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Reitman, Cody reteam on ‘Young Adult’

Posted by · 9:02 pm · August 2nd, 2010

Jason Reitman announced shortly after last season’s “Up in the Air” bonanza that his company had acquired the rights to Joyce Maynard’s novel “Labor Day.” But it turns out that, while he’s hard at work on drafts of that adaptation, another original script from “Juno” scribe Diablo Cody is what’s on deck for the director. […]

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LONDON: ‘In the Air’ tonight

Posted by · 5:19 pm · October 18th, 2009

To use the umpteenth bad aviation metaphor in connection with the film, “Up in the Air” landed in London this evening with a gala festival screening — though this time it came unaccompanied by George Clooney, who had skipped off to the Rome fest after doing double-duty at the LFF earlier this week with “Fantastic […]

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INTERVIEW: Jason Reitman

Posted by · 11:17 am · September 11th, 2009

Telluride Film Festival Four days ago, Jason Reitman finalized his latest film, “Up in the Air,” by making one final song change. Two days ago he unveiled it to its first-ever first audience, his nerves shot. Today, somewhat more relaxed in the wake of a warm reception to the film, he’s sitting outside at a […]

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Is Jason Reitman the new Billy Wilder?

Posted by · 7:31 am · September 4th, 2009

That USA Today profile on Jason Reitman, penned by IC friend Anthony Breznican, was still simmering in my mind recently when an acquaintance mentioned an intriguing comparison Breznican made on his Facebook page. “To me, this guy is the next Billy Wilder,” Breznican wrote of Reitman. “His films are hilarious, but also peer uncompromisingly into […]

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Is Wes Anderson corroding the cinema?

Posted by · 9:24 am · May 21st, 2009

I should say at the top that I have not yet seen Rian Johnson’s “The Brothers Bloom,” but I was an absolute disciple of the director’s 2005 debut “Brick.”  That said, “Bloom” has always had a particular sheen to it that has obviously kept it from being a must-see since the first screenings began back […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “Up in the Air” by Walter Kirn

Posted by · 9:13 am · May 21st, 2009

“Airworld” is novelist Walter Kirn’s term for the impermanent realm of regional American air travel, a sleek network of bland local airports and adjacent beige hotel rooms, linked by the plush grey trails of business-class flights. It forms the scattered but otherwise constant home to thousands of American corporate drones, and is the simultaneously alien […]

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Oh, Jennifer

Posted by · 3:12 am · May 2nd, 2009

I have a horrible confession to make: I am probably going to see “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” at some point this weekend. As if that wasn’t mortifying enough to admit in public, I’ll go further: I am doing so voluntarily. This time, no friend or manipulative relative is dragging me into the theatre as a […]

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Harwood and Oliver share Humanitas Prize

Posted by · 12:23 am · September 19th, 2008

To revisit some old friends from the 2007 awards season, the Humanitas Prize in the feature film category has been jointly awarded to Ronald Harwood, for “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” and Nancy Oliver for “Lars and the Real Girl.” The prize is a screenwriting award aiming to honour achievements that “explore the human […]

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Is ‘Slumdog’ really a slam dunk?

Posted by · 6:33 pm · September 6th, 2008

It’s no secret that Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” is shaping up to be one of the indie darlings of 2008. The film was the uncontested hit of the Telluride festival, bowing to sensational reviews, of which Todd McCarthy’s (key phrases: “a blast;” “fantastic energy;” “a vital piece of work”) represents the consensus. Almost immediately, Oscar […]

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