George Clooney

David Letterman "had a wonderful time" in Augusta, Ky., during his trip to interview Nick and Nina Clooney about their famous son," Nick Clooney tells the Maysville Independent-Ledger.

"He even took a ride on the Augusta ferry," Nick Clooney said.

Pete Souza / White House Photo

How did George Clooney meet his future wife, Amal Alamuddin? She came to his house in Italy. That's revealed in the new Netflix teaser for David Letterman's Clooney interview available Feb. 9.

Pete Souza / White House Photo

Good news for George Clooney fans: You'll see him a lot on TV this year in a new "Catch-22" TV miniseries, his interview with David Letterman and the streaming of "ER" reruns. 

Scott Suchman / PBS

Former President Barak Obama will be David Letterman's guest on the premiere of Dave's comeback interview show premiering Friday Jan. 12 on Netflix.

WCET-TV

A memorial service for Grace Hill, former WCET-TV program director, will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at St Ignatius Loyola Church in Monfort Heights.

Visitation begins at 11 a.m. at the church, 5222 N. Bend Road, next to the Interstate 74 interchange. She will be buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.

Catching up to lots of movie news today…

GEORGE CLOONEY: George Clooney's next screen adventure, "Suburbicon," premieres Oct. 27. Clooney directed the dark comedy starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Karimah Westbrook as suburban residents in 1959.

Film Cincinnati

Film Cincinnati celebrates its 30th anniversary with a cool video montage of 30 years of movie scenes shot here, from "Rain Main" and "Airborne"  to "Carol," "Miles Ahead" and "Goat."

John Kiesewetter

Film Cincinnati will celebrate its 30th anniversary by creating a movie "backlot" with directors setting up shots, extras moving from scene to scene, make-up artists and lots of props.

WCET-TV

Nick Clooney stopped pacing the hallway in his Augusta home on Tuesday, after he and wife Nina saw their newborn grandchildren, Ella and Alexander Clooney, via Skype.

"They Skyped two hours after the babies were born -- George and Amal with the babies. We got to see them," said Nick Clooney, 83, by phone from Augusta.

UNICEF UK

Congratulations to George and Amal Clooney!

"This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives. Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine.  George is sedated and should recover in a few days," said the couple in a statement Tuesday, according to People magazine.

CBS Broadcasting Inc.

The late Miguel Ferrer's final appearance as Assistant Director Owen Granger airs on CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" 9 p.m. Sunday Feb. 19 (Channel 12).

Ferrer, son of singer Rosemary Clooney and cousin of actor George Clooney, died of throat cancer on Jan. 19. He was 61.

John Kiesewetter

To celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, nonprofit Film Cincinnati (formerly the film commission) is seeking 30 donors willing to give $30,000 each.

"Most people think that we get paid to produce films here. (Not true!) Film Cincinnati is completely reliant on generous donations from our sponsors and people like you to sustain economic development and job creation in Greater Cincinnati," says a post on the FilmCincinnati website.

UNICEF UK

Amal and George Clooney are expecting twins, according to European news reports about the Oscar-winning actor-producer from Northern Kentucky and the human rights lawyer.

CBS Television

"He was not an old man, and he never was," said George Clooney about his cousin Miguel Ferrer at a memorial ceremony at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles Saturday.

George Clooney praised his cousin Miggy's perpetually youthful outlook on life, saying that "he came in like a comet, he rocketed through life and he got out," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

CBS Televisoin

To most of the world, Miguel Ferrer was a character actor best known for "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Crossing Jordan" or uptight FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield on ABC's "Twin Peaks."

But around here Miguel Ferrer – who died of cancer Thursday at age 61 -- was known as Rosemary Clooney's son and George Clooney's cousin.

To me, he was the guy who urged his fun-loving cousin George to pursue acting.  And the drum-playing son who toured the U.S. and Europe with his mother Rosemary and singer Bing Crosby before Bing's death in 1977.

NBCUniversal

Just two years after moving to Hollywood, George Clooney made his national TV debut on this date in CBS' short-lived "E/R" hospital comedy starring Elliott Gould, Conchatta Ferrell and unknown Jason Alexander on Dec. 12, 1984.

John Kiesewetter

Make that four major Hollywood movie productions in town, and many more on the way, said Film Cincinnati executive director Kristen Schlotman on WVXU's "Cincinnati Edition" Monday.

Brothers Diego and Julio Hallivis have started filming their sci-fi thriller "Curvature" in Fort Thomas, says Fort Thomas Matters

I'd been hearing about the film for weeks, but producer Julio Hallivis kept putting me off – I'm guessing to break the news in Fort Thomas first. 

