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September 7, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
TORONTO -- There is something special about seeing director Jason Reitman's movies at the Toronto International Film Festival. I've had the chance twice. Born in Montreal, he's a native son of the fest as much as Canada, his family, via father Ivan, putting their hearts and funds behind it. Whether big or small, the audiences are so ready to embrace Reitman that it takes the energy in the room up a notch or two. I loved being in that first gala audience in 2009 watching his incredible relationship flyover film “Up in the Air," watching George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick, all growing weary of the road they were on. PHOTOS: TIFF 2013 | The Scene This week, it was an early morning screening, tiny theater, maybe 15 of us watching the off-kilter sweet romancing in “Labor Day," starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and young Gattlin Griffith.
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January 30, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
During the quiet Super Bowl weekend, Zac Efron's new R-rated comedy, "That Awkward Moment," will likely sack "Ride Along" and Jason Reitman's new effort, "Labor Day. "  Written and directed by first-timer Tom Gormican, the raunchy "That Awkward Moment," from Focus Features, is expected to gross $12 million or more in ticket sales through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, which would be a solid result for a film that cost just $8 million to produce.  ...
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January 13, 2010 | By John Horn
What were your first conversations about how to play Bingham? Jason Reitman: Our first conversation wasn't about what the script meant -- there was an understanding of what we were making the movie about. Our first conversation was really, "When do you want to start? When do you want to stop? How many takes do you like doing?" It was just kind of a quick understanding of how do you actually like to make movies -- the process. Not about the film's tone? George Clooney: When you start out as an actor, you read a script thinking of it at its best.
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December 26, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Sometimes the past trips you up. It certainly does Frank, the escaped con played by Josh Brolin in Jason Reitman's new drama, "Labor Day. " It definitely unravels Adele, the reclusive single mother Kate Winslet makes so fragile. It is already a defining factor for 13-year-old Henry, played by newcomer Gattlin Griffith, by the time Frank comes into their lives. What I didn't anticipate is the way the past might trip up the filmmaker. "Labor Day" is only Reitman's fifth movie, but one of the distinguishing features in his films - from 2006's "Thank You for Smoking" through "Juno" in 2007, "Up in the Air" in 2009 and 2011's "Young Adult" - is how carefully constructed they are. The dialogue may be loose, the characters quite frequently a mess, but the progression of the film from beginning to end, and the narrative links, are always solid.
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February 20, 2008 | Michael Ordona
FOR a salty comedy about a pregnant teen, "Juno" enjoyed a painless birth. "It was a perfect shoot," says director Jason Reitman in a room at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, still buzzing with energy from the Oscar nominees' luncheon he'd just attended downstairs. "We needed snow to shoot winter, and out of nowhere -- this never happens in Vancouver in the middle of March -- it just dumped snow for a day. This is a film that has just been blessed from moment one all the way until now.
HOME & GARDEN
April 6, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Jason Reitman, director and screenwriter of "Up in the Air," has listed his Beverly Hills home for sale at $1,595,000, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The redone contemporary house, built in 1962, features walls of glass, vaulted ceilings and terrazzo and hardwood floors. The single-story, 2,459-square-foot home has a media/family room, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Glass panels enclose the swimming pool. Before Reitman, 33, was nominated for an Oscar for directing the 2009 film, he directed "Juno" (2007)
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November 29, 2009 | By Rachel Abramowitz >>>
Jason Reitman is the first to tell you that he's an "aisle." He prefers sitting in an aisle seat on an airplane, which is relevant because his new film, "Up in the Air," in theaters Friday, is shot extensively on planes and in airports. It details the life of urbane corporate-downsizing expert Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), who flies around the country firing people and studiously avoiding human connection. For Reitman, an aisle is never just an aisle or a preference for legroom but an actual psychological tag, which he describes as "selfish."
TRAVEL
December 20, 2009 | By Chris Erskine
It takes an army to make a movie, hundreds of cast members and extras, miles of cable, tanker trucks of coffee . . . lights, cameras, cranes. Now try getting that all past the Transportation Security Administration, as the filmmakers did for "Up in the Air," the new release about a love affair with flying, in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day. "The hardest part, by far, was crowd control," says director Jason Reitman. "It'd be going OK, and then everyone would stop to try to get a look at George Clooney."
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December 4, 2009 | By Kenneth Turan film critic >>>
"Up in the Air" makes it look easy. Not just in its casual and apparently effortless excellence, but in its ability to blend entertainment and insight, comedy and poignancy, even drama and reality, things that are difficult by themselves but a whole lot harder in combination. This film does all that and never seems to break a sweat. Credit for this coup goes to writer-director Jason Reitman, who made Walter Kirn's novel his own, using it as the jumping off point for a bittersweet look at the life and times of a happy road warrior, beautifully played by George Clooney, who willingly spends so much of his life on airplanes that he's not exaggerating when he says "to know me you have to fly with me."
