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Post by Nicky80 on Thu May 08 2014, 20:13

Well it looks like in the article Stan declined that rumor but who knows.....Thought I post it anyway ....maybe it comes true LOL. Thought we had a thread already but couldn't find anything about it.



George Clooney Eyed to Star in Jodie Foster's Financial Drama ‘Money Monster’ (Exclusive)

It may be early in the process, but the involvement of “Up in the Air” producer Daniel Dubiecki bodes well

George Clooney may be off-limits now that he's engaged but he's still being sought after by women, as director Jodie Foster is courting the Oscar winner to star in her financial drama “Money Monster,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have toldTheWrap.
Written by Alan DiFiore (“Grimm”) and Jim Kouf (“National Treasure”) as well as Jamie Linden (“We Are Marshall”), the story follows a TV personality whose insider trading tips have made him the money guru of Wall Street. When a viewer who lost all of his family's money on a bad tip from the money expert decides to hold him hostage on air, ratings soar as the entire country tunes in to this media frenzy.
Clooney is in early talks to star and should a deal close, the project would find him reteaming with producer Daniel Dubiecki, who received an Oscar nomination for “Up in the Air.”

“This story is so premature, I would be embarrassed as a journalist to even print it,” Clooney's publicist Stan Rosenfield told TheWrap, insisting that there was no deal in place yet. Representatives for Foster and Dubiecki had no comment.

Lara Alameddine will also produce for Dubiecki's Allegiance Theater, whose Tim Crane will executive produce with Stuart Ford of IM Global, the company that developed the project and will likely remain involved in some capacity.

“Money Monster” is already being shopped to high-end financiers, none of whom would discuss the potentially potent package on the record with TheWrap. Should Clooney prove unavailable, the project is expected to attract other A-list actors.

From “The Wolf of Wall Street” to “Margin Call,” financial dramas have struck a chord lately with both audiences and critics. Stars have flocked to timely projects that examine the fragile state of America's economy, from Matt Damon in “Promised Land” to Andrew Garfield in the upcoming indie “99 Homes.”

Clooney, who recently starred in “The Monuments Men” and “Gravity,” just wrapped Brad Bird's “Tomorrowland,” which Disney will release in May 2015. That was a big studio movie with a long shoot, and an indie film like “Money Monster” would represent a shorter commitment for Clooney, who is extremely busy on the producing side. With his Smokehouse partner Grant Heslov, Clooney has been developing ”Our Brand Is Crisis,” “The Yankee Comandante,” “Coronado High” and another “Monster” movie, “The Monster of Florence.” He's repped by CAA and attorney Michael Adler.

Foster, who boarded the project in October 2012, most recently directed “The Beaver” starring Mel Gibson. Her previous credits include “Home for the Holidays” and “Little Man Tate.” Earlier Thursday, USA announced that Foster would executive produce its pilot “Brand.” She's repped by UTA for directing.

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Post by LornaDoone on Thu May 08 2014, 20:43

No deal in place "yet" so it's not so much that he denied it but that there is no deal!

To me it sounds like someone has some wishful thinking that George would be attached to star and might be leaking in the hopes of moving George's decision peeps along!




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Post by Carla97 on Thu May 08 2014, 20:51

Hard to say anything, but "money monster" title kind of puts me off.
I have no idea what it´s about so… maybe it´s brilliant.

I think she is a good actress, or was or… I don´t know.

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Post by LizzyNY on Fri May 09 2014, 03:03

Interesting to see the list of projects he and Grant are producing. If he's producing "Monster of Florence" I wonder if he'll be acting in it, too? I hope so. The four projects they list seem to have been in development for a long time. I hope his marriage doesn't slow them down even more.

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Post by Sevens on Fri May 09 2014, 03:26

Jodie Foster Wants George Clooney To Be The 'Money Monster' In Her Next Directorial Feature

NEWS BY KEVIN JAGERNAUTH
五月 8, 2014 4:27 下午
About a year-and-a-half ago, it was announced that Jodie Foster was going to direct a financial world drama called "Money Monster" — and then, that was pretty much the last we ever heard of it. But we'd wager that the success of "The Wolf Of Wall Street" has made the genre temporarily cool, especially if it has handsome men in the lead doing bad things.

