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Eleven is a 2001 American comedy-crime caper and remake
of the 1960 Rat Pack caper film of the same name.
The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and
features an ensemble cast including George Clooney,
Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy García,
and Julia Roberts. The film was a success at the box
office and with critics. Soderbergh directed two sequels,
Ocean's Twelve in 2004 and Ocean's Thirteen in 2007.
being released from prison, Danny Ocean (George Clooney)
breaks parole and travels to Los Angeles to meet up
with his former partner in crime and close friend
Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) to propose a scheme he has
in mind. The two go to Las Vegas to pitch the plan
to wealthy friend and former casino owner Reuben Tishkoff
(Elliott Gould). The plan consists of simultaneously
robbing the Bellagio, The Mirage, and the MGM
Grand casinos. Reuben's familiarity with casino
security makes him very reluctant to get involved,
but when he begins to think of it as a good way to
get back at his rival, Terry Benedict (Andy García),
who owns the three casinos, Reuben agrees to finance
the operation. Because the casinos are required by
the Nevada Gaming Commission to have enough cash on
hand to cover all their patrons' bets, the three predict
that, on the upcoming night of a highly anticipated
boxing match, the Bellagio vault will contain more
than $150 million.
Ocean and Ryan recruit eight former colleagues and
criminal specialists, including Linus Caldwell (Matt
Damon), a young and talented pick-pocket thief. Also
recruited are Frank Catton (Bernie Mac), a casino
worker and con man, Virgil and Turk Malloy (Casey
Affleck and Scott Caan), a pair of gifted mechanics,
Livingston Dell (Eddie Jemison) an electronics and
surveillance expert, Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle) an
explosives expert, Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner) an elderly
con man, and "The Amazing" Yen (Shaobo Qin)
an accomplished acrobat. Several of the team members
carry out reconnaissance at the Bellagio to learn
as much as possible about the security, the routines
and behaviors of the casino staff, and the building
itself. Others create a precise replica of the vault
with which to practice maneuvering through its formidable
security systems. During this planning phase, the
team discovers that Ocean's ex-wife, Tess (Julia Roberts),
is Benedict's girlfriend. Ryan urges Ocean to give
up on the plan, believing Ocean incapable of sound
judgement while Tess is involved, but Ocean refuses.
the plan is put in motion, Ocean goes to the Bellagio
in order to be seen by Benedict, who, as expected,
has him locked in a storeroom to be beaten by a bouncer
called Bruiser. Ocean, however, knows Bruiser, and
he allows Ocean to leave through a ventilation shaft,
to meet with his team in the vault. Linus Caldwell
poses as a gaming commission agent, and reveals to
Benedict that Ramon Escalante is actually Frank Catton,
an ex-con. Caldwell and Catton stage a faux confrontation
to allow Linus to steal Benedict's access card. Yen
is smuggled into the vault by the Malloy brothers,
to assist in triggering the explosive from the inside.
Saul Bloom sneaks explosive into the casino vault
by posing as an international arms dealer needing
especially secure safekeeping for his valuables, and
then stages a heart attack that was treated by Ryan
posing as a doctor.
team activates a stolen pinch device to temporarily
disrupt the casino's electrical power, allowing them
to breach the vault undetected. As Benedict attempts
to restore order following the power outage, Ryan
anonymously calls him on a cell phone that Ocean had
earlier planted in Tess's coat. Ryan tells him that
the vaults are being raided, and that all the money
will be destroyed if Benedict does not cooperate in
loading half the money into a van waiting outside.
Benedict observes video footage of the vault that
confirms Ryan's claims, and complies in moving the
money, but orders his men to follow the van after
it departs, and calls a S.W.A.T. team to secure the
vault. The S.W.A.T. team's arrival results in a shootout
which causes the incineration of the half of the money
left in the vault. After assuring Benedict that the
casino is secure, the officers depart.
men following the van discover that it is being driven
remotely, and that, instead of money, it contains
duffel bags full of flyers advertising prostitutes.
Terry realizes that the vault video feed was faked
as the vault floor in the footage lacked the Bellagio
logo, which had recently been installed. A flashback
reveals that Ocean had used the vault replica to create
the fake video Benedict had seen; the rest of the
team posed as S.W.A.T. officers, and took all of the
money in the vault when responding to Benedict's call
for police assistance. Benedict then returns to the
room where he left Ocean and finds him still there,
leaving him with no way to connect Ocean to the theft.
