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Re: The Descendants

Post by lucy on Sun 10 Jul 2011, 05:51

Melbert, it takes a lot to get me to a theater, I would rather wait and watch it in the comfort of my home after all the hype dies down. But not this year I will be going at least twice before 2012!!!!
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Post by Guest on Sun 10 Jul 2011, 12:28

@melbert @lucy I hear what you're saying. I can't wait for both movies to come out!


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Post by hathaross on Sun 10 Jul 2011, 17:55

You guys know when the movie release in Spain? Maybe the same date of UK?
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Re: The Descendants

Post by lucy on Mon 11 Jul 2011, 00:20

@hathaross release dates were posted on page 3 of this thread. Some one posted them late last night.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by hathaross on Mon 11 Jul 2011, 00:53

Yeah, I know Lucy, thanks Smile
I guess in Spain will be around at the same time that UK
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Re: The Descendants

Post by watching on Tue 12 Jul 2011, 11:51

I haven't seen this posted anywhere else but if it has already been posted - sorry for the repeat and just delete.

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There are non active links for facebook and Twitter at the site as well. Doesn't seem to be lots and lots of information at this time. They may just add to it as it gets closer to the release date.

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Post by laetval on Sat 16 Jul 2011, 11:27

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‘Melancholia’ and ‘The Descendants’ Set November Dates

We’ve got two new dates for a pair of some of our most-anticipated films this fall. First up, Box Office Mojo lets know that Fox Searchlight has moved up Alexander Payne‘s The Descendants from December 16th, 2011 to a limited release on November November 23rd, 2011 after a likely fall festival run. This pits it against the limited release of The Weinstein Company’s big awards contender The Artist, as well as wide releases of Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo, The Muppets, Piranha 3DD, and Arthur Christmas.

One could expect they are having a slower roll-out as they amp up expansion plans for the George Clooney-starrer based on Kaui Hart Hemmings novel. Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Nick Krause, Amara Miller, Mary Birdsong, Rob Huebel, and Patricia Hastie all co-star and you can watch the trailer here.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by Katiedot on Sat 16 Jul 2011, 11:50

Who-hooo! It's now out in November!
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Re: The Descendants

Post by cindigirl on Sat 16 Jul 2011, 15:09

Hopefully we'll get to see some more trailers being as it's only 4 months away.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by blubelle on Sat 16 Jul 2011, 16:38

It looks like his two films are being released back to back. One in Oct. and this one in Nov. I wonder how he will handle this as he will be competing against himself. It might affect the box office.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by lucy on Sat 16 Jul 2011, 16:43

He's done it before with MWSAG,UITA, FMF.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by cindigirl on Sat 16 Jul 2011, 17:00

I think he campaiged so much for those films that he then swore off film premier appearances. Am I right?
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Re: The Descendants

Post by lucy on Sat 16 Jul 2011, 17:05

Yes cindigirl I think you may be, wasn't it at the TFF after VFF, RFF, LFF, that he said " basta" no more interviews etc.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by sisieq on Sat 16 Jul 2011, 19:13

cindigirl wrote:I think he campaiged so much for those films that he then swore off film premier appearances. Am I right?
Maybe I'm misunderstanding you, but I thought he said he would do Red Carpets. Which, iMHO, includes Premiers. I just can't see him not going to his own movie premier.

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Re: The Descendants

Post by sisieq on Sat 16 Jul 2011, 19:14

Katiedot wrote:Who-hooo! It's now out in November!
This is the Wednesday before the 4 day Thanksgiving weekend in America.

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Re: The Descendants

Post by cindigirl on Sat 16 Jul 2011, 19:20

Sis, maybe I mis-spoke. I meant interviews for his upcoming films. I read that he said interviews do not help the film. The last interview he did was for UITA, then not American and so far no interviews about The Descendents and Ides of March.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by Guest on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 00:05

sisieq wrote:
Katiedot wrote:Who-hooo! It's now out in November!
This is the Wednesday before the 4 day Thanksgiving weekend in America.

