In Jodie Foster’s new thriller Money Monster, George Clooney stars as a financial TV host who puts more emphasis on spectacle and choreographed dance numbers than actually dishing out financial advice. Now, Sony has released the official music video for Dan the Automator’s original song from the film — “What Makes The World Go ‘Round (Money!)” featuring Del the Funky Homosapien — and the video gives a sneak peek at Clooney’s dance skills.
When Money Monster producers Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine of The Allegiance Theater set out to cast their tense financial thriller, they had only one person in mind to play the smooth-talking TV host Lee Gates: George Clooney.
Money Monster follows Gates as he’s taken hostage live on air by a viewer (Jack O’Connell), and the actor playing Gates had to play both the arrogant, wise-cracking TV host and the humbled captive trying to solve a crisis.
Together, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Jodie Foster have more than a century of Hollywood experience. Which is why it can sometimes be hard to remember a time when they weren’t all stars.
The trio of celebs recently sat down with PEOPLE and EW editorial director Jess Cagle to talk about their new movie Money Monster and to reminisce about their own long careers — including when they first discovered each others’ filmography. And they go way, way back.
In Jodie Foster’s latest thriller, George Clooney headlines as the glib and ostentatious host of a financial show called Money Monster, where he dishes out stock tips and spectacle in equal measure. As host Lee Gates, Clooney shakes his hips (with backup dancers in gold spandex) and punctuates every piece of financial advice with flashy graphics and sound effects.
It’s beginning to look a lot like the 1990s as the weekend box office battle approaches, with Julia Roberts appearing in two films likely to chart within the top five.
George Clooney was 33 when he landed his first big break as Dr. Doug Ross on ER. Julia Roberts was only 22 when Steel Magnolias and Pretty Woman came out. And Jodie Foster? She’s been acting since she was 3 years old — and she was only 14 when she landed her first Academy Award nomination for Taxi Driver.
Self-styled financial guru Lee Gates (George Clooney) is the host of a show called Money Monster, but he’s more jester than monster: a mugging Jim Cramer–meets–P.T. Barnum type who snazzes up his daily stock picks with sound effects, silly props (boxing gloves, top hats, stuffed parrots), and backup dancers in gold lamé hot pants.
Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, and George Clooney have spent the better part of their lives headlining some of the biggest movies of all time, and now, they’re teaming up for the Foster-directed Money Monster, which stars Clooney and Roberts as a financial TV host and his director and producer.
Jodie Foster is the latest actress to comment on the wage gap in Hollywood.
When Jodie Foster set out to direct her fourth film, she was more concerned with getting the story right than landing a star-studded cast. But when she reached out to George Clooney to gauge his interest, he signed on immediately — and brought Julia Roberts with him.
“It was really just one of those great presents from the sky,” Foster says. “I was happy to make the movie for 20 cents, however we could get it off the ground.”
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