And so, The Wrap is putting the cart before the horse and reporting that George Clooney is in early talks for the film. How real is this? “This story is so premature, I would be embarrassed as a journalist to even print it,” his rep told the site flat out. So, yeah.... And really, with Clooney shepherding a small flock of projects — both as directing and starring vehicles — we'd wager the gig would have to be really good for him to take a detour. But admittedly, on paper, this does sound decent.

Penned by Alan DiFiore ("Grimm") and Jim Kouf ("National Treasure"), the story follows Lee Cates, a TV money guru who gets taken hostage on air by Kyle, an ordinary man who lost all his money thanks to a bad recommendation from Lee. And ratings soar as a result.

Sounds decent enough, but financing still has to come together (though we'd wager Clooney's name would be a big asset in that happening) and again, it seems like he's a long way from signing anything. So something to think about for now, and at any rate, it confirms "Money Monster" is still very much in the works.
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George Clooney Eyed to Star in Jodie Foster's Financial Drama ‘Money Monster’ (Exclusive)

Post by watching on Fri May 09 2014, 12:12

Stan's denying but some news about work instead of his love life is a nice change after the past fortnight.....


George Clooney Eyed to Star in Jodie Foster's Financial Drama ‘Money Monster’ (Exclusive)


It may be early in the process, but the involvement of “Up in the Air” producer Daniel Dubiecki bodes well

George Clooney may be off-limits now that he's engaged but he's still being sought after by women, as director Jodie Foster is courting the Oscar winner to star in her financial drama “Money Monster,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

Written by Alan DiFiore (“Grimm”) and Jim Kouf (“National Treasure”) as well as Jamie Linden (“We Are Marshall”), the story follows a TV personality whose insider trading tips have made him the money guru of Wall Street. When a viewer who lost all of his family's money on a bad tip from the money expert decides to hold him hostage on air, ratings soar as the entire country tunes in to this media frenzy.

Clooney is in early talks to star and should a deal close, the project would find him reteaming with producer Daniel Dubiecki, who received an Oscar nomination for “Up in the Air.”

“This story is so premature, I would be embarrassed as a journalist to even print it,” Clooney's publicist Stan Rosenfield told TheWrap, insisting that there was no deal in place yet. Representatives for Foster and Dubiecki had no comment.

Lara Alameddine will also produce for Dubiecki's Allegiance Theater, whose Tim Crane will executive produce with Stuart Ford of IM Global, the company that developed the project and will likely remain involved in some capacity.

“Money Monster” is already being shopped to high-end financiers, none of whom would discuss the potentially potent package on the record with TheWrap. Should Clooney prove unavailable, the project is expected to attract other A-list actors.

From “The Wolf of Wall Street” to “Margin Call,” financial dramas have struck a chord lately with both audiences and critics. Stars have flocked to timely projects that examine the fragile state of America's economy, from Matt Damon in “Promised Land” to Andrew Garfield in the upcoming indie “99 Homes.”

Clooney, who recently starred in “The Monuments Men” and “Gravity,” just wrapped Brad Bird's “Tomorrowland,” which Disney will release in May 2015. That was a big studio movie with a long shoot, and an indie film like “Money Monster” would represent a shorter commitment for Clooney, who is extremely busy on the producing side. With his Smokehouse partner Grant Heslov, Clooney has been developing ”Our Brand Is Crisis,” “The Yankee Comandante,” “Coronado High” and another “Monster” movie, “The Monster of Florence.” He's repped by CAA and attorney Michael Adler.

Foster, who boarded the project in October 2012, most recently directed “The Beaver” starring Mel Gibson. Her previous credits include “Home for the Holidays” and “Little Man Tate.” Earlier Thursday, USA announced that Foster would executive produce its pilot “Brand.” She's repped by UTA for directing.

