AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the official kick off to the holiday movie season.
And one film that's getting a lot of buzz is called "The Descendants."
It stars George Clooney and newcomer Shailene Woodley.
Clooney's life is put into a tailspin when his wife goes into a coma after a water skiing accident and Woodley tells him that mom had been cheating on him.
Woodley stopped in Austin earlier this month to talk about the film.
"The script was really raw and messy; it dealt with a lot of issues that people deal with today," said Woodley, who plays "Alexandra."
They're issues such as a mean father in-law, a daughter's not-so-welcomed boyfriend -- played by Georgetown High School graduate Nick Krause -- and teenage angst.
For Woodley, this movie is huge since it's her first feature film. And acting alongside Clooney was quite an experience.
"He was just as grateful to be on that movie set as I was, as the transportation guys were. He was such a great guy," said Woodley.
The film is directed by Alexander Payne, who brought us "Sideways." His script is adopted from a book and mainly shot in Hawaii as Clooney travels there to decide what to do with a large tract of land owned by the family.
In the end, it may have movie-goers asking, "Why do bad things happen to good people?"
"You're thinking about it for days and weeks later because it is such a good storytelling that it emotionally does something to you," said Woodley.
"The Descendants" is rated R.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.