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George Clooney Remains Coffee Brand Spokesman

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Reports that George Clooney has been dropped as the face of the coffee brand Nespresso are false, says its maker.

On Wednesday, The Sun reported that Clooney was being dropped as a Nespresso brand ambassador in ads overseas after seven years, and would be replaced by Penelope Cruz, who is the face of the company in ads that run in the United States.

The newspaper went so far as to quote insiders as saying Nespresso, which is owned by Swiss food giant Nestlé, might ask its customers to vote for a new spokesperson when Clooney’s contract expires.

However, a statement released later on Wednesday by Nestlé said, “Recent reports regarding the longstanding relationship between George Clooney and Nespresso are unfounded.”

The statement continued, “George Clooney continues in his role as Nespresso Brand Ambassador.  We are pleased with the relationship that we have built together over the last seven years.”

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Seven Things to Know About George Clooney’s Sister

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- George Clooney‘s had a lot of women in his life, but one has gotten much less exposure than the rest: his sister.

The New York Daily News tracked down Adelia Zeidler, Clooney’s older sibling, and got her dish about the oft-named sexiest man alive. Unlike her younger brother, Zeidler, 52, is far removed from Hollywood. The mom of two lives in Augusta County, Kentucky, close to her parents, and works in payroll and accounting.

While the story opens with Zeidler’s comments on Clooney’s love life — he’s probably not going to marry Stacy Keiber, and no, it’s not because he’s gay — it turns into a profile of a sweet woman who just wants the best for her little brother.

Read on for the highlights from the interview:

1. Clooney’s not gay. Zeidler laughed when asked about the decades-long rumor that her brother’s in the closet. “Yes that’s quite ridiculous, we don’t even listen when people say things like that anymore,” she said. “I think he decided that in his life he could have the career or he could have a family. And so when he decided to go full bore into the acting. That was where his focus was going to be.”

2. She doubts he’ll marry again. No offense to Keibler, but Zeidler doesn’t see Clooney tying the knot anytime soon. “No, I would say he probably will not get married. If I had to guess I would have to say ‘no,’” Zeidler said. “I know everyone says ‘Well, Warren Beatty said he’d never get married and then he met Annette Bening.’ But you know that’s the only example people can think of, so it doesn’t bode too well.”

3. She didn’t even attend his first wedding. “No, I didn’t go,” she about Clooney’s 1989 wedding to Talia Balsam. They divorced in 1993. “I was not aware he was married until after he was married.”

4. She feels weird thinking about him as the ‘sexiest man alive.’ Understandable — after all, he’s her baby brother. “I have a little difficulty seeing that,” she said. “Granted I can look at him and see he’s very attractive, but of course being his sister, it’s a little odd.”

5. She once considered a career in acting. "Yes, there is a part of me that would very much like to have become a famous actress or something like that,” she said. “I enjoy acting and I was fairly okay at it but I did not have a thick enough skin for it.” Instead, Zeidler said being a mother and wife (her husband passed away in 2004) “wound up taking precedence with me.”

6. She doesn’t have Clooney’s phone number. The siblings prefer to email and see each other about once a year, when Clooney visits Augusta. “I do not have his phone number because I wouldn’t want to have it in my phone and then lose my phone,” she said. “He can phone me and he does occasionally, but the email is more convenient for both of us.” Zeidler also said Clooney always sends her children birthday and Christmas presents.

7. And when they do talk, it’s not about Brad and Angelina. “I just generally keep him up with what’s going on in my life,” she said. “He’ll tell me little things that are going on here and there but mostly we just gab like brothers and sisters do about inconsequential matters.”

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Stacy Keibler: Marrying George Clooney 'Not on My Radar'

A.M.P.A.S.(LOS ANGELES) -- Stacy Keibler and George Clooney have been dating for over a year, but the former professional wrestler-turned-actress says she not in any rush to tie the knot.

