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Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall Join ‘The Torture Report’

Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall Join ‘The Torture Report’
Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall, Ben McKenzie, and Matthew Rhys have joined the independent CIA drama “The Torture Report.”

Previously announced cast include Annette Bening, Adam Driver, and Jon Hamm. Imr International is launching foreign sales at the Cannes Film Festival. Production began last week in New York.

Scott Z. Burns is directing from his own script. Vice Studios is producing and financing for the project, which centers on the CIA’s extreme interrogation program on detainees following the 9/11 attacks.

Along with Burns, producers are Danny Gabai, Eddy Moretti, Jennifer Fox, Michael Sugar, Steven Soderbergh, and Kerry Orent. UTA is repping North American rights to the film.

Burns has written screenplays for “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Informant!,” “Contagion,” and “Side Effects.” He was a producer on “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2006.

Nelson’s credits include “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,
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How George Clooney’s Uncle Jack Helped Him Prepare for ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’

How George Clooney’s Uncle Jack Helped Him Prepare for ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’
When George Clooney was cast in the Coen Brothers’ 2000 comedy “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” he naturally turned to a family member for research. He sent the script to his Uncle Jack in Kentucky, with instructions that he read it out loud on tape. His uncle protested, saying he didn’t sound like that, but helped Clooney anyway. “I threw the script away and used the tape recorder,” Clooney recalled Sept. 29 at a 15th anniversary reunion with the cast at Alice Tully Hall at the New York Film Festival. “After two months of shooting, Joel and Ethan came over and they’re like, ‘You say every word exactly as written except you don’t say ‘hell’ and you don’t say ‘damn.’”

That’s when Clooney realized what his Baptist uncle had done. “He rewrote the Coen brothers,” Clooney said. The line got one of many big laughs. After a screening,
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Clooney, Coens on same page

George Clooney is reteaming with filmmakers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for their third film together, Burn Before Reading, a spy caper about a CIA agent who loses the disc of the book he is writing.

The film will mark a more comedic take on the world of spooks than Clooney's recent Oscar-winning dramatic turn in Syriana. Clooney will play a killer in the comedy, which the screenwriting duo are adapting from former CIA director Stansfield Turner's 2005 nonfiction tome "Burn Before Reading: Presidents, CIA Directors, and Secret Intelligence."

Working Title Films, which acquired the rights to the Hyperion book, will produce the film. Working Title also produced 2000's O Brother, Where Art Thou? the first film Clooney made with the Coens.

"Burn" is slated to start principal photography in August to mid-September, after Clooney completes directing his 1920s football film Leatherheads, in which he is expected to star with Renee Zellweger.

The Coens co-write their films, which are directed by Joel Coen and produced by Ethan Coen.

In addition to "Brother," Clooney starred in the Coens' 2003 comedy Intolerable Cruelty, in which he starred opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The Coens have backburnered Suburbicon as well as the period comedy Hail Caesar, about a '20s Shakespeare troupe, in which Clooney was planning to play a hammy actor with a pencil mustache. The Coens' adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem, is slated for release next year by Paramount Vantage. The Coens won the Oscar for best original screenplay for 1996's Fargo.

Clooney is repped by CAA; the Coens are repped by UTA.

Clooney Laughs Off Cruise Wedding Reports

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Clooney Laughs Off Cruise Wedding Reports
Syriana Oscar winner George Clooney has blasted reports War of the Worlds superstar Tom Cruise will marry fiancee Katie Holmes at his Italian villa on Lake Como next month. It was widely reported the Hollywood couple would tie the knot at the O Brother, Where Art Thou? star's European home, but Clooney has laughed off the claims, insisting the luxury bachelor pad will remain a marriage-free zone. Clooney's spokesperson tells website The Scoop, "I can't speak for what Tom and Katie are up to, but no weddings have taken place at (Clooney's) villa and no weddings are scheduled to take place there."

'Chrystal' clear: Thornton to star

Billy Bob Thornton will star in the indie feature Chrystal, which will mark the big-screen directorial debut of Oscar-winning short filmmaker Ray McKinnon. McKinnon's wife, Lisa Blount, who shared the Oscar with her husband, will star in the title role. McKinnon wrote, directed and starred in the short film The Accountant, with Blount co-starring and executive producing. Chrystal is the husband-and-wife team's follow-up project. Chrystal, produced by Bruce Heller, David Koplan and Blount, goes into production May 28 in Arkansas. The project, written by McKinnon, sees Blount star as the title character, a rural woman whose convict husband (Thornton) returns home from prison only to see that the vacancy in her life left by the death of her child years earlier becomes even more acute. Walton Goggins (The Shield) also stars. As an actor, McKinnon has appeared in such films as O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Apollo 13. Blount, repped by McCabe/Justice and manager Darris Hatch, most recently starred in the WB Network pilot Trash. She also starred in the Tom DiCillo feature Box of Moonlight. Thornton, repped by CAA, is shooting the Walt Disney Co.'s The Alamo. Upcoming projects include Intolerable Cruelty and Bad Santa.

