Clooney’s ‘Monuments Men’ pushed to 2014
NEW YORK — George Clooney’s World War II drama “The Monuments Men” is being pushed to 2014 and out of the fall awards season.
A spokesman for Sony Pictures said the movie will now be released in the first quarter of next year, instead of its planned release date of Dec. 18. “Monuments Men,” which Clooney directed, co-wrote and stars in, had been expected to be a top Oscar contender.
The film is about a WWII platoon whose mission is to rescue artworks from the Nazis.
Ohio captives are working on book
NEW YORK — Two of the three women held captive for a decade in a Cleveland house are collaborating with a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Washington Post reporters for a planned book about their ordeal.
An attorney for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus said they will work with the Post’s Mary Jordan, a Cleveland native, and her husband and fellow reporter, Kevin Sullivan. No meetings with publishers have been scheduled, although interest would likely be based on the popularity of another kidnapping survivor’s memoir, Jaycee Dugard’s “A Stolen Life.”
Negotiations for the book will be handled by Washington-based attorney Robert Barnett, whose clients have included President Barack Obama and Amanda Knox.
Berry, DeJesus and Michelle Knight were all 20 or younger when they were kidnapped between 2002 and 2004 by Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver.
Castro was sentenced Aug. 1 to life in prison plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to 937 counts, including kidnapping and rape, in a deal to avoid the death penalty. He hanged himself in his cell in September.
‘48 Hours’ to focus on breakup violence
NEW YORK — The CBS magazine “48 Hours” is using the story of a Massachusetts teenager killed by her ex-boyfriend to draw attention to the issue of violence after young people end romantic relationships.
The show airs at 10 p.m. today. Susan Zirinsky, senior executive producer of the newsmagazine, said she felt the 2011 murder of Lauren Dunne Astley of Wayland, Mass., by Nathaniel Fujita could have value beyond the typical crime tale.
CBS plans to give the issue attention on radio and its online properties, and Zirinsky said the show will likely be made available to educators who want to show it in schools. In the program, correspondent Tracy Smith hopes to give viewers information about signs in a relationship that could point to future trouble. One piece of advice that sadly could have helped Astley: Don’t visit an ex alone after a breakup.