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George Cloony takes his balls and goes home!


George Clooney has quietly withdrawn

from the Writers Guild of America after

the union rejected his request for a writing

credit on his new film “Leatherheads,”

Daily Variety reported in its Friday edition.


Clooney opted to become a

“financial core status” nonmember last fall,

which means that he is still covered by the

basic contract, the trade paper said.


But he loses his voting rights,

and cannot run for office or attend

membership meetings, according to the

WGA’s constitution. He must continue

to pay his dues, but gets a break on

“non-germane” WGA activities,

such as political and lobbying efforts.

His decision is also irrevocable.


Clooney, 46, directed, produced and stars in “Leatherheads,” a screwball period football

comedy that opens across North America

on Friday via General Electric Co’s

Universal Pictures.

Despite mixed reviews, it is expected to be

the top draw at the weekend box office.


He had sought to receive a writing credit

alongside Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly,

claiming that he personally gave the

duo’s languishing 17-year old project

a major overhaul.


Clooney, who received an Oscar nomination

 two years ago for co-writing

Good Night, and Good Luck,” told Daily Variety

that he felt he had written all but two of the

scenes for “Leatherheads.”

His request for credit was voted down

2-1 at an arbitration hearing.


“When your own union doesn’t back

what you’ve done, the only honorable

thing to do is not participate,”

the paper quoted Clooney as saying.


He said he would have resigned

from the union altogether — a revocable move —

but that would have prevented him from

working on all WGA-covered productions.

He kept quiet about his move,

because the union was about to go on

 strike for the first time in almost two decades,

and he did not want to provide an unwelcome distraction.

Clooney was a keen supporter

of the 100-day strike, which ended

almost two months ago.


The WGA did not comment for the Daily Variety story, and a union spokesman did not immediately reply to an e-mail seeking verification of the report.

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