What excellent timing! Our family usually goes to the movies over the Thanksgiving holiday. Now I know what movie I'm going to push for!

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Re: The Descendants

Post by Clooney on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 00:11

Oh George... they are releasing it in the month I was born.

*Ponders things*
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Re: The Descendants

Post by melbert on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 00:28

Me too Clooney!!! What day for you? Mine's the 3rd.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by Clooney on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 01:37

The 7th. Scorpios are sexual which explains us Melbert. HAHAHAHAHA.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by melbert on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 01:59

Yes Clooney, but we can't go around telling everybody about us!!! just kidding!! lol cyclops
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Re: The Descendants

Post by sisieq on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 02:31

Cinderella wrote:
sisieq wrote:
Katiedot wrote:Who-hooo! It's now out in November!
This is the Wednesday before the 4 day Thanksgiving weekend in America.

What excellent timing! Our family usually goes to the movies over the Thanksgiving holiday. Now I know what movie I'm going to push for!
Its a family movie, so a good one to push on the family. LOL! tongue

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Re: The Descendants

Post by watching on Tue 26 Jul 2011, 13:54

Co-star write up on E Online (Awful Truth).

Is George Clooney Getting Dating Tips From Judy Greer?
Today 5:19 AM PDT by Ted Casablanca and John Boone

Judy Greer is one lucky funnylady.

Not only did her dude put a ring on it after a year of dating, but she's also starring in a new movie with George Clooney. So when the Archer funnylady stepped out to the Maxim/FX party, we just had to ask her about both of her fine fellas.

First up, what's it like working with the most wanted man in H'wood?

"It's really surreal because he's so famous and beautiful," Jude dished. "But I actually worked with him like maybe 12 years ago on Three Kings."

Well then that just makes you double lucky, darling! But get this, it wasn't even G.C. that she was most excited too see on set.

"At the time when I started shooting The Decedents I was a little bit more star struck with Alexander Payne," Judy fessed up. "And then I saw George and I was like ‘Hey, it's so good to see you again. Can you believe it's Alexander Payne? Like, what the hell!' "

Uh, the flick's director is cool and all, but we'll stick to Georgey, thank you very much! He wasn't named People's Sexiest Man Alive two times for nothing. And according to Judy, he ain't just pretty on the outside.

"He's like the nicest person that you live on the same block with," Judy explained. "He's just so accessible and approachable and nice. If he's a unicorn, then he's an easy to hang out with unicorn."

George the unicorn, huh? Love it!

Judy isn't lacking in male lovin' offscreen tho, so we asked the babe if she plans to get her bridezilla on while getting ready to say "I do":

"Hopefully! Fingers crossed," J.G. joked. As for the wedding planning? "So far, so good. It's been pretty easy. I'm excited to be married. I get why people elope. It seems better to be married then to plan a wedding."

Hey, Vegas is only a few hours away, what's stopping you, J? But we don't think Judy is the type of gal to hit up one of the quickie chapels in Sin City, ‘cause she's all about the old-school romance.

What part of getting married is she looking forward to the most? "For me, right now, the actual ‘I now pronounce you man and wife,' " Judy told us.

"The idea of being linked forever to this person is really appealing to me. I love that. Not with any person but with my fiancé. It's romantic and it's weirdly old-fashioned now. People aren't really getting married as much any more."

Well especially not in Hollyweird. Just ask George!

So will his crazy-in-love costar help the newly single star with some dating advice?

"No. Never! Wouldn't even think of it. I should ask him. He's doing fine."

Wonder who he's doing "fine" with these days.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by Katiedot on Fri 05 Aug 2011, 07:25

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USA Today gets an exclusive first look at THE DESCENDANTS

CameronCook on August 1st, 2011

USA Today have some good news: after months of anticipation, they were able to score this exclusive first look at Alexander Payne's THE DESECENDANTS, starring George Clooney and Shailene Woodley!

