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Jason Reitman adapting Kaui Hart Hemmings novel 'The Possibilities'

The Possibilities, a new novel from The Descendants author Kaui Hart Hemmings, is about four months away from publication, but a film adaptation is already in the works from writer-director Jason Reitman.

The Up in the Air and Labor Day filmmaker will pen the screenplay for the film and plans to direct the story about a Colorado woman who starts a friendship with a mysterious young girl while mourning the loss of her son, who has died in a skiing avalanche.

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MTV Movie Awards: Check out the winners here

Voters for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards spread the wealth, bestowing Movie of the Year and Best Kiss to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, Best Female and Male Performance to The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, and Best Hero and Best Cast to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. Check out the full list of winners below:  READ FULL STORY

'The Descendants' DVD extra: George Clooney breaks silence... wind, too -- EXCLUSIVE

In The Descendants, George Clooney played a solemn lawyer who finds out that his comatose wife had been having an affair before her tragic watersport accident. But even an Academy Award nomination for playing a cuckold who is forced to reconnect with his two daughters while mourning couldn’t alter his reputation as a merry prankster. Clooney is notorious for the artful gotcha, and his tomfoolery knows no bounds — he once razzed a 90-year-old Walter Cronkite with a gag that ended with the late newsman jumping in a lake.

Working with youngsters on The Descendants only seemed to bring out his inner jester. In “Everybody Loves George,” one of the extras on the film’s DVD and Blu-ray (available Tuesday, March 13), his young co-stars describe his childish pleasure in iPhone-generated flatulence. In an airplane cabin full of extras, Clooney let rip a torrent of toots with a special app that had everyone wondering if their leading man had eaten some bad poi. “Everybody in the front is kind of looking around at each other,” says co-star Shailene Woodley. “They’re trying not to laugh because they don’t want to get in trouble.” Take a look at an exclusive clip of the DVD extra. It doesn’t stink.

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Oscars: 'The Descendants' co-writer Jim Rash on his homage to Angelina Jolie's right leg

One of the best spontaneous moments of comedy during the 84th Annual Academy Awards came courtesy of Jim Rash, otherwise known as the co-writer of The Descendants and the daffy Dean Pelton on NBC’s Community. After he and collaborators Nat Faxon and Alexander Payne won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, Rash chose to spend his time on stage paying homage to presenter Angelina Jolie’s right-leg-flashing fashion pose.

“Honestly, as soon as I saw her pose like that, I was like, ‘I’m going to do that,’” Rash told EW at the Governors Ball after the show. READ FULL STORY

Inside the Indie Spirit Awards: A brisk-yet-tedious celebration of films we've already been celebrating

With its giant white tent on the sunny Santa Monica, Calif. beach, and the throngs of black-suited, fast-talking Europeans smoking outside, one could easily mistake the Independent Spirit Awards for a Los Angeles annex of the Cannes Film Festival. The event certainly took on an international flavor this year, with The Artist — which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival — taking home four awards, including Best Feature, Best Male Lead (Jean Dujardin), and Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius). (Check out the full list of winners here.) The bulk of the folks from The Artist only made it to the Indie Spirit tent in time for Hazanavicius’ win, driving directly from the airport after flying in from the César Awards in France. Actress Penelope Ann Miller, who has a small supporting role as the haughty wife of Dujardin’s silent movie star, ended up accepting both her co-star’s award and Guillaume Schiffman’s award for Best Cinematography.

Should The Artist also prevail at the Academy Awards on Sunday evening, as most everyone predicts it will, the silent film will be only the first film since 1986’s Platoon to win the top prize at both the Indie Spirits and the Oscars. READ FULL STORY

'The Artist' wins big at the Directors Guild Awards

The Directors Guild of America announced its annual awards tonight at a ceremony in the Grand Ballroom above the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius took home the prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film. Fellow nominees Martin Scorsese (Hugo) and Alexander Payne (The Descendants) also spoke at the event while accepting their nomination medallions. As is his custom for awards events, nominee Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) was not present; nominee David Fincher (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) had to fly to the premiere of his film in Tokyo, Japan, although he did attend the nominee breakfast Saturday morning.

Hosted by Kelsey Grammer, the evening also feted directors for feature documentaries, and TV dramas, comedies, reality shows, made-for-TV movies and miniseries, soap operas, children’s programming, and commercials.

Since 1948, the DGA Award winner for feature film has gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Director every year save for six exceptions, most recently when Rob Marshall took home the DGA Award for Chicago in 2002, while Roman Polanski won the Oscar for The Pianist.

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Oscars 2012: Watch videos for the major nominees

While you should see all the nominated films by Oscar night, Feb. 26, of course, here’s a good place to start, with clips from all the Best Picture, acting, and director nominees.

First up, the trailers for the nine films nominated for Best Picture:  READ FULL STORY

'The Descendants' takes top prize at 2011 Satellite Awards

The International Press Academy handed out its 16th annual Satellite Awards last night. While The Descendants may have won the Best Motion Picture and Adapted Screenplay, it was Drive that was the biggest winner of all. The ambient indie took home four awards, including the Best Actor trophy for Ryan Gosling and Best Director for Nicolas Winding Refn. Elsewhere, awards-season frontrunner The Artist turned in a relatively modest performance with only one award for Best Art Direction & Production Design. See the full list below. READ FULL STORY

Houston critics honor 'The Descendants,' Toronto prefers 'Tree of Life'

The Toronto Film Critics Association and the Houston Film Critics Society unveiled their choices for the year’s best films — and didn’t agree on anything. The Toronto critics honored Terrence Malick for Best Director and his The Tree of Life won Best Picture. Michael Shannon (Take Shelter) won Best Actor, Michelle Williams was named Best Actress (My Week With Marilyn), and Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Jessica Chastain (Take Shelter) were honored for their supporting turns.

The Houston critics preferred Alexander Payne’s The Descendants for Best Picture. Drive‘s auteur Nicholas Winding Refn topped Payne, though, for Best Director. Michael Fassbender (Shame) won Best Actor, Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) was named Best Actress, and Albert Brooks (Drive) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) won in the supporting categories.

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AFI Top 10: 'Dragon Tattoo,' 'Bridesmaids' in; 'Extremely Loud' out

The American Film Institute has announced its annual list of the 10 best U.S. releases, which last year predicted nine of the eventual 10 Best Picture nominees. On the list this time are nine expected contenders: The Descendants, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, J. Edgar, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. But the AFI also included one very interesting dark horse: Bridesmaids. Missing from the top 10: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Beginners, Drive, The Ides of March, and Young Adult. UPDATE: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was eligible but the AFI committee decided to give the entire Potter series a special award instead.  READ FULL STORY

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