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George Takes a Stand
Newsday - Long Island, N.Y.
Date: Jan 19, 2003
Start Page: A.13
Section: NEWS
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[Rao]'s still offers its delicious CD of owner Frank Pelligrino's songs, and I love the capper on the cover: "Buy this CD because it's a cinch you'll never get a reservation at Rao's." (Well, I "got a reservation" only because of my colleague Ms. [Victoria Gotti]. I wasted lots of dinner time trying to talk the blond, beautiful Victoria into writing her memoir. She's still sad about her father's death and reluctant.) It was a great night, one when everybody was Italian.

[Matthew Peyton GEORGE CLOONEY] arrived at [Michael Bolton]'s restaurant on crutches but was athletically adept at handling himself in spite of the tear to his Achilles tendon. He hopes to avoid surgery, and an MRI will tell in a few days if this is possible. George was in town to accept the Special Filmmaking Achievement Award from the National Board of Review. He made history at that event by wisecracking in a politically incorrect manner that "Charlton Heston announced again today that he is suffering from Alzheimer's." When I asked the actor if this was going too far, he said simply, "I don't care. Charlton Heston is the head of the National Rifle Association; he deserves whatever anyone says about him." (Clooney is a heavy hitter against the gun lobby.) He's also graphically and fully informed about world events and embraces the label "political liberal," saying he grew up thinking that's what we were supposed to be in a democracy.

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