05/10/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT
"The movie is going well," said George Clooney
(greeting well-wishers on the set in Winnetka, Ill., a Chicago suburb).
"It's been really fun getting the gang back together," Matt Damon
(with fans on Chicago's West Side) said of the sequel.
missed the Winnetka shoot (where cast members "were all so gracious," says Margaret Stephen, whose home served as a key location) but was on hand when filming shifted to Chicago's West Side.
That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles
University of Michigan students (above, from left) Lindsey Paterson, Jenny Schulz and Heather Schier brought cookies to Roberts and her costars, but liability concerns kept caterers from serving them. No problem, says Schulz: "They were delicious!"
Popping the Question to Julia
Hey, it never hurts to ask. Seizing his opportunity after learning Julia Roberts
was filming on his Winnetka block, New Trier High School senior Ryan King, 17, wrote "Julia, Prom?" on a flattened Gatorade box and held it up as she greeted fans. "She saw it and had this little smile on her face," says King. "Then she told me, 'I'm sorry, but I can't because I'm married.' " Roberts let him down gently, though: She happily autographed his sign.