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Who’ll Take George’s Place as Hollywood’s Top Playboy?

LeoBy the time you read this, George Clooney could be a married man. As you probably know, in early August the suave actor-filmmaker, who for years has unofficially reigned as Hollywood’s top playboy, posted wedding banns in Chelsea with his fiancee, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin — a legal detail that was necessary at least 16 days prior to their planned nuptials.

So now the question is, who will ascend to his place atop the heap? It won’t be easy to fill Clooney’s $700 Armani loafers, you know. For one thing, Clooney showed us that a guy can be a playboy and remain politically correct. In his past he had a brief marriage (to Talia Balsam) in addition to his long string of romances with fabulous beauties — from British television personality Lisa Snowdon to French model Celine Balitran, Italian heiress Gianna Elvira Cantatore, actress Krista Allen, wrestler cum TV personality Stacy Keibler — plus an appreciation of Renee Zellweger that reportedly had George gifting the star with a $30,000 diamond bracelet.

Yet impressively, George’s ex-girlfriends seem to have good things to say about him — like Allen, who worked with him after their breakup and can’t say enough about how much she reveres his talent and abilities as a producer.

The story goes that his pal Nicole Kidman bet Clooney $10,000 he’d be married by the time he was 40. Obviously, she lost. “Nicole sent me a check for $10,000,” he was quoted as saying. “I mailed it back and wrote, ‘Double or nothing for another 10 years.'”

She missed by three years. With fellow “Sexiest Man Alive” Adam Levine out of the running, having recently wed model Behati Prinsloo, our attention turns to these seven prospects for Tinseltown’s Top Ladies’ men:

Bradley Cooper. The “Silver Linings Playbook” superstar has a pretty breathtaking playbook of his own. He had a brief marriage to actress Jennifer Esposito, and then moved on to Renee Zellweger and Zoe Saldana, with appearances by Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez and Scarlett Johansson in the mix before dating 17 years younger model Suki Waterhouse last year.

mayerJohn Mayer. The handsome, preternaturally talented singer-songwriter clearly has gifts for other things as well — with exes including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson, Minka Kelly, Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. Too bad he flubs on gentlemanly behavior, as most notoriously evidenced by his kiss-and-tell interviews in Rolling Stone and Playboy.

Jake Gyllenhaal. Celebrity watchers were so busy examining the elevator video of Beyonce, Jay Z and the very upset Solange Knowles outside an after party the night of the Met Gala last May that relatively few noticed Jake Gyllenhaal was at the event — as were three of his exes at once: Kirsten Dunst, Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift. Awkward! He dated model Alyssa Miller till December, and then, more recently, he’s been seen out and about with Rachel McAdams. Like George, he’s gorgeous and politically active.

Gerard Butler. The Scottish hunk has resisted being termed a playboy, but he certainly has the track record of the genuine article. He’s reportedly dated Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, Shanna Moakler, Jasmine Burgess, real housewife Brandi Glanville, and Kazakhstani billionaire Goga Ashkenazi, in addition to an array of models including Naomi Campbell. The “300” and “How to Train Your Dragon” star recently split from Madalina Ghene and is back on the market.

Jared Leto. The Oscar winner and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman has burned quite a trail through town, having dated Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, Ashley Olson and Cameron Diaz, and enjoyed a flirtation with Lindsay Lohan.

Irish hellraiser Colin Farrell is the first roguish face that comes to mind for many when the words “movie star” and “playboy” are uttered in the same sentence. The one-time boyfriend of Britney Spears bought a house for his ex-girlfriend and mother of one of his sons, model Kim Bordenave, but didn’t marry her. He sued another ex-girlfriend, Playboy Playmate Nicole Narain, trying to keep her from marketing their sex home movie. His second son is with his “Ondine” costar, Alicja Bachleda-Curus. His past flames list also includes Angelina Jolie, Maeve Quinlan and Demi Moore.

Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s up there with George in so very many ways — a debonair superstar who also shows up trying to make a difference in the world at large. Plus, he has a list of exes who are internationally renowned models and actresses — Gisele Bundchen, Kristen Zang, British model and socialite Emma Miller, Naomi Campbell, Scarlett Johansson, Israeli model Bar Refaeli, Erin Heatherton, Blake Lively, and Leo’s girlfriend since May of 2013, Victoria’s Secret model Toni Garrn. There’ve already been rumblings of trouble between DiCaprio and the 21-year-old German. He was seen dancing up close with model Katie Cleary at Gotha nightclub in Cannes while Toni was elsewhere.

Who do you think will take George’s spot? One of these, or someone else? Time will tell.

