Morning Buzz: George Clooney on Gay Marriage

E! reports that actor George Clooney gave a statement to them on his feelings about the recent banning of same-sex marriage in California due to Proposition 8. “At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won’t be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black,” Clooney said.

TMZ reports that record mogul Suge Knight has filed a lawsuit against Kanye West. Knight, who recently filed for bankruptcy, was shot in the leg at a pre-MTV VMA party West threw at The Shore Club in Miami back in 2005. He is blaming West for someone smuggling a gun past security allowing him to be shot, and for the loss of a diamond stud earring reportedly worth $135,000 during the incident. Knight is suing West for expenses related to his injuries and “for damages for the loss of use and enjoyment of the earring.” In some sort of deal with the courts, Suge will be able to keep a percentage of any money from the lawsuit despite being bankrupt.

Reuters reports that director Ridley Scott will helm a movie based on the board game Monopoly. The film will be a collaboration between Universal Pictures and the Hasbro toy company and screenwriter Pamela Pettier (The Corpse Bride, Monster House) is working on a treatment. Director Scott reportedly wants to give the film “a futuristic sheen along the lines of his iconic Blade Runner.”

Maurice Green was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars last night, and E! reports that cheering took place in the audience when it was announced he was leaving. Reportedly, teenage girls present cheered because young heartthrob Cody Linley, who was in the bottom two with Green, was NOT eliminated. Contestant Lance Bass reports that there were “tears” backstage over Green’s elimination because he was “everybody’s buddy.”

Losing presidential candidate John McCain appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night to discuss his campaign. E! reports that on the subject of his controversial running mate Sarah Palin, McCain said that he thinks she will play “a big role in the future of our country.” “She inspired people. She still does,” said McCain.”I couldn’t be happier with Sarah Palin.  And she’s going back to be a great governor.”