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George Clooney goes to Time reporter Joel Stein’s home for dinner in a terrific cover story to kick off Oscar weekend. “Clooney was the only star who could have said yes, because no other star wears his celebrity so easily,” Stein writes. “… Clooney has managed to become this era’s leading man without ever conveying the sense that he takes the role seriously.” Clooney also shares his Oscar picks.

* Ellen Page, Vanessa Williams, Miley Cyrus and Harrison Ford are Barbara Walters’ guests on her annual Oscar special. It airs Sunday at 7 p.m. ET and after the Oscar broadcast on the West Coast.