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Rumor Update: Brad 'n George OK, But Las Ramblas Property Potentially Up for Sale

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 6th April 2006 2:04pm
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Don't bet the house on rumors that George Clooney and Brad Pitt have fallen out over a casino development deal.

A report yesterday claimed Clooney was "steamed" at his "Ocean's 11" pal because Pitt "first backed out of a plan to join him in building a posh Las Vegas resort," then turned around "and set his sights on building a similar resort in Palm Springs."

According to TMZ.com, Pitt had initially shown interest in joining Clooney and Cindy Crawford's lounge-czar husband, Rande Gerber, as an investor in Las Ramblas, a $3 billion complex in Vegas.

But, a source tells TMZ, "Pitt left Clooney at the altar on the Vegas deal." According to other reports, the "Troy" star has twice visited Berlin to talk with architects there about a futuristic $60 million resort in Palm Springs, and was finalizing details last weekend.

"Clooney wants to run an old-school, black-tie formal resort in Las Vegas that harks back to the Sinatra era, but Brad's more about being hip and Hollywood-oriented," a source told TMZ. "Industry types in Vegas always smirked at Clooney's plans, but Pitt's plan to tap into the young market makes more sense to them."

Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the 25-acre site for Las Ramblas may soon be sold to a new developer.

Yesterday, Clooney acknowledged that the project was in trouble, but planned to make the best of it. "Since our controlling partners wanted to sell the space," he told us, "I'll donate my profits from the sale to the African Debt Relief Project - and I guess I'll find someplace else to gamble."

Gerber told us, "There are several great opportunities on the table, including a potential sale of the land. Regardless of the outcome, George and I are committed to developing a Vegas project together."

Sources close to the deal insisted that Pitt was never an investor in Las Ramblas but only suggested some design ideas.

Clooney's rep, Stan Rosenfield, scoffed at speculation that the casino tension could chill relations between Clooney and Pitt on the set of their forthcoming "Ocean's 13." "Any talk of friction is fiction," says Rosenfield.



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