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Roger Ebert's 71st birthday: Jason Reitman on the critic directors loved

Roger Ebert died on April 4 after a long battle with cancer. To commemorate what would have been his 71st birthday today, EW is republishing this essay by filmmaker Jason Reitman, written in tribute shortly after the critic’s passing.

I spoke with Roger Ebert perhaps a dozen times, but only heard his voice once. READ FULL STORY

'Whiplash': Sundance-winning short to become full-length feature -- BREAKING

The savage Sundance-winning short Whiplash, about a young drummer facing down a brutally antagonizing music instructor, is about to become a feature film.

Writer and director Damien Chazelle adapted the 18-minute short from several scenes in the full-length script with the hope that it would attract investors for the complete version.

Now Bold Films, the production company behind Drive and the upcoming Only God Forgives, has stepped forward to fill out the undisclosed budget. The company will make Whiplash as a joint production with Right of Way Films and Blumhouse Productions, who teamed up to create the short.

In the video above, EW debuted the first clip from Whiplash, which went on to win Sundance’s short film jury award for fiction.

The movie focuses on a drummer (Johnny Simmons) in an elite jazz orchestra conservatory as he struggles to impress a merciless teacher, played by J.K. Simmons (Juno and Spider-Man.)

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All-female cast for Jason Reitman's 'Glengarry Glen Ross' reading -- EXCLUSIVE

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Just picture this image with a pantsuit. And some nail polish on that finger.

Oh, and Parenthood‘s Mae Whitman where Kevin Spacey is leaning.

Jason Reitman’s latest live stage-reading of an iconic movie script will replace the male dominated Glengarry Glen Ross with an entirely female cast, marking the biggest overall twist for one of his cinematic recreations since last year’s all black performance of Reservoir Dogs.

Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive details on who else will take on roles from the 1992 film, why he wanted to replace XY chromosomes with XX, and we’ll also give you a preview of the poster for the event. READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2013: Prize-winning 'Whiplash' short aims to go long -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

If you’re an aspiring filmmaker, sometimes the best thing you can do is sell yourself short.

Most of the talk at the Sundance Film Festival is about feature-length movies, but the shorts program is actually where many aspiring directors take their first steps into the storytelling business.

EW spoke with two such filmmakers — one a veteran, one a newcomer — about starting out this way at Sundance. READ FULL STORY

CONSIDER THIS: Jason Reitman on the original sceenplay of 'Looper'

prize_fighter1_bannerWith Academy Awards voting underway, EW’s Prize Fighter is kicking off the “Consider This” series, asking folks with Oscar histories of their own to share their personal favorites of the year. Jason Reitman, who had a best director nomination for Juno and was a writing, directing and best picture contender for Up in the Air, offered these thoughts about filmmaker Rian Johnson’s screenplay for the time-travel drama Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the younger version of Bruce Willis’ hitman, now forced to target his older self.

Here’s a fun fact… you know what Alien, Blade Runner, Close Encounters and The Matrix have in common? I mean, outside of being timeless groundbreaking movies that changed the way we watch cinema. None of these films were acknowledged for their screenplays — which makes me wonder, is it just because they have flying cars and hyperbaric sleep chambers and creatures with acid in their blood? Perhaps we’re so thoroughly engrossed that we dismiss how these films triumph in their examination of complicated ideas. Or maybe, as writers, we have some sort of prejudice against futuristic costume and production design. READ FULL STORY

'Ghostbusters' live-read grabs Seth Rogen, Jack Black, and Rainn Wilson -- EXCLUSIVE

There’s no replacing Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis as the original Ghostbusters, but if you were staging a one-night-only live version of the classic comedy, well … whom might one contact?

Seth Rogen, Jack Black, and Rainn Wilson are going to cross the streams.

The event is one of the monthly live-reads of a famous movie script organized by Juno and Up in the Air filmmaker Jason Reitman, who  — of course — has a family connection to this story. His father, Ivan Reitman, directed Ghostbusters and he remembers hanging around on the set as a little kid.

