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George Clooney to be Honored with AFI Life Achievement Award

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Amal Clooney, left, and George Clooney arrive at the world premiere of "Hail, Caesar!" in Los Angeles. voa

New York October 05: George Clooney will be the 46th recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award. The American Film Institute announced Thursday it will honor the actor-director at a gala tribute in Los Angeles in June.

The 56-year-old Clooney may be on the young side for AFI Life Achievement Award, but this isn’t his first. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 2015 handed him its lifetime achievement award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

AFI board of trustees chairman Howard Stringer calls Clooney “America’s leading man.” Stringer in a statement hails Clooney as “a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art’s impact echoes beyond the screen.”

Clooney’s next directorial effort is the 1950s home invasion drama “Suburbicon,” which opens later this month. (voa)

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‘I think Idris Elba should be the next James Bond’, Says George Clooney

Filmmaker George Clooney thinks actor Idris Elba is elegant and handsome and masculine- a perfect choice to play James Bond

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Who would you like to see as the next James Bond? Filmmaker George Clooney believes actor Idris Elba would be perfect for the role. Pixabay

Los Angeles, September 11, 2017 : Filmmaker George Clooney says actor Idris Elba, who was earlier being eyed as the new James Bond, would have been a perfect choice to play the popular British spy.

Actor Daniel Craig will return as James Bond in the upcoming 25th film in the popular franchise.

“I think Idris Elba should be the next James Bond,” Clooney told variety.com.

“I think it’s insane that you wouldn’t. He’s elegant and handsome and masculine. He would be a perfect James Bond and it would be a great step forward,” he added.

On the personal front, Clooney welcomed twins — Alexander and Ella — three months ago with wife and human rights lawyer Amal.

Asked whether parenthood has changed him, Clooney said: “Well, it’s a funny thing. In general when you talk to somebody who is in the film industry, we can impart some unique experiences. Me talking about being a parent, everyone I know goes through it. And they are all the exact same experiences.”

He added: “It’s (being) up all night at weird hours. It’s changing diapers. It’s being shocked at what you see inside a diaper for the amount they take in and the amount they put out; you go, ‘How is that possible?'” (IANS)

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Actor George Clooney is developing a feature version of Netflix’s “The White Helmets”, a Documentary on Rescuers in Syria

"In the 'White Helmets', we have a motto: to save one life is to save humanity," one volunteer says in the documentary

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FILE - George Clooney is interviewed on Italy's RAI TV in Milan, Feb. 9, 2014. VOA

Los Angeles, Dec 20, 2016: Actor George Clooney is in the early stages of working on a feature version of Netflix’s “The White Helmets” documentary about first responders in Syria.

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Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov are seeking a writer through their Smokehouse Pictures production company, reports variety.com.

“The White Helmets”, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and produced by Joanna Natasegara, is on the documentary shorts Oscar shortlist.

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The Syrian Civil Defense, better known as the White Helmets, consists of about 3,000 volunteers. The organisation has been credited with saving more than 60,000 people from the bombed buildings in war-torn Syria. The group has lost about 150 members during the war.

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“In the ‘White Helmets’, we have a motto: to save one life is to save humanity,” one volunteer says in the documentary. (IANS)