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George Clooney was honored Friday night with the 21st annual American Cinematheque Award.

American Cinematheque is a non-profit organization.

The tribute will be broadcast on December 8 on AMC.

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Celebrity pals turn out for a toast to Clooney
Posted 10/15/2006 10:04 PM ET [SOURCE]
By William Keck, USA TODAY

BEVERLY HILLS — Ocean’s Thirteen doesn’t hit theaters until June, but Friday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, several cast members came together to honor George Clooney with the 21st annual American Cinematheque Award.

The actors also offered a sneak preview of what’s to come in the Ocean’s franchise.

Al Pacino is our bad guy, and Ellen Barkin works with him,” teased a tuxedo-clad Clooney. “This is a story about revenge. One of our guys gets hurt by Al, and we go after him.”

Ocean‘s players past and present — Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle, Barkin and Carl Reiner — appeared on stage for the award ceremony (to be broadcast Dec. 13 on AMC), while Matt Damon and Catherine Zeta-Jones sent in taped tributes from remote locales.

With Roberts and Zeta-Jones gone from Thirteen, Barkin is the new leading lady, and Clooney says she’s “enough for all the men.”

And George is all the man that any of us need,” echoed a clearly tickled Barkin. She gets to kiss Damon in the film but said she would have preferred locking lips with a frequent set visitor for Brad Pitt: “I bet Angelina (Jolie)’s pretty good.”

Although Roberts doesn’t appear on screen, Clooney says his character, Danny, remains faithful to her character. Roberts spent the cocktail hour before the presentation showing off snapshots of her blue-eyed, red-haired twins, Hazel and Phinnaeus, who turn 2 next month.

Clooney’s former ER co-stars, Noah Wyle and Julianna Margulies, also attended in hopes, they joked, of landing roles in Ocean’s Fifteen. Plus, Margulies wants a big-screen ER spinoff in which her and Clooney’s characters, Nurse Carol and Dr. Doug, finally get hitched.

George and I have a pact that, after enough time goes by, we’re going to do it,” she said. “We never had a wedding or a hot, steamy love scene. Millions of people wanted to see that, and (the writers) never gave it to us.”

Conspicuously absent: The Facts of Life girls, with whom Clooney co-starred from 1985 to 1986. “I’m a little hurt,” Clooney cracked. “No Tootie, no Jo, no Blair.”

George Clooney and Julia Roberts share a laugh backstage Friday before the American Cinematheque Award gala honoring Clooney.

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