Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Clooney directs pals for cheap in 'Monuments Men'  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 06/02/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN -Arab News) LOS ANGELES: George Clooney stars both in front of and behind the camera in his latest film, about a little-known group of heroes who risked all to rescue stolen art from the Nazis in World War II.And he managed to persuade some of his fellow A-listers to take big pay cuts to appear in the “The Monuments Men,” which is being released Friday in the United States.The movie is Clooney’s fifth as a director, after 2002’s “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “Good Night, and Good Luck” (2005), “Leatherheads” (2008) and 2011’s “The Ides of March.”As well as Clooney, its stars include Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray and Oscar-winning French “The Artist” star Jean Dujardin, in his second Hollywood film after Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”Based on an eponymous book, the movie follows a group of experts, gallery owners and artists sent to Europe to salvage hundreds of thousands of works of art stolen by the Nazis, and to protect thousands of others threatened by Allied bombs.“We were not all that familiar with the actual story, which is rare for a World War II film. Usually you think you know all the stories,” Clooney told a pre-release press conference in Beverly Hills.The “Monuments Men” — about 100 in all, across Europe — were tasked notably with finding works stolen by Hitler from Jewish families and major European museums, to create his megalomaniac project of a gigantic art museum in Linz.“We liked the idea that there was a bunch of guys that you would never expect to go to a war zone,” producer and long-time Clooney collaborator Grant Heslov told AFP.“Guys who were museum curators and artists and architects. They weren’t young. They weren’t really made for war and for such heroic things,” he added.Despite the weighty subject matter, the film is basically entertaining.“That was a tone that George and I wanted,” said Heslov. “We wanted to make a film that was in some respects a call-back to the kind of war films we grew up on. There was always a little bit of tongue in cheek in those. So we wanted some of that.“We knew we weren’t making ‘Schindler’s List’ or ‘Saving Private Ryan.’ Those are excellent films, but they have a very different perspective on the war.”Clooney also revealed that he got actors like Damon, Blanchett, Murray and Dujardin to take a pay cut.“If you pay everybody a full boatload, it’s a 150 million film,” he told Variety, saying he managed to stay within a 70 million budget. “You just can’t do it. Everybody worked for super cheap, like crazy cheap,” he said.Lots of the works of art stolen by Hitler were found and returned to their rightful owners after 1945. But “it is a long process, and it is a continuing process,” said Clooney.“Sometimes it’s tricky, because it’s very hard to raise sympathy for someone named Rothschild, who had the largest private collection, because people think, ‘Well, they’re pretty wealthy and it’s not such a big deal,’ although of course you want it to be returned.”Of his latest turn as a director, Clooney admitted: “I really enjoy it, it’s fun. I like it more than acting now. I don’t know whether it’s improving or not, but it’s certainly evolving in different directions.”He was honest about where he learned the craft.“You know, all you’re trying to do is learn from people that you’ve worked with.“I’ve worked with the Coen brothers and Steven Soderbergh and Alexander Payne. I’ve worked with really great directors over the years. So you try to see what they’re doing, and then just steal it.”


 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan- King departs for CairoJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)- His Majesty King Abdullah II on Thursday left for Cairo on a visit to Egypt during which he will hold talks with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan- 688 dead 14000 injured in traffic accidents in 2014Jordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)Statistics issued by the Central Traffic Department (CTD) Thursday showed that the number of traffic accidents and deaths had declined in 2014 ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan- Conference on women in Sharia concludes meetingsJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb.26 (Petra) - The closing session of Women in Sharia" conference which concluded meetings Wednesday evening discussed challenges faced by workers in the defense ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan condemns burning of church in Jerusalem by Jewish extremistsJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Al Momani Thursday condemned the burning of a church by Jewish extremists in occupied Jerusalem earlier ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan NATO discuss ties counter- terrorism effortsJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs Mohammad Bani Yaseen and NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Lebanese economy to grow 2.2 percent in 2015MENAFN
(MENAFN) Lebanon anticipates its economy to grow 2.5 percent in 2015, according to finance minister, after reporting a Eurobond of USD2.2 billion, the largest issue in the country's history, ...

 Feb 26 2015 - UK's Carillion wins USD590m Dubai construction contractsMENAFN
(MENAFN) UK builder Carillion said that it selected Al Futtaim Carillion as its most preferred bidder for two construction contracts valued at USD590 million, Arabian Business reported.The ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Over 2140 more Egyptians return from LibyaDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) By Marina Makary Egyptians returning from Libya through the Salloum border in the past 24 hours have numbered 2140 state media reported. Cairo International Airport also ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Egypt- TV journalists detained for airing alleged government leaksDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The Supreme State Security Prosecution decided Wednesday to renew the detention of two journalists affiliated with Mekameleen TV channel which aired leaked statements by ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Qatar- HH the Emir Meets U.S. Secretary of StateQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met at his residence in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Discussions during the meeting dealt with the overall events ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help