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Old 11-17-08, 11:16 PM   #1
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Men Who Stare at Goats (Heslov, 2010): Clooney as "paranormal" soldier

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A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's First Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.
Director:
Grant Heslov
Writers:
Jon Ronson (book)
Peter Straughan (screenplay)
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Cast:

George Clooney ... Lyn Cassady

Ewan McGregor ... Bob Wilton

Jeff Bridges ... Bill Django

Kevin Spacey ... Larry Hooper


First pix of Clooney. This looks intriguingly bizarre.
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Old 11-17-08, 11:30 PM   #2
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Just based on the cast, I would see this.
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Old 11-18-08, 01:28 AM   #3
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Sounds ambitious. Would go and see it without thinking.
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Old 11-18-08, 03:27 AM   #4
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WTF? That sounds like the plot of a video game... a bad video game.
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Old 11-18-08, 11:10 AM   #5
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Clooney looks like an 80's pediofile
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Old 11-19-08, 05:57 PM   #6
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WTF? That sounds like the plot of a video game... a bad video game.
It's based upon a true story. Obviously the idea of a legitimately paranormal soldier is absurd, but I'm sure the military has tried all manner of unorthodox warfare and experimentation over the years. Look at their attempts to use LSD as a truth-telling serum. I'm definitely going to check out Jon Ronson's book now.
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Old 11-20-08, 12:38 AM   #7
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I dunno, words that should never be in movie titles together -- "Men," "Who," "Goats."
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Old 11-20-08, 08:00 PM   #8
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WTF? That sounds like the plot of a video game... a bad video game.
I just picked up the book today. From the looks of it, it seems more along the lines of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

And it's got Clooney in it. Say what you will about the guy, but he picks some interesting roles.
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Old 11-21-08, 12:41 PM   #9
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Agree, but do you think they will keep the title? Seems like it may go through at least one title change even though it is based on a book.
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Old 11-21-08, 12:59 PM   #10
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The book is a great read, a swift mix of humour and jawdropping U.S. military inanity (the "First Earth Battalion" ). In tone it is indeed reminiscent of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, only far more likely to be true, and anchored by something more substantial than a first-person point of view: interviews with actual participants, some of whom still believe in the paranormal. A couple chapters into it, I thought it would make an excellent movie. Not surprising that Clooney would find it workable.

Part of the program included "de-bleating" goats in Fort Bragg and having military types actually try to stare them to death in the hopes of honing superior mental powers for use during wartime. There's few developed countries on the planet where I can see such ideas being given serious consideration.
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Old 11-21-08, 06:58 PM   #11
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I started reading the book today. Laugh out loud funny. Some of the dialogue....
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Old 05-19-09, 04:20 PM   #12
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Re: Men Who Stare at Goats (Heslov, 2010): Clooney as "paranormal" soldier

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...in the first major pickup of (Cannes), Overture has grabbed domestic rights to war comedy "Men Who Stare at Goats," featuring Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges and helmed by Heslov.
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Old 05-19-09, 05:09 PM   #13
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Re: Men Who Stare at Goats (Heslov, 2010): Clooney as "paranormal" soldier

I'm looking forward to this! Clooney, McGregor, and Bridges are all fantastic when they go the comedy route.
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Old 05-20-09, 03:19 PM   #14
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Re: Men Who Stare at Goats (Heslov, 2010): Clooney as "paranormal" soldier

Ahhh... finally spotted the word that makes me very interested in seeing this... "comedy."
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Old 08-18-09, 07:01 PM   #15
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Old 08-18-09, 09:46 PM   #16
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Re: Men Who Stare at Goats (Heslov, 2010): Clooney as "paranormal" soldier

Seth Gecko, Rentboy, Verbal Kint, and The Dude in the same movie. HOLY SHIT. If it was rated G, ran 80 minutes and the movie was an inspirational story of goat farmers, I'd see it opening day.
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Old 08-28-09, 10:05 AM   #17
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^ Looks good. I actually laughed out loud several times throughout the trailer!
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Old 08-28-09, 02:10 PM   #19
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This movie looks like nothing but great, greater, and greatest.
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Re: Men Who Stare at Goats (Heslov, 2010): Clooney as "paranormal" soldier

This premieres at the Toronto Film Fest in a couple of weeks. Ordered most of my tickets early this year; hoping they go through.
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Re: Men Who Stare at Goats (Heslov, 2010): Clooney as "paranormal" soldier

Looks like it could be great, and what a cast. I'm def in.
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Re: Men Who Stare at Goats (Heslov, 2010): Clooney as "paranormal" soldier



Let's do this right, embedded in HD.
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This looks excellent btw...
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Yeah, this is going to be awesome.
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Old 08-28-09, 05:40 PM   #25
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Looks very funny but I am concerned about IMDB listing the runtime as only 90 minutes. Hopefully that is a grave error.
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