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09/23 Tim McGraw Says Wife Faith Hill and Daughters are Interested in Co-Star, ‘Ugly Guy’ George Clooney
Tim McGraw recently acted in his ninth movie. Pretty impressive film creds for the country superstar. But McGraw confesses that around his house his role in the science fiction blockbuster isn’t the main topic of conversation for his country star wife Faith and his three teenage daughters – it’s his co-star in the film.
“That ugly guy, George Clooney, that’s who everybody at my house wants to talk about!” he good-naturedly said to Rolling Stone Country.
McGraw discussed his role in the science-fiction adventure film “Tomorrowland,” which stars Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Judy Greer and Kathryn Hahn and is due to hit theaters in 2015.
“There’s not much I can say about it because I read the script, I acted in the movie and I still don’t understand it,” McGraw told Rolling Stone Country. “It’s a huge production; there’s a lot going on. All the stuff I hear back, it’s going to be spectacular.”
In describing his “Tomorrowland” role, McGraw told Billboard magazine, “I play a dad who’s a rocket scientist – [one of those is] a stretch. (Laughs.)”
They’ve chosen their locale and coordinated the planning with their parents, and now, George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin have settled on an officiant for their upcoming wedding.
Walter Veltroni, an Italian writer, journalist and politician who served as mayor of Rome from 2001 to 2008, will conduct the ceremony, a representative for the Venice Municipality confirms to PEOPLE.
Veltroni is a close friend of Clooney’s, and the Oscar winner has likened him in the past to President Barack Obama, saying that the former mayor appealed “to the young, he speaks of hope and a clean environment, [which is] rare in Italian politics.”
Veltroni, 59, also wrote the preface to the Italian edition of then-Senator Obama’s 2006 book, The Audacity of Hope.
Clooney and Veltroni previously shared the spotlight when the actor, 53, was honored in Rome in 2007 with a human rights award for his activism on behalf of refugees in Darfur.
This won’t be his first celebrity wedding: He was also one few Italians invited toTom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s 2006 nuptials at the Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano.
Surely Veltroni has officiated plenty of weddings in the past, but should he need any last-minute pointers, he can always ask the bride!
Last week we learned that George Clooney had secretly visited Highclere Castle to tape a special Downton Abbey–themed skit. At the time, we knew little about the sketch, other than that it would air overseas during a holiday charity telethon called Text Santa. And sadly, the actor would not appear on the actual series as a recurring character named Lord Clooningham. But now, a week later, we learn several delightful details about this top-secret project.
The intel comes from Downtonactor Tom Cullen, who plays Lady Mary’s love interest, Lord Anthony Gillingham, on the series. While appearing on the British talk show Lorraine last week, Cullen was pressed for details about the anticipated Clooney cameo. And instead of staying mum or cheekily diverting the conversation—the usual strategy of Downton Abbeysecret-keepers—the actor divulged several behind-the-scenes bits. Among them:
Additionally, The Guardian now reports that Clooney will share screen time with Hugh Bonneville’s Lord Crawley and Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary. The same outlet alleges that Clooney will play “an American character who is a guest at a wedding in the country estate.” The scene is said to have been filmed four months ago and, according to The Sun, the cameo was facilitated by Bonneville, whom Clooney directed in The Monuments Men.
Per the paper:
There is a chance that the holiday special will make its way to U.S. screens before the fifth season premieres stateside, on January 4
George Clooney left the Downton Abbey cast starstruck when he appeared to film secret scenes.
The Hollywood actor is set to appear in the period drama’s Christmas special in December, and his arrival on the set left the show’s stars “falling about themselves with excitement”. An insider told The Sun newspaper: “The cast were falling about themselves with excitement and lining up to have their photos taken with George.
“The girls were mad keen to speak to him. He was full of jokes and had them all in stitches.
“Downton is now a global phenomenon and they are used to red carpet events with Hollywood A-listers. But this was George acting alongside them.”
Laura Carmichael – who plays Lady Edith Crawley on the hugely popular ITV show – admitted George’s appearance on the show was such a secret that the cast “didn’t know if it would actually happen” until he arrived on set. She said: “It was amazing. We didn’t know if it would actually happen until he turned up. “We were filming and then heard, ‘He’s here! He’s here! He’s arrived!'”
