Sunday, May 19, 2024

George Clooney AFI Gala Gone Wrong: Julia Roberts is A No Show, So is Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, But Brad’s Ex Jennifer Aniston Shows Up


The celeb guest list for the George Clooney AFI tribute– now underway in Hollywood– is a little odd.

First of all, where the heck is Julia Roberts? She was supposed to present the AFI Lifetime Achievement award to Clooney. Julia is nowhere to be seen. Cate Blanchett is there, supposedly she’ll do it. They co-starred in a movie no one could watch called “The Good German.”

Also, there’s no sign of Sandra Bullock. Just as there was no sign of Clooney at Bullock’s opening of “Ocean’s 8.” Indeed, the expected cameo of Clooney in “Ocean’s 8” never materialized even though her character is the sister of his character.

Bullock and Clooney became BFF’s with “Gravity,” a massive hit. But “Our Brand is Crisis,” which Clooney produced, was a massive failure. Have they fallen out? Sure seems like it.

And where are all the “Oceans 11” and so on actors? Matt Damon? Brad Pitt? Pitt’s not there, but his ex wife, Jennifer Aniston, came with Courteney Cox. A little peculiar.

Also on hand are Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, Julianna Margulies, Anna Kendrick, Don Cheadle, Laura Dern, Richard Kind, Norman Lear, and Bill Murray. Miley Cyrus performed songs from the Coen brothers movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” which starred Clooney.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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