'Chrystal' clear: Thornton to star

Billy Bob Thornton will star in the indie feature Chrystal, which will mark the big-screen directorial debut of Oscar-winning short filmmaker Ray McKinnon. McKinnon's wife, Lisa Blount, who shared the Oscar with her husband, will star in the title role. McKinnon wrote, directed and starred in the short film The Accountant, with Blount co-starring and executive producing. Chrystal is the husband-and-wife team's follow-up project. Chrystal, produced by Bruce Heller, David Koplan and Blount, goes into production May 28 in Arkansas. The project, written by McKinnon, sees Blount star as the title character, a rural woman whose convict husband (Thornton) returns home from prison only to see that the vacancy in her life left by the death of her child years earlier becomes even more acute. Walton Goggins (The Shield) also stars. As an actor, McKinnon has appeared in such films as O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Apollo 13. Blount, repped by McCabe/Justice and manager Darris Hatch, most recently starred in the WB Network pilot Trash. She also starred in the Tom DiCillo feature Box of Moonlight. Thornton, repped by CAA, is shooting the Walt Disney Co.'s The Alamo. Upcoming projects include Intolerable Cruelty and Bad Santa.

Clooney Rages Against Fox's "Bare Bottom" Campaign

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Solaris star George Clooney is furious that distributors Fox used the fact his naked backside appears in the sci-fi film to stir interest in it. The hunky actor is fiercely proud of the Steven Soderbergh directed film and has slammed the studio for not giving the movie the encouragement he believes it deserves. And the Perfect Storm star is certain the studio bosses will live to regret their actions. He says, "It immediately trivializes what Steven did and even more so what I was doing. And it makes me mad because you don't get the credit for doing what you're doing: which is sticking your neck out. I've had funny experiences in my career - Out Of Sight comes out and it bombs, Three Kings comes out and it doesn't do what they thought, O Brother, Where Art Thou? comes out and doesn't do well. All those films that I really cared about under performed; but as time goes on, people still talk about those films. I said right at the beginning to the guys from Fox, 'Five years from now, you guys are all going to be sitting at a cocktail party, bragging about your involvement in this', because that's the way it was with Out Of Sight at Universal, that's the way it was at Disney with O Brother."

'The Rookie' Star Dies in New Year Fire

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'The Rookie' Star Dies in New Year Fire
Movie star Royce Applegate's family began the new year in terrible fashion when The Rookie star died in a blaze at his Sherman Oaks, California, home. Investigators are searching for clues as to the cause of the New Year's Day fire, which destroyed his three-storey home. Two firemen received second and third degree burns while trying to put out the blaze. Applegate's credits also include a starring role in TV show Seaquest: DSV and O Brother, Where Art Thou? The actor also provided the voice for the 'I love you' dog in Doctor Dolittle. His final movie performances will be seen in Gods & Generals and Talking In Your Sleep this year.

Clooney Says No More Blockbusters

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Clooney Says No More Blockbusters
George Clooney is turning his back on blockbuster movie roles because the money he earns from them embarrasses him. The movie hunk insists he'd be happy if he works with The Coen Brothers and pal Steven Soderbergh exclusively on future arthouse projects because he wants to gamble with his roles. Clooney was left red-faced by the huge sum he received for playing a fisherman in The Perfect Storm and says he'll never make a movie like that again. He explains, "How a film costs $90 million is insane. They'll pay me $20 million, which is dumb. If you're in the position I'm in, you should just work for a percentage and gamble. If the money works, I make a s**tload of money. If it doesn't, then I got the movie I wanted made." Clooney has already starred in three Soderbergh movies, including this year's sci-fi flop Solaris, and he's working with the Coens again - after his success in O Brother, Where Art Thou - on Intolerable Cruelty.

Hanks is a Ladykiller

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Hanks is a Ladykiller
Tom Hanks is to star in the Coen Brothers' remake of classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers. The 1955 black comedy, which starred Peter Sellers and Alec Guinness, is being revamped by the brothers behind hit movies Fargo and O Brother, Where Art Thou? Hanks will reprise Guinness' role as a criminal mastermind, who plots to rob a riverboat casino, only to be thwarted in his attempts to get away with the perfect crime by his innocent landlady.