In the photo, Matt King (played by George Clooney) looks over the land that his family owns, in the company of his two daughters, Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) and Scottie (Amara Miller). You can get more info on the movie and the exclusive photos over at USA Today.
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Post by Katiedot on Fri 05 Aug 2011, 07:28

I'd swear i've posted this already!
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Sneak peek: George Clooney in 'The Descendants'

By Susan Wloszczyna, USA TODAYPosted 7/28/2011 9:14:35

George Clooney has undergone the rare foray into fatherhood onscreen, including One FineDay and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

But in The Descendants, opening Nov. 23, he makes up for lost paternal time as Matt King, an attorney with family ties to aristocratic Hawaiian landowners. After his wife falls into a coma following a boating accident, he not only has to mend his broken ties to his daughters — Scottie (newcomer Amara Miller), a precocious 10-year-old, and Alexandra (Shailene Woodley of TV's The Secret Life of an American Teenager), a recovering 17-year-old drug abuser — he also must cope with the revelation that his spouse had been cheating on him.

Good thing Clooney finds himself in the hands of a master of flawed male characters, director Alexander Payne, who has co-written such memorable models of manly misbehavior as Matthew Broderick's morally challenged teacher in Election and Paul Giamatti's wine-swilling loser in Sideways.

Payne says his knack is "just narcissism," explaining, "I'm just paying homage to myself."

It's not clear whether Payne's switch to more scenic locales —most of his earlier movies were shot in his home state of Nebraska and nearby Iowa — helped him to snag the Oscar winner for the lead. But the dry-humored filmmaker sounds happy to have him on board.

We think. "He executed his part very well. He is perfectly cast and it's exactly the right part for him."

Perhaps the reason Payne is less than forthcoming about his lead is because, as he says, "It's difficult to give him a hard time. George is always in such good spirits."

He is more effusive about the young ladies playing Clooney's daughters, especially Woodley. "She is just aces," he says. "She is really going places."

Were the girls ever awestruck by having a onetime Sexiest Man Alive in their midst? "Once the camera starts rolling," Payne says, "the director forbids such behavior."

His films often defy easy categorization, although he does specialize in satirizing society's foibles. But if Payne were to classify The Descendants, which was just announced as one of the titles heading to the Toronto International Film Festival in September, how would he describe it? "It's a drama with a light touch. Or it aspires to have a light touch."
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Re: The Descendants

Post by pattygirl on Fri 05 Aug 2011, 14:29

Yes, you did Katie. I remember reading it (and that's saying something with my memory)
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Post by Guest on Wed 17 Aug 2011, 17:50

‘The Descendants,’ With George Clooney, Will Close New York Film Festival
“The Descendants,” Alexander Payne’s first feature since his 2004 film “Sideways,” will be the closing night selection of the New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Society announced on Wednesday along with the roster of 27 films that will be presented in the festival’s main slate.
Read article here: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/17/the-descendants-with-george-clooney-will-close-new-york-film-festival/


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Post by pattygirl on Wed 17 Aug 2011, 18:09

Oh, if I was only able to travel into NYC. Can't do public transportation anymore, too exhausting. Haven't driven into city in years, I'd probably have a heart attack with all that traffic. Used to do it all the time, but I'd don't think so anymore. I can only wish. Would love to see George just once in person. Then I could die content. Just see, not even talk to.
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Post by pattygirl on Wed 17 Aug 2011, 20:33

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Just read this on Internet. They are calling The Descendents a comedy. It is definitely not a comedy. It does have a few comedic moments but is definitely a drama. Read the book, definitely not a comedy.
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Post by Guest on Sat 03 Sep 2011, 18:12

http://www.awardsdaily.com/2011/09/from-sideways-to-upright-alexander-payne-evolves-with-the-descendants/From Sideways to Upright: Alexander Payne Evolves with The Descendants





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Sideways is a perfect film. The more you watch it the more of itself
it reveals. It is a story of a greatly flawed man who clatters
selfishly forward — his book, his breakup, his misery. If he is given
any redemption by the film’s end it’s because he comes to terms with
being an asshole. But The Descendants is about more than one’s own
personal journey of self-discovery; it is about selflessness, and how
most of us are really here not to polish our own knobs 24/7 but to look
out for others, especially those we’re responsible for, those we’re
leaving behind.

