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Paolillo: Year in Review

28 December 2005 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- A is for: Aja, Alexandre. His High Tension didn’t perform too well, and the story itself had some flaws. But the directing was quite stunning and remarkable. Let’s hope his 2006 titles (The Hills Have Eyes and The Waiting ) live up to the expectations… B is for: Burton, Tim. In a few months he smashed the box office twice with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Corpse Bride. All while still being faithful to his own vision… C is for: Carpenter, John. With remakes of The Fog and Assault on Precinct 13 falling flat and The Thing miniseries in production, we want back, behind the camera, the author of Halloween, They Live and In the Mouth of Madness. Give us back one of the most influential and underestimated American filmmakers. D is for: Downey Jr., Robert. After years of scandals and bad movies, he’s finally back on track! »

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Clooney Linked to Liu?

28 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood's most eligible bachelor George Clooney has been romantically linked with Charlie's Angels star Lucy Liu, after the pair enjoyed a night out at an exclusive club in New York City. Clooney and Liu, who are said to have briefly dated in 2000, reportedly enjoyed a passionate kiss in the back of his limousine following an evening at Downtown Cipriani. An onlooker tells website, "She looked like she was going to devour him." Clooney split from on/off girlfriend Lisa Snowdon earlier this year »

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Giamatti: "I Won't Win Globe"

20 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Paul Giamatti remains pessimistic of his chances of picking up a Golden Globe next month, despite his Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in Cinderella Man. The Sideways star, 38, is set to fight George Clooney (Syriana), Matt Dillon (Crash), Will Ferrell (The Producers) and Bob Hoskins (Mrs. Henderson Presents) at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual award ceremony in Los Angeles. Giamatti says, "What do I think of my chances? Oh God, I mean, I don't see it happening, so I would say my chances would be - I wouldn't give myself any chances. I don't see myself actually winning anything." »

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WGAW to laud screenplay for 'Good Night'

15 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

George Clooney and Grant Heslov have been selected to receive the WGA West's Paul Selvin Award for the screenplay of Good Night, and Good Luck. The honor, which will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 4, goes to a script that best embodies the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and liberties, according to the guild. "This smoke-filled, black-and-white film is a crystal clear and colorful validation of why news media must be free and independent from both political and corporate whim and intimidation," WGAW president Patric Verrone said. "It is as relevant today as it was when the events themselves happened more than 50 years ago." »

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Lee, other nominees reflect on their 'great news'

14 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Director Ang Lee was fielding congratulatory calls on Brokeback Mountain's seven Golden Globe nominations from his lonely hotel room in Minneapolis. "The hardest thing for me is to stay calm," said the director, who is known for just that. "This is great news for us. It's a wonderful feeling." ... "I told everybody that I wasn't going to wake up just to wait for it, but I ended waking up anyway, on my own," said director David Cronenberg, whose A History of Violence was nominated for best motion picture (drama). ... For James Schamus, co-president of Focus Features, a cool 12 Golden Globe nominations for three films -- The Constant Gardener, Brokeback Mountain and Pride & Prejudice -- has him feeling like "a deer in the headlights," he said. He now feels vindicated by the success of Focus' unusual staggered release strategy for its strong fall lineup. ... Good Night, and Good Luck producer and co-writer Grant Heslov learned of his two nominations for best motion picture, drama, and screenplay in two calls from his co-scribe and longtime friend George Clooney. "I was lying in bed with my wife, and the first thing George said was, 'You better get your tux ready, ' " Heslov said. »

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Virtual deal reality for Warners

7 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warner Bros. Pictures has entered into a co-financing agreement with Virtual Studios Llc. that will see the companies partner on six upcoming films. Virtual is a joint-venture company that invests equity capital in the production and distribution of major motion pictures as well as in the movie's operating companies. In October, Warners signed a deal with Relativity Media worth $528 million to invest in six films. Relativity then proved instrumental in bringing in the Virtual financing. The films include The Good German, starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Tobey Maguire and directed by Steven Soderbergh; Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Ed Zwick; 300, starring Gerard Butler and directed by Zach Snyder; The Assassination of Jesse James, starring Brad Pitt and Sam Shepard and directed by Andrew Dominik; Poseidon, directed by Wolfgang Petersen; and V for Vendetta, starring Natalie Portman and directed by James McTeigue. All but 300 are slated for release next year. »

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Clooney Blames Himself for Spine Injury

