Our apologies. Even if you live in Los Angeles, posting about Jason Reitman‘s awesome live readings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is torture. The casts are so fantastic, the projects so good and yet it’s virtually impossible to go because they sell out so quickly. In fact, they sell-out weeks before the script or cast is even announced.

I was lucky enough to see The Princess Bride a few months back with Paul Rudd, Mindy Kaling, Patton Oswalt and returning cast members Cary Elwes and Fred Savage. Reitman has also done The Apartment with Natalie Portman and Steve Carell, The Breakfast Club with Aaron Paul and Jennifer Garner and more. It’s super-impressive.

The penultimate reading, long sold out, happens February 16 and it’s Quentin Tarantino‘s Reservoir Dogs. That by itself is insane. But instead of simply casting alternative famous people to play roles actors like Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi and Tim Roth made famous, Reitman and co-curator Elvis Mitchell decided to change the entire race of the project. They’ve selected an all-black cast. Read the list after the jump. Read More »

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No one is immune to the Alamo Drafthouse‘s strict no texting policy, not even comedian Patton Oswalt. Recently, Oswalt was in Austin promoting his new film Young Adult when the notorious Tweeter was caught on his phone in a well-lit, sparsely populated theater. Director Jason Reitman then walked in to kick him out and…wait a minute, this is a joke!

After the jump, watch Reitman and Oswalt parody the Drafthouse’s now infamous public service announcement which featured an actual voicemail left by an irate customer who actually had been kicked out of the theater for texting. Read More »

Every year at award season, The Hollywood Reporter somehow organizes the schedules of basically every single actor, actress and director of the year’s best films to sit down and discuss them. This, in itself, is pretty spectacular. What’s even better is they release the videos of the full conversations so we can watch. For the 2011 Director’s Roundtable, they’ve brought together The Descendants‘ Alexander Payne, Beginners‘ Mike Mills, Shame‘s Steve McQueen, Young Adult‘s Jason Reitman, Moneyball‘s Bennett Miller and The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius to discuss their own, and each other’s, movies, all of which have a good shot at multiple award nominations. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »

In the spirit of accepting that Jason Reitman‘s new film, the Diablo Cody-penned Young Adult, is about a really terrible, damaged woman, here’s a new red-band spot that seeks to show off just how abrasive she can be. Charlize Theron plays Mavis, a successful youth-lit writer who can’t quite manage to grow up, and who travels back to her hometown to try and win back an old ex, despite the fact that he is now married with a kid.

The film looks like a left turn from films like Juno, Thank You For Smoking and Up in the Air. All of those offered comedy with a certain edge, but none were as deeply dark as Young Adult seems to be. The highlight here, as this spot suggests, is going to be the performance from Charlize Theron, who gets to slink through the movie wielding the sort of unrestrained psychosis that so many of us want to unleash on a semi-regular basis. Read More »

Natalie Portman won an Oscar for Black Swan and then disappeared, primarily because she was pregnant and had her first child. Mama is making her first major public appearance since then tonight at the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, for Jason Reitman‘s staged reading of Billy Wilder‘s 1960 masterpiece, The Apartment. Portman will read the role of Fran, made famous by Shirley McClane. She’ll star alongside JK Simmons as Jeff, the role Fred MacMurray originated, as well as Collette Wolfe, Ken Jeong, Nick Kroll, Jake Johnson in the other roles.

Oh, and the lead role of CC Baxter, originally played by Jack Lemmon, will be played by a little up and coming actor named Steve Carell. Read more after the jump. Read More »

If you haven’t been lucky enough to catch Paramount’s unannounced screenings of Young Adult in your town, you can still get an early look at the film here in the form of three newly released clips. Jason Reitman‘s latest collaboration with Juno writer Diablo Cody stars Charlize Theron as young adult author Mavis Gary, who returns to her hometown and attempts to win back her now-married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson).

The buzz around the film is that it’s almost uncomfortably dark, with Mavis as an interesting but very unlikeable character — and these clips seem to confirm just how messed-up she is, as she faces off against a hotel worker, fails to remember an ex-classmate played by Patton Oswalt, and schemes to steal her ex-boyfriend from his wife. Watch them after the jump.

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Paramount Pictures is running unannounced pop-up screenings of Jason Reitman‘s new film Young Adult in cities around North America. As a special bonus, Reitman and Paramount enlisted the curatorial services of Los Angeles’ famous pop culture art gallery Gallery1988 to pick the artists and produce limited edition pieces of art for the surprise screenings.

There have been pop-up screenings in Toronto, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Austin, each with an accompanying poster. (The Austin show featured a Q&A moderated by Patton Oswalt, who led the audience in a ‘no talking’ PSA shoot. That would have been fun.) Tonight’s screening is in San Francisco, and once again attendees get a unique piece of limited edition artwork. For the San Francisco show, Furturtle (aka artist Travis Bone) designed the poster. Check it out in full after the break. Read More »

Paramount Pictures is running unannounced pop-up screenings of Jason Reitman‘s new film Young Adult in cities around North America. As a special bonus, Reitman and Paramount enlisted the curatorial services of Los Angeles’ famous pop culture art gallery Gallery1988 to pick the artists and produce limited edition pieces of art for the surprise screenings.

There have been pop-up screenings in Toronto, Minneapolis, and Chicago, each with an accompanying poster. Tonight’s screening is in Austin (at the Alamo Drafthouse, naturally), and as at the other previous screenings attendees get a unique piece of limited edition artwork. For the Austin show, Tara McPherson was hired to design the poster. Check it out in full after the break. Read More »

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