Adam Sandler Records Songs for New Film

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Adam Sandler Records Songs for New Film
Hollywood actor Adam Sandler is launching a singing career. The Waterboy star has recorded two songs with American singer Alison Krauss for his new movie. Krauss is best known for being one of the performers on the soundtrack to O Brother Where Art Thou? The pair have recorded the songs for the upcoming animated movie Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights. All the songs on the soundtrack were written and performed by Sandler, and help tell the story of Davey Stone, Sandler's cartoon alter-ego reports. The film is due to be released on November 27.

Coen Brothers To Produce All Star Musical

Coen Brothers To Produce All Star Musical
Oscar-winning film-makers The Coen Brothers are following the huge success of O Brother Where Art Thou? with another musical film. Romance And Cigarettes, written by O Brother star John Turturro, is about a man from Brooklyn and is described as "Pennies From Heaven meets The Honeymooners." Sopranos star James Gandolfini, Thelma And Louise actress Susan Sarandon, Save The Last Dance babe Julia Stiles, True Romance bad guy Christopher Walken and Ghost World actor Steve Buscemi are wanted for the film's main roles. Turturro is also reportedly talking to his Mr. Deeds co-star Adam Sandler about making a cameo appearance in the flick, in which all of the participants will dance and sing.

George Clooney To Re-team With Coen Brothers

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George Clooney To Re-team With Coen Brothers
Hollywood actor George Clooney is re-teaming with the directors behind his hit film O Brother, Where Art Thou for another big screen success. Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen are in negotiations to direct Clooney's next project, a dark romantic comedy called Intolerable Cruelty. Clooney is expected to shoot the project in the spring, after he wraps his feature directorial debut Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind - in which he also stars.

Clooney Playfully Pokes Fun At Defeated Rivals

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Clooney Playfully Pokes Fun At Defeated Rivals
George Clooney dealt with his surprise at winning the Best Actor award at this year's Golden Globe awards - by poking fun at his defeated rivals. Clooney beat out competition from acting heavyweights Robert De Niro, John Cusack, Jim Carrey and Mel Gibson with his leading performance in the Coen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), and in his acceptance speech at Sunday night's event Clooney resorted to comedic bravado to depreciate his achievement. He said, "You know I think when you list the names of the actors are in the category I'm in and, you gotta figure I'm gonna win this - Robert De Niro, Cusack, Carrey, Mel Gibson What have they done!" But 'Gorgeous George' soon returned to the traditional humility expected at such events. He added, "It actually was an honor to be nominated when you look at the guys, I think that John Cusack is one of the best actors I've ever seen, I thought he was brilliant in High Fidelity (2000), and you don't go wrong with Mel or Jim or Robert De Niro. It's just mind boggling!"

George Clooney Confesses Dirty Make-Up Secrets

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George Clooney Confesses Dirty Make-Up Secrets
Movie star George Clooney has no patience spending hours sitting in a make-up chair. The star devised his own short-cut technique for creating the skanky look of an escaped convict in the upcoming Coen Brothers film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) He describes the process, "I would just take dirt, Mississippi dirt and rub it on my face before we'd go and do the scene. Make-up chairs make me crazy and I don't really like them, plus you wanna just look dirty anyway, so it's perfect. You know I did it in Three Kings (1999) where I'd just pick up dust and rub it in my face and just go. There's something really mechanical looking when someone comes over and gives you a little patch of dirt here and a match there. It sort of takes all the fun out of it. Now I get to roll around in the dirt and it's pretty fun not having to grow up so you don't want to have to spend time in the make-up chair." The 39 year old star couldn't escape showing his age in his beard, but thought of a clever make-up technique to remedy that as well. He says, "I had a big whole patch of grey in my beard so I'd take a ball point pen, a Bic ball point pen and just fill it in!"

George Clooney's Singing Career Dubbed Out

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George Clooney's Singing Career Dubbed Out
George Clooney has been denied a shot at a singing career - as his real-life voice was dubbed out from new movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) The hunky star happily sang in the Coen Brothers film - only to find director Joel Coen decided to replace his dulcet tones with a professional singer. Joel says, "We had no problem getting him to sing, but we just don't get to hear him do any of it!" However, Clooney believes it won't be long until his singing voice is heard all over the world. He says, "It's probably streaming around on the Internet as we speak!"

Coen Brothers Talk About Editing Alias

Coen Brothers Talk About Editing Alias
Oscar-nominated film editor RODERICK JAYNES should be a happy man - but he only exists in the COEN brothers' imaginations. The brothers favourites at Cannes O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), say they invented the character, because they do their editing themselves, and get sick of seeing their own names. Joel Coen says, "How many times on one movie can you write the names, Joel and Ethan Coen? It got tiring, so we invented someone." Ethan says it was problematic when Roderick was nominated for an Oscar for Fargo (1996). He explains, "They don't let you go up and accept on behalf of anybody else now. We asked ahead of time, but they weren't very sympathetic. They weren't amused."

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