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Post by Katiedot on Fri May 09 2014, 12:53

Hi Watching, I just moved this to the thread where we're already talking about this.

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Re: George Clooney Eyed to Star in Jodie Foster's Financial Drama ‘Money Monster’ (Exclusive)

Post by Nicky80 on Fri Jul 25 2014, 21:57

Look, from today. Sounds like it is now confirmed




Jodie Foster's ‘Money Monster’ Starring George Clooney Lands at TriStar


Tom Rothman's studio beat out Focus Features with an offer to finance the film for $30 million


Tom Rothman's TriStar Pictures is nearing a deal to acquire Jodie Foster‘s financial drama “Money Monster,” which will star George Clooney as a Jim Cramer-esque TV personality who is taken hostage live on the air, TheWrap has learned.


TriStar beat out Focus Features for the film with its generous offer to finance “Money Monster” for $30 million. Open Road was also in the mix for the hot title.


As TheWrap first reported, much to his publicist's chagrin (don't worry, we still love you Stan!), Clooney will star as a TV personality whose insider trading tips have made him the money guru of Wall Street. When a viewer who lost all of his family's money on a bad tip from the money expert decides to hold him hostage on air, ratings soar as the entire country tunes in to this media frenzy.
Written by Alan DiFiore and Jim Kouf as well as Jamie Linden, the project reunites Clooney with Daniel Dubiecki (“Up in the Air”), who's producing via The Allegiance Theater along with Lara Alameddine, Clooney and his Smokehouse partner Grant Heslov. Allegiance's Tim Crane will executive produce with Stuart Ford of IM Global, the company that originally developed the project.


Production will begin next spring, as Clooney will shoot the Coen brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” first.


From “The Wolf of Wall Street” to “Margin Call,” financial dramas have struck a chord lately with both audiences and critics. Stars have also been flocking to timely projects that examine the fragile state of America's economy, from Matt Damon in “Promised Land” to Andrew Garfield in the upcoming indie “99 Homes.”


Clooney and Dubiecki's agency CAA teamed with Foster's agency UTA to negotiate the “Money Monster” deal.


TriStar has Robert Zemeckis‘ “The Walk” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the horizon, as well as Jonathan Demme's “Ricki and the Flash,” which will star Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline. The company is also developing an untitled comedy with “Bridesmaids” writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo.


The news was first reported by Deadline.


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Post by party animal - not! on Fri Jul 25 2014, 22:02

Confirmed

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Jodie Foster's George Clooney Thriller Lands at TriStar


Clooney stars as a TV personality who is held hostage on air by a man who lost all his money on a bad tip.

TriStar Pictures has beat out several other studios to finance and distribute Jodie Foster's thriller Money MonsterThe Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The film will star George Clooney.

The project — quite timely given the lingering economic problems plaguing the nation — centers on a TV personality dubbed the money guru of Wall Street (Clooney). When a man loses all his family's money on a bad tip, he holds the anchor and his entire show hostage on air, threatening to kill him if he does not get the stock up before the market closes. Ratings soar as the entire country tunes in to the real-time drama.


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Post by Nicky80 on Fri Jul 25 2014, 22:13

From deadline who reported first

TriStar Wins Auction For $30 Million Jodie Foster-George Clooney Pic ‘Money Monster’

EXCLUSIVE: In a whopping deal, Tom Rothman’s TriStar Pictures has won the right to finance and release the $30 million budget Money Monster, a Jodie Foster-directed thriller that will starGeorge Clooney as a Jim Cramer-like TV stock tout who is held hostage on air by a man who followed the huckster’s advice, lost his money and put his young family in precarious straits. Jamie Linden wrote the script. The thriller takes on a Network-like sensibility in that the hostage-taker warns he’ll execute the smooth-talking stock tipper the moment cameras are turned off, and the nation becomes obsessed with the drama that unfolds on their TV screens. The film begins production in the spring after Clooney completes the Coen brothers-directed Hail Caesar.


