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Re: The Descendants

Post by Casey on Thu 17 Nov 2011, 15:31

Sorry guys, don't know why my link isn't working, but the pictures are on gettyimages.com.

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Post by laetval on Thu 17 Nov 2011, 16:01

2011 Film Independent Screening Series: "The Descendants"

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Post by laetval on Thu 17 Nov 2011, 16:17

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George Clooney was without his current other half, girlfriend Stacy Keibler, for another screening of The Descendants at the LACMA in LA last night

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Re: The Descendants

Post by Cinderella on Thu 17 Nov 2011, 16:32

I hate to say it but his current escapades has kinda turned me off... NOT that he'd give a crap... BUT I do respect Alexander Payne.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by it's me on Thu 17 Nov 2011, 21:30

ma quella giacchetta non c'entra per niente!
e le scarpe.... sono diverse da quelle di altre foto
...del pranzo...?


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horrible suit
and maybe a change of shoes

why?
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Re: The Descendants

Post by laetval on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 13:05

Variety screening from last Monday

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Post by laetval on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 13:17

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Post by it's me on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 13:17

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Post by laetval on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 13:21

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Clooney Talks 'The Descendants' at a Special Q&A

There was a special screening of The Descendants on Wed., November 16th at the Bing Theater at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) with a Q&A afterwards with director Alexander Payne, stars George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Beau Bridges, Nick Krause and Robert Forster.

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In the lively discussion that followed the screening, Clooney talked about working with first time child actors like Amara Miller, who played his youngest daughter in the film and he joked about how she had to do about ten takes of a scene where she eats an ice cream sundae and she got sick because of it.

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Judy Greer recounted how she was crying her eyes out in a very dramatic, emotional scene and Clooney kept laughing at her.

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The screening was part of Film Independent at LACMA, which is a new, inclusive film series launched in October that is produced by Film Independent and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) with The New York Times as presenting sponsor. Curated by Elvis Mitchell, the program offers classic and contemporary narrative and documentary films, artists and their influences, emerging auteurs, international showcases, special guest-curated programs and conversations with artists, curators and special guests.

The Descendants is out in limited release now.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by it's me on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 13:24

Judy Greer recounted how she was crying her eyes out in a very dramatic, emotional scene and Clooney kept laughing at her.


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Re: The Descendants

Post by Cinderella on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 13:27

I liked the vid... The pic is artistic. Thanks for posting, Laetval!
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Re: The Descendants

Post by Cinderella on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 20:45

Yikes... Wow... Love3

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Re: The Descendants

Post by cindigirl on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 20:45

Looks like he just got a haircut.

OK, now which side does he dress? I'm feeling 'horny' this afternoon. LOL
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Re: The Descendants

Post by Cinderella on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 20:48

Me, too...
I think... still on the same side... And it's this... cheers lol!
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Re: The Descendants

Post by cindigirl on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 20:59

IMO he should be careful how he sits when he has a picture taken. It just enhances our imagination. Confuzzled

Does anyone know when The Descendents is coming to small town theatres in U.S.?
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Re: The Descendants

Post by lolo"layla" on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 21:52

they looklike a music band with that outfit , that's my lovely man george .

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Re: The Descendants

Post by cindigirl on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 21:57

Hi lolo - welcome back - now stay. We love you! This big
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Post by lolo"layla" on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 23:48

i wasn't going to go for good but i am posting less cuz of my studing i am not a quitter cindi ,and i am having a lot of lovely friends here from all over the world . Wink

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Re: The Descendants

Post by it's me on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 01:46

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Post by laetval on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 08:22

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Re: The Descendants

Post by sadDonkey on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 12:05

Thank you so much Laetval.

Every time I see him in interviews I have a big grin on my face. This is the George Clooney I love. Then I go to another thread seeing him with her in that dress while with his parents - the grin turns into head shaking. No A lot of questions pop into my mind and I try to understand but it doesn´t work.

