Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’ is 2013′s Most Fascinating Film Failure

Jason Reitman has had a pretty easy go of it so far. The progeny of Hollywood royalty, his four films to date — Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and Young Adult — were met with mostly good reviews and decent box office, as well as two Academy Award nominations for Best Director. Sure, there’s been a backlash (there always is), but it was mostly a quiet one. Until now. Reitman’s latest, an adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel Labor Day, premiered to decidedly mixed reviews (and worse buzz) at Telluride late last summer. Paramount had initially pegged it for a December, Oscar-friendly limited release — as they’d done with Up in the Air and Young Adult — but as that date approached, they quietly shuffled it off to January (leaving only a week-long Oscar-qualifying run in L.A. for December). In other words, Labor Day is likely to get ignored in the crush of December and presumed stinky in the graveyard of January. Both sentences are a shame, since it’s a risky and genuinely unusual piece of work. … Read More

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Open Thread: Let’s Talk About the Ending of ‘Young Adult’

Young Adult, the dark comedy starring Charlize Theron that re-teams Juno director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody, went into wide release last weekend (after hitting a few screens the weekend before), and now that it’s out, we’re again in the odd position of wanting to talk explicitly about the film’s ending — specifically about its closing scenes, which are (for our money) where Young Adult stops being a good movie and becomes a great one. Of course, not everyone sees movies within the first three days, so we’ll wait to get into this further until after the jump — where you’ll find some thoughts on the closing scenes from us, and from director Jason Reitman. So, y’know, duly noted, spoiler warnings, etc., etc. … Read More

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Patton Oswalt and Jason Reitman Parody Anti-Texting PSA

For film geeks like us, one of the most exciting new releases of the past year wasn’t a movie at all — it was a wonderful anti-texting PSA created by the fine folks at the Alamo Drafthouse back in June in response to some really annoying behavior from one of their patrons. For some reason, Patton Oswalt and his Young Adult director Jason Reitman have decided to do their own version of the viral clip, with Oswalt taking on the juicy role of the Angry Texter. Put on some headphones (there’s quite a bit of swearing) and click through to check out their version now; be sure to let us know in the comments how you think it stacks up against the original. … Read More

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Jason Reitman to Direct a Celebrity Reading of ‘The Breakfast Club’

This Thursday Film Independent and LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) launches their new Film Independent at LACMA series, which brings together filmmakers, artists, and more for a series of special guest-curated programs — ” … presenting cinema in an artistic and historical context.” The latest program will host Jason Reitman who will direct a live reading of John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club. The Juno director recently announced on Twitter that Patton Oswalt would be taking on the role of Brian Johnson, Anthony Michael Hall’s character who had a penchant for flare guns. The Office’s Mindy Kaling takes on the curiously quiet Allison, while Spider-Man 2 star J.K. Simmons will read the part of school janitor (and blackmailer) Carl. Reitman is expected to announce other cast members this week, but for now the rest remain a mystery. The event will be a really cool opportunity to see Hughes’ beloved 1985 classic in a new light and performed more spontaneously. Visit the official event site for further details, and click through to head back to high school detention. … Read More

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Trailer Park: Special “All Good Trailers” Edition

Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. We’ve got six new trailers this week, and — for the first time in the feature’s history — they all look varying degrees of worthwhile. Check ‘em out after the jump. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were obsessed with the YA fiction-inspired poster for Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman’s latest film collaboration, Young Adult. We wished that we could be as popular on Facebook as Jesus is. We lost ourselves in New York Magazine’s “Encyclopedia of 9/11.” We wondered what Shepard… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Arcade Fire and Spike Jonze worked on a short film accompaniment to The Suburbs: “It’s like a science-fiction B-movie companion piece for the record.” [via Pitchfork]
2. There’s a 3D Justin Bieber biopic in the works that will be directed by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim, the same man who helmed An… Read More

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The Followables: 10 Directors You Should Follow on Twitter

The world of Twitter can be hard to navigate. We know that you’re already following us @flavorpill, but we decided it would be fun (and possibly helpful) if we rounded up some of our other Twitter favorites in a series we call “The Followables.” This seventh installment of Twitter all-stars spotlights the tweeting directors who we love. Do us a favor and leave a comment with anyone who you enjoy who didn’t make our list — especially if they are a non-white, non-male director. Are they the only filmmaker demographic interested in tweeting their thoughts? … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Pitchfork‘s top 100 tracks of 2009 list is up, and Animal Collective nabbed the number one slot with “My Girls.” (Dirty Projectors‘ “Stillness Is the Move” came in second; Phoenix, “1901,” third.) [via Pitchfork]
2. Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air swept this morning’s 2010 Golden Globe nominations with six nods.… Read More

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