But even he was surprised when he went back and looked at the original script of the movie for Thursday night’s reading at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

It turns out, Murray was making it all up as he went along. READ FULL STORY

Jason Reitman to re-create Woody Allen's 'Manhattan' in live-read event -- EXCLUSIVE

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Jason Reitman’s staged live-readings of famous movie scripts has become a must-see Los Angeles event, but the next one will pay tribute to the big city on the opposite coast.

Woody Allen’s Manhattan, the 1979 story of a New Yorker who falls in love with his best friend’s mistress, will be the next film recreated by Reitman at the Film Independent series, set for Nov. 15 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

“From the onset of the Live-Read series, we wanted to hit all the major writers and Woody Allen is simply one of the greatest screenwriters of all time,” the Up in the Air and Juno filmmaker tells EW. “He has ability to match pathos and comedy and drama and then turn it all on a dime. If you’re going to make a series based on dialogue, you can’t find much better than Woody Allen.”

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Look closer: Jason Reitman reveals leads in Toronto live-read of 'American Beauty' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Artist: Matt Owen

Every movie lover has played the game “Who would you cast …?” by taking iconic movies and imagining who might play those roles in an alternate-universe version.

Last year, Jason Reitman transformed this casual cinephile talk into a series of live, one-night-only stage readings of classic scripts such as The Breakfast Club, Reservoir Dogs, and The Princess Bride. (Seth Rogen took over for Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski, for example, while Steve Carell played the Jack Lemmon part in The Apartment.)

On Thursday, the Up in the Air and Thank You For Smoking filmmaker will take his cinematic experiment to the Toronto International Film Festival, hosting a live-read of a movie that debuted there in 1999 and went on to win five Oscars, including best picture and best original screenplay for Alan Ball — American Beauty.

So who would you cast …? Reitman saved his choices for the Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening roles exclusively for EW.

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Casting Net: 'Rockford Files' film in development for Vince Vaughn. Plus: Octavia Spencer, Michael Douglas, James Van Der Beek

• Talk about timing is everything. In the wake of media saturation coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting, Octavia Spencer and Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) are negotiating to star in Fruitvale, an indie drama about another real-life, racially charged shooting death. Jordan would play Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old man who was accidentally shot and killed on New Year’s Day in 2009 by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer. Spencer would play his mother. First-time feature director Ryan Coogler will direct from his script; Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker is producing. [THR]

• Call it Grumpy Old HangoverMichael Douglas is in talks to star in Last Vegas, about a man who indulges in a bachelor party in Sin City before marrying a woman half his age. Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure) is directing. [Variety]

• Director Jason Reitman is beginning to fill out the cast of his newest project, Labor Day. Gattlin Griffith (Changling) is in talks to play the child at the center of the film, about a divorced woman (Kate Winslet) who encounters an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) with her son over Labor Day weekend. James Van Der Beek is also in talks to play a police officer. [THR]

John Cho (Star Trek) and Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) have signed up for The Identity Thief, a comedy starring Melissa McCarthy as a woman who takes the identity of an average family man (Jason Bateman). Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is directing. [THR]

• The Good Wife‘s Josh Charles has signed on for Bird People, a French- and English-language drama from Lady Chatterley director Pascale Ferran about an American starting his life over in Paris. French actress Anaïs Demoustier will costar. [Deadline]

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A cloud of weed descends on Jason Reitman's live-read of 'The Big Lebowski'

Alexandra Wyman/Getty ImagesThe unmistakable smell of burning marijuana wafted over the audience.

This was the scene at Jason Reitman’s live-read of The Big Lebowski last night, with Seth Rogen on stage recreating the Coen brothers movie alongside Christina Hendricks, Jason Alexander, Rainn Wilson — and surprise guest Sam Elliott, playing the part he originated 15 years ago.

How someone at the reading could get away with smoking a joint in the middle of a packed theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is something we’ll just have to ask the boys down at the crime lab. (Maybe the LAPD should get four more detectives working on the case.) READ FULL STORY

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