George Clooney put his wedding pics on the auction block and a tabloid was one of the winners ... but the money is ALL going to charities that he fiercely supports ... TMZ has learned.
George's wedding pics have been sold to People and the British tabloid Hello! Sources familiar with the sales tell us it was strictly an issue of which mag anted up the most. People won the North America market and Hello! conquered Europe.
Our sources say ... the money will be going to several human rights charities. We're told the lion's share is earmarked for the Satellite Sentinel Project -- a charity that monitors the Sudan for war crimes. Clooney is a co-founder of the group, which launched in 2010.
As one source connected to Clooney tells TMZ ... "Every photo in both magazines will be saving a life."
Have Fun at My Wedding
But My Digital Eye is on You!!!
9/28/2014 7:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
George Clooney created a deliciously diabolical security plan to keep guests from giving the media pictures of the wedding ... and even though he said the issue was hackers ... it's clear the REAL concern was that he didn't completely trust all the guests.
TMZ knows the ground rules for wedding night, requiring ALL guests:
-- Leave your cellphone in your hotel room
-- If you think you may need your phone, then bring it ... but leave it at a kiosk near the entrance
-- All guests will be provided a burner phone with a code, which serves as a ticket to enter
-- All guests will also receive a camera to take pics as they please
-- HERE'S THE CATCH ... The camera has a code that allows George's people to access the photos. So if Amal's 3rd cousin were to give TMZ a pic of the nuptials, George could find the matching phone pic and skewer the cuz.
The guests were all told the reason for the security measures was because of all the hackers who have been in the news recently. But here's the thing. If it's hackers the wedding party were interested in ... what's the point of tracking down the particular camera?
Clearly -- and reasonably -- George and company know ... friendships and blood relations only go so far.
George Clooney Wedding
Meet Mr. and
9/28/2014 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here they are ladies and gentleman ... Mr. and Mrs. George Clooney.
Cloon and his new bride Amal Alamuddin were out pretty early considering they partied their faces off the night before in Venice -- celebrating their wedding in style with a ton of their celeb friends.
As for the reception ... not many details have surfaced ... but based on these photos, someone got so wasted he left the party without a shirt on.
And that's what happens when you drink too much Casamigos.
8:00 PST -- OK, we figured out who the shirtless dude is ... he's Bruce Bozzi Jr. -- Executive Vice President of the Palm Restaurant group. It looks like he was Ellen Barkin's date.
Married in Venice
9/27/2014 12:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sorry ladies, there's no more time to object ... so forever hold your peace -- because George Clooney has finally married Amal Alamuddin.
The couple tied the knot at the Aman Canal Grande luxury resort in Venice, Italy Saturday ... his rep confirms -- and the ceremony was FILLED with celebs like Bono, Bill Murray and Matt Damon.
George and Amal were married by Walter Veltroni -- former mayor of Rome.
The couple started dating last October ... and things escalated pretty quickly ... especially for a guy who once vowed to never get married after things fizzled with his first wife, Talia Balsam.
R.I.P. Clooney's bachelorhood ... it was a good run.
'Shark Tank' Contestant
My Fiancee is Still in Japan
... FOR NOW!
9/27/2014 12:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Shark Tank" contestant Phillip Lapuz's fiance is still stuck in Japan ... even though he said she'd move to America if a deal was struck -- but don't worry, there's a good reason.
In case you missed it, Lapuz bawled his eyes out on last night's episode ... saying he couldn't move his fiancee Mariko to America because his business is not yet a success -- so her parents wouldn't approve.
The waterworks, and biz plan, hooked Robert Herjavec -- so it seemed like only a matter of time.
TMZ spoke with the Kronos Golf founder who tells us he had to keep the good news under wraps since the episode was shot back in June -- but now that it's aired ... he's put the clip in an email to Mariko's parents.
He's waiting for them to wake up in Japan to get the news he's bigtime now.
If the in-laws are impressed ... he says Mariko should be stateside soon.
The Final Hoorah
Before Tying the Knot
9/27/2014 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
George Clooney said arrivederci to freedom with the boys Friday night in Italy ... the day before he ties the knot with Amal Alamuddin.
