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Critical Mass: Is 'Labor Day' a peach? Or the pits?

Typically, it’s not considered savvy to open a movie on Super Bowl weekend, what with more than 100 million spending their Sunday afternoon on their sofa, eating nachos, guac, and buffalo wings in front of the Big Game. But Jason Reitman’s Labor Day might qualify as counter-programming. Based on Joyce Maynard’s 2009 novel, the film tells the melodramatic story of a fragile divorcee (Kate Winslet) whose rare excursion out of her house and into town with her 13-year-old son (Gattlin Griffith) is hijacked by an escaped fugitive (Josh Brolin) who demands refuge. But while he looks threatening, he’s a mild soul, and before long, he’s just what the boy and his mother are looking for: a father-figure and a man of the house.

“Once back at the house, Frank ties up Adele, pausing to tenderly caress her foot before spoon-feeding her some chili that he’s whipped up in the kitchen,” writes EW’s Chris Nashawaty. “At this point, even the most voracious reader of Harlequin romances might let out an embarrassed titter. But that’s just a warm-up for what comes next: the peach pie. Ay-yi-yi, the peach pie.”

The peach-pie scene aims to do for pastry what Ghost did for clay, and viewers will either swoon or eye-roll. The earnest romance is a departure for Reitman, the director best known for Juno and Up in the Air, but with another powerful female performance and supporting cast (Tobey Maguire, J.K. Simmons, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek), Super Bowl Sunday doesn’t have to be all about football.

Before you head to the theater, read what some of the nation’s leading critics are saying about Labor Day. READ FULL STORY

Jason Reitman adapting Kaui Hart Hemmings novel 'The Possibilities'

The Possibilities, a new novel from The Descendants author Kaui Hart Hemmings, is about four months away from publication, but a film adaptation is already in the works from writer-director Jason Reitman.

The Up in the Air and Labor Day filmmaker will pen the screenplay for the film and plans to direct the story about a Colorado woman who starts a friendship with a mysterious young girl while mourning the loss of her son, who has died in a skiing avalanche.

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Jason Reitman turns to Twitter seeking 'quiet, thoughtful giant' for 'Men, Women & Children'

Jason Reitman wants you for his new film Men, Women & Children — if you’re a teenager who’s over 6-foot-2.

The movie, which shoots in Austin next year, also stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, and Rosemarie DeWitt, and the Up in the Air and Young Adult filmmaker has been looking for a young actor to play a football star who gives up on real life and becomes obsessed with online gaming.

But since the director hasn’t been able to find the right person in any of the usual Hollywood casting circles, he has decided to go a little wider: Everywhere.

Reitman posted a segment of the script on his Twitter account, asking followers to give it to anyone they think fits the description.  READ FULL STORY

'Boogie Nights' live read: Taylor Lautner, Don Johnson, and cast giggle through the racy script

“This is a very profane screenplay,” Jason Reitman warned the audience at LACMA before staging his latest Live Read, a recitation of the Paul Thomas Anderson masterpiece Boogie Nights. “It’s one thing to see it. It’s another thing to hear it. If you’re young or religious, you probably should leave now.”

The laughs in the audience suggested everyone knew what they were in for and cheered uproariously as Reitman introduced his cast, which included Taylor Lauter as Dirk Diggler, Don Johnson as Jack Horner, Judy Greer as Amber Waves, Mae Whitman as Rollergirl, Nick Kroll as Reed, Jim Rash as Buck, Nat Faxon as Scotty J., and Kevin Pollack as The Colonel.

Boogie Nights is of course about porn, the transition from film to video and the perhaps forgotten art of the well-crafted pornographic movie, a young lost soul looking for a mother figure, and Dirk Diggler’s penis. His very, very large penis. At one point Reitman even said “d-ck” instead of “Dirk” while reading the stage directions. As everyone laughed, Reitman jumped in to explain: “It actually says that.”

If you’re squeamish about penis references you probably shouldn’t continue reading. Or see Boogie Nights. But, you’d be missing out.

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Toronto 2013: Alfonso Cuaron's hypnotic 'Gravity' is the space odyssey as head trip

A paradox of watching special-effects films in the all-fantasy-all-the-time CGI era is that you can go to the movies every week, especially in the summer, and experience things that really ought to seem magical — a man of steel zipping through the air, an endless zombie army shimmying over a wall, cracks opening in the earth as the world ends — and as entertaining as much of this stuff is, none of it, at heart, leaves you truly, deeply amazed, because eye-popping visual miracles have become so routine that they’re simply the new normal. (How far we’ve evolved from the days of “You’ll believe a man can fly!”) But when you watch Gravity, a tale of floating astronauts starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, set in what used to be called outer space (and now might be called 600 kilometers over the earth), you may find yourself thinking, over and over again, “How the heck did they do that?” It’s not because you’re seeing anything that’s all that outrageously fanciful. Gravity, though it’s set in space, isn’t really science fiction. It’s a drama built around the technology of space travel as it more or less exists today. What’s astonishing about the film is its hypnotic seamlessness — the way that the director, Alfonso Cuarón, using special effects (and 3D) with a nearly poetic simplicity and command, places us right up there in space along with the people on screen.