I loved this film.

One must be cautious this time of year not to spill over with
enthusiasm only to see a truly wonderful film such as this deflate
during awards season for every reason except the only right one — that
it isn’t good enough. It’s plenty good enough. But that might not stop
people from wanting to hate it (in the end, we’re fairly petty
creatures, truth be told). Although it’s positioned as a major Oscar
contender, and from the looks of it, it should meet those expectations,
it is a movie that can thankfully transcend the need for validation from
those 6,000 voting members.



The Descendants is infused with love — love and all of the grotesque
and beautiful emotions it draws out of us. It is both a declaration of
maturity by its star, George Clooney, who has never been this vulnerable
and raw, and in its director who has likewise hidden behind the much
easier mask of cynicism. This evolution, as Alexander Payne said in the
Q&A after the film, was no doubt brought about by the four or five
years Payne stopped making films, got divorced, and had surgery. The
film is surprising in how little it resembles the director’s other works
except in the knack he has with actors and comic timing.

The sentimentality in it is disarming at times because it seems to
come out of nowhere and lacks any chicken exit: some things are just too
sad to make jokes about. I so admire Payne and Clooney for diving
right into that inescapable place of despair when someone close to us is
dying. How much easier it would have been for both of them to shy away
from the more torturous moments. Instead, they seem to want to find
the truth of this story, of these characters.

I’m purposefully staying away from plot because what’s the point of
ruining it for you? Standout performances, as you no doubt already
read at various sites, include Shailene Woodley, probably headed for a
supporting nod (or at least she has a really good shot at one) as
Clooney’s older foul-mouthed daughter. Strong, disarming, beautiful –
she nails the tougher emotional scenes and provides much of the film’s
heart. Robert Forster shines in a much smaller part, as does Nick
Krause as the scene-stealing Sid.

But since the word Oscar is going to be hurled around now with wild
abandon let’s talk Oscar for a minute. In every way The Descendants
feels like a strong contender for a variety of reasons, the least of
which Clooney in this part, has perhaps finally cashed the check on his
promise as a really formidable leading actor. We’ve seen him gain
weight, weird out, ugly up but we’ve never really seen him stripped bare
this way. To that end, Clooney must now be considered the frontrunner
in the Best Actor category. He’s going to get some competition from
Leonardo DiCaprio, among others, but for now there isn’t a better
performance I can think of.





There is no reason to think it won’t do Picture, Director, Actor,
Supporting Actress, Screenplay, Editing. If it does what Sideways did
it will win all of the critics awards (not quite at Social Network’s
level but pretty close) but lose the Oscar to something more British
sentimental. Here’s the catch, though: The Descendants IS a weepy. Not
only was my face swollen and puffy from crying but so were all of the
other people in the audience. It absolutely delivers on the kind of
sentimentalism that the Academy goes for, unlike Sideways and other
Payne films. But as with everything joyous and disappointing about the
Oscar race, it could go either way.

Some warn about the charm of Telluride and its ability to make you
think you’ve just seen a better movie than you have, particularly with
George Clooney showing up, dripping with charm, and seducing you into
liking his film. And it’s true – riding up in the gondola amid flickers
of sunlight, sitting in a comfortable theater, seeing a movie first can
mess with your head. But The Descendants has much more going for it
than momentary seduction. Payne’s reaching for something here and as
with any reach it either misses or it hits. When truths are exposed
this way, there is no way it misses.





