The actor is furious after the Mail published a story that he claims is untrue.
George Clooney has been left reeling in fury in a spat with The Daily Mail. The actor admonished the British tabloid for printing what he described as a "lie" regarding his relations with his fiancée Amal Alamuddin's mother, his future mother-in-law.
The Mail alleged that Clooney's fiancée's mother, Baria, had told "half of Beirut" that she was opposed the forthcoming wedding on religious grounds because she is a member of Lebanon's Islamic Druze community.
Clooney lashed out at the Mail, denouncing the newspaper for fabricating a story that he ruled to be "false" and "irresponsible." The incensed 53 year-old wrote "None of the story is factually true. Amal's mother is not Druze. She has not been to Beirut since Amal and I have been dating, and she is in no way against the marriage."
Following Clooney's reaction, The Mail has issued an apology.
George Clooney has hit back at the Daily Mail for allegedly misrepresenting the attitude of his fiance’s mother. The A-lister accused the publication of irresponsibility, after a story, published in the Mail claimed that his future mother-in-law opposed the marriage on religious grounds.
Clooney considers the article a gross misrepresentation.
The 53 year-old actor won an apology from The Daily Mail for printing "a completely fabricated story about my fiancé's mother opposing our marriage for religious reasons."
George Clooney is known for being private when it comes to his personal life, so when he does open up, it is for a good reason.
The Oscar-winning actor could not hold back when the U.K.'s Daily Mail published a false story on Monday (July 7th) about his fiancé's mother opposing their upcoming wedding.
News broke of Clooney becoming engaged to British lawyer Amal Alamuddin in April, and they are reportedly set to tie the knot in Lake Como, Italy, this fall.
George Clooney has issued a statement in response to a 'Daily Mail' article printed on Monday which alleged his future mother-in-law, Baria Alamuddin, was unhappy her daughter had decided to marry outside their religion.
George Clooney has responded to a Daily Mail article which alleged his fiancé's mother was unhappy with her daughter marrying outside their religion. The 53-year-old actor was seemingly so appalled by the Mail's blatant display of religious insensitivity that he felt he had to directly address the claims. He penned a short essay which was published on USA Today.
George Clooney released a statement in response to the article.
George Clooney is allegedly planning to switch careers - could he be President in 2020?
In an unexpected turn of events Hollywood actor George Clooney has decided to venture into the world of politics. 53-year-old Clooney is allegedly planning to run for the Governor of California position and is already being wooed by Obama’s Democrat party who are vying for him to run for office in 2018.
George Clooney for President?
The decision to switch careers comes not too long after the announcement that Clooney plans to wed British human rights lawyer, Amal Alamuddin. Perhaps his fiancee’s super serious career has encouraged the Ocean’s Eleven star reassess the course of his life? It’s thought that Alamuddin wants to continue with her career in London once the nuptials are out of the way, but may one day happily move over to the US to support her husband’s budding new career.
Continue reading: Could George Clooney Be President Of The United States In 2020?
Is George Clooney planning to run for Governor of California? The 53-year-old actor is rumoured to be considering a career in politics full time following the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronald Reagan.
George Clooney may be going into politics full time, according to numerous sources. The 53-year-old actor could be running for Governor of California and following in the footsteps of actors such as Arnold Schwarzengger and Ronald Reagan who also held the position.
George Clooney may be running for Governor of California.
According to the Mirror, Clooney is being considered by the Democrat party for the 2018 governorship race. Clooney is political active and has been involved in numerous campaigns for human rights in Syria and Sudan. Sources speaking to the paper said Clooney's support.
The Coen Brothers, George Clooney, Josh Brolin, 1950s comedy. All fine.
Joel and Ethan Coen like nothing more than getting their old friends together for a project, which is exactly what’s happening with ‘Hail, Caeser!’ – their new film, announced today by Universal Pictures.
The film, a comedy, which we can only imagine will be of the dark persuasion given the Coen’s penchant for black humour, centers on a 1950s-era Hollywood “fixer” named Eddie Mannix, according to Deadline.
The Coen Brothers at the BFI Film Festival 2013 [Photo: Wenn, Mario Mitsis]
'Gravity' won the award for Best Trailer at the Golden Trailer Awards on Friday (30th May).
Gravity has won a Golden Trailer award for the Trailer of the Year. The sci-fi film was voted the best trailer out a wide variety of films nominated for the various Golden Trailer awards. Gravity's trailer also won the award for Best Thriller Trailer.
Gravity won the Golden Trailer award for Trailer of the Year.
The trailer, entitled Detached, depicts Sandra Bullock and George floating through space, before Bullock crucially loses hold of a life line whilst on a mission outside the space station. The trailer, much like the film, appears to be wonderfully simplistic with the action taking place entirely in space. However, it's certainly a breath-taking trailer with the drama evidently playing out between Sandra Bullock's and George Clooney's characters.
Continue reading: 'Gravity' Wins Trailer Of The Year At The Golden Trailer Awards
Yes he's handsome, but don't be too taken in by George Clooney or you might just fall victim to one of his infamous pranks.
He may soon have to relinquish his title of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, but George Clooney will always be the king of the pranksters. Clooney’s pranks are legendary in Hollywood and many famous faces have fallen victim to his more mischievous side. We've complied a list of our 10 favourite Clooney prank stories as a little reminder for everyone to watch their backs when George is around.
George Clooney, prankster
1. Who knows when Clooney played his first prank, but he certainly started young. His first prank on record happened when he was an employee of a Kentucky shoe store. A former co-worker once told the Kentucky Monthly Magazine that young George would draw a smiley face and put his initials on every pair of shoes he sold.
George Clooney and fiancee Amal Alamuddin celebrated their engagement at a star-studded party in Malibu on Sunday.
It’s the engagement party that the world never thought would happen. George Clooney and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin celebrated their surprise engagement on Sunday at a star-studded shindig in Malibu. The couple announced their engagement last month and Amaluddin has since been sporting seven-carat diamond and platinum engagement ring. Clooney was said to have helped design the ring, which his wife-to-be was showing off to all of the guests at the party. We don’t blame her! Just a subtle little seven-carat sparkler then to celebrate their love…
George Clooney, the perpetual bachelor, celebrated his engagement on Sunday in Malibu
Clooney and Alamuddin invited their nearest and dearest, who just happen to include supermodel Cindy Crawford and U2 rockers Bono and the Edge. The do took place at impresario Rande Gerber’s exclusive restaurant, Cafe Habana, and it was reported that Clooney was doling out some serious PDA to his future wife. Looking laid back and relaxed, the couple enjoyed the attention lavished on them by well wishers.
Continue reading: Inside George Clooney And Amal Alamuddin's Engagement Party
George Clooney has responded, in a public statement, to Steve Wynn's claims that he is "molly coddled" and the casino mogul's denial that he called President Obama an "a******".
George Clooney has responded to Steve Wynn's claims he is "molly coddled".
Clooney and Wynn allegedly had a disagreement last month in Las Vegas after Wynn allegedly called President Barack Obama an "a******". The incident allegedly occurred on April 23rd when Clooney attended a group dinner along with Wynn.
Continue reading: Read George Clooney's Take On His War Of Words With Steve Wynn
The 52 year-old actor hit back at the hotel magnate, who recently spoke of Clooney negatively: "He was a little into the tequila but he is fun to be with. He's a good storyteller."
The hotel mogul says he does not bare any grudges towards the 52 year-old actor after they engaged in a war of words over President Obama and the Affordable Care Act.
Although Wynn admitted there was an argument when talking to Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle on Market Makers recently, he did play it down.