There’s no doubt George Clooney will be the epitome of handsome on his big wedding day. It’s been revealed — by the designer himself — that Clooney will be wearing a custom Giorgio Armani suit as he exchanges vows with fiancee Amal Alamuddin in Venice, Italy.
Armani revealed the news to reporters following his show at Milan Fashion Week on Thursday, Sept. 18. “George has chosen and been fitted for an Armani suit for his wedding,” he told the crowd.
The famed Italian designer has been Clooney’s go-to choice for many red carpets throughout the years. Back in November 2011, the silver fox joked about his grooming and style habits before attending such events.
“I’m the least metrosexual cat you’ve ever met. I’ve never had my fingernails or toenails done, and I’ve cut my own hair longer than other people have cut my hair,” Clooney told Rolling Stone. “On an awards-show day, I can play basketball, go in, take a shower and put on a tux — it takes me three minutes to put on a tux — and be out the door in 15 minutes.”
The two-time Oscar winner is set to wed in a classy black-tie affair on Sept. 27. As previously reported, it’s the bride-to-be’s parents who will be footing the bill. “Crazy enough,” a source told Us, “her family is paying for most of it!”
We may now live in an era when the television news media seems fraught with credibility issues, but George Clooney’s latest directorial effort, Good Night, and Good Luck, captures a moment in the early days of broadcast journalism when its true power was just starting to be realized. The film, which hits theaters this month, tracks the exploits of famed CBS newsman and See I Now host Edward R. Murrow (played in the film by David Stratharn), who, along with his producers Fred Friendly and Joe Wershba, fought through the political pressures, corporate concerns, and atmosphere of fear that predominated over early ‘50s America to take on Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose civil liberties-trampling campaign to root out Communist sympathizers in America Murrow—and, as it turned out, most of America—would come to view as little more than a witch hunt. For Clooney, the film is a personal one, having grown up around newsrooms with his father, Nick Clooney, who was himself a television newsman. Here, the actor and director, who also appears next moth in the CIA thriller Syriana, talks to pioneering producer Norman Lear, the man who gave him his first break in television more than two decades ago on a short-lived sitcom ironically titled E/R.
Gallery Link: Interview | October 2005
NORMAL LEAR: Hey, George
GEORGE CLOONEY: Hello, Norman. How are you, my friend?
LEAR: If I have a complaint I’d be an ingrate
CLOONEY: [laughs] I enjoy complaining though. Hey, how about Peter Jennings today?
LEAR: Yeah that was sad. Terribly sad.
CLOONEY: I really admired him. He was the last of the guys to really ask tough questions at the tough times.
George Clooney’s life and career has always been defined by extreme contrasts. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, his first job was cutting tobacco.
But from the age of five he accompanied and watched his father Nick, a news anchor in the vein of Walter Cronkite, who moved the family back and forth between Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio, where he had his show. Nick Clooney later inspired his son to write and direct Good Night, And Good Luck about Edward R. Murrow, another newsman who tried to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.
George was very active in baseball and basketball and tried out for the Cincinnati Reds but did not get a contract. Showbusiness was not first and foremost on his mind, if anything he saw himself following in his father’s footsteps. But there was the famous aunt, Rosemary, and her husband Jose Ferrer. Young George was an assistant on one of her tours. He also sold women’s shoes and developed a talent for drawing and caricatures. After his cousin Miguel got a small part in a feature film, he, too, pursued acting.
The first break in a major role came in 1984 with a sitcom called – funny enough – E/R. But it took ten years and a lot of cancelled TV-series and supporting parts such as his role as Booker on Roseanne until is big breakthrough in the drama series ER.
He likes to joke about his first feature film Return of the Killer Tomatoes! and while on ER he made Robert Rodriguez’ cult classic From Dusk Til Dawn, the romantic comedy One Fine Day and Batman & Robin.
„See that poster above my desk?“ he once asked during an interview in his production office while pointing at it: „That is there in case I ever get too big for my britches, to remind me how I ruined that franchise!“ he jokes.
It was the trifecta of Steven Soderbergh’s Out Of Sight, Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line and David O.Russell’s Three Kings that cemented his reputation as feature film actor. He won his first Golden Globe for the Coen Bros.’ O Brother, Where Art Though? and proved that he could sell blockbusters with The Perfect Storm and the Ocean’s trilogy.With his directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind he caught the directing/roducing bug and formed his own company with – at first – Soderbergh and then longtime friend Grant Heslov, whom he met in acting class. With, among others, Syriana, Good Night, And Good Luck, Michael Clayton,Burn After Reading, Up in the Air, The Descendants, The Ides of March and Argo he established himself as film industry powerhouse.
