The actress, her The Grand Budapest Hotel onscreen lover Ralph Fiennes and Channing Tatum are all in negotiations to join the cast of the Hollywood studios period comedy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tatum is slated to play a Gene Kelly-type dancer, while Swinton is up for the role of top gossip columnist, and Fiennes is close to signing on to play a studio director.
George Clooney picked up the part and was Oscar nominated for his portrayal of a law firm fixer in the acclaimed 2007 Tony Gilroy movie, and now Washington admits he was wrong to back out of the project.
He tells America's GQ magazine, "It was the best material I had read in a long time, but I was nervous about a first-time director, and I was wrong. It happens."
Charlize Theron loves waking up with a sense of fear because she is nervous about working on a challenging movie.
Charlize Theron likes to wake up every day with a sense of fear.
The actress - who recently adopted a baby boy named Jackson - admits she loved working on 'Prometheus' and particularly enjoyed the nerves she had about being able to play the role of Meredith Vickers.
She said: ''I do have a sense of fear every day going to work, but I think it's something that I like. I mean I do like The Feeling of waking up on my own, having this moment of like, 'Oh, f**k, I hope I can do this today' because it makes you realise that you're working with material or you're working with a director or you're working with a cast and they're keeping you on your toes.
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Tilda Swinton likes doing ''tourist'' films like 'Burn After Reading' or 'The Chronicles of Narnia' as they are ''lightweight on the diary''.
Tilda Swinton likes to do "tourist" movies which don't take much of her time.
The Oscar-winning actress - who has previously claimed she never planned to get into Hollywood - admits she loves getting roles in films such as 'Burn After Reading' or 'The Chronicles Of Narnia' because it means she get to enjoy dressing up and playing.
She said: "I call that tourism because it's really easy for me.
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Tilda Swinton had no idea how prestigious the Academy Awards were until she won one because she had never watched the ceremony.
The Scottish actress won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 2007 movie 'Michael Clayton' but insists she had no idea how prestigious an accolade it was, though she admits it boosted her career.
She said: "Yes, that was lovely, but I have to admit that I'd never seen the Oscars on television and really had no idea that it was so important. It was a very long show, but it did move me up from the children's table, professionally, in Hollywood."
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George Clooney delighted Anton Corbijn , his director in 'The American' with his ''fabulous'' dark performance in the movie.
George Clooney plays his darkest role yet in 'The American'.
The Hollywood actor assumes his most brooding character to date in the film about a US hitman hiding out in an Italian village, and amazed the film's director Anton Corbijn with his "fabulous" performance.
He said: "George was into the role, which surprised me. Maybe it's because he's never played such a dark character. Perhaps in 'Michael Clayton' or 'Syriana' he was unsympathetic, but he's never been this harsh or unappealing.
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On the Wednesday before Labor Day, the only major holiday that regularly produces lackluster box-office returns, Focus Features, Universal's specialty division, has chosen to debut The American , starring George Clooney. The thriller is receiving widely disparate reviews. On the one hand is the Chicago Sun-Times 's Roger Ebert, who remarks that it is "so rare to see a film this carefully crafted, this patiently assembled like a weapon." On the other hand, Kyle Smith remarks in the New York Post "It's hard to imagine anyone but a critic sitting twice through The American , a pretentious Euro-snore that should occasion a fraud prosecution for any marketer who calls it a thriller -- and which stars an actor who seems to wish his name were Jorg Clooné." A.O. Scott in The New York Times synthesizes the two opinions, writing, "The virtues of the film itself are those of craft rather than art. Its precision is impressive and fussy rather than invigorating. It is a reasonably skillful exercise in genre and style, a well-made vessel containing nothing in particular, though some of its features -- European setting, slow pacing, full-frontal female nudity -- are more evocative of the art house than of the multiplex." Clooney himself evokes mixed reviews. "Clooney has excelled in serious roles _ notably in Michael Clayton and Syriana," writes Claudia Puig in USA Today. " But his Jack, a brooding assassin seeking redemption, is a bigger departure, and he pulls it off well. It is easily his most pared-down performance, a throwback to the taciturn gunslingers of Westerns." But Ann Hornaday sees it another way in the Washington Post , writing "As for Clooney, he's been stripped of the self-deprecating character tics that made even his dramatic roles in Michael Clayton and Up in the Air such restrained but somehow extravagant joys to behold; here he plays someone so controlled and closed-off that he's virtually inert." And Lisa Kennedy in the Denver Post warns Clooney fans "If you're expecting a star-propelled thriller with the usual bob, weave and one-two punch, this isn't your ticket. However, if you crave a film that has Clooney digging deeper into his craft, there's payoff in this constrained drama with measured, if quiet, performances."
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Wyle admits he blew the money he made on the pilot of medical drama E.R. on a trip to Europe with Clooney and co-star Eriq LaSalle, and almost found himself homeless upon his return.
He explains, "George covered me for a few months until the pay cheques started coming in. The first cheque I wrote after I got paid was to pay George back."
Pollack died aged 73 on Monday (26May08), after a nine-month battle with cancer at his home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles.
The Oscar-winning star recently directed and starred alongside Clooney in 2007's Michael Clayton.
Clooney says, "Sydney made the world a little better, movies a little better and even dinner a little better. A tip of the hat to a class act. He'll be missed terribly."
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