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Out and About with George Clooney

by Leonard Maltin
December 14, 2009 7:05 AM
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George Clooney, most observers agree, is the closest thing we have to an old-fashioned Movie Star. He’s got the looks, the talent, the smarts, and the attitude. At Monday night’s premiere of Up in the Air he forsook waiting photographers and TV crews in Westwood to cross the street and spend time with his fans—a great deal of time. He normally “works” the press line, as well, but he breezed right through on Monday; fortunately he came over to say hello to me and lingered long enough for me to get in some quick questions and answers for Entertainment Tonight. And here are the results:
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It was a pleasure to talk to his colleagues and costars, as well, including newcomer Anna Kendrick (who’s also in a little vampire movie right now called New Moon) and the talented Vera Farmiga, whose stock (like Kendrick’s) is surely going to soar because of...

her sensational performance in Up in the Air. Four years ago, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association voted her our Best Actress honor for her chilling performance as a drug-addicted suburban mother in Down to the Bone. Since then she’s done fine work in such little-seen films as Breaking and Entering and Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. But playing opposite Clooney—and matching him step for step—is going to expand her audience, I’m sure. This also marks Jason Reitman’s third bull’s-eye in a row, following Thank You For Smoking and Juno. I’ll have a full review when the movie opens on Friday.

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1 Comment

  • Agostino Vitiello | December 9, 2010 8:48 AMReply

    Dear Mr. Maltin:
    Many years ago (in the 60’s) I saw a British black and white movie. It was a murder mystery about a man who stabs someone and afterwards washes the blood off his hands in a small puddle straddled by a wooden fence. A young girl happens to be on the other side of the fence at the moment and sees the hands being washed and notices a distinctive ring on one of the fingers. Later on, she sees a man with the same ring on his finger and realizes he was the killer. It is very similar to the incident in “Summer Storm” with George Sanders and Linda Darnell. The distinctive thing about this movie was the theme music. It was a British nursery rhyme; “Oranges and Lemons” say the bells of St. Clement’s, “You owe me five fartings” say the bells of St. Martin’s, “When will you pay me?” Say the bells of Old Bailey…..
    I would be much obliged if you could tell me the name of this movie.

    Yours truly,

    Agostino Vitiello

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