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By Anjelica Oswald
For some actors, it is a natural progression to move from using their talents in front of the camera to testing their skills behind it. Though actors have been making the transition for years, 2013 was a particular popular year for actors-turned-directors. Among some of the releases throughout the year were Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Lake Bell’s In A World…, her directorial debut. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival was the directorial launching pad of Jason Bateman’s Bad Words and Mike Myers’ Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, and the festival also screened Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon and Ralph Fiennes‘ The Invisible Woman.
- Anjelica Oswald
Craig Ferguson tells Seth Meyers: “You’re going to go f*cking crazy, Seth” Meyers admitted to his 12:30 counterpart, “I definitely don’t think I’m there yet” and Ferguson said it usually takes a few years to get the hang of hosting a daily talk show. “I think anyone who does a TV show over and over and over again, you’re going to go crazy,” Ferguson told Meyers. CBS is replacing Rihanna with an 80-person Croatian orchestra CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” will now open with an instrumental theme instead of a song by Jay-z and Rihanna after she blasted the network on Twitter. Report: Joan Rivers’ personal doctor took a selfie before performing a biopsy without her knowledge CNN is confirming a prior report that Rivers’ own doctor, and not a doctor from the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic, performed the biopsy on Rivers’ vocal cords without her consent. »
- Norman Weiss
George Clooney is to receive the Cecil B DeMille Award at the 2015 Golden Globes.
The actor and filmmaker will be presented with the honour at the Los Angeles ceremony on Sunday, January 11.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) confirmed today (September 15) that Clooney will follow in the footsteps of recent recipients Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro.
Clooney is a four-time Golden Globe winner, and has received twelve nominations in nine different categories. His most recent win came for his on-screen performance in 2011's The Descendants.
Theo Kingma, President of the HFPA, said: "The HFPA is honoured to bestow the Cecil B DeMille Award to George Clooney to celebrate his outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera."
The award is given to "talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment" and is named after the legendary director and producer. »
Clooney was nominated for his first Golden Globe in 1996 for his performance as a doctor on medical drama ER. He later won Golden Globes for his performances in 2001’s O Brother, Where Art Thou?, 2006’s Syriana (this role also won him an Oscar), and 2011’s The Descendants.
- Ariana Bacle
The three-time Golden Globe winner will be feted on January 11, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Clooney has a whopping 13 noms from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association under his belt, as well as Academy Awards for "Argo," which he produced, and his supporting turn in "Syriana." Earlier this year, he directed, starred in and produced -- via his company Smokehouse -- WWII caper "The Monuments Men" for Sony Pictures Classics. Among his upcoming roles in 2015 is the lead in the Coens' showbiz satire "Hail, Caesar!" Past recipients of the venerable Cecil B. DeMille prize include Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese. Golden Globe nominations will be announced December 11. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The actor-director-writer-producer will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s career honor during the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11. George Clooney already has four Globes to his credit — all in different categories: Best Actor in a Drama for The Descendants (2011), Best Supporting Actor for Syriana (2005) and Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical for O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000). He also won for his breakout role in ER. “The HFPA is honored to bestow the Cecil B. DeMille Award to George Clooney to celebrate his outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera,” said HFPA president Theo Kingma. Clooney most recently appeared in Gravity and The Monuments Men, the latter of which he also produced and directed. He next stars in Brad Bird’s sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland for Disney. Woody Allen received the 2014 honor. He was his typical no-show and his Annie Hall co-star Diane Keaton accepted for him. »
- The Deadline Team
George Clooney will be the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2015 Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Monday. "The HFPA is honored to bestow the Cecil B. DeMille Award to George Clooney to celebrate his outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera," said Theo Kingma, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, in a statement. Last year's recipient of the award, a lifetime achievement honor, was Woody Allen. Clooney last year was in the movie Gravity and also starred in and produced The Monuments Men. He will be
- THR Staff
George Clooney's latest film "The Monuments Men" may have turned out to be an awards season bust (I still quite liked what he tried to do with that picture), but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a place in the season. Courtesy of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, he'll need to dust off the tux and head to the Beverly Hilton for the Golden Globes in January because he's this year's recipient of the organization's Cecil B. DeMille Award. Previous recipients of the prize, awarded for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment" (but generally perceived as a lifetime achievement honor of sorts), include Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese. The first annual honoree was DeMille himself in 1952, followed by the likes of Walt Disney, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, James Stewart, John Wayne and on and on. Clooney has always been »
- Kristopher Tapley
Clooney, a four-time Golden Globe winner, has been nominated 13 times by the HFPA in his illustrious career and is also a two-time Academy Award winner, most recently as producer of the 2013 best picture winner “Argo.”
