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IN THE WORKS: Clooney's First Priority is Hitler-Art-Love-Story 'The Monuments Men'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 9, 2012 at 2:40PM

“The Monuments Men” will be George Clooney's next project. The film will be based on Robert Edsel's 2009 book about the art historians who came to Normandy to rescue art stolen by Adolf Hitler. A group of 11 art experts faced live fire to rescue the art, and not all of them survived...
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Clooney at Palm Springs
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“The Monuments Men” will be George Clooney's next project. The film is based on Robert Edsel's 2009 book about the art historians who came to Normandy to rescue art stolen by Adolf Hitler. A group of 11 art experts faced live fire to rescue the art, and not all of them survived. Clooney says he and his producing partner Grant Heslov are "already thinking about how great the casting can be," adding that "there's also a great love story." Clooney announced the news at The Palm Springs International Film Fest, and says the project is his first priority (he's attached to several other projects at various stages of development as producer, actor or director). Will Clooney also star in and direct this one? The material sounds Oscar-baity.

We'll see him next in Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity," alongside Sandra Bullock (November 21). It is Cuarón's first directorial outing since 2006's "Children of Men."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.