George Clooney, Brad Bird, and Damon Lindelof on Tomorrowland, Twitter, and Dealing With the Haters

In Brad Bird's sci-fi fantasy Tomorrowland, the heroes are at odds. On one side, you've got Frank Walker (played by George Clooney), a reclusive inventor who's lost his zest for life and is now counting down the days until modern civilization destroys itself. If Frank had his way, he'd live out the rest of his life alone, but an optimistic young woman named Casey (Britt Robertson) has other plans for them: She believes that the world can change for the better if Frank and a mysterious robot-girl, Athena (Raffey Cassidy), can help her reach Tomorrowland, an alternate dimension full of gleaming technological advances like jet packs and rocket ships that may also contain the cure for our cultural apathy. These are heady notions to build a summer movie around, and recently in Los Angeles, I met up with Clooney, Bird, and Tomorrowland's co-writer Damon Lindelof to discuss them in a wide-ranging conversation that also touched on female representation in movies, the perils of social media, and jerks.

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