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Sunday, 9 December, 2001, 21:01 GMT
Hollywood stars meet troops in Turkey
Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts
Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts have visited US troops
Stars of the new Hollywood film Ocean's Eleven signed autographs, chatted and posed with American troops at a high security military base in Ankara, Turkey on Friday, the day of their film's US release.

George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and Andy Garcia made the trip to the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey to boost the morale of soldiers and personnel.

There was no media access to the base, which serves as the launching point for patrol missions over northern Iraq and is a transport hub for the war in Afghanistan.

The five Hollywood stars also talked with Turkish soldiers and visited an American high school at the base.

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey has performed for peacekeepers in Kosovo

In return, soldiers at the base presented the Ocean's Eleven actor with authentic flight jackets personalised with their names.

Other stars have also performed for troops, with Mariah Carey singing for peacekeepers in Kosovo, while MTV staged a Christmas concert for troops, starring Jennifer Lopez, Kid Rock and Ja Rule.

On Thursday, some of the entertainment industry's most influential executives met President Bush's advisors for a second time to discuss how they can contribute to the war effort.

The group talked about how movie and music stars could boost troops' morale by making personal appearances, and discussed other ideas, such as TV stations screening public service messages.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is to perform in an MTV concert for military personnel
The groups first met in November, after which Mr Rove reassured critics that he was not trying to persuade the media to peddle propaganda, but "concrete information told with honesty".

Among those who met Mr Rove were the president of the Motion Picture Association of America, Jack Valenti, plus representatives from AOL Time Warner, Universal Studios, the Recording Industry of America, the Walt Disney Co, and Viacom.

Mr Lisaius added that they did not discuss other outstanding political issues about which the entertainment industry is lobbying the government, such as legislation on marketing and distribution.

Meanwhile, actor Robert De Niro has launched a film festival that he hopes will help revitalise the badly-affected area of New York where he lives.

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