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Clooney Not Engaged to Me, Says Snowdon

24 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor George Clooney's reported engagement to Lisa Snowdon has been rubbished by the British TV presenter - because she refuses to live in America. Earlier this week sexy Snowdon was photographed sporting a glittering ring on her wedding finger, but Clooney's on/off girlfriend of three years admits she's too tied down to her Essex, England, roots to set up home in Hollywood. Snowdon also insists she doesn't want a single aspect of her life to change at present. She says, "I love my house. I have owned it for a few years now and I have spent a fortune doing it up. I love my life at the moment and I don't want to change it. I do a bit of everything and have a varied lifestyle. I enjoy everything I do and I don't think I could give that up." »

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Clooney Engaged to Snowdon?

22 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star George Clooney has become the latest subject of engagement reports, after his girlfriend Lisa Snowdon was photographed wearing a glittering ring on her wedding finger. Sexy model and TV presenter Snowdon returned home to Britain after visiting the Ocean's Eleven hunk Monday - and made no attempt to hide her sparkling new accessory as she walked through London's Heathrow airport. Clooney and Snowdon begun dating in the summer, after originally dating back in 2001. In October, Snowdon downplayed the prospect of marriage, saying, "People always want to know if we're getting married, but the way I look at it, you just enjoy every day together and go with the flow." »

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Final boxoffice: 'Lemony' fresh with $30.1 mil

21 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Paramount's Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events debuted with $30.1 million to take first place at the boxoffice on the weekend before Christmas, according to Monday's final figures. The Jim Carrey starrer, based on the books by Daniel Handler and directed by Brad Silberling, enticed families away from shopping and other holiday festivities to deliver the biggest opening in December for a family-targeted feature. Warner Bros. Pictures' Ocean's Twelve was swimming in the second spot with $18.1 million, down a steep 54% in its sophomore frame. The 10-day total for the A-list ensemble sequel, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Matt Damon, is $68.5 million, a slim $3 million behind Ocean's Eleven for the same period. »

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Gervais: "I've Turned Down Fame and Fortune"

21 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ricky Gervais has turned down $18 million in earnings from a host of Hollywood roles, because he isn't motivated by money. The British comedian, who shot to fame after writing and starring in TV hit The Office, insists he is embarrassed by the amount of cash offered to him - and even rejected "so much money it was shocking" from the BBC to make another series of the spoof documentary. Among the roles Gervais has turned down are English butler Higgins in George Clooney's remake of 80s TV program Magnum PI, a part alongside Al Pacino in The Merchant Of Venice, a role in the upcoming Pirates Of The Caribbean sequel, and a cameo in TV drama 24. Gervais, 43, says, "The money being offered was criminal. But I am not interested in money. I'm interested in doing something I am proud of. Money gives me the creeps. I hate it when people print how much I'm getting paid. It's not guilt. It's embarrassing enough being an actor for a living - it's a worthless, pointless job. But when people know you earn a thousand times what a nurse earns it's f**king embarrassing. I am not proud of my earnings. I'm proud of my work. I've probably turned down £10 million." »

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Cooper joins 'Jarhead' for Uni, Mendes

15 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Oscar-winner Chris Cooper has joined the cast of Universal Pictures' Jarhead. Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaard lead the cast of the Sam Mendes-directed adaptation of Marine Anthony Swofford's memoir of his experiences in the first Gulf War. Cooper takes on the role of Lt. Colonel Kazinski, the officer in charge of an elite sniper unit and to whom Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard report. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the film, which began principal photography this month. Cooper won a best supporting actor Academy Award for his work in Adaptation. His credits include The Bourne Supremacy, Seabiscuit and American Beauty. Upcoming features include Syriana, opposite George Clooney, and Capote, with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener. Cooper is repped by Paradigm and the Firm. »

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Final boxoffice: 'Ocean's' breezes to top with $39.2 mil

