March 16th, 2010
10:09 AM ET
George Clooney's girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis will lend some "exotic mystery" to the third season of the TNT drama "Leverage," according to a press release for the show.
Canalis is already a star in Italy from her movie roles and job as a television presenter, and was tapped by "Leverage" executive producer Dean Devlin to play the part of "The Italian."
She'll appear in five episodes of the Robin Hood-esque series, which follows a group of con artists as they get revenge on people who use their power and wealth to victimize people. The new season is set to air this summer on TNT, which is owned by the parent company of CNN.
February 15th, 2010
05:36 PM ET
Stars are dining on Oscar's tab today, at the annual Luncheon for Academy Award nominees in Beverly Hills.
Sandra Bullock's here, looking lovely as can be. Also lunching are Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Woody Harrelson, Vera Farmiga, Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron, among many others.
One of the most controversial people here isn't a nominee, but a guest. Daniel Ellsberg, the subject of the Best Documentary nominee "The Most Dangerous Man in America", joined the Oscar-nominated co-directors of the film, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. If you're old enough, you'll remember he's the man who famously leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, making him possibly the most important whistleblower in American history. FULL POST
January 25th, 2010
03:39 PM ET
One of the commenters today on our Haiti telethon blog post made an interesting request: "I would like to see a list of all the Hollywood types who have contributed to this telethon and how much they contributed. Actions speak louder than words (or performances)."
Of course, as other posters noted, those performances were aimed at increasing donations, by getting more people to tune in to the telethon. In addition, many celebrities are donating their time to raising funds and awareness for the cause, such as Ben Stiller's fundraising through Save The Children for a school in Haiti. And, as unlikely as it may seem, some celebs may have contributed without putting out press releases.
Nevertheless, this sounded like a "Find The Good" challenge, so here's what I've been able to dig up. This list is by no means complete, or in any kind of order, but it should provide an idea of who's giving what.
December 15th, 2009
07:26 PM ET
Jeff Bridges is earning rave reviews for playing a singer/songwriter on a downward spiral in "Crazy Heart," and this morning the role brought him his fourth career Golden Globe nomination. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, and Colin Farrell co-star in the drama, and he thanked them all in his reaction to being nominated... but see whether another name he mentions seems familiar:
"The Hollywood Foreign Press has been mighty fine to me over the past 30 years, and this year is especially sweet. I'm happy to share this nom with my buddies T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham for our 'Crazy Heart' theme song, and with our writer-director Scott Cooper and co-stars Maggie, Bob and Colin who who helped make Bad Blake such a genuine character. I would like to dedicate this recognition to the memory of the late, great Stephen Bruton who brought his musical touch to every part of the picture."
Yes, T Bone Burnett is a music legend, but did you catch his collaborator's name? Ryan Bingham is an Americana singer-songwriter who's gained some notice of late. Coincidentally, "Ryan Bingham" is also the name of George Clooney's character in "Up In The Air" – and, as it happens, Clooney is nominated opposite Bridges for lead actor in a drama, along with Colin Firth for "A Single Man," Morgan Freeman for "Invictus," and Tobey Maguire for "Brothers." (If you spot any more Ryan Binghams floating around this awards season, please let us know.)
October 7th, 2009
08:43 AM ET
The state of Kentucky is proud of its hometown star George Clooney and told him as much at the 2009 Kentucky Governor's Award in the Arts. He received top honors. Also, Motown is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Jackson Five's first single. Find out more here:
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