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When a screenwriter is admired, it is often based on how well he or she can construct a story (Robert Towne, William Goldman) or write dialogue (Aaron Sorkin, David Mamet), but Charlie Kaufman is the rare screenwriter who is revered for the strength of his ideas. He certainly feels like the first writing auteur, and it’s appropriate that he began directing his own scripts with 2008’s "Synecdoche, New York" (That’s not to disparage the great films Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry made out of Kaufman scripts, although as far as “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” goes, the less said, the better. Director George Clooney and Kaufman infamously butted heads over that film.) Kaufman is gearing up for his second directorial effort, “Frank or Francis,” a movie which the Oscar-winning screenwriter has described as being about “online film criticism” in the “broadest possible sense.” We also knew that Steve. »
Scorecard: Debuts by Actors as Directors Not everyone gets it right on the first try. by Chason Gordon With the upcoming release of Angelina Jolie’s In the Land of Blood and Honey, we decided to take a look at other actors and their directorial debuts. Did they overreach, or chafe their colleagues with hitherto-unrecognized talents? Let’s see. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind — George Clooney 7/10 In Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Clooney takes the story of Chuck Barris about as seriously as anyone could. Every scene is wonderfully over-the top, including the requisite moment when a table is cleared before sex. As Barris, Sam Rockwell adds an anxious charm that makes the character of a game show host/CIA hitman believable, if only for moments at a time. Albino Alligator — Kevin Spacey 3/10 Albino Alligator is an incredibly dry film about a hostage crisis, so much so that even [...] »
- Chason Gordon
George Clooney is a big fan of cinematic nostalgia, particularly when it involves television. We’ve seen it in his career before with the likes of Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind and Good Night, And Good Luck. Now it appears he’s channelling the past again, developing a film based on the lives of ‘60s comedians Tom and Dicky Smothers.If you’ve never heard of them, we sympathise, and offer this brief info-blast. The Smothers Brothers show ran between 1967 and 1969, shoving boundaries as American culture erupted in change around them. While they began as easy gagmen, they soon evolved into counterculture troublemakers. As well helping to introduce musical acts such as The Who, Jefferson Airplane and The Doors, their writing staff boasted the talents of Steve Martin and Rob Reiner, among others. Such was the change in their material over time that they ended up fired by Us network »
The Ides of March, 2011.
Directed by George Clooney.
The Ides of March puts us on the campaign trail of potential Democratic candidate for the presidency Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney) with campaign manager Paul Zara (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and his second in charge Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling). During the political dogfight between the Democratic candidate campaigns, the idealistic Stephen gets a crash course in dirty politics.
I want to start with lauding Clooney’s move from actor to director once again with The Ides of March. His debut with the criminally underrated Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (starring the great Sam Rockwell) was followed up with the phenomenal Murrow vs McCarthy, Good Night, and Good Luck, and despite a dip critically with his drift into the rom-com »
Lionsgate has acquired Miramax’s back catalog and have been putting on these titles in 1080p remasters that look good to great, with generally the exact same supplements as previous releases. James Mangold’s Cop Land, starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Harvey Kietel, and Robert Patrick, George Clooney’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, with Sam Rockwell, Julia Roberts, Clooney and Drew Barrymore and Infernal Affairs - the film that was remade as The Departed - all have arrived on Blu-ray. Each looks great and has all the extras of previous releases. Check out our reviews after the jump. There's a long-standing controversy over Michael Mann's 1995 film Heat. In it, leads Al Pacino and Robert De Niro share exactly one scene together in a three hour movie, yet the way the scene is shot and cut suggests the two didn't really didn't appear together. One of »
- Andre Dellamorte
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 17, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Based on the play Farragut North, the political thriller stars Clooney as Governor Mike Morris, a wild card presidential candidate whose groundbreaking ideas could change the political landscape. When a brutal Ohio primary threatens to test Morris’ integrity, a down-and-dirty battle begins with idealistic campaign worker Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling, Drive) in the middle. Meyers gets caught in a scandal, and the only way to survive is to play both sides.
