Blu-Ray Spotlight: Sandra Bullock Leads A-List Cast In Engaging ‘Ocean’s 8’

Sandra Bullock is good friends with Gravity co-star George Clooney (he also executive produced Our Brand Is Crisis), so the A-list actress seems like the perfect choice to steer the Ocean’s franchise into a new direction. Ocean’s 8, which hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 11, proved to be a box office hit (it made over $294 worldwide) and a sequel (though it hasn’t been announced) should be in the offing.

Just released from prison, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) concocts a plan to steal a $150 million diamond necklace that will be worn by actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) at the Met Gala. Along with her partner-in-crime Lou (Cate Blanchett), the pair enlist a hacker (Rihanna), diamond expert (Mindy Kaling), pickpocket (Awkafina), fashion designer (Helena Bonham Carter), and a Connecticut based fence (Sarah Paulson) to pull off the operation. Though Ocean’s Eleven filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and Clooney are not present, Ocean’s 8 follows the tried and true formula while carving out territory of its own. Filmmaker Gary Ross (Free State of Jones) brings a light touch to the proceedings, and fans of the previous films should also be satisfied with the breezy yet intricately woven Ocean’s 8.

Special features on the Blu-ray include two deleted scenes which give a bit more spotlight to Sarah Paulson’s character (her banter with Bullock, most notably in the second scene, is fun to watch). Most of the cast, Ross, co-writer Olivia Milch (Deadwood producer David Milch is her father), costume designer Sarah Edwards are among the interviewees who discuss the movie in the featurettes “Ocean’s 3.0,” “Reimagining the Met Gala,” and “A Heist In Heels.” 

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George Clooney Looks Back At His Lean Years

George Clooney has been a household name for so long, it’s difficult to remember a time when he wasn’t a star. But before ER became a breakout hit, he definitely had his fair share of struggles as an actor. (Anybody remember him in Return of the Killer Tomatoes!?) Prior to ER’s premiere in 1994, he’d also done a lot of TV shows. Sometimes, it was a recurring role on a successful show, like The Facts of Life or Roseanne, but when it came to starring in his own shows, there were some losers in the bunch — neither E/R (similar name, different show) nor Bodies of Evidence made it out of their first seasons alive. Now that he’s being honored with AFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award, George Clooney Looks Back At His Lean Years (Click on the media bar below to hear George Clooney)

Even though he’s been a superstar for more than two decades, Clooney has a reputation for being one of the nicest, most approachable actors in Hollywood. We can testify to having had several memorable encounters with him ourselves, and we’ve always been struck by how open he is with his fans. He told us it was his early encounter with a big celebrity that made him realize the importance of treating his fans well when they encounter him.  (Click on the media bar below to hear George Clooney)

 AFI’s salute to George Clooney will air on TNT on Thursday, June 21.

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For George Clooney, ‘Batman’ Was A Bad Choice (But A Good Career Move)

Plenty has been said about Batman & Robin, the much-maligned entry in the original Batman franchise that saw George Clooney replacing Val Kilmer (who had replaced Michael Keaton) in the Caped Crusader’s Bat-suit. Oh, and yes, that was the infamous Bat-suit with the nipples. Although the film was poorly received and was the weakest performer in the franchise, Clooney still looks back at it as a turning point in his career, telling The Hollywood Reporter it was the movie that changed his decision-making process when it came to making movies. Clooney told us that, although it was still a box office hit, he found Batman & Robin to be a disappointment on many levels. (Click on the media bar below to hear George Clooney) 

 

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George Clooney: Making Movies Has Gotten Harder

SUBURBICONGeorge Clooney has proven himself as skilled behind the camera as he is in front of it. The six movies he’s directed have gotten primarily positive reviews, and there’s a good buzz on his latest, the dramedy Suburbicon. Given Clooney’s track record in Hollywood as an actor and director, you would think it’d be easy for him to get a project onto the big screen, but he told us it’s actually become more of a challenge for him.

Suburbicon opens in theaters tomorrow.

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Matt Damon Had Fun Hanging With George Clooney In ‘Suburbicon’

SUBURBICONMatt Damon and George Clooney have become frequent collaborators. They’ve worked together on the Oceans films, along with Syriana and The Monuments Men, and they’re back together on Suburbicon. Clooney’s directing the dramedy, about the darkness lurking beneath the surface of a small town in 1959, and Damon told us it was a pleasure to once again work with his friend. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Damon)

Suburbicon opens in theaters this Friday.

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