By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 2, 2011 at 7:31AM
The Venice Film Festival opened with The Ides of March, and Toronto has it booked too. Telluride wanted--and George Clooney wanted--the film to play Telluride as well as part of its Clooney Tribute. So he included a clip from late in the movie--a "spoiler" he told me at the annual patron's brunch--thinking folks would have seen the film. But no, it was not possible to book it in Telluride after all. Sony wouldn't show it to the fest, in deference to Toronto. So Clooney's got The Descendants here.
He says the reason he won't be doing The Man from UNCLE is that he has scheduled a back as well an arm operation. Action heroics are not in the immediate future. He's delighted to be here for the first time with fellow tributee and Michael Clayton costar Tilda Swinton.
As for the rumored TBAs here: if Johnny Depp is here it's not for The Rum Diary, which the fest didn't screen. One TBA is Jennifer Garner-starrer Butter, from the Weinstein Co.