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George Clooney Gets Gay, Shirtless Proposal at Venice Film Festival



At a press conference at the Venice Film Festival for his new film, The Men Who Stare at Goats, George Clooney was reportedly hit on by a man stationed among reporters.

Clooney  Reuters reports: "Today’s press conference involving George Clooney and Ewan McGregor, who star together in the comedy 'The Men Who Stare at Goats' was more embarrassing than usual, however. After tactfully avoiding a question about his sexuality, Clooney then looked on while a man, announcing he was gay, proceeded to take of his shirt and trousers while declaring his love for the actor and asking him for a kiss. To make matters worse, he had not even seen the film. Clooney’s response? 'There’s a little ambulance on its way.'"

Another account: "The man, wearing only a black tie around his neck, asked Clooney whether he and Ewan McGregor, his co-star in the film The Men Who Stare at Goats, had intentionally played 'queer' roles. He then shouted: 'Because I'm gay George. I want you George! Come with me George!' amid laughter and boos from other conference participants. Clooney smiled wrily, and remarked how some people take a 'big chance' only that 'it doesn't really work.' Then addressing the man he added: 'But that's a very good tie.' Earlier at the news conference, which had been billed as open only to accredited media and film industry personnel, Clooney drew admiring comments from several female participants."


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Speed of Life wins Queer Lion Award at Venice Film Festival


Ed Radtke's film Speed of Life won the newly-created Queer Lion award at the Venice Film Festival.

Speed of Life is about a young teen growing up in working-class Brooklyn, who steals videocameras from tourists, and after selling the cameras, becomes immersed in a fantasy life brought forth by the tapes he has saved in the process.

The Michael Caine/Jude Law film Sleuth won a "special mention" in the category. Below, director Ed Radtke talks to Cinema Italiano about the film.

More about the festival's winners here. The awards included a surprise win for Ang Lee with his NC-17-rated film Lust, Caution, and a best actor win for Brad Pitt in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and a best actress win for Cate Blanchett in Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan pic I'm Not There.

Film Experience also has a report from the festival.

Ewan McGregor Plays Whack-a-Mole


Stop the presses! Ewan McGregor showed up to the Venice Film Festival sans a defining facial feature. It appears the actor headed to the Enrique Iglesias school of cosmetic surgery and had a forehead mole removed.

The Daily Mail reports that McGregor recently discussed how he stays looking youthful: "I've found ways to cheat the ageing process. I shave my chest because having it hairy makes me look older."

McGregor does seem to be looking fresher than ever, though every time we see him we can't help wondering if he's got a Wonderjock on beneath those trousers.

And on the red carpet, Colin Farrell even appeared to admire the handiwork.


And for those of you wondering what they're doing in Venice together, here's the trailer for the forthcoming Woody Allen film, Cassandra's Dream:

Brad Pitt to Venice Reporters: "I Do Love a Gay Story"


Brad Pitt has been making the rounds at the Venice Film Festival, where he is promoting his new film, with the long title The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

After being attacked by a woman who attempted to throw her arms around the actor, and booed by the paparazzi for refusing to remove his sunglasses, Pitt was not thrown at all when a reporter asked him if the new film was simply a thinly-veiled gay drama about the relationship between two men.

Said Pitt: "If that’s what works for you, it’s absolutely fine. You can interpret it as you will, but it’s actually much more complex. I do love a gay story though. This is a very complex and complicated film that isn't part of the current zeitgeist of film-making. It's more a throwback to some of the great films of the 1970s."

Pitt's assurance and comfort with gay issues has surfaced before. In the September 2006 issue of Esquire, he expressed support for same-sex marriage, saying "Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able."

Pitt appears in the October issue of Details magazine in an extensive photoshoot by Steven Klein (which can be seen at Just Jared). Film Experience Blog has their review of the movie straight from Venice.

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Check out the movie poster for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which also features Casey Affleck, after the jump.

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Venice Film Festival Introduces 'Queer Lion' Award


The top prize at the Venice Film Festival is called the Leone d'Oro (the Golden Lion). Now, after four years of negotiations, competition director Daniel Casagrande says the festival will award a "Queer Lion" to the best full-length film featuring a gay or lesbian character.

According to the BBC, "He has said he expects 'around 10 or 12' films to be candidates for the inaugural prize...Films entering the main competition are eligible for the award, as are other films being shown at the festival, which runs from 29 August to 8 September. A small international jury will select the winner, who will be presented with a gold plaque featuring the Venice Lion winged logo with the rainbow colours of the gay pride flag on the wings."

Said Casagrande: "We aren't looking for the next Brokeback Mountain. We are just looking for films that accurately portray gay characters or themes."


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