The film was packaged independently and is being produced by The Allegiance Theater’s Daniel Dubiecki, Lara Alameddine and Smokehouse’s Clooney and Grant Heslov. Drafts of the script were also done by Jim Kouf and Alan DiFiore. The huge deal was spearheaded by CAA, which reps Smokehouse and Dubiecki, and UTA on behalf of Foster. Linden is repped by Paradigm.


This becomes the latest example of a major Hollywood studio being aggressive on a fully percolated movie with star elements that is instantly ready to be added to a release slate. The budget doesn’t really seem that high, considering the star power of Foster and Clooney, and their upside will come in the film’s success from the back-end. It is also another high-profile project for Rothman’s TriStar. Much is being written about Sony Pictures, but as usual its long-term success will be determined by its picture pickers. And the former Fox film chief continues to show promising prowess in that regard during the short time since he relaunched TriStar as a studio under the Sony umbrellaMoney Monster becomes the latest high-profile film he has secured. TriStar is in production on The Walk, the 3D film directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Ricki And The Flash, the Meryl Streep-starrer that Jonathan Demme will direct from a Diablo Cody script; an untitled comedy byBridesmaids scribes Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo; an adaptation of Alan Bennett’s The Lady In The Van in which Maggie Smith will reprise her stage role; and What Alice Forgot, an adaptation of the Liane Moriarty that The Devil Wears Prada’s David Frankel will direct.

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Post by Nicky80 on Fri Jul 25 2014, 22:18

By the way when you read the first article Stan said this:

“This story is so premature, I would be embarrassed as a journalist to even print it,” Clooney's publicist Stan Rosenfield told TheWrap, insisting that there was no deal in place yet. Representatives for Foster and Dubiecki had no comment.

sounds very harsh considering now it is confirmed....He should have maybe decline it in a softer way....I guess that's why "the wrap" wrote:

As TheWrap first reported, much to his publicist's chagrin (don't worry, we still love you Stan!)

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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Fri Jul 25 2014, 22:24

For those who may have been following the George/Loeb thread after the Nikke Finke article: Deadline is the company from which Finke was (wrongfully, IMO) fired and with whom she is still fighting. It was publicly ugly. Anyway, Deadline favors Sony in most of its reporting about the studios, whether the studio is doing well or not. Finke would probably have a completely different take on that last paragraph. I think Finke's article prompted the "Much is being written about Sony Pictures..." line.

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Post by Nicky80 on Fri Jul 25 2014, 22:32

Ah thanks Way2old4dis....now the dots come together. I wanted to ask you already in the Loeb thread as in one paragraph from deadline Sony and "backend money" was mentioned and I thought what a coincident ... Thanks Way for explaining.


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Post by it's me on Fri Jul 25 2014, 23:20

so set or not?

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Post by LornaDoone on Sat Jul 26 2014, 01:12

Way2Old4Dis wrote:For those who may have been following the George/Loeb thread after the Nikke Finke article: Deadline is the company from which Finke was (wrongfully, IMO) fired and with whom she is still fighting. It was publicly ugly. Anyway, Deadline favors Sony in most of its reporting about the studios, whether the studio is doing well or not. Finke would probably have a completely different take on that last paragraph. I think Finke's article prompted the "Much is being written about Sony Pictures..." line.

Seems kinda shitty that the WOMAN WHO STARTED DEADLINE ends up being fired from it.

That's what happens when you bring in someone else - here she probably thought - oh good someone to help with financing and providing extra reporters and then she gets fired from something SHE started.

And it's me - if Hollywood Reporter is reporting it then its happening (unless some monkey wrench gets thrown in the deal - which could happen with any film).

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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Sat Jul 26 2014, 01:40

Yep. She was the innovator, and she brought in a team that she thought would not only take her to the next level, but would have her back. She got to the next level thanks to her own hard work and someone else's money, but the deal she struck didn't cover her back, and they stabbed her in it.

