'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.