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Post by Katiedot on Sat 03 Sep 2011, 18:23

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OMG! I quickly glanced at this pic above and thought, "Shit, George is looking old in that shot". Think I need new glasses!!
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Post by cindigirl on Sat 03 Sep 2011, 18:36

The eyebrows are the same but other than that, no. LOL
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Post by Guest on Sat 03 Sep 2011, 18:58

What a great write-up! Very excited to see this film! George is doing great this year!
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Post by pattygirl on Sat 03 Sep 2011, 19:58

Read the book and cried while reading. Could visualize George as Matt King. Knew he'd pull it off. While there are funny spots, couldn't understand why they called it a comedy. Thought maybe they'd messed up on the screenplay. Glad they held true to original.
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Post by MyGirlKylie on Sat 03 Sep 2011, 20:19

Can't wait to see this one either. He's ending this year with a bang.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by pattygirl on Sat 03 Sep 2011, 20:43

Hope he can take a breather while he has surgery, he really deserves it. He's worked so hard this year and last.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by lucy on Sat 03 Sep 2011, 22:34

PG have been wanting to read the book , but have been holding out waiting for film, so many times films can't or don't live up to the books, IMO. Now I may just go out and buy the book and have a good cry, feel like I could use one.
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Post by it's me on Sat 03 Sep 2011, 23:15

a really formidable leading actor


W O W !!!
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Post by Guest on Sat 03 Sep 2011, 23:19

you're welcome CInderella! I had to share this article when I read it, it's very exciting!

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Post by it's me on Sat 03 Sep 2011, 23:27

I'm so happy for him! cheers
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Post by blubelle on Sat 03 Sep 2011, 23:53

Is that picture posted by Katie, George???? If it is now I know why he kept Eli in his life while doing this film. She made him miserable and he shows it. I so hope he wins the oscar for acting. Not so sure about directing.
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Post by it's me on Sat 03 Sep 2011, 23:55

we will see Very Happy
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Post by pattygirl on Sun 04 Sep 2011, 00:07

blubelle wrote:Is that picture posted by Katie, George???? If it is now I know why he kept Eli in his life while doing this film. She made him miserable and he shows it. I so hope he wins the oscar for acting. Not so sure about directing.



That is pic of grandfather of girls. The one who punched daughter's boyfriend. Don't know who played him. Tried to look it up but was unsucessful. If you look at trailer you'll find it.
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Post by Katiedot on Sun 04 Sep 2011, 06:44

This is a review of the Descendants from Variety. It was emailed to me, so I don't have a link:

Review: The Descendants by Variety

2 Sept 2011

By PETER DEBRUGE

A Fox Searchlight release and presentation of an Ad Hominem Enterprises production in association with Little Blair Prods. and Ingenious Film Partners, made in association with Dune Entertainment. Produced by Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor. Co-producer, George Parra. Directed by Alexander Payne. Screenplay, Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings.

Matt King - George Clooney
Alexandra King - Shailene Woodley
Scottie King - Amara Miller
Sid - Nick Krause
Elizabeth King - Patricia Hastie
Cousin Hugh - Beau Bridges
Brian Speer - Matthew Lillard
Julie Speer - Judy Greer

Some movies aim to distract us; others seek to help us understand. "The Descendants" tackles some of the prickliest issues a contempo family can face -- coping with a loved one's right-to-die decision -- with such sensitivity that it's hardly noticeable you're being enlightened while entertained. As a Hawaiian father of two negotiating complex emotions while his wife lies comatose after a boating accident, George Clooney reveals yet another layer of himself. His involvement, plus the welcome return of "Sideways" director Alexander Payne, will bring in auds; their tell-a-friend enthusiasm should spell sleeper success among catharsis-seeking adults.

With its tropical vistas and near-perfect weather, Hawaii makes an unexpected backdrop for such a story, a mismatch that island native Matt King (Clooney) acknowledges in his opening voiceover. "Paradise can go fuck itself," he says, the line betraying the anger he feels in the face of his wife's 23-day coma. It isn't a typical movie-star role; movie stars seldom play helpless. And yet Clooney has always kept his character-actor instincts close, which enable him to disappear into a well-written, soul-baring part like this with little vanity or baggage.

