Posts tagged ‘George Clooney’

November 13, 2013

Video: Writer Roundtable with This Year’s Likely Oscar Contenders

The Hollywood Reporter recently held their annual Writer Roundtable, and they invited some of the hottest names in screenwriting:

When The Hollywood Reporter invited George Clooney and Grant Heslov to participate in this year’s Writer Roundtable, their Nazi art-heist drama The Monuments Men was considered likely to contend in multiple awards categories. Alas, four days after the Oct. 18 discussion at The Los Angeles Athletic Club, Monuments Men was bumped by distributor Sony Pictures to Feb. 7 — unfinished visual effects were cited as the reason — and out of the awards race (at least for this year).

Luckily, Clooney, 52, and Heslov, 50, are such good talkers,THR readers likely won’t care that their movie isn’t in contention yet. The duo joined Clooney’s Gravity writer Jonas Cuaron, 31 (he penned the action-heavy script with his director father, Alfonso), Before Midnight co-writer Julie Delpy, 43, Enough Said writer-director Nicole Holofcener, 53, 12 Years a Slave‘s John Ridley, 49, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler‘s Danny Strong, 39, for a conversation that veered from Paddy Chayefsky to Sarah Palin and Edward Snowden. Said Clooney, “Now we’re getting in some deep shit!”

Visit The Hollywood Reporter to read the transcript of the conversation.

November 17, 2011

Review: The Descendants (No Spoilers)

Last night I attended Film Independent’s screening of The Descendants in LACMA’s Bing Theater. The film presentation was followed by a Q&A panel hosted by film critic Elvis Mitchell with stars of the film Judy Greer, Shailene Woodley, Nick Krause, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster, Beau Bridges, George Clooney, and the films writer and director, Alexander Payne. Needless to say, the evening was unforgettable, and the film was astounding.

In his description of the film, Elvis Mitchell wrote,

In her novel, The Descendants, author Kaui Hart Hemmings writes, “The tropics make it difficult to mope,” and in his film adaptation of the book, Alexander Payne examines that phrase from various angles to find all of the deeply emotional comedy that he can – what audiences have come to expect from him. The Descendants, Alexander Payne’s return to feature filmmaking after a seven-year absence, brings the writer-director back to his unique intersection of comedy, drama and familial dysfunction.

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