The Descendants: George Clooney’s Career-Best

George Clooney manages to turn in a career-best performance as a father of two daughters in the Hawaiian-set The Descendants. Alexander Payne adapts Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel for the screen in true cinematic fashion.  Because of the whole cheating aspect, this probably isn’t a film that could have been released during the Production Code era.  Regardless, it’s one of my favorite films from 2011.  In a perfect world, George Clooney would have won an Oscar…

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Shailene Woodley: What She Looks For In Scripts

During a free talk on the OLG Dream Deck in Toronto, Endings, Beginnings actress Shailene Woodley discussed what she looked for in a screenplay. Towards the end of the talk, I asked one of the final two questions. What do you typically look for in characters when you’re reading a screenplay? Shailene Woodley:  Nothing to be honest.  When I read a screenplay, it’s instinctual feeling that comes across me and I actually don’t notice my…

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Adrift: The Power of Love Drives Survival

Led by a stellar performance from Shailene Woodley in Adrift, the power of love is what drives the battle for survival. The single worst thing that can happen when one attempts to set sail across any body of water is something happening to their boat.  For Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) and her boyfriend, Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin), their worst fears came true when Hurricane Raymond hit in 1983.  Labeled as a Category 4 tropical depression…

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