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Post by sisieq on Fri 21 Jan 2011, 06:45

Narrated in a bold, fearless, hilarious voice and set against the lush, panoramic backdrop of Hawaii,The Descendantsis a stunning debut novel about an unconventional family forced to come together and re-create its own legacy. Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors were financially and culturally progressive–one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. Now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control: Ten-year-old Scottie is a smart-ass with a desperate need for attention, and seventeen-year-old Alex, a former model, is a recovering drug addict. Matt’s charismatic, thrill-seeking, high-maintenance wife, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident and will soon be taken off life support.

[even though this part is out there, still felt guilty, so made a "spoiler"]

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The Kings can hardly picture life without her, but as they come to terms with this tragedy, their sadness is mixed with a sense of freedom that shames them–and spurs them into surprising actions. Before honoring Joanie’s living will, Matt must gather her friends and family to say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation made worse by the sudden discovery that there is one person who hasn’t been told: the man with whom Joanie had been having an affair, quite possibly the one man she ever truly loved. Forced to examine what he owes not only to the living but to the dead, Matt takes to the road with his daughters to find his wife’s lover, a memorable journey that leads to both painful revelations and unforeseen humor and growth.

[taken from a library website]

LOL, after using the "spoiler" realized it will come out in order for us to discuss.


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Post by sisieq on Fri 21 Jan 2011, 06:47

There are scenes (about 3 or 4) that actually fit George, the person. Having said that, read the book last year and didn't take notes, so can't remember them. I\'ve got an idea2

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Post by sisieq on Fri 21 Jan 2011, 06:53

The book doesn"t have much dialogue, more of the father"s thoughts. Talked to someone who read the script and person said there is alot of voice overs from George"s character.

Scottie wears t-shirts with crazy sayings. The first time its mentioned her shirt says "Mrs. Clooney". But been told by the person who read the script that she doesn"t wear that one. Since they cast George, I would think that may not come across well with the general public. He gets ripped by people and gossip press for going out with younger women, that I think if the little girl wore that shirt in the movie, the jokes would be really bad at the expense of the little girl - even though it was written in the book. We'll know later this year if what this person told me holds true.

Person I "talked" with was over on IMDB


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Post by sisieq on Fri 21 Jan 2011, 06:55

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Re: The Descendants

Post by PigLove on Fri 21 Jan 2011, 18:49

I was wondering if they'd replace the "Mrs. Clooney" shirt with a "Team Angie" or a "Brangelina 4Eva" shirt or something. As kind of an inside joke.

Sisieq, you said the word I have feared most. . . VOICEOVERS. Good god. GTC totally phones it in from a sound booth (hated what he did to Mr. Fox). Crap. Luckily, the narrator's voice is kind of dry and stiff, so it will probably work.


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Re: The Descendants

Post by PigLove on Fri 21 Jan 2011, 18:56

Here are some of the amazing scenes (SPOILERS!!!):

* When Matt walks in on Scottie while she's playacting in front of the mirror, then talks to Sid about it.

* Matt & Sid, basically everything.

* When Matt "forces" Scottie and Alex to hold their mother's hands in the hospital.

* Kissing his wife's lover's wife. On the lips.

In many ways, Matt King is Clooneyesque. It's not mentioned whether he's handsome, but it's easy to believe he is. He's well-known on the islands, part of a "famous" family, and everyone assumes he's rich and powerful. The interesting part is that he's not rich and powerful, b/c of the way he's been avoiding his legacy.

Very Clooney: "It's embarrassing how much strangers think they know about me, and how many people, my cousins especially, are waiting to see what I'll do."

Also: "Patients don't like that I'm somebody, but don't they realize that you don't want to be somebody in a hospital? You want to be nobody, in and out and forgotten."

Shall we discuss Joanie? And their marriage?
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Re: The Descendants

Post by melbert on Fri 21 Jan 2011, 22:29

Now you guys have me all revved up! I want it to come out NOW!!!!
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Post by PigLove on Sat 22 Jan 2011, 04:26

Just checking the IMDB credits list and can't figure out who's playing the wife. In the book, her name is "Joanie," but that role isn't listed. Instead, there's an "Elizabeth King." But there's a woman without a name. And who would Beau Bridges play? I want Joanie in flashbacks. Grrrr. Screenplays are a mystery to me.

