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Trailer/Poster Watch: Clooney's Ides of March Stars Gosling, Hoffman, Wood, Giamatti UPDATED

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 28, 2011 at 6:04AM

Check out the poster (arresting original art for a change) and trailer (below) for The Ides of March, which opens the Venice Film Festival before its gala screening at the Toronto Fest. Columbia releases the film October 7.
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Check out the poster (arresting original art for a change) and trailer (below) for The Ides of March, which opens the Venice Film Festival before its gala screening at the Toronto Fest. Columbia releases the film October 7.

George Clooney directs and co-stars with Ryan Gosling, who--after going mainstream with this weekend's Crazy, Stupid, Love--returns to gritty dramatic form as campaign hot-shot Stephen Meyers. (Prankster Clooney kept him amused on-set, however.) The movie, adapted by ex-political aide Beau Willimon from his play Farragut North, couldn't be timelier. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood also star in Clooney's return to the political side, a la his Oscar-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck. Clooney waited until the tide of the country turned sour to make the film.

A Liberal Democrat, Clooney told USA Today of the movie: "The major issues are some of the major issues we face every day, including questions of morality. We’re not trying to be polarizing." At early test screenings, he says, "Republicans hate the beginning of the movie, Democrats hate the end. So we're good."

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Video, Thriller, George Clooney, Trailers


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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.