“That is not on my radar at all,” Keibler tells E!, “I’m definitely the girl who doesn’t talk about that kind of stuff.  I’m not really interested in thinking about marriage or kids at all.”

Keibler adds, “I live in the moment.  I’m more of a guy that way.”

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George Clooney and Stacy Keibler Did Not Break Up

A.M.P.A.S.(LOS ANGELES) -- George Clooney and Stacy Keibler are still a happy couple.

Britain's The Sun painted a less-happy picture on Tuesday, when it reported that the two had split. 

A friend of Keibler's was quoted as saying, "She said George wants to be on his own again and has no intention of getting married."

The Sun reported that an official statement regarding the breakup was expected "any day."  Well, a statement did come from Clooney's rep on Tuesday evening, but it wasn't what the newspaper was expecting.

The statement reads, "A story published by a London tabloid, The Sun, concerning George Clooney and Stacy Keibler is not true.  They are total fabrication designed to sell newspapers."

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Report: George Clooney to Sell Italian Villa to Escape Paparazzi

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- George Clooney is reportedly looking to sell his mansion on the shores of Lake Como in Italy because members of the paparazzi are permanently camped outside when the star is home and they follow his every move.

The Hollywood Reporter quotes a report by Italian news program TG 24 that says the intrusiveness of the press has gotten to the point where Clooney’s current girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, has given him an ultimatum that he choose the villa or her.

If the report is true, it could mean the end of Clooney's 10-year love affair with the region.  Two years after buying Villa Oleandra in 2002, the 51-year-old actor was made an honorary citizen of Laglio, the town where the villa is located.

The Hollywood Reporter says Clooney also filmed his 2010 movie The American in Italy after he promised the residents of the earthquake-ravaged region of Abruzzo that he would shoot a movie there to help their local economy.

Clooney was also romantically linked to Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis for almost five years and is a regular face at the Venice Film festival.

In an interview with TG 24, photographer Pierpaolo Ferreri defends the actions of the paparazzi, saying, “Clooney is a public figure.  We stay out of the house and try to photograph him when he comes out.  What’s wrong with that?  Let us do our jobs.”

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George Clooney, Stacy Keibler Suffer Food Poisoning in Italy

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even George Clooney has his bad days. reports Clooney and his girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, both suffered from food poisoning last week after eating at a restaurant in Cernobbio, Italy, on July 4. In fact, the friends who dined with the couple also came down with food poisoning, though the manager of the restaurant denies the restaurant's food was the source of the problem.

Keibler alluded to her condition on Twitter, writing, "Finally had a bad meal in Italy, our whole dinner party got food poisoning #ohwell at least I'm still in Italy."

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Sacha Baron Cohen Fondles Clooney’s Ex for Latest ‘Dictator’ Stunt

Mike Marsland/WireImage(CANNES, France) -- The stunts just never stop with Sacha Baron Cohen. At the Cannes Film Festival Wednesday, he paled around on a yacht with Elisabetta Canalis, the Italian model famous for once dating George Clooney.

Dressed as the star of his new movie, The Dictator, Cohen oiled up Canalis’ legs, showed her what was inside his speedo, and eventually threw her overboard in a body bag. Photos of Canalis lounging at a Cannes hotel after the playdate confirm she was not actually killed and disposed of unceremoniously.

Cohen also arrived at a Cannes press conference for The Dictator on a camel. All of this comes as The Dictator, which opens Wednesday, is getting lukewarm reviews compared to the raves showered on Borat, Cohen’s first big-screen satire.
“What’s shocking this time is how tame Sacha Baron Cohen’s newest wild man is, for all the kerfuffle the comedian can stir up on the promotional trail,” Entertainment Weekly’s Lisa Schwarzbaum said.

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George Clooney's Obama Fundraiser Expected to Earn a Record $12M

Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It's no secret Hollywood loves President Obama.  For proof, look no farther than the fact that his upcoming May 10 fundraiser, hosted by George Clooney, has sold out.