Here, he plays a dad who's never had to practice that role. Husband, check. Provider, check. But Matt was always the "backup parent" to his more adventure-seeking wife Elizabeth (Patricia Hastie, seen waterskiing in the opening shot, then bedridden for the remainder of the film), and the thought of having to raise his 10- and 17-year-old daughters solo terrifies him. The accident comes at a particularly difficult time, as Matt holds a majority stake in the family trust: 25,000 acres of unspoiled land on Kauai that his relatives are pushing him to sell.

To some extent, Matt is overshadowed by a decision he doesn't want to make (the fate of real estate he doesn't necessarily feel entitled to) and forced to deal with one that's already been made for him (his wife's will stipulates she doesn't want to live in a vegetative state). Through it all, his focus remains on his children. Younger daughter Scottie (Amara Miller) is starting to act out, while teenage Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) has become such a handful she's been shipped her off to boarding school.

Woodley, best known for her work on ABC Family's soapy "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," is a revelation in the role of Alex, displaying both the edge and depth the role demands. At face value, she appears to be going through a rebellious phase, but as the story unfolds, she proves to be the strong one, wiser than she appears and potentially better equipped to deal with the tragedy at hand.

The inescapable heaviness of the subject aside, "The Descendants" never descends to griefsploitation, as Payne and fellow screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash carefully select moments that reveal the characters' ever-changing emotions without wallowing in their pain. Nearly every detail sources directly back to Kaui Hart Hemmings' sensitively crafted novel, and yet, Payne's triumph is in striking the right tone -- and knowing what to leave unsaid. The near-paradisiacal setting is hardly the only irony in this scenario; there's also an unexpected amount of humor to be found in the circumstances immediately surrounding a loved one's death, and the director embraces both contradictions with due respect.

Though Payne undoubtedly ranks among the leading portraitists of American cinema, his earlier films display a semi-condescending, even judgmental attitude toward his characters. Here, the individuals are every bit as flawed, and yet the tone is refreshingly open-minded, allowing observant auds to draw their own conclusions. Take Alex's friend Sid (Nick Krause), an overgrown puppy of a kid one might be tempted to dismiss as a dim-witted pothead on first encounter. Indeed, the film milks a few laughs at his gape-mouthed expense early on, and yet later scenes reveal that Alex was smart in his choice of buddies.

"The Descendants" deals in themes universal enough that audiences will come to the table with their own life experience to draw from, and Payne intuitively understands how to leave things open enough that we can personalize the story for ourselves. With the exception of Clooney, none of his casting choices seem obvious, which further brings the world to life. The entire ensemble treads the tricky line between comedy and tragedy with aplomb, from Robert Forster (as Matt's surly father-in-law) to Beau Bridges (playing a cousin counting on the land deal going through), extending even to smaller turns from Matthew Lillard and Judy Greer.

"The Descendants" is one of those satisfying, emotionally rich films that works on multiple levels. Some will call their travel agents to book Hawaiian vacations as soon as they dry their eyes (just as "Sideways" boosted wine-tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley), while more cynical auds should find layers to engage their sensibilities as well. Of particular interest is the way Payne allows class and race to supply an interesting, albeit subtle, subtext. There's a melancholy sense of something passing, linked to Hawaii itself through the stunning mix of widescreen vistas and native music, as well as the assurance of life's essentials being preserved in the film's perfectly executed final shot.

Camera (Panavision widescreen, Deluxe color prints), Phedon Papamichael; editor, Kevin Tent; music supervisor, Dondi Bastone; production designer, Jane Anne Stewart; art director, Timothy T.K. Kirkpatrick; set decorator, Matt Callahan; costume designer, Wendy Chuck; sound (SDDS/Dolby/Datasat), Jose Antonio Garcia; supervising sound editor, Frank Gaeta; re-recording mixer, Patrick Cyccone; stunt coordinator, Brian L. Keaulana; visual effects supervisor, Mark Dornfeld; visual effects, Custom Film Effects; associate producer, Tracy Boyd; assistant director, Richard L. Fox; second unit director, Tracy Boyd; second unit camera, Radan Popovic; casting, John Jackson. Reviewed at Telluride Film Festival, Sept. 2, 2011. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 115 MIN.

