The new Matt Damon comedy “The Informant” is based on a real-life corporate price-fixing scandal broken up by a whistleblower and the enforcement of antitrust laws. The true story of that scandal and the relevance of antitrust laws today are highlighted in a new award-winning documentary, “Fair Fight in the Marketplace”.
“Fair Fight” includes a segment that presents the facts of the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) case, including some of the actual undercover FBI footage recorded by former ADM employee Mark Whitacre, the main character played by Matt Damon in “The Informant”. The segment also includes commentary from Department of Justice officials and others, and shows the negative impact of ADM’s price-fixing on farmers and consumers.
The Archer Daniel Midlands video segment is available to view on YouTube.
“Fair Fight in the Marketplace” also presents a short history of antitrust legislation in America and highlights two other antitrust cases to demonstrate how antitrust laws protect American consumers by ensuring that corporations compete fairly in the marketplace. The two other cases are:
Actors Johnny Depp and Matt Damon are the best, while Will Ferrell and Tobey Maguire are ranked the worst celebrity signers in Autograph magazine’s 15th annual survey of who’s cool and who’s cruel to autograph collectors. Results of the annual rankings of Hollywood signers are in the December issue of Autograph (http://www.AutographMagazine.com), on sale now.
“It’s the third consecutive year Depp has topped the list of the ten best signers. Whether at a premier, in a restaurant or on location, Depp may just be the best Hollywood autograph signer of all time,” said Steve Cyrkin, Editor and Publisher of Autograph magazine.
“In a miraculous turnaround, actor Russell Crowe moved from number ten on the 2006 worst list to number ten on the 2007 best list. He may still be a bit grumpy at times, but now he signs pretty much anytime someone asks,” Cyrkin stated.
“What’s so frustrating about Will Ferrell being the worst autograph signer this past year is that he used to be so nice to fans and collectors, and a great signer. What makes him so bad is that he’ll taunt people asking for his autograph,” said Cyrkin.
Here are Autograph magazine’s 10 Best and 10 Worst Hollywood Signers of 2007:
The 2009 UNICEF Ball from NYC to Beverly Hills, CA brought together Hollywoods biggest stars for fundraising galas to honor those individuals who have made key contributions to UNICEFs mission to save and improve childrens lives worldwide.
BEVERLY HILLS GALA: At the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on December 10th, producer and long-time philanthropist Jerry Weintraub was honored as Man of the Year with UNICEFs Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award. Performances held by Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, Jane Morgan-Weintraub and Franki Valli & The Four Seasons.
Video & Stills: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cindy Crawford, Bruce Willis, Jeremy Piven, Selena Gomez, Alyssa Milano
NYC GALA: Al Roker hosted at Cipriani on 42nd St. on December 2nd to honor Antonio LA Reid, with performance by Island Def Jam recording artist Chrisette Michele.