The Associated Press
Big stars. Even bigger premiere for "Ocean's Twelve."
Steven Soderbergh's film, which opens in theaters Friday, was given nearly Oscar-caliber treatment. As with the annual Academy Awards, but rarely otherwise, a full block of Hollywood Boulevard was closed off Wednesday night to make way for hundreds of fans and a bounty of brand-name actors.
Co-stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Catherine Zeta-Jones were among those who attended the black-tie affair. Pitt, in a full-length leather coat and open-collared white shirt, was the only "Ocean's Twelve" superstar to ignore the night's formal dress code.
At one point, the arrivals line was so packed, celebrities were literally running into each other. While speaking with AP Television News, Damon accidentally elbowed a famous actress to his left. "Stop bumping into me, you big shot!" scolded Sharon Stone - with a big smile.
Clooney's presence had been promised by studio publicists, though it had been reported the 43-year-old actor had canceled key promotional appearances following a back injury.
He didn't just show, Clooney showed up early, leading the arrivals-line parade.
"I found some painkillers," he joked. "Very good, by the way. Painkillers and Jack Daniels. Highly recommend them. Perfect. Try that at home, kids."
"Ocean's Twelve" picks up the story of "Ocean's Eleven" three years later, with Clooney's Danny Ocean reuniting his gang of con artists and thieves and heading to points around the world.
"We knew each other a lot better," Damon said. "There are some real friendships that have been built out of these movies. ... I don't know, it's just kind of a deeper experience, if that makes sense."
"Ocean's Twelve" also stars Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac and Carl Reiner.
"Can you imagine going into a room with all of these guys?" said Zeta-Jones, who joined the cast for the sequel.
"I felt like it was the first day of school," she said, adding that she'd been quickly welcomed into the group.
So, will there be an "Ocean's Thirteen"?
"I don't think so," said Clooney. "I think we've done it. We're done."
By MICHAEL CIDONI Associated Press Writer