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					B                                                                As Elmore Leonard's sassy but fallible escaped
                                                           con Jack Foley in Steven Soderbergh's "Out of
George Clooney                                             Sight" (1998), Clooney romanced a federal marshal
                                                           (Jennifer Lopez) and the critics, earning praise for
                                                           the easy-going charm and intelligence of his laid-
                                                           back, debonair bank robber, but the film was still
                                                           little-seen, despite good reviews. After making a
                                                           cameo appearance as a platoon leader in Terrence
                                                           Malick's highly-anticipated "The Thin Red Line" (also
Bio:                                                       1998), his big screen fortunes changed dramatically
                                                           with David O Russell's "Three Kings" (1999), an
The decade-long career in series TV, generally in          uncommonly political, Hollywood action feature set
forgettable roles, finally paid off for handsome           during the Gulf War that delivered a cautionary
George Clooney when he landed the regular                  message about the responsibility accompanying
starring role as the charming but troubled                 America's role as policeman of the world. Clooney
pediatrician Doug Ross on the acclaimed NBC                proved his mettle as an action star with his turn as
medical series "ER" in 1994. This scion of a show          "seen-it-all" career military man Major Archie Gates
business family--his father Nick is a broadcast            and the success of what was essentially an
journalist and on-air host, his aunt Rosemary is a         independent film in studio clothing reinforced his
singer and actress and cousin Miguel Ferrer is an          decision to leave his role as Dr Ross on "ER" in
actor--grew up on the set of his father's local            February of that year.
Cincinnati shows, occasionally serving as a
commercial pitchman and sketch player and later                 Clooney returned to television, executive
working as a floor manager.                                producing as well as acting in the two-hour live
                                                           broadcast of "Fail Safe" (CBS, 2000), a black-and-
      When Clooney's dream of a career as a                white homage to the days of live television adapted
professional baseball player came to naught, he            from the Cold War novel by Harvey Wheeler and
headed west to L.A., bunking with his aunt and             Eugene Burdick. Superbly acted and flawlessly
working as her handyman and chauffeur. His adult           produced, this welcome addition amidst the
acting career began with a slew of unreleased or           standard small screen fare failed to register with
little seen films (i.e., "Grizzly II-The Predator" 1984;   younger audiences weaned on the razzmatazz of
"Return of the Killer Tomatoes" 1988) and fifteen          MTV. The quality outing was the first real fruit born
unsold pilots. Ironically, his first regular series role   of his Maysville Pictures' agreement with Warner
was as a young physician working in an emergency           Bros. to create and produce telefilms and series,
room in the short-lived sitcom "E/R" (CBS, 1984-           though he had previously executive produced and
85). He had recurring roles as a good-natured              co-written the failed HBO pilot "Kilroy" (1999).
carpenter in NBC's "The Facts of Life" (during the         Clooney next reteamed with "Three Kings" co-star
1985-86 season), a womanizing factory manager in           Mark Wahlberg for Wolfgang Petersen's film
ABC's "Roseanne" (during the 1988-89 season), a            adaptation of Sebastian Junger's best selling-novel
construction worker in "Baby Talk" (ABC, 1991,             "The Perfect Storm" (2000), playing Captain Billy
which he quit when he clashed with the show's              Tyne of the doomed Andrea Gail. Anxiously awaited
producer) and as a detective in "Bodies of                 for its tale of men in the grip of nature's fury, "The
Evidence" (CBS, 1992-93). Clooney stayed with law          Perfect Storm" seemed a sure bet to solidify
enforcement but switched to drama as the married           Clooney as a bankable big screen star. He also
detective who falls for Teddy (Sela Ward) during           starred that year in the Coen brothers' Depression-
the 1993-94 season of "Sisters" (NBC).                     era jail break movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?",
                                                           based on Homer's "Odyssey", and produced "Metal
                                                           God", a black comedy about the world of heavy
     Clooney has often said how his peripatetic            metal music starring Wahlberg. The astounding
upbringing and the experiences of both his father          success of that movie only added to Clooney's
and aunt prepared him for the pitfalls of a showbiz        stellar career and he next starred in Steven
career. When he finally achieved a degree of               Soderberh's smash hit "Ocean's Eleven" in 2001.
