The star talks about ''Good Night, and Good Luck'' at the New York Film Festival
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”If you look at the film festivals, Venice is beautiful, Toronto is one of the precursors to the Oscars, and Cannes is a big gun,” says George Clooney. ”But getting accepted to New York is certainly the most prestigious of them all.” That’s only one reason why Clooney decided to submit the 1950s-era newsroom drama Good Night, and Good Luck, which he directed, stars in, and co-wrote, to the 43rd New York Film Festival. ”I thought, This is a film that’s about New York, and takes place in New York with a bunch of New York actors,” he says. ”It seemed fitting.” For the film’s opening-night premiere on Sept. 23, Clooney, who’s still recovering from recent back surgery, had to ricochet between two Lincoln Center screenings before heading to a late-night gala at Tavern on the Green. ”It’s exciting, but it’s going to be a long day,” he said just before the big event. ”It’s a two-vodka day.” Only two? ”I didn’t say the size of the glass.”

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