As Tess watches via security surveillance, Ocean gets
Benedict to say he would give up Tess in exchange
for the money. Ocean then says he "knows a guy",
but Benedict tips off the police. Tess leaves Benedict,
and exits the hotel just in time to see Ocean arrested
for violating parole. When he is released, he is met
by Rusty and Tess, and the three drive off, closely
followed by Benedict's bodyguards.
In order of recruitment:
George Clooney as Danny Ocean
Bernie Mac as Frank Catton
Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan
Elliott Gould as Reuben Tishkoff
Casey Affleck as Virgil Malloy
Scott Caan as Turk Malloy
Eddie Jemison as Livingston Dell
Don Cheadle as Basher Tarr
Shaobo Qin as "The Amazing" Yen
Carl Reiner as Saul Bloom
Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell
Andy García as Terry Benedict
Julia Roberts as Tess Ocean
Five television actors make cameos as themselves,
being taught how to play poker by Rusty:
Holly Marie Combs
Steven Soderbergh as one of the bank robbers with
Siegfried and Roy as themselves
Wayne Newton as himself
Henry Silva and Angie Dickinson as themselves (both
appeared in the original)
Wladimir Klitschko as himself
Lennox Lewis as himself
Jerry Weintraub as a high-roller gamble
The film holds an 81% "Certified Fresh"
rating at Rotten Tomatoes. People magazine called
the film "pure fun from start to finish,"
and included it in its end-of-year Best of Screen
Newsweek said Ocean's Eleven "bounces along with
finger-snapping high spirits," and said that
while Soderbergh has "made deeper films, ...this
carefree caper movie is nothing to sneeze at.
magazine's reviewer Richard Corliss criticized the
film, saying it "doesn't offer much." In
a poll during November 2008, Empire magazine called
Ocean's Eleven the 500th best film on The 500 Greatest
Movies of All Time. For Don Cheadle's role in this
film, he needed to learn to speak with a cockney accent,
which was slaughtered by critics and is recognised
as being one of the worst accents in film. Don Cheadle
commented on his accent, saying "My British friends...
tell me [it's] a truly terrible London accent in Ocean's
13. You know something, I really worked on that accent.
Went to London, spoke to people, got to know it...
my agent said it was fine, so I'm stuck with this
thing. Even though everyone laughs at me. So I sacked
her, of course".
Weekly put "The Ocean's Eleven heist scene"
on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list,
saying, "Featuring three impregnable Vegas casinos
and 11 ring-a-ding criminals, Steven Soderbergh's
2001 roll of the dice provided the most winning robbery
sequence of the decade."
Ocean's Eleven had a budget of about $85 million.
On its opening weekend, it grossed an estimate of
$38 million and was the top box office draw for the
weekend. The film grossed $183,417,150 in the United
States and grossed $267,311,379 overseas leaving a
worldwide gross of $450,728,529. (Credit:
Clooney Hollywood Star To Speak In Sydney Australia
Next Week - 5th December 2011
one of the hottest actors in the world, right up there
with Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino,
Tom Cruise, Samuel L. Jackson and Australia's own
Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman. Some will argue he
is the hottest.
the case and how you rank Mr Clooney, he is very successful
and we've also learned he's quite the humanitarian
and astute businessman.
his outstanding work as an actor, he has received
two Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award. Clooney
is also noted for his social activism and has served
as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace since
January 31, 2008.
adding to his ultra impressive accolades, is tipped
to win the Best Actor Oscar for his latest film, The
majority of media think 2001 was a stand out year
for Clooney, at least for commercial success in film.
His fame skyrocked that year with the release of his
biggest commercial success, Ocean's Eleven, the first
of a profitable film trilogy, a remake of the movie
from 1960 with the members of The Rat Pack with Frank
Sinatra as Danny Ocean. Stealing from a casino is
pretty cool, and Clooney pulls it off beautifully.
under (and most of the world) just loves George, so
its little wonder there's a considerable ticket price
attached to enjoying his 'An Exclusive Audience with
George Clooney'. Some tickets are apparently selling
for up to $1100 AUD (no misprint).
just how much moolah for tickets for the man who needs
no introduction? That depends upon who you speak to
- think $1000, at least at this stage of the game.
obtained some media blurb from International Events
- a speakers event arm of Max Markson's Markson Sparks!,
and it reads like this:
Exclusive Audience with George Clooney
Clooney is a two time Golden Globe Award and Academy
Award winning actor, presenter, director, producer
and screenwriter whos made over fortyt films.