He has appeared in over 40 films and TV shows since cementing his star status with the 90s TV drama “E.R.” before moving on to pursue a career in film. To date, the Lexington, Ky.-born multi-hyphenate has directed five features, including “Good Night and Good Luck,” “The Ides of March” and “The Monuments Men.”
“I grew up in a family of storytellers,” he recently told Variety. »
- Stuart Oldham
Not only is George Clooney about to marry a Brit, he's also set to visit the ultimate British period drama - Downton Abbey. A spokesperson for ITV, which airs the show in the U.K., confirms to People that the Oscar winner has filmed his scenes and the appearance will happen "around Christmas time." Alas, his character will not be a regular on the show, whose fifth season premieres Sept. 21 in the U.K. The actor, 53, will appear in a one-off sketch in aid of the ITV charity Text Santa - an annual fundraiser which raises money for U.K. »
- Monique Jessen, @moniquejessen
Not only is George Clooney about to marry a Brit, he's also set to make a cameo in the ultimate British period drama - Downton Abbey. A spokesperson for ITV, which airs the show in the U.K., confirms to People that the Oscar winner has filmed his scenes and the appearance will happen "around Christmas time." Alas, his character will not be a regular on the show, whose fifth season premieres Sept. 21 in the U.K. The actor, 53, will appear in a one-off sketch in aid of the ITV charity Text Santa - an annual fundraiser which raises money for U. »
- Monique Jessen, @moniquejessen
Get ready, lords and ladies - George Clooney is coming to Downton Abbey. Well, sort of. Downton Abbey's UK network, ITV, has confirmed that Clooney will appear in a special charity film to air on Christmas Day. While ITV has said that the actor will not appear in the show's full Christmas episode (which is usually the last episode for American viewers), he will appear in a Downton-themed skit to air alongside the episode. Naturally, the handsome actor's appearance on ITV isn't just about hanging out with the Crawleys, as the film was created as part of the network's Text Santa campaign to raise money for British charities. Clooney is no stranger to some members of the Downton family, as he cast Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley) in his World War II film, The Monuments Men. Downton's fifth season will premiere in the Us on PBS on Jan. 4, 2015. Since the »
Directed by Yann Demange.
In the divided city of Belfast at the height of The Troubles, a rookie British soldier finds himself separated from his unit and lost in Ira-controlled territory.
British soldiers are put through a gruelling training exercise in preparation for being deployed; disappointment reigns for them when their assignment leads to Belfast rather than to Germany. Before heading off one of the recruits visits a young boy and has a playful game of soccer with him and reassuringly states that everything will be fine as he is not leaving the country.
The troops are led by a novice commander who makes the fateful decision of not using riot gear when assisting the police to arrest suspects in the Catholic district of the city. Things get quickly out »
- Trevor Hogg
Greenstein will assume the role previously held by Jeff Blake, who was forced out in late July, and oversee the day-to-day management. He will report to Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
Friday’s announcement came three days after Variety reported that Greenstein, the former Paramount Pictures chief marketing officer, was in final negotiations with Sony to succeed Blake.
Greenstein, who has been at Paramount since 2005 and previously served as co-president of marketing and executive vice president of creative advertising, had already informed his bosses at the Viacom Inc.-owned studio that he would not be renewing his contract when it expires at the end of this year.
Before joining Paramount, he served as head of marketing for Dimension Films.