Continue reading: George Clooney Responds To Steve Wynn's "Mollycoddled" Claim
Seemingly eternal bachelor George Clooney has shocked the world by getting engaged.
A large portion of the world's female population issued a loud cry of envy this week when it was confirmed that actor George Clooney had become engaged to lawyer Amal Alamuddin. It wasn't the coupling that came as a shock - the pair are said to have dated since last October - but the fact that the seemingly eternal bachelor and self-confessed anti-marriage movie star had decided to commit to someone he has barely been dating for more than six months.
It's Official: George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin Are Engaged.
The dashing Gravity actor is well aware of his female appeal and has rattled through a string of girlfriends and one wife to land his reputation for noncommittal womanising. He even ruled in 1995 that he wouldn't wed again because he "wasn't very good at it" and reportedly split from previous girlfriend, the former wrestler Stacy Keibler, because she allegedly wanted more from him than he felt comfortable giving.
Continue reading: George Clooney Off The Market: But Who Tied Down Hollywood's Heartthrob?
Clooney and Alamuddin are focusing on their families and friends and shutting the media out for the moment.
After the tabloids have been buzzing about George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s engagement for a couple of days, the news is finally official. On Monday, Alamuddin’s law firm issued a statement congratulating the human rights lawyer.
Clooney and Alamuddin have been together since autumn last year.
"The barristers and staff of Doughty Street Chambers offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms. Amal Alamuddin, a member of Chambers, and Mr. George Clooney on their engagement to be married," the firm said (quote via People).
Shock, horror! George Clooney is engaged and she's NOT a supermodel. But who is Amal Alamuddin, Clooney's new fiancee?
We’ve got a new idol. Not only is Amal Alamuddin a graduate of Oxford University, as well as a top humanitarian lawyer and UN adviser, she’s also engaged to George Clooney. Yes, someone has actually managed to get the serial bachelor to put a ring on it and even better, she’s not a supermodel!
George Clooney has dated a string of supermodels and famous actresses
Don’t get us wrong, she’s a very striking looking woman, but Clooney’s track record suggested that he was an incurable modelizer (for those who haven’t seen the early episodes of Sex and the City, a modelizer is a man who strictly dates models). Sure, he’s thrown a few actresses (and one cocktail waitress) in there as well, but he’s rarely veered away from the entertainment industry when picking his lady friends. Until now, and we're so pleased about it!
Continue reading: George Clooney Finally Getting Hitched, But Who Is Amal Alamuddin?
The 52 year-old bachelor reportedly popped the big question to his lawyer girlfriend "not that long ago."
George Clooney could be finally off the market!
The 52 year-old Hollywood actor is reportedly set to tie the knot with his British girlfriend Amal Alamuddin, according to People Magazine.
Clooney and the 36 year-old lawyer have been engaged "not that long ago, I think," a source told the magazine, who also noted that the pair don't have any wedding plans sorted yet.
Continue reading: George Clooney Engaged To British Lawyer Girlfriend Amal Alamuddin
The 52 year-old actor and the hotel magnate both tell very different accounts of what caused their heated argument in a Las Vegas restaurant.
George Clooney is known to be passionate about politics, but nearly getting into a fight is something new.
The 52 year-old Hollywood icon found himself walking out of a Las Vegas restaurant earlier this month after getting into a war of words with hotel magnate Steve Wynn.
The pair's heated exchange took place at Botero restaurant and began after President Obama's name popped up, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
European cinema is rich pickings for Hollywood directors.
American producers are always looking for material to turn into movies, so it's no surprise that they continually remake European hits. Recent examples include of course David Fincher's 2011 remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (based on the 2009 Swedish film), as well as smaller movies like Prince Avalanche (2011's Icelandic movie Either Way), the Steve Carell comedy Dinner for Schmucks (France's 1998 romp Le Diner de Cons) and the upcoming thriller Brick Mansions (2004's District 13, also from France).
George Clooney Had A Rare Misfire With 'The Monuments Men'
Now producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov have snapped up the rights to the hit Norwegian thriller Pioneer, which has just opened in the UK. A well-known story in Scandinavia, it's based on true events surrounding Norwegian and American divers whose health was damaged after working 400 metres below the ocean surface to lay an oil pipeline 40 years ago. After a long court battle, the European Court of Human Rights last year ruled that the Norwegian government was guilty of not providing adequate warnings about the risk.
Continue reading: George Clooney Turns To 'Pioneer' For Next Potential Oscar Winner
[Spoilers] A fan-made video asks where the "rock" that smashed up Explorer could have come from...
A new video has been posted online that makes us think twice about space disaster thriller Gravity. Claiming that the clip "redefines entire movie," the fan-edited footage takes a closer look at how Sandra Bullock's character could have been saved (sooner) and what the object that smashed her little workstation and sent her spinning into space may have really been.
'Gravity': But What's That Red & Blue Thing In The Distance?
Somehow Alfonso Cuarón forgot to include this clip in the final version of his Oscar-winning triumph but thanks to the good old internet we can share it here and now with you today. Everyone has seen that haunting/touching spin-off Inuit fisherman Aningaaq scene, directed by Cuarón's son Jonas, but this new "alternate scene" is about to blow your mind with the possibilities of the movie's other 'secrets.'
Stacy Keibler has moved on from George Clooney, but there's more to her than a famous ex.
George Clooney’s ex Stacy Keibler has just got married and we can’t help but feel a little surprised. Stacy and her new husband Jared Pobre have only been together for 7 months but at the weekend they announced they were now husband and wife after a wedding ceremony in Mexico. Since Stacy has well and truly moved on from her famous ex, it might be time that we did too and get to know the ex WWE Diva a little better aside from her famous relationship.
Newly married Stacy Keibler
Long before she found herself on George Clooney’s arm, Stacy was a cheerleader for the Baltimore Raven’s football team, but soon the 5 foot 11 blonde would find herself on a different career path altogether. After being introduced to professional wrestling by her then boyfriend, Stacy entered a contest in 1999 to find the newest ‘Nitro Girl’ for World Championship Wrestling, (WCW). The Nitro Girls were a dance troupe who entertained the crowd inbetween matches and sometimes took on an even larger role in the wrestling story lines. Stacy won the compeition and was given the name ‘Skye’ making her Nitro Girl debut in November 2009.
Continue reading: There's More To Newlywed Stacy Keibler Than Being George Clooney's Ex
George Clooney has had more than his fair share of beautiful ex girlfriends...
It can’t be easy being George Clooney’s ex, but this weekend his former girlfriend Stacy Keibler showed she’d well and truly moved on by getting married to her boyfriend in Mexico. But what of the other women who have their names preceding by ‘George Clooney’s ex’? How do you follow dating the world’s most famous bachelor.
Eternal bachelor, George Clooney
A long time ago in 1988, before George Clooney’ was famous or had a reputation, he was dating actress Kelly Preston. The relationship between the two future Hollywood stars was pretty serious, not just because the two moved in together, but because George gave Kelly a very special gift to symbolise their love, a pig named Max. Sadly for George Kelly didn't stick around too long, but happily when she left he got to keep the pig! Indeed whilst some may think George has a problem with commitment, he stayed loyal to Max the pig for nearly 20 years, until his death in 2006. Kelly of course moved on as well and is now married to John Travolta.
Could George Clooney and Bruce Willis have played Spartans?
Back in 2000 when ‘300’ was in development, there was another Spartan movie that looked set for the big screen: ’Gates of Fire’ which was spearheaded by none other than George Clooney. However 14 years later it looks as if ‘Gates of Fire’ can go down in history as the greatest movie never made.
