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Celebrity Photos of the Week: The Unbearable Lightness of Clooney

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Is there a more confident man in Hollywood today than George Clooney? At 52, the former ER star has his pick of females, trendy causes and movie projects. Here the handsome devil shows up at the New York premiere of The Monuments Men, a film he co-produced, co-wrote, directed and stars in. Such a multi-tasker!

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The secret to the Clooney Method: When on a red carpet, only have your photo taken with nebbishy behind-the-scenes types, in this instance, his Monuments Men co-producer Grant Heslov

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See? Clooney steals the scene again by posing with Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron

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At some point, Monuments Men costar John Goodman was deemed too bulky and beastly for the red carpet, so George simply hailed a cab and sent the big guy packing

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And then the beastly quotient went right back to where it was with the arrival of Bill Murray. Where have you gone, Peter Venkman?

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Ever the diplomat, Clooney gently assured Hugh Bonneville that he had no designs on the English actor’s wife, Lulu.

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But zut alors, there was a tense moment when the rakish French actor Jean Dujardin, who also appears in Monuments Men, showed up at the premiere, seemingly to steal Clooney’s thunder

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And was Dujardin actually throwing down the gauntlet by bringing along a garden gnome (who actually turned out to be actor Bob Balaban) to pose beside him?

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All such fears were dashed after Clooney shook hands with Dujardin and the handsome pair brokered a rapprochement: George gets all the women, the French get back the Statue of Liberty. Seems fair

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Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Modern Family star Sarah Hyland turned a few heads at the premiere of Vampire Academy, a new movie in which she again plays a wacky teen (she’s 23)

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Also showing up on the Vampire Academy red carpet was Sami Gayle, a gamin actress who was 11 when the Vampire Academy book series began (she’s now 18)

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And here we have Olga Kurylenko, a French actress who plays the headmistress in Vampire Academy (she’s 34). The old Hollywood archetype of the headmistress sure has changed

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Her promotional duties completed, Ms. Hyland was last seen heading for her limo and saying to her costars, ‘So long, losers! I’m off to my regular job on network TV’s most-watched comedy show.’ Snap!

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Also in L.A. this week: The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which at least gave Oscar-nominated actor Jared Leto a chance to practice his baleful dead-eyed stare

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Looking good, Jared. You’ve almost got it down perfect...

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Argh, you ruined it, you ninny. How do you expect to win an Oscar when you can’t even refrain from giving a thumbs-up every 30 seconds?

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And did the stars make the trek to Santa Barbara for the pre-Oscar occasion? Well, actress Brie Larson did. You may know her as Jonah Hill’s love interest in 21 Jump Street. But probably not

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Also making the scene was Michael B. Jordan, a talented young actor whose career likely peaked after playing a teen drug dealer on The Wire. Which went off the air in 2008

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But the biggest star in Santa Barbara on a Tuesday night? That would be former Back to the Future star Christopher Lloyd. Sadly, only his housekeeper applauded when he broke out his, ‘Where we’re going we don’t need roads’ catchphrase

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And while you may have missed it, there was also a Hollywood star unveiling this week in honour of producer Jack H. Harris, best known for his 1958 film The Blob, Beware! The Blob (1972) and, seriously, The Blob (1988 version). He’s looking good for 95!

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During the ceremony, Jack posed proudly with his daughter, Lynda Resnick.

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And then Jack posed again with his wife Judith Parker, who, weirdly, looks at least a few decades younger than his daughter

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All told, it was a grand occasion and proof positive that it is possible to maintain the respect of your peers and grow old with dignity in Hollywood

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‘Wait a minute...Grow old?’

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