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'Ides Of March' Screenwriter Beau Willimon Talks Political Vs. Oscar Campaigns & Why George Clooney Deserved More Oscar Nods

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2012 2:43 PM
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Well, we're just about a day away from the Oscars, and making his first appearance on the red carpet will be screenwriter Beau Willimon, nominated along with George Clooney and Grant Heslov for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Ides Of March." Based on his own play "Farragut North," Willimon drew on his own experiences working on political campaigns in his 20s to tell the the sharply observed tale of an idealistic organizer for a progressive candidate who is forced to navigate the shifting tides of his own morals and values as the race for power becomes dirty. Of course, Oscar campaigning is also a viciously fought affair, and when we chatted with Willimon at the end of week, we asked him what he saw as the parallels and differences between an awards and political race.

The Amazing Race: My Super Last Minute Oscar Predictions

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 23, 2012 11:15 PM
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Lord knows why I'm doing this last minute. Maybe just to get it on the record so I can either be totally embarrassed or elated in the morning, regardless, while I've been thinking about this for some time, I just haven't had the time to sit down and actually write out my Oscar predictions.

'Bridesmaids,' 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' & 'The Ides Of March' Surprise With PGA Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2012 12:42 PM
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Let's get the other stuff out of the way first. Yes, the Best Picture frontrunners you've expected all during the awards season -- "The Artist," "The Descendants," "The Help," "Midnight In Paris" -- have all earned PGA Award nominations for the top movie prize, the Darry F. Zanuck Producer Of The Year Award. But as always, it's the surprises that are the most fun, and this year, the PGA has a quite a few up their sleeve.

National Board Of Review Gives Best Picture & Director To 'Hugo'; Tilda Swinton & George Clooney Take Acting Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2011 4:14 PM
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Box Office: Slow Weekend As '80s Remakes 'Footloose' & 'The Thing' Open Soft; 'Real Steel' Stays #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 16, 2011 3:40 AM
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You put out one remake of an '80s movie during a slow weekend, and it’s not a big deal. You put out remakes of two niche early '80s hits on the same weekend, and audiences get the message. This weekend was the clearest example yet of studios offering reheated product, one of which was remains in public memory as a punch line, the other as a cult classic that was ignored by critics and audiences upon its initial release. At least they weren’t expensive.

Weekend Box Office: 'Real Steel' Takes Number One, Looks More Like Imitation Scrap

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 9, 2011 5:48 AM
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There are only a handful of stars in Hollywood, and Dreamworks gambled on Hugh Jackman being one of them for “Real Steel.” While the picture is hitting number one with a $27 million tally, it’s clear they may have erred. Dreamworks and Disney were very aggressive in marketing this robot boxing movie, but they made three huge mistakes.

In Theaters: 'Real Steel' Goes Toe To Toe With 'Ides of March'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • October 7, 2011 7:49 AM
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Happy Friday ladies and germs, are you all ready to get your Rock'em Sock'em robots on? "Real Steel" hits theaters with Hugh Jackman in its corner this weekend. The Year of Gosling continues with George Clooney's campaign drama "The Ides of March" and oh goody, another "Human Centipede" movie. Aren't we all just the luckiest movie goers in the world?!

The 20 Best Movies About Politicians

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 7, 2011 4:09 AM
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The Ides Of March,
To a degree, every film is political. Some are political with a small p -- the insidious militarism in Michael Bay's "Transformers" films might go over the heads of many audience members, but it's there. Some are Political with a big P, setting out from the start to campaign on a certain issue, with even silly comedies like "The Other Guys" getting in on the act. And some are specifically about politics, getting into the nitty-gritty of elections, of glad-handing, of delegate counts and filibusters and bills and speeches.

George Clooney Brought A Nerf Gun To The Set Of 'The Ides Of March'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • October 6, 2011 6:05 AM
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Grant Heslov & Evan Rachel Wood Discuss Bringing The Political Tale To The Big ScreenGeorge Clooney’s new political thriller, “The Ides of March,” which he directs and stars in as fictional political candidate Governor Mike Morris, is a cautionary tale from the perspective of a hopeful political campaign worker Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling). He really believes in Morris and what he stands for. Of course, nothing is ever as simple as it seems, especially when it comes to politics. Soon Myers finds himself in the middle of double crosses from both the media and colleagues, involving a scandal that could unravel everything.

Review: 'The Ides Of March' Is A Gripping Return To Form For Director George Clooney

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 6, 2011 2:05 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from the Venice Film Festival

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