Chuck Barris gave the world some of television’s most classic game show staples and probably deserves credit for starting the now prevalent trend of people humiliating themselves in front of a camera for their shot at fifteen minutes of fame. In the process he became something of a media whore, reveling in the success The Dating Game, The Gong Show, and The Newlywed Game brought him, and the romantic avenues it opened up for him. He may also have been a spy for the CIA. Maybe. Probably not, but Confessions of a Dangerous Mind takes its plot from an extensive collection of interviews with Barris as well as some of his personal memoirs, and exactly how much of his purported spy career, as detailed therein, actually happened is up for debate. The CIA has gone on record saying Barris’s claims are hogwash, but then, isn’t that what »
- Lex Walker
It may not be the most exciting week for new movies on DVD and Blu-ray, but there are still a few worthy purchases out there if you feel so inclined. Disney and Pixar will easily roll over the home video release charts with Cars 2 even though it's probably the first Pixar movie in quite a while that movie geeks may want to leave out of their collections. Other major studio releases include Crazy, Stupid, Love starring Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling and Water for Elephants starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. Some not so major releases in stores today are Joel Schumacher's Trespass starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman, Bunraku starring Woody Harrelson and Errol Morris' latest non-fiction masterwork Tabloid. We've also got Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Hook and Scrooged on Blu-ray, but let's face it, the biggest release of the week is definitely Uncharted 3! What »
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It's a Wonderful Life: Collector's Edition Gift Set This is essentially the same Blu-ray that was released last year only this time around they include a collectible booklet and a cheap little novelty bell, but I love this movie so much I couldn't help but kick off this week with this new edition. However, if you want to buy it and save $7 you can buy the non-gift set edition [amazon asin="B001UHOWXI" text="right here"], you just won't get the bell or booklet.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind I first saw Confessions of a Dangerous Mind back in 2003 and really liked it. I bought the DVD that same year and haven't watched it a second time. I don't know why, but I just haven't had the urge to put this movie back in the player. Not sure why, but with this new Blu-ray edition »
- Brad Brevet
Director: George Clooney
Running Time: 101 Minutes
Synopsis: An idealistic staffer (Gosling) for a newbie presidential candidate (Clooney) gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. Based on the play by Beau Willimon.
Acting superstar George Clooney has taken to directing in the same way the likes of Clint Eastwood or Mel Gibson has, effortlessly juggling all forms of film making with a few bumps along the way (Leatherheads) but making some great entertainment. Crafting films that make a statement and tell an interesting tale in the process. His previous directorial efforts, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind and Good Night And Good Luck were superb pieces of cinema that told both fascinating as well as gripping stories. Clooney was able to get incredible »
- Craig Hunter
Hollywood’s leading man, George Clooney, has a problem we should all want: two films out, one after the other, that he’s having to promote at the same time. And he’s working for scale.
- Barbara Chai
Ahead of Halloween, Lions Gate Home Entertainment have given us this lovely boxset from West Craven called Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 3 movie collection to give away to three lucky winners. The movies star Gerard Butler, Jonny Lee Miller, Roy Scheider and Rutger Hauer and are all three killer films together in one boxset for the first time.
Dracula 2001: A gang of high-tech thieves, led by Marcus (Omar Epps) and Solina (Jennifer Esposito), break into a vault buried deep in the heart of London hoping to find treasure. Instead, they succeed in reviving an ancient evil–the legendary Count Dracula himself (Gerard Butler), who terrorized England a century earlier until he was stopped by Dr. Abraham Van Helsing. Now, Dracula makes his way to modern New Orleans to track »
The British Film Institute have released their latest Vodcast, rounding up all the big talking points from the eighth day of the London Film Festival. The big attraction yesterday was the premiere of George Clooney's (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) latest directorial effort, The Ides of March, which features a stellar cast including Paul Giamatti (Win Win), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler) and Ryan Gosling (Drive). Clooney, Wood, Hoffman and screenwriter Beau Willimon (House of Cards) were all on hand on the red carpet to discuss their thoughts on the film, while other highlights included director Azazel Jacobs (Momma's Man) presenting his latest, Terri, and Dexter Fletcher (Kick-Ass) and cinematographer George Richmond (War Horse) delivered a masterclass to discuss Fletcher's directorial debut, Wild Bill.
