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'Descendants' closes N.Y. film fest

Fox Searchlight’s “The Descendants” closed the 49th edition of the New York Film Fest on Sunday.

Once inside Alice Tully Hall, longtime Film Society program director and head of the fest’s selection committee, Richard Pena, publicly announced his departure in 2012.

Guests didn’t let the news stop them from enjoying the Stone Rose Lounge after-party, where pic’s Robert Forster and Fox’s Tom Rothman spent the first part of the evening on the dance floor with their respective partners.

Star George Clooney decided against showing off his moves in favor of a drink and hors d’oeuvres. Thesp chatted with Richard Kind before departing soon after the festivities commenced.

Alexander Payne, on the other hand, greeted guests until the wee hours. According to the helmer, hiring the dapper Clooney to play a helpless, middle-aged father of two was a no-brainer.

“I don’t give a fuck about the context of the actor,” Payne said. “I have some idea of their iconography, but when I’m making a film I’m only concerned that they are actors playing parts. Period.”

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