George Clooney has arrived in Edinburgh to visit Social Bite cafeteria which helps homeless people.
The Hollywood star is visiting the Social Bite cafe, which donates all its profits to homeless people.
Heather McGowan, 32, from Glasgow, won a competition to meet George Clooney for lunch held at a secret location.
George Clooney will then speak at the Scottish Business Awards at Edinburgh’s international conference center.
The actor will speak in front of a sold-out 2,000-strong audience.
Josh Littlejohn, founder of Social Bite and the Scottish Business Awards, said: “The staff are unbelievably excited about George’s visit. He’s one of the most famous people on the planet and we are looking forward to introducing him to the Social Bite concept.”
Social Bite cafe operates a “suspended” coffee and food program where customers can pay for a hot drink or food for a homeless person.
Last month, it launched what is thought to be the first “selfless” loyalty card, which lets customers feed the homeless. It works by accruing loyalty points to enable the purchase of a free meal and hot drink for a homeless person by customers who have made 10 visits to the cafe.
A quarter of its workforce in the five Social Bite stores across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen is formerly homeless.
All proceeds from the business awards event, hosted by comedian Rob Brydon, will go towards a range of charities including the Social Bite Fund and Not On Our Watch – a humanitarian charity co-founded by George Clooney with Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and others.
Stephen Colbert has made his debut as CBS’ Late Show host, succeeding David Letterman who retired in May after 33 years.
George Clooney and Republican White House contender Jeb Bush were among Stephen Colbert’s first guests.
The former Colbert Report host opened the show with a sketch, singing the national anthem around the country.
Stephen Colbert also paid tribute to his predecessor David Letterman, calling himself “a fan”.
“We will try to honor his achievement by doing the best show we can and occasionally making the network very mad at us,” he said.
“As long as I have nine months to make one hour of TV, I could do this forever,” Stephen Colbert added.
The comedian played a hardline conservative in his previous show, Comedy Central’s satirical news show The Colbert Report, but he appeared as himself for his mainstream debut.
Stephen Colbert presented his first guest George Clooney with a belated wedding gift for his marriage last year to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin – a Tiffany paperweight inscribed with the phrase: “I don’t know you.”
He also binged on a bag of Oreo cookies as he made jokes about Donald Trump, who recently vowed never to eat Oreos again after makers Nabisco Inc said it was opening a new plant in Mexico.
Fellow late-night TV figures also wished him well – including NBC rival Jimmy Fallon who said: “Have a good show, buddy. See you in the locker room.”
The broadcast ended with Stephen Colbert singing with his new house band, led by Jon Batiste, in a cover of Sly and the Family Stone’s Everyday People.
They were joined by Mavis Staples, Aloe Blacc, Ben Folds and Buddy Guy, amongst others.
In a recent interview with CBS’ Charlie Rose, George Clooney revealed that his proposal to Amal Alamuddin was a total surprise for the bride-to-be.
The 54-year-old actor said: “When I asked her, we had never talked about it, so it was all – there wasn’t like a, <<Maybe we should get married>>.
“Literally, I dropped it on her.”
He also revealed he had a little help popping the question from his late aunt, legendary singer Rosemary Clooney.
“I was at my home and I queued up a playlist of some of my aunt Rosemary’s songs and I asked, and she just kept saying, <<Oh my God>> and <<Wow>> – completely unexpected,” George Clooney said.
“And you know, I just said, I’m 53 at the time … <<I’ve been on my knee now for 28 minutes so I gotta get an answer out of this ’cause I’m gonna throw a hip out. I might not be able to stand back up>>.”
George Clooney married the 37-year-old human rights lawyer in September 2014 in Venice, Italy.
An Iranian court has ordered the closure of Mardom e-Emruz (Today’s People) newspaper after publishing a picture of George Clooney wearing a badge backing French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked last week.
The Mardom e-Emruz newspaper ran a picture of the actor headlined “I’m Charlie too”.
Conservative elements in Teheran were incensed by a catchphrase they regard as “anti-Islamic”.
Charlie Hebdo has published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which many Muslims see as an offensive act.
The cover of Charlie Hebdo‘s latest edition, published after the attack in which 12 people were killed, featured a cartoon of the Prophet weeping while holding a sign saying “I am Charlie”.
Seven million copies of the edition are being printed in view of extraordinary demand, distributors announced on January 17.
“The court in charge of cultural affairs and the media imposed the ban on the newspaper for publishing a headline and a picture which it deemed insulting,”Mardom-e Emrouz director Ahmad Sattari told the Irna news agency.
The newspaper was only in its first month of publication, but that its political position was seen as close to that of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.
The court’s ruling is pending a final decision due later, but is unlikely to be overturned.
George Clooney’s new wife, Amal Alamuddin, has professionally changed her last name to Clooney.
Her London law firm’s website, Doughty Street Chambers, now shows a stunning photo of the newlywed and her bio reads “Amal Clooney”.
The 36-year-old human rights lawyer and George Clooney married in a lavish ceremony in Venice, Italy, over the weekend of September 27 at the seven-star Amana Canal Grande hotel.