But, playing devil's advocate, a deal is a deal. Like you said, shitty.

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Post by Sevens on Sat Jul 26 2014, 03:15

Great to hear it's confirmed. Sounds a very interesting story. Don't know if we could see three films starring George Clooney getting released next year!Would be a BIG year for him!
Although I'm pretty sure I will only see Tomorrowland in theaters here in my country as the other two aren't tent poles and we only introduce about 40 big foreign films a year to cinema.

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Post by Sevens on Sat Jul 26 2014, 05:38

Money Monster lands at Tristar
25 July, 2014 | By Jeremy Kay

Tom Rothman’s Tristar Productions has taken a major project off the independent table and acquired worldwide rights to the thriller in which Jodie Foster will direct George Clooney.

Jamie Linden wrote the screenplay about a broadcaster caught in a tangle of high finance lies after he is held at gunpoint live on air.

The project had been set up at IM Global before CEO Stuard Ford put it into turnaround.

Alan DiFore and Jim Kouf wrote an earlier draft of the script. Sources in the business have drawn parallels with Sidney Lumet’s 1976 drama Network.

Dan Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine developed the project with Foster and will produce together with Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov.

Principal photography is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.


“It is impossible to resist saying that we at TriStar hit the talent jackpot today,” said TriStar Productions chairman Tom Rothman.

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Post by Sevens on Sat Jul 26 2014, 11:30

More words from TriStar and Jodie:
TriStar Acquires Jodie Foster's Money Monster, Starring George Clooney
Source: TriStar Productions
July 25, 2014
Tom Rothman's TriStar Productions has acquired the worldwide rights and given the go ahead to Money Monster, a fast-paced, character-driven thriller written by Jamie Linden. Daniel Dubiecki, who worked with Clooney on Up in the Air, and Lara Alameddine developed the script along with Jodie Foster, who will direct the film. Dubiecki and Alameddine's The Allegiance Theater will produce together with Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. Alan DiFore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script. Principal photography is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.

Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster, whose program (the titular "Money Monster"), and life, are taken hostage by an outraged gunman. As much of the world watches live, Gates must keep himself alive and, with help from the woman who produces the show, uncover the truth behind a tangle of big money lies. Taught and tense, Money Monster unfolds in near real time.

Foster said: "I couldn't be more thrilled to start our 'Money Monster' adventure alongside such a talented and passionate team. Tom Rothman and TriStar really get the movie and are the best cheerleaders our filmmaking team could hope for."

TriStar Productions Chairman Tom Rothman added: "It is impossible to resist saying that we at TriStar hit the talent jackpot today. We are deeply grateful to all the exceptional people involved. There is no one in the business whose talent, dedication and intelligence, I respect more than Jodie Foster. Dan and Lara are terrific producers who have nurtured that rarest of things: a commercial entertainment that is also smart as hell, timely and relevant. Grant and George likewise are Academy Award winning producers of the highest caliber. And, as the bonus coupon on this blue chip investment, we get to enjoy George Clooney in a tour de force acting part. I have no doubt that his collaboration with Jodie will produce an iconic and cool film."


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Post by Nicky80 on Sat Jul 26 2014, 11:50

Coolio  thanks sevens  ...."cool film" can't wait for that

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Post by party animal - not! on Sat Jul 26 2014, 12:04

This has a 'made for George and Grant' look all over it doesn't it?. They both loved 'Network' with Peter Finch, and the producers, Dan Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine(!) worked on 'Up In the Air'.

Wonder if we'll see Amal's name as a producer on the credits one day?

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Post by Sevens on Sat Jul 26 2014, 12:12

Hey I really liked the plot but the name "Money Monster" always seemed a bit funny to me...now it makes sense if that's for the program...can't wait to see this one!
And Jodie Foster could play the woman producer in the film. We just need to find someone capable of "taking hostage of" Mr. Clooney!

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Post by Sevens on Sat Jul 26 2014, 12:19

Why would Amal be a producer?...this isn't a legal film,what could she offer?

