Jason Reitman

‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Live Read Casts J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader, Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker

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by Britt Hayes 3 days ago
Sony/20th Century Fox/AMC
For those unfamiliar, director Jason Reitman puts on live reads of famous movie scripts, re-casting the roles with different actors, which often leads to interesting versions of familiar characters and stories. And while he typically sticks to films that are more character-driven and dialogue-oriented, Reitman’s next live read event has to do with something a bit more topical in pop culture: a live read of ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,’ which has just revealed several of its first cast members.

Why Are Movies Still Afraid of the Internet?

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by Kate Erbland October 2, 2014 @ 11:30 AM
Paramount Pictures
The first batch of mainstream films about dating, romance, and seeking connection on the Internet – think ‘You’ve Got Mail,’ ‘Must Love Dogs,’ and even ‘Euro Trip’ – didn’t demonize the relatively new technology, they instead mined it as another way to illuminate and examine human relationships. For romantic comedies and more sex-fueled outings, the Internet simply provided a fresh place for its characters to meet cute. Yet, as the Internet has become more normalized in actual society, its portrayal on the big screen has gotten consistently more nefarious – meeting cute no longer seems probable, it doesn’t even really seem possible.

Jason Reitman on 'Men, Women & Children,' Adam Sandler and What He Learned From the Failure of 'Labor Day'

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by Mike Ryan October 1, 2014 @ 11:17 AM
Aaron Harris, Getty Images
It was interesting that when Jason Reitman and I discussed the recent merits of Adam Sandler – who stars in Reitman’s new film, ‘Men, Women & Children’ – Reitman turned the tables back on himself, mentioning the box office failure of ‘Labor Day.’ And, surprisingly, openly talking about the failures of ‘Labor Day.’ Reitman’s point is that even if it looks like Sandler might not care about a movie like, say, ‘Jack & Jill,’ Sandler still desperately cares about that movie. Because, as Reitman points out, people picked on ‘Labor Day,’ but that doesn’t mean Reitman wasn’t trying to make his best movie. Sure, that didn’t happen, but you don’t know until it’s made.

'Men, Women & Children' Trailer: The Price of Living in a Digital World

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by Nick Romano September 18, 2014 @ 8:41 AM
Paramount
We got a first look at Jason Reitman's latest effort before TIFF 2014 with a non-speaking 'Men, Women & Children' trailer, but since it screened at the film festival to mixed reviews, a new one has, appropriately, debuted online.

'Men, Women and Children' Trailer: Jason Reitman on Surviving the Internet Age

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by Nick Romano August 19, 2014 @ 8:32 AM
Paramount Pictures
The internet, coupled with other technological advances, changed our lives in ways many of us don't even consider, and director Jason Reitman is tackling these issues and struggles in his upcoming film, 'Men, Women and Children.' The first trailer, appropriately void of dialogue in favor of online and textual interactions, is a dark look at what's to befall his cast of characters -- and potentially the rest of us -- in the internet age.

Who Ya Gonna Call? Five Directors Who Could Save 'Ghostbusters 3'

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by ScreenCrush Staff March 19, 2014 @ 10:12 AM
Columbia
Yesterday came the news that Ivan Reitman, who directed the original 'Ghostbusters', was stepping down as the director of 'Ghostbusters 3' but now the question is, who will direct it? We take a look at the top candidates.

'Labor Day' Review

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by Jordan Hoffman September 13, 2013 @ 7:53 AM
Paramount Pictures
Jason Reitman's new film 'Labor Day' is adapted from a Joyce Maynard novel, and while her literary pedigree holds some water, what ends up represented here leads me to think it's one of those books with Fabio on the cover.
It's New England, it's the 80s and Hank (Gattlin Griffith) is the emo-ist kid in the world. He's got a reason to be. He lives alone with his clinically depressed mother (Kate Winslet). While still new to adolescence, he's basically taking care of her. His father (Clark Gregg) couldn't hack it anymore, but lives in the same town with a new wife and new kids.
Stagnancy has hit the (large, old) house but one Labor Day weekend Winslet's longing for an adult connection will be met. Josh Brolin enters her life and he is the dreamiest of dreamboats every to emerge from a dream. He's handsome, he's attentive and he fixes things around the house. He teaches Hank how to swing a baseball bat and he bakes his own pie crust from scratch, for heaven's sake. There's only one problem - he's just escaped from prison and he's wanted for murder.

Adam Sandler to Get Serious Again for Director Jason Reitman?

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by Eric Walkuski September 5, 2013 @ 8:26 AM
Sony
Say what you want about him (and we've all said plenty), Adam Sandler does take a chance every once in a while, as proven by his turns in 'Punchdrunk Love', 'Reign Over Me', and 'Spanglish'. When he wants to, he can challenge himself, and it looks like he might attempt that again with director Jason Retiman and his new drama, 'Men, Women & Children.'