stardom on "ER", he took it in stride. As film offers      That same year, following the Sept. 11 attacks,
poured in, Clooney attempted to stretch as an actor,       Clooney was instrumental in rallying dozens of his
handling roles in diverse genres, although several         Hollywood friends and colleagues to create a
of his efforts have fallen below expectations. He          televised memorial to the victims of the World
was alongside Quentin Tarantino battling vampires          Trade Centers, "America: A Tribute to Heroes."
in the action adventure "From Dusk Till Dawn" and
displayed his boyish charm opposite Michelle
Pfeiffer in the romantic comedy "One Fine Day"                 In 2002, Clooney had small but memorable role
(both 1996). Though the former has acquired some           as a crippled crook in "Welcome to Collinwood," and
cult status, neither fared well at the box office.         tried his hand behind the camera, in his directorial
Inheriting the franchise from Val Kilmer, Clooney          debut "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," based on
made a mediocre Bruce Wayne/Batman in Joel                 the book by Chuck Barris, the host of TV's "The
Schumacher's "Batman & Robin" (1997) and has               Gong Show" who claims he was a CIA hitman.
often joked about his part in the debacle ("I think        Clooney also had a supporting role in the film,
I've buried that franchise!"), but the true culprits       which was written by Charlie Kaufman and starred
were the confusing script, overblown visuals and an        Clooney pal Sam Rockwell. Sometimes aping a
ear-splitting soundtrack. "The Peacemaker" (also           Soderberg style fused with Clooney's off-kilter
1997) similarly proved to be a disappointing thriller.     sense of humor, the film garnered many admirers
                                                           but also had its flaws, including a nudge-nudge-
wink-wink demeanor. Clooney also co-starred with
Natascha McElhorne in the thriller feature "Solaris,"
a sci-fi remake of a 1972 Russian film which
reunited the actor yet again with Steven Soderberg.
"Interesting" was about all critics and moviegoers
had to say about the box-office impaired
metaphorical meditation on life and death, which
was produced by James Cameron. The spotty track
record of Section Eight Productions, the company
launched by Clooney and Soderberg responsible for
most of the pair's product in 2002, did little to
tarnish either's reputations, and Clooney remained
among the most in-demand A-list leading men in
Hollywood.


Although he's the opposition counsel, Miles is
smitten by the man-eating, churn 'em-and-burn
'em Marylin and makes his interest known to her.
(She marries wealthy men and quickly disposes
of them to get half their fortunes; she also has a
way of getting them to forsake pre-nup
agreements.) Although enchanted by Marylin,
Miles is out to win; he ends up humiliating her in
court.

Vexed that Miles foiled her get rich scheme,
Marylin sets her sights on revenge ... even if it
means marrying Miles to accomplish it! Trouble
is, Miles has undergone a change of heart and
fallen for this dangerous beauty. Will love win
out over cynicism and greed? That's the
question this dark comedy asks.

Miles has become bored with success; there are
no more worlds left to conquer, you could say.
That leaves only love, the realm of emotion, all
those positive life elements that his vocation has
required he forsake. I can't say exactly why
Miles falls for the duplicitous Marylin the way he
does. He's obviously smitten with her "win at all
costs" attitude; does she remind Miles of himself?
Perhaps Miles is like a Film Noir protagonist who
can't help but fall for the femme fatale despite
his better judgment.
B.                                                     comedy "Splitting Heirs" (1993). She was well-cast
                                                       as Eustacia Vye, the willful woman thought to be a
                                                       witch, in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" adaptation of
Catherine Zeta-Jones                                   "The Return of the Native" (CBS, 1994), opposite
                                                       Clive Owen and Ray Stevenson. After playing Chloe,
                                                       the girlfriend of a surfer torn between the waves
                                                       and a commitment to her, in the unusual British
                                                       film "Blue Juice" (1995), Zeta-Jones was finally
                                                       tapped by Hollywood to portray the villainous
                                                       aviatrix Sala in "The Phantom" (1996). She
                                                       continued to make in-roads in the USA portraying a
                                                       woman jeopardizing her future by having a
                                                       shipboard affair with an old flame in the CBS
                                                       miniseries "Titanic" (1996). In 1998, Zeta-Jones
                                                       landed the high profile role of a seductress opposite
                                                       Antonio Banderas in "The Mask of Zorro" and made
                                                       headlines in the trades when she won the female
                                                       lead opposite Sean Connery in the romantic thriller
Bio                                                    "Entrapment" (1999).