PS. now its official. I am an addict! I need help affraid

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Re: The Descendants

Post by pattygirl on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 14:39

SD, you don't need help, really. Just enjoy your addiction.
As for SK, this too shall pass. Don't try too hard to understand. George is who he is, what he is, what he has always been. Perhaps part of the reason we love him so much is the "bad boy" vibe. It's part of his charisma. Just go with it. Smile I love you







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Re: The Descendants

Post by cindigirl on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 14:54

sadDonkey wrote:now its official. I am an addict! I need help affraid

Welcome to the club girl, - it's called Addiction Anonymous.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by cindigirl on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 15:51

Thanks so much laetval for the videos. I finally got to see it and especially like the George Clooney Gets Personal video. We got to hear him sing. He has a nice voice (sigh) and the interviewer is so pleasant, not like some of the movie critics. Thank God the subject of his girlfriend wasn't brought up because if G was talking personal he may have spilled a little to much personal information. LOL
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Re: The Descendants

Post by sadDonkey on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 15:59


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very sweet of you pattygirl Give Flowers
Georgie said as older you get you become less judgmental. I am waiting for that age to come.

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LOL. What´s on the treatment plan Wink

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Post by cindigirl on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 16:15

@sadDonkey - treatment? Meetings several times a week, lots of coffee, meet George, maybe get lucky? Exactly like US Alcoholics Anonymous - only more fun with G. LOL
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Re: The Descendants

Post by sadDonkey on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 16:48

cindigirl wrote:Thank God the subject of his girlfriend wasn't brought up because if G was talking personal he may have spilled a little to much personal information. LOL
lol!
great therapy - I am in (already) and stick to it. Yes, George is our "drug", sometimes its fun sometimes a headache

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Re: The Descendants

Post by melbert on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 18:13

Well, George definitely is my drug of choice!
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Re: The Descendants

Post by cindigirl on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 18:52

I think The Descendents movie is coming to my neighborhood on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd. YEA

I've seen so many trailers and so many interviews I feel like I know what the whole movie is about. Still won't stop me from seeing it. LOL
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Post by zizi on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 19:20

Leatval : thanks a lot for all your videos and links. We would miss so much about George without your input into this blog. I think we all agree that your effort and generosity is admirable. For sure , I am very appreciative of all your contribution to this forum Give Flowers

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Re: The Descendants

Post by zizi on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 19:33

sadDonkey wrote:

PS. now its official. I am an addict! I need help affraid

Don't worry SD , you are doing great on your own Wink , don't need any help. You are on your way to full recovery from your addiction lol! . Few more posts and you will be a "CLOONEY EXPERT"". super cool Sounds mpressive, doesn't it ???? cheers

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Post by sadDonkey on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 20:26

zizi wrote:Few more posts and you will be a "CLOONEY EXPERT"". super cool Sounds mpressive, doesn't it ???? cheers
Thumbs up! yes, very impressive.
And one day we follow in the footsteps of Melbert Not worthy Zen Master. Wow.

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Post by it's me on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 20:38

Zen Master? tell me how can you do it!
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Post by sadDonkey on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 20:43

"Just" 1168 posts more it´s me then you become a Zen Master too.

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Re: The Descendants

Post by it's me on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 20:45

eh???

expl better
please
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Post by sadDonkey on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 20:48

LOL. You need 3000 posts. 3000-1834=1166. Better explanation?! Wink

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Post by it's me on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 20:57

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Re: The Descendants

Post by melbert on Sun 20 Nov 2011, 01:14

It's been rough girls, but if anyone needs help, I'm here!! Very Happy Actually, I need to take that back. It's been everything but rough. I love it here and you all make it so pleasurable. Thank you for that!
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Post by zizi on Sun 20 Nov 2011, 02:58

No Melbert we THANK YOU, for your great 3054 posts. Give Flowers
Hurry up, you just need another 24 posts to beat Katie before she is back. lol!
You will be the LEADER. queen

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Post by melbert on Sun 20 Nov 2011, 03:02

Thank you Zizi! I'll NEVER be a leader, except in the line forming to get George! I'll knock you ALL out! hahahaha
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Post by cindigirl on Sun 20 Nov 2011, 18:08

melbert wrote:Thank you Zizi! I'll NEVER be a leader, except in the line forming to get George! I'll knock you ALL out! hahahaha

Now that would be fun. We can all form some sort of an offense line to see who's the strongest contender. Well, if intent is as strong as strength my vote would be for Melbert. LOL
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Post by melbert on Sun 20 Nov 2011, 20:01

Thanks CindiGirl!
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George Clooney, left, and Shailene Woodley in “The Descendants.”

Almost a decade ago, actor George Clooney met with director Alexander Payne at a breakfast joint near Warner Bros. studios in Los Angeles to talk about playing a soon-to-be-married cad in his then-upcoming film “Sideways.”