With: Milt Kogan, Mary Birdsong, Rob Huebel, Laird Hamilton, Robert Forster, Barbara Lee Southern, Celia Kenney.
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Post by watching on Sun 04 Sep 2011, 13:17

George Clooney's 'Descendants' Sucks Up All the Air at Telluride Fest

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Reports out of the Venice Film Festival have mostly been around which films we can knock out of Oscar best picture contention, with “Carnage,” “Ides of March,” and “A Dangerous Mind” all suffering from scratch-that notices coming out of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].


It’s been left up to the Telluride Film Festival to come up with one everyone could definitively place in the “in” column. That didn’t take long: Reactions to “The Descendants” ranged from near-jubilation to actual jubilation when it unspooled Friday at a secret patrons-only screening with George Clooney and director Alexander Payne on hand.

The Colorado fest had three other notable world premieres in store in its first 24 hours: Glenn Close’s three-decades-in-the-hoping passion project, the gender-bender “Albert Nobbs”; “In Darkness,” a harrowing Holocaust drama directed by Agnieska Holland that Poland put in the running for next year’s foreign-language Oscar race; and “Living in the Material World,” Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison documentary, which debuts in just a month on HBO.

If those last three festival openers had trouble competing for attention, it was partly because “Descendants” immediately sucked up all the lovefest air in the room.
Set on the Hollywood-underutilized Hawaiian islands, Payne’s first picture since “Sideways” is a pitch-perfect meditation on grieving in paradise -- if you can even call it grieving, since the Clooney character’s comatose wife left so much bad blood in her wake that she's openly berated on her deathbed by three different characters in three different tragicomic standout scenes.

In a Q&A, Clooney admitted he was “worried about the ability to be such a schlub” -- albeit a wealthy, powerful schlub who just happens to do business meetings in Hawaiian shirts and sprint in unsensible sandals. In a departure from his character in “Up in the Air” (which premiered at Telluride two years ago), Clooney keeps the glibness off-screen this time -- but there was plenty of that in his typically one-liner-riddled post-screening remarks, where he couldn't help deriding the filmmaker's fashion sense. Asked how Payne got him to cry for a critical scene, Clooney said, “He reminded me of how he didn’t cast me in ‘Sideways’" -- a subject that came up earlier in the discussion -- "so I let it all go. I also wet my pants at the same time.”



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Sounds good - I'm really interested in seeing a film where he gets to actually act and not play a variation on himself or another ex con with a heart of gold. Those roles are fine but they don't give (or maybe he didn't want) much room to develop a character outside of what is expect of a safe "George Clooney" role - which is primarily (but not always all of the characteristics of) a damaged, isolated man, primarily wears a suit, has been driven by external influences for a long time, has a crisis of morals/ethics when he discovers a wrong, has conflicts about what action to take and the fallout from that action, ultimately does the right thing and through doing the right thing, he tries to redeem himself and find some depth and meaning in his limited existence. I like that this role is not safe for him and it is a departure of his normal choice of roles. I do hope it is the start of a more varied choice of characters in the future where he has to act, not just turn up and phone it in. He has gotten to the character actor stage of his career so here is hoping. JMO.
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Post by it's me on Sun 04 Sep 2011, 14:48

schlub?

means...?
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Post by melbert on Sun 04 Sep 2011, 15:36

Here ya go It'sMe.



schlub also shlub
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(shl[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]b) or zhlub (zhl[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]b)
n. Slang A person regarded as clumsy, stupid, or unattractive.




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Post by pattygirl on Sun 04 Sep 2011, 15:53

From the Urban Dictionary:



schlub Unkempt in appearance, either due to lack of effort or lack of awareness. The opposite of metrosexual.



None of definitions fit George, personally, but could very well fit the character, Matt King. Must be hard to portray someone your polar opposite.
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Post by melbert on Sun 04 Sep 2011, 15:58

I'm thinking that is one of the reasons people (critics) seem to be taken with this performance. He's not playing any kind of revision of George Clooney.
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