A native of Wales, Catherine Zeta-Jones
debuted on the British stage, starring in the
musical 42nd Street, but made a name for                    While the actress' onscreen May-December
herself in the early '90s, when she starred in the     match-up with Connery captured much attention, it
                                                       was nothing compared to the talk surrounding her
Yorkshire Television comedy-drama series The
                                                       real-life romance with actor-producer Michael
Darling Buds of May. Based on a series of
                                                       Douglas, a Hollywood heavyweight 25 years her
novels by H.E. Bates, the show was a smash hit         senior. The two became parents and subsequently
and made Zeta-Jones one of the United                  married in 2000, in a highly publicized ceremony.
Kingdom's most popular television actresses.           Prior to the nuptials, Zeta-Jones played a playful,
Dark-haired and brown eyed, Zeta-Jones has             mysterious beauty in the 1999 remake of "The
an exotic look that enables her to play a wide         Haunting", and had a memorable cameo as the
variety of interesting roles. Following the demise     glamorous, free-wheeling former girlfriend of John
of her first series, she returned to the stage and     Cusack's central character in "High Fidelity" (2000).
then starred in the miniseries Catherine the           She would next be seen to good effect playing the
Great. She had made her film debut in Philip           unwitting wife of a drug lord (Steven Bauer) in the
de Broca's Scheherazade (1990). It was de              roundly acclaimed feature "Traffic" (also 2000).
Broca who discovered Zeta-Jones while she              Though the film co-starred Douglas, the two were
was performing on stage. She subsequently              in no scenes together, due to the thematically-
played supporting roles in several films,              linked three-part storyline. In 2001, Zeta-Jones was
                                                       featured in "America's Sweethearts", a romantic
including Christopher Columbus: The
                                                       comedy about a high-profile Hollywood couple, an
Discovery (1992) and a larger part as the
                                                       experience not far from her own. Surely she hoped
seductive Sala in The Phantom (1996), before           that life didn't imitate art in this case, as the pair in
landing her first co-starring stint playing the        question are in the midst of a bitter break up on the
fiery Elena opposite Anthony Hopkins and               movie set, much to the chagrin of the film's
Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro                  publicist.
(1998). A talented singer, Zeta-Jones has
occasionally performed with the English
National Opera. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie                 In 2002, Zeta-Jones wowed audiences and
Guide                                                  critics with her heretofore undisplayed singing
                                                       and dancing chops when she starred as the
The gorgeous, raven-haired Welsh actress               murderess Velma Kelly in the film version of the
Catherine Zeta-Jones first came to prominence in       hit Broadway musical "Chicago." Her dazzling
the United Kingdom with her co-starring role as the    performance earned Zeta-Jones an Academy
eldest daughter in a boisterous farm family in the     Award as Best Supporting Actress, as well as a
British TV series "The Darling Buds of May"            Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a
(Yorkshire TV, 1991-93). A head-turner who             Comedy/Musical.
balanced her stately beauty with an appealing
working class bluntness, Zeta-Jones had begun her
career as a child performer on the musical stage,
starring as the wholesome heroine "Annie" and as
the most sophisticated Tallulah in the stage musical
"Bugsy Malone". Her biggest stage break came
when she headlined the West End production of
"42nd Street", portraying chorus girl-turned-star
Peggy Sawyer. French director Philippe de Broca
tapped the exotic actress for the title role in
"Sheherazade" (1990). Zeta-Jones subsequently
portrayed the explorer's wife in "Christopher
Columbus: The Discovery" (1992) and a reckless
young woman desperate to be a duchess in the

				
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