Many in the industry call him „the smartest man in Hollywood“. Unbegrudgingly so. When it comes to his Golden Globe nominations he sets a record that is unprecedented in the history of our awards: so far he has been nominated in nine (!) different categories, including producer, writer, director and every male actor category. At this point he could only top this if he were to write a song or have a sex change.
Along the way he also became famous. He is, in fact, the most famous star of his generation. Or any generation. His level of fame is such that if he never did another film again, he would not become less known. He is famous the world over. With one exception: „When I went to Darfur and at the border to Chad we were held up at gunpoint, no one recognized me. That was the only time where I wouldn’t have minded a little fame! “ he laughs. That was on his first trip to Africa with his father in April of 2006. He is now known for his admirable fight for human rights in Darfur and South Sudan. His Satellite Sentinel Project uses satellite imagery to document Omar al-Bashir’s and Ahmad Harun’s atrocities. He visits The region regularly and lobbies Western governments to provide aid. I remember once visiting him on a film set when he was in his trailer, late for our interview which is very unusual for him. His very good reason? He was on the phone with the French foreign minister, discussing sanctions against the Sudan.
He lobbied Congress and has the ear of President Obama. And when that is not enough, he goes further. In March of 2012 he got himself purposely arrested for civil disobedience while protesting outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington D.C. The idea for the satellite came to him while watching paparazzi watch him at his villa on Lake Como: „I thought, why not turn this around? Why not turn the cameras on warlords and murderers and beam the footage to news organisations around the world?“
The International Criminal Court in The Hague has being using this imagery to collect evidence for trials. „Our main objective was to keep the attacks from happening in secret.“ Clooney says. „Now we’ve hired a team of forensic accountants to go after the banks that launder their money that helps them buy weapons.“
Besides the Satellite Sentinel Project Clooney also founded Not On Our Watch with colleagues Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Jerry Weintraub and is involved with the Enough Project and various other charities. He organised A Tribute To Heroes to raise money for the families of the victims of 9/11 and another telethon, Hope for Haiti, after the earthquake.
He credits his parents and the era of his youth for his political and humanitarian involvement: „My mother was the mayor, my father ran for Congress. My parents were involved with the news and I think the news is very intricately tied to politics. There was a guy running for governor of Kentucky and I worked on his campaign when I was 13 or 14 years old. I grew up in an era where you had to be involved. There was the civil rights movement, the Vietnam war, the women’s rights movement. As a young person you had to be involved, there was no other option.“
His political interests inspire his work. Many of his film- and TV-endeavors have been fueled by that passion, from his live-TV-event Fail Safe that he spent a full year preparing, to The Ides Of March. As a writer he is particularly interested in subjects that deal with politics and the media.
And as a Hollywood star he has a better understanding of journalism than most. The HFPA has enjoyed a great relationship with him since we first interviewed him on the set of ER. Many other interviews followed. We have visited him in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on a boat braving The Perfect Storm and flew to the darkest forrests of Germany to see him direct The Monuments Men.
And since the Cecil B.DeMille is a lifetime achievement award not a retirement award, we are looking forward to many more. He certainly has no plans of slowing down: Tomorrowland, Hail Caesar! and Money Monster are coming out in 2015 and there are more than ten projects in development including Hack Attack, an adaptation of Nick Davies’ book on the UK hacking scandal. Somewhere not so in between he will continue his humanitarian work that will include his new wife Amal Alamuddin, a human rights lawyer.
In short: George Clooney goes effortlessly from the red carpet to war-torn Africa. He does not scare easily. He is one of the genuinely nicest people you will ever meet, famous or not. He is also one of the smartest, well educated and has by far the best sense of humor in Hollywood. He is a great host and a loyal friend.
And he knows how to enjoy the crazy ride that took him from the Kentucky tobacco fields to the Hollywood Hills and the shores of a lake in Italy: „If you get to the position I’m in in life, you’ve really got the brass ring. You got lucky. And I think people who aren’t quite as lucky as me would be very angry if they didn’t think I was enjoying it.“
He has won four Golden Globes during his career and now George Clooney will be honored with the 2015 Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Clooney, an actor, writer, director and producer, who is also known for his humanitarian deeds, will receive the award at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11.
