Story by: Jack Foley
GEORGE Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones brought some Hollywood
glitz to The Lido in Venice, as part of this year's Venice Film
Festival, as they arrived by boat to promote their latest film,
the Coen brothers' new screwball romantic comedy, Intolerable
The hotly-anticipated movie was given a warm reception by critics
after being premiered as 'a work in progress' and could well boost
Clooney's Box Office profile after a string of relative duds (in
Fans screamed with delight as the two stars arrived for a special
press conference, while photographers jostled for position to
get the perfect shot.
One Italian comedienne was even able to interrupt the press conference
to ask for the 42-year-old actor's hand in marriage - no doubt
spurred on by the fact that several tabloid papers have been reporting
that the former ER star has confessed to finding it difficult
to attract a girlfriend.
Intolerable Cruelty finds Clooney portraying Miles Massey, a
highly successful Los Angeles divorce attorney, who meets his
match in professional husband hunter Marylin, played by Zeta-Jones.
As the two battle it out in the divorce courts, they find they
cannot help being attracted to each other.
Oscar-winner, Zeta-Jones described her character in the film
as 'the eye of the storm, or a tornado, unaware of what chaos
she can create', but said she was not classically 'bitchy' as
she wanted people to like her.
Geoffrey Rush and Billy Bob Thornton also make hilarious cameos
in the film.
"You can't really underplay the characters, there's nothing
subtle about a Joel and Ethan script," said Clooney, who
has previously teamed up with the Coens for the brilliant comedy,
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The film is being shown out of competition at the world's oldest
Twenty pictures are facing off for the Golden Lion, which will
be awarded on Saturday.
Picture caption: George Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones lit
up the Venice Lido with a show-stopping entrance by boat at The
Venice Film Festival for the first ever public screening of their
latest movie Intolerable Cruelty, directed by The Coen Brothers.
Picture by Pascal le Segretain