Posts Tagged ‘George Clooney’

And the Spielberg Goes to…

October 1, 2013

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

George Clooney in South Sudan (photo credit: Tim Freccia/Not On Our Watch)

George Clooney in South Sudan (photo credit: Tim Freccia/Not On Our Watch)

Director Steven Spielberg, founder of the USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education, will present actor George Clooney with the Institute’s highest honor, the Ambassador for Humanity Award. The honor will be presented in New York on October 3 at the institute’s annual Ambassadors for Humanity gala.

The Turner Network Television-sponsored event will be a star-studded affair hosted by Jon Stewart. Norah Jones will give a musical performance and Sandra Bullock will make a special appearance in front of an audience of many of Clooney’s friends from the worlds of entertainment, politics and humanitarian activism.

Clooney, 52, is being recognized for his longstanding human rights work. The leading Hollywood actor is best known for his efforts to stop genocide in Sudan and to combat global poverty. He supports may other causes, including disaster relief, the environment, campaigns against slavery and human trafficking, and LGBT rights.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Katzenberg Asks, Clooney Hosts

May 10, 2012

This post first appeared as “Clooney Hosts Big-Time Obama Fundraising Party” on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

In case you hadn’t heard, there is going to be a big fundraising bash for President Obama’s reelection campaign tonight over at George Clooney’s place.

No one — well, at least no Democrat — would want to miss that, right? But before you run to put on your party dress, you might want to know what it’s going to cost you to get through Clooney’s front door.

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

“The Dictator” Meant Those Ashes For George Clooney

May 8, 2012

This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

Whoops! You know those Kim Jong-il “ashes” that Sacha Baron Cohen — in character as the Supreme Leader of Wadiya — spilled all over Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet at the Oscars? Well, it turns out that they were originally meant for George Clooney…and that the provocateur is contrite over the incident.

Last weekend, Baron Cohen made a surprise cameo on Saturday Night Live and used the opportunity to apologize to Seacrest, who was also on the set. “I didn’t realize that ‘The Dictator’ was doing a walk on cameo [on SNL]!” Seacrest said, according to Perez Hilton. “He comes off stage and comes over to me. He breaks character and says, ‘Sorry about the Oscars. It wasn’t personal.’”

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


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