Universal Pictures

Why does George Clooney want to quit acting? Because he loves directing, as he’s told me several times. And because he doesn’t want to look old on camera.

Clooney made headlines this week when media outlets picked up his Tuesday interview promoting “Hail Caesar!” at the BBC in London.

“It a very unforgiving thing with cameras, so aging is something you try to do less and less of on the screen. You try to pick the films that work best for you as you age,” said Clooney, who turns 55 on May 6.

NBC

Ten years before NBC’s hit “ER,” young unknown George Clooney did a CBS sitcom called “E/R” in 1984 with Elliott Gould, Conchatta Ferrell and another young, unknown actor named Jason Alexander.

The future George Costanza played hospital administrator Harold Stickley. Clooney was Ace, an inexperienced EMT. Clooney was 23; Alexander was 25.

Did the cast think Clooney was bound for greatness? That’s the question I asked Alexander during my interview in advance of his performances with the Cincinnati Pops March 4-6 at Music Hall. The entire interview airs 7 p.m. Sunday on WVXU-FM’s “Around Cincinnati.”

John Kiesewetter

George Clooney started shooting “The Ides of March” in Northside 5 years ago today, Feb. 10, 2011, jump starting Cincinnati’s current movie renaissance nearly 25 years after “Rain Man” filming here.

Clooney directed and starred in the political thriller about dirty politics during a Pennsylvania governor’s (Clooney) campaign for president in the Ohio primary.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for best adapted screenplay with business partner Grant Heslov and playwright Beau Willimon.

The first day of shooting was a family affair.

Hail Clooney!

Feb 5, 2016
Universal Pictures

Hail Clooney! Hail this Caesar from Augusta!

I’m not sure the movie-going public will get all the Hollywood insider jokes in the Coen Brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” opening this weekend, but they’ll enjoy seeing George Clooney in this goofy role as the kidnapped movie star while playing the Roman emperor in 1951.

WLWT-TV

Randi Rico’s first visit to New York City will be a memorable one – she’ll do a “Today” show forecast for Al Roker, then help dunk him in a dunking booth live on NBC.

WLWT-TV’s perpetually upbeat morning meteorologist was nearly speechless Tuesday when she learned – during the “Today” broadcast –that she won an online vote to appear on the show Thursday, the first day of the November TV ratings’ sweeps. (She tells me about her Thursday morning TV schedule below.)

“I'm crazy nervous Al,” she told Roker on the show. “I'm excited. I’ve never been to New York.”

Rico topped finalists from Manhattan and Minneapolis in the show’s month-long Pink or Swim promotion raising funds for breast cancer research.

The Weinstein Company

The date has been set! “Carol,” the Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara period drama filmed here last year will have a Cincinnati premiere on Saturday, Dec. 12.

The Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission announced the date – but no other details – in its October newsletter emailed today.

“The premiere will be held on Saturday, December 12th, with the venue and time TBA (to be announced). Stay tuned."

Kristen Erwin Schlotman, film commission executive director, told me earlier this month that “Carol” and Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead,” both filmed here last year, will have Cincinnati premieres.

Wikipedia

Hollywood rolls into Fourth Street downtown again Friday, the first day of shooting for the “Marauders” bank theft thriller starring Bruce Willis, Dave Bautista and Christopher Meloni.

The first scenes will be filmed all day at the Dixie Terminal Building, 49 E. Fourth St., according to the film location managers.

No parking restrictions will be posted on Fourth, Walnut and Third Streets from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday.  

That means some downtown parking spots won’t be available for the 7:10 p.m. Reds-Mets game at Great American Ball Park.

Wikipedia

Will Stephen Colbert on CBS’ new “Late Show” Sept. 8 be as funny as the self-important character Colbert played hosting Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report?”

He’s no dummy. He won six prime-time Emmys, two Peabody Awards and a Grammy for his satirical “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central from 2005 to 2014.  And if he’s not an immediate sensation – as Jimmy Fallon was replacing Jay Leno – I think he’s smart enough to figure it out in the first few months hosting the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (11:35 p.m., CBS, Channel 12).

It comes down to this: Will the real Colbert be as entertaining on CBS as the fake Colbert was on Comedy Central?

That’s the question I asked WKRC-TV’s Brad Johansen, who interviewed Colbert for Channel 12 promos on the air now and a story to air Tuesday night before Colbert’s premiere. (Have you seen the one where Colbert calls him “Brad So Handsome?”)