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19 items from 2002

Clooney Getting Frustrated

26 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

George Clooney is getting frustrated at his hunky image - because its detracting from the serious message his new movie Solaris tries to deal with. Much of the media coverage surrounding the new sci-fi movie has focused on two shots of the sex symbol's naked bottom - but Clooney wishes the focus would be on more important things. He explains, "I find it funny because we're trying to talk about things on a much grander scale, with a story that contains questions about the cosmos and it'll come down to a 30-second sound bite where I say, 'Yeah, I worked out.'" And the Ocean's Eleven star believes the recent furor surrounding the Steven Soderbergh film initially being given a R-rating in America because of the buttocks shots was initiated by the movie's nervous studio. He says, "Fox leaked the story about the MPAA rating on Solaris, how we got an R because I showed my behind, but I think they're having trouble selling this film. They don't know what to do with it." »

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Clooney Slams Iraq Attack Plans

20 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood hunk George Clooney has hit out at America's plans to launch military strikes against Iraq. The actor accuses the US government of showing arrogance and a lack of understanding towards other nations. The Ocean's Eleven star says, "We live on an island. A giant big f ***ing island. We don't understand that people actually get mad at us. We still think of ourselves in terms of WW2. It's not uncommon for us to say to France, 'Hey, you'd still be speaking German if it wasn't for us.' The problem is the world has changed, and our involvement in these tiny little places is different than it was in 1941. It was a lot clearer then. We were attacked." »

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Roberts Picked Up J.Lo-Inspired Tag

18 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Julia Roberts has acquired a new nickname on the set of her new movie Mona Lisa Smile, inspired by Jennifer Lopez's adopted moniker of J.Lo. The 35-year-old redhead, who was dubbed 'J.Ro' by her Ocean's Eleven co- star George Clooney at a tribute dinner in 2001, is now being called 'J.Mo' by those working with her because she's now married to the film's cameraman Danny Moder, 33. A source on the New York set says, "It's funny hearing production assistants saying over their walkie-talkies that J.Mo's needed on set." »

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Clooney Catches Lying Fan

12 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ocean's Eleven hunk George Clooney was caught up in a sick prank recently - when a fan told a lie to keep in contact with the star. Hunky Clooney met the woman at a charity organization where she melted his heart with tales about her critically ill daughter, who was apparently the Out Of Sight actor's biggest fan. Clooney decided to contact the sick girl and showered her with gifts and personal phone calls. However, as the altruistic act progressed he realized that all was not right with the situation. A friend says, "George began to smell a rat. He did some investigating. He finally found out the woman didn't have a sick daughter. The 'mother' was the daughter - she was doing the child's voice." Clooney, who prides himself as a professional prankster, decided to catch the woman by telling her he would jet in to make a surprise visit to the ailing girl. However, when he called the woman she told him it would be impossible as the girl had died! Clooney's spokesman says, "George hopes this aberration won't diminish people's generosity. Of the 10,000 calls people receive to help children, 9,999 are legitimate." »

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Soderbergh to Take Year Off

30 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ocean's Eleven director Steven Soderbergh is taking a year-long sabbatical from film making in 2003 - so he can plan his future. The Oscar-winner, who paired Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones together in Traffic, has found realizing his vision is getting increasingly difficult. He says, "I need time to think about what I'm going to do next. They all feel like they're getting harder. Ocean's Eleven, at the time, I thought was really difficult, and Full Frontal proved difficult in its own way. But Solaris turned out to be difficult in all the ways a movie can be difficult." The experimental work Full Frontal, in which Soderbergh used cutting edge digital technology, was been seen by few in the US and still has no UK release date. The director, however, does have one definite ambition for his year out of the limelight - he wants to set up a production studio of his own, and has been discussing his plans with pal David Fincher. He says, "It's a difficult time in the US, and we want to do it right. We've spend an enormous amount of time figuring out why companies like this have failed in the US and how to make one succeed. There's a lot of people who don't want it to work, because if it does, it will completely turn everything upside down." »

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Clooney Denies Political Ambitions

18 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood hunk George Clooney has laughed off reports he will go into politics - because he has misbehaved too much. The Ocean's Eleven star, who has a reputation for being one of the world's biggest womanizers, says that he could never be a serious candidate because he has slept around too much and indulged in illegal substances. He says, "Run for office? No. I've slept with too many women. I've done too many drugs, and I've been to too many parties." »

