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How Donald Trump and CNN’s Jeff Zucker Made Their Business America’s Political Problem

For the most powerful members of the American media and political classes to get any closer, they’d have to sit on each others’ laps. So what does that mean for the rest of the country?

Posted on May 10, 2016 READ MORE


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Armenians Demand Recognition of Genocide at Los Angeles Protest

President Obama has never made good on his promise to officially recognize the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians for what it was.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders’ Camp Complains to DNC Over Hillary Clinton’s Fundraising

The Bernie 2016 campaign believes Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee may have violated campaign fundraising rules and asked DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stop the activities.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE

‘99% Party’: Bernie Sanders Supporters Shower Hillary Clinton Motorcade With 1,000 $1 Bills (Video)

By Common Dreams staff

And the first three lines of the vintage song “We’re in the Money’’ played on speakers at a next-door neighbor’s house as Clinton’s motorcade passed by en route to a campaign fundraiser hosted by actor George Clooney.

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Clooneys’ Fundraisers for Hillary Clinton: A Tale of Two Economies

The irony of the events for the super-rich taking place in a land of burgeoning homelessness—California—may not be lost on the electorate come June.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 READ MORE

Sanders Campaign Blasts $350K Clinton Fundraiser With the Clooneys as ‘Obscene’

“Most of us can agree that is an obscene amount of money,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Friday.

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE

Film Review: Hilarious ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Hails and Skewers Hollywood

The Coen brothers’ new movie—a backstage drawing-room Western musical biblical (with a splash of synchronized swimming)—pays tribute to midcentury escapism while dispensing barbs sharp enough to nick both Tinseltown denizens and ordinary folk.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE

‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ Film Review: A Half-Baked Hollywood Version of a Great Documentary

David Gordon Green’s star-studded film is a middling comedy about the humdrum conflicts between American meddlers in Bolivia’s 2002 election. Meanwhile, the Bolivians in it are as invisible as most of the slaves in “Gone With the Wind.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Debut: Well, That Was Awkward

He’s filling the seat long commanded by David Letterman, which is a gigantic deal in and of itself, but whether Colbert’s version of “The Late Show” gets off the ground ultimately has to do with whether he can fly solo—on his own terms. 

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Feminist Joke About Amal Clooney’s Achievements Was Hilarious and Spot-On

As writer and transgender activist Janet Mock eloquently put it, the comedians’ presentation of George Clooney’s lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes ceremony Sunday night was pure “feminist genius.”

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE

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George Clooney Accuses Daily Mail of Dangerously Exploiting Religious Differences to Sell Newsapers

After the British tabloid printed a story (which was picked up by newspapers all over the world) that alleged his fiancee’s mother is not in favor of her daughter’s marriage on “religious grounds,” George Clooney decided to speak out about “irresponsible” journalism and the “violent” effects this negligence can have.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE

George Clooney Personally Endorses Ukrainian Protesters’ Democratic Efforts

Opening himself up once again to the inevitable “shut up and sing” critiques that follow earnest displays of political concern by celebrities, actor, director and self-appointed democratic ambassador to Ukraine (oops—it begins) George Clooney sent a personal message Monday to protesters in Kiev.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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Crime Writer Elmore Leonard Dies at 87

Along with his literary contributions, the author’s crime thrillers became part of the American cultural conversation through screen adaptations of several of his stories. He died Tuesday at his home in Michigan at age 87.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE

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George Clooney Cuffed at Sudanese Embassy Protest

Can’t say the guy doesn’t have range. On Friday, George Clooney put his actor/director/good-time-guy persona aside to get serious about what he warned could become a catastrophe of global proportions, the crisis in Sudan, and he went so far as to get arrested in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., to make his point.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 READ MORE

Clooney, Pitt, Sheen, Lynch & Co. Make a Play for Marriage Equality

On March 3, director Rob Reiner led an all-star cast, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon, Martin Sheen and Jamie Lee Curtis, through Dustin Lance Black’s play “8,” about the court battle over marriage equality in California that was set in motion by the passage of Proposition 8 in 2008.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

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Sean Penn’s Diplomatic New Gig

He’s certainly been rehearsing for this role for years (remember his post-Katrina floating photo op?), and now Sean Penn has an honest-to-goodness new post as the ambassador at large to Haiti, as of a special ceremony held in his honor last weekend.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE

‘The Descendants’: Clooney Goes Down Easy

We exist today in a climate of movie extremes—extreme action, extreme comedy. There are not many mild, agreeable pictures that take place in pleasant surroundings and set people we can identify with to dealing with issues that at sometime or other all of us will have to engage.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE


Missing From ‘March’

George Clooney is the nominal star (and director) of “The Ides of March,” a not particularly thrilling, but sort of agreeable, political thriller, in which he is largely AWOL.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE

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Clooney Zeroes In on ‘The $700 Billion Man’

Does the name Neel Kashkari ring a bell? Think way back to the year 2008, when the word bailout was just entering the vernacular in relation to Wall Street, not prison, and when Henry Paulson was still in charge of the Treasury Department.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE

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Damon No Longer an Obama Fan

Matt Damon was apparently paying attention as he narrated “Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson’s Oscar-winning documentary about the architects of the ongoing global economic catastrophe, as he’s broken with the cohort of celebrities who ...

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE

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Clooney Comes to Haiti’s Aid

This is a time when celebrity can come in handy, and one star in particular, George Clooney, is lending his power to the cause of helping earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The actor-director is also rallying some of his famous friends to join him for a “mega-telethon” he’s planning, according to The Wrap.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE


Bill O’Reilly Boycotting Sean Penn Films

How will Sean Penn sleep at night knowing that Fox News’ own talking points champion, Bill O’Reilly, has declared that he will never see another one of Penn’s movies?

Posted on Mar 30, 2009 READ MORE


Clooney in Chad

The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof recently took at trip to Chad with an unlikely sidekick: George Clooney. Kristof was skeptical at first, but Clooney—always the charmer!—won him over, and thus Kristof came to see the potential benefits of celebrity advocacy.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Clooney Raises $900K for Obama in Switzerland

He might have steered clear of last week’s Democratic National Convention, claiming that politicians were the proper stars of that show, but George Clooney didn’t miss his chance to charm some $900K out of American supporters of Barack Obama at a fundraiser in Switzerland on Tuesday.

Posted on Sep 4, 2008 READ MORE

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Clooney and Damon Are “Obama Guys”

Sen. Hillary Clinton was gearing up on Thursday for a young Hollywood campaign fund-raiser—and not a moment too soon.  Time magazine reported from the Cannes Film Festival that “Oceans 13” studs George Clooney and Matt Damon are enthusiastic about Barack Obama’s  ‘08 presidential bid.

Posted on May 31, 2007 READ MORE


Picking Teams in Hollywood

After Barack Obama’s Oscar-week fundraising blitz last month, the ‘08 race has heated up for Democratic presidential candidates going a-courtin’ in Hollywood.  But the backing of celebrities can be a blessing and a curse, as George Clooney notes in Friday’s L.A. Times, hinting that he will help Obama however he can—even if that means “staying completely away from him.” 

Posted on Mar 30, 2007 READ MORE

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