|The Ides of March|
|Writer||George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon|
|Starring||Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei|
|84th Academy Awards|
The Ides of March is a 2011 American political thriller film directed by George Clooney from a screenplay written by Clooney, along with Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon. It stars Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, and Evan Rachel Wood. The film follows an idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate who gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.
Stephen is a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, however, Stephen's meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives, and his one night stand with a teenage staffer proves to be more complicated than casual. Farragut North is a classic tale of hubris set against a contemporary landscape - about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it.