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The true tale at the core of The Informant! is not one that would appear to lend itself very well to comedy, and yet in taking that approach, director Steven Soderbergh managed to craft a sly, unusual little satire that both amuses and perplexes in all the right ways. Soderbergh’s interests appear to lie less in the lysine price-fixing conspiracy that the story revolves around than in the peculiar actions of high-ranking executive Mark Whitacre, presenting an ever-evolving portrait of a goofy, naïve, affable and possibly deranged whistleblower. Viewers will likely feel uneasy at the way the film is presented from Whitacre’s perspective, providing endless stream-of-consciousness anecdotes about corn, polar bears and ’90s corporate thrillers, and yet never giving you a strong sense of what his motives are or what exactly he’s trying to accomplish. The longer the film moves forward though, the more it becomes clear that that’s exactly the point; not even Whitacre is sure why he does the things he does, and it isn’t until he runs out of lies to tell that he stops running his mouth long enough to let that notion dawn on him. Matt Damon’s hilarious, Oscar-deserving performance conveys these facets of Whitacre perfectly, and in doing so, assists Soderbergh in the creation of one of recent cinema’s most fascinating, oddball characters.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Deleted scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as a commentary with director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Burns, and a digital copy of the film.

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jennifer's body posterIn this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the sad state of Disney’s live action brand, assess Tomas Alfredson’s proclivities for gender-bending storylines, offer up some unabashed praise for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and report back on the first week of the fall TV season. Special guest Adam Kempenaar joins us from the Filmspotting podcast.

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New Photos in MTV’s 2009 Fall Movie Preview


MTV has published their Fall 2009 movie preview, which includes 24 new photos from movies due out in the next four months. Its one of those really annoying page-at-a-time slideshows, so I thought I’d feature a few of the photos. . Above is another look at Peter Jackson‘s version of “Heaven” in The Lovely Bones, featuring Saoirse Ronan.

After the jump, photos include: George Clooney and Anna Kendrick in Jason Reitman‘s Up in the Air, John Woo‘s Red Cliff, James McTeigue‘s Ninja Assassin, and Scott Bakula, Joel McHale and Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh‘s The Informant. You can head on over to MTV to see many many more

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public enemies posterIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley find out what this whole Mumblecore deal is all about, try to write the plot of the new Asteroids film, assess the career and etymology of Nimrod Antal, discuss the look of Public Enemies, and get excited about the trailers of Jennifer’s Body and The Informant. Special guest Dan Trachtenberg joins us from the Totally Rad Show.

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The Informant Movie Trailer


“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. Read More »

It’s time to play everyone’s favorite game, “Rejected Sears model, Amber Alert suspect or Matt Damon in character.” A celeb site ickily called Splash received a batch of open-shirted, pale Damon photos from the set of Steven Soderbergh‘s The Informant. We haven’t talked much about the flick on /Film: Damon plays Mark Whitacre, “the highest level executive to turn whistle-blower in U.S. history,” whose prolonged undercover work for the FBI gathering price-fixing evidence against his employer, an agri-biz powerhouse, um, did nothing to help a severe bipolar disorder.

Moreover, Whitacre embezzled millions from his employer while working with the “good guys.” He was released from prison in 2006 after serving more than eight years, and now has a COO position in bio-tech. If you saw the guy pictured here at the hotel pool, such a bizarre narc trajectory would sound about right, no? Scott Bakula will play the main FBI dude in the film, which is a welcome/unpredictable casting choice for a role usually created for Christian Bale. Opening March ’09, The Informant looks to join notable white collar paranoia thrillers like The Insider, Michael Clayton and Damon’s own The Good Shepherd.

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We’ve missed a lot of set photos in the last few days, so here is a round-up. First up is Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh‘s The Informant. Damon plays vice president turned informant/star witness Mark Whitacre, one of the men involved in an agri-business giant with a price-fixing accusation. Nice mustache! The Informant hits theaters on March 9th 2009.[justjared]

Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's The Informant

Mark Wahlberg stars in the upcoming video game to screen adaptation Max Payne. Payne is a DEA agent whose family was slain as part of a conspiracy. In order to avenge their deaths, he must come together with a deadly assassin (Mila Kunis) who is also out to avenge the death of a family member, her sister. We also have a look at his body-count. [FSR]

Mark Wahlberg in Max Payne

And we have our first official look at Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel. In an orphanage, silently standing next to a perfectly made bed, is a frail and slender ten year old girl with thick black hair. Gabrielle Chanel, known as Coco, and her many lives. The story of the path taken by Coco from her obscure beginnings to the blinding lights of Paris. (Casty the Clown)

Audrey Tautou, Coco Chanel

Next up we have a photo of Megan Fox in the Diablo Cody-penned horror film Jennifer’s Body. Fox plays the title character, Jennifer), a cheerleader possessed by a demon who starts feeding off the boys in a Minnesota farming town. [badandugly]

Megan Fox in Jennifer's Body

Next up is Adam Brody in Jennifer’s Body. Brody plays Nikolai, a hot lead singer of an up-and-coming rock band with a penchant for evil. [justjared]

Adam Brody in Jennifer's Body

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