11:41 AM PST 11/16/2011 by Michael O'Connell, Rebecca Ford, Emily Blank
The stars of the George Clooney's new family drama, directed by Alexander Payne and co-written by Payne, Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, took to the red carpet in Beverly Hills on Nov. 15 for the film's premiere screening at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Clooney was joined by Stacy Keibler, Shailene Woodley and Judy Greer, among others.
Descendants star and member of THR's Next Gen Class of 2011Shailene Woodley plays George Clooney's daughter in the film. "I loved how human it was, and how raw it was, and how it didn't cover up any of the messy shit that goes on in everyday life, 'cause so many Hollywood films do," Woodley said of the film.
Alexander Payne, Shailene Woodley and George Clooney
Director Alexander Payne, and stars Shailene Woodley and George Clooney smiled for the cameras at the event. "It had all the elements -- a nice human story in a location and among a class of people that are unique for a film," said Payne of the film. "I jumped in hard and fast."
Tom Rothman, Nancy Utley, Alexander Payne and Jim Gianopulos
From left: Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman Tom Rothman, Fox Searchlight's President of Marketing Nancy Utley, Writer/Director/Producer Alexander Payne and Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman Jim Gianopulos attended The Descendants premiere. Rothman will be honored with the lifetime achievement award at the Gotham Independent Film Awards on Nov. 28.
Actress Amara Miller and Fox Searchlight's Nancy Utley pose for a photo at the premiere. Miller, 11, who plays George Clooney's character's younger daughter, flew to Oahu 10 days before the 10-week shoot to develop a believable family dynamic with Clooney.
How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor attended the premiere event for The Descendents. Radnor, who made his directorial debut with the 2010 Sundance hit HappyThankYouMorePlease, is getting behind the camera again for an indie love story that he will star in with Elizabeth Olsen.