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George Clooney Contemplated Suicide Over Back Pain

11/12/2011 9:00am EST
George Clooney has revealed he contemplated suicide as he struggled to cope with the pain of a spinal injury while filming acclaimed 2005 movie Syriana.

The actor insisted on doing his own stunts for the tense spy drama, for which he gained weight and grew a beard, and one fight scene left him in crippling agony.

As he recovered in hospital after the movie wrapped he admits he thought about ending his life - because the pain was too great.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I was at a point where I thought, 'I 'can't exist like this. I can't actually live.'

"I was lying in a hospital ...

Happy 50th Birthday: George Clooney Is a True Star & Class Act At 50

5/6/2011 8:30am EDT
George Clooney
“It's not about an opening weekend,” George Clooney once mused. “It's about a career, building a set of films you're proud of. Period.” 50 years into his life, mission accomplished. ...And a whole lot more besides.

Hollywood’s often accused of being superficial, debauched, stupid. Ironically, the king of the town is none of these things. George Clooney is a welcome rarity. In so many ways he’s above Hollywood - the tabloid scandals, the Botox, the surface nothingness. For all Clooney’s partying, good looks and joking around, there’s no hiding the fact he’s a proper grown up. The man has de...

Signature Magazine Features Pregnant Amanda Peet On Spring Fashion Cover

3/23/2010 8:56pm EDT
Amanda Peet
On March 25,2010, Los Angeles based Signature Magazine will be featuring a pregnant Amanda Peet on its Spring Fashion Cover.

As the Issue's title suggests, fashion takes the center stage alongside some of L.A.'s biggest hot spots and notables and Peet reinforces that L.A. is the place for both, while reminiscing about the joys of motherhood.

She has played in such memorable film as "Something's Gotta Give" alongside Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, "Syriana" with George Clooney & Matt Damon, and "2012" with John Cusack.

This year, Peet will have two more movies on the big screen: "Gul...

Is 40 Dangerous Territory For Men In Hollywood?

10/15/2008 12:25pm EDT
George Clooney
There's a saying in Hollywood that goes, when a woman turns 40 her career is over, when a man turns 40 it's just beginning. Sex appeal seems to be the driving force in most stars careers and the perception of most men is that they get sexier with age. Thanks to plastic surgery and changing attitudes women have a fighting chance of keeping their share of the sexy spotlight. But what about the men of Hollywood?

In a not-so-popular film called "I'll Do Anything" Nick Nolte plays an out of work actor who's sleeping with a casting director and lands an audition for a show she's working on. ...

Josh Brolin, Others Arrested In Bar Brawl

7/13/2008 9:00am EDT
Josh Brolin
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Actors Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright, along with members of a crew filming an Oliver Stone movie, were arrested during a bar fight Saturday morning, police said.

Shreveport police Sgt. Willie Lewis said Brolin, Wright and five others were arrested just after 2 a.m. at a club called the Stray Cat bar.

A call to deal with a rowdy patron drew interference from other patrons, Lewis said.

The Times of Shreveport reported that Brolin was booked and posted $334 cash bond to be released. Police could not say Saturday night whether he or the others had been rel...

The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters A Through K

5/7/2008 8:30am EDT
Chris Cooper
Hey, isn’t that...? You know, that guy. The guy that always plays someone in the military. He was in, uh, Syriana, The Kingdom... Oh yeah! He was the father of the emo kid in American Beauty!

Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy."

After reading this you can impress your friends! Win the movie game (the one where you name an actor, someone names a film he or she was in, next player names another actor in that film, etc....

The Three Best & Worst Films Starring George Clooney

3/28/2008 2:00pm EDT
George Clooney in Syriana
George Clooney is a strange player in the entertainment world. While widely renowned as an A-list movie star with universal sex appeal, Clooney's film career isn't as rife with blockbuster hits as one may think.

He does have the fashionably discredited, and thusly underrated, Ocean's series, but today's Cary Grant has only two films, The Perfect Storm and Batman and Robin, that grossed over $100 million domestically. The majority of his films are what one might call prestige films - vehicles to exhibit his considerable acting and directing talent. This is possibly because his star was...

