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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 29 Aug 2017, 07:16

New interview with George on film, life politics....

dying iPad while away..sorry...

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Post by annemarie on Tue 29 Aug 2017, 12:46

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-4831976/Fall-Preview-Clooney-Suburbicon-fatherhood-Trump.html

[size=34]Fall Preview: Clooney on 'Suburbicon,' fatherhood and Trump[/size]
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 01:07 EDT, 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 01:07 EDT, 29 August 2017

    


NEW YORK (AP) - Most things have changed in George Clooney's life since he and wife Amal welcomed twins in July. But as he prepares to unveil his latest directorial effort, "Suburbicon," some rituals remain eerily familiar.
"I just have to clean the barf off of my tux," says Clooney. "It used to be my barf but now it's the twins' barf. So it all works out."
It's a new chapter for Clooney, but one with some old moves. "Suburbicon," which Paramount Pictures will release Oct. 27, marries two twin passions of his: farce ("Burn After Reading," ''O Brother Where Art Thou") and socially conscious filmmaking ("Good Night and Good Luck," ''Ides of March").


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FILE - In this April 26, 2017 file photo, actor-director George Clooney arrives at the 60th anniversary of the Omega Speedster watch in London. Clooney directs the upcoming film, "Suburbicon," written by starring Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac and Julianne Moore. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP, File)
But despite the comic trailers, it leans a little more to the latter. Clooney believes the film, which peers into the dark racial tensions of 1950s suburbia, is deeply relevant to Donald Trump's America. It bristles, he hopes, with the spirit of Howard Beale, the truth-telling "Network" newsman who yelled, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."
"I last week screened it for my good friend Norman Lear. When it was over, he looked over and said, 'This is the angriest film I've ever seen,'" said Clooney in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "It's a pretty angry film. There's a lot of anger out there. I think that's reflected in the film.
"The main idea of the film was to pick some fights and I always like picking fights."
That makes "Suburbicon" potentially one of the more combustible films of the fall movie season. It boasts a starry cast (Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac) and comes from an unproduced, decades-old script by Joel and Ethan Coen about rampant suburban paranoia and fear-mongering after a home invasion.
For Clooney and his writing-producing partner Grant Heslov, the Coens' characters were perfect for plans of their own to dramatize 1950s Levittown, Pennsylvania, and specifically the enclave's response in 1957 to a black family moving in. It's a tale, they believe, that mirrors today's political landscape.
"I found it interesting to talk about building walls and scapegoating minorities," said Clooney. "I think that's always an interesting topic but particularly when I was hearing these conversations on the campaign trail. I thought: It's always good to look back and remember that nothing really is new and every time we're shocked, we forget that we've had this behavior time and time and time again."
Clooney and Amal last week announced a $1 million grant, through their Clooney Foundation, to the Southern Poverty Law Center to combat hate groups. The donation was a reaction to Charlottesville. Clooney, a longtime liberal activist, doesn't mince his words when it comes to President Donald Trump.
"It becomes increasingly clear how in over his head and incapable this man is of being president of the United States," said Clooney. "The good news is that our other institutions - meaning press, finally, and judges and senators - have proven that the country works. There is a check and balance."
But if Clooney sounds unusually pugnacious for a newfound father, he grants his life has changed drastically in the last two months. "Suddenly, you're responsible for other people, which is terrifying," he chuckled before heaping credit on his wife. "She's like an Olympic athlete," he says. "She's doing so beautifully."
"Right now my job is changing diapers and walking them around a little bit," said Clooney, speaking from his home in Lake Como, Italy. "I really didn't think at 56 that I would be the parent of twins. Don't make plans. You always have to just enjoy the ride."
"Suburbicon" is Clooney's sixth film as director and first since 2014's "The Monuments Men." Filmmaking remains his focus, at least professionally speaking.
"I'm in an interesting place in my life. I'm acting almost never - for a lot of reasons, mostly because I don't have any great interest in it and haven't read anything (good enough)," he says. "If somebody showed up with 'The Verdict,' I'd jump but it's not all that often you get 'Michael Clayton' kind of scripts. And if you're not going to get those, there's no real point at this point in my career."
"They still let me do what I want to do," Clooney adds. "As long as that's the case, then I'm going to keep doing it. For me, you've got to keep pushing the envelope until they take everything away - which they eventually do with everybody."
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Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP


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This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Julianne Moore, left, and Matt Damon in a scene from "Suburbicon." (Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/Paramount Pictures via AP)


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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016 file photo, Amal Clooney, left, and George Clooney arrive at the world premiere of "Hail, Caesar!" in Los Angeles. Clooney directs the upcoming film, "Suburbicon," written by starring Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac and Julianne Moore. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)