13 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The pack is back. Warner Bros. Pictures' Ocean's Twelve, a suave A-list ensemble action-heist comedy, hit the boxoffice beach with $39.2 million on its debut and easily slipped into the top spot, according to final figures compiled Monday. The Steven Soderbergh-helmed Ocean's Eleven sequel, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Matt Damon, had the biggest December opening of all time with the exception of the three Lord of the Rings pictures from New Line Cinema. It also bettered the $38.1 million that Eleven palmed on its debut. Speaking of New Line, the distributor's Blade: Trinity, which stars Wesley Snipes as the half-vampire protagonist, opened in the second spot with $16.1 million, collecting $24.5 million since its debut Wednesday. The bow of the third film in the Blade franchise, directed by David S. Goyer, wasn't quite as sharp as Blade 2, which opened to $32.5 million. But a Wednesday opening can soften a weekend's impact at the boxoffice as it tends to siphon off some of the early fervent business. »

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'Ocean's' breezes to top of boxoffice

13 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The pack is back. Warner Bros. Pictures' Ocean's Twelve, a suave A-list ensemble action-heist comedy, hit the boxoffice beach with an impressive estimate of $40.9 million on its debut and easily slipped into the top spot. The Steven Soderbergh-helmed Ocean's Eleven sequel, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Matt Damon, had the biggest December opening of all time with the exception of the three Lord of the Rings pictures from New Line Cinema. It also bettered the $38.1 million that Eleven palmed on its debut. Speaking of New Line, the distributor's Blade: Trinity, which stars Wesley Snipes as the half-vampire protagonist, opened in the second spot with an estimated $16.1 million, collecting about $24.6 million since its debut Wednesday. The bow of the third film in the Blade franchise, directed by David S. Goyer, wasn't quite as sharp as Blade 2, which opened to $32.5 million. But a Wednesday opening can soften a weekend's impact at the boxoffice as it tends to siphon off some of the early fervent business. »

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'Ocean's' breezes to top of boxoffice

12 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The pack is back. Warner Bros. Pictures' Ocean's Twelve, a suave A-list ensemble action-heist comedy, hit the boxoffice beach with an impressive estimate of $40.9 million on its debut and easily slipped into the top spot. The Steven Soderbergh-helmed Ocean's Eleven sequel, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Matt Damon, had the biggest December opening of all time with the exception of the three Lord of the Rings pictures from New Line Cinema. It also bettered the $38.1 million that Eleven palmed on its debut. Speaking of New Line, the distributor's Blade: Trinity, which stars Wesley Snipes as the half-vampire protagonist, opened in the second spot with an estimated $16.1 million, collecting about $24.6 million since its debut Wednesday. The bow of the third film in the Blade franchise, directed by David S. Goyer, wasn't quite as sharp as Blade 2, which opened to $32.5 million. But a Wednesday opening can soften a weekend's impact at the boxoffice as it tends to siphon off some of the early fervent business. »

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Boxoffice preview: 'Twelve' thieves a-heisting

10 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Hollywood studios may have given audiences time off last week to get their holiday shopping done, but now they've returned -- and with a vengeance, releasing two high-profile sequels that will test how wide the boxoffice can expand this preholiday frame. Warner Bros. Pictures is bringing out its big guns with the much-anticipated Ocean's Twelve, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, et al. In fact, the entire gang from 2001's Ocean's Eleven has returned for director Steven Soderbergh, and Catherine Zeta-Jones has joined the heist film, this time set in Europe. The cast, with the exception of new mother Julia Roberts, has been out promoting the film heavily, and while their incessant talk of on-set practical jokes may be wearing thin, the awareness for the film is through the roof. Ocean's Twelve should exceed the opening number reaped by its predecessor, which was an impressive $38.1 million from 3,075 theaters. »

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Clooney Pulls Out of World Trip

