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Weekend Box Office: 'Breaking Dawn' Does $140 Million, Still Sucks Uncontrollably

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 20, 2011 12:41 PM
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Summit was either being coy or having a bit more faith in humanity than everyone else by projecting "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One" to open lower than "New Moon." No such luck, humankind -- the lethal siren song that is Stephenie Meyer's ignorance scored again, with "Breaking Dawn" grabbing $72 million on Friday, beginning an opening weekend that, after final estimates, could even surpass the series' best.

In Theaters: 'Breaking Dawn' Sinks Its Fangs Into 'The Descendants' & 'Happy Feet Two'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • November 18, 2011 5:46 PM
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So many goodies in store in this pre-Thanksgiving weekend. Violent vampire sexy times! George Muthafuckin Clooney, and dancing penguins. However will we choose?! That's right, the latest "Twilight" installment opens this weekend, which means that those Occupy Twilight Twi-hards can finally go home and occupy a shower now that their desire has literally been consummated. Alexander Payne is back with "The Descendants" and for the kids and kids at heart, "Happy Feet Two" is your cinematic babysitter. Allons-y!

'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.

NYFF: With Kids On The Set Of 'The Descendants' George Clooney Couldn't Resist His Prankster Ways

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • October 21, 2011 9:34 AM
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Clooney Farts With His iPhone, Plants A Kiss & Matthew Lillard Nearly Didn't Make It To The AuditionDespite a fact-filled press conference earlier this week the filmmakers and cast behind the now-Gotham-nominated “The Descendants” still had more info to share when they hit the red carpet for the premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sunday. In case you missed it, here's what George Clooney had to say about some of the movies on his horizon. For the rest of the chat, and some stories from the rest of the cast, read on. Warning, there are some spoilers.

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.

Watch: Not Everyone In Hawaii Is Relaxed In New Trailer For 'The Descendants'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 6:01 AM
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For anyone who has been to Hawaii, you know that the laid back attitude of the locals, while at first disarming, quickly becomes infectious. Falling into the rhythms of the island is pretty easy, but for Matt King, our hero of Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," that Hawaiian charm doesn't come easy.

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.

NYFF '11 Review: George Clooney Grapples With Life, Death & Fatherhood In ‘The Descendants’

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 14, 2011 9:36 AM
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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 moments 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.” And it’s not without its problems either.

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