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September 14, 2009 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
For Jason Reitman and the Coen brothers, the Toronto International Film Festival is like coming home -- all found their footing here when their first movies were embraced by this audience, as well as the pictures that have come since. This year, they're examining men in suits and their troubled souls: Reitman in "Up in the Air" and Joel and Ethan Coen with "A Serious Man." George Clooney in Reitman's movie and Michael Stuhlbarg in the Coen brothers' film play characters cut from the same cloth: men who set courses for their lives who are now forced to dig deeper just when they thought they had things figured out. These are locked-down lives where suits and ties are really not optional and answers don't come easily, though, if truth be told, they'd much rather the questions had never been raised.
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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.
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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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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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January 3, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Jason Reitman, director of the recently released comedy "Young Adult," has sold his Beverly Hills home for $1.475 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The redone contemporary house, built in 1962, features walls of glass and vaulted ceilings. The single-story, 2,459-square-foot home includes a media/family room, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Glass panels enclose the swimming pool. Reitman, 34, was nominated for Oscars for directing "Up in the Air" (2009) and "Juno" (2007)
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February 13, 1998 | CLAUDIA ELLER
After a two-year hiatus from the movie business, former Universal Pictures Chairman Tom Pollock is back. Known as a canny deal maker, Pollock, 54, is partnering with one of Hollywood's most commercially successful director-producers, Ivan Reitman, in a new production company that will be one-third owned by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.
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July 4, 2011 | By Kim Christensen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Small wonder that L. Ron Hubbard had the creative chops to parlay his 1950s self-help system, Dianetics, into a worldwide religion — and a very lucrative one at that. Hubbard was, after all, a science-fiction writer, a dreamer, a charming teller of tales and the inventor of much of his own history: He fabricated or embellished aspects of his military service, education and personal adventures, not least of them his purported run-in with a polar bear in the Aleutians. His most famous invention, of course, was Scientology, a controversial religion-without-a-deity that has its own "technology," galactic story line and quirky vocabulary.
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April 3, 1992 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Beethoven" (citywide) is a medium-level comedy about a lovable Saint Bernard, a dog-loving family and a dog-phobic dad. It's a consciously naive movie--big, bright, cartoonish and kind of empty--but it isn't the doggy dud that "Bingo" was. It isn't another slap-happy, yuppie-puppie milk-bone of a movie, sentimental and nasty by turns. There's some feeling in it, enough, for the right kind of undemanding audience, to make it a pleasant time-passer.
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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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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 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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January 3, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Jason Reitman, director of the recently released comedy "Young Adult," has sold his Beverly Hills home for $1.475 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The redone contemporary house, built in 1962, features walls of glass and vaulted ceilings. The single-story, 2,459-square-foot home includes a media/family room, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Glass panels enclose the swimming pool. Reitman, 34, was nominated for Oscars for directing "Up in the Air" (2009) and "Juno" (2007)
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December 9, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When it's done right, as it is in "Young Adult," there is something absolutely mesmerizing about watching a train wreck unfold on screen. When the wreck in question is a narcissistic beauty played to scheming, sour, downward-spiraling perfection by Charlize Theron, cringing is definitely called for, but so is laughter. In fact that's exactly the reaction director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody are going for. Paired up for the first time since their 2007 knockout punch "Juno," the two ironists have switched sides in a sense.
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December 4, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
It was the last day of a speedy, 30-day shoot for Jason Reitman's "Young Adult" and the crew was ready to escape the cutting cold of suburban New York last November. But Reitman wasn't yet satisfied, even though all the scene he was shooting required was that his star, Charlize Theron, pull an audiocassette out of a bag and stick it into her car's tape player. Theron was playing the unstable ghost writer Mavis Gary, and the tape was a talisman of a life she once led that had vanished along with her youth, leaving Mavis a sad, 37-year-old singleton.
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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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March 2, 2000 | By JOSEF WOODARD,
Any modern film festival worth its salt needs to take in the broad sweep of cinema, from its loftier aspirations to its potential for just plain fun. The truism is part of the philosophy of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, a well-rounded affair that kicks off its 15th annual event tonight. Culturally, it looks high, and lower, from a strong contingent of foreign films and a retrospective tribute to Chinese director Zhang Yimou to an eye on "the Art of Comedy." Rim shots, please.
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December 1, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Much like her character in the new film "Young Adult," Charlize Theron is a stalker. While the film's Mavis goes after an old boyfriend, Theron has begun targeting interesting directors willing to see beyond her striking beauty. After having taken on challenging roles in the past only to have them disappoint in the execution, the 36-year-old actress now looks to work with visionaries at the helm of her films. She sought out Jason Reitman at last year's Academy Awards, where the writer-director had been nominated for his George Clooney-starring "Up in the Air," Theron's favorite film of 2009.
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November 6, 2011 | Nicole Sperling
Loopy on a powerful cocktail of Zithromax and DayQuil to fight an infection that's making him cough like a "fat Doc Holliday," Patton Oswalt is on a tear. Bouncing from the merits of podcasting to the taboos of Comic-Con, the 42-year-old comedian is a veritable human Wikipedia, tossing thoughtful film and book references into every topic he touches. Flu medicine notwithstanding, it's a thinking man's stream-of-consciousness conversation. What makes it all so much fun is that Oswalt is doing the exact thing he's supposed to be doing.
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