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This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Matt Damon, left, and Noah Jupe in a scene from "Suburbicon." ( Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/Paramount Pictures via AP)


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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2017 file photo, actor George Clooney, left, and Amal Clooney arrive at the 42nd Cesar Film Awards ceremony at Salle Pleyel in Paris. Clooney directs the upcoming film, "Suburbicon," written by starring Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac and Julianne Moore. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

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Re: Interview with George on Suburbicon Mailonline

Post by LizzyNY on Tue 29 Aug 2017, 13:37

Well, there you have it folks. Confirmation that acting is off the table unless something spectacular comes along - which he doesn't expect to happen. Maybe he'll do some voice overs in kids films for the twins sake (Like :Fantastic Mr. Fox").

"Suburbicon" is beginning to sound like a bloodbath - more Tarantino than Coen brothers. I really hope the message is subtle and it doesn't end up being as predictable as IOM turned out to be.
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Re: Interview with George on Suburbicon Mailonline

Post by Donnamarie on Tue 29 Aug 2017, 15:01

That was a pretty profound comment by Norman Lear.   It's hard to say if a vast audience will be interested in 
seeing a film that is reflecting the mood of the country right now.  I know that I will.  But many people like escapism when they go to the theater.  I love movies that delve into the human condition.   I always enjoy George tackling more serious issues. I think that's where his talent lies.  And he's right.  There aren't many films out there like 'Michael Clayton' and 'The Verdict' which were great character studies.  Few and far between.  So I think George is smart to wait it out for something special to come along that suits him.  

'Suburbicon' does look violent.  I'm hoping that's not what the audience takes away from this film.  With the driving theme of the last election being 'make America great again' it will be interesting to see how George portrays this time period of the 50s ...  which is still seen by many as the era of the American Dream.
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Re: Interview with George on Suburbicon Mailonline

Post by Sevens on Tue 29 Aug 2017, 17:11

LizzyNY wrote:Well, there you have it folks. Confirmation that acting is off the table unless something spectacular comes along - which he doesn't expect to happen. Maybe he'll do some voice overs in kids films for the twins sake (Like :Fantastic Mr. Fox").

"Suburbicon" is beginning to sound like a bloodbath - more Tarantino than Coen brothers. I really hope the message is subtle and it doesn't end up being as predictable as IOM turned out to be.
What did you predict Lizzy?Nobody could really predict a Coens script.

Suburbicon is not a bloodbath. It's rated for R but not for extreme or disturbing violence like the Tarantino ones. Expect to see less than 8 or 10 deaths during the whole film.
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Re: Interview with George on Suburbicon Mailonline

Post by Sevens on Tue 29 Aug 2017, 20:45

One of the highlights this year is Clooney's return to Venice with "Suburbicon", a dark comedy starring Damon and Julianne Moore. Clooney, who tied the knot in a huge celebrity wedding in Venice in 2014, has since made Italy his second home.

"Venice loves Clooney, Clooney loves Venice ... Jennifer Lawrence is obviously a huge fashion icon, she makes a presence wherever she goes, but I don’t think anybody commands a room like Clooney does in Venice," Anderson said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-filmfestival-venice-preview-idUSKCN1B92DM
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Re: Interview with George on Suburbicon Mailonline

Post by it's me on Tue 29 Aug 2017, 23:58

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Re: Interview with George on Suburbicon Mailonline

Post by Sevens on Wed 30 Aug 2017, 03:46


Whether all of these films will resonate any differently in 2017 than they might have another year remains to be seen. George Clooney's "Suburbicon" (Oct. 27), which he directed from a script by Joel and Ethan Coen, is about a bucolic 1950s suburb with a violent and racist underbelly. Clooney, who recently announced a grant of $1 million with his wife Amal to combat hate groups in the wake of Charlottesville, says the film is about out-of-control white-male paranoia.

"Trump got elected while we were shooting it," said Clooney. "A bunch of crew members came up to me and said, 'It's too bad it's not coming out today.' And I said, 'Unfortunately these issues never get old.' So, yes, it's timely, but unfortunately it's always timely."
http://abcnews.go.com/amp/Entertainment/wireStory/fall-movie-preview-hollywood-confronts-trump-era-49462179
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Re: Interview with George on Suburbicon Mailonline

Post by party animal - not! on Wed 30 Aug 2017, 14:18

Celebitchy on this interview from the Mail but actually AP's for everywhere......

http://www.celebitchy.com/547929/george_clooney_donald_trump_is_clearly_in_over_his_head_and_incapable/


......as the title of the column implies...........

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