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Stars on Board for 'Ocean's 11' Sequel

18 September 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ocean's Eleven director Steven Soderbergh is reuniting his all-star cast for the sequel to the hit heist caper - and he's taking them to Europe. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon are all in talks for the new installment, which will begin filming in 2004 if everything does to plan. Oscar winner Soderbergh wants to return to the Rat Pack remake, which grossed a massive $600 million worldwide after its release last year, because he's sure he can improve on his last effort. He says, "I know we can make a better film. I know we'll shoot in Europe and that all the actors are in on it." »

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Matt Wants 'Ocean's Twelve'

3 September 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood hunk Matt Damon enjoyed making last year's blockbuster Ocean's Eleven so much - he's desperate for Steven Soderbergh to pen a sequel. The Good Will Hunting star played rookie jewel thief Linus Caldwell in the remake of the 1960 Rat Pack flick, which starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Peter Lawford. Matt told Britain's Arena magazine, "I hope we do it. I would love to be part of it again. They are fun people to be with, so to hook up again for a few months with them would be great." Matt is hopeful if a follow-up is made, he will get the chance to wear flashy suits, just like George Clooney and Brad Pitt. The Oscar-winner moans, "Brad got the clothes George rejected and I got the clothes Brad rejected. I didn't get to wear any nice stuff in that movie. Perhaps if we do a sequel I'll ask to wear nice suits." »

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'Vertigo' Beach Scene Is The Most Stylish

22 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

James Stewart and Kim Novak's romantic beach love scene in Vertigo has been named the Most Stylish Moment in The Movies. Bosses at American film magazine Movieline have compiled a list of the top 100 stylish scenes for a new poll in their September issue. The kissing scene, filmed in Monterey Bay, California, in 1957 by movie mogul Alfred Hitchcock, beat Audrey Hepburn's pastry-eating scene in Breakfast At Tiffany's. Meanwhile, The Talented Mr Ripley and Barbarella were named the most stylish films. The top 10 scenes are: 1. James Stewart and Kim Novak's Vertigo love scene; 2. Audrey Hepburn eats a pastry in Breakfast At Tiffany's; 3. Michael Douglas watches Sharon Stone dress in Basic Instinct; 4. Clark Gable forcibly carries Vivien Leigh to their bedroom in Gone With The Wind; 5. Jennifer Lopez strips to her lingerie in Out Of Sight; 6. Grace Kelly attempts to seduce Cary Grant in To Catch A Thief; 7. Michelle Pfeiffer, as Catwoman, straddles Batman in Batman Returns; 8. George Clooney slips a mobile phone into Julia Roberts' pocket in Ocean's Eleven; 9. William Holden leads The Wild Bunch through a Mexican town; 10. Elizabeth Taylor seduces Montgomery Clift during a game of pool in A Place In The Sun. »

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Julia To Ditch Roberts

25 July 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts is an old-fashioned girl - she's ditching her maiden name for her new husband Danny Moder's surname. The Ocean's Eleven star wants to ditch Roberts to become Mrs. Julia Moder after her July 4 wedding to the hunky cameraman. Julia gushes, "All my friends call me Mrs. Moder and I love that. One day we were all playing softball and I got up to bat and my friend, Mike Oscher went, 'All right, Moder, come on, ' and I thought 'wow'. That's when it really hit me. I'm Moder you know. And it's with a d-e-r. Yeah, I am Mrs. Moder." »

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Matt Damon 'Bourne' Again?

19 June 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Matt Damon's hit film The Bourne Identity is to be reborn with two sequels. Thanks to an impressive $27.5 million opening, the film is being prepped for a franchise. But while the flick's director Doug Liman has signed up for the sequels, Ocean's Eleven star Damon is still waiting to strike a deal. »

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Matt Damon's Stage Fury

13 June 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood hunk Matt Damon was furious when a theatergoer's mobile phone disturbed his London performance. The actor, who is currently starring in a West End production of "This Is Our Youth" with his Ocean's Eleven co-star Casey Affleck, recalls the noisy interruption, saying, "Casey and I kept going with the scene, we heard the person shuffle and I thought she was going to turn it off. Then we hear 'Hello,' and this American girl starts to have a conversation. She goes, 'They're right in front of me. I could reach out and touch them.'" »

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Julia Keeps Her Clothes On

9 May 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Julia Roberts has laughed off claims she will appear nude in the suggestively-titled movie Full Frontal. The Oscar-winning star called the Steven Soderbergh-directed movie her "nudie" flick last year, sparking rumours she would show off her birthday suit. However her representative says, "She's so fully dressed she's wearing long sleeves through the entire move." According to movie insiders, Roberts joked about the movie during an interview for Ocean's Eleven, claiming, "We're all naked in it." »

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Is Julia Pregnant?

