George Clooney (born 6.5.1961) George Clooney is an American actor, as well as a director and producer. He is also involved in the United Nations (UN) organisation.
Childhood: George Clooney was born in Kentucky, to Nina and Nick Clooney. His father was a journalist, a news anchorman and a games show host, whilst his aunt, Rosemary Clooney, was a singer. His uncle, José Ferrer was also an actor.
Clooney developed his interest in theatre at Sir Thomas Rich's Grammar School, in Gloucester, England. When his family moved back to Kentucky, George attended Augusta High School and earned the lead role in a number of plays.
Acting Breakthrough: In 1984, Clooney was given a role in a medical comedy drama named E/R. A decade later, he would more famously star in the similarly named, high profile drama ER. His first major break, however, was playing Roseanne Barr's boss in the sitcom Roseanne.
His role on Roseanne was followed by parts in Baby Talk and Sisters.
Clooney's major film debut was a small role in Return of the Killer Tomatoes.
The major TV breakthrough came in 1994, when Clooney landed the role of Dr. Doug Ross in ER. He stayed on the show between 1994 and 1999.
Mainstream Success: Whilst he was appearing in ER, Clooney also landed a number of major roles in Hollywood films, the first being a part in From Dusk Till Dawn, by maverick director Robert Rodriguez. This was followed by roles in The Peacemaker and One Fine Day. During the last few weeks of his ER contract, Clooney starred in Three Kings.
George Clooney has a long-standing and fruitful relationship with the Coen Brothers directorial team. His first film for them was O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Another lucrative relationship is that between Clooney and Steven Soderbergh, the director of the Ocean's trilogy. Clooney starred alongside Brad Pitt and Matt Damon in Ocean's Eleven and went on to star in Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen.
Clooney's directorial debut came in 2002, with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. The film was unsuccessful at the box office, though Clooney's directorial skills were appreciated by film critics.
Returning to acting, Clooney starred in the lead role in Syriana (2005), a film about a former CIA agent. Shortly after filming Syriana, Clooney directed and acted in Good Night and Good Luck. Both films were considered a financial and critical success. The latter film earned Clooney two Oscar nominations, for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Syriana earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
In 2008, Clooney was once again nominated for an Oscar - this time for his role in Michael Clayton. He lost the prize to Daniel Day Lewis (for his role in There Will Be Blood).
Later that year, Clooney returned to working with the Coen brothers and once again shared screen-time with Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading.
Personal Life: George Clooney was once married to Talia Balsam, between 1989 and 1993. He also had a brief relationship with the actress Sarah Larson.
Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman each bet Clooney $10,000 each that he would have fathered a child before he turned 40. On his 40th birthday, Pfeiffer and Kidman both sent him a cheque. Clooney returned the cheques, betting double or nothing that he would still be childless when he turned 50.
Until 2006, George Clooney owned a pot-bellied pig named Max, which he had had for 16 years.
Colbert has gone seriously big for his debut turn on 'The Late Show', which will be broadcast on September 8th.
It’s been nearly nine months since he killed off ‘The Colbert Report’ to take over from David Letterman on CBS, but Stephen Colbert has now revealed some details about what ‘The Late Show’ will look like under his aegis. And boy, has he gone big, announcing that the star guest on his debut show will be Hollywood heavyweight George Clooney.
The major A-list actor will be the first person to chat with Colbert when he begins on September 8th. On Friday morning, the new host tweeted his followers: “George Clooney will be my first-ever #LSSC guest on September 8th! Could one of you let him know?”
George Clooney will be Stephen Colbert's first ever guest on 'The Late Show' on CBS
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The couple are protective over their private lives and images of their daughter Wyatt, and are taking the Mail's publishers Associated Newspapers to court in the UK.
Hollywood celebrity couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are taking the Daily Mail’s publishers Associated Newspapers to court in the UK over unauthorised pictures the outlet published of them with their baby daughter.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kutcher and Kunis have filed a complaint against the publishers at London’s High Court, concerning two articles which appeared recently on the MailOnline that featured “wrongful publication of paparazzi photographs of family outings”, including images of the couple with their nine month old daughter Wyatt.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher in Los Angeles with their daughter Wyatt in January 2015
The Clooneys have upset residents in the village of Sonning Eye in Berkshire with their plans to install an extensive network of cameras around the property.
