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For Young Thesps, It’s All About Locking Roles Before Holidays

Mike Fleming

The town is slowing, but not the deal makers who are racing to lock their young clients into jobs before everything shuts down for the holidays. Here are some of the more interesting results:

British actor Joshua Bowman just got the love interest to Miley Cyrus in her new film So Undercover, which is being financed by Exclusive Media Group and directed by Tom Vaughan. The actor’s repped by Management 360 and United Agents.

Lily Collins has been set to star in the first installment of the Mortal Instruments book series which is being directed by Scott Charles Stewart for Screen Gems. She’ll play the role of Clary Fray. Collins, who followed The Blind Side by starring with Taylor Lautner in Abduction, next stars in Priest. She’s repped by CAA.

Max Minghella has landed the role of Ben Harper in Ides of March, which George Clooney will begin directing next year. with Ryan Gosling starring. Minghella, who’s coming off The Social Network, just starred in the New Regency-Summit supernatural project The Darkest Hour. He’s repped by CAA.

Caleb Landry Jones joins Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale and Ben Foster in Contraband for Universal and Working Title. He’ll play the brother in law of a retired smuggler (Wahlberg) whose screw-up forces him back for one last … Read More »

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George Clooney Solidifies Funding For Political Drama ‘The Ides Of March’

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Exclusive Media Group chairman Guy East and Nigel Sinclair are teaming with Cross Creek Pictures president Brian Oliver to finance The Ides of March, the drama that is based on the Beau Willimon Broadway play Farragut North. George Clooney, long set as director, will also star alongside Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. Clooney and his Smoke House Pictures partner Grant Heslov wrote the script with Willimon. The Smoke House partners are producing with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way. East, Sinclair and Oliver are co-producing. Exclusive Films International will sell offshore territories at AFM. CAA, which packaged the film and raised the financing, will broker the domestic deal. I’ve heard that Sony Pictures Entertainment is a potential landing place. The film begins production February in Michigan and Ohio.

Deadline revealed September 30 that Gosling would take the role that DiCaprio originally intended to play, a press spokesman for a candidate running in the presidential primary for the Democratic Party ticket. Clooney will play the candidate, a state governor with White House aspirations. Willimon based the play on his own experiences on the campaign trail with Howard Dean in 2004. In the play, the press agent falls prey to backroom politics, the manipulations of veteran political operatives and the seduction of a young intern. Giamatti plays a rival campaign manager, Tomei plays a reporter for the New York Times, and Wood plays an intern for the campaign.

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