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A couple of unusual interviews have hit the web today.

The is first from our friends at FilmSchoolRejects, who talked to director Jason Reitman, not about his new movie Up in the Air, but instead quizzed the filmmaker on the pie chart he keeps of all the questions asked while on his press tour. Rejects Managing Editor Dr. Cole  Abaius wrote the following: “Instead of asking the usual, boring questions that have clearly been retread as much as 83 times, I decided to take the one word or two word codes for each entry and base my questions off of those. Even though he’s a talented director, and I’m a complete moron, Reitman was magnanimous enough to play along.”

The second of which was conducted by MoviesOnline.ca, with Fantastic Mr. Fox star Jason Schwartzman pretending to be director Wes Anderson, in a movie website first — an interview which was conducted entirely in stop-motion animation. The great thing about this interview is they don’t even talk about Fantastic Mr. Fox… at all.

I love both of these interviews because they are both funny in their own way, the participants seem to be willing (even if they didn’t know entirely what they were getting themselves into), and both go uncomfortably awry near the end. Check out both interviews, embedded after the jump.

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Paramount Pictures has released a new featurette for Jason Reitman‘s Up in the Air focusing on the filmmaker’s vision. In the video, Jason explains that he aims for authenticity, not comedy, in the performances and stories of his films… and if he achieves that, the comedy will follow:

“Everywhere I look, I see comedy… often where it is inappropriate. For me that’s the best way to talk about things. If we can open up and laugh about things, then we can have a honest conversation.”

You can watch the video now on Apple.com. Also, Anne Thompson has a wonderful 20 question interview with Reitman on indiewire. I’ve excerpted one of the answers after the jump, because it is the only time I’ve ever seen Jason talk in detail about the ending of the film, and what his intentions were. If you haven’t seen the movie, do not read that question and answer below. Again, don’t — experience it first, check back later. But if you have seen the movie, I recommend you hit after the jump.

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Up in The Air

Paramount Pictures has released a new clip from Jason Reitman‘s Up in the Air. The clip features the lovely Anna Kendrick as Natalie, a young college graduate questioning George Clooney‘s character Ryan Bingham, who she is stuck on the road with, about why he chooses to have more casual relationships than relationships of substance. There is also a lot more going on in the clip, such as Clooney snapping a photo of a cardboard cutout of a couple in love (and yes, that is Danny McBride…), but you don’t really need to understand whats he’s doing to enjoy the clip. As I’ve stated before on the site, this is one of my favorite films of the year. This clip alone probably won’t be enough to convince you to buy a ticket, but please, take my word for it. The clip is embedded after the jump.
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Up in The Air’s Mad Men TV Trailer

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I have a hard time calling this sort of thing a television spot, even though that’s technically what it is. But when you go over a minute and and half in length, I call it a trailer. Maybe we should term this new kind of commercial a “TV Trailer”. Anyway, this new TV Trailer for Jason Reitman‘s Up in the Air premiered during the season finale of Mad Men, a show I desperately need to catch up on. Entitled “Everyone Needs A Co-Pilot”, this ad focuses more on Ryan Bingham’s relationships.

If you’re already sold on seeing this film, I would recommend staying away from this, or any other trailers for the film. I feel they are getting progressively worse in terms of showing you story points which occur in the second half of the film. Having the main character speak the lesson that you hope he might learn during the two hour cinematic journey is a bit too revealing for me, regardless of the fact that he could just be saying it to someone else, regardless of the fact that you don’t know how this film ends (and trust me, you don’t).

For those of you, like me, who didn’t see Mad Men this week…. or those of you with DVRs or itunes/torrent downloads, both of which bypass commercials, you can watch the new tv trailer embedded after the jump.
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Over the past few days, the internet has been flooded with interesting tidbits about the movie soundtracks and scores for some major upcoming releases. After the jump, hear about what’s going on with the title song for Up in the Air, who might score Kevin Smith’s Couple of Dicks, and exactly how epic James Horner’s Avatar score is supposed to be.
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Up in the Air Full Theatrical Trailer

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I have not seen Jason Reitman‘s new film Up in the Air. I know it is getting raves left and right; it went over like gangbusters at Telluride (Peter’s review) and Toronto. Each bit of footage we’ve been given has shaped my understanding of the film, and each clip makes me a bit more interested to see what is really inside what Reitman has called perhaps the most personal film he’ll ever make.

The full theatrical trailer is now online, and it nicely bridges the gap between the first standalone romcom-style clip and the heady, emotional teaser we premiered early last month. Read More »

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Steve (from Collider) and I usually record our video blogs in separate locations through the magic of the internet, but since we’re both attending this year’s Toronto Film Festival, we’ve decided to record some video blogs talking about some of the movies we’ve seen at the festival. We’ve tried to keep the video blogs short and to the point, but as always, it sometimes goes longer than planned. But if you know us, that’s to be expected.

After the jump you can watch Steve and I talk about my two favorite films of this year’s Toronto Film Festival: the new Coen Brothers movie A Serious Man and the new Jason Reitman movie Up in the Air. We both loved these films and the buzz you’re hearing is totally accurate. I know we’ve talked more than enough about Up in the Air on this site already, but Steve really wanted to talk about it, so we included the film in this double feature. Listen to what we thought after the jump.

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Jason Reitman

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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