23 November 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

George Clooney blames himself for the spinal injury he sustained on the set of his new movie, because he put on so much weight for the role. The actor suffered excruciating pain after tearing his dura - the wrap around his spine that holds in the spinal fluid - after falling off a chair while shooting thriller Syriana. But Clooney insists he would have spared himself if he'd limited the stress he put on his much heavier body. He says, "I ate myself sick. I put on 30 pounds in 30 days, which really scared me. We shot that scene 20 or 30 times and in one take you actually see the desk go over and my head hit it. I think that was the time it happened. I tore my spine. It was my own fault. I'm 44, not 34, and I was doing all the things I could do when I was 170 pounds, not 207 pounds, so that was a big difference. It wasn't the fault of anybody except myself for not being very smart. I play sports and think I can take it, but I got a good wake-up call. It was dumb on my part." »

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Clooney Denies Bush Attack in New Film

22 November 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star George Clooney has rubbished claims his latest movie is a veiled attack on President George W Bush - but refuses to apologize for the film's politically sensitive themes. Syriana - a political thriller focusing on the oil industry - has sparked controversy for its sympathetic portrayal of two Pakistani boys who become suicide bombers, but Clooney is adamant their story must be told. And he is disgusted by claims the film, in which he plays a CIA agent, singles out George Bush for criticism, arguing it is an attack on "the system" rather than a particular person. He says, "There are going to be people who will be very angry at the idea that we took a couple of suicide bombers and showed how they could be formed, instead of just categorizing them as evil. I'm an old-time liberal and I don't apologize for it. With Syriana we're going to get beaten up politically in some places. Fair enough, because we've taken a stand. It is not an attack on the Bush administration but it is an attack on the system that has been in place for 60 or 70 years - oil always being at the center of it." »

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Clooney the Fairy Godfather

16 November 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star George Clooney is playing fairy godfather to an Italian Family and renovating a house for them to live in. The Ocean's Twelve actor, who has a home in Lake Como, Italy, has developed a good friendship with the family and decided to help them out when some property on his road went on the market. He says, "I'm fixing up a couple of houses next door for a family. They're staying at my place at the moment. They're great cooks. They've got a 12-year-old kid and I want them to have a place where they can bring all their friends." »

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Lee, Clooney on new list for non-Euro noms

15 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

COLOGNE -- Ang Lee's cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain and George Clooney's '50s era political drama Good Night, And Good Luck are among the nominees disclosed Tuesday for Best Non-European Film at the European Film Awards. The European Film Academy also announced nominations for Jim Jarmusch's sardonic comedy Broken Flowers and Paul Higgis' Crash, an unblinking look at race relations in Los Angeles. Other nominees include Fernando Meirelles' adaptation of John le Carre's The Constant Gardener; Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee's coming-of-age feature C.R.A.Z.Y.; Sarah Watt's Aussie drama Look Both Ways; Gavin Hood's Tsotsi, an expose of South African gang life; and Carlos Reygadas' sexually explicit Cannes competition entry Battle In Heaven. »

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Gruber ends 9-month ICM run

13 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ICM talent agent Michael Gruber has left the agency after nine months, it was confirmed. Gruber resigned from CAA in 2002 after a dispute over a fee he was to have received from an Italian real estate deal for then-client George Clooney. His other clients included Ice Cube and director Brett Ratner. Under a two-year noncompete clause, Gruber began several ventures, including the co-founding of SideStreet Entertainment, which had a first-look deal with MGM. »

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Clooney and Depp Snubbed by British Comedy Duo

9 November 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood stars George Clooney and Johnny Depp's requests to appear in the upcoming series of UK comedy show Little Britain have been snubbed - because they are too famous. David Walliams and Matt Lucas, creators and stars of the highly acclaimed sketch show, have no intention of following Ricky Gervais' example by writing celebrity cameos into their sketches. The Office star Gervais has been grabbing headlines after announcing he has signed up Tom Cruise for an appearance in his show Extras - but Lucas and Walliams can't imagine their comic creations interacting with hunky superstars. Lucas says, "It could really unbalance the show. I mean, (our characters) Lou and Andy would never meet George Clooney. There will be no cameos from the stratospherically famous. We try to save celebrity appearances for (British fundraising TV extravaganza) Comic Relief." Sir Elton John and British singer Robbie Williams made brief appearances in Little Britain's Comic Relief DVD which raised $3.6 million for the charity. »

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Clooney Confronts Security Guard at Premiere

7 November 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

George Clooney launched a verbal tirade against a security guard at the London premiere of his latest movie Thursday night. The actor was in England's capital to attend the star-studded screening of Good Night, and Good Luck, when his attempt to leave quietly at the end of the event was hampered by vehicle confusion. Clooney and ex-girlfriend Lisa Snowdon left the West End club through a side exit where a car had been scheduled to meet them. But a mix-up left the couple stranded in the back alley with a nonplussed security guard. An onlooker told British newspaper The Evening Standard, "The security guard was walking down the alley and George screamed at him, 'Come back here' and then he said 'I am going to f**king have you!'" Clooney reportedly chased the guard, despite former TV presenter Snowdon's best attempts to defuse the situation. The source adds, "He squared up at the security guard and Lisa was screaming at him, 'George, George come here.' She grabbed his hand and tried to pull him away and finally a Jeep pulled up. I was genuinely shocked. I just couldn't believe what I was seeing. You just don't expect George Clooney to start a fight with a security guard." »

