Thursday, June 7, 2007

Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – George Clooney may play a Las Vegas card shark in Ocean’s Thirteen, but he confesses to columnist Jeanne Wolf that he’s not exactly a gambling ace. Clooney explains, “I have never won [cards] in my life, and that’s the truth. So when I went to the blackjack table [with Matt Damon] it was unbelievable. I was so bad even the dealer was laughing. I think I lost 25 straight hands in a row. Now, my nickname is ‘The Cooler.”’

HOLLYWOOD – Hollywood hunk George Clooney has been working with his Ocean’s entourage for years, and he’s enjoyed watching his co-stars like Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Don Cheadle grow up and become dads. The actor tells Jeanne Wolf, “It’s fun to watch their families grow. It’s really exciting actually – except for the diapers.”

HOLLYWOOD – Matt Damon has definitely mastered his card skills during Ocean’s Thirteen, but not even Damon could show George Clooney how to be a good player. Damon tells Jeanne Wolf, “I really thought I could teach George to play blackjack, but it was a disaster. I wasn’t even trying and I still took every hand. Afterwards, he slipped a $2,500 check under the door of my dressing room that said, ‘For services rendered.’ Of course, he failed to sign it.”

HOLLYWOOD – Actress Ellen Barkin enjoyed gambling on location while filming Ocean’s Thirteen, but she tells Jeanne Wolf she liked the excitement of possibly losing better than actually winning a hand. Barkin explains, “I had no interest in the game when I was winning, unlike most people who are really into it and excited as the chips are piling up. I would kind of make these wildly extravagant bets just so I could have no chips left, and then I would get excited again.”

HOLLYWOOD – Actor Shia LaBeouf voices an adorable penguin in the new animated flick Surf’s Up, but he tells Jeanne Wolf that some penguins are not to be trusted. He jokes, “Not all penguins are cute and cuddly, incidentally. They’ve been seen in massage parlors and at AA meetings. Some penguins are f’ed up. Some of them have addiction problems. But the ones I met were totally professional.”

HOLLYWOOD – Funny man Jon Heder plays a surfing chicken opposite Shia LaBeouf in Surf’s Up, but he admits he’s never actually hung 10. He tells Jeanne Wolf, “I’ve hung 20, though. I’ve been on a surfboard, but I’ve never been able to stand up. I’ve got to try again. I love swimming in the ocean, just hanging out and checking out the wildlife, squeezing sea urchins, whatever.”

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