Do you think this movie is going to ROCK OUR WORLD or suck like a sump pump? I'd make a poll, but I think we should be able to change our minds as we learn more.
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Post by melbert on Sat 22 Jan 2011, 04:31

Isn't it some actress that George was in another film with? Oh, Three Kings, the reporter gal he was romping with in the hut or trailer or whatever it was.
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Post by melbert on Sat 22 Jan 2011, 04:32

Judy Greer!
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Post by PigLove on Sat 22 Jan 2011, 04:34

She's the unnamed character. Good! I hope she's in lots of flashbacks.
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Post by PigLove on Sat 22 Jan 2011, 04:36

Actually, not TOO many flashbacks. They can be overused, after all.

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Post by melbert on Sat 22 Jan 2011, 04:38

Are there scenes of him going to the hospital to visit her in her coma in the book?


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Post by PigLove on Sat 22 Jan 2011, 04:47

Totally. They spend a lot of the beginning and end of the book in the hospital room. Of course, she's in a coma there. But her character is really important, like how wild and flirtatious and kind of oppressive she was for the whole family.

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THAT's part of Matt's growth arc, that he realizes how much better his family's life will be without her.

The book actually doesn't do such a good job with that, IMHO.
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Post by melbert on Sat 22 Jan 2011, 04:54

They may have to do flashbacks for that then.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by lucy on Mon 28 Feb 2011, 14:08

Has anyone heard about the release date lately?
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Post by melbert on Mon 28 Feb 2011, 15:35

Last I heard Lucy was early in the fall, around September?
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Post by lolo"layla" on Mon 28 Feb 2011, 20:56

that would be good to see clooney plays "father" away from his real lifestyle.

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Post by melbert on Mon 28 Feb 2011, 23:54

He's been a "father" in a few other flicks, but never any long scenes with the "kids". This will be new for him.
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Post by lucy on Tue 01 Mar 2011, 00:06

Besides OFD what other father role?
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Post by lolo"layla" on Tue 01 Mar 2011, 00:56

yes melbert that's what i mean whole role he play about that ,that's good thing speaking he did not living that in real life.

and yes lucy OFD he was so good with his girl in film the scene with him bring his daughter after MP lost her is my best .

i think he was father in Syriana .
and in ER he was father by name only.

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Post by Katiedot on Tue 01 Mar 2011, 02:07

In Michael Clayton, too.
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Post by melbert on Tue 01 Mar 2011, 02:15

One Fine Day
Fail Safe
O Brother
Syriana
Michael Clayton
Fantastic Mr. Fox

That's all I can remember right now.
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Post by lucy on Tue 01 Mar 2011, 13:46

It's funny how I forget he's a father in all these movies. Hope his role as a father in Descendants is more memorable.
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Post by Katiedot on Tue 01 Mar 2011, 18:04

IMO that's because he usually doesn't have to do anything with the kids in any of the films. In Michael Clayton all the did with his son was drive him places. The children are basically expendable plot devices to make you think 'oh, nice family man'.
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Re: The Descendants

Post by Atalante on Tue 01 Mar 2011, 20:20

PigLove wrote:Actually, not TOO many flashbacks. They can be overused, after all.

Okay, I'm going to film school. Be right back!

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lol! You guy are so funny !

When I get flood control, I switch to other websites, crossreading ya know ! study
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Post by PigLove on Wed 02 Mar 2011, 23:25

Atalante has more patience than I do. I sit there and fume, listening to the clock ticking away...
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Post by melbert on Thu 03 Mar 2011, 02:07

tick tock tick tock - dingdingding (alarm going off to wake you up)!!!
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Re: The Descendants

Post by Guest on Sat 18 Jun 2011, 02:00

I am posting a link of Rob Hueble interview. Also, I will paste here what he said about working with Clooney. leas, feel free to put somewhere else.
The last question I have is you have a movie with George Clooney coming up later this year–The Descendents. What was it like working with someone as huge as George Clooney? Was that an amazing experience?

It’s embarrassing, because you realize what an inferior human you are. You do a scene with George Clooney and its like ‘Oh! This is what a good-looking person looks like, this guy!’ And its like ‘Oh, this is what people say when they are funny’, because he is like really funny! So you go away feeling really bad about yourself, but you feel really good about George Clooney.

But no, he really is the nicest dude. It makes you just want to murder him because he is super nice and really down-to-earth, its like ‘You don’t have to be that way. You can treat me like shit! If you want to use me as a footstool – Yes! You can do that!’ He is super nice, and it makes you feel really bad about yourself. You’re not ever gonna be as good as that guy is.

http://www.celebuzz.com/2011-06-16/rob-huebel-talks-childrens-hospital-working-with-george-clooney-exclusive/

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