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Thu 9 Dec 2004
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Stars Jostle for Space at Ocean's 12 Premiere

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Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 12, which opens in cinemas in the United States tomorrow, was given nearly Oscar-calibre treatment at its premiere in Los Angeles.

As with the annual Academy Awards, but rarely otherwise, a full block of Hollywood Boulevard was closed off on Wednesday night to make way for hundreds of fans and a bounty of big name actors.

Co-stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Swansea girl 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 12 superstar to ignore the night’s formal dress code.

Clooney turned up with partner Lisa Snowden, the British TV presenter from Welwyn Garden City.

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 cancelled 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 12 picks up the story of Ocean’s 11 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 12 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 13?

“I don’t think so,” said Clooney. “I think we’ve done it. We’re done.”

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