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Chicago premiere for O13

  • A charity premiere of Ocean's Thirteen will be held in Chicago on 7 June, and Oprah may attend. Details from two articles at the Chicago Sun-Times.

    'Ocean's Thirteen' gala here

    None of "Ocean's Thirteen" was filmed in Chicago, but several of the movie's stars -- including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Don Cheadle and Matt Damon -- are expected here June 7 for the film's premiere, the Sun-Times has learned.

    Vanity Fair magazine and its high-profile editor Graydon Carter are hosting the event, hoping to raise money for the International Rescue Committee, which aids victims of global crises.

    It's a favorite cause of Clooney, who has traveled to Darfur to raise awareness of the crisis in war-torn Sudan. The money raised at the Chicago premiere is to go to a new International Rescue Committee arm focused on aid to Darfur -- the Not On Your Watch Foundation, established by "Ocean's" producer Jerry Weintraub.

    The "Ocean's Thirteen" evening will include a premiere of the movie, shown at the AMC River East 21 multiplex, followed by a star-studded after-party at the new Room 21 restaurant and nightclub, set to open at 2100 S. Wabash. Tickets for the post-party alone will start at $500 a person.

    The second report:

    Star gazing: Sneed hears Oprah may join the gaggle of actors -- which include George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ellen Barkin, and Al Pacino -- at the June 7 Chicago premiere of "Ocean's Thirteen." Word is Oprah has a cameo role in the film.
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