By Dana Brawer
Some highly anticipated Oscar contenders will not be making the cut this year, and last night, another joined that list. The release of George Clooney's World War II drama, "The Monuments Men," has been pushed from its original December release to a February 2014 opening, according to the LA Times, making it ineligible for a nomination.
Clooney's picture does not stand alone in a widespread trend of delayed Oscar prospects. Leonardo DiCaprio's "Wolf of Wall Street" has been delayed, though it will barely make the 2013 deadline with a new late December release. Nicole Kidman's "Grace of Monaco," originally anticipated as a huge competitor due to Kidman's past success at the Oscars, will now be released in 2014, however.
Historical drama, 'The Immigrant" and sports drama "The Foxcatcher" have also been pushed into 2014 releases.
Tempting as it is, try to resist the urge to tell the following news to "Argo" eff itself: "Bourne Supremacy" and "Ultimatum" director Paul Greengrass is teaming up with the writer of Ben Affleck's hostage drama and none other than George Clooney for a crime drama all their own.
Variety has the news that Greengrass, Clooney and "Argo" writer Chris Terrio are joining forces for an untitled crime drama. Details on the title and plot are completely under wraps; for now, all that's known is the film is "set in the world of New York criminal syndicates."
Now that we know Brad Bird's planned "1952" isn't just a codename for "Star Wars: Episode VII," it's time to resume wondering just what the movie is about. We learned back in October that the mysterious science fiction product is something along the lines of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and could be about an alien invasion, but not much more than that.
Well, we still don't know much more than that, but we know that one big name could be involved. Variety is reporting that George Clooney is negotiating to star in "1952," though it's unclear who exactly he'll play. The trade reports that the film is about "a man who makes contact with aliens on Earth."
George Clooney has assembled an impressive cast for his fifth directorial effort, "The Monuments Men."
Like the previous films he's directed, Clooney will star in the upcoming World War II drama. But Deadline is reporting that the movie will also star Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban. We guess when you're George Clooney you really do have the pick of the litter for your projects.
After George Clooney received critical acclaim for 2011's "Ides of March," which he produced, wrote, starred in and directed, he's stretching his directorial chops once again to helm "The Young Commandte."
The film is based on a 23-page article by David Grann in the May 28, 2012 issue of The New Yorker, "The Yankee Comandante." The piece tells the story of U.S. citizen William Alexander Morgan who aided Cuban rebels in 1959 as they sought to overthrow then-President Fulgencio Batista, paving the way for Fidel Castro to take on the role of Cuba's Prime Minister.
Can the man ever really live up to the myth? In the case of the ultra-suave George Clooney, Matthew Lillard found himself devastatingly disappointed.
We have an exclusive featurette from the upcoming Blu-ray release of "The Descendants," the Academy Award winning film staring Clooney as a hapless father and soon-to-be widow.
In the behind-the-scenes interview with one of Clooney's co-stars, Lillard, the actor tells of how all of the accolades that preceded Clooney ultimately led to disappointment when he met the real deal. How could George Clooney ever measure up to the image of male perfection that people associate with actor, director, prankster and philanthropist "George Clooney"?
The 2012 Golden Globe Awards wasn't quite as controversial or lewd as Ricky Gervais' memorable turn as host at last year's show — indeed, this time around, the British comedian's jokes were missing some of that signature sting — but the results were no less interesting for cinephiles keeping a watchful eye on the road towards Oscar.
As many expected, "The Artist" and "The Descendants" were the big winners of the evening, with Best Motion Picture wins for both films as well as Best Actor awards for Jean Dujardin and George Clooney. But there were surprises in the mix as well, including what's surely a universally approved victory for "Hugo" director Martin Scorsese, a screenplay nod for Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and a Best Actress - Comedy award for Michelle Williams.
Head on over to MTV News for our full list of this year's Golden Globes winners.
Click on for the 2012 Golden Globes winners!
I confess I'm not the biggest fan of "The Descendants." But clearly I'm in the minority.
For one, the film is a near lock to nab Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (George Clooney) and Best Director (Alexander Payne), and could walk away with wins for all three if Academy voters sour on "The Artist." Two, I don't think I've heard crying like that in a theater since "Schindler's List," or perhaps "Jack and Jill." And three, "Descendants" landed in the #9 spot in MTV's list of the best movies of 2011.
My knock against the movie is squarely with Clooney's Matt King, an egocentric, workaholic, absentee father who suddenly discovers he loves his after she suffers a catastrophic brain injury and is going to die. To me, that's not genuine — it's self-delusional and just loathsome. It'd be one thing if the movie made a point of exploring King's egotism. Instead, he's held up as a hero, a blameless good guy, even as continues to put his needs ahead — indeed, in place — of those of his loved ones. Imagine if this movie were told from the wife's perspective, and it's this tragedy where she's in a loveless marriage with a guy who's a total d--k, and suddenly she falls in love with another guy and starts dreaming of another life for herself but ends up falling into coma. Exact same story, and King's the villain. In Payne's telling, I never really buy King's grief. It feels forced, inauthentic.
The "Man From U.N.C.L.E." casting wheel has spun once again, and this time it's landed on Channing Tatum.
The lead in the upcoming Steven Soderbergh film has been up for grabs and connected to two other big name actors in recent months. First, George Clooney had to step down from the role after he found out he needed surgery and would be unable to perform the stunts needed for the action film.
George Clooney would probably make for one kick-ass uncle, but sadly, he will no longer be the man from "U.N.C.L.E."
The Oscar winning actor has long been attached to Steven Soderbergh's adaptation of the 1960s spy drama, but Deadline reports that Clooney is now walking away from the project. It's unclear exactly why he's stepping aside, especially given the frequency with which Clooney and Soderbergh have teamed up in the past, but regardless of the reasons, Soderbergh is now left looking for a new "U.N.C.L.E." … or is he?