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Affleck, Damon reuniting at Warners

Affleck, Damon reuniting at Warners
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are stirring up some good will over at Warner Bros.

The actors, longtime friends who won the original screenplay Oscar for "Good Will Hunting" in 1997, are negotiating to close a first-look producing deal at WB. Details are yet unknown on the new company's name or the length of the agreement, but the pact is likely to close within days.

Damon has worked with Warner Bros. often in recent years, starring in "Invictus," "The Informant!," "The Departed," "Syriana" and the "Ocean's" trilogy for the studio over the last decade. Affleck co-wrote, directed and stars in his latest film, "The Town," for WB, which is releasing the crime thriller in September.

The two actors created and ran LivePlanet, which had a deal at Disney until 2007, a decade ago with Chris Moore and Sean Bailey, Disney's new production chief. But it's unclear whether Affleck and Damon will try
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'Avatar,' 'Hangover' offer lessons to studios

'Avatar,' 'Hangover' offer lessons to studios
Everyone knows that 2009 was a bad year for most of us, at least financially speaking, and a great year for pictures. Boxoffice gross and ticket sales grew to more than $10 billion and 1.4 billion, respectively. Ticket sales were the most in five years, though that was below the modern record of 1.6 billion set in 2002.

As the movie business looks at the possible lessons of 2009 in hope of learning from them in 2010, here's what we know (until this year shows that we know something different):

-- When the going gets tough, the tough go to the movies;

-- The adult drama ("State of Play," "The Informant!") is over;

-- Not every toy, comic book and graphic novel works as a movie (see "Speed Racer," "Astro Boy");

-- Torture porn is done ("Saw");

-- There can be one too many vampire movies ("Daybreakers" -- even the undead have a shelf life);

-- And Sandra Bullock is back,
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Analysis: What's wrong and right about the Golden Globes music nominations

  • Hitfix
Analysis: What's wrong and right about the Golden Globes music nominations
The Golden Globes got it half right: The nominations, announced today, hit a homerun when it comes to best original score. The choices are predictable, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worthy. Michael Giacchino’s “Up” is touching and should win for the opening segment about the now-widowed Carl and his courtship and his life with his wife. Marvin Hamlisch’s score for “The Informant!” is whimsical and humorous and perfectly reflects the wackiness and delusions going on Matt Damon’s head. Similarly, Karen O and Carter Burwell’s “Where the Wild Things Are” music fits beautifully with the magical, disturbing and thought-provoking movie’s theme....
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George Clooney To Direct Matt Damon In Aaron Sorkin's War On Terror

George Clooney To Direct Matt Damon In Aaron Sorkin's War On Terror
George Clooney has quite the busy year ahead of him. He stars in Up in the Air" and "Men Who Stare At Goats," two Tiff darlings which both hit theaters in a matter of weeks. Then there's the upcoming Wes Anderson stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" -- another Toronto fave -- which the actor lends his voice to. Clooney also produced the just-released, Steven Soderbergh-directed "The Informant!," starring Matt Damon.

The star's 2010 is also shaping up, with a lead and a producer's credit for the action/thriller adaptation of Martin Booth's novel "A Very Private Gentleman." We can add one more to the list now. News emerged over the weekend Clooney is getting back together with his old "Ocean's co-star Damon, and they're bringing Emmy-winning "West Wing" writer Aaron Sorkin along for the ride.

Damon told FemaleFirst on the red carpet at the NYC premiere of "The Informant!
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Box Office Preview: 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' will 'rain' at number one

Box Office Preview: 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' will 'rain' at number one
At last, young kids have had a reason to go to the movies. (July's G-Force was the most recent opportunity and some parents are still reeling from the experience.) Sony Pictures' PG-rated Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs will open this weekend in 2-D, 3-D and IMAX and is destined to lock into the number one spot over three other new films: Love Happens, The Informant!, and Jennifer's Body. How will those movies open? Now that's where it gets interesting. Megan Fox -- the controversial 'It' girl of summer  - is exploiting her assets in the Karyn Kusama-directed, Diablo Cody-scripted horror film Jennifer's Body while Aaron Eckhart chases Jennifer Aniston's body in the romantic drama Love Happens. And Matt Damon dons a mustache and glasses for his Ocean's director Steven Soderbergh in the R-rated comedy The Informant! Overall, the weekend should handily beat out last year, when
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Trailers: The Informant!