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Int: Patricia Clarkson

1 November 2005 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Marcello Paolillo met with director Craig Lucas and actress Patricia Clarkson in New York. Patricia Clarkson Q: Craig talked about how nervous he was while shooting his first film. How was working with him? A: The Dying Gaul was his directorial debut, but he’s not totally new to films, and he definitely knew what he wanted and what he was doing. We gave some suggestions, but nothing major. The biggest issue was that we had only 25 days of shooting, can you believe it? Besides, Craig is an amazing screenwriter. Think at the job he did with the adaptation of The Secret Lives of Dentists! I had seen the play of The Dying Gaul before, but he did some great changes to the scripts. He opened it and rethought it completely in order to made the story more cinematic. It was a beautiful experience, but I remember we had »

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Clooney Explains Himself Over Suicidal Comments

25 October 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

George Clooney has lashed out at reports he contemplated suicide at the beginning of the year, insisting his comments were misrepresented in a British newspaper. Talking about the horrific pain he experienced after suffering a brain injury while filming forthcoming movie Syriana last Christmas, Clooney allegedly told the newspaper he considered ending his life because he was in so much agony. But, in a statement released yesterday, Clooney quickly explained his comments. He said, "I think, if you listen to the piece, I certainly did not talk about wanting to kill myself. I was talking about the idea of living for years in that kind of pain." Clooney ended his brief statement with a message to all publications who embellish interviews: "Please don't use my words out of context." »

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Good Night, and Good Luck

20 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This review was written for the festival screening of "Good Night, and Good Luck".

VENICE, Italy -- George Clooney's deeply felt docudrama "Good Night, and Good Luck" provides a snapshot of the moment in history in which a major American television personality named Edward R. Murrow took on the malevolent power of a muckraking U.S. senator named Joseph McCarthy and won.

Shot in black and white in a brisk "you are there" 90 minutes, the film, which screened in competition, lovingly re-creates the studios and backrooms of 1950s New York journalism at the CBS television network, where the men wore white shirts and dark suits, the women fetched the coffee and the morning papers and everybody smoked all the time.

Clooney is the star name (as legendary producer Fred Friendly) in a fine ensemble cast featuring the previously unsung David Strathairn as Murrow, a career-defining role guaranteed to put him in the running for major awards.

Murrow is deservedly the patron saint of broadcast journalism, and it's clear that Clooney and producer and co-writer Grant Heslov share that veneration. Moviegoers who know their American political history will respond to the film's immediacy and forgive the film's tight focus and narrow view. Anyone hoping for an entertaining drama about newsmen and politics along the lines of "All the President's Men" will be disappointed.

The film is framed by an excoriating speech given by Murrow in 1958 when he was saluted by the Radio and Television News Directors Assn. Television, he said, was "fat, comfortable and complacent" and was used to "detract, delude, amuse and insulate us." It's a message Clooney and Heslov obviously wish to reiterate.

Murrow had become a star on radio, broadcasting from Czechoslovakia just before World War II and memorably from London during the Blitz. In the '50s, he and his partner Friendly adapted their radio news program "Hear It Now" to the new medium of television. The result was titled "See It Now", an evenhanded public affairs program that ran from 1951-58.

McCarthy had become notorious in 1950 for a speech in which he falsely claimed to have a list of people working for the State Department who were known to be members of the Communist Party. Later, as chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, McCarthy targeted the military in the same witch-hunting manner.

"Good Night" flashes back to the time when McCarthyism -- infamously fomented by the House Un-American Activities Committee -- had put a clamp on freedom of expression and association in the U.S.

When Murrow and Friendly do a story on a military man whose family is falsely accused of being communist sympathizers, McCarthy -- seen entirely in newsreel footage -- attacks in his usual way. Murrow and Friendly respond by creating one of the most esteemed TV news shows in history, an edition of "See It Now" on March 9, 1954, in which McCarthy is allowed to hang himself with his own words.

Clooney and Heslov, with expert help from production designer Jim Bissel, cinematographer Robert Elswit and editor Stephen Mirrione, do a wonderful job of creating the smoky and tense environment in which Murrow and Friendly operated.

