Last week spent time with some of the most handsome and talented men in the world - including George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, and Adam Beach, who you will be hearing about in more detail. First of all, gorgeous George received the 21st American Cinematheque Award at the Beverly Hilton from his gal pal Julia Roberts, who admitted that before she met her husband, he was the best man she knew. The Oscar winning actor, director and social activist was feted by everyone on Hollywood's "A" List, including Morgan Freeman, Selma Hayek and Christan Slater, who stated, "He's a great artist and a phenomenal humanitarian."
|Clint Eastwood, Sumner Redstone, Steven Spielberg & Brad Gray at Flags of our Fathers|
He also has a reputation as a great prankster, as related by Noah Wyle who worked with Clooney on TV's ER. He can also take a joke, like the video clip featuring actor Matt Damon, doling out refunds to patrons in Tangiers who viewed Clooney's critically maligned flick Batman and Robin. Of course, his undeniable sex appeal was acknowledged by actress Bonnie Hunt (who knew him way back when), who said his greatest aspiration was to be "voted the Sexiest Man Alive." Also nice to note that he is the most stand-up guy in Hollywood! Funds raised from this event support Cinematheque's film and video programs at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre, and Santa Monica's Aero Theatre.
|Gorgeous George Clooney at Cinematheque|
Then, a few nights later, we were invited to the world premiere of Clint Eastwood's World War II masterpiece, Flags of our Fathers. The 76 year old Oscar winning actor/director was on hand to receive a standing ovation, along with Steven Spielberg, and most of the young stars of the military masterpiece.
|Actor Adam Beach, star of "Flags"|
. We were particularly impressed with Adam Beach, who portrays Ira Hayes, one of the three survivors who raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi. Beach, a member of the Saulteaux Tribe, was born on the Dog Creek Reserve near Winnipeg, Canada. He is known for his role in Disney's family film Squanto, and earned a Best Actor Award from First Americans in the Art. You probably have seen him in John Woo's action film, Windtalkers. But when you catch his performance as the disillusioned 'hero" in Flags, you know his star is rising.
|Sydney Pollack, Julie Newmar ("Cat Woman") and John Scott at Concert|
As a matter of fact, He was announced as the Rising Star at the forthcoming Palm Springs film festival at a soiree at actress/producer Patricia Barry's Beverly Hills Home (the former estate of Lita Grey and Charlie Chaplin). Can an Oscar be far ahead?
|Charles Durning, Samantha Eggar & Conductor John Scott at Hollywood Symphony|
To get back to multi-talented Clint Eastwood, did you know that he composed the music from Flags of our Fathers? The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra presented a world premiere of music from contemporary Academy Award contenders, and included the theme from this World War II Drama. There was a special introduction of the Marines in the audience before the premiere, which resulted in a standing ovation for our young men in uniform. Conductor John Scott, with celebrity guests including Charles Durning, Sydney Pollack, and Samantha Eggar presented a program ranging from Prokofiev's classic score for the 1938 film Alexander Nevsky, to exclusive world concert premieres. A most stirring evening indeed on the Hollywood Beat.