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Post by Nicky80 on Sat Jul 26 2014, 12:29

Maybe PAN gets now too excited  bump 

I think this is never going to happen. Movies is George baby and no women will interfere with that  Spliff   

Wonder where they will shut Money Monster....Can I put my hopes up for Berlin???  Yahooooo

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Post by Sevens on Sat Jul 26 2014, 12:47

Nicky the film is about Wall Street so it will likely be shot in NY.

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Post by LizzyNY on Sat Jul 26 2014, 14:17

They'll probably shoot exteriors in NY or Toronto and the rest of it in LA - wherever it's cheapest and they can get the best deal.

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Post by Missa on Sat Jul 26 2014, 23:22

Sounds like a really great film, but I can honestly do without the self-righteous son of a newsman lecturing on the state of journalism press tour that is certain to follow.   Rolling Eyes

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Post by party animal - not! on Sun Jul 27 2014, 00:06

Do you think, Missa? Well, maybe we'll be beyond that by then - and into babies!?!

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Post by Missa on Sun Jul 27 2014, 00:08

I don't think he can help himself.  But I'm excited for some little brown-eyed babies with gorgeous hair and questionable fashion sense!

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Post by Sevens on Wed Jul 30 2014, 02:59

Frankly I have quite a good feeling about this and this role just seems suits George so well that it could bring him that third Oscar!


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Post by Missa on Wed Jul 30 2014, 03:08

I'm interested to see what would be the closest George has played to a villain. I've always thought he'd make an excellent bad guy, since it's so against type for him.

Now, do we have suggestions for who should play the hostage-taker? If we're drawing from the usual crew, I'd go with Matt Damon. Sam Rockwell would also be very good, I think.

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Post by Sevens on Wed Jul 30 2014, 04:12

I think this role may be more double sided. He could be digging some dirt in the business to save his life, but he would still be a bad guy behind some issues.
Recently our country's most internationally prestigious financial TV host-who has interviewed hundreds of most powerful and famous individuals on the planet and been right on his career prime and got millions fans around China- Rui Chenggang just got arrested by the authority. It was roumored that he helped his family use some giant PR company to profit from those high profile interviews illegally and there were all kinds of commercial corruptions around him and his leader.
That was horrible news. A total shock. His image has always been that positive elite and an iconic good example for the new generation. I never thought a host with his power and fame could break the law one day.
George's role might have something in common with him.

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Post by What Would He Say on Wed Jul 30 2014, 15:40

I think George could easily stretch in both roles.....Hostage......or Hostage Taker..... Sign of how good you are, when you could be up for, and effortlessly portray both.  Very Happy


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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Wed Jul 30 2014, 16:42

I don't think they've cast the role of 'Kyle,' the hostage taker. This deal came together very quickly, as far as these things go. TriStar got it based on Foster being attached and the producers getting an LOI (letter of intent -- or interest --) from George's reps, if what I'm hearing is true. (Probably what drove Stan crazy. George wasn't officially attached.) With those two and this story, which will play well internationally, they will have no problems with pre-sales, and this movie might be paid for before they turn the cameras on.

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Post by amaretti on Wed Jul 30 2014, 17:17

Wow  Very Happy Very Happy 

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Post by Joanna on Wed Jul 30 2014, 19:03

Clive Owen can portray a charismatic baddy well enough and it would be good to see Jodie on screen
as the producer of the TV show.
But maybe as the director she wouldn't want dual roles in her film.

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Post by LizzyNY on Wed Jul 30 2014, 20:10

Way2Old - hope you're right about this one. He needs a moneymaker. Don't know why, but I keep seeing John Goodman as Kyle (he does a great scary bad guy) - if not him, then someone with that same middle aged/middle class persona.
I know Matt Damon is getting to that age, but to me he's too young looking - like the driver in "The Good German" (sorry, senior moment - can't remember the actor's name). His performance was good, but his baby face was distracting.(Ok, just checked - it was Tobey Maguire)

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Post by Joanna on Wed Jul 30 2014, 20:22

The trouble for me would be I that I could never
imagine Matt as a baddy !  affraid lol! 

