Last night, Jason Reitman took it upon himself to prove Natasha Vargas-Cooper wrong about the timeliness of Alan Ball’s 1999 script, American Beauty. Apparently it doesn’t have to feel like a rehashed bowl of nostalgic bullshit–as the Up in the Air director proved at the Toronto Film Festival when he got a new and improved cast to breathe life into stale material during a live read.
Another triumphant performance by Charlize Theron informs and enhances the otherwise uneven Young Adult, an edgy and sometimes disappointing drama about contemporary neuroses with comic undertones from director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody, the team responsible for the surprise 2007 hit Juno. It’s not in the same league as Mr. Reitman’s hugely superior Up in the Air, but Ms. Theron, a true beauty and one of the screen’s most exquisite actors, keeps the film airborne even when it seems dangerously earthbound. She’s a one-woman emergency rescue squad.
Director Jason Reitman ordered a new mise-en-scene this week, buying an apartment in Chelsea with wife Michele. The couple paid $2.15 million for the co-op at 434 West 20th Street. They purchased the home from a Thomas Schieble, who lists Bloomsburg, Penn., as his current residence
The Observer talked with Corcoran broker Richard Hicks, who represented the owner on the deal, and he explained what attracted the director and his wife to the apartment. “The block, for one,” Mr. Hicks began,was a main draw. The apartment overlooks the New York Seminary’s sprawling front garden.
It’s not bad being Simon Rich–son of Frank Rich, SNL writer, novelist, and now screenwriter.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Up in the Air director Jason Reitman has purchased the movie writes to Elliot Allagash, the comic novel of high school misadventures that Rich published this spring. Rich will adapt the book; Read More
The most striking thing about this year’s Oscars, other than that a female director finally won? The guys’ hair. There was George Clooney, whose longish (for him) do had a distinctly feathered quality in the front. Then there was James Cameron, whose soft, elongated bowl cut channeled ABBA, and was possibly blow-dried. But Mark Boal, Read More
Consider this the calm before the storm. After a record breaking Thanksgiving, the box office slowed down to a crawl on the first weekend of December, as The Blind Side blitzed passed New Moon to take the top spot with an underwhelming $20.4 million. Don’t feel too bad for Hollywood though: with Invictus, Read More
There might not be a chill in the air just yet—thanks, global warming!—but as long as the calendar reads December, we’re in Oscar season. The first weekend of the month brings three contenders to multiplexes, but just one (hint: its name rhymes with Schmup in the Schmair) stands a good chance of bringing home the Read More
Up in the Air
Written by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Directed by Jason Reitman
Starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman
George Clooney’s performances are always variations on the same themes: tongue-in-cheek frat-house humor; a rampant ego that makes love to the camera when no girl is around; and the suave wit Read More
At the premiere of Jason Reitman’s new film Up in the Air— based on the 2001 novel by Walter Kirn—at the Paris theater on Thursday, Nov. 5, Mr. Reitman’s father, Canadian producer-director Ivan Reitman, said his son was a “good kid,” who “never took drugs or drank.”
Perhaps that’s because it’s pizza that’s his Read More
“My brain hasn’t really processed it. I actually can’t believe it,” said Olivia Thirlby, via phone, early in the morning of Oscar Sunday. The 21-year-old actress, in Los Angeles, was eating breakfast (“I’m sorry for the crunching”) and about to embark upon the daylong process of readying herself for the red carpet to end all Read More