George Clooney was excited for 'Gates of Fire'
The story begins in 1998 with Hollywood script writer turned author Steven Pressfield. Pressfield had worked on Hollywood scripts such as 1992’s ‘Freejack’, a sci-fi movie that gave us the amazing combo of ‘The Mighty Ducks’ Emilo Estevez and the Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger. He switched to novels in 1995 with ‘ The Legend of Bagger Vance’, which became a movie with Will Smith, but in 1998 he released the historical fiction novel, ‘Gates of Fire’.
Continue reading: Is George Clooney's 'Gates Of Fire' The Best Movie Never Made?
Animated features have ruled the box office this winter.
The Lego Movie is still going strong, after three straight weekends at the top of the box office charts. Over the three-day period, the movie made $31,5 million, leaving the competition far behind. New releases 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii came in at Nos. 2 and 3 with $12.3 million and a disappointing $10 million, respectively. Compared to Lego, the numbers seem very low, but they’re fairly typical of the slow February box office.
People are still paying to see The Lego Movie, not so much anything else.
Robocop and The Monuments Men both saw significant drops this weekend, taking fourth and fifth place in the weekend charts. RoboCop made just $9.4 million, while the George Clooney-directed historical flick made just over $8 million on its third outing – still not a bad record for a February release.
Continue reading: "The Lego Movie" Still Blocking All Competition At The Box Office
The film screened for the POTUS and the First Lady on Tuesday.
The Monuments Men – the Matt Damon and George Clooney-starring flick about a World War II platoon charged with protecting important works of art – was screened at a private White House event on Tuesday night. The movie follows the band of soldiers, as they are ordered by president Roosevelt to go into Germany to rescue masterpieces stolen by Nazis.
The movie stars a brilliant cast, which includes Clooney, Damon, John Goodman and Bill Murray, among others.
The movie was written and produced by Clooney, a generous donor to Obama's political campaigns, and Grant Heslov. While Clooney is a longtime supporter of Obama and hosted a fundraiser for his reelection at his Studio City home in May 2012. Damon on the other hand, has expressed his disillusionment with the president and his policies before. Most recently, Damon told BET last year that Obama "broke up with him," and he expressed concerns about U.S. drone operations under Obama and revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about the agency's spying programs. To that valid criticism, Obama responded with some of his own: "Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my performance. Well, Matt, I just saw The Adjustment Bureau, so right back atcha, buddy!"
'The Lego Movie' was the big kid who wouldn't play fair at this week's box office.
The Lego Movie has continued its success streak at the top of the box office upon opening in the UK after having premiered in the USA last week. The fun and colourful animated movie, which is based on the iconic Danish toys, has outperformed rivals by nearly double with $48.8 (£29.1)million over the three-day Presidents Day and Valentine's Day weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.
The Lego Movie' Saw A Second Impressive Weekend Of Success.
The movie's success can likely be attributed to its glowing reviews across the board, the family-friendly jokes, and the enthusiasm towards the brand amongst older generations as well as children. The film has been praised for its state-of-the-art visuals, stellar cast, and a genuinely engaging storyline with some smart and unexpected twists.
The actor and director justifies making 'The Monuments Men.'
World War II movies: haven't we had our fill of them yet? Apparently not, according to George Clooney who is currently watching his new war film, The Monuments Men, open across the world after months of anticipation. For every soldier there are a thousand stories and millions fought across all of the nations involved in the Second World War. If that's the case, we've barely scratched the surface.
George Clooney Assembled A Truly Fine Cast For His WWII Movie, 'The Monuments Men.'
The Berlin Film Festival premieres a series of big titles, including Nymphomaniac, The Monuments Men and Yves Saint Laurent. A new trailer stirs buzz for the teen comedy G.B.F. in the UK. And two horror films tease us with trailers promising blackly comical grisliness in Cheap Thrills and more violent nastiness in The Purge 2...
The main global cinematic event this week is the Berlin Film Festival, which showcases high-profile films like Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac and George Clooney's The Monuments Men. After their starry New York premiere last week, Clooney and his gang of costars - including Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Jean Dujardin - have been dashing around Europe this week. Here's video footage from The Monuments Men Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York including the arrival of Director and Star George Clooney as well as appearences from other A-List cast members like Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon and Bill Murray. Incase you missed Shia LabBeouf's Paper bag stunt take a look here.
Another Berlin premiere debuted its first trailer this week, giving us a look at the biopic Yves Saint Laurent. Pierre Niney (Romantics Anonymous) plays the eponymous designer in the film, which traces his rise to fame and romantic liaisons with both men and women in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Unsurprisingly, the film looks stylish and achingly cool. It opens next month in Britain. Watch 'Yves Saint Laurent' trailer here.
George Clooney suggested the Elgin Marbles should be returned to Athens.
Travelling around Europe on the premiere circuit, the cast and crew of The Monuments Men hit London this week to talk about art history. The press conference was held, appropriately, in Britain's National Gallery, and focussed on the threat to Europe's heritage during World War II.
George Clooney [L] and Hugh Bonneville [R] in 'The Monuments Men'
"Hitler wasn't just trying to kill people and take their land," said writer-director-star George Clooney, "he wanted to destroy their culture. So he stole their art and destroyed a lot of it. He wanted to say that Picasso and Dali never existed. And the Monuments Men and Women went to get it back. This was the first time in the history of war that the victor didn't keep the spoils." Check out our Monuments Men review.
For an amazing true story performed by such a strong A-list cast, this is an oddly uninvolving film. Fragmented and uneven, it shifts from comedy to drama to romance to adventure, never letting us get the feel of any sequence. In other words, the episodic structure would have been much more suitable to a longer-format TV series. Even so, this is a fascinating chapter of history that we haven't heard nearly enough about. And the actors are good enough to keep us entertained.
It takes place as the tide begins to turn during World War II, and art historian Frank (Clooney) recruits a team of experts to protect Europe's most important paintings, sculptures and monuments from both Allied bombing and Nazi plundering. He recruits a handful of Americans (Damon, Murray, Goodman and Balaban) to work with a Brit (Bonneville) and a Frenchman (Dujardin), and as they spread out around the continent, they discover that the real problem is that Hitler is stealing art on a massive scale and hiding it somewhere. Working with a resistance-minded French museum curator (Blanchett), they are able to find where some 5 million stolen pieces are stashed.
The central theme is whether art is worth risking your life to save. And if Clooney and Heslov had allowed this idea to seep through the pores of the script, it might have carried a real wallop. But they announce it over and over again, never giving us a chance to think about it ourselves. Everything about the movie is just as unsubtle, with each sequence played for laughs, thrills, drama or romance, as required. Which means that nothing emerges as organic for these simplistically defined characters, who are a composite of some 350 Monuments Men and Women who did a job no one thought was possible. Even so, it's fun to watch these actors play with the material, stirring in snappy details here and there and of course playing on their strong chemistry.
Continue reading: The Monuments Men Review
Bad reviews won't matter. Clooney et al are eating lobster this weekend.
There are 474 films coming out on Valentines Day, all with the specific view of pulling couples in to sit down in silence for two hours while they’re force-fed a story. How will The Monuments Men pull away from the pack to win the weekend? Well let me tell you.
Great premise, poor execution - The Monuments Men
It’s a very simple formula. People who go to the cinema on Valentines Day don’t actually know anything about movies. If they knew about movies – or anything about life in general – they’d stay in on Valentines Day, eat pizza and watch episodes of Seinfeld. It’s the most comforting thing you can do.
