" Soderbergh, based on the 2000 non-fiction novel by author/journalist Kurt Eichenwald. Screenplay adaptation is by Scott Z. Burns. Premise of the 'dark-comedy/thriller', set in the 1990's, follows 'Mark Whitacre' (Matt Damon), a bi-polar 'rising star' at Decatur, Illinois based 'Archer Daniels Midland', who became a 'whistle-blower' regarding the company.s unethical tactics. November 1992, Whitacre confessed to FBI agent 'Brian Shepard' (Scott Bakula) that Adm executives routinely met with competitors to fix the price of lysine, a food additive. Whitacre secretly gathered hundreds of hours of video/audio over several years to present to the FBI, gathering evidence by taping company business meetings in Tokyo, Paris, Mexico City and Hong Kong. The Informant! will be released September 18. Click on the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the official HD trailer for The Informant! »

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MovieWeb's 2009 Fall Movie Guide!

1 September 2009 7:54 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Labor Day weekend is coming up, and it's a holiday that marks the end of the summer movie season along with summer itself. All the kids are heading back to the classroom for another dreaded year of school and (for those in L.A. like myself) the weather starts to cool... hopefully. While fall usually isn't seen as a cinematic hotbed, with the blockbuster summer season over, there are still plenty of quality films to check out at the box office. This year we have Megan Fox's possessed body, a sensational animated film and a new zombie adventure. There's a lot more that I'm looking forward to this fall, so here is a comphrehensive look at what you can expect from this fall movie season.


Gamer - September 4th

Starring: Gerard Butler, Kyra Sedgwick, Michael C. Hall, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, John Leguizamo, Amber Valletta, Terry Crews, Logan Lerman, »

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New Matt Damon’s “The Informant!” Image

12 August 2009 3:08 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Here’s a brand new and Hi-Res image of Matt Damon from comedy/thriller “The Informant!,” directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. Don’t forget to enlarge it.

The film is based on a 2000 best-seller “The Informant: A True Story” a nonfiction thriller written by journalist Kurt Eichenwald. Scott Z. Burns (”The Bourne Ultimatum”) wrote the screenplay.

Check out the trailer for the movie if you haven’t seen it yet.

In the movie, the Us government decides to go after an agri-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president turned informant Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon), who is the highest-level whistle-blower the FBI ever managed to flip.

Soderbergh’s new film which also stars Frank Welker, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Bakula, Patton Oswalt, Tony Hale, Thomas F. Wilson, Joel McHale and Eddie Jemison will hit theaters on October 9th, 2009.

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- Fiona

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