Clooney and Amal starred at a rehearsal dinner with family and friends in Venice ... and it looks like they went on separate journeys afterward with their respective genders.
Clooney hit up a restaurant with all the other dudes -- it's unclear where Amal went.
Most of George's famous friends are also in Venice for the wedding ... including Bono, Bill Murray, Matt Damon and Ellen Barkin.
Now it's only a matter of time.
George Clooney Wedding
The Countdown Begins! [Photos]
9/26/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
George Clooney and fiancée Amal Alamuddin arrived in Venice, Italy Friday as they prepare to get married this weekend, and they brought a fleet of friends along for the ride ... as in, the paparazzi!
As Clooney and Alamuddin cruised through the canals (with pals Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford on board) they were surrounded by more than half a dozen boats filled with multiple photogs.
They won't be hurting for wedding photos.
FUN FACT: Clooney looks genuinely happy. And they said it wouldn't happen.
ENGAGED to Brittany Kerr
9/25/2014 9:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jason Aldean is engaged to former "American Idol" contestant Brittany Kerr ... TMZ has learned.
We're told the country star sealed the deal during the West Coast leg of his current tour.
No word on how he asked ... but it looks like Jason arranged a private tour of the San Diego Zoo Wednesday -- possibly to pop the question.
As we previously reported ... Aldean and his ex-wife split after make-out pics of Jason and Brittany surfaced in 2012.
Aldean has no regrets about how things went down ... recently telling Billboard magazine people need to "get over it."
George Clooney's Wedding
Rande Gerber's Got a Gift Tequila
9/17/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Clooney's BFF Rande Gerber
Tequila for the Groom
I Got 50 Cases!
9/17/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
George Clooney is getting a big discount on booze for his wedding, with the help of best friend Rande Gerber ... who's flying more than 50 cases of tequila to Italy for the big shindig a week from Saturday.
TMZ got video Monday of Randy leaving L.A. for Italy in a private jet ... loaded with at least 50 cases of Casamigos tequila ... the company owned by George and Rande.
The video is fantastic ... Rande drives up in a blacked-out black Mercedes right to his jet, where he inspects the precious cargo ... then has one of the guys cut open 2 boxes. Cindy Crawford's hubby then removes one bottle of Reposado and one bottle of Blanco ... then proudly fist pumps them as he boards the jet.
There are numerous reports in Italy ... the wedding is set for a week from Monday at Cipriani hotel in Venice.
Arrivederci ... and recuerdos a todos.
Church Pleads With Paps ...
He's Not Getting Married Here!
9/12/2014 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
George Clooney's potential wedding has paparazzi swarming around a London church, but church leaders swear on their boss ... it ain't going down there.
The Chelsea Old Town Hall finally had to address the buzz about a possible London ceremony -- posting a note on it's door, writing ... "We are not conducting the wedding of Mr. Clooney at this office today (Friday 12 September) and a film crew and press photographers would only cause possible disruption to other couples getting married on this day."
Clooney has said he plans to marry his fiancee, Amal Alamuddin in Italy, but rumors persist they will also do it in London ... where she lives.
So far, the paps are standing their ground at the church … just in case.
Proposes to GF During U.S. Open
... She Said Yes!
9/7/2014 12:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova is finally gonna make an honest woman out of her girlfriend ... dropping down to one knee Saturday at the U.S. Open and popping the big question.
The 57-year-old proposed in between the men's semi-final games to Julia Lemigova -- her GF of 6 years -- and people in attendance cheered on as they watched the proposal on the big screen.
Martina told the AP she was super nervous ... describing it as an "out of body experience."
And you thought being on the Kiss Cam was romantic.
Billy Bob Thornton
Why I Didn't Send Angelina a Wedding Gift
9/6/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Billy Bob Thornton is still on good terms with his ex-wife Angelina Jolie ... but that doesn't mean he went out of his way to get her and Brad Pitt a wedding present.
It's not that that he doesn't want to get them something -- it's just that ... well, watch ... he explained it at LAX on Friday.
BBT also says it would NOT have been weird if he got an invite to the big event -- though he plays it coy as to whether he really did get the nod.