8 May 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Commitment-shy actress Julia Roberts may finally be settling down - after the beauty was spotted showing a tell-tale bump. The Oscar-winner has been dating married cameraman Danny Moder, whom she met on the set of Ocean's Eleven, since last year after her split from Benjamin Bratt. The slim movie star showed off a well-rounded stomach outside an Los Angeles coffee shop earlier this week, which has sparked pregnancy rumours. An onlooker explains, "She normally looks so skinny, but she had a big bump. "It looked like she was pregnant." If the beauty is pregnant, it would be a dream-come-true for the actress, who said earlier this year: "I would like a whole gaggle of kids. A baby would be such a gift." »

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Will To Remake Black Movie Classic

1 May 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Will Smith is set to remake movie classic Uptown Saturday Night - because he wants to bring together Hollywood's black movie stars. The Men In Black star admits he's a huge fan of the 1974 black buddy movie, which starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. And now he's trying to line up a super group of peers to make it again. Smith says, "I've spoken to Eddie Murphy and Martin (Lawrence). I'm trying to put together an all-star squad and do what George (Clooney) did with Ocean's Eleven." »

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Clooney's Conquest

11 March 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood heart throb George Clooney has asked his waitress girlfriend to move in with him. The Ocean's Eleven star is smitten with 27-year-old Maria Bertrand after a whirlwind romance in Montreal, Canada. Now three months into their relationship, even Clooney's acting buddy Matt Damon has warned him that he would be 'a fool to let her go'. A pal says, "George is a real romantic and two weeks ago he bought Maria a dozen roses and asked her to move in with him. She didn't hesitate. She's utterly in love with George." The couple met when Clooney was filming Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind in Montreal - and right from the start they were inseparable, with even Clooney confiding, "It's serious." »

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Garcia Denies Creation Of New Rat Pack

18 February 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ocean's Eleven star Andy Garcia insists that he and his co-stars - George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon - are not the new Rat Pack. Unlike his predecessors - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. starred in the 1960 original - Garcia is no martini-swilling party hopper, a result of the strong Catholic family upbringing he experienced as a child. The son of an English teacher mother and lawyer father, he and his family left Cuba under Castro's regime to join thousands of other immigrants in Miami in 1961. It meant his parents taking low- paid work, while Garcia junior would collect empty bottles on the beach for cash. Neither Garcia or his older brother or sister complained - for they knew they were in America for a reason. Garcia, who picked up Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his portrayal of Cuban jazz musician Arturo Sandoval, explains, "I'm in exile because my father wanted me to have a voice - a free voice - and that's a freedom I hold very dear." »

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Brad Pitt: Cotton Candy No Match For Cigs

29 January 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hunky Brad Pitt subsituted cotton candy for cigarettes on the set of Ocean's Eleven - in a vain attempt to give up smoking. Both he and wife Jennifer Aniston are addicted to the evil weed, and have been trying to quit for some time - but Brad found swapping junk food for cigs didn't work. He says, "I was making one of my many attempts to quit smoking. I didn't want to smoke in Ocean's Eleven, so I ate instead. My first scene was at the circus and there were sticks of cotton candy. I just grabbed one and continued from there!" »

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Garcia Loved Shooting In Las Vegas

4 January 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie star Andy Garcia insist filming Ocean's Eleven was an actor's dream. The Carcia plays casino owner Terry Benedict in the remake co-starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt. Garcia says, "I'd go on the set - this is my casino. We were shooting in pit number five, which is sort of the high-end pit, and I'd look around and the place was packed not only with our extras, but beyond that, the casino was functioning so it was really, it was like an actor's dream." But Garcia says he never got a chance to gamble while he was there. "I like to play blackjack here and there, but it was odd that when I left, I said 'You know what? I never sat down at a table, '" he says. He adds, "I guess I was delusional enough to know that it was my casino - why would I sit down at my own table?" »

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