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'The Descendants' Star Shailene Woodley Discusses Working With George Clooney & "Riding The Wave" Of Show Business

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 17, 2011 12:23 PM
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16 New Images From Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' Starring George Clooney; Plus Roll-Out Expansion Plan Schedule

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 16, 2011 4:08 PM
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Everyone seems to be talking to director Alexander Payne these days thanks to the festival success of his latest feature, "The Descendants." That is, except for The Playlist (*bitter tears*). Such is life. The director recently sat down with both the New York Times and L.A. Times for in-depth profiles, and while Payne hasn't made a feature-length film since 2004 ("Sideways"), both outlets remind us he's still been busy.

Review: ‘The Descendants’ Starring George Clooney Is A Mature & Soulful Look At Forgiveness

  • By The Playlist
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  • November 15, 2011 1:48 PM
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Marked by a strong, soulful performance by George Clooney, simple and economic direction, and a slow and patient gait, “The Descendants” finds filmmaker Alexander Payne working in the familiar, but not derivative, milieu of the adult drama. The film doesn’t reinvent the wheel, and while firmly within Payne’s wheelhouse, we can see the filmmaker inching towards pure drama without dramedy or resorting to the James L. Brooks method of punctuating pain with disarming laughter. That’s not to say “The Descendants” isn’t a dramedy or isn’t funny, as it certainly has its instances of comedic flair that do defuse some painful moments, but overall, one can argue that it’s Payne’s most somber and serious work outside of maybe “About Schmidt.” "The Descendants" is not without some problems either, though most aren't major dealbreakers aside from familiarity and that's purely subjective.

And So It Begins, 'The Descendants' & 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Lead Gotham Award Nominees

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 3:28 AM
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Well folks, the first batch of nominees this awards season have been revealed, with the Gotham Independent Film Award nominations landing this morning, giving an early peek at what will likely be some strong contenders down the line. Bear in mind, the Gotham Awards have little bearing on the eventual Oscar nods with only last year's Best Feature winner "Winter's Bone" factoring into the proceedings at the Kodak Theater. However, it does represent a good chunk of what you might see at the Independent Spirit Awards later in the year and if anything, these nominations confirm that Fox Searchlight is going to have another banner year on the statue circuit.

NYFF: George Clooney & Alexander Payne Discuss The Notions Of Forgiveness In ‘The Descendants'

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 17, 2011 2:58 AM
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Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster & The Entire Cast Of Payne’s New Dramedy Talk Film At New York Film FestivalThe New York Film Festival went out with a bang on its last day, Sunday, October 16. Not only did George Clooney make a surprise visit to the press conference of Alexander Payne’s new comedic drama, "The Descendants,” but the entire cast came out to support the film including two newcomer leads, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller, but also Robert Forster, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard and Nick Krause.

The Amazing Race: Will Veterans Or Newcomers Win Out In The Supporting Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 7, 2011 6:56 AM
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In contrast to the Best Actor & Actress race, which we've examined in the last few weeks, the supporting categories are looking much more open. A-list movie stars like Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Penelope Cruz and Cate Blanchett, who've all figured in recent years, are mostly absent from contention, and only a few performances have really planted a flag in the category, with some initially strong contenders already starting to slip away.

George Clooney Needs Parenting Help In A New Clip From Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 14, 2011 1:30 AM
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If the reviews out of Telluride and Toronto are anything to go by, and they usually are, Alexander Payne and George Clooney may very well need to book an appointment with their respective tailors for sometime mid-February.

Shailene Woodley Eyes 'Easy A' Writer Bert Royal's Directorial Debut 'A Thousand Words Or Less'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2011 3:42 AM
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The sleeper success of "Easy A" seems to have brought good fortune on the major players involved. It certainly launched the career of already rising star Emma Stone into the stratosphere, with Will Gluck quickly moving up the ladder with "Friends With Benefits" opening this past weekend, with a few more projects in the works including another team-up with Stone and an adaptation of "Sex On The Moon." Moreover, he also inked a two-year deal with Sony. Not bad. And if we're feeling generous, we'll even say that Penn Badgley's recent casting in "Greetings From Tim Buckley" where he'll play Jeff Buckley certainly wasn't hurt by his turn as the harmless love interest in the comedy. Now, another name from the film is ready to capitalize on its success.

Chloe Moretz, Saoirse Ronan, Emily Browning & More Also Want To Play 'Hunger Games'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2011 7:29 AM
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Jennifer Lawrence Is Not A Frontrunner For The RoleLess than 24 hours after Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Jennifer Lawrence emerged as contenders for the highly touted role of Katniss Everdeen in the gestating "Hunger Games," some more, pretty obvious names emerged. Talent that would be on any director or casting agent's wishlist for a role that needs a young female lead.

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