“He didn’t hire me, which I am still angry about,” says Mr. Clooney. But he finally got his chance to work with Mr. Payne in his next film, “The Descendants,” released today by Fox Searchlight. Adapted from a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, the movie focuses on a workaholic, cuckolded lawyer named Matt King (played by Clooney) who must figure out how to be an involved parent after his wife winds up in a coma following a boating accident (For more go to The Art House vs. the Multiplex: Three That Walk the Line).

Mr. Payne reached out to Mr. Clooney after asking the author who she envisioned playing the lead role. She immediately named Mr. Clooney.

“I am flattered by that—or insulted by it—I’m not quite sure,” says Mr. Clooney, who has been generating best actor Oscar buzz for his role. Speakeasy caught up with the Academy Award-winning actor to talk about “The Descendants,” his career trajectory and the upcoming Oscars, where he might repeat his unprecedented feat—achieved in 2006—of being nominated as best actor and best director (for “Ides of March”) in the same year. An edited transcript:

If you explained the plot of “The Descendants” to somebody, they would think it’s going to be horrifyingly depressing. But it’s often very funny. So let’s talk about the high-wire act of doing these scenes that are simultaneously hilarious and sad.

It’s a funny thing about Alexander. He’s got such a great touch in balancing those. You can see it in “Election,” you can see it in “Sideways,” this very tricky fine line with things being very funny and very sad. The screenplay was very well written. Mostly it became just an element of adjusting, you know, there are times when you have to run funny and pop your head out of a hedge that are pretty slap-sticky big funny and times where it is much more subtle. When you are working with Alexander he just says “Give me options.” And he hones in on one and says, “Give me that.” Look, he hasn’t done a bad film yet so you can do nothing but trust him.

Does this to you mark a departure from the traditional “weepie” drama?

Yeah, there have been versions of this over the years that have done it really well. I think “Terms of Endearment” did it really well where there’s really big laughs and then it catches you in the throat once in a while. There are people who have done it really well. I think Alexander is tremendously artful the way he does it. It’s usually too big in the funny and too ham-boney on the sad and this one is such a subtle piece. You really don’t give it up until the very end of the movie. That’s a nice feeling. You’ve earned the emotions at the end.

What was the most challenging scene to balance tonally?

The trickiest one for us was the hospital scene when I am yelling at my comatose wife because it’s a very angry emotional scene and right on the heels of that is me spanking my 17-year-old daughter and all the comedy that ensues. That was tricky because it was such a hard 180 turn. It was a difficult scene to do for all of us I think. We were all trying to find the right tone. There’s an element if you watch that scene after I bring the kids in that you sort of have to start low and let it accelerate until he spanks her…it’s pacing.

Did that scene take the longest to shoot?

No, but it was tricky. He shoots pretty quickly. The scenes in that hospital room took a long time because there were a lot of little pieces. You’re shooting in a small room so that always complicates things. The rehearsal process before we started the movie was mostly, in the same way that the Coen Brothers work, and Steven Soderbergh, and Jason Reitman, mostly just spending time with each other not really rehearsing. You get a really nice period of time in the morning where you show up on the set and you figure out where you’re going to be and how you’re going to play it. Then he brings the camera people in. So it really did feel like it happened that day. That was an exciting thing, it wasn’t over-rehearsed.

What would you do to prepare?

Alexander rented a house in Honolulu – we’d all meet up there and have lunch and talk and tell jokes and read the script every once in a while. He would go through things he thought he was going to change in the screenplay after we read through it. We didn’t really get up and act it out. So many things change by the time you get to a set that a lot of times there isn’t a great benefit in working them out. I feel that way as a director as well. He’d take us to the locations and let us see where we were going to play out the scene the next day.

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Actress Stacy Keibler and actor George Clooney arrive to the premiere of Fox Searchlight’s “The Descendants” on November 15, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

There was something so charming about the music and the landscape of Hawaii that no matter how grim it got, you thought, “how could a person be so sad in a place like this?” Had you been to Hawaii before doing this film?

I had been there several times before but I had done the other version, which is the resort version. I hadn’t done Honolulu or Hawaii quite the same, quite like this film…it’s more the sense of the people. When you first get there, you get on the freeway and there’s terrible traffic. Also people are driving on the freeway, even if there are very few cars, they are driving 45 miles an hour. I am from Los Angeles, and I’m screaming, “Are you crazy?” And they’re looking at me like “What is wrong with you, man?” You start to get into a very different pace, which is island pace. Everything will get done. Relax. Don’t get so stressed out. There was a real element of that on the set. Watching Alexander work…there was always a sense of calm. That came through from the landscape and the people and the crew.

