Giving his Fantastic Mr. Fox director Wes Anderson a run for his money in his attempts to collect all the actors, George Clooney has assembled an ensemble for his upcoming period drama The Monuments Men that is as impressive as its title is awkward. Clooney will direct Daniel Craig, The Artist's Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman, and—in the ultimate slap in Anderson's face—Anderson actors Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, and Bob Balaban. And of course, George Clooney's film will star George Clooney, who also co-wrote the script with his Good Night And Good Luck collaborator Grant Heslov, about a group of art historians and museum curators who attempt to save precious artworks from being stolen or destroyed during World War II.
Naturally, if you're going to ask audiences to watch yet another movie about WWII, you better get like five or six actors people recognize to star in it. You could also give away door prizes for attending, I guess, but casting famous movie stars actually seems more efficient. I mean, are they supposed to hire people to attend every single screening to hand out the prizes? Is that the responsibility of the studio, local publicists, or what? And is it a raffle system, and does that mean theaters will then have to distribute numbered tickets along with the movie tickets? Because I don't think most theaters are set up for something like that. Basically, your "door prize" idea is unsustainable and stupid, and it's a better idea to just hire Daniel Craig and Bill Murray.