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November 1, 2007 | Cristy Lytal, Special to The Times
In the West Hollywood offices of Jason Reitman's production company Hard C, the power is out and the Internet is on the fritz. Reitman and his longtime producing partner Daniel Dubiecki -- whose latest offspring, "Juno," an offbeat comedy about teen pregnancy, will screen Monday night as AFI Fest's centerpiece gala -- are passing the time by indulging in a conversation about who brings the feminine energy to their relationship. "I would have taken full credit for that," Dubiecki says. "Yeah?
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December 12, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Josh Brolin plays an escaped convict who reawakens the sensual side of a withdrawn single mother (Kate Winslet) in Jason Reitman's lovely romance, "Labor Day," which will play a one-week awards qualifying run starting Dec. 27 before opening in theaters Jan. 31. Over a leisurely lunch, Brolin, one of Hollywood's great interviews, talked about the role and its challenges and being considered for "Batman. " Reitman says he had to "re-learn" his filmmaking process for "Labor Day," moving from relying on talk to an emphasis on stillness.
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September 7, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
TORONTO -- There is something special about seeing director Jason Reitman's movies at the Toronto International Film Festival. I've had the chance twice. Born in Montreal, he's a native son of the fest as much as Canada, his family, via father Ivan, putting their hearts and funds behind it. Whether big or small, the audiences are so ready to embrace Reitman that it takes the energy in the room up a notch or two. I loved being in that first gala audience in 2009 watching his incredible relationship flyover film “Up in the Air," watching George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick, all growing weary of the road they were on. PHOTOS: TIFF 2013 | The Scene This week, it was an early morning screening, tiny theater, maybe 15 of us watching the off-kilter sweet romancing in “Labor Day," starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and young Gattlin Griffith.
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September 7, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
TORONTO -- One of the hottest tickets for this year's Toronto International Film Festival wasn't for a movie, but for a reading of a movie -- Jason Reitman's live read of Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 classic "Boogie Nights. " Some festival-goers waited outside Ryerson Theatre for more than three hours for a chance to listen to the "Boogie Nights" script being delivered by the likes of Jesse Eisenberg (reading the Mark Wahlberg role of well-endowed porn star Dirk Diggler) and Josh Brolin (Jack Horner)
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September 7, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
TORONTO -- Two movies playing at the Toronto International Film Festival will be leaving audiences hungry once they open their theatrical runs later this year. And, no, popcorn will not suffice. "Labor Day," Jason Reitman's romantic drama, and "The Lunchbox," a possible foreign-language Oscar submission from India, each features  masterful scenes of food preparation integral to its story. They're not foodie movies per se, like "Big Night" or "Like Water for Chocolate," but more of a testament to the ways that meals and their preparation can bond people.
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August 29, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Writer-director Jason Reitman continues his tradition of debuting his films at the Telluride Film Festival with the screening Thursday of his latest, the drama "Labor Day," starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, "Labor Day" tracks the tale of single mom Adele (Winslet) and her son Henry, who unwittingly take in an escaped convict (Brolin) as the police scour the town for him. The film nabbed the coveted first feature slot, screening this afternoon in the Colorado mountain town.
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August 28, 2013 | By John Horn
A man adrift at sea. A woman adrift in space. And a young girl all by herself in the desert. If there's a theme at this weekend's Telluride Film Festival, it's that solo travel may have its benefits but also carries more than a few risks. Colorado's Labor Day weekend festival - which is starting Thursday, a day earlier than normal, to commemorate its 40th edition - is known for eclectic programming announced at the very last minute, and it's often difficult to detect trends. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments But the inclusion of three films - Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity," which stars Sandra Bullock opposite George Clooney as astronauts detached from their space shuttle by a mission disaster, "All Is Lost," director J.C. Chandor's account of an unaccompanied sailor (Robert Redford)
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January 21, 2010 | By John Horn >>>
It's as inescapable as any law of physics: To be a movie director, you must first direct a movie. But being a movie director and becoming one are two fundamentally dissimilar things, as the filmmaking participants in the Envelope Roundtable made clear. For nearly two hours, five of the year's most celebrated filmmakers gathered together at The Times discussed the challenges -- and rewards -- of making distinctive and often highly personal movies, even as the studios grow all the more interested in presold sequels, remakes and adaptations of board games.
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January 19, 2012
'Live Read,' directed by Jason Reitman Where: Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. When: Thurs., 7:30 p.m. Price: $10 for general public; $7 for LACMA members, seniors (62-plus), and students with valid ID; $5 for LACMA Film Club, Film Independent and New York Times Film Club members.
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January 19, 2012 | By Katherine Tulich, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Director Jason Reitman is promising some colorful stage directions when he and a group of actors perform a live, onstage reading of "Shampoo," the 1975 film that starred Warren Beatty as a promiscuous Beverly Hills hairdresser, on Thursday. "That will be the funny part. I will be reading all the sex scenes," Reitman laughs. "So I will be announcing every thrust. " Reitman's "Live Read" program has had instant sellouts since the series began last October as part of the new Film Independent program of classic and contemporary film at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Once a month, Reitman presents a cinema favorite with a different cast of actors cold-reading the famous scripts.
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