One of the great many films that seems like a strong 2011 festival prospect is George Clooney‘s The Ides of March, which adapts Beau Williams‘ play Farragut North. Now the film has been tabbed as the opening selection for the Venice Film Festival, and will therefore premiere on August 31.

That’ll probably be in time for the movie to still seem like it is particularly well-timed, as the play and movie are both inspired by events in Howard Dean’s 2004 Presidential primary campaign, but augmented with the scandal of sexual impropriety. So as it turns out, the last weeks of Anthony Weiner’s political career could be this movie’s best advance marketing. And it can always be promoted on the strength of a stellar cast: Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Max Minghella and Evan Rachel Wood. Read More »

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George Clooney Wants Ryan Gosling for ‘Farragut North’

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Ryan Gosling is back in a big way. He got great notes for his work in Blue Valentine; he’s shooting Drive right now, under the direction of Nicolas Winding Refn; and he’s got a Steve Carell comedy to shoot soon and the Andrew Jarecki film All Good Things finally about to release.

And now George Clooney reportedly wants him for the lead role in Farragut North, which Mr. Clooney plans to direct. Read More »

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We’d heard a few years ago that George Clooney wanted to direct a screen version of the play Farragut North, and there’s a new report that suggests he’s going to do it at last. And possibly with a hell of a cast: Chris Pine, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti may all sign up for a February shoot. Read More »

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