George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22’

George Clooney has just agreed to star in and direct a miniseries based on Joseph Heller’s classic novel, Catch-22. Clooney claims that the book is his favorite novel, but we’ll see how much he respects the story’s original themes. Critics and lit professors often refer to Catch-22 as a “satirical anti-war novel,” which makes some … Continued


George Clooney Versus the World

It all started with the hilarious and hugely non-PC movie, Team America: World Police, where the ever-snarky creators of South Park featured a marionette of popular actor George Clooney whining about world politics as a representative of the Film Actor’s Guild. Or maybe it started with Clooney in his often-sanctimonious breakout role as Dr. Ross … Continued


Tom Cruise: The Greatest Movie Star of All-Time

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation comes out this weekend and with it will be another round of people beating up on Tom Cruise. They make fun of him for his religious beliefs. They knock him for making overly commercial movies. They mock him because he was one of the first people in America to have the … Continued


Hollywood Needs a Biology Lesson

A dear friend of mine declined to attend the (superb) Broadway play Skylight because, she said, it was “gross” that Carey Mulligan, who is 30, plays the love interest of Bill Nighy, 65. Vulture has a piece headlined, “Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence Have an Older-Man Problem,” castigating moviemakers for assigning each of … Continued


‘Tomorrowland’: Green is the New Boring

There are certain films that sound good on paper, look good in a trailer, but ultimately fall woefully short of their considerable potential. Welcome to Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland! The plot, when simply read aloud, sounds intriguing. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (George Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, … Continued

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Amal Clooney’s Odd Choice for Met Gala Dress

Amal Clooney looked stunning on the red carpet at the Met Costume Gala last week. I just have one question: Why would a woman who has devoted her life to defending human rights wear a dress designed by John Galliano? Mrs. Clooney’s human rights work is beyond extensive. She has worked as a prosecutor for … Continued


Bill Murray and the Case for Self-Reflection

Few people fascinate me the way Bill Murray does. At this point, his quirky, magnanimous behavior on and off the silver screen is the stuff of legend (or, for the more cynical among us, fodder for another round of eye rolls). I wrote about Murray earlier this year here at Acculturated and the impetus behind … Continued

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Should Women Marry in Their Twenties?

In a bout of third trimester insomnia last night, I found myself looking through the People magazine write-up of George Clooney’s wedding to lawyer Amal Alamuddin. One thing jumped out at me: their ages. She is 36. He is 53. I’m always struck by the way huge age gaps in celebrity marriages are overlooked, whereas … Continued