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George Clooney’s Ides of March Will Open the Venice Film Festival

The Ides of March, the George Clooney–directed adaptation of Beau Willimon's play Farragut North, will open the Venice Film Festival on August 31, according to Deadline. Ides stars Clooney as a presidential candidate, Phillip Seymour Hoffman as a campaign manager, and Ryan Gosling as the head of media, a man who "falls prey to backroom politics, the manipulations of veteran political operatives, and the seduction of a young intern" during the Ohio primary for the Democratic nomination. Marisa Tomei plays a Times reporter, and Evan Rachel Wood plays an intern. The story is loosely based on Willimon's experiences on the campaign trail with Howard Dean in 2004. Hopes are high. [Deadline]

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