Continue reading: Why 'The Monuments Men' Will Win Valentines Weekend UK Box Office
We've a conspiracy theory that might just set the world ALIGHT...
It wouldn’t be insane to suggest that George Clooney knows good from bad at this point in his career. The silver fox has certainly enjoyed some terrific turns over the decades, and when he’s involved in a stinker, it’s surely not news to him when the critics turn around and say: “this stinks”.
The Monuments Men disappointed the critics
There must have been a point when, during the production of The Monuments Men – the World War II comedy/drama focused on an unlikely crew assembled to preserve art and culture otherwise threatened by the Nazis – that Clooney said to himself, ‘hang on, this isn’t very good.’
One film built its own monument of success over the weekend.
The Lego Movie has emerged as the weekend's most popular film, having opened last Friday in the USA to a promising $17.1 million and surpassing expectations with a total weekend box office gross of $69.1 millon (via Box Office Mojo).
'The Lego Movie' Dominated The Weekend Box Office.
The animated comedy, which is based on the well-loved Lego toys, will see its premiere across the world this month but if the US excitement is anything to judge by, it's only going to get huger. With plenty of in-jokes for Lego lovers, a genuinely inspired storyline with lots of twists and turns, and a stellar cast, The Lego Movie has received a massive thumbs-up from even the snootiest of critics.
The lauded animated toy movie looks set to claim the box office top spot.
The Lego Movie is on a strong trajectory to claim the title of the weekend's hottest movie after an astonishing cinema turn-out from audiences in the USA, where the new animated comedy premiered on Friday (7th Feb.).
After Receiving Critical Praise, 'The Lego Movie' Looks Set To Dominate The Weekend Box Office.
The film, which is based on the tropes, lore and games of the well-loved Danish Lego toys, pulled in an impressive $17.1 million Friday (via Box Office Mojo), exceeding studio expectations by far. With such strong opening takings, the movie would be expected to emerge as the box office frontrunner, grossing at least $56 - $60 million over the weekend.
George Clooney has shed some light on a long-term prank he's been playing on Hollywood's elite, in the form of posing as Brad Pitt in letters.
George Clooney has revealed his obsession for sending cards and letters supposedly from his celebrity pals, all began in 2010 at John Krasinski's wedding. The reveal came in light of Matt Damon's discovery that the 'Ocean's Eleven' actor had been posting stationary with his name on to various people in and around Hollywood, yet apparently, Brad Pitt was the first person to fall victim to the practical joke.
While on Jimmy Kimmel's television show on Thursday, 6th February, the prankster - Clooney - revealed that Kimmel had been part of his first prank when they met at a mutual friend's wedding in Clooney's Italy villa. "You sent me a thank you gift card" said Clooney, "it actually said Brad Pitt on it, which set the wheels in motion... I've been sending letters to people as Brad Pitt for four years. Don Cheadle was trying to do the Miles Davis story and I sent him a letter from Brad, because Brad produces films, and I said, 'You know, I'm producing this Miles Davis/Charlie Parker thing and Jamie Foxx is gonna play Miles Davis, but you'd be great as Charlie Parker?'"
Continue reading: George Clooney Reveals His Long-Running Prank Of Imitating Brad Pitt
'The Monuments Men' fails to hit the mark, but Clooney will be back.
There was a period - late October, early November - when bookmakers were terrified of George Clooney's The Monuments Men, and for good reason. The heavily financed historical-drama had a superb story to work from, it had a script from Clooney and Grant Heslov and a supporting cast that included Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin and Hugh Bonneville. It was the favorite to win Best Picture at the Oscars with very little value to be had.
George Clooney in 'The Monuments Men'
Clooney eventually pulled the plug on the movie's Oscar-bait release date, owing to concerns about the special effects, however, rumors from the production suggested the director was struggling with the movie's tone and the trailers certainly didn't give any clues as to whether this was a serious historical drama, a comedy, or something else.
Continue reading: What The Hell Happened To 'The Monuments Men'?
George Clooney reveals his next prank, targeted at Amy Peohler and Tina Fey, is "brutal" as he says, "I have to think if I'm actually going to do it or not."
George Clooney is known for been a triple threat talent in the movie business, but he is quickly becoming notorious for another intriguing quality.
The 52 year-old actor, director and producer is garnering a reputation for becoming Hollywood's greatest prankster and he already has his next victims in sight.
Clooney is out to get this year's Golden Globes hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, after they took a swipe at the 'Monuments Men' actor for dating younger women.
The Monuments Men hits cinemas tomorrow, with a whole week of events to promote it.
The Monuments Men, the film that is predicted to keep the box office afloat during the generally slow month of February, is out in cinemas tomorrow. With an all-star cast, including Matt Damon, George Clooney, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray among others, the Clooney-directed film tells the story of a special platoon, created during WWII at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to rescue culturally important artwork from the Nazis. It’s based on a true story and a very new and different kind of war film.
The Monuments Men marks Clooney's fifth time in the director's chair.
Timed to match the movie’s release, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting a series of events, online and off, based on the heroic work of the Monuments Men during World War II and their lasting impact on the Museum and its collection. The programme features a new gallery itinerary, display, a blog post and Sunday at the Metlecture event, Broadway World reports. The role of James J. Rorimer, a Monuments Man who became the Met's director after the war, is highlighted. Several individuals on the staff of the Metropolitan Museum-some of whom joined the Museum after the war-served as Monuments Men.
Continue reading: Matt Damon And The Met Prepare For "The Monuments Men" Release
As the dust settles on the actor's death, police are trying to narrow down the source of the drugs that killed him
Four people have been arrested in connection to the drugs found at Philip Seymour Hoffman’s address when he was found dead, reportedly from a heroin overdose. The Oscar winning actor - best known for his role in Capote - was 46.
Seymour Hoffman in Capote, a film which he won Best Actor for at The Oscars
But while the arrests were made in connection to the narcotic, police officials are refusing to confirm that the arrests were directly related to the death of the popular actor, who passed away aged 46, shocking his professional peers and fans alike.
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George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' depicts a relatively little-known heroic World War II story, where a special platoon was assembled to save priceless works of art and cultural monuments from destruction at the hands of Hitler's Nazis.
George Clooney's next movie project, 'Monuments Men', is hitting theatres in only a matter of days and his adaptation of Robert E. Edsel's book 'The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,' tells cinemagoers a relatively unknown WWII heroic tale.
Clooney starring in 'Monuments Men'
The comedy-drama follows an army platoon, consisting of seven handpicked museum directors, curators, and art historians, whose mission is to enter Germany with the aid of allied forces, towards the end of WWII, to rescue priceless artwork stolen by the Nazis, and save it from damage or destruction.
George Clooney divides critics with his unconventional wartime film, The Monuments Men .
Based on the book by Robert M. Edsel,The Monuments Men centres on an Allied group named the 'Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Program', tasked with saving pieces of art and other culturally important items before their destruction by Hitler during World War II. Directed by George Clooney, it marks the actor's fifth directorial endeavour. Aside from Clooney, Mouments Men boasts an impressive cast including Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett.
George Clooney [R] during the filming of The Monuments Men
Critics have so far been divided on this unusual wartime drama. Kam Williams writing for Baret Newswire called it “a history lesson about an obscure chapter of World War II successfully turned into entertaining Hollywood fare.” Whilst Variety’s Scott Foundas enjoyed the subject he felt Clooney’s adaptation did not do it justice, saying “Clooney has transformed a fascinating true-life tale into an exceedingly dull and dreary caper pic cum art-appreciation seminar - a museum-piece movie about museum people.”
