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Payne, Clooney Clarify Recent News Reports

By Garth Franklin Thursday October 10th 2013 10:31AM

Two recent news stories, one involving "The Descendants" director Alexander Payne and the other that film's actor George Clooney, have scored some updates.

First up, Payne was linked to the film "The Judge's Will" the other day when it was revealed he had optioned the project. Some reports went so far as to suggest it could well be his next film.

Turns out that's not the case. Doing press for "Nebraska" this week, Payne revealed that he optioned the story a few months back. He tells Coming Soon:

"Somebody showed me an article, 'Oh, Payne in talks.' No, I’m not! I have no idea what I'm going to do next. That’s all wrong. The curtain of truth is that I optioned that story, but I don't know when I'm gonna do it."

Meanwhile Clooney has elaborated on a report from earlier this week about his involvement in a scene from Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity". Cuaron was quoted as saying there was one key scene in the film they couldn't crack and Clooney essentially came in and saved the day with some writing suggestions in an e-mail.

Clooney doesn't deny that happened, but tells The Wrap that Cuaron's quote was essentially misinterpreted to mean that he wrote a whole big sequence - when in fact he only helped with a rough idea of a scene further down the track. Clooney says:

"Alfonso’s such a sweet guy. He hands out credit to everyone all the time. I said, ‘You guys are struggling, here’s an idea.’ So I wrote out a scene, and there’s a portion of it in the movie about Sandy wanting to live.

They were struggling with how to tell people she wants to live, and I said, 'Maybe you say she talks to her little girl and says Mommy loves her.' I sent him the scene as I was leaving out of London — I said, 'Maybe this helps. Maybe this will fix the problem.' Alfonso said they shot a version of it."

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