In 2007, George cofounded the Darfus aid organisation
Not On Our Watch and began serving as a United Nations
Messenger of Peace, receiving a UN Summit Peace Award
with fellow actor Don Cheadle.
the last five years, George Clooney has been focused
on leveraging his celebrity to get people to care
for something mor important that celebrity - in particular
the issues of Southern Sudan. His last project is
the Satellity Sentinel Project (SSP) which provides
and early warning system to deter mass atrocities
by focusing world attention and generation rapid responses
on human rights and human security concerns.
a rare public appearance, George will discuss how
collaboration, negotiation and compromise have been
critical to his success in business and his humanitarian
work. Clooney will discuss how we all use our circle
of influence and personal power to make a difference
to the issues that matter in our professional and
personal lives. This is not to be missed - a true
bucket list opportunity!
lunch time event will be held on December 12th 2011
at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling
Harbour.12 noon lunch will be followed by a photograph
with Mr. Clooney and the event will culminate with
a talk from 1.30pm - 2.30pm The Power of Collaboration,
including a question and answer session moderated
by Ellen Fanning.
Tickets are priced at $1100 in GST or $11,000 for
a table of ten, including a two course lunch a photo
with George Clooney.
100 guests on 10 tables of 10 will be able to attend
so book now to guarantee your seat!
December 12th, 2011
Location: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre,
The Late News...
understand that at this stage no media is invited
to the event. Will Mr Markson and the powers that
be change their mind in the coming days, should they
see enough benefit in working with and / or collaborating
with a range of Australian media companies (to raise
awareness and to help sell more tickets?) Or, will
Max and friends go it alone, believing that they will
get the numbers they require make money on Clooney's
exclusive speaking engagement in 'Sin City' Sydney?
Time will no doubt tell. Yes, we're interested to
attend of course, and talk about a positive news story.
Clooney kindly shared some of his thoughts with news
media recently regarding the working lives of his
fellow actors, and this is gold...
cut tobacco for a living in Kentucky. That was hard
work. I sold insurance door-to-door. That's hard work.
Acting is not hard work.
known a tremendous number of talented actors who didn't
get opportunities. It's long hours, but nobody wants
to hear you complain."
remember I was selling women's shoes at a department
store, which is a lousy job."
the interview with Hollywood Reporter magazine, he
added: "I don't find (acting) difficult. I find
it challenging, and sometimes I'm very bad at it,
but I don't find it hard."
George's Main Squeeze Come Down Under Too?
the million dollar question. If you didn't already
know, George has been hanging out with former WWE
Diva Superstar Stacy Keibler (once known by such colourful
names as "Miss Hancock" and "The Legs
of the WWE" (because of her extremely long legs).
Keibler was the only WWE Diva who ranked many times
in the listed of Maxim's Hot 100. Either way, Ms Keibler
nor Mr Clooney need not play second fiddle to anyone,
so if they come to Australia together, it will of
course be a huge bonus to media and fans.
to our friends at E! we learned the following. Ms
K opened right up to the celebrity media heavyweight:
"We're going to be having a lot of friends and
family going together this year, so it will be fun"
speaking about a Yuletide vacation with her parentswhich,
for the first time, will be feauturing a very special
guest appearance by her Oscar-winning boyfriend. It's
top secret if any of the family clan will be visiting
word yet if Clooney will be making any public appearances,
but you can bet he will be welcomed with open arms
if he does.
thank you for visiting Sydney, Australia, and we hope
to cross paths with you soon one way or another, and
with the AussieWood - Hollywood connection, we think
we've got a pretty good chance. You have to back yourself
in life and business, and that's exactly what we're
by George Clooney...
doing One Fine Day and playing a pediatrician on ER,
I'll never have kids. I'm going to have a vasectomy.
can't beat anyone anymore.
you get older and ease your way into being a character
actor you have to be comfortable with where you are
in life and career, and I'm very comfortable with
what I'm doing - working on projects I'm proud of.
I'm kind of comfortable with getting older because
it's better than the other option, which is being
dead. So I'll take getting older.
bought a piano once because I had the dream of playing
As Time Goes By as some girl's leaning on it drinking
a martini. Great image. But none of it worked out.
I can't even play Chopsticks. But I've got a nice
piano at my house!
don't believe in happy endings, but I do believe in
happy travels, because ultimately, you die at a very
young age, or you live long enough to watch your friends
die. It's a mean thing, life.
Man does not represent George Clooney