Jason Statham Stars In 'The Bank Job,' In Theaters March 7

1/27/2008 10:00am EST
The Bank Job
Inspired by the infamous 1971 robbery that took place at the Lloyds Bank in Marylebone London, Lionsgate's ® The Bank Job stars Jason Statham (Transporter, Snatch, Crank, The Italian Job) and Saffron Burrows (Klimt, Enigma). The highly-charged heist thriller tautly interweaves high-level corruption, murder and sexual scandal in 1970s England.

A car dealer with a dodgy past and new family, Terry (Statham) has always avoided major-league scams. But when Martine (Burrows), a beautiful model from his old neighborhood, offers him a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street, Ter...

From The Small Screen To The Big One: Many Stars Make The Leap

1/22/2008 2:08pm EST
Will Smith
Television actors must deal with the stigma of being TV stars instead of movie stars. However, some of our favorite movie stars started their acting careers on a TV show. So there is hope for all the celebs who have big-screen aspirations. Here is a look at some of the biggest stars in Hollywood who have made the leap from the small screen to the big screen:

Will Smith

Will Smith should be labeled "The King of the Box Office." His movies often make millions. His latest film "I Am Legend" broke all December opening records at the U.S. box office with a staggering $72.6 million openin...

Scarlett Johansson Stars 'The Nanny Diaries,' On DVD Dec. 4

11/20/2007 5:31pm EST
The Nanny Diaries
In The Nanny Diaries, Golden Globe® Scarlett Johansson (The Island, Lost In Translation) stars as Annie, a recent college grad who goes to work for an uber-wealthy family and finds herself juggling their dysfunction, a new romance and the spoiled brat in her charge.

Strolling its way onto DVD December 4, 2007 from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company, the film co-stars MTV Movie and Teen Choice Award® nominee Chris Evans (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Sunshine) as the gorgeous, sexy man who catches Annie's eye. The film also stars Academy Award® nominees Laura Linn...

The Largest Act of Treason in American History Becomes the Gripping, Tautly Woven Thriller 'Breach'

5/13/2007 8:00am EDT
An untested FBI employee attempts to trap the deadliest double agent in U.S. history in the intense thriller Breach, coming to DVD and HD DVD & DVD Combo format on June 12 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Based on a true story, Breach boasts a powerhouse performance from Oscar® winner Chris Cooper (Bourne Identity, Syriana) as Robert Hanssen, the most notorious traitor in FBI history, convicted of selling American secrets to Moscow over a 15-year period. Ryan Phillippe (Flags of Our Fathers) costars as Eric O'Neill, the ambitious young FBI operative assigned to help capture Hansse...

New Movies on DVD, June 20

6/20/2006 8:00am EDT
Eight Below
Inspired by a true story, Eight Below follows the adventures of two Antarctic explorers who leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for their lives. The dogs struggle to survive alone in the frozen wilderness for over six months. In The Hills Have Eyes, a family is attacked by people who were deformed by radiation during nuclear testing. George Clooney plays a CIA agent in Syriana.

George Clooney Criticizes Democratic Inaction

3/14/2006 10:03am EST
George Clooney
George Clooney has blasted the Democrat party for failing to voice opposition in the run up to the Iraq war. The actor and director, who has been branded unpatriotic in some quarters for

his overtly political projects Syriana and Good Night, And Good Luck, made the tirade via a posting on The Huffington Post blog site.

He singled out party leaders for being afraid to attract negative press or appear unfaithful to their country.

He writes, "The fear of (being) criticized can be paralysing. Just look at the way so many Democrats caved in the run up to the war. In 2003, a lot o...

New Movies on DVD, March 14

3/14/2006 8:00am EST
Good Night, And Good Luck
Although George Clooney didn't win an Oscar for directing Good Night, And Good Luck, (he did win supporting actor for Syriana), the movie has been well recieved by critics and moviegoers alike. The film is set in the early 1950's when the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States. Exploiting those fears was Sen. McCarthy. However, CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow and his producer Fred W. Friendly decided to take a stand and challenge McCarthy and expose him for the fear monger he was. Also on DVD this week: A History Of Violence and The Prize Winner Of Defiance, Ohio....

And The Oscar Goes To ...

3/6/2006 9:45am EST
George Clooney
Although Brokeback Mountain wound up walking away with a few Academy Awards last night, the big winner was Crash, which took home statues for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Original Screenplay and Best Achievement in Editing. Thrice-nominated George Clooney won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Syriana. Read more for a complete list of winners ...

78th Annual Academy Awards Winners:


Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

Terrence Howard - Hustle & Flow

Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain

Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line

David S...

