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Posted by JP on Fri, 05/16/2008 - 10:58

The most important development at the Capitol is word that Matt Damon will be in Springfield this weekend filming for an upcoming movie about the 1990's informant scandal at nearby Decatur-based ADM.

The production crew is looking for extras Sunday through Tuesday, and Tuesday filming is at the Capitol.

This place hasn't been this excited since Reese Witherspoon and the Legally Blonde II crew left town. (The Illinois House chamber subbed for Congress in the critically acclaimed flick).

There've been extensive Damon sightings and interaction over in Decatur during recent filming.

In other movie news ...
Thursday night was the Chicago premier of HBO's new film RECOUNT.

Here's Daily Herald politics and projects reporter Joseph Ryan's red carpet report.

Democrats will never drop the 2000 recount – it seeps out in snide remarks and erupts in blustery sermons, an election stolen by a right wing conspiracy.
Republicans just don’t want to talk about it – the mere mention can bring charge of treason.
Into this unbridgeable rift steps HBO’s new movie Recount with a star-studded cast playing out the inner workings of those 36 days of street fights, PR stunts, hanging chads and mascara jokes in the Sunshine State.
As HBO marketing wizards drum up interest before the May 25 debut, political reporters and elected officials in the Chicago area were invited to a screening downtown Thursday night.
Behind the free food, beer and flattering access to Hollywood insiders, the sales pitch was, as HBO producer Len Amato put it: “The goal was to make the film truthful. There was no agenda.”
Truth, as the recount itself showed, is elusive. Plus, even when you can nail it down, few will agree in such a poisoned and partisan atmosphere.
You can bet that no matter what Amato, writer Danny Strong or director Jay Roach put on tape, the more visceral conservative pundits would consider the story slanted.
Recount, they will say, is another liberal film from sadistic Hollywood meant to rewrite history under the false cloak of ‘truth.’ And some Democratic pundits will never be satisfied until the movie shows George W. Bush burning ballots in Katherine Harris’ bathroom.
But the producers are straining to convince viewers of a sole allegiance to facts.
Amato said 40 participants in the Florida recount were interviewed and a panel of experts helped craft the story and check the facts.
Still, Democrats are likely to come away feeling the drama is either a fair representation or too kind to Bush. And Republicans may be hard-pressed to find their side adequately portrayed.
To be sure, the movie doesn’t go out of its way to demonize James Baker and the other Bush operatives. But it does show the Democrats as a bit more idealistic in their zealous pursuit of victory.
Like the recount itself, though, each viewer will begin the movie with their own biased perceptions.
Some will walk away with those same perceptions. Others may not.
That is what actor Bob Balaban, who played Republican attorney Ben Ginsberg, said happened to him during filming.
“I went into it thinking ‘Those nasty Republicans stole everything’ and I came out of it thinking ‘Well the nasty Republicans think the nasty Democrats stole everything,’” he said. “It is hard for me to see (the recount) as any vendetta from anyone’s side. I see it as a bunch of archaic rules and that the constitution doesn’t cover everything.”

In other news ...

The House has adjourned its Friday session after about 90 minutes. Numerous absences on both sides.

The Senate isn't in today.

May 29th is the alleged last day of session. The deadline for a budget is May 31. If they go past, it'll require Republican votes in the House in order to get the constitutionally required level of support.

Voter ID likely to return

Downstate Republican state Rep. David Reis said he plans to call his voter ID legislation for a vote next week. A committee rejected an amendment yesterday, but the general plan is still pending in the full House and Reis told us he fully intends to have a vote.

The amended version would have let someone without ID cast a vote and it would count so long as the person could show an ID to an election official within 10 days.

It was voted down along party lines, with the majority Democrats all opposed.

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