Tuesday, July 23, 2024

George Clooney In NYC Two Nights Before Biden Hollywood Fundraiser: Will Wife’s Anti-Israel Stand be a Problem?


George Clooney is cutting it close.

On Saturday he’s the co-host of a big Hollywood fundraiser for Joe Biden. Julia Roberts is also featured, and there will be plenty of stars and heavy hitters.

But last night, George was in New York. According to Keith McNally’s Instagram report, Clooney made an appearance at Balthazar last night where he joined Francis Ford Coppola and daughter Sofia Coppola for dinner along with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.

What were they discussing? We don’t know, but one topic could have been Coppola still unable to find a distributor for his “Megalopolis” a month after it was shown in Cannes. (We’re rooting for this movie!)

I guess a private plane will whoosh Clooney back to LA in time for the fundraiser. Tomorrow night all eyes will be on the Oscar winning actor because his wife, Amal, who is British and Lebanese, has come out strongly against Israel. As a member of the International Criminal Court, it was Amal who helped issued a warrant of arrest for Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu. She wrote the papers herself. This is completely in opposition to the US stand on Israel.

WIll Amal be at the fundraiser? I think she will be. If she’s not, her absence will raise more questions, particularly for tabloid writers who are looking to stir up trouble. But Mrs. Clooney is not only a diplomat, she’s a fashionista. She won’t miss a chance to appear in some incredible frock.

Roger Friedman
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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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