If the film fails to resonate entirely it might be that even when Murrow made his insightful speech in 1958, his observant hectoring had become viewed as pedantic. Not long afterward, he left CBS to run the U.S. Information Agency, a poacher who became a game warden.


Warner Independent Pictures, 2929 Entertainment, Participant Prods. in association with Davis Films, Redbus Pictures and Tohokushinsha present a Section 8 production


Director: George Clooney

Screenwriters: George Clooney, Grant Heslov

Producer: Grant Heslov

Executive producers: Steven Soderbergh, Ben Cosgrove, Jennifer Fox, Todd Wagner, Mark Cuban, Marc Butan, Jeff Skoll

Director of photography: Robert Elswit

Production designer: Jim Bissell

Editor: Stephen Mirrione


Edward R. Murrow: David Strathairn

Fred Friendly: George Clooney

Joe Wershba: Robert Downey Jr.

Shirley Wershba: Patricia Clarkson

William S. Paley: Frank Langella

Sig Mickelson: Jeff Daniels

Don Hollenbeck: Ray Wise

Jessie Zousmer: Tate Donovan

Palmer Williams: Tom McCarthy

Eddie Scott: Matt Ross

John Aaron: Reed Diamond

Charlie Mack: Robert John Burke

Don Hewitt: Grant Heslov.

MPAA rating PG

Running -- time 90 minutes »

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Festival du Nouveau Cinéma!

13 October 2005 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Like a kid in a candy store! is how most cinephiles will feel about Claude Chamberland's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Oct 13-23) – this gathering of off-beat, scooped-up oddities found from all over the international circuit and from premiere film festivals such as Cannes and Venice is an innovative festival where auteur-driven visionary films are served up as a full-course movie menu. The wolf has been unleashed! Programming director Chamberland unveiling the 34th edition. (pic from official site) It is simply amazing! 38 countries, 197 films, 95 features and 102 shorts constitute the 2005 line up. With 197 works from all over the world (38 countries) to be shown over ten days, the Festival remains true to its mission of promoting quality cinema by today’s finest talents. The program includes 13 world premieres and 54 international and North American premieres and 19 Canadian premieres. The program includes: Capote (Bennett Miller), Hidden (Michael Haneke), The Child (Dardenne brothers »

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Clooney Fears Fighting Paparazzi Will Create Freedom Issues

11 October 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie star George Clooney is happy to ignore the over-zealous efforts of the paparazzi who follow him everywhere because he fears that by limiting their powers he'll upset freedom of speech. While stars like Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz rally to change laws and fight against celebrity photographers, Clooney, whose father is respected newsman Nick Clooney, fears stars could be setting a bad precedent if they continue fighting the paparazzi. He explains, "These guys can be real jerks, these paparazzi, they're not trying to catch me doing something stupid, which I'll have to take hits for - they're trying to create you doing something stupid. They walk through the airport and go, 'Whose that fat chick you're with?' I'll take all of those hits in lieu of trying to restrict it, because the dangers of restricting it, or getting into those dangers, (is) like burning the first book. I get that they do some rotten things... It's a drag for me... (But) as a guy who believes in the free press, I think that some of these hits we have to take in order to not mess with freedom of speech." »

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Clooney Goes Serious

7 October 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Film hunk George Clooney is abandoning comedy to concentrate on serious and political movies After making his Hollywood name playing suave lotharios and conmen in lighthearted movies, Clooney is keen to show a more serious side to his acting abilities. New movies Syriana, about the Cold War, and Good Night, And Good Luck, about a journalist's attempt to bring down Senator Joe McCarthy, signal the start of Clooney's new outlook. He says, "I'm working on projects that I want to raise a debate about. I'm interested in films of the 1960s and 1970s that were political. They were born out of the civil rights, Vietnam war, and women's rights movements. I feel it's a good time to have the entertainment community start asking questions again." »

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Good night. and, good Luck.

4 October 2005 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- [George Clooney, David Strathaim and Patricia Clarkson recently held a press conference in New York City and Marcello Paolillo was there to cover it.] Considerations about democracy, freedom, TV, and a few dangerous minds. In 1953, America fought a battle for its own freedom: a war fought within its own borders since, as it happens (though we easily forget), real freedom starts at home, even though, somehow, it seems easier to impose abroad. TV was in its dawning age, and Edward R. Murrow - destined to become one of the most famous American journalists - had an undeniable privilege as an anchorman for CBS, which meant delivering the nightly news to an audience of 40 million people. Murrow used this advantage for a good cause, and started a dangerous fight against notorious Senator Joseph McCarthy, at his peak in the Communist witch hunt that was terrorizing the nation. Risking his own career, and backed by his courageous producer Fred Friendly, Murrow dedicated one of the shows of his program “See It Now” to the story of a pilot, »

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