After playing a crazed preacher in 'There Will Be Blood,' Paul Dano should have no problem taking on the role of creepy Karl Rove in Richard Linklater's 'College Republicans,' the story of how the young political conservative met Lee Atwater (President Reagan and President George H.W. Bush's "dirty trickster") in the early 1970s before becoming one of the most notorious and Machiavellian political operatives in recent memory as advisor to President George W. Bush. TheWrap has reported that the film is being financed by producer Maya Browne through her Bratt Entertainment. No distribution deal has yet been set. Rove's nickname in the Bush administration? "Turd Blossom." The movie begins shooting in Austin in late November.

'The Ides of March,'
George Clooney's political thriller about behind-the-scenes machinations during a fiercely contested political campaign, hits theaters Oct. 14, and various clips and trailers show the film to be almost as scary as real-life politics. Ryan Gosling plays a staffer for candidate Clooney; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Marissa Tomei co-star. Here's a humorous clip from the film, in which Gosling tries to flirt with a staffer, Evan Rachel Wood, who gets the upper hand and puts Gosling to shame. Finally, some levity. [MovieLine]



'X-Men: First Class' arrives on DVD Sept. 9, loaded with plenty of behind-the-scenes material. Here's some interesting footage: In order to play Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence had to stand around virtually naked while six artists spent seven hours applying blue makeup for her costume. Then she had to spend four hours or more acting -- but fortunately not every day. [MovieLine]



Model Gemma Ward -- who graced the big screen as Tamara the Mermaid in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' has been cast in an undisclosed role in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby.' The film, which stars Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke and Callan McAuliffe, will hit theaters in 2012. [Inside Movies]