Groundhog Day Live Read

10,000 years. That’s how long Phil Connors was stuck in Groundhog Day. At least, that’s what writers Harold Ramis and Danny Rubin said in an early draft of the now classic 1993 film. That revelation was later cut out, along with a lot of other things, to make the film we know and love.

But on March 20, Jason Reitman presented that early draft as part of his Film Independent at LACMA Live Read series. On a night dedicated to Ramis, the Groundhog Day co-writer and director, Reitman brought together a small but perfect cast to read through the script. That cast included Jason Bateman as Phil, Elizabeth Reeser as Rita, Jeffery Ross as Larry, Mae Whitman as Nancy, and Stephen Tobolowsky as Ned, the role he originated.

That balance of familiarity from Tobolowsky, coupled with a fresh but perfectly poignant take from Bateman, made Groundhog Day one of the best live reads to come out of the series to date. Read More »

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Briefly: The new novel from The Descendents author Kaui Hart Hemmings is now a possible new project for Labor Day and Young Adult director Jason Reitman. Appropriately, the book is called The Possibilities; it’s set to be published in May. Reitman’s company and Indian Paintbrush have optioned the novel, and attached Reitman to direct.

THR has news of the option, and describes the novel:

Set in a Colorado ski town, the story follows a grieving mother struggling to overcome her son’s death. She’s visited by a strange girl with a secret that will change them both.

This won’t be Reitman’s next film, as script development will take some time. His follow-up to Labor Day is set to be Men, Women & Children, with Emma Thompson, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner starring.

 

Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman has worked with some pretty big names over the course of his career, including, most recently, Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. His next film, however, could star a near-total unknown.

The filmmaker has reportedly offered a big role in Men, Women and Children to newcomer Travis Tope. Though the 22-year-old has just one completed feature on his resume at the moment (the 2007 indie Divine Souls), he’s definitely on his way up: Tope is also considering roles in Sacha Gervasi‘s November Criminals and Rupert Wyatt‘s The Gambler. More about all three projects and their potential leading man after the jump.

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Labor Day

We’re very happy to exclusively premiere a special online trailer for director Jason Reitman‘s latest film Labor Day. The theatrical trailer will premiere later today, but first take a look at this alternate online trailer — You may remember that Jason also let us premiere that amazing Up in the Air “bag” online-exclusive teaser – still one of my favorite trailers of recent years.

In Labor DayKate Winslet delivers an award-worthy performance as a depressed single mother, who along with her young teenage son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) have their lives changed forever when they offer a wounded man a ride. The man (played by Josh Brolin) turns out to be an escaped convict, who takes the family hostage during Labor Day weekend. Watch the whole trailer embedded after the jump.

Update: We’ve added the theatrical trailer below, too.

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New ‘Labor Day’ Poster; Trailer Arrives on Halloween

Labor Day

Jason Reitman‘s new film, Labor Day, opens on Christmas Day, and it will be promoted via a new trailer on Halloween. That trailer hits at 9am PST tomorrow, and as a precursor we have a new poster. The film features Josh Brolin as an escaped convict who is taken into the home of a reclusive woman (Kate Winslet) and her son.

While the first poster and image (above) featured Brolin and Winslet in an ambiguous pose — is he protecting or threatening her? — this new poster uses a similar pose to communicate a more specific connection between the characters. Read More »

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We’re very happy to exclusively premiere the poster for director Jason Reitman‘s latest film Labor Day. Kate Winslet has an award-worthy performance as a depressed single mother, who along with her young teenage son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) regretfully offer a wounded man a ride. The wounded man (played by Josh Brolin) turns out to be an escaped convict on the run, and takes the family hostage during Labor Day weekend. The movie is very different than any of Reitman’s previous works, definitely not a comedy — yet it is instead Reitman’s darkly twisted take on the coming of age film. It’s a more accomplished and mature film than his past works, but also a more nuanced and quieter film. The movie premiered at the Telluride Film Festival to great acclaim. Check out the poster after the jump.
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Labor Day

If Jason Reitman‘s first four films – Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and Young Adult — had one thing in common, it was a sharp sense of humor. Even when things got emotional, there was always room for a hamburger phone or a cancer/”can sir” pun.

It’s surprising, then, that he takes such a different turn with his fifth. Labor Day is an earnest drama about a boy (Gattlin Griffith), his mom (Kate Winslet), and the escaped convict (Josh Brolin) who seeks shelter with them over a long weekend. While a trailer has yet to come out, the first clip offers a peek at how dramatically this film differs from his earlier work.

Happily, the risk he takes in stepping out of his wheelhouse seems to pay off. Labor Day has mostly received strong reviews on the festival circuit, with several reviewers going so far as to call it his best work yet. Read the early buzz and watch the clip after the jump.

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Sandler Reitman

While the world gets ready for Jason Reitman‘s new film, the director himself is reportedly setting up his next one. The Juno director might be making Men, Women and Children based on a novel by Chad Kultgen.

Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemary DeWitt and Cameron Diaz are all circling roles in the film, which is about parents of middle school kids who are beginning to discover sexuality in a world of social media and online pornography. Read More »

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