George Clooney, most observers agree, is the closest thing we have to an old-fashioned Movie Star. He’s got the looks, the talent, the smarts, and the attitude. At Monday night’s premiere of Up in the Air he forsook waiting photographers and TV crews in Westwood to cross the street and spend time with his fans—a great deal of time. He normally “works” the press line, as well, but he breezed right through on Monday; fortunately he came over to say hello to me and lingered long enough for me to get in some quick questions and answers for Entertainment Tonight. And here are the results:
It was a pleasure to talk to his colleagues and costars, as well, including newcomer Anna Kendrick (who’s also in a little vampire movie right now called New Moon) and the talented Vera Farmiga, whose stock (like Kendrick’s) is surely going to soar because of…
her sensational performance in Up in the Air. Four years ago, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association voted her our Best Actress honor for her chilling performance as a drug-addicted suburban mother in Down to the Bone. Since then she’s done fine work in such little-seen films as Breaking and Entering and Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. But playing opposite Clooney—and matching him step for step—is going to expand her audience, I’m sure. This also marks Jason Reitman’s third bull’s-eye in a row, following Thank You For Smoking and Juno. I’ll have a full review when the movie opens on Friday.