Scoop! George Clooney for president (not)

Sorry, folks — George Clooney is not running for public office.

The oh-so-dreamy Oscar winner, who has been channeling his inner Angelina Jolie in trying to stop the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, says he has no plans to ditch Hollywood for Washington.

“Believe me, you don’t want me in politics,” Clooney told The Associated Press. “That’s a bad idea.”

At a Monday event aimed at banning investment in Darfur, Clooney joked about his “Batman & Robin” co-star Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was at the event signing two bills aimed at putting a stop to California’s investment in Dafur.

“He’s gone on to be governor, and I still think I’m Batman,” Clooney said.

Politics will have to wait. The hunky actor has signed on to direct and star in the 1920s-set football flick “Leatherheads,” co-starring former love interest Renee Zellweger.

When Emma met ‘Harry’

“Harry Potter” star Emma Watson says fame is getting in the way of her social life.

The 16-year-old actress better known as Hermione Granger claims she has a hard time meeting guys her own age.

“People say to me, ‘Oh, it must be so easy for you — dating and boys. They must be lining up for you.’ It’s really not easy. It’s really not,” Watson told The Sun. “I suppose guys are … kind of intimidated by me. … And I’m surrounded by cute older guys on set. That’s my problem. It’s a minefield, to be honest. It’s stressful. I’ll just have to wait. Maybe someone will find me.”

Watson, who could be the next Lindsay Lohan (talented young actress who turns into a professional party girl), has been hinting that she may not sign on for the final “Harry Potter” movies.

“I don’t know yet. Every film is such a huge production and it’s a long time,” she told the Daily Mail. “I love to perform, but there are so many things I love doing.”

Russell: Crikey, I’m not playing Crocodile Hunter

Russell Crowe is furious … again! This time it’s over reports that he wants to play Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin.

Last week, gossip hounds were barking that Crowe was itching to don khaki and honor his late friend, who was killed by a stingray this month, with a biopic. Now, the Oscar-winning actor is denying any such project is in the works.</p>

“It’s appalling to me,” Crowe told “Extra.” “It offends me very deeply, so awful that I have to deal with millions of people thinking I would dance on my friend’s grave.”

Winona’s house of spirits

Winona Ryder believes in ghosts. Better yet, Ryder believesghosts of family members are helping her make career decisions.

“I do believe in spirits. I often feel like someone is guiding me. I had a lot of family members who died in the Holocaust, in the camps,” Ryder told OK! magazine. “There’s this one particular relative of mine who was my age when she died. … I have had this feeling that she was sometimes there with me and guiding me with performances. I never got to know her. It’s a supernatural thing.”

So, can we blame her for “Mr. Deeds” and “Alien: Resurrection”?

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