George Clooney and Amal Clooney are at loggerheads with their neighbours once more, this time over plans to install a brand new security system on their multi-million pound Berkshire property. Neighbours are up in arms over the proposals, which include eight cameras to be installed on poles just outside the boundaries of their property.
According to local newspaper The Henley Standard, the Clooneys are looking to bolster security at their £10 million dream mansion near the village of Sonning Eye that they purchased back in October 2014, which they are still in the process of renovating. The plans for mounted cameras face opposition from residents who are complaining that they will be an eyesore and intrude on their privacy.
George and Amal Clooney
The much-loved movie producer died suddenly of heart failure in Santa Barbara, California on Monday.
Jerry Weintraub, one of the biggest names in the movie industry, has died suddenly at the age of 77. The iconic producer and ex-head of United Artists Studios passed away on Monday (July 6th) of heart failure following a short hospital stay.
TMZ reported on Tuesday that the movie mogul began feeling unwell over the Fourth of July weekend and suffered a heart attack a few days after initially being diagnosed with a bowel condition.
Weintraub had worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest names and had a crucial role in developing movies such as Nashville, All Night Long, the original, sequels and re-make of The Karate Kid, and the 2001 reboot of Ocean’s Eleven.
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Clooney and his new wife bought a multi-million pound mansion in Berkshire last year, but the completion date for the renovation keeps being put back and the noise is upsetting his neighbours.
Residents of a Berkshire village near the town of Reading are divided over the presence of George and Amal Clooney as their neighbours – even though the couple are yet to move in!
The power couple purchased a £10 million dream mansion in the village of Sonning Eye and were due to move in at the end of July when extensive renovation work had been completed. However, it seems as if that work is going to have to go on for a lot longer than initially anticipated – and that’s upsetting quite a few of their neighbours.
George and Amal Clooney bought a dream mansion last year, but ongoing renovation work is upsetting nearby residents
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'Tomorrowland' is a flop, though Disney has Ant-Man, Inside-Out and Star Wars: A Force Awakens to come.
Disney will lose between $120-140 million on Brad Bird's big-budget fantasy adventure Tomorrowland, according to sources. It represents the studio's biggest financial misfire since The Lone Ranger prompted a $190 million write down and raises serious questions about the quality of the script and effectiveness of the marketing.
Tomorrowland was a major disappoinment for Disney
Tomorrowland is also the third big-budget bomb of 2015, with Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son suffering similar fates. Meanwhile, low-budget hits such as Spy and Pitch Perfect 2 are thriving.
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The new movie marks a change in cinema's obsession with dystopia.
It seems George Clooney's happiness in his personal life, following his fairytale-like marriage to Amal Clooney, has been reflected in his work with him taking on a positive and uplifting story in Disney's 'Tomorrowland'. The actor is clearly glad for some respite amidst the barrage of Hollywood dystopias.
George Clooney stars in Disney utopia 'Tomorrowland'
With films like 'The Hunger Games', 'World War Z' and 'Divergent', it's clear that the idea of a dystopian future is a popular one in cinema, but sometimes it's necessary to take a break from the misery and hopelessness with a little Disney utopia. Of course, that's what Disneyland is all about - and that's where 'Tomorrowland' was born.
Tomorrowland isn't quite as ahead of its time as the name suggests.
Tomorrowland, Brad Bird’s tentpole action adventure, premiered this weekend to disappointing earnings, but still managed to come ahead of the previous week’s winner, Pitch Perfect 2. Tomorrowland checked in at $32,3 million at the end of the three-day weekend, meaning its overall four-day debut, counting the early release, comes out to $40,7 million. It’s a disappointing figure for Disney, whose profits from Tomorrowland were predicted to reach and pass the $44 million mark (according to Box Office Mojo) – it’s a miss, but not by much.
Tomorrowland offers a glimpse of a futuristic world.
Tomorrowland came in behind expectations in North America, and will need strong word of mouth to end up in the black, considering the live-action fantasy adventure cost $180 million to produce. The worst impact was overseas, where the movie opened to $26.7 million from 65 market .
The first reveal of the upcoming Netflix Christmas miniseries, 'A Very Murray Christmas', has been released to get you in the festive mood... in May.
Christmas has come early. Well, Christmas advertising has come early. Netflix has announced their upcoming mini-series 'A Very Murray Christmas', set to appear in December. The show will star Bill Murray - as the name suggests - and will serve as a homage to variety shows.
Bill Murray wishes you 'A Very Murray Christmas'...
Murray stars as himself. He served as the writer alongside Mitch Glazer and Sofia Coppola who will direct. Murray and Coppola worked together on the well-received 2003 film 'Lost in Translation', while Glazer wrote the 1988 adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol' entitled 'Scrooged', starring Murray.
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With his recent appearance in 'Tomorrowland', George Clooney has spoken about his optimism about a new intellectual property in cinemas, instead of a sequel or comic-book adaptation.
'Tomorrowland' is one of the only original blockbusters we'll see in cinemas this summer. "I think it's a really bold thing for Disney to be willing to do a film that isn't a sequel and isn't a comic book," says the movie's star George Clooney, who adds with a smile, "and putting me in a summer movie is a very bold thought."
George Clooney at the premiere of 'Tomorrowland'
At 54, Clooney is feeling his age. "I'm getting too old for this," he says, laughing. "The script said, '55-year-old, angry, bitter has-been, formerly handsome.' And I thought, 'Brilliant, you wrote that for me?' Then on the set I had to fight another old TV doctor [Hugh Laurie, aka House]. I was just getting beaten with a cane the whole time!"
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So, did Disney do it again?
We've heard about Disney's Tomorrowland for years now. Brad Bird's mystery adventure had George Clooney attached from the outset and the story of a former boy genius jaded by dilussionment who teams up with an optmisitic teen to unearth the secrets of a hidden land certainly sounds like classic Disney fare. But how has it fared with the critics?
George Clooney stars in Tomorrowland, which has received mixed reviews from critics
The people behind Tomorrowland have a strong pedigree - the screenplay is a joint effort between Lost writer Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird.
Continue reading: Did Disney Bring the Magic in 'Tommorowland'?
Big summer blockbusters are so rarely optimistic that it's tricky to know how to take this movie, its utopian view of the future is a refreshing antidote to both dystopic-nightmare thrillers and those blood-boiling, doom-and-gloom documentaries about how the end of the world is nigh. Even more interesting is the idea that this movie is essentially based on Walt Disney himself, who believed creativity and invention were the key to a happy tomorrow. So it's a bit of a shame that everything feels so childish.
The story centres on the restless Casey (Britt Robertson), an almost frighteningly brainy teenager who's trying to keep Nasa from closing down the launch pad where her dad (Tim McGraw) works. Unknown to her, the eerily ageless young Athena (Raffey Cassidy) is watching, leaving a pin that's a key to a magical glimpse of a parallel space-age future. Investigating this, Casey travels to Houston, where she gets in trouble at a sci-fi collectible shop. Rescued by Athena, they travel to New York to meet Frank (George Clooney), a grumpy old man who was once a wide-eyed inventor like Casey and has known Athena since 1964. Together they work out a way to get back to Tomorrowland to confront its pessimistic leader Nix (Hugh Laurie), who seems to have accepted the fact that the world is falling apart.
The script briefly grazes against big ideas like global poverty and climate change, which gives the film a hint of weight to balance out a plot that is clearly aimed at a 10-year-old. It's all rather simplistic, which means it doesn't quite speak to grown-ups, although the positive approach can't help but catch the interest. Director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) keeps the imagery whizzy, with fabulous gadgets and thrilling effects work that beautifully imagines a city of the future. Plus a pretty cool Eiffel Tower revelation. He also makes sure that the characters' intelligence shines through, which allows Robertson and Clooney to inject a sparky sense of rivalry.
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The ‘Tomorrowland’ actor has revealed how he popped the question to his human rights lawyer wife, Amal Alamuddin.
There was a time not so long ago when no story about George Clooney was complete without reference being made to the actor’s bachelor status. Yes for years Gorgeous George was the most famous bachelor in all of Hollywood, but then in 2014 he shocked the world by announcing his engagement to lawyer Amal Alamuddin. But when he finally did meet ‘the one’, how did George pop the question?
George and Amal married in September 2014.
Speaking to CBS news on Tuesday, May 19, George opened up about his relationship with Amal, saying he knew fairly quickly that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with the human rights lawyer.
George Clooney - 'A host of stars were snapped as they arrived for the European premiere of 'Tomorrowland: A World Beyond' which was held at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 17th May 2015
Date of birth
6th May, 1961