More proof?  The Hollywood Reporter says the fundraiser is expected to garner $12 million for the campaign, making it the single-biggest presidential fundraiser in U.S. history.

Hollywood types including celebrities, studio heads and industry executives each coughed up $40,000 for a chance to dine with the president at Clooney's home in Studio City. 

The $12 million comes from the $6 million raised to attend dinner at Clooney's, plus an additional $6 million from an online sweepstakes sponsored by the Obama campaign, where contributors could win two seats at the head table with Clooney.

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Why George Clooney Wants to Save Sudan

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Three weeks ago, George Clooney was sauntering down the Oscar’s red carpet in Giorgio Armani threads, cracking jokes with Ryan Seacrest.

Twenty-eight days, one round-trip flight to Sudan and a rowdy protest later, the now-scruffy Hollywood superstar has swapped his designer suit for a pair of handcuffs and his cheeky E! interviews for gravely serious sit-downs on the Sunday morning political shows.

So what inspired America’s sexiest man to launch his crusade to bring aid to the war-ravaged people of Sudan?

“I grew up in a family that believed that … your job was to be involved with your fellow man,” Clooney said on “Fox News Sunday.” “You have a responsibility to participate in the human condition, one way or another.”

Clooney, whose father Nick Clooney was a broadcast news anchor, said that growing up around news made him a “big believer in the importance of information.” He also learned the realities of hard news being scrapped for celebrity gossip.

“I saw my father in the ’70s doing really good stories and then getting bumped because there was a Liz Taylor story that was going to be out,” Clooney said.

When he first learned of the plight in Sudan back in 2006, Clooney said his first reaction was to call his journalist father.

“I said, ‘Remember how you used to get all your stories bumped by Liz Taylor or something happened in Hollywood?’ And he said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Well, let’s go to Darfur. And you be the newsman and I’ll be Liz Taylor and let’s get it on the air,’” Clooney said Sunday.

Last week, Clooney made the rounds in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to convince Congress and the president to initiate negotiations with China to intervene in Sudan against the country’s president, Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war criminal.

“What’s going on right there is exactly what we saw in the beginning of Darfur,” Clooney said. “All three men charged with war crimes at The Hague are the same three who are now bombing indiscriminate innocent civilians with Antonov planes with 300-millimeter Chinese rockets.”

Clooney, who appeared on three Sunday morning news programs on Sunday said the United States and China are in a unique bargaining position right now because South Sudan has stopped producing oil, thereby eliminating 6 percent of China’s oil imports.

The actor argued that with gas prices rising, the fighting in Sudan is now more than a humanitarian issue. It’s an economic one.

“When the Chinese aren’t getting their 6 percent from Sudan, they are getting it [oil] from somewhere else and that drives the [gas] price up for everyone else,” Clooney told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.

Realistically, Clooney said the U.S. and NATO are not going take military action to stop the Sudanese government from bombing civilians. So instead he called for the United States to employ the same techniques the government uses to discover the funding channels of terrorist organizations to “go after” the money supporting the Sudanese “war criminals.”

And at the end of the day, Clooney said it is all about “saving lives.”

“We are going and standing where people are shooting rockets at us and we’re standing where there’s a bomb hit the ground and didn’t blow up, and that helps get attention to the story that we are trying to tell, then that’s all we can do,” the actor said on Fox. “I don’t make policy. I can just make it louder.”

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George Clooney: I Don’t Care If People Say I’m Gay

A.M.P.A.S.(r)(LOS ANGELES) -- Although George Clooney has dated arguably some of the most beautiful women in the world, rumors that he’s gay come up every now and again. Clooney told The Advocate he couldn’t care less.

“I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down saying, ‘These are lies!’ That would be unfair and unkind to all my friends in the gay community,” Clooney told the magazine.

The actor, who is currently dating Stacey Kiebler added, “I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurts if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a s**t.”

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