Articles tagged with ‘George Clooney’

By George! Clooney Brings American Charm to ‘Downton Abbey’!

Posted on December 3rd, 2014 at 7:53 am by    

I must say old chap…George Clooney is looking quite dapper next to Earl of Grantham on the “Downton Abbey” set where he can be seen posing in his 1930s attire with the show’s star Hugh Bonneville.

The duo, who also starred together in “The Monuments Men,” filmed a sketch for British charity Text Santa, which raises money and awareness in the UK for six charities around the holiday time.

The return of “Downton Abbey” to American televisions is a month away (Jan. 5, not that we’re counting the days…MUCH!).

But fans can get just the teeniest early peek into the rarefied world of the Granthams — with a movie-star twist — by watching a very short new clip featuring none other than Mr. Clooney himself.

The UK’s ITV network released the terrifically tiny video to promote the upcoming charity special, “Text Santa,” which uses various British television personalities to encourage viewers to make donations. Six U.K. charities benefit from the campaign.George-Clooney

In the clip, the American-born Countess of Grantham speaks to an at-first-unseen man, and appears to be addressing her husband, Lord Grantham.

Until the man turns, of course, and reveals himself to be George Burnett, the handyman from “Facts of Life” — or maybe Dr. Doug Ross from Chicago’s County General Hospital — or maybe just Clooney himself.

As is par for the course with Clooney, he manages to drip with debonair charm, though he doesn’t utter a syllable, and even though he’s clutching an umbrella drink. Grantham niece Rose lucks into the pleasure of some Clooney company too.

Clooney won’t be on an actual episode of the popular drama, but will have a part in a sketch that will air in Britain on Dec. 19 as part of the “Text Santa” fundraiser. (We Yanks are hoping ITV will post the full sketch online shortly afterwards.)

Earlier reports claimed Clooney would play an American guest attending a wedding at the Crawley’s estate.

ITV also tweeted a photo of Clooney on set with actor Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Grantham. Bonneville can be seen as Mr. Brown, Paddington Bear’s hapless human adoptive father, in “Paddington,” which is already showing in British theaters and will open in the U.S. on Jan. 16.

Can’t wait to see this!

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BAFTA Awards 2014: Gravity, 12 Years a Slave Lead Nominations

Posted on January 9th, 2014 at 8:08 am by    

If you haven’t seen Gravity yet, now is the time! The Alfonso Cuaron-directed film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney earned the most nominations — 11 total — for the 2014 BAFTA Awards. The EE British Academy Film Awards announced the complete list of nominees on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Gravity earned nominations in Leading Actress, Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Director, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Sound and Special Visual Effects.

12 Years a Slave (starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt) and American Hustle (starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence) each earned ten nominations, and Captain Phillips (starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi) earned nine.

Trailing behind, Saving Mr. Banks (starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson) and Behind the Candelabra (starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon) earned five nominations each.

BEST FILM

12 YEARS A SLAVE Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen

AMERICAN HUSTLE Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca

GRAVITY Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman

PHILOMENA Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

GRAVITY Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman, Jonas Cuaron

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Justin Chadwick, Anant Singh, David M. Thompson, William Nicholson

PHILOMENA Stephen Frears, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward, Jeff Pope

RUSH Ron Howard, Andrew Eaton, Peter Morgan

SAVING MR. BANKS John Lee Hancock, Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer, Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith