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Post by Missa on Thu Jul 31 2014, 01:26

See, I'm thinking of the hostage-taker as the sympathetic one here. I swear I'm not a sociopath siding with a potential murderer (although that's what a sociopath would say, isn't it?) BUT, I'm thinking of George's character as being like Jim Cramer, who had a similar experience in terms of being a big insider-stock-tips guy on CNBC here in the states, and when it all went belly-up, got TONS of flack because he was telling people to buy Bear Stearns stock literally DAYS before the stock crashed.  People lost everything on that guy.  (Google Jon Stewart/Jim Cramer for a good summary.  The Daily Show did an amazing take down of the guy - apparently Jon Stewart's mother lost all her savings on his tips.)

Anyway, I see that character as the bad guy and the guy who lost everything (although making a poor life choice with the hostage-taking and murder threats, I'll grant you) as the sympathetic character.  I can absolutely see Matt Damon playing that sort of desperate everyman at the end of his rope. Although now that Joh  Goodman is on the table, that's the only person I want to see do it.  Smile

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Post by fava on Thu Jul 31 2014, 01:27

Sevens wrote:Frankly I have quite a good feeling about this and this role just seems suits George so well that it could bring him that third Oscar!

Not to quibble too much, but I would like George to take on a role we think doesn't suit him and then win an Oscar. Might quiet some of those who question his acting chops and/or say he mostly plays a certain type.

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Post by Missa on Thu Jul 31 2014, 01:31

I think the people who still make that "he always plays the same character" accusation haven't been paying attention for the last 6-8 years.  Take out the Ocean's films, and even Up in the Air since that character could be argued is pretty close to George himself, and you have Syriana, The Descendants, Michael Clayton, even Monuments Men.  Those are pretty varied and definitely not the "I'm charming, gorgeous, and have the world on a string" characters he played early on.  He's been broadening his horizons for a while.  Would still like to see him play a straight up psycho though.  Smile

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Post by Sevens on Thu Jul 31 2014, 01:39

Ditto Missa when I said about it suits him, it's more like I think that character has more depths and layers in it, and I could see George pull all that off.
PS: I really like Jon Stewart and his show. Didn't know about that,but thank you I'll check it out.

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Post by LizzyNY on Thu Jul 31 2014, 02:15

Missa - Straight up psycho? Shame on you! Very Happy  Didn't you see From Dusk Til Dawn? You can't get much more psycho than that (except for the Quentin Tarantino part). And George was GREAT in it! If you haven't seen it, you really should - it's a hoot!

BTW, as far as I know John Goodman isn't attached to "Money Monster". I was just suggesting him as a possibility.

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Post by Missa on Thu Jul 31 2014, 02:20

Lizzy - 20 years is too long to go between playing psychos, he's due for another one. Smile He's pretty good in FDTD, but he's got too many of his old tics, it's distracting now that he's grown our of them.

I know John Goodman isn't officially attached, but it's a great idea, and if Jodie knows what's up she'll be checking here for suggestions. Smile

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Post by LizzyNY on Thu Jul 31 2014, 02:36

Just checked the IMBD page for Money Monster. No other cast listed except for George, but he and Grant are also listed as producers. If it doesn't get him an acting Oscar it could get him one for producing.

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Post by Sevens on Fri Aug 01 2014, 10:46

Jodie Foster And George Clooney Look To Cash In With Money Monster
BY MIKE REYES 2014-07-31 12:28:58
Sometimes actors make great directors. Ron Howard, Kevin Costner, George Clooney and Jodie Foster can all attest to that fact, as they've all directed and/or starred in films that would go on to become Academy Award nominees, if not winners. An actor being directed by another actor is pretty special, and can lead to some really great work. But an actor/director supervising someone else who occupies that rarified air? That could be something to behold, especially considering the last two names on the above list are collaborating on an extremely timely project that screams awards season.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the pair of Academy Award winners are pairing up to make the film Money Monster, with Foster directing and Clooney starring as Lee Gates - a TV stock analyst who is taken hostage under dire circumstances and killer ratings. His captor lost all of their money thanks to a bad investment tip that Gates provided on his show. The gunman demands that the host make his stock jump 24 points before the closing bell, and in the process reveals some very big secrets about the company in question.

