It’s that time of year again. We’re in Las Vegas at CinemaCon, an industry-only convention (formerly called ShoWest) for movie theater owners and distributors. The Hollywood studios come here each year with their biggest stars and clips from upcoming films, hoping to impress the theater owners into booking their “products” in the coming year. For example, last year we saw footage from films that were in production and weren’t set to be released until late 2013. Some studios also present unfinished cuts of their films super-early. This year Pixar is screening Monsters University, for example.

The opening night of CinemaCon 2013 featured a presentation by Paramount Pictures. They screened a reel with brief clips from a ton of upcoming films including Darren Aroofsky’s Noah and Jason Reitman’s Labor Day. They also presented 18 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness in 3D, three clips from World War Z, and Michael Bay premiered his film Pain & Gain. After the jump you will be able to read my first reaction to Bay’s latest, along with a video blog I recorded with Alex from FirstShowing giving our thoughts about everything screened.
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Not only did Labor Day just pass on the calendar, it got picked up by Paramount. Labor Day is the title of Jason Reitman‘s next movie, which will star Kate Winslet as a single mother who helps an escaped convict, played by Josh Brolin, and falls in love with him over the holiday weekend. Paramount will co-finance and distribute the romance, based on a novel by Joyce Maynard, from a screenplay by Reitman. Shooting will begin in June 2012. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Jason Reitman has quickly crafted a significant directorial resume — Thank You For Smoking, Juno (reject the blowback — it’s a sweet, effective movie), and Up in the Air — and he has already wrapped his fourth movie, the Diablo Cody-scripted Young Adult. Now he is getting ready to work on his fifth, which will be an adaptation of Joyce Maynard‘s novel Labor Day.

Last year Josh Brolin was rumored to have a role in the film, and now we have word that Kate Winslet will be one of the other leads. Read More »


When it was announced a few month back that Josh Brolin was circling an upcoming Jason Reitman film, it was assumed that he was referring to Young Adult, the Diablo Cody-scripted, Charlize Theron-starring film that tells the story of “a divorced writer who returns to her hometown and forces herself into the life of her married-with-children high school sweetheart.” That’s up next for Reitman, but apparently it’s not the film that Brolin meant.

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Jason Reitman is this week’s guest on ESPN‘s Bill Simmons podcast, The BS Report (mp3). Amidst all of the discussion of The Golden Globes, how Clooney got involved in Up in the Air, Reitman’s second choice casting for the role of Ryan Bingham, and when the director is going to start work on his next project.

And the good news is we won’t have to wait too long. This very week is when Reitman will set about scripting his next project:

I’m actually about to start writing my new screenplay next week. I have a trip planned I’m gonna go out, I’m adapting this book… I’ve got a five day trip, I’m gonna try to write as much as possible.

Obviously, he’s not thinking he’ll get it all done in those five days, he’s not John Hughes – but what book is this? None of the potential projects in Peter’s post “What will Jason Reitman direct after Up In the Air” are literary adaptations. It seems like the project heaped on to the top of the pile a month later is the one – an adaptation of Joyce Maynard‘s novel Labor Day.

Here’s Peter’s synopsis of the book:

The book tells the story of a long Labor Day weekend through the eyes of a then 13-year-old boy who along with his reclusive depressed divorced mother are willingly taken “hostage” by an escaped convict in their own home.

After the break, Reitman’s comments on another project he’s lining up.

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While at the Telluride Film Festival, I had the chance to talk to Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman about his new, and much buzzed about film, Up in the Air. I conducted the interview in conjunction with my friend Alex from FirstShowing, filmed “up in the air,” (get it?) in a gondola traveling up and down the mountains of Telluride Colorado. This is probably the most unique interview I’ve ever been apart of, and it turned out pretty well. It’s a definite must watch, even if you haven’t seen the film (no spoilers are discussed). Watch the interview now embedded after the jump.
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Jason Reitman Adapting Joyce Maynard’s Labor Day

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Last month we took a look at five film projects that Jason Reitman has been developing, and wondered if any of the projects would be next for the Academy Award-nominated director. Add one more project to the pile, as it has been revealed that Retiman is currently adapting a screenplay for Joyce Maynard‘s new novel, Labor Day. What is the novel about? Details after the jump.

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