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Clooney steps back behind the camera for Ides of March

Oct. 28, 2010by: Mike Sampson
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George Clooney is set to show Ben Affleck he's not the only pretty-boy actor who can direct a quality film. The Oscar-winning actor has secured financing for his fourth directorial effort THE IDES OF MARCH, an adaptation of the Broadway play "Farragut North." Clooney will produce the film with fellow ladies man Leonardo DiCaprio.

Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood have all signed on to star alongside Clooney in the film, which the actor co-wrote with long-time buddy Grant Heslov (the pair previously teamed on GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. So if you're keeping tabs at home, that's Clooney starring, directing, writing and producing...

The film will star Gosling as a powerful, up-and-coming press secretary for a presidential candidate. His career and ultimately the track of his boss' candidacy are derailed by a more seasoned veteran of DC politics (Giamatti) after an affair with a teenage volunteer (Wood). Clooney will play the would-be president (said to be based on Howard Dean) and Tomei will play a New York Times reporter caught up in the mix. (Chris Pine, he of the USS Enterprise and stopping unstoppable trains, previously starred in the Broadway version.)

Filming on the project will begin early next year.

Extra Tidbit: Clooney sez LOL.
Source: Variety

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12:22PM on 10/28/2010
So is it Gosling who has the affair? If it's inspired by the Dean campaign and not the Edwards campaign, I assume that's right. I am a big Clooney supporter, even though I missed "Leatherheads" and "The American" (still hoping to catch the latter on DVD). And the idea of Giamatti as a seasoned DC veteran sounds like perfect casting. I don't know the man's politics, but if he suddenly showed up on a political talk-show putting a spin on some issue, I would not think him out of place.
So is it Gosling who has the affair? If it's inspired by the Dean campaign and not the Edwards campaign, I assume that's right. I am a big Clooney supporter, even though I missed "Leatherheads" and "The American" (still hoping to catch the latter on DVD). And the idea of Giamatti as a seasoned DC veteran sounds like perfect casting. I don't know the man's politics, but if he suddenly showed up on a political talk-show putting a spin on some issue, I would not think him out of place.
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12:03PM on 10/28/2010
Leatherheads might have been a misstep, but it wasnt Clooney's fault. It was competently directed, the writing was just not very good. But Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night Good Luck, proved that Clooney had a lot of talent behind the camera. He's one of the most talented actor-turned director. Someday, maybe not now, he'll have his Oscar for directing and will actually deserve it, unlike others ...
Leatherheads might have been a misstep, but it wasnt Clooney's fault. It was competently directed, the writing was just not very good. But Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night Good Luck, proved that Clooney had a lot of talent behind the camera. He's one of the most talented actor-turned director. Someday, maybe not now, he'll have his Oscar for directing and will actually deserve it, unlike others ...
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9:46AM on 10/28/2010
Sounds really good. Great cast too. Clooney is a good director and I thought Leatherheads was a really good underrated flick. Here's to hoping this does well.
Sounds really good. Great cast too. Clooney is a good director and I thought Leatherheads was a really good underrated flick. Here's to hoping this does well.
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