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George Clooney’s suicide thoughts

George Clooney has opened up about his darkest days, when he seriously contemplated committing suicide. The Ocean?s Twelve star was injured while filming his new film Syriana and suffered headaches and memory loss as a result. He said: “It was the most unbearable pain I’ve ever been through, literally where you’d go, ‘Well, you’ll have to kill yourself at some point, you can’t live like this? There was this scene where I was taped to the chair and getting beaten up. The chair was kicked over and I hit my head. I tore my dura, which is the wrap around my spine that holds in the spinal fluid. But it’s not my back; it’s my brain. I basically bruised my brain.” He added: “It’s probably the worst year personally I’ve ever had. My brother-in-law died of a heart attack aged 45, my grandma fell, broke her hip and died last summer. And my dog got attacked by a rattlesnake and killed.” Let?s hope 2006 is an improvement for poor George.

Charlize in love with life
Charlize Theron is certainly taking life as it comes. She?s intent not to overwork, and hasn?t read a single script since winning her Oscar for her role in Monster this year. “I haven’t read a script since right before the Oscars. I said yes to both (new films) Aeon Flux and North Country before the Oscars and I knew they’d keep me busy for the next two years. If you’ve just committed yourself to two projects, entertaining any other stuff is like dragging yourself over broken glass. It’s my life. I’m not just a money-making machine. There have been some offers, but I just didn’t feel ready to go (and) spend eight months on a film set. Not one day goes by where I go, ‘Oh, f**k, what am I missing out on?’ I love my life as much as my work. I don’t want one to take over the other.” Go Charlize!

Cameron?s academic intentions
Cameron Diaz has taken on the academic world. She turned up unannounced at Stanford University in the United States last week and gave a guest lecture to students. Don?t worry, it wasn?t an bizarre ego trip that caused her to do it – she was participating in a new MTV show called Stand In, where celebrities pretend to be guest lecturers in universities across the US. Her topic of discussion was environmentally friendly architecture and design and she spoke alongside renowned environmental architect William McDonough. Of him, she said: “He’s very charismatic, captivating. Bill is one of those people who is thinking big, but is also producing.” There was no word of the students responded to her words of wisdom though.