10 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

George Clooney has been forced to pull out of the Ocean's Twelve world premiere tour because he's in too much pain. The movie star aggravated a ruptured disc in his back while making upcoming movie Syriana and has been laid up for a week as painkillers kick in to relieve the pain. The actor was expected to join castmates Brad Pitt and Matt Damon in Rome, Italy, yesterday after attending the film's Hollywood premiere on Wednesday. But Clooney failed to make it onto producer Jerry Weintraub's midnight Ocean's Twelve jet because he was in agony. »

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Damon Begged for Smaller 'Ocean's' Role

7 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Matt Damon begged producers of forthcoming sequel Ocean's Twelve to make sure his role as Linus Caldwell was just as small as it had been in the 2001 original. Damon spent most of this year filming in Europe - he began shooting Ocean's Twelve immediately after he wrapped The Bourne Supremacy. Damon says, "I actually asked for a smaller part this time around. I wanted to do less work because I had just come off The Bourne Supremacy and I was tired." Despite the actor's protests, producers George Clooney, Jerry Weintraub and Steven Soderbergh insisted Caldwell have more screen time. Clooney jokes, "Matt showed up and told us he had this big hit sequel under his belt so we'd need him to sell our picture. We had no choice but to give him a bigger part." »

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Doctors Consider Operating on Clooney

6 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Doctors are considering operating on George Clooney's back, after suspecting he injured it while filming a strenuous torture scene in his upcoming movie Syriana. Clooney was recently forced to cancel a string of press appearances to promote his new film Ocean's Twelve after aggravating a ruptured disc in his back. His Ocean's Twelve and Syriana co-star Matt Damon says, "He's still getting checked by all these specialists. "(In Syriana) there's a scene where he gets tortured and he was slinging his head around so they think he did something there that he wasn't aware of and then a month later kind of aggravated it. "He put on 30 pounds for that movie and then he kinda made this aggressive campaign to lose the weight. I think this torture scene where he aggravated it kind of combined with this workout regimen (to prompt the injury). Now it's like the decision whether or not they operate or whatever." »

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Pitt Hails Zeta-Jones' Drinking Skills

2 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star Brad Pitt was shocked by his "beautiful, elegant" Ocean's Twelve co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones, when she drank more alcohol than her male castmates. The movie heart-throb was delighted when the Welsh beauty was cast as his character Rusty Ryan's love interest Isabel Lahiri in the crime caper sequel, and was astounded by her professionalism next to practical jokers Matt Damon and George Clooney. Pitt says, "I think the biggest joke was on Catherine because she actually thought we were making a movie. Being the new kid, nobody told her because she was up running lines and breaking down her character. We were just excited to get Catherine first of all because she brings this great elegance to it and a lot of the film was going to be focused on her own and she was going to have to carry that thing, so it would have to be someone who could carry that kind of weight. The great thing about Catherine is there is this great beauty and elegance but at the same time, she'll drink any one of you under the table." »

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Clooney Begs Off TV Appearances with Aggravated Disc

30 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

George Clooney has been forced to cancel a string of press appearances to promote the Ocean's Eleven sequel Ocean's Twelve after aggravating a ruptured disc in his back. The movie star has scrapped appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey's daytime show while he recovers. Insiders claim he's in too much pain to travel. The new sequel, opening next week in the US, is directed by original Ocean's Eleven helmer Steven Soderbergh and also stars Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Julia Roberts. »

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Pregnant Roberts Misses 'Closer' Press

24 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pregnant Julia Roberts pulled out of press for her new movie Closer just 24 hours before Monday's interviews. The actress, who is set to give birth to twins in January, missed out on weekend press for another new movie Ocean's Twelve, but she was expected to join Closer co-stars Jude Law, Clive Owen and Natalie Portman for publicity in Los Angeles. But Roberts, who was admitted to hospital with contractions earlier this month, was a no show for press calls. Law understands, "She's resting. It was touch and go. We knew that she had to rest and this sort of situation has to be on the day. What's important is that she listens to herself and the doctors and the baby." Roberts also pulled out of Monday night's Hollywood premiere. George Clooney joked about her absence from the Ocean's Twelve press junkets: "I think it's all a bluff. She wants to get some attention." »

