Mis “Piensos” on the George Clooney engagement

Sigh...

Sigh…

Upon learning that George Clooney got engaged recently to international lawyer Amal Alamuddin, three things came to mind:

 1. Who is this mystery woman??? (¿Y qué tiene que las otras ex-novias no tuvieron?)

2. Remember that old saying “Más pronto cae un hablador que un cojo,” or “never say never”?  Yet again it proves to be true.

3. I really have to return to my blog so I can vent this out properly in Spanglish on a worldwide open platform.

So here I am, back in the only place where I could fully express my feelings y piensos on this all too important subject (at least for me) and hope that my four fieles lectores/as have not lost faith in me and the Life in Spanglish blog.

(Thank you for your patience. I promise to be here at least once a week.)

As for the future Mrs. George Clooney, let me tell you, I’m impressed. Not that anybody would ask, but since it can’t be me who is the object of his affections, at least I’m happy she’s a smart, accomplished, cultured and successful woman who seems to suit George quite well.

Ms. Alamuddin is 36 years old, was born in Beirut, studied in Oxford and NYU, speaks 3 languages (Arabic, English and French) is an international lawyer who among her clients has defended Julian Assange of WikiLeaks (que tal?) and serves as special counsel to the United Nations and former UN Secretary Kofi Annan. Not too shabby!

After the initial google searches, I found she also has a quirky fashion sense when it comes to shoes.

In few pictures existing in the web so far, she is wearing interesting shoe combos, something I can appreciate. Some of them are kind of weird, but in one of her paparazzi shots she has some sort of eclectic oxford shoes, and I just happen to LOVE oxford shoes. Nada de glam, nada de sexy mama, just really strange and cool black and white shoes with laces. Y sólo por eso, dije, OK, me cae bien… (Nobody ever accused me of being too shallow, just a little bit.) I expect she will now be hounded wherever she goes and we will probably get to see more of that unusual fashion sense. 

Yes, I love a good oxford shoe. The future Mrs. George Clooney has similar tastes.

Yes, I love a good oxford shoe. The future Mrs. George Clooney has similar tastes.

 

From In Style website. George Clooney and Aluma. I like her oxford shoes- and that's all I need para que me caiga bien.

From In Style website. George Clooney and Amal. I like her oxford shoes- and that’s all I need para que me caiga bien.

 

As for Mr. Clooney, pues no que no tronabas pistolita. After years of saying he was not the marrying type, I guess it was a matter of timing and finding a jet setting-like minded human activist to settle down with. ¿O será que ya se cansó de darle vuelo a la hilacha? At 52, he’s no spring chicken, but he looks as handsome as ever.

Yes, para mí el George Clooney es especial,  and the sentimental fool that I am, I am happy for him. Event though I’ve never met him, we go way back to our “Facts of Life-Roseanne-Sisters-ER” TV days and he has always, always been my most favorite. (He has an upcoming birthday on May 6th). 

As for the rest of us, we’ll always have that wonderful little gem of a commercial that makes us wonder, what if I ever got married to George? I’ve posted it before and here it is again for your viewing pleasure.

Dream a little dream, baby.

George Clooney Married Commercial (link)

Still from the Norwegian bank ad with George Clooney. Click on the link to watch.

Still from the Norwegian bank ad with George Clooney. Click on the link to watch.

 

 

 

Waiting for Gravity, the new film by Alfonso Cuarón

The number one reason why Fall Season is my favorite season of the year is movies. This year the list is long and very interesting, but there is one movie in particular that has caught my attention.

“Gravity” is a new film opening on Friday, October 4th, by one of my favorite movie directors, Alfonso Cuarón. It stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, so just by reading the cast I’m already in.

I’ve heard great reviews all over the place (like this one from Joe Morgenstern at the WSJ) and the theme is intriguing: imagine being lost and floating in space and trying to get back to earth without anything to hold on to. Claro que a mucha gente ya le pasa, some people are so despistados that they seem lost in space even while they are walking the earth, tanto que you don’t know what hit them… but I digress.

Here is the trailer so you get an idea. Pero, ¡AGARRÉNSE!

 

I was especially surprised to learn that in this film, Mr. Cuarón worked with his son Jonás co-writing the screenplay. OMG. Who knew he had a son that was so grown up? Last Sunday the LA Times had a great article about their working relationship, which you can read here. Making movies is typically a family affair for Alfonso Cuarón, who had already worked with his brother Carlos before, most notably in “Y Tu Mamá También” which was nominated for several Oscars.