  • SoundOnSight
It’s been over a month since Steven Soderbergh’s last release The Girlfriend Experience. So it’s about time we got a look at his latest film The Informant starring Matt Damon. Expecting a Michael Clayton style drama I was pleasantly surprised the film is being billed as a black comedy. The Trailer has a couple real laugh-out -loud moments. Damon looks to be a good bet for an Oscar nomination next year (It would be his first in over 12 years). The film also stars comedians Joel McHale and Patton Oswald. Look out for The Informant on October 9th.
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Watch the Trailer for Steven Soderbergh's The Informant!

For those of us still smarting over the cancellation of Moneyball, Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant! may be the last chance we get to see the director in big-budget mode for a while. A comedy about a business executive who decides to turn in his own company, kind of, the movie is based on actual events and reunites Soderbergh with frequent collaborator Matt Damon.
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First Look: Kevin Smith’s ‘A Couple of Dicks’

  • Screen Rant
Mallrats, Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, blah, blah, blah. Yet there’s a dark little place in my heart that secretly loves Jersey Girl. There, I said it. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I am intrigued (and a little tickled) by the prospect of the new Kevin Smith film, A Couple of Dicks.

I hesitate to prematurely pass judgment on the film based merely on its pedigree, but given Smith’s track record, and the cast of Dicks, February of 2010 has more to look forward to than Martin Luther King, groundhogs, and chocolate hearts.

ComingSoon has revealed the latest photos from A Couple of Dicks, which currently filming in Brooklyn. These new production pictures feature the film’s stars, Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, as well as one of the newest additions to the cast, Michelle Trachtenberg (Harriet the Spy, Eurotrip). Also featured in the movie are Jason Lee,
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Av Club 12 Things Woody Allen Just Doesn't Get (fun article, mostly spot on)

The Washington Post's Dan Zak gets a lengthy chat with Michelle Pfeiffer for Chéri. I should note that I have met and lunched with Dan so I knew this next bit of info was coming. "Pfans" are discussed though Michelle, ever the reluctant superstar, doesn't seem to know what they are. You mean she never checked out my "Pfandom" website in 1999? ;)

HitFix beautiful new teaser poster for Precious. How many is this film gonna get?

Movie|Line Stereotypes fears swirling round The Princess and the Frog

Let Me Entertain You names Ann-Margret (Tommy) the Best Actress of 1975

broadway baby

Avenue Q is closing in September (sniffle)

The Little Mermaid is closing in August (yay!
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Soup's Joel McHale Stars in Movie With Other Guy

Is there nothing dreamy Joel McHale can't do? The Soup's host is a master of martial arts, noted test pilot, Arctic adventurer and rodeo roustabout, plus he's always so nice when he asks us to stop making up things about him. (His legal team could learn some manners from him, yikes!) And now this: He's starring in The Informant, a film by Steven Soderbergh about corn, lies and the FBI. Yes, the film also features Matt Damon in the lead as a guy who rats out his agribusiness company's price-fixing to the feds while all the while enjoying the benefits of said schemes. You figure with Damon in the role he's totally going to skate on this, right? Well, however it all turns out, we just feel a...
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The Informant! Trailer is here

  • TotalFilm
The trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s new pic, The Informant! is now online and you can see it below. What was initially thought might be a deep stare into corporate culture and whistle blowing looks like more of a black comedy, with Soderbergh bringing both Matt Damon and a little of the Ocean’s style to the film. Not only does it look like a lot of fun, but it’s weighed down with prime comedy talent, including Arrested Development’s Tony Hale, comedian Patton Oswalt and even Tom Wilson – yes, Biff himself...

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New Trailer for Soderberg’s ‘The Informant!’ Online

Director Steven Soderberg can pretty much do no wrong, at least in my opinion. His talent and taste make him one of the best and most interesting directors working today. Sure, he might have a few missteps occasionally and release some movies that underperform, but at least he’s never boring and you can rank even his mediocre films higher than many other director’s best. Plus, his film The Limey is one of my all-time favorites.

So, it was with great anticipation that I saw the trailer for his latest project The Informant!, which features a pudgy Matt Damon and tells the real-life story of a bi-polar whistle-blower who must come to grips with the reality that only he knows the truth. At first, before watching the trailer, the title leads you to believe its another of those movies much like The Insider or Michael Clayton. You know, a serious drama.
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The Informant! poster

  • JoBlo
Just in case the new trailer for Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! didn't quite give you the impression it was reaching for a comic tone, this Wtf poster for the movie should make it pretty clear. Also, the official synopsis: "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...
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Matt Damon's Funny The Informant Trailer

