"The Ides of March" director, writer and actor George Clooney (second from left) arrives in Venice on Tuesday with co-writer Grant Heslov (left). The political drama, which also stars Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei, opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

"The Ides of March" director, writer and actor George Clooney (second from left) arrives in Venice on Tuesday with co-writer Grant Heslov (left). The political drama, which also stars Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei, opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday. (Associated Press)