“We seized the »
- Dave McNary
With the recent controversy surrounding a bunch of celebrities having their phones hacked, unleashing a wave of risqué pictures- an event that's been classily nicknamed The Fappening- people might have forgotten about a much more tumultuous phone hacking scandal. In 2011, British newspaper "News of The World" closed it's doors after 168 years of circulation. Why? Because it was discovered that the paper's owner had been part of a phone hacking/tapping campaign that shook the nation to its core. The owner in question, News Corp's Rupert Murdoch, had overseen the hacking of the confidential voicemails and e-mails of Britain's most prominent elected officials, celebrities, and citizens.
Journalist Nick Davies, who spent 6 years investigating News Corp, as well as its subsidiary News International, released a tell-all book in July titled Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How The Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch. That book, which tells a dark tale of corruption, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
George Clooney has tackled a variety of projects as a director, including the world of American politics in The Ides of March and World War II in this year’s The Monuments Men. His next movie could be the most interesting yet though as he looks set to adapt journalist Nick Davies’ book Hack Attack.
It chronicles the scandal which surrounded Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation empire in 2011 when it was revealed that the likes of the News of the World had hacked the voicemails of celebrities, politicians and families whose loved one had been killed in Iraq War or were victims of various crimes.
The movie is set to be released through Sony Pictures, and Davies’ book investigated News Corp’s actions over a period of six years, right up until the point they were exposed to the public and authorities.
“This has all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail »
- Josh Wilding
If there are two subjects George Clooney loves to make films about, they're journalism and politics. He's handled both subjects on their own respectively in Good Night, And Good Luck. and The Ides Of March, but his next project sounds like an interesting blend between both of those projects. If you take the subject matter of the first film and cross it with the thrilling/darker aspects of the second film, then you'll have what looks to be Clooney's next directorial effort, Hack Attack. Entertainment Weekly broke the story on the follow up to Clooney's tepidly received The Monuments Men. While some criticized the World War II drama as too much of a feel good throwback, Hack Attack is the complete opposite, as George Clooney is promising all of the elements you'd expect in a modern thriller in his next film, including: "...lying, corruption, blackmail . at the highest levels of »
They dished it out. The inevitable question is can they take it? It’s one that’s about to be answered as politically aware poster “boy” George Clooney prepares to wield the megaphone for Hack Attack, an adaptation of journalist Nick Davies’ book. The snappily-titled true story of the News International phone hacking scandal, this will see a warts-on-top-of-more-warts-and-all dissection of the media furore that brought down the News Of The World, as well as prosecuting former editor and spin doctor Andy Coulson. With the dust just settling on this saga of manipulation and circulation, the story has been recently covered on stage via the play Great Britain starring Billie Piper and should make electrifying viewing. Clooney, who received an apology from The Daily Mail earlier this year, is no stranger to press intrusion himself and it’ll be interesting to see which will rule between his heart and head. »
- Steve Palace
George Clooney is to make a film of the phone hacking scandal that engulfed the News Of The World newspaper...
The scandal, of journalists within Rupert Murdoch's new empire hacking the mobile phones of dozens of people, led to the eventual closure of the News Of The World newspaper of course. And its ramifications continue to be felt.
You'll probably not be surprised to hear that this will not be a 20th Century Fox film (Fox having put out Clooney's last movie). Instead, Sony is backing the project.
The film is going to adapt Nick Davies' book Hack Attack, and Clooney said that "this has all the elements - lying, corruption, blackmail - at the highest levels of government »
George Clooney has Rupert Murdoch in his sights. The "Descendants" star has signed on to helm an adaptation of "Hack Attack," a recent book by Nick Davies that dissects the British phone-hacking scandal which implicated Murdoch's News International subsidiary and led to the shuttering of long-running U.K. tabloid "News of the World," according to Deadline. Clooney will also produce the Sony project alongside his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. “This has all the elements — lying, corruption, blackmail — at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London,” said Clooney in a statement. “And the fact that it’s true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film.” Added Sony production president Michael De Luca: “As the son of a journalist, George has a sharp interest in the role journalism plays in »
- Chris Eggertsen
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