If you grew up in México in the 1980’s, you remember “Sólo Con Tu Pareja,” the first película mexicana you went to see at the movie theater that was actually good, funny and well made. It was written, produced and directed by Mr. Cuarón and it became a big hit. This was a movie en español unlike anything we had seen before, with young and socially affluent people in Mexico City in a comedy of errors.  The story, the actors were all different from all the churros and B-stuff  produced in Mexico, things you had no intention of ever seeing. The Mexican Film Industry was  in shambles in the late 1980’s, and Alfonso Cuarón’s “Sólo Con Tu Pareja” changed all that. 

So you can bet I’m going to go see this one at the IMAX theater, getting my supersize popcorn and fastening my seat belt.

Just by looking at the trailer I’m extremely concerned and flying by the seat of my pants for Sandra Bullock. ¡Pobrecita! How can she survive? But if anyone is going to rescue her in outer space, it might as well be our favorite hunk, el George Clooney. Go George! Tú puedes, corazón. I wouldn’t mind being lost in a galaxy far, far away if I was lost with you, baby.

The nice people over at Warner Brothers sent us a few pix of the premiere this week in New York. I thought you’d enjoy them as much as I did. 

Let’s go see Gravity and hope they make it. As Cantinflas said in one of his movies,  “La gravedad, señores…¡depende del trancazo!”

(Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I just love good movies and talented filmmakers.)

New York, New York - 10/01/2013 - Warner Bros. Picture News Presents The New York Premiere of "Gravity". The Film stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock and was directed by Alfonso Cuaron .

New York, New York – 10/01/2013 – Warner Bros. Picture News Presents The New York Premiere of “Gravity”. The Film stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock and was directed by Alfonso Cuaron . Photo Courtesy of Warner Brothers.

-PICTURED: Jonas Cuaron,George Clooney,Sandra Bullock,Alfonso Cuaron,David Heyman  -PHOTO by: Dave Allocca/Startraksphoto.com

Jonas Cuaron,George Clooney,Sandra Bullock,Alfonso Cuaron,David Heyman
-PHOTO by: Dave Allocca/Startraksphoto.com- Photo Courtesy of Warner Brothers.

There is chemistry here. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock greet each other at the premiere of Gravity in New York. Photo Courtesy of Warner Brothers.

There is chemistry here. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock greet each other at the premiere of Gravity in New York. Photo Courtesy of Warner Brothers.

Oh hey...it's George Clooney. Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers.

Oh hey…it’s George Clooney. Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers.

From the LA Times article last Sunday, father and son Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón, co-writers of Gravity.

From the LA Times article last Sunday, like father, like son: Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón.

Happy Birthday George Clooney!

Reason enough to be happy on this Monday morning, one of all my favorite men in the whole wide world y todo el universo universal, Mr. George Clooney celebrates a birthday today, May 6th.

Yes, I’m not shy in wishing him a feliz cumpleaños con muchos besos y abrazos. Our guy turns 52 today. Happy Birthday, baby! 

Son of Nick and Nina, nephew of Rosemary Clooney, award winning film and television actor, director, producer (Academy Award Winner this year for producing the Best Picture “Argo”), activist for humanitarian causes around the world committed enough that he got arrested recently, basketball enthusiast, Italian villa owner, dog lover, weird pet lover (he had a pet pig once) and eterno soltero extraordinaire slash chick magnet, YES this man is one of a kind.

Like my grandma Mamá Lilia declares every time she sees him: “Qué hombre tan guapo…” y suspira.

Behold some images from George Clooney throughout the years. Proof that some people just get better with age.

(Been watching you since Sisters and ER, Mr. Clooney. We go way back!)

Believe it or not, this kid would become the World's Sexiest Man Alive twice. (Photo from people.com "Before they were stars")

Believe it or not, this kid would become the World’s Sexiest Man Alive twice. (Photo from people.com “Before they were stars”)

Remember him? George from back in the 80's and early 90's when he tried becoming a household name on television, with small roles on The Facts of Life and Sisters. (Photo from xfinity.comcast.net)

Remember him? George from back in the 80’s and early 90’s when he tried becoming a household name on television, with small roles on The Facts of Life and Sisters. (Photo from xfinity.comcast.net)

The entire world took notice when George Clooney starred in ER, as the most handsome doctor you could ever imagine, Dr. Doug Ross.

The entire world took notice when George Clooney starred in ER, as the most handsome doctor you could ever imagine, Dr. Doug Ross. (Photo from Los Angeles Times)

George Clooney LA Times Mag cover

A more recent image, from the cover of LA Times. (CB Photo 2011 via iPhone.)

A commercial all ladies can dream about, George finally gets married! (But only in Norway and in your dreams!) Oh hey there…

Still from a commercial aired in Norway, for DnBNor Bank. The ultimate fantasy, getting George Clooney married.

Still shot from a commercial aired in Norway, for DnBNor Bank. The ultimate fantasy, getting George Clooney married. Click here to see the video. Why don’t they make commercials like this here in America?