How long were you on the island before you started shooting to get yourself into that pace of life?

I was there for a couple of weeks. And it took me about 10 days to stop honking at people…and then I realized I just had to mellow out and relax. It takes a while to get into other people’s rhythms.

You’ve said in other interviews that five years ago you don’t think you would have been in a place in your life where you were ready to play this role. What happened since then?

The right roles happen at the right time. “ER” hit for me when I was 33 or 34 years old… I had done eight TV series before that and nothing had hit…I was on “Roseanne,” it was the No. 1 show. I had been around. The timing was always sort of off. Then it took a while in films to get my foot in. “Out of Sight” was the first time I was the right age and the right person in the right role. Casting people who are correct is a huge advantage for a director. Alexander would be the first person to tell you that. And I had gone through this phase in my career where I was playing these characters who were somewhat in control, but as time went on they found their own flaws and had to come to terms with them. This was the next step in that, which is someone who’s absolutely not in control of anything, and can’t win an argument, and can’t defend himself. I hadn’t done this before. I think I had to play those other parts before I got to this.

Tell me about the woman who plays your comatose wife.

Patti Hastie [the actress who plays Elizabeth King] lost 20 pounds to play a woman who is dying. She never says a word. She lays in a bed. She would stay up all night and then come into work and take a melatonin and literally lay there all through lunch. Those kinds of elements, people who gave that kind of effort for something that would ordinarily be just tossed off, it was just really fun to be around people who were making that kind of an effort. I think the love that was involved in making this film is on the screen, that’s what’s so rare about it. A lot of times you go “We had a great time and the movie sucks.” This was one of those times when you really feel they had a great time and the movie reflects that.

What did you think the first time you saw it?

I saw a rough cut early and I thought it was beautiful. He hadn’t really found all the funny in it. Alexander has a beautiful slow process, much more patient than I am. He’ll do a cut and he’ll say, “I know I will cut this scene differently. But I just want to see it play.” I would never have that kind of patience…I would be worried I wouldn’t find it.

How do you think being a director yourself has helped your performances as an actor?

In working with directors over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to learn from them and steal from them in general. There’s a benefit in having directed so as an actor you know what a director is looking for. Actors will think of every scene as a scene that they need to win in. Each scene is a complete piece. Directors see each scene as a piece in a giant puzzle. You need to lose these three, because you’re going to win these three. It’s helpful as an actor who’s directed to understand what the director’s looking for in the big picture…but I have to say there’s no directing hat on when I am working with good directors. I am sitting back and trying to watch and to not screw it up. You’re greatest fear is being in the first bad Alexander Payne film.

When you won an Oscar for your supporting role in “Syriana,” you were also nominated in the director category and it was the first and only time that has ever happened—this is something that might also happen this year, don’t you think?

I really don’t think about it. I know that sounds sort of like crap. But I’ve been through this a few times now where you have films people talk about. People talk about being a frontrunner then not winning. I’ve been in those situations. After that first run with “Syriana” and “Good Night and Good Luck,” I really got an understanding of what it is. And I’ve been through it. What I do now…is I remember movies. I don’t remember who won what when. I don’t like the idea of competing against artists. I couldn’t do what the other actors do in their films…all I do is I like to make movies.

It must be nice to not have to participate in all that campaigning after the nominees are announced because of the new Academy rules.

What you sort of resign yourself if you are in that spot is I will show up to the Q&A’s and do those things while it’s in the theaters if it’s helping the film. I get that but that sort of kissing babies and hitting all the parties, some of it is now banned which is good. I didn’t do it for “Up in the Air” or “Michael Clayton.” When it starts serving yourself and not the film, it feels counterproductive to me.
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Post by socimar on Tue 22 Nov 2011, 12:54

Yesterday was my birthday and my husband treated me to lunch.... and to the movie THE DESCENDANTS. We had to drive to downtown Washington, DC because it is not shown in Northern Virginia yet (expected this week but my birthday was yesterday). I just loved it and my husband, not a movie fan and definitely not a Clooney addict loved it too. Enough said, Oscar on the horizon.
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Post by sandeepmanral on Fri 25 Nov 2011, 09:46

Experts pick 'The Descendants' to win New York Film Critic Circle Award for Best Picture when the vote is held Nov. 29.

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