George Clooney Nabs Stars For WWII Drama; Stars Share Their Hurricane Sandy Tweets: Biz Break
Also in Monday's round-up of news briefs, RZA is set to direct two new projects; The Loneliest Planet tops the Specialty Box Office in an otherwise uneventful weekend. And Peter Fonda takes on jury duty.
George Clooney Nabs Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin for Monuments Men
The WWII drama will be directed by Clooney and will also star John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban. The film, co-written by Clooney and Grant Heslov, centers on the final chapter of Germany's rule, "which came down to the absolute destruction of everything that makes a culture keep its standing, including the lives that are lost and the sacrifices that are made. All of this is in danger of being lost forever as Hitler and the Nazis try to cover the tracks of a murderous regime." Production will begin March 1st, Deadline reports.
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Celebs Tweet Their Hurricane Sandy Moments
Lena Dunham: "My dad re: the hurricane: 'I have tons of cash and a salad'"; Bette Midler: "Batten down the hatches!! I'm baking macaroons for the duration. Hope it's over before Hulaween!!!! Eeeeeeekkkk!!"; Lindsay Lohan: "WHY is everyone in SUCH a panic about hurricane (i'm calling it Sally)..? Stop projecting negativity! Think positive and pray for peace." Kirstie Alley: "Here is the WORLDS biggest HUG to all of you on the EAST coast.. and a truckload of prayers for your safety!!!! ALL LOVE, Kirstie"; More at Access Hollywood.
RZA to Direct Genghis Khan Biopic and Action Thriller No Man's Land
He is debuting The Man with the Iron Fists Friday and has two more projects waiting in the wings. The Wu-Tang Clan frontman has singed on to direct John Milius' epic biopic Genghis Khan and also has joined the action thriller No Man's Land, THR reports.
Specialty Box Office: Loneliest Planet Leads Debuts
Newcomers and holdovers came in flat in an unmemorable weekend for Specialty Box Office. Loneliest Planet bowed solid with a $10,200 average in two locations. Sundance Selects will take the movie starring Gael García Bernal to the top 15 markets in the next two weeks. More new specialty release numbers at Deadline.
Peter Fonda to Head Stockholm Film Festival Jury
Peter Fonda will head the jury of the 23rd Stockholm Film Festival, organizers said Monday. The jury includes director Antonio Campo, of New York-based Borderline Films, whose sophomore film Simon Killer will screen in the festival's American Independent section, THR reports.