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Kaitlyn Dever talks about 'Laggies' and on-set teenage camaraderie

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It’s been a busy fall for young actress Kaitlyn Dever, who appears in Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, out Friday, and stars in Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children.

Dever proved her formidable acting chops in last year’s Short Term 12 playing an abused teen in a foster-care facility—look no further than the scene in which she reads a children’s story her character wrote about an octopus. In the scene, Dever let’s her character’s disconnected, tough façade slip away. Her performance in that movie and The Spectacular Now got her labeled the “Summer’s Indie It Flick Queen” by Teen Vogue

Dever, who also stars on Last Man Standing, is good at playing girls with an attitude, and it’s used to comedic effect in Laggies. Dever plays Misty, the no B.S. best (teenage) friend of Chloë Grace Moretz’s Annika. Annika and Misty start palling around with Keira Knightley’s aimless twentysomething Megan after Megan buys them alcohol one night and then begins to crash at Annika’s. Reitman also tapped Dever be in his live reading of American Beauty, telling EW that she “probably would be cast in the Thora Birch role if American Beauty were being made today.”

EW spoke to her in advance of that reading about Laggies, improv, and working with other teens. READ FULL STORY

Watch a brief history of texting and email in movies and TV

In the last decade or so, as internet speeds have risen and cell phone plans have been pre-packaged to death, texting and the Web have become increasingly reliant sources of exposition in film and television. Sherlock, The Social Network, and more have used texting and the internet to tell story versus the advent of the spoken word. And just recently, texting has been used to expose philandering spouses on How to Get Away with Murder and show how bored spouses seek sexual fulfillment via the Internet in Men, Women & Children.

Technology has become an acceptable way to convey that “This mother in Men, Women & Children is overbearing,” and “This woman wants to sleep with Benedict Cumberbatch“—er, sorry—”Sherlock.”

But it wasn’t always such an effective shorthand. Earlier this year, Tony Zhou created a video explaining the trend of phones and the internet in film and TV, exploring the advent of the floating text message and how visual exposition has developed over the years. (Although it would be interesting to see how this trend is portrayed if there were a period piece regarding dial-up Internet.)

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Jason Reitman re-staging 'American Beauty' for one night with 'Men, Women & Children' cast

Jason Reitman’s L.A. Live-Read series is kicking off its new season with a cast swap.

Each year, The Young Adult and Up in the Air filmmaker hosts a series of one-night-only live performances of classic movie scripts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a new round begins Oct. 17 with Alan Ball’s Oscar-winning screenplay for American Beauty. The readings are like artistic science experiments, following the recipe of a previous film but mixing in new ingredients, so the twist this time is that Reitman has filled the roles with actors from his latest film, Men, Women & Children.

“I had a such a great experience working with the cast that I was looking for any excuse to get them all together again,” Reitman says. “It occurred to me while I was trying to figure out who to put into the American Beauty read that the casts kind of lined up nicely.”

That will bring Adam Sandler to the role of the suburban father in meltdown mode that won Kevin Spacey an Oscar, while Rosemarie DeWitt will take on the part of his perfectionist wife, originally played by Annette Bening in the 1999 Sam Mendes-directed film.

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Jason Reitman talks the challenges of making 'Men, Women & Children'

In his latest film, Men, Women & Children, director Jason Reitman explores the different ways in which technology influences our lives. Based on Chad Kultgen’s book of the same name, the film follows a handful of characters, looking into the way they use the social media, texting, and more to express their sexuality, raise their kids, and connect with others.

We talked with Reitman about adapting the book, the difficulties of portraying sexuality on-screen, and what comes next for him.

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Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort turn to the web in 'Men, Women & Children'

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Adam Sandler has said he chooses movies based on where he’d like to vacationBlended took him to South Africa, 50 First Dates to Hawaii. But his latest movie, the dark Men, Women & Children, looks like anything but a vacation.

The film, directed by Up in the Air filmmaker Jason Reitman, centers around a group of individuals who gravitate toward the internet and all it offers, resulting in isolation and sadness. Sandler’s character browses escort websites when he’s not spending time with his also-lonely partner, played by Rosemarie DeWitt. Ansel Elgort, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, and Jennifer Garner also star.

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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

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