Dreck like He’s Just Not That Into You and New Year’s Eve are proof that a star-studded ensemble isn’t everything — sometimes, it just means the studio was willing to cut sizable checks to A-listers for not very much work. But when a more promising picture books a bevy of top-shelf talent, it can’t help but add to the film’s allure.

Last week, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray were the first stars announced as being attached to The Monuments Men, and now director/star George Clooney is beefing up his cast with even more recognizable names: Daniel Craig, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban. Eat your heart out, Argo. More details after the jump.

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George Clooney is no stranger to criminal activities. With films like Ocean’s Eleven, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Out of Sight, more often than you might remember, he plays a character who steals or kills for a living. Does that make him the perfect person to direct a film on the subject?

Earlier this year, Clooney signed on to star and direct Monuments Men, the true story of art historians who attempted to protect the world’s greatest pieces of art from a thieving Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. He’s been trying to get the film together (along with another movie) and it seems that Sony has now agreed to split the cost of this one with 20th Century Fox. That should help get the film going sooner, as well the attachment of Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray in unspecified roles. Read more after the jump. Read More »