THE SELFISH GIANT Clio Barnard, Tracy O’Riordan

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

COLIN CARBERRY (Writer), GLENN PATTERSON (Writer) Good Vibrations

KELLY MARCEL (Writer) Saving Mr. Banks

KIERAN EVANS (Director/Writer) Kelly + Victor

PAUL WRIGHT (Director/Writer), POLLY STOKES (Producer) For Those in Peril

SCOTT GRAHAM (Director/Writer) Shell

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

THE ACT OF KILLING Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sorensen

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval

THE GREAT BEAUTY Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima

METRO MANILA Sean Ellis, Mathilde Charpentier

WADJDA Haifaa Al-Mansour, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

DOCUMENTARY

THE ACT OF KILLING Joshua Oppenheimer

THE ARMSTRONG LIE Alex Gibney

BLACKFISH Gabriela Cowperthwaite

TIM’S VERMEER Teller, Penn Jillette, Farley Ziegler

WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS Alex Gibney

ANIMATED FILM

DESPICABLE ME 2 Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin

FROZEN Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Dan Scanlon

DIRECTOR

12 YEARS A SLAVE Steve McQueen

AMERICAN HUSTLE David O. Russell

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Paul Greengrass

GRAVITY Alfonso Cuaron

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Martin Scorsese

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

AMERICAN HUSTLE Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell

BLUE JASMINE Woody Allen

GRAVITY Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

NEBRASKA Bob Nelson

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

12 YEARS A SLAVE John Ridley

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Richard LaGravenese

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Billy Ray

PHILOMENA Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Terence Winter

LEADING ACTOR

BRUCE DERN Nebraska

CHIWETEL EJIOFOR 12 Years a Slave

CHRISTIAN BALE American Hustle

LEONARDO DICAPRIO The Wolf of Wall Street

TOM HANKS Captain Phillips

LEADING ACTRESS

AMY ADAMS American Hustle

CATE BLANCHETT Blue Jasmine

EMMA THOMPSON Saving Mr. Banks

JUDI DENCH Philomena

SANDRA BULLOCK Gravity

SUPPORTING ACTOR

BARKHAD ABDI Captain Phillips

BRADLEY COOPER American Hustle

DANIEL BRUHL Rush

MATT DAMON Behind the Candelabra

MICHAEL FASSBENDER 12 Years a Slave

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

JENNIFER LAWRENCE American Hustle

JULIA ROBERTS August: Osage County

LUPITA NYONG’O 12 Years a Slave

OPRAH WINFREY The Butler

SALLY HAWKINS Blue Jasmine

ORIGINAL MUSIC

12 YEARS A SLAVE Hans Zimmer

THE BOOK THIEF John Williams

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Henry Jackman

GRAVITY Steven Price

SAVING MR. BANKS Thomas Newman

CINEMATOGRAPHY

12 YEARS A SLAVE Sean Bobbitt

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Barry Ackroyd

GRAVITY Emmanuel Lubezki

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Bruno Delbonnel

NEBRASKA Phedon Papamichael

EDITING

12 YEARS A SLAVE Joe Walker

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Christopher Rouse

GRAVITY Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger

RUSH Dan Hanley, Mike Hill

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Thelma Schoonmaker

PRODUCTION DESIGN

12 YEARS A SLAVE Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker

AMERICAN HUSTLE Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Howard Cummings

GRAVITY Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woodlard<

THE GREAT GATSBY Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn

COSTUME DESIGN

AMERICAN HUSTLE Michael Wilkinson

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Ellen Mirojnick

THE GREAT GATSBY Catherine Martin

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN Michael O’Connor

SAVING MR. BANKS Daniel Orlandi

MAKE UP & HAIR

AMERICAN HUSTLE Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Kate Biscoe, Marie Larkin

THE BUTLER Debra Denson, Beverly Jo Pryor, Candace Neal

THE GREAT GATSBY Maurizio Silvi, Kerry Warn

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater

SOUND

ALL IS LOST Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Micah Bloomberg, Gillian Arthur

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro, Oliver Tarney

GRAVITY Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Peter F. Kurland, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff

RUSH Danny Hambrook, Martin Steyer, Stefan Korte, Markus Stemler, Frank Kruse

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

GRAVITY Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds

IRON MAN 3 Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick

PACIFIC RIM Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel Sumner

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

EVERYTHING I CAN SEE FROM HERE Bjorn-Erik Aschim, Friederike Nicolaus, Sam Taylor

I AM TOM MOODY Ainslie Henderson

SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES James Walker, Sarah Woolner, Yousif Al-Khalifa

BRITISH SHORT FILM

ISLAND QUEEN Ben Mallaby, Nat Luurtsema

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES Megan Rubens, Michael Pearce, Selina Lim

ORBIT EVER AFTER Chee-Lan Chan, Jamie Stone, Len Rowles

ROOM 8 James W. Griffiths, Sophie Venner

SEA VIEW Anna Duffield, Jane Linfoot

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Guy Eyes Cruise!

Posted on March 20th, 2013 at 9:23 am by    

My spies inform me that British film director Guy Richie has set his sights set on signing superstar film actor Tom Cruise for the lead his latest movie.

I hear that Warner Bros and Richie are in talks with Cruise to play ‘Napoleon Solo’ in the big-screen version of the hit Sixties U.S TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Sources say that George Clooney was originally targeted for the part but after Guy became director, the Mission Impossible star is the number one casting choice.