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Clooney's Krisy Kreme Diet

10 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star George Clooney is emulating animated fatty Homer Simpson in a bid to bulk up for a forthcoming film role. The Intolerable Cruelty actor plays an overweight soldier in cold war thriller Syriana and has adopted a diet including Simpson's favorite high-calorie Krispy Kreme donuts to help him gain weight. A source says, "He'll eat anything, but his favorite is Krispy Kreme doughnuts. He buys boxes at a time and even had consignments sent to his place in Italy. Otherwise it's pizzas and burgers." »

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Clooney's Dad Loses Election Bid

4 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

George Clooney's father Nick Clooney has lost his bid to be elected the congressional representative for Kentucky. Democrat Clooney Senior was beaten by his Republican opponent Geoff Davis, who scored 55 per cent of the vote, against Clooney's 44 per cent. The Ocean's Eleven actor helped promote his dad's campaign and rallied support and funding from a number of Hollywood pals, including Meg Ryan, Salma Hayek, Renee Zellweger and Steven Spielberg. Before trying his hand at politics, Nick Clooney was a TV anchorman and newspaper columnist. »

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Roberts Fury Over Zeta-Jones' Film Billing

4 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pregnant actress Julia Roberts is furious her film pal Catherine Zeta-Jones has been given top billing on the posters for the forthcoming Ocean's Twelve movie. While Roberts played Tess Ocean in the 2001 crime caper Ocean's Eleven, Welsh beauty Zeta-Jones is a new addition to the film series as Brad Pitt's onscreen love interest Isabel Lahiri in the sequel. The Pretty Woman star, who is expecting twins in January, was horrified to see Zeta-Jones given fourth place on the poster after George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, while Roberts languishes at the bottom underneath Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle and Bernie Mac. A film source says, "Julia's not happy. She was in the original Ocean's film - Catherine wasn't - and she assumed her name would be first. It might sound petty, but being top means a lot in Hollywood. It means you are the biggest star. Julia and Catherine get on well on a personal level - but this is business." »

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Stallone's 'Get Carter' Voted Worst Remake

2 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sylvester Stallone's 2000 reworking of the Sir Michael Caine crime thriller Get Carter has been voted the worst film remake of all time in a new poll. In a survey of 2,000 film fans by DVD rental company Screenselect.co.uk, a majority voted the Rocky star's version was abysmal compared to the 1971 classic. Unfortunately for Jude Law, the recently-released Alfie film - another Caine remake - was also slammed and came in at number six in the poll. The Anne Heche-starring 1998 version of the Psycho horror film followed Get Carter at two and this year's flop Thunderbirds entered at three. The top ten also included Point of No Return at four, Charlie's Angels at five, Planet Of The Apes at seven, Starsky And Hutch at eight and Cape Fear at nine. Surprisingly 2001 blockbuster Ocean's Eleven came in at ten, despite most film reviews lauding the George Clooney film as better than the 1960 original. »

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Stamos Linked to Clooney's Ex

29 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor John Stamos' vow to marry again within the next two years looks set to be met - he's now found love with George Clooney's ex Krista Allen. Stamos recently filed for divorce from estranged wife Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, after their marriage unraveled earlier this year. And pals now say he has started up a hot new romance with brunette actress Allen, after meeting her on the set of his still untitled TV series, in which he plays a New York City publicist. A source says, "She was supposed to do one episode, and now she's slated to be a recurring character." In a recent interview, Stamos admitted he "can't wait to fall in love again" and boldly added, "I'm making a prediction - I will be married within the next year-and- a-half to two years." Romijn-Stamos is currently enjoying a romance with actor Jerry O'Connell. »

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