The trailer for the upcoming Matt Damon comedy/thriller "The Informant," based on Kurt Eichenwald's 2000 best-seller "The Informant: A True Story," has been released. Check it out below. 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 (Damon), who is the highest-level whistle-blower the FBI ever managed to flip. The new movie is directed by Steven Soderbergh, who is re-teaming with Damon after having worked together on all three "Ocean's" movies. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on October 9th. Trailer: If you cannot see the player, click here. Click here to read more about "The Informant."
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Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant Trailer Starring Matt Damon

  • FilmJunk
Steven Soderbergh has never been one to take a lot of time off in between projects. Last year he completed his two-part epic Che (which still has yet to be released on DVD), and just a few months later his follow-up film The Girlfriend Experience was screening at Sundance. Now we've already got a trailer for his next movie, a corporate comedy/thriller called The Informant starring Matt Damon. When I first heard about this movie, for some reason I thought it was going to be more of a straight up espionage flick (maybe it's just that Damon's look with the glasses reminded me of The Good Shepherd), but it's definitely got a strong satirical edge to it. The fact that it's a true story also interests me. In a way this feels like Soderbergh's response to The Coen Brothers' Burn After Reading, and it will probably also be a
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Damon + Soderbergh + Corn = New Trailer for 'The Informant!'

  • Cinematical
The way casting announcements and pics of a pudgier Matt Damon had come down the pike, one had every reason to think that Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! (now with exclamation point) was going to skew more serious than its newly debuted trailer sells.

It's not that there's anything wrong with telling the real-life story of a bi-polar whistle-blower (Damon) with a more decidedly comedic bent, but 'thriller', this does not scream. Then again, maybe Soderbergh just wanted to lighten things up after the epic Che and the austere The Girlfriend Experience, and if that's indeed the case, things do seem to be heading more towards the Ocean's Whatever lark end of his spectrum.

Although most sites seem to have The Informant! with an October 9th release date, the trailer and the page around it (you know, with the 40-Year-Old Virgin-like possible poster art) both state September (in line with
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Matt Damon Gets Unbelievably Corny in The Informant Trailer

Apple has put up the first trailer for the Steven Soderbergh directed, Matt Damon starring, comedy The Informant. Holy hell, this is a comedy?! Was I the only one that didn’t know? I thought this would be a thriller, starring an overweight Jason Bourne. Instead we have a James Bond parody, starring 0014, twice as good as 007. Genius. As a dramatic thriller this would have covered well trodden ground, but as a comedy it's in a fairly small group of serious laugh bringers, beside almost all of the Coen comedies and Dr. Strangelove. Matt Damon is in Ocean’s 11/12/13 mode, which makes it obvious that Soderbergh is a fan of comedy Matt. The basis for the movie is Kurt Eichenwald’s 2000 book of the same name. It covers the adventures of Ivy League graduate Mark Whitacre (Damon), who blew the whistle on the Lysine price fixing scandal in the early 90s. This
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Matt Damon is The Informant!

Warner Bros. Pictures has provided us with the first trailer for Steven Soderbergh's upcoming corporate comedy The Informant! , starring Matt Damon as Mark Whitacre, a rising star at an agri-industry giant who became the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history. In an attempt to expose a price-fixing conspiracy at his company to the FBI, Whitacre wore a wire and a hidden tape recorder, imagining himself as some kind of secret agent. The Informant! is scheduled to open on October 9 after debuting at the Toronto Film Festival.
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Trailer: Mustachioed Matt Damon Is The Informant!

The Informant is Steven Soderbergh.s expose of the corrupt agricultural industry. Apparently we.re all full of corn. It looks less like a Soderbergh movie though than it does a Coen brothers dark comedy. Matt Damon has a funny mustache and does a strange accent to play Mark Whitacre, a rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland who suddenly turns whistleblower. The FBI sends him to work wearing a wire and Whitacre envisions himself as a hero to the common man. Of course it all goes to his head. Watch the first trailer for The Informant in glorious high-res at Apple, or watch it below:
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The Informant Movie Trailer

  • Slash Film
"From the director of Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen" might tell you everything you need to know about the sales pitch for Steven Soderbergh's The Informant. Based on the true story of Mark Whitacre, played by Matt Damon, who blew the whistle on price-fixing policies at grain processing conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland, the film adapts the book of the same name by Kurt Eichenwald. But the trailer promises anything but a dry boardroom battle. Cut to 'Flight of the Valkyries' and pop song 'Would I Lie To You?' and featuring some great moments from co-stars Scott Bakula and Tony Hale, this looks like The Insider meets Top Secret. Watch the trailer after the jump. In 1992, Whitacre confessed to an FBI agent (played by Bakula) that he and other company execs had fixed the price of lysine, a grain-based food additive. Soderbergh is evidently casting the story as a sharp,
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