F. Gary Gray Revealing New Sides of Foxx, Butler, Twitter

law_abiding_citizen_ver3Director F. Gary Gray is taking a lot of pleasure in the fact that that his upcoming “Law Abiding Citizen” thriller is going to show moviegoers new aspects of both Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler.

“The chemistry between them reminds me of the onscreen chemistry you got with Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in ‘Silence of the Lambs,’” Gray says.

The film has Butler as a man who goes on a stunningly planned spree of revenge after one of the men responsible for his family’s killing is set free in a plea deal — arranged by Foxx’s district attorney character.

“A lot of times when you hear Gerard Butler’s name, people go into how great-looking he is or how much of a ladies man he is,” Gray observes.  “I think with this, people are really going to get a sense of how much range he has as a serious actor.”

And they’ll get to see Oscar winner Foxx in a role that might previously have been considered “Denzel-like.”

MEANWHILE: Gray has jumped on the Twitter thing in a big way, Tweeting news bites, photos and video throughout production of the “Law Abiding Citizen” psychological thriller.  And now, he’s fallen into using the new medium as a marketing tool.  With the picture in post-production en route to an October premiere, Gray has announced his own contest in which the winner – the person who brings the most followers to Gray’s web page — will get to come to the “Law Abiding Citizen” premiere, complete with travel and accommodations provided.

F. Gary Gray, director of Overture Films' "Law Abiding Citizen"

F. Gary Gray, director of Overture Films' "Law Abiding Citizen"

“There’s been a great response from all over the world,” says Gray, whose credits range from “The Italian Job” and “Be Cool” to his unforgettable video for TLC’sWaterfalls.”  “It really is exciting, and you know what’s really funny?  It wasn’t something that was planned by the head of marketing.  It just kind of happened.  You start to develop a digital kind of relationship with the Twitterers.  It’s reciprocal.

“At any given time, you have access to thousands of opinions, and you can get constructive criticism — mostly constructive,” he goes on.  “That’s pretty hard to beat.  No middle man, no conduit.  It’s not filtered.  It’s raw, real time response.  It’s important for artists to keep their fingers on the public pulse.  This is an effective way to do it.”

Gray has also been doing what might be called Twitter tutoring – answering followers’ questions about how to break into the movie business, about how to get cast in films, about writing, directing – in addition to queries about working with stars like Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, Charlize Theron, John Travolta, Vince Vaughn and many more.  “Last night, I had a marathon Twittering session, a little over two hours.  That was ok, I was at home, I had a snack,” he says.  “I didn’t actually plan it, not at all.  It was just one of those things.”

THE VIDEOLAND VIEW: With Chevy Chase returning to NBC as part of the buzz-worthy fall comedy “Community,” he let it be known at the recent TV critics’ press tour that he’d like to guest host “Saturday Night Live” again – which would be his first such guest hosting in years.

He elaborates that “I may do it now because I have something to plug.  I’ll ask my guys to get on Lorne’s a—,” he says, referring to show producer Lorne Michaels.  “I love going in there and hosting…I’ve watched it with this cast, and been there with this cast because I love these kids, they’re like my kids now, you know.  I think it’s a very good cast.”  As far as the show bringing back memories, however, Chase admits, “Once you lost John (Belushi) and Gilda (Radner), it was tough.  I mean, just emotionally.”

Chevy not only has “Community,” the junior college-set comedy with Joel McHale, coming up.  There’s also next year’s big screen “Hot Tub Time Machine” with John Cusack.  “And it’s wonderful, a lot of fun,” he tells us.  “I play the repairman. The hot tub time machine goes a little berserk and leaves these guys in the ‘80s.  I can’t tell you much more.”

THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS ARE ALIVE: Funny lady Melissa Peterman is bracing herself for the Sing-Along “Sound of Music” show at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday (8/26).  The event is all about the audience’s shared experience, she points out, complete with folks dressing up like Maria Von Trapp, the nuns and other characters – or even objects — from the beloved musical.  “When I first got involved, I knew there was a costume parade, but I didn’t know the degree people went to.  There were costumes that looked like they came from Broadway…The parade took two-and-half hours,” she recalls.  That was four Sing-Alongs ago, and the former “Reba” costar says things move along faster now.

“One of my favorites – I think it was two years ago – the guy dressed up as the carburetor.  It was giant, like 8 feet tall.  I think he won.  Another good one was the guy who came dressed as a plumber with a tag that said ‘Chris’” – Christopher Plummer.  “The big drag queens are amazing and the little kids are so much fun.  It’s a wonderful mix of all sorts of people, families and single people, all ages,” she adds.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster