George Clooney is directing Ben Affleck in new film ‘The Tender Bar’

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George’s Bender

Ben Affleck — the fake beau temp — on fellow “Batman” George Clooney. They simply labored on one thing referred to as “The Tender Bar” a couple of Long Island watering gap drama. Affleck tends bar. Dispenses whiskey with knowledge. Clooney directs.

Affleck: “George gave me the absolute best performance notes. He understands how much of acting comes with choices made to connect with a character’s emotional life.”

Clooney: “Ben’s a smart actor and smart man. He was a little worn down but now he’s got a bit of gravitas. Different actor than 15 years ago when he couldn’t have played this part. Now he’s right for it. As soon as we read the script, we thought of him.”

It’s Amazon Studios. In theaters Dec. 17. 

Remember when?

Stuff you didn’t know: Warren Beatty was as soon as a rat catcher . . . Ben Affleck was as soon as into Middle Eastern research . . . Bruce Willis was as soon as president of his faculty pupil council . . . Chris Walken, as soon as speaking about fame: “If people didn’t recognize me I’d be depressed. If I walk down the street and nothing happens, I get sad” . . . Once, filming in Prague, Hilary Swank introduced alongside her border collie, African grey parrot, plus her cat . . . Once, Eva Longoria about then-beau NBA star Tony Parker: “When the lights are out he’s the teacher and I’m the student” . . . Once, Sharon Stone on her way-out nude scenes in “Basic Instinct 2” mentioned, “Why tone it down? Let’s go crazy.”


Ruler of royal portraiture

Ralph Heimans. He did the 9-by-11-foot Diamond Jubilee oil portray of Queen Elizabeth II within the coronation gown she hasn’t worn since age 27. It will ceaselessly hold in Westminster Abbey. Now visiting the US, he says, “I used to be terrified. Six months to finish it and solely one-hour classes together with her. She was concerned in each resolution — even what diamonds to choose and he or she consulted with Prince Philip ‘on which robe to wear.’

“It was intense. I used to be a complete nervous wreck. I locked myself within the studio. Food below the door. I didn’t actually love the stress. Since you’ll want to direct her on positioning, there’s 1000’s of protocols. I used to be informed to say, ‘May I take control now, ma’am?’ earlier than making a directive. Except for the queen’s dresser, we had been alone. The royal household doesn’t remark however press reviews had been she’s thrilled with the portrait.

“The robe’s 18 feet long and you need four footmen to carry it. They gave me time with her clothes separately. We worked in the Yellow Drawing Room at the end of a very long Buckingham Palace corridor. The queen, encrusted in jewels, approached from its other end. A theatrical entrance. Footmen carrying the robe. You virtually heard trumpets playing. She stood but had to sit for half because the robe’s so heavy. Then, they give you cucumber sandwiches and high tea.”

I hate to say a royal flush however don’t queens ever want the john?

“No. They have this military sense of mentality. The royal family’s disciplined. It was a precious time but an artist needs certain things so you just must have courage to say do this . . . do that. The silvery hair is a characteristic element. Like a helmet the way it’s sculptural and structured. I used a 17th century technique and how the Old Masters built up their canvasses to create these effects. I worked from a dark background to build up the lights.”

A) The man received paid. B) He’s Australian however lives in London. C) He additionally painted Philip and Charles.


Now right here’s this

Shani Grosz, who has dressed Deborah Norville, Wendy Williams, Bethenny Frankel, now clothes the covers of Chase Backer’s magazines Metropolitan and Metropolitan Palm Beach . . . Canaletto, Italian restaurant within the East 60s, does white pasta with shrimp. I’m simply letting you realize.


Biden, whereas studying from his ready script, says: “We need a man to talk back to Russia.” Listen, no drawback. I do know a thousand cab drivers who will just do that.

Only in New York, youngsters, solely in New York.