I’m told the role is a physical one and Clooney has suffered from a bad back over the years.

This would be a walk-in-the-park for ‘action-man’ Cruise, known for doing all of his own stunts.

Guy has also sounded out Ben Affleck and Matt Damon for parts in the flick.

If all goes to plan then filming could start as soon as October this year!

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Susan Boyle Wants George Clooney For Christmas!

Posted on December 19th, 2012 at 5:53 pm by    

Susan Boyle says that she wants George Clooney in her Christmas stocking this year.

The Britain’s Got Talent star is currently single and has set her sights on the Hollywood heartthrob.

When asked which star she would like to see in her stocking she said: “George Clooney! He is really nice! You bet! He is handsome! Wow!”

Susan also believes her dream guy will come along one day. “Well, you’ve got to wait until you’re asked!” she joked.

“I will wait until Mr. Right comes along and then I will know. I wouldn’t ask a man out. I’d wait to be asked, it’s more polite. The gentleman should always make the first move.”

The Scottish singer recently released her latest album Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage, which includes classics such as ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and ‘Memory’.

Aww, let’s hope Susan does find someone special to snog under the mistletoe this year, though the chances of it being Clooney are rather slim, sadly!

 

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SuBo The Movie!? In Hollywood Anything is Possible!

Posted on November 22nd, 2012 at 7:34 am by    

I hear Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle is set to have her unbelievingly lucky life story hit the silver screen.

The 51-year-old ex-Britain’s Got Talent contestant has just returned from a trip to the U.S, where pen met paper in what sounds like a major megabucks deal that will turn Susan’s life story into a feature length Hollywood biopic.

She said: ‘‘My story will make a great film. We are in the middle of negotiations just now for a film about my life.”

And which actress does she want to play her? “There’s only one person I’d love to play me – and that’s Julie Walters. She would do the job and you just know she would do my story justice.”

Filming will begin sometime next year and apparently the I Dreamed A Dream singer has already decided who she wants to play her manager… um, wait for it… George Clooney

She added: “It’s wishful thinking. But it’s Hollywood… anything can happen.”

I guess she’s right; who would have thought Susan would have reached the dizzy heights of success she already has, based on that, I’d say Clooney is not beyond the realm of possibility!

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Butler Ditches the Just for Men for the Natural Grey Look!

Posted on February 23rd, 2011 at 10:20 am by    

Perhaps this new look could be for a film role? Gerard Butler is set to star in a new comedy called Playing the Field, in which he plays the coach of his son’s soccer team, but in true Butler fashion he ends up seducing all the gorgeous mothers…could that involve a middle-aged grey haired guy?

Another possible reason could be the guy is just stressed! I mean there’s just no stopping him right now. He has two films set to be release later this year, Machine Gun Preacher, a true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker who became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children forced to become soldiers. And the other, Movie 43, which sees Butler star along side a host of big name Hollywood actors including Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Naomi Watts, and Uma Thurman. Wow not a bad cast! Wait…I forgot one other, fellow grey-haired actor also appearing… Richard Gere, bet those two had lots to talk about, er, hair-wise…

Whatever the reason is for Gerard’s grey looking locks, one thing’s for sure, there’s nothing wrong growing out gracefully in my opinion. For what it’s worth, I think it rather suits him. It’s certainly worked for George Clooney!

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James Bond has a Date with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo!

Posted on July 26th, 2010 at 5:59 pm by    

Although we will not be seeing Daniel Craig as James Bond again anytime soon, due to MGM’s bankruptcy, Craig fans will still be able to get their dose of the British actor in the upcoming Hollywood remake of the popular Swedish film, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, as first reported by Deadline New York. Craig is rumored to have beaten out George Clooney, Johnny Depp, and Brad Pitt for the lead role.

Originally a novel by late Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson titled Män som hatar kvinnor (which literally translates to “Men Who Hate Women”), the story follows a middle-aged journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Craig), as he investigates the mysterious disappearance of a girl who went missing forty years earlier at the age of sixteen.  The story is the first of three that make up what is called The Millenium Trilogy. The next two books in the series are titled respectively The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest.

If Sony Pictures Entertainment goes forward with adapting all three Millenium books into films, Craig will be the first Bond actor to have been featured as the lead character in two separate movie franchises. The rest of the cast of the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has not been announced yet, but the film has been slated for release on December 21, 2011.

Congratulations to Mr. Craig for winning the highly coveted role!

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