“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.
The Cecil B. DeMille Award is given annually to those who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment. Recent recipients include Woody Allen (2014), Jodie Foster (2013), Morgan Freeman, (2012), Robert De Niro (2011), Martin Scorsese (2010), Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005), Michael Douglas (2004), Gene Hackman (2003), Harrison Ford (2002), Al Pacino (2001), and Barbra Streisand (2000).
Clooney last year appeared in Gravity and through his Smokehouse production company he most recently produced, directed and starred in The Monuments Men . He will soon be seen starring in the upcoming sci-fi film Tomorrowland for Disney.
Clooney’s achievements as a performer and a filmmaker have earned him four Golden Globes, two Academy Awards, four SAG Awards, one BAFTA award, two Critics’ Choice Awards, an Emmy and four National Board of Review Awards.
He is recognized as much for his global humanitarian efforts as he is for his accomplishments in the entertainment industry. In 2006, Clooney and his father, Nick, went to drought-stricken Darfur, Africa, to George Clooney press conference for “The Ides of March”. The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, Mexico. July 12, 2011.film the documentary Journey to Darfur and the following year Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Jerry Weintraub founded Not On Our Watch, an organization whose mission is to focus global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities in Darfur. Among the many honors received as a result of his humanitarian efforts in Darfur, was the 2007 Peace Summit Award, given at the eighth World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.
In 2008, Clooney was designated a U.N. Messenger of Peace, one of eight individuals chosen to advocate on behalf of the U.N. and its peacekeeping efforts. Two years later, Clooney, along with Joel Gallen and Tenth Planet Productions, produced the Hope for Haiti Now! telethon, raising more than $66 million. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Clooney with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award and later that year, Clooney received the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award for his dedication to humanitarian efforts in Sudan and Haiti.
George Clooney is coming to “Downton Abbey” for a special charity film this Christmas. A spokesperson for “Downton Abbey” confirmed the news to HuffPost Entertainment:
Clooney has reportedly already shot his scenes and will play an American attending a wedding at a country estate. Though details are being kept under wraps, multiple sources report Clooney may appear alongside “Downton” star, and his “Monuments Men” co-star, Hugh Bonneville.
According to The Sun, an insider source said, “This is the biggest moment in ‘Downton’ history and shows it’s now the biggest drama in the world.”
Though it is set to be a one-off sketch and Clooney will not appear in Season 5 of “Downton Abbey,” the news is still enough to make even the Dowager Countess as giddy as a turn-of-the-century school girl.
After George Clooney confirmed this past week that he’ll marry Amal Alamuddin in Venice, rumors are swirling that they’ll exchange their vows at the romantic Belmond Hotel Cipriani.
Amid speculation about the secret location of the much-anticipated wedding, sources tell Page Six that the Hollywood star and his eminent human-rights lawyer bride will exchange their vows on Sept. 27 at the elegant hotel, set on Giudecca Island.
The famously expensive property — launched by Giuseppe Cipriani in 1958, although his family no longer owns it — has a long tradition as a favorite haunt for Hollywood royalty. Al Pacino recently stayed there during the Venice Film Festival.
The complex includes two 15th century palaces, the Palazzo Vendramin and Palazzetto Nani Barbaro, the lavish Casanova garden, plus views overlooking the Venetian Lagoon, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square.
Page Six exclusively reported in June that Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, were looking at Venice as a wedding location despite reports it would be at his Lake Como estate.
We’re told the star’s team is amused by the wild rumor mill, which also buzzed about a London wedding. Clooney’s spokesman declined to comment on the couple’s plans.
But recently, Clooney let some details slip at a charity event with Alamuddin, where he received a humanitarian award.
He said during his acceptance speech at the Celebrity Fight Night in Tuscany, “I met my lovely bride-to-be here in Italy, whom I will be marrying, in a couple of weeks, in Venice, of all places.”
The couple were at the black-tie gala in support of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence
When he took to the stage, Clooney turned to his fiancée and said, “I would just like to say to my bride-to-be, Amal, that I love you very much, and I can’t wait to be your husband.”
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