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Telluride Film Fest: Clooney says cameras are OK after all

September 2, 2011 | 11:27 am

George Clooney fans, it's OK to take out those cameras again and snap photos of your idol against the picturesque southwestern Colorado mountains!

Hours after organizers of the Telluride Film Festival instructed the handful of media representatives in this ski town to leave their cameras in their condos for all Clooney events, the ban has been lifted.

On Friday morning, festival organizers emailed journalists and said: “I wanted to give you notice that there will be no photography allowed inside the theaters at any of the George Clooney events. This includes the tribute and screenings, intros and Q&As of ‘The Descendants.’ ”

The festival is hosting the premiere of "The Descendants" in which Clooney plays an absentee father who suddenly finds himself responsible for the care of his two daughters when his wife falls into a coma after a boating accident. There will also be a tribute to Clooney, who will be jetting in to Telluride from Italy, where his film "The Ides of March" debuted earlier this week at the Venice Film Festival.

Clooney, who was not consulted about the photo ban and didn't ask for it, asked the festival Friday morning to rescind the rule, which Telluride promptly did.


Telluride Film Festival Lineup

Clooney's 'Ides of March' premieres in Venice

First trailer from Clooney's 'The Descendants' unveiled

-- John Horn in Telluride, Colo., and Julie Makinen

Top photo: George Clooney signs autographs as he arrives on the red carpet for the premiere of the movie "The Ides of March," which opened the  Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, on Wednesday. Credit: Joel Ryan/AP. Bottom photo: George Clooney with Los Angeles Times reporter John Horn, proving there is no longer a Clooney photo ban at the Telluride Film Festival. Credit: Los Angeles Times