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'The Descendants': Alexander Payne, cast on filming in Hawaii

November 3, 2011 |  9:43 am

The Descendants

The biggest star of Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" is clearly George Clooney. But there's another major player with a prominent role in the director's new film: the state of Hawaii.

Adapted from Kaui Hart Hemmings novel of the same name, "The Descendants" is primarily a movie about Matt King (Clooney), a disengaged father of two young girls. But King has another issue: He's the trustee for a huge tract of land that his relatives want him to sell, cashing out on their inheritance so a resort can be built on the pristine plot (above).

Payne said he traveled around Hawaii with Hemmings before filming commenced, determined to depict the 50th state not as it is typically shown in touristy tones but as the state really is. In this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series, the filmmaker behind "Sideways" discusses how he wanted Hawaii to be seen.

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Photo: Shailene Woodley, left, George Clooney and Amara Miller in "The Descendants." Credit: Fox Searchlight


'The Descendants': Alexander Payne on adapting the book to film

November 1, 2011 | 10:17 am

Director Alexander Payne discusses adapting "The Descendants," starring George Clooney
Alexander Payne, who hasn't directed a movie since 2004's "Sideways," wasn't originally going to go behind the cameras on "The Descendants." Instead, his company was going to produce the film, with Stephen Frears and Jason Reitman interested in directing the adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings' book.

When Payne decided to direct, he first revised the screenplay, written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, to emphasize the part of the novel's older daughter.

In this video from the Envelope Screening Series, Payne discusses the adaptation.

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Photo: Shailene Woodley, left, George Clooney, Amara Miller and Nick Kraus in "The Descendants." Credit: Fox Searchlight


'The Descendants': George Clooney on the first day of filming

October 31, 2011 |  5:08 pm

George ClooneyWhat scares George Clooney?

It's not necessarily the paparazzi stalking his every move, having a "Facts of Life" flashback or watching Mitt Romney steal his best "Ides of March" dialogue.

Rather, it's being the guy — the very first one — who makes a bad Alexander Payne movie.

In this excerpt from our Envelope Screening Series, the "Syriana" Oscar winner talks about why he was terrified showing up for the first day of Payne's movie about a father trying to reconnect with his young daughters.

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Photo: George Clooney, left, and Shailene Woodley in "The Descendants." Credit: Fox Searchlight.


Telluride 2011: A George Clooney clamor, camera memo to media

September 2, 2011 |  8:30 am

George Clooney in The Descendants

Even with the Telluride Film Festival's unconventional programming philosophy, movie stars are no strangers to the get-together — recent visitors to the annual Labor Day weekend gathering in Colorado have included Viggo Mortensen, Colin Firth, Carey Mulligan, James Franco and Laura Linney. But apparently the festival has been a bit overwhelmed by the mega-wattage of this year’s celebrity guest: George Clooney, who is receiving (along with Tilda Swinton) a Telluride tribute, along with a screening of his new film, “The Descendants.”

In an atypical note, festival organizers have instructed the handful of media representatives in this Colorado ski town to leave their cameras in their condos. “I wanted to give you notice that there will be no photography allowed inside the theaters at any of the George Clooney events,” the festival wrote in an email. “This includes the tribute and screenings, intros and Q&As of ‘The Descendants.’”

Lest it appear that the star of “Michael Clayton,” “Up in the Air,” "Ocean’s Eleven” and the upcoming “The Ides of March” (which Clooney also directed) was throwing his slim weight around, reporters and bloggers promptly received a follow-up dispatch, saying that the photo ban wasn’t Clooney’s doing.

“This is not a request made by Clooney or his publicists,” the second email said. “It was a decision made by festival organizers to try and keep things sane inside the theaters and focused on the event. Clooney is still very much, as one journalist put it, a ‘man of the people!’”

Unlike the Cannes, Sundance and Toronto festivals, Telluride has a zero-tolerance policy for anyone using a cellphone inside an auditorium. One unlucky visitor’s mobile phone rang during a screening several years ago, and she was promptly kicked out of the theater for the rest of the show.

Still, Clooney’s presence in this resort — festival patrons are set to get an early peek at “The Descendants” on Friday, ahead of its festival showings on Saturday, Sunday and Monday — has caused more than a small stir along Telluride’s main street, Colorado Avenue. Of the first three film festival conversations overheard along the town’s main drag Thursday afternoon, every single one was a version of “Did you hear George Clooney is here?”

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Photo: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller in "The Descendants." Credit: Fox Searchlight.


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