'Brokeback' Is Hollywood Word of the Year

2/28/2006 2:26pm EST
‘Brokeback’ from multi-Oscar nominated film Brokeback Mountain was named the Top HollyWORD of the Year in The Global Language Monitor's annual survey of words from Hollywood that profoundly influenced the English Language. Closely following were ‘Brangelina’ from Mr. & Mrs. Smith, ‘ ‘Petronoia’ from Syriana, ‘Tuxedo’ from March of the Penguins, and ‘Pimping’ from Hustle & Flow.

Rounding out the Top 10 were ‘Milk Money’ from Cinderella Man, ‘Dostoevskian’ from Revenge of the Sith, ‘Tepid’ from the 2005 Movie Season, ‘the Inklings’ from The Chronicles of Narnia, and ‘Don’t Panic’ from Th...

George Clooney Has an Odd Oscar Celebration

2/10/2006 10:05am EST
George Clooney
George Clooney celebrated his Oscar nominations by getting his colon examined. The actor - who is up for three awards for movies 'Goodnight and Good Luck' and 'Syriana' - says it helps calm his nerves. He is quoted in Entertainment Weekly: "I scheduled it when I knew that the nominations were coming because I figured any news is good news after that. 'You didn't get a nomination. Well, how's the colon looking?'''

"Plus, there's a bonus. I hear they drug you up."

The 44-year-old actor-turned- filmmaker, who won a Golden Globe for 'O Brother, Where Art Thou', has never been short-li...

George Clooney can Spare a Dime

2/9/2006 10:46am EST
George Clooney
George Clooney stunned onlookers when he gave a tramp all his cash - so he could buy alcohol. The heartthrob actor had spent a night out drinking in London when he gave the vagrant what appeared to be hundreds of dollars.

When one of his bodyguards warned him the man would "spend it on drink", hunky George allegedly replied, "So what? That's what I've just done."

Last month, it was claimed the actor has been forced to reduce his alcohol intake after suffering a spinal injury a year ago (News). Clooney was hurt filming a torture scene for new movie 'Syriana' and tore his dura, th...

Complete List of 2006 Oscar Nominations

1/31/2006 10:58am EST
Best Actor nominee Heath Ledger
As expected, Brokeback Mountain is a favorite among Oscar voters, rounding up eight nominations, including those for best motion picture, director, actor, and supporting actor and actress. Crash and Good Night, And Good Luck follow with six nominations each. Walk the Line was surprisingly shut out of the best motion picture category, but the film earned five nominations, as did Capote, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Munich. Continue reading for a complete list of Oscar nominees...

78th Annual Academy Awards Nominations:


Philip Seymour Hof...

'Brokeback Mountain' Snags Top Honors at Golden Globes

1/17/2006 9:14am EST
Brokeback Mountain
Gay cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain was the big winner at last night's Golden Globe awards scooping four honors - including Best Motion Picture. The movie - which had seven nominations at the prestigious ceremony - also won Best Director for Ang Lee, Best Screenplay and Best Original Song. But lead actor Heath Ledger lost out on the Best Dramatic Actor award to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the award for his performance in Capote.

Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon were both honored for their performances in Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. The film also won the award for Best Mo...

'Brokeback Mountain' Garners Most SAG Nominations

1/5/2006 11:15am EST
Brokeback Mountain
Nominations for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2005 in five film and eight primetime television categories were just announced. Brokeback Mountain leads the pack in film with four nominations, followed by Capote and Crash (each with three nominations).

The film nominees are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Russell Crowe / CINDERELLA MAN – Jim Braddock

Philip Seymour Hoffman / CAPOTE – Truman Capote

Heath Ledger / BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – Ennis Del Mar

Joaquin Phoenix / WALK THE LINE – John R. Cash (


Screenwriters Nominate Top Films of 2005

1/4/2006 1:47pm EST
Good Night, And Good Luck
The Writers Guild of America just announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the 2005 season. Nominees for original screenplay are: Cinderella Man; Crash; The 40-Year-Old Virgin; Good Night, and Good Luck; and The Squid and the Whale.

Nominees for adapted screenplay are Brokeback Mountain, Capote, The Constant Gardener, A History of Violence, and Syriana.

Films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were produced signatory to the Writers Guild minimum basic agreement, and released in the year 2005 under the jurisdiction of Writers Guild of Amer...

