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    'The Monuments Men' Cast On Jimmy Kimmel: Matt Damon and Bill Murray Steal the Show

    The cast of George Clooney's The Monuments Men have been everywhere lately, promoting a film that will need all their high-profile popularity to lure viewers in. Critics have rejected it. It is very rotten on Rotten Tomatoes. I found the World War II adventure about recovered art strangely flat. (Yo...

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    The Monuments Men

    It’s rare to find a movie that isn’t ironic or aloof, especially in its overarching goal, to pay tribute to an unpopular enterprise that paid off for posterity.

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    Bob Balaban, Fisher Stevens & More: Meet The Hotel Concierges Of Wes Anderson’s 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

    For months, many pundits including us assumed Wes Anderson’s upcoming movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — which is set in the early 1930s on the brink of a World War — would naturally take place in the country of Hungary (Budapest being the country’s capital of course). But being that things are alwa...

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    George Clooney Saves the World (Or At Least Art) in 'The Monuments Men'

    The Monuments Men begins with a captivating scene, set in Belgium during World War II. We see close-ups of a work of art -- van Eyck's oversized Ghent Altarpiece—hear banging, then see priests crate up the individual panels of the painting, put them in a truck in the dark of night and send it off f...

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    Review: 'The Monuments Men' Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray & Cate Blanchett

    "The Monuments Men" always felt like a worthwhile (if dicey) proposition: it's the true-life tale of a band of Allied art historians and curators who are dropped into occupied territory during the frenzied final moments of World War II, and their goal was simple and seemingly insurmountable. In the ...

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    Watch: New Trailer For George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Steals Stolen Art

    While it won't be in the Oscar mix both because it won't be ready and for the fact that it's, as George Clooney calls it, "a commercial, non-cynical piece of entertainment," "Monuments Men" still has the kind of star power to attract a red carpet. Indeed, it will be making its international premier...

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    Watch: First Trailer For George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Goes On A Mission

    So, what is "Monuments Men"? A WWII version of "Ocean's Eleven"? A lighter take on "The Good German" era? Well, whatever the film turns out to be, it's a consciously lighter turn from writer/actor/director George Clooney. "[Producer] Grant [Heslov] and I were looking to do a film that was less cynic...

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    Michelle Williams Offered Lead In Remake Of 'South Pacific'

    So here's some interesting news of the day: Bob Balaban is producing a remake of the musical "South Pacific." It's a bit surprising considering his credits as a producer thus far have been few, with "Gosford Park" the most notable, but yeah, he's hoping to give the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musi...

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    Wes Anderson Confirms He's Reuniting With Bob Balaban For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

    With the one-two punch of the animated “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and last year’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” Wes Anderson has reinvigorated his career and is already hard at work on his next film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” While little is known about the film, other tha...

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