Indeed the exact subject matter of The Monuments Men means it just doesn't have the amount of action you’d expect from a wartime drama, “Escapism junkies may feel betrayed,” wrote Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers before adding “Clooney has crafted a movie abort about aspiration, about culture at risk, about things worth fighting for. However Todd McCarthy writing for the Hollywood Reporter said, “Too much of the time, The Monuments Men falls into a compromised middle zone, not urgent and only mildly amusing.”
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A Motley Crue announcement, an out-of-this-world Grammys gig and an angry Quentin Tarantino: there wasn't a dull moment in the news this week.
Grammy Awards Glory: Last Sunday's Grammy Awards proved probably the most spectacular ceremony in living memory. The most enviable of all performance line-ups entertained a near-record 28.5 million viewers, with Madonna, Daft Punk, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers, Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl all showing off their skills.
As for the small matter of the actual awards, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the evening's big winners whilst newcomer Lorde picked up two gongs and Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Kacey Musgraves and Black Sabbath were also prominent victors. This, year, perfect pop princess Taylor Swift went home empty-handed, which made for some pretty funny videos.
George Clooney reveals Sandra Bullock "drinks so much", and Brad Pitt has "done some pretty rotten things," while opening up to fans about what it is to work with these Hollywood stars.
George Clooney got very candid about his fellow Hollywood actors during a Reddit 'ask me anything' Q&A session. The 52 year-old was promoting his new movie 'The Monuments Men' when he divulged in some little known secrets of Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt.
When an attendee asked what his experience was like working with 'Gravity' co-star Sandra Bullock, Clooney jokingly quipped, "It's tricky cause Sandy drinks so much that oftentimes it's just hard to keep her upright." He then quickly added, "No, you know, Sandy and I have known each other for over 20 years and we both were struggling actors when we first met."
Clooney joked Sandra Bullock was an alcoholic
'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'The Monuments Men' will show at the Berlinale this year.
Wes Anderson and George Clooney will both take their latest movies to the Berlin International Film Festival this year. Organizers of the Berlinale, the first of the year's major European film festivals, have released the list of films set to show in and out of competition at the 64th annual event which will take place between the 6th and 16th of February in the vibrant German capital.
Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Will Show At The Berlin International Film Festival.
Of the 23 films set to screen at the Berlinale, 20 will compete for the top prize, the prestigious Golden Bear Award. Amongst a host of intriguing foreign titles, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and George Clooney's The Monuments Men stand out as the big-name movies of the event. Anderson's whimsical new comedy, which stars Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, will open the festival. Set in the 1920s, The Grand Budapest Hotel is based partly on the writings of Austrian novelist and playwright Stefan Zweig who, after the war, lamented the destruction of Europe.
Tracy Letts adapts his own prize-winning play into a blistering depiction of one of cinema's most dysfunctional families ever. It's still rather theatrical, throwing a mob of top actors into a room for what feels like a fight to the death, but it's so well written and so beautifully observed by the actors that we can't look away. And of course Meryl Streep walks off with the show.
Everything kicks off when Beverly Weston (Shepard) goes missing, leaving his ruthlessly straight-talking, pill-popping wife Violet (Streep) to assemble the family in their rambling Oklahoma home. They have three equally feisty daughters: Barbara (Roberts) is a tightly wound bundle of anger with an estranged husband (McGregor) and surly teen daughter (Breslin) in tow; Karen (Lewis) is a free-spirited floater with yet another random boyfriend (Mulroney); and Ivy (Nicholson) is fed up with being the dutiful daughter who stayed close to home. Also on hand is Violet's sister Mattie Fae (Martindale), whose husband (Cooper) is the family patriarch now that Beverly is gone, which means their son (Cumberbatch) feels even more useless than normal.
What plot there is centres on skeletons rattling out of closets and relationships imploding spectacularly. The film is a series of brutally intense encounters between people who probably still love each other in vaguely undefined ways and express it through bitter bursts of witty cruelty. Streep has the meatiest role as the imperious Violet, who knows a lot more than she's letting on. And her chief rival is Barbara, played with unnerving intensity by Roberts. The only person we even remotely like is Mattie Fae, and the always-superb Martindale finds all kinds of layers in the character.
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Highlights from the 2014 People's Choice Awards.
L.A's Nokia Theater played host last night to a glittering array of stars for the annual People's Choice Awards, gathering together to celebrate popular culture. We present a round-up of the top talking points from the extravagant and entertaining evening.
1) Sandra Bullock Cleans Up
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Sandra Bullock was the big winner on the night, with Justin Timberlake and Ellen DeGeneres also taking home gongs
The People's Choice Awards kicks started awards season and the celebrities didn't let down as they came out in force and with style in Los Angeles for the fan-favourites awards show on Wednesday, 8 January. The 40th incarnation of the awards show, there was no shortage of class and glamour as the people's favourite movies, TV shows, actors and actresses were singled out over the course of the night.
With a total of four wins, Sandra Bullock was the night's big winner
Hosted by 2 Broke Girls stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, the awards show held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles gave out almost 60 awards in total, and with four wins in all it was Sandra Bullock who ended the night with the most wins of all. Bullock's wins included Favorite Movie Actress, Comedic Actress, Dramatic Actress and she shared the Favorite Movie Duo award with her Gravity co-star George Clooney. The buddy cop comedy The Heat that she starred in with Melissa McCarthy won the Favourite Comedic Movie award.
With the Oscars closing in, the competition is narrowing
We normally look at the precursory awards in the lead up to the Oscars as a bellwether for Academy predictions, but this year’s gongs have gone to a varied set of recipients, giving us no indication as to which direction the golden statuettes will be heading come March 2014.
Joaquin Phoenix in Her
And it appears as though The Los Angeles Film Critics Association are just as muddled with their hypothesis - they couldn’t split the difference between Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Spike Jonez’s latest effort, Her. The first is an epic journey through space with incredible visuals, while the second is a futuristic love story starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, but they both received the top prize from the LAFCA last night (Sunday 9, December).
'The Monuments Men' is based on the true story of seven unlikely museum directors, curators and art historians who were tasked with the virtually impossible mission of rescuing artistic masterpieces from the prevailing Nazi thieves during World War Two.
Directed by Academy Award Winning Actor, George Clooney (Ocean's Eleven) The Monuments Men must risk their lives behind enemy lines as they fight against time in order to save hundreds of years of artistic history and man's greatest cultural achievements which are due to be destroyed by the Reich in this action comedy drama that encapsulates the triumphs and heroic deeds of the unsuspected heroes of World War Two.
The Monuments Men aims to avoid the cynicism of War and bring a new approach to this previously reclusive story based on the Monuments Men book by Robert Edsel.
The British actor was voted as the 'Sexiest Man Alive' by Glamour magazine
Henry Cavill has topped the latest poll by Glamour magazine to determine the '100 Sexiest Men Alive.' The Man of Steel actor took the top spot from four-time winner of the accolade Robert Pattinson, who after four consecutive years of being declared the world's biggest hunk, fell down to number two this year.
Henry Cavill is apparently the sexiest man alive
The Twilight-star has long been a favourite for the magazine when compiling their yearly list of sexiest men, but this year the spandex-wearing DC superhero Cavill proved too dashing to ignore, as he leaped to the top spot. Cavill was chosen as the sexiest man alive by the magazine on the back of his successful turn as Superman in the blockbuster Man of Steel, with his chiselled abs and facial features probably going some way towards securing his spot at the top of the poll too.
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The Maroon 5 joked with Jimmy Kimmel about how deserving he is of the honour
Adam Levine was crowned the 'Sexiest Man Alive' by People Magazine this week, an honour that Levine himself thinks was duly deserved. Ok, he's probably not that big headed, but when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday (20 Nov.) night, he was more than happy to play along with the joke and big himself up, and his sexiness.
