George Clooney bounces to Telluride, photographers need not follow

george-clooney-venice-film-festival-2001-gi.jpgIt's not easy being a film star. The premieres, the press, the jet lag.

A mere two days after premiering his film "The Ides of March" as part of the opening ceremonies at the Venice Film Festival, George Clooney was in Colorado to pick up a tribute and screen his other new movie, "The Descendants" at the Telluride Film Festival.

And the two events couldn't be more different. While the Venice Film Festival is full of glitz, glamour, red carpets and photo ops, Telluride is much more low-key. So much so that the Los Angeles Times reports that Telluride organizers sent out an email instructing, "that there will be no photography allowed inside the theaters at any of the George Clooney events. This includes the tribute and screenings, intros and Q&As of 'The Descendants.'"

This was quickly followed by a second email clarifying that "this is not a request made by Clooney or his publicists. It was a decision made by festival organizers to try and keep things sane inside the theaters and focused on the event. Clooney is still very much, as one journalist put it, a 'man of the people!'"

Whew. Glad that's cleared up.

In "The Descendants," Clooney plays Matt King, a man who has to find a way to reconnect with his two young daughters after his wife falls into a coma following a boating accident. It's director Alexander Payne's first feature film since his Oscar-winning "Sideways" in 2004.
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