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George Clooney Stages Cold War Redux with Murrow Pic

The Hollywood Reporter says George Clooney is paying homage to one of history's greatest smackdowns. The actor/writer/director is teaming with his production partners Steven Soderbergh and Grant Heslov to develop "Goodnight, and Good Luck," a film chronicling Edward R. Murrow's on-air refutations of commie-huntin' Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

Murrow (to be played by David Strathairn) and his news producer, Fred Friendly (Clooney), flew in the face of 1950s Cold War politics by challenging McCarthy's claims of rampant hidden communism. Their March 9, 1954 broadcast of "A Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy" used McCarthy's own words to expose his contradictions and lies.

Clooney will direct and star in "Goodnight, and Good Luck." He also co-wrote the screenplay. It would appear he's pretty interested in this project.

The Reporter says principal photography will begin on Feb. 28. A release date was not announced. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Mac on November 8, 2004 10:29 AM
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