Maysville To Roll Out Red Carpet For Native Actor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - For one night, Maysville, Ky., will turn into Hollywood along the Ohio River.

George Clooney will visit the northern Kentucky town next Monday night for a special screening of his new movie, "Leatherheads," the director-actor's father said Tuesday.

The sneak showing will be at the renovated opera house, Nick Clooney and Universal Studios said.

"The whole town is abuzz," Maysville Mayor David Cartmell said.

George Clooney grew up in the town of Augusta, about 16 miles west of Maysville.

The movie, also starring Renee Zellweger and John Krasinski, is a romantic comedy set in the world of 1920s professional football. The film will be in theaters on April 4.

For Clooney's family, the setting has special significance. In 1953, Maysville was the site for the premiere of "The Stars are Singing," which starred George Clooney's aunt, Rosemary Clooney.

"He knows all about that, and he is very interested in kind of connecting the dots as far as family history," Nick Clooney said of his son.

"He thinks that would be kind of cool for the family, and one hopes for the town, too."

Nick and Rosemary Clooney were born in Maysville. George Clooney was born in Lexington, and the family moved several times before settling in Augusta.

Cartmell said next week's screening in Maysville will probably be the biggest event in the town of about 9,000 since the premiere of Rosemary Clooney's movie more than a half-century ago.

It will also be the hottest ticket in town.

Nick Clooney said about 300 seats will be available for the screening. The opera house seats about 150 more, but equipment needed to show the film will take up space in the balcony, he said.

Cartmell said he expects the town to catch Hollywood fever.

"Next week, we'll be Hollywood on the Ohio," he said.

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