He's sexy and he knows it
"A lot of people trivialize this sort of thing. They say it's shallow and think it's just a media stunt used to sell magazines and perpetuate the image of Hollywood being based on looks. And that's totally true," the Maroon 5 frontman joked to his host. He continued, "But I'm completely cool with that."
Is something going on between these two? That's exactly what they want us to think!
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are both single, both similar ages and have been working together recently in Gravity. The long-time friends are have been consistently rumored to be romantically involved, but they don’t exactly help themselves by constantly using the media as a conduit for their flirting.
George Clooney has teased the press about his feelings towards Bullock
The classroom dalliance even wormed its way into Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity script, as the ever-charming Clooney plays the experienced, yarn-spinning astronaut with ease. And, responding to Bullock’s playful claim that Clooney’s “not everyone's cup of tea,” the silver-haired icon decided to divulge something everyone knows isn’t true but secretly hopes is.
It was a star-studded bash
Perhaps he’s method acting; perhaps he’s just famous and can do what he wants – either way, Leonardo Dicaprio didn’t let his seemingly insignificant 39th birthday pass him by as he celebrated until 4am at TAO, in downtown New York. Special guests included 2Chainz and Kanye West, who, between them, saw the crows entertained with rap music until the wee hours of the morning.
Leonardo DiCaprio Celebrated His Birthday in Style
Leo was even seen dancing on stage with them, according to The Daily Mail. Orlando Bloom, Benicio Del Toro, A-Rod, Derek Jeter, Tobey Maguire, Nicky Hilton and rapper Busta Rhymes also showed up. DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort – a rich and very much corrupt stockbroker living the high life - in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. It's one of the hottest movies of the year, but can it contend for awards?
Julia Roberts joked that her daughter calls George Clooney "George Looney" at the BAFTA Britannia Awards.
Julia Roberts honored her great friend George Clooney at BAFTA's Britannia Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night (November 9, 2013), meaning Sacha Baron Cohen accidentally killing an old woman wasn't the only notable highlight.
Roberts presented her close pal with the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film, joking, "I'm normally in my second REM cycle by now so let's get this done," after being pushed on-stage in a wheelchair while barefooted.
The jokes went on. "There are two obvious reasons why I was chosen to do this: one, Brad Pitt was out of town. Two, Matt Damon, he's in town, but he was unavailable," said Roberts, to rousing laughter, according to E! Online.
In the interview for Esquire Magazine, Clooney was less-than complimentary when referring to two of his fellow A-listers
George Clooney has had to explain himself after being quoted with some not-so-nice words for two of Hollywood's leading men: Russell Crowe and Leonardo Dicaprio. The hunky actor became a talking point earlier this week after apparently bad mouthing Leo and his entourage, as well as reliving the feud started between himself and Crowe - sparked by Crowe in 2005 - and revealing that there is still bad blood between them.
George's comments were taken out of context
In the interview for Esquire magazine, the 52-year-old actor recalled playing a basketball game against Leo, and complained particularly about the way in which his friends behaved before and during it. After finding himself on the winning side of an 11-0 drubbing, Clooney told the glossy, “And the discrepancy between their game and how they talked about their game made me think of how important it is to have someone in your life to tell you what’s what. I’m not sure Leo has someone like that."
On the plus side, he is friends with Brad Pitt
George Clooney has moulded an image of himself as the nice guy around Hollywood, regularly pitching in on humanitarian projects around the world and hosting and attending fundraisers and the likes for example, but it turns out that Mr Nice has a few bad bones in his body too. In a no-holds-barred interview with Esquire for their December issue, the actor took some unexpected verbal shots at Russell Crowe and Leonardo Dicaprio.
No more Mr. Nice guy
Crowe and Clooney apparently have a long-standing feud, one that Crowe attempted to bring to an end, only for Clooney to laugh off his attempts at reconciliation. Their beef began when Crowe called the 52-year-old Clooney a "sellout" some years ago, with Clooney saying that he has shot down every attempt to win his favour since then.
The comic actor also took home the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award For Excellence In Comedy award
Sacha Baron Cohen not only left the Beverly Hilton with the highest honour awarded for comedy by the BAFTA-LA ‘s annual Britannia Awards, but also left with the audience either still in shock or holding on to their sides with laughter following an inspired practical joke. Los Angeles' British alliance was out in force for the Saturday (9 Nov.) night ceremony, and there were even a few non-Brit Hollywood heavyweights doing their best to pretent to be from the other side of the Atlantic for the awards show.
Sacha Baron Cohen flanked by his wife Isla Fisher [R] and Salma Hayek [L]
Airing on BBC America on Sunday (10 Nov.) night, host Rob Brydon had the job of handling the more raucous than usual crowd, which had plenty to do with Cohen's stunt. It began when Salma Hayek came on stage with an elderly woman to present the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award For Excellence In Comedy award. Confined to a wheelchair, she was identified as Grace Collington, an actress she said appeared with Charlie Chaplin in 1931′s City Lights when she was just 5-years-old. She very believably told the audience, “At 87, she’s the oldest surviving actor to have worked with Chaplin in a silent movie,” at which point Cohen climbed to the stage to accept the honour. The elderly woman presented Cohen with one of Chaplin's trademark canes, at which point Cohen pushed her from the stage and began his acceptance speech as 'Collington' lied motionless on the ground.
Julia Roberts was in attendance at the the BAFTA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles to honour George Clooney.
Julia Roberts was at the 2013 BAFTA LA Awards on Saturday night (Nov 9th) to honour her fellow actor and friend, George Clooney.
Roberts, who co-starred with Clooney in 'Ocean's Eleven', presented the 52 year-old with the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film.
E!News reports, once Julia took to the stage she jokingly quipped, "I'm normally in my second REM cycle by now so let's get this done."
After charming the pants off US critics, Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' finally hits the UK.
Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is already an established hit in the US, but tonight sees the film’s premiere in the UK. Expectations are high. Cuaron’s deep space thrill ride has gotten mixed reviews in terms of story and acting – while Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are both talented performers, carrying out a movie with just two characters is a difficult feat. But it is in the end the film’s visual landscape and special effects that have attracted the attention of both critics and fans across the land (the land in this case being the US.)
Opinions on Clooney's performance are contorversial.
Still, there is something to be said about the plot, which sees Bullock as a medical engineer and Clooney as an astronaut on his final mission, team up to face a crisis, which threatens to leave them adrift in space. Several critics have praised the film’s frantic story, which, coupled with the dizzying visuals is enough to leave a lasting impression on even the toughest of viewers. The Independent’s Geoffrey Macnab refers to the plot as “pared down and primal,” which sounds like a particularly apt description.
Don't believe the hype. Or do. It's really up to you. Spoilers.
For all the hyperbole, Gravity certainly has a lot to live up to. And the first thing to say is that, visually, the film is as stunning as people are saying. But it’s not the perfect movie the critics have built it up to be. Not by a long shot. Second thing to say is that this article is full of spoilers.
Gravity looks beautiful, but the style outweighs the substance
So you’ve got Sandra Bullock’s Dr. Ryan Stone. She’s got a boy’s name – it’s mentioned in the film, but this is the kind of vapid characterization applied to Cuaron’s space thriller in general. Clooney’s Matt is supposed to be charming – his in-joke with Houston, that he tells a lot of stories, brought about a few chuckles – but he’s ultimately no one to really care about. His death – we told you there would be spoilers – felt about as real as his return. And thank god his return wasn’t real.