There are parallels that can be made between Money Monster and classic thrillers like Dog Day Afternoon and Network, but another movie came to mind when I read up on this film is Joel Schumacher'sPhone Booth. The film already has the claustrophobic atmosphere, and the gasbag who's always "in control" being turned into the one who's being controlled. All that's missing is Kiefer Sutherland as the guy holding George Clooney hostage. (Note to Jodie Foster: PLEASE cast Kiefer Sutherland!) If this film can nail the satirically dark tone of Network and marry it with the tension of Phone Booth, I honestly think we'd have a hell of a flick on our hands.

Considering Jodie Foster has been directing episodes of Netflix originals like Orange Is The New Black and House Of Cards, it's safe to say that she's far from rusty when it comes to her directing skills. However, the last feature film she directed was the Mel Gibson starring puppet comedy The Beaver, which didn't seem to be that good. Or at least it wasn't a good enough movie to help people overlook Gibson's then recent spate of bad behavior. Regardless, it'll be interesting to see Jodie Foster and George Clooney working together as director and actor, respectively.

Money Monster is looking to start filming at the beginning of 2015, which means we could be looking at a prestige friendly release date in the Fall of that year. Seriously, call Kiefer guys!
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Post by party animal - not! on Fri Nov 14 2014, 21:30

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‘Unbroken’ Star Jack O’Connell and Julia Roberts Join George Clooney in ‘Money Monster’

Jack O’Connell and Julia Roberts are in negotiations to co-star with George Clooney in TriStar Pictures’ “Money Monster.”
Jodie Foster is directing, with Tom Rothman’s TriStar financing the pic.
Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster, whose program (titled “Money Monster”) and life are taken hostage by an outraged gunman (O’Connell). As the world watches, Gates must stay alive and uncover the truth behind a tangle of big money lies, with help from the show’s producer (Roberts). “Money Monster” unfolds in near real time.
Producers are The Allegiance Theater’s Daniel Dubiecki, Lara Alameddine and Smokehouse’s Clooney and Grant Heslov. Jamie Linden penned the script; Alan DiFore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script. Production will begin in the spring.
This marks a reteaming of Roberts and Clooney, who worked together on the “Ocean’s Eleven” films.
Studios have been circling O’Connell ever since the young British actor landed the role of Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” which bows this Christmas. Universal has already locked him in for their MI6 origin tale “Section 6,” and the actor is also expected to star in “Tulip Fever.”
Roberts has a handful projects in development including a remake of “The Secret in Their Eyes.”
Besides “Money Monster,” Rothman’s TriStar continues to line up a healthy slate that includes “The Walk,” directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Joseph Gordon Levitt; “Ricki and the Flash,” which stars Meryl Streep with Jonathan Demme directing; an untitled comedy by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo; and an adaptation of Alan Bennett’s “The Lady In The Van ” with Maggie Smith.
O’Connell and Roberts are repped by CAA.


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Post by Nicky80 on Fri Nov 14 2014, 22:00

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Looks like he likes to work with Julia and Sandra only for his future Projects LOL....

Would be nice to see him with Julia on Screen again but I must say I would like to see him with different female actors and not always the same people.....But well....I#m sure it will be good with Julia too

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Post by Donnamarie on Fri Nov 14 2014, 22:31

Haven't seen anything with Jack O'Connell before. Anybody else familiar with him? Looks like he's got a major part in this movie.

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Post by party animal - not! on Fri Nov 14 2014, 22:36

Jack O'Connell is the leading man in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken. A Brit who was seen in This Is England and Skins on tv here. Seems to be having a meteoric rise for a guy of 24



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