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Toronto: Pregnant Kate Winslet skips screening over 'Labor Day' pains

Jason Reitman made a touching and eloquent introduction to his new movie Labor Day in Toronto, the city that’s practically a second home for the Canadian-born director. Then the lights dimmed and the crowd buzzed in anticipation… but for two empty seats in the middle of Ryerson Theatre with placards reading “WINSLET.” Under the cloak of darkness, a young fan tried to sneak into the exclusive seats before being shamed away by an Oscar-winning director seated in the same reserved row. The pair of seats remained empty for the duration of the film.

Hollywood secret: the stars don’t always stay to watch their own premieres. Some have seen the movie before, others don’t care to watch themselves on screen — ever, and for many, their work was simply completed months earlier when the film wrapped. But Winslet’s absence was something more, a fact she revealed during an awkward exchange in the post-screening audience Q+A, in which the visibly pregnant Oscar-winning actress did participate. (Minor SPOILERS below.)

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'Labor Day': Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin sweat out tension in first clip from fugitive drama -- VIDEO













The escaped convict drama Labor Day has released its first clip, one day before playing at the Toronto International Film Festival tomorrow night.

Kate Winslet stars as a shut-in, emotionally fragile single mother who encounters Josh Brolin’s wounded fugitive while on a rare shopping trip with her young son (Gattlin Griffith.) The man needs a place to lay low, and she agrees — mostly out of fear, but also from a buried, hidden attraction.

This scene takes place shortly after the trio arrives at her home, and there’s a hidden message going on in the dialogue that will change the way you watch their interaction ….

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Jason Reitman recruiting Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt for 'Men, Women & Children'

Adam Sandler may go heavy-duty again. The comedian is getting back into Punch-Drunk Love territory by joining with Jennifer Garner and Rosemarie DeWitt for Men, Women & Children, a darkly satiric film that director Jason Reitman is currently putting together.

The Up in the Air and Thank You For Smoking filmmaker has worked with Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, Chloe) to co-write an adaptation of the Chad Kultgen novel, about a group of families coming apart at the seams over sex, loyalty, ambition, and the isolation of an increasingly networked world.

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Telluride: Jason Reitman's new movie headlines 'Labor Day' weekend lineup

The 40th anniversary edition of the Telluride Film Festival unveiled its lineup, as per custom, just days in advance of its presentation in the mountains of Colorado. The five-day event begins tomorrow and will include several movies with Oscar ambitions, including the world premiere of Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.

The Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis (pictured above), Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, the Robert Redford movie All is Lost, and the erotic French film Blue is the Warmest Color, all of which premiered at Cannes in May, will make their American debuts at Telluride. In addition, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Errol’s Morris’ documentary on Donald Rumsfeld, The Unknown Known, will play at Telluride before their screenings at the Toronto Film Festival next week.

Telluride will likely add a surprise sneak preview or two before it wraps up on Monday. Last year, Ben Affleck unveiled Argo unannounced at the festival, winning raves that ultimately led to Oscar gold.

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'The Princess Bride': 10 INCONCEIVABLE facts from the Academy's live-commentary screening

“If you came tonight hoping to watch The Princess Bride completely uninterrupted, you really should just leave now.”

This was Up in the Air and Juno filmmaker Jason Reitman introducing last night’s live-commentary screening of the 1987 fairy-tale satire at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As the film played out on the big screen, Reitman sat in the theater with director Rob Reiner interviewing him about the action onscreen.

“Tonight we’re trying an experiment,” Reitman told the crowd. “I thought there must be a way to take a film everyone has seen a million times, that we love, that occupies such a strong part of our hearts, and somehow get more access to what it was like actually making this film. That’s where this idea came from.”

Reiner started out by asking: “How many people here are under 30? Let me see. Raise your hand.” About a third of the moviegoers raised their hands. “Okay, so you are used to multitasking and not paying attention to anything anyway. This should be fine for you! You’ll watch, you’ll talk, you’ll text … You can play a video game. Whatever!”

“We’ll start watching the film and then, uh, see what comes out!”

Here’s what did:

1. At 60, Peter Falk thought he was too young

2. Hidden Spinal Tap easter egg

3. “As you wish” is a coded message

4. An unexpected fan: Mafia henchman

5. Robin Wright’s first day: Set on fire

6. The LEAST Sicilian Sicilian

7. Andre the Giant was fragile

8. The arsonist in the Fire Swamp

9. Buttercup was (briefly) played by a man

10. The ending that almost wasn’t

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