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More like a 91-minute thrill-ride than an astronaut adventure movie, this tour de force throws us out into space without a safety line then thrills us with a series of near misses that take our breath away. Along the way, Sandra Bullock gets to deliver one of her best-ever performances while filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron wows us with his seamless technical wizardry. So even if the plot feels naggingly implausible, we hang on for dear life.
It begins during a Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Telescope with the cheeky team leader Kowalski (Clooney) and nervous rookie Dr Stone (Bullock). Then after the Russians destroy a distant satellite, the field of debris gathers momentum and knocks out communications before sweeping Kowalski and Stone away from the shuttle and the rest of the crew. Tethered together, they decide to make their way to the International Space Station for help. But they only have 90 minutes before they intersect with the debris storm again. And both power and oxygen are running out.
Earth looks so beautiful floating just below them that we are continually taken aback by the fact that this is essentially a horror movie set in the silent weightlessness of space. Every sequence is carefully staged to ratchet up the suspense, which sometimes begins to feel a little overwrought as it continually comes down to another last-gasp moment. But Bullock plays this especially well, letting us identify with her panic and tenacity. By contrast, Clooney is sarcastic and comical, cheering her up with ridiculous anecdotes as he tries to spark her survival instinct.
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Still need convincing to go and see 'Gravity'? Let these celebs show you the way.
As if emphatic reviews weren't enough to propel Alfonso Cuarón's heart-racing 3D space thriller, Gravity, to the top of the box office charts, now celebrities are doing their bit to provide the movie with some publicity by telling all their followers how out-of-this-world is really is.
'Gravity' Has Garnered Rave Reviews Internationally.
Gravity has been released in the UK today much later than its US release which means our American friends have been driving us crazy telling us how stupendously awesome the movie is whilst we crossed off the days on our calendar until we could find out for ourselves.
Stolen, confiscated and seized art is discovered in Munich flat.
It’s being called the biggest recovery of lost art from World War II: a flat in Munich turned out to be a veritable treasure trove, hiding €1b worth of art stolen by the Nazis, the BBC report. It's like a scene taken directly from The Monuments Men - George Clooney's forthcoming movie about....well....Nazi-stolen art.
Has George Clooney been method acting? Here he is in Monuments men alongside John Goodman
Works from Matisse, Picasso and Chagall are said to be amongst the 1500 artworks confiscated, under Hitler’s Nazi regime, in the 1930s. Some were labelled as ‘degenerate’, some were stolen, and some were forcibly stolen for a mere fraction of their true worth.
The gross-out comedy shot to number one in the US box office with over $30 million
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is this weeks number one movie at the box office, ousting the mega-successful Gravity from the top spot after a three week stay. The Johnny Knoxville-starring prank fest more than doubled its estimated cost of $15 million in the first weekend alone, amassing an impressive estimate of $32 million since it was released last week.
Bad Grandpa has topped the US box office at the first attempt
Exceeding expectations by scoring more than $30 mil. at the box office, Bad Grandpa comfortably came in first place, averaging just short of $10,000 at each cinema it opened at across America. The fourth feature length outing from the Jackass team is now the second most successful of the bunch, just about tying with the first movie and coming some way off the estimated $50 mil. made by Jackass 3-D. Box office estimates indicate that the film should end its domestic run with about $75 million.
After three weeks at the top, 'Gravity' may have finally been ousted from the top spot of the US box office by the latest 'Jackass' outing
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is predicted to earn close to $30 million at the box office in it's opening weekend, according to Deadline, making it the most likely candidate to finish at the top of the box office come the end of the week. This means that after three weeks of dominating the US box office, Gravity may finally be replaced as America's favourite movie at cinemas.
Bad Grandpa should be an easy weekend winner
Depending on what side of the $30 mil. mark it lands on, the film can become either the third or fourth most successful R-rated film of the year in terms of opening box office revenue. Should the film exceed expectations even further, it could potentially place even higher. The film already made an estimated $11 - 12 mil. on the opening day of the weekend - Friday, 25 October - and could be well on its way to exceeding the $30 mil. mark should the numbers continue to add up. Not bad for a film that only cost $15 million to make.
The George Clooney-starring, directed and co-written war film has been held back for a few months amidst CGI set backs
George Clooney's latest venture in front of and behind the camera; The Monuments Men, has been held back from it's planned release date following problems in applying the visual effects to certain scenes. The World War II set drama, which was also co-written and directed by Clooney, was due to be released on 18 December, however a statement from Clooney, given to the Los Angeles Times, revealed that the film is no longer running on schedule and as such it's release will be delayed until early 2014.
The Monuments Men was initially set for a 18 December release
The film, in which Clooney leads a team of art historians, museum curators and academics in a race to rescue a number of priceless works of art looted by the Nazis during their rampage through Europe. The screenplay was written by Clooney and Grant Heslov, who used the Robert Edsel account, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, to base the movie on.
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George Clooney's 'The Monuments Men' has been pushed back until an early 2014 and not the original release date of December 18th 2013.
George Clooney's World War II drama, 'The Monuments Men', was originally scheduled for a release date of December 18th 2013. However Sony has pushed the movie back until an unspecified date in February 2014 due to its visual effects not being completed on time, reported The Los Angeles Times.
George Clooney and Hugh Bonneville in 'The Monuments Men'
"We just didn't have enough time," said the director and starring actor, George Clooney. "If any of the effects looked cheesy, the whole movie would look cheesy." Clooney, who is currently in London to score the music for the film with composer Alexandre Desplat and a 110-piece orchestra are in a race to finish it.
Continue reading: George Clooney's 'The Monuments Men' Delayed Until Early 2014
The highest grossing actor of all time is in line for an Oscar this year, who is it?
As we approach winter, Oscars season is in full swing, with convincing predictions and hypothesis available for each and every film, actor and director in contention for any category you can think of. The frontrunners for those coveted golden statuettes include Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep.
Tom Hanks is Captain Phillips
It’s a fine list of names, for sure. And it’s basically a given that most people would love to swap shoes with any of the aforementioned actors who we consider to be in line for at least nominations - if not a few trips to the stage - when the Oscars are handed out in March 2014.
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Despite the low budget, the WikiLeaks movie seems to have bombed.
Dreamworks and Touchstone could have been forgiven for being confident in their film, The Fifth Estate. They secured Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, an intriguing story with infinite press, and only spend $28m putting the whole thing together.
Daniel Bruhl and Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Fifth Estate'
Financially, things were looking good, even if the reviews were worryingly negative. But it looks as though the critical mauling taken by the Wikileaks drama deeply affected those thinking of seeing it. Opening this weekend (18-20 Oct), The Fifth Estate grabbed a measly $1.7m – according to Box Office Mojo – putting it 8th in the top 10.
Yet more good news for the space thriller
Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity has been one of the year’s most successful films, both fiscally and critically. Since debuting at the Venice Film Festival, the movie has accrued a 97% rating on RottenTomatoes.com, and grabbed $91m at box offices worldwide.
Set Adrift in 'Gravity'
Apart from China.
Continue reading: China: "Alright, NASA, You Can Have Your Moment With 'Gravity'"
George Clooney & Sandra Bullock's new movie continues to pull in the crowds.
Space thriller Gravity has dominated the American box office rankings for the second consecutive weekend. The last weekend (from 11th Oct.) saw the Alfonso Cuarón-directed film rake in an estimated $44.3m (£27.7m), according to BBC News, bringing the movie's total takings to $123.4m (£77.2m) ahead of its November opening in the UK.
Gravity Dominates The US Box Office For A Second Weekend.