311 Films Vie for Best Picture Oscar Nomination

12/29/2005 10:50am EST
Three hundred eleven feature films will compete for the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2005, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nominations for the 78th Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 31, 2006, and awards for outstanding film achievements for will be presented on March 5, 2006.

Marking a 16.5% increase from 2004, the 2005 total of eligible features marks the first time in 32 years that as many as 300 motion pictures have contended for the Best Picture award.

Academy Credits Coordinator Howard Loberfeld attributed the sharp jump partly to an in...

AFI Honors the Top 10 Movies, TV Shows in 2005

12/12/2005 2:57pm EST
The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI Awards 2005, AFI's almanac, which records the year's most outstanding achievements in film and television, as well as significant moments in the world of the moving image.

The honorees are listed below in alphabetical order:















George Clooney To Receive Freedom Award

12/1/2005 5:24pm EST
George Clooney
The Broadcasting Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced today that it will honor George Clooney by presenting him with its Freedom Award on the live telecast of 11th annual Critics' Choice Awards set to air on The WB Monday, January 9, 2006 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET) from the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The BFCA presents its Freedom Award to individuals "for illuminating our shared values of freedom, tolerance and democracy." Dennis Miller, the Emmy Award-winning comedian and social commentator will host the gala event. Last year, Tom Cruise was presented the Distinguished Career Achievemen...

George Clooney Puts On Pounds; Likes Matt Damon's Butt

11/23/2005 12:18pm EST
George Clooney
George Clooney pinched Matt Damon's butt before saying how nice it was. The Hollywood heartthrob felt up his co-star at a press conference for the pair's new movie "Syriana". Clooney told reporters, while giving Damon's behind a squeeze: "By the way, Matt Damon has a very nice ass." It was also revealed Clooney was depressed while making the movie - after piling on a staggering forty pounds for the role.

Damon told the handsome star: "You were a different person, you were constantly depressed." But Clooney quipped back: "Well Matt was lonely. He needed someone to cuddle in Dubai, wher...

New Films Hit the Big Screen, Nov. 23

11/23/2005 7:00am EST
Just Friends
Just Friends tells the tale of a likeable guy (Ryan Reynolds) who is rejected by his first true love (Amy Smart), who says she'd rather be "just friends." He winds up moving across the country and transforms into a selfish womanizer. However, he unexpectedly returns to his past persona when he reconnects with the girl who broke his heart. Anna Faris and Chris Klein also star.

Other releases this week:

In The Ice Harvest, Charlie (John Cusack), an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate Vic Cavanaugh (Billy Bob Thornton) have just successfully embe...

Gaining Weight for 'Syriana' Wasn't Too Bad for George Clooney

11/8/2005 9:44am EST
George Clooney
George Clooney enjoyed putting on weight for his new movie Syriana - because fans didn't recognize him in the street. But the handsome actor, who plays an overweight CIA agent in the film, said he couldn't bear looking at his new curves in the mirror. The 44-year-old said: "It was frightening. It actually scared me to think how awful I would look if I start putting on weight as I get older. So now I know that if I want to have a job as an actor, I'd better stay in shape. The only positive thing about gaining so much weight is that you start to become a lot less reconizable in the street."


George Clooney Says He Never Contemplated Suicide

10/26/2005 8:49am EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney has denied reports that he once considered committing suicide - insisting his comments have been taken "out of context". Earlier this week, the Hollywood actor was reported as saying he'd contemplated ending his live after 12 months of personal tragedy and turmoil.

In the past year, Clooney suffered an excruciating brain injury on the set of his new thriller, Syriana, and was also left reeling after his grandmother, brother-in-law and dog all died within months of each other. The handsome actor told National Public Radio in Los Angeles: "Before the surgery it was the mo...

Brain Injury, Family Deaths Depress George Clooney

10/24/2005 9:01am EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney considered committing suicide after "the worst year" of his life. The Oceans 12 actor admitted the past 12 months have been difficult to cope with after suffering an excruciating brain injury on the set of his new thriller Syriana. He was also left reeling after his grandmother, brother-in-law and dog all died within months of each other.

He told America's National Public Radio in Los Angeles: "There was this scene where I was taped to a chair and getting beaten up and we did quite a few takes. The chair was kicked over and I hit my head. I tore my dura, which is the wra...