On Doughty Street Chambers’ website now Amal Alamuddin’s bio reads Amal Clooney (photo Doughty Street Chambers)
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin exchanged vows in front A-lists guests including Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Bill Murray, Cindy Crawford and more.
Nine days after becoming husband and wife, George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin closed a deal on a dream home, The Mill House, which is a 17th-century manor on the River Thames in the British countryside.
George Clooney’s wife, Amal Alamuddin, bought him two cocker spaniels for a wedding gift.
Amal Alamuddin – who also gave her new husband customized cufflinks inscribed with his first name in Arabic ahead of their recent nuptials in Venice, Italy – reportedly surprised him with the new puppies during their honeymoon in Berkshire.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin tied the knot last month in Venice (photo People magazine)
A source told Us Weekly magazine: “Amal bought George two three-month-old cocker spaniels for George as a wedding gift, and they were waiting for them at the house.
“One of them is really frisky and has to be kept on a leash. George loves them both!”
George Clooney, 53, who already has a cocker spaniel mix named Einstein adopted from a pet shelter, and Amal Alamuddin, 36, have barely left their new, secluded $8 million mansion since tying the knot.
The insider revealed a catering company delivers them meals for lunch and dinner every day, but “breakfast ,they do themselves.”
Amal Alamuddin reportedly quit smoking after she started dating George Clooney.
Amal Alamuddin’s decision to adopt a healthier lifestyle comes as no surprise, as George previously admitted he is “a big non-smoker”.
Amal Alamuddin reportedly quit smoking after she started dating George Clooney (photo AFP)
While promoting Good Night, and Good Luck in 2005, George Clooney told Interview magazine: “My grandparents back in Kentucky owned a tobacco farm. So to make money in the summer we could cut and chop and top and house and strip the tobacco. It sure made you not want to smoke.”
The actor added: “You know I had 10 great aunts and uncles on my father’s side, and six of them died of lung cancer. Rosemary [George Clooney’s aunt] died of lung cancer, too, and she had emphysema. Both of my grandparents died of lung cancer. So I got quite a lesson in the payback later in life of smoking, and if you keep it up how bad it can be. “
George Clooney is to receive Cecil B. DeMille honorary award at Golden Globes 2015.
Organizers said the actor, director and producer would be given its Cecil B. DeMille award for “his outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera”.
George Clooney, 53, was being recognized “as much for his global humanitarian efforts as he is for his accomplishments in the entertainment industry,” the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) said.
George Clooney will receive Cecil B. DeMille honorary award at Golden Globes 2015
The Golden Globes awards ceremony take place on January 11, 2015.
Recent recipients of the DeMille award, named after the famed producer of The Ten Commandments, include Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Jodie Foster and late actor Robin Williams.
Woody Allen was honored at this year’s event, though the actor and director did not travel to Los Angeles to collect his accolade.
George Clooney is no stranger to the Golden Globes, having been previously honored by the HFPA for his performances in The Descendants, O Brother Where Art Thou and Syriana.
George Clooney is expected to tie the knot shortly with human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.
George Clooney recently popped the question to girlfriend Amal Alamuddin, a source close to the couple has confirmed to People magazine.
“George and Amal are trying to keep things very low-key but they also aren’t really trying to hide this, it doesn’t seem. I think it’s like they want the people they love to know that this is real, that they plan on being together forever,” the source told the publication.
George Clooney recently popped the question to girlfriend Amal Alamuddin
On Thursday, George Clooney, 52, and 36-year-old Amal Alamuddin, a British attorney who specializes in international law and human rights, were spotted dining at trendy eatery Nobu in Malibu, alongside Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber, a longtime friend of Clooney’s. Engagement rumors flew after witnesses at the restaurant noted that Amal Alamaddin was wearing quite the diamond sparkler on her ring finger.
On Friday, a George Clooney rep addressed the rumor mill, saying: “I don’t comment on my client’s personal life.”
George Clooney has had many high-profile romances, including ones with Stacy Keibler, Kelly Preston, Renee Zellwegger and Elisabetta Canalis, during his decades in the limelight. He was also married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to1993.
George Clooney pranked his father at a screening of his new movie The Monuments Men by suggesting the old man had passed on in the credits.
Journalist Nick Clooney, 80, plays George Clooney’s war hero character as an older man in the film and features in the movie’s final shot.
George Clooney couldn’t resist poking fun at his father’s age as the dedications rolled at the end of the screening.
George Clooney pranked his father at a screening of his new movie The Monuments Men by suggesting the old man had passed on in the credits
The actor told Access Hollywood Live: “I did a really horrible thing to him when we screened the movie … He came to the house in Italy and I was working on the rough cut of the film and the movie has my father walking away into this beautiful light in this church … and it goes to black and the first thing that comes up is, <<In loving memory of Nick Clooney>>.
“He’s looking and he says, <<What the hell?>> I said, <<Well, it’s a long time until the movie comes out, it’s easier to take it away. <<He didn’t think that was funny at all>>.”
Space thriller Gravity has held on to the top of the US and Canadian box office for a third week.
Sandra Bullock’s 3D thriller, co-starring George Clooney, took $31 million according to figures from Rentrak.
Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, stayed in second place, taking $17.3 million in its second week.
WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, had 2013’s worst debut weekend so far, taking just $1.7 million.
Julian Assange, who founded whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, had claimed Disney’s film would be a failure. Last week, an email he wrote to Cumberbatch urging him not to take part in the project was released online.
Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in space, has now made more than $170 million in three weeks.
IMAX screenings have proved particularly popular because of the film’s groundbreaking visuals, accounting for $38 million in ticket sales, with 82% of audiences opting for 3D showings.
Warner Brothers’ Jeffrey Goldstein has attributed the film’s success to “phenomenal word of mouth”.
Gravity has held on to the top of the US and Canadian box office for a third week
Paul Greengrass’s true story-based Somali pirate drama Captain Philips also held off newcomer Carrie. The horror remake, starring Kick-Ass actress Chloe Grace Moretz, took third place, with $17 million.
The original 1976 film, based on Stephen King’s novel, saw Oscar nominations for actresses Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie.
Family favorite, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, was in fourth after taking $10.1 million in its fourth week.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new action film Escape Plan rounded off the top five with $9.8 million.
In a limited release of just 19 cinemas, Steve McQueen’s Oscar-tipped slavery epic 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, opened with a promising $960,000.
North American box office Top 5:
1. Gravity – $31 million
2. Captain Phillips – $17.3 million
3. Carrie – $17 million
4. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs – $10.1 million
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock’s new movie Gravity has shot straight to the top of the US box office in its opening weekend.
According to early estimates, Gravity took $55.55 million over the weekend, making it the biggest October opening since records began.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock’s new movie Gravity has shot straight to the top of the US box office in its opening weekend
The figure also ensured it was the biggest opening for a film starring Sandra Bullock or George Clooney.
Gravity, set almost entirely in space, is directed by Alfonso Cuaron.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock play an astronaut and a medical engineer who work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.
Last week’s number one, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, dropped into second slot with $21.5 million.
Based on a children’s book, the first film – Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs – was a breakout hit for Sony Animation in 2009.
The sequel is an original story, in which inventor Flint Lockwood must save the day after one of his inventions malfunctions, creating food-animal creatures, or animals made of food, that overtake the region of Swallow Falls.
Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, opened in third place taking just $7.6 million.
The crime thriller follows Justin Timberlake as a graduate student who goes to Costa Rica to confront an online gambling tycoon played by Ben Affleck, who swindles him.
Former number one Prisoners, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman, slipped from second place to fourth.
Formula One movie Rush, which depicts the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, took fifth spot.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon, was next in sixth place.
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney have previously been subject to speculation about whether their relationship has ever crossed the line into romance.
Last week the rumor mill went into overdrive as George Clooney and Sandra Bullock attended the 70th Venice Film Festival together to promote their new film Gravity.
Whilst male and female co-stars are usually fairly affectionate when posing together on the red carpet, a series of intimate shots led to speculation that romance was definitely bubbling between the co-stars.
Newly single George Clooney, who recently split from his wrestler turned model girlfriend Stacy Keibler, was snapped on more than one occasion staring at Sandra Bullock somewhat like a love sick puppy.
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney have previously been subject to speculation about whether their relationship has ever crossed the line into romance
George Clooney’s body language only served to inflame the rumors as he kept leaning into Sandra Bullock and tending to her every need, at one point even affectionately mopping her brow.
This led to claims that George Clooney, 52, was “making eyes” at his long time friend.
Sandra Bullock was quick to shoot down the rumors telling Associated Press, “He was not making eyes. Maybe cross eyes but that’s the extent of his goggle eyes.”
The actress explained that the pair had known each other long enough to have enough “dirt” on each other to command a deep level of “respect and understanding”.
Despite not having romantic feelings for George Clooney, Sandra Bullock professed her deep affection for him saying: “I adore George.”
Meanwhile incorrigible bachelor George Clooney released a statement through Warner Brothers confirming the platonic nature of his relationship with Sandra Bullock saying: “We are just friends. We have known each other before either of us had success in films so there is no pretense.”
Sci-fi film Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, is to open the 2013 Venice Film Festival in August.
The 3D movie, directed by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, sees George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts on an ill-fated mission.
Alfonso Cuaron’s Y tu mama tambien won two awards at the festival in 2001 – best scenario and best young male talent for actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna.
The gala on the Venice Lido runs from 28 August to 7 September.
Sci-fi film Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, is to open the 2013 Venice Film Festival in August
Last Tango in Paris director Bernardo Bertolucci – whose debut film, The Grim Reaper, showed at the festival in 1962 – will lead the jury for this year’s Golden Lion for best film.
US director William Friedkin, best known for his films The French Connection and The Exorcist, will also receive a lifetime achievement award.
He described the festival as his “spiritual home”, adding he would accept the honorary prize “with gratitude and love”.
Alfonso Cuaron’s film features George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts attempting to return to Earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in orbit.
The rest of the festival line-up is yet to be announced, but films being tipped to be screened include Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien and Twelve Years a Slave, the latest film from British director Steve McQueen starring Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender.
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