The movie stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as two astronauts carrying out routine maintenance on a space shuttle before they are hit by high-speed debris. After being sent careering into space, the pair have no other option but to begin a satellite-hopping mission to look for escape pods whilst fighting against depleting oxygen reserves and the prospect of the devastating debris coming back round.
Check out the alternative trailer for the WWII comedy-drama below
A second trailer has been released for The Monuments Men, giving us another look at the sideways take on WWII. These men aren’t soldiers fighting to kill Nazis, rather captains of creative industries, over in Western Europe with a view to preserve the culture Hitler was vying to destroy.
George Clooney starring in The Monuments Men
The Monuments Men is based on a book by Robert Edsel and tells the true story of a World War II platoon charged with rescuing artistic and architectural landmarks from the Nazis before Hitler has his way with them.
The Monuments Men are a group of seven scholars from art historians to museum curators who are enlisted by the American government in the 1940s to retrieve some of the world's most priceless artefacts and art pieces from the hands of the Nazis during World War II. They plan to destroy certain parts of mankind's history bit by bit and, though it seems like a suicidal mission in itself, it is absolutely essential that the US doesn't let that happen. The men involved in the program have only received basic army training having been thrust into action with precious little time to lose. Encountering tumbling down shelters and landmines everywhere, they truly encapsulate the meaning of bravery by taking to the front line to protect history, no matter what the consequences.
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Stiller, Bullock, Clooney and Hanks rule the red carpets at film festivals in New York and London, Radcliffe promotes Kill Your Darlings, we get a look at January's I Frankenstein, and Tarantino declares his best of the year ...
Ben Stiller's remake of the 1947 classic premiered at the New York Film Festival this week, with Stiller and costars Kristin Wiig and Adam Scott in attendance. The film, about a mild-mannered office worker with a vivid daydreaming life, won the festival's Fellowship Award. It opens in December. You can watch Ben Stillier in action as Walter Mitty in the trailer here. We also have video from this week's premiere at the New York Film Festival, you can see Ben Stiller And Kristen Wiig arriving here or watch a video of 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' cast posing together at New York Film Festival as they are joineed by Stiller's wife Christine Taylor and his co-star Adam Scott.
Also on the red carpet in New York were Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Alfonso Cuaron, presenting the US premiere of their space-orbit thriller Gravity, which went on to set US box office records over the weekend. Afterwards, Bullock and Cuaron jetted across the Atlantic for the film's UK premiere at the London Film Festival this week. We have video footage taken at the 'Gravity' NY Premiere featuring stars George Clooney And Sandra Bullock and another video featuring director Alfonso Cuaron arriving at the 'Gravity' NYFF premiere. We also urge you read our report on how studio pressure almost ruined the movie and how Alfonso Cuaron had to fight for the version we are seeing and enjoying today.
We would have had something closer to Apollo 13, had Cuaron caved.
Since Gravity’s debut at the Venice Film festival, the critics have been raving. The film’s plot – its substance – combined with the sheer delights that come with its cinematography and special effects have lead it to critical acclaim, and, more importantly for the studio, it’s been a box office triumph.
George Clooney in Gravity
It could have been so different if the pressure exerted on director Alfonso Cuaron had told. He revealed that the studio wanted him to cut back to mission control, known as Houston, as in, ‘we have a problem’. But that was a problem for the Mexican auteur, as was a love story between Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and someone back at ‘Houston’.
So which movies made Tarantino's list for 2013?
Movie buffs have begun to anticipate Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 movies lists in recent years. The legendary director's run-down of his favorite movies of the year has made for interesting reading in recent years and is often regarded as the antithesis of the Academy's choices of the year's best.
He passed on devising a list last year, owing to Django Unchained, though in 2011 Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris - a wonderful movie that actually went onto win Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars - topped Quentin's list, edging out Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the excellent Moneyball, with Brad Pitt. Tarantino threw in a couple of curveballs with X-Men: First Class, The Skin I Live In, Attack The Block and Warrior.
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 Movies Of 2013 (So Far)
Everyone loves Scarlett Johansson, but Esquire readers seem to be especially fond of her.
If you watch any film with Scarlett Johansson, it is abundantly clear that the lady is actually a talented actress, although all that tends to get overshadowed by her constantly topping of any and every “Sexiest Woman Alive” list around. Case in point: this month’s edition of Esquire, which has named ScarJo as its reigning queen of sex appeal for the second year in a row.
No one can argue that she doesn't deserve the title.
Of course, it’s not like the actress minds the repeat honor. She joins the likes of Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the exclusive two-timers club of Esquire. It is so exclusive, in fact, that Johansson is the first woman to be voted “sexiest” twice. Of course, she had to comment somehow – and she received the title with grace, poise and general awesomness, as well as a bit of brutal honesty. "I'm the only woman to win twice right? You know, I gotta hustle," Johansson tells the magazine. "I'm a 28-year-old woman in the movie business, right? Pretty soon the roles you're offered all become mothers. Then they just sort of stop. I have to hedge against that with work-theater, producing; this thing with Esquire."
Unprecedented October for Cuaron's Oscar contender.
As we foresaw – alongside a number of commentators – in our box office preview last Friday, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity topped the box office on the second October weekend, posting record figures along the way. We’ll come clean; the record-breaking part wasn’t under the spell of our clairvoyance.
The special effects in Gravity have been lauded
So Gravity managed $55.6m on its opening weekend, putting it on track to surpass its $100m production budget, and more than likely blow the marketing budget out of the water, too. A budget, which, when you consider how much we’ve seen of the film – not much – won’t have been astronomically high anyway.
The film made over $55 million during it's first weekend at the box office, exceeding expectation by some distance
Gravity has proved to be the unlikely success story of early October thanks to the overwhelming word-of-mouth success. Having been heralded by the internet long before it was given it's official release on Friday, 4 October, the film rode out it's first weekend stay at the box office with immense success, gaining further praise and breaking the October box office record along the way.
Gravity has soared to success
Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, both of whom (Bullock in particular) are being touted for awards success thanks to their performances in the film, Gravity has been described as an out of this world ocular treat, held together thanks to the gripping direction of Alfonso Cuaron and the performance of the two stars. This critical and internet-fuelled momentum has seen the film smash previous box office records for the month of October by bringing in an estimated $55.6 million over the weekend. As well as beating the record previously held by Paranormal Activity 3, the film is also the best opening for both of the film's stars, beating The Heat and Batman and Robin respectively.
'Gravity' takes $17.5 million on opening day and is expected to reach the $50 million mark by the end of the weekend.
Gravity hit theatres in the US on Friday (Oct 4th) and launched with $17.5 million dollars at the box office. The space epic is expected to reach the $50 million mark in its North American debut this weekend. If it does earn that amount, the film will be one of the top October openings of all time and the best for a non-sequel.
Clooney and Bullock star as two astraunauts who fight for thier survival in space
The story of survival is directed by Alfonso Cuaron and stars Hollywood heavyweights, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. The 3D extravaganza has already received critical acclaim with most commenting on the spectacular cinematic effects and the visual experience.
We take a look at the three front-runners and their chances.
Three films go head to head this weekend, all with reasonable claim to the top spot. But will the audiences go for a historical to learn about the demise of JFK; head for the stars with Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck or be sucked in by Gravity’s delightful pull.
Colin Hanks and Zac Efron in Parkland
Despite some mediocre reviews, Parkland strings together some attractive qualities: a bona fide history lesson, a great cast and, of course, Zac Efron’s face, which has proven to be a marketable asset up until now, so why would that change now? There are two things that mean Parkland won’t be top of the box office come Monday.
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