"The Ides of March synopsis: During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press »
The Crow I didn't know where to begin this week so I went with the one movie on the board I know I love, though I have not seen this Blu-ray presentation so I can't say first hand how good it is. The folks at Blu-ray.com seem to endorse it but, in all honesty, they seem to endorse almost anything.
I should mention, however, that most of the Miramax titles Lionsgate has released so far that I have seen have been excellent presentations so I have no reason to believe this one would be any different.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides You may have already read Kevin's review where he wasn't too enamored with this flick, let alone interested in recommending the Blu-ray. As for me, I didn't even want to review it and had it sent to him. That should say enough about what I think, »
- Brad Brevet
HollywoodNews.com: The 15th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, have announced that Oscar winner George Clooney will be honored with the “Hollywood Actor Award” for his critically acclaimed performance in Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.”
Clooney will be recognized at the festival’s Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 24, 2011.
“George Clooney delivered a flawless and passionate performance in Alexander Payne’s human drama, ‘The Descendants.’ Clooney continues to shine as one of Hollywood’s most gifted actors. We’re delighted to honor him at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards,” said Mr. Carlos de Abreu, Hollywood Film Festival Founder and Executive Director.
- Josh Abraham
The source also said that the 50-year-old sex symbol's co-star, Evan Rachel Wood, also did not force him to pose for snaps on the red carpet when photographers asked her to pose with him.
"Eh, you better ask him," the New York daily News quoted Woods as saying.
The two actors did not pose together and even at the post-premiere party held at the Metropolitan Club, the 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' star was spotted sticking. »
- Smith Cox
The Ides of March is released in the Us on Friday October 7th
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
George Clooney may be forever present on the awards circuit for his acting career such as last year’s The American and the forthcoming Alexander Payne film The Descendants, but he is not always present as a director. Since his directorial debut in 2002 with Confessions of A Dangerous Mind he has made only two other feature films before now; Good Night and Good Luck, Leatherheads, all except the latter have succeeded their great expectations but despite this, he has yet to completely go in the direction of becoming a full time filmmaker such as his younger peer Ben Affleck.
His latest film, an adaptation of “Farragut North”, a play written by Beau Willimon, gives us Clooney’s perspective on modern day politics and indeed those who live in this world, which he depicts as being shark-infested. »
- Andrea Pasquettin
"The Ides of March" finds George Clooney working at the most intimate scale of his directing career. Since his uneven and overambitious debut almost a decade ago, the Charlie Kaufman-scripted "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," Clooney has tried his hand at a variety of material. After the ill-received slapstick period piece "Leatherheads," Clooney returns to the overt moralizing of "Good Night, and Good Luck." Here, he steps off the soapbox »
For over 17 years, George Clooney has had a presence as an actor on our screens, first on television and then in movies. Although his first crack at directing with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind in 2002 didn't get too much attention, it was with his next movie, Good Night, And Good Luck , that Clooney proved himself as a filmmaker to reckon with after it was nominated for six Academy Awards three years later. For The Ides of March , Clooney's fourth movie as a director, he returns to politics, adapting Beau Willimon's play "Farragut North" with his long-time writing and producing partner Grant Heslov, turning it into a tense political thriller set amidst the world of campaigning. Taking place during the Democratic Presidential Primary in Ohio, Clooney plays »
Now, the time has finally arrived that you might actually be excited about a Twilight movie... Warner Bros is in talks with Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and David Yates (Harry Potter films) for a new movie adaptation of The Twilight Zone. The 1983 Twilight Zone movie was presented as an anthology, each of the four stories helmed by A-list directors: Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Joe Dante and George Miller. Hollywood no longer likes the idea of an anthology film (note Warner Bros' handling of the highly praised 2007 horror anthology film Trick 'r Treat), so the new movie is one storyline, and will require a single director. Variety  reports that there is "mutual interest is brewing between WB and at least three individuals" listed above, although talks with Yates have "waned". Nolan is said to be the front runner for the project, »
- Peter Sciretta
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