Telluride: 'Labor Day' with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin marks a fresh and mature departure for Jason Reitman

Posted by · 12:30 pm · August 29th, 2013

My immediate takeaway from Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day,” which kicks off the Telluride Film Festival this afternoon at the annual patrons screening, was that it was an unexpected mature step for the filmmaker who has offered up such self-aware films as “Thank You For Smoking,” “Juno,” “Up in the Air” and “Young Adult.” There isn’t a whiff of that tone here whatsoever. The edge that has defined Reitman’s work has been set aside while a more refined, lived-in aesthetic has taken hold.

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Jason Reitman on the tradition of taking his movies to Telluride and Toronto

Posted by · 7:41 am · August 28th, 2013

It’s fair to say filmmaker Jason Reitman has a bit of a history with the Telluride and Toronto film festivals. In 2005 his feature debut, “Thank You for Smoking,” sold at Toronto. Since then, three of his last four films, including this year’s “Labor Day,” have debuted at Telluride (2007’s “Juno” and 2009’s “Up in the Air” in the form of “sneak previews” secret screenings) before heading north to Toronto. It’s become a notable tradition, so we asked Reitman about his thoughts on the two environments and whether he’s superstitious enough to consider them a good luck charm at the start of the fall.

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'Midnight in Paris,' 'Descendants' take WGA Awards

Posted by · 5:25 pm · February 19th, 2012

Woody Allen took his fifth Best Original Screenplay award from the WGA for “Midnight in Paris,” but with “The Artist” ineligible here, can he beat the Best Picture frontrunner at the Oscars? Meanwhile, “The Descendants” continues to lead the adapted screenplay race.

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Celebrate 100 years of Paramount on your iPad

Posted by · 4:17 pm · January 2nd, 2012

Paramount Pictures has launched a new app for the iPad that celebrates the studio’s landmark 100th anniversary this year. The 100 Years of Movie Magic app “is an exploration of the studio‚Äôs incredibly rich and storied history,” the iTunes blurb reads. Every studio should do something like this.

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Off the Carpet: Critical condition

Posted by · 12:29 pm · November 28th, 2011

The Gotham Awards this evening and the NYFCC vote tomorrow signal the start of the precursor awards season. What needs a boost?

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The Lists: Top 10 George Clooney performances

Posted by · 6:36 pm · November 15th, 2011

With “The Ides of March” in theaters and “The Descendants” on the way, we take a look at George Clooney’s best work to date. Performances that made the cut include roles in “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Three Kings” and “Michael Clayton.”

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