AMC Acquires Spy Drama THE NIGHT MANAGER Starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie; Hulu Orders Original Series CASUAL from Jason Reitman

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We have a couple of brief TV acquisition stories for you today.  First up, as we reported earlier this month, the BBC is developing a limited-series adaptation of the John le Carre novel The Night Manager.  The espionage drama, which will star Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston, revolves around a former British soldier who teams up with intelligence operatives to go undercover in order to avenge the death of a friend.  Given the lead actors, the source material’s author, and the premise, it’s no wonder that the series ignited a bidding war.  According to THR, AMC has won the U.S. distribution rights, which is good thing for the cable network considering they’re hard up for quality programming now that Breaking Bad is gone and Mad Men is almost finished (Better Call Saul might be good, but it will be compared to one of TV’s greatest shows right out the gate).  Granted, The Night Manager is a limited series (probably six to eight episodes), but it will likely be a huge draw for the network nonetheless.

Hit the jump for other TV news regarding director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) setting up the new original comedy series Casual for Hulu.

Jason Reitman Talks MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, Making Web Browsing and Text Messaging Cinematic, Forging Forward After LABOR DAY and More

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If you’ve ever shared anything with an audience, whether it’s a film, an article, music or any random art project for that matter, you probably know that it can hurt to get negative feedback.  However, even after Labor Day failed to impress critics or thrive at the box office, Jason Reitman got right back at it, putting together another feature that adheres to the reason he makes movies, because he’s in a “deep search to answer personal questions.”

Men, Women & Children focuses on an ensemble of high school students and their parents and covers how the Internet changes the way they communicate, their relationships and their self-esteem as well.  The film is currently playing in select theaters, but with the October 17th nationwide expansion coming up, I got the opportunity to sit down with Reitman and discuss what it took to put it together.  Hear about his photo boarding process, how he created shots that effectively and naturally incorporate texting and web browsing and loads more in the video interview after the jump.

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  Men, Women & Children opens today in limited release.]

It’s comforting to view the Internet as a force. Things existed one way, the Internet came along, completely changed everything, and now—for better or worse—those things are barely recognizable. We’re all looking down, clacking into our smart phones, so the Internet must have transformed us, right? It’s just so powerful, and we were caught in its wake. Current communication technology has changed us, but Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children wryly, wisely, and astutely observes our fears and insecurities long preceded our smartphones. The film is a sharp commentary on the decay of intimacy as we, isolated in the cosmos, have now become isolated from each other. Woven together with well-crafted storylines, sharp performances, and convincing drama, Reitman’s latest film mostly avoids being a cautionary tale and instead provides an insightful look on how online communication changes our relationships but doesn’t define our lives.

Meet the Characters of Jason Reitman’s Dark Ensemble in 17 New MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Images

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Fresh off the full-length trailer debut, Paramount Pictures has released a large batch of new Men, Women & Children images from Up in the Air and Young Adult director Jason Reitman’s new film.  The drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  I saw the film at TIFF and thought it was excellent.  It’s an incredibly dark snapshot of humanity and the ways in which we interact with one another, and it marks a solid step forward in Reitman’s increasingly unpredictable filmography.  The story takes place in a Texas town, and the local high school is the link that connects the various storylines.  These new images reveal the cast of characters, including Ansel Elgort and Kaitlyn Dever’s young loners, Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt’s disillusioned married couple, and Dean Norris’ single father.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Men, Women & Children images and click here for Matt’s review.  The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. SimmonsElena Kampouris, Timothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia, Dennis Haysbert, and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 1st and expands wide on October 17th.

New MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Trailer Digs Deep Into the Darkness of Life in the Digital Age

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Paramount Pictures has released a new Men, Women & Children trailer for director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) excellent new drama.  The film follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  I caught the film at TIFF and found it to be a dark, complex, and emotional snapshot of humanity that also marks another bold step in Reitman’s diverse career.  You can’t say the Juno filmmaker isn’t making ambitious choices, and while some critics found the technology angle in Men, Women & Children to be contrived, I’d argue that the film really isn’t about the dangers of the internet at all—it’s about us.  Adam Sandler is fantastic in the most subdued performance of his career, Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) and Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12) absolutely shine as the emotional center of the film, and Breaking Bad star Dean Norris is debatably the highlight of a wonderfully talented ensemble.  I highly recommend seeing the film when it comes to a theater near you.

Hit the jump to watch the new Men, Women & Children trailer and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. SimmonsTimothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 1st and expands wide on October 17th.

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Review | TIFF 2014

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It’s comforting to view the Internet as a force.  Things existed one way, the Internet came along, completely changed everything, and now—for better or worse—those things are barely recognizable.  We’re all looking down, clacking into our smart phones, so the Internet must have transformed us, right?  It’s just so powerful, and we were caught in its wake.  Current communication technology has changed us, but Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children wryly, wisely, and astutely observes our fears and insecurities long preceded our smartphones.  The film is a sharp commentary on the decay of intimacy as we, isolated in the cosmos, have now become isolated from each other.  Woven together with well-crafted storylines, sharp performances, and convincing drama, Reitman’s latest film mostly avoids being a cautionary tale and instead provides an insightful look on how online communication changes our relationships but doesn’t define our lives.

Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Poster Reminds Us That Studio Poster Art Isn’t Entirely Dead

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Ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival later this week, Paramount Pictures has released the first Men, Women & Children poster and it’s kind of fantastic.  Up in the Air and Juno director Jason Reitman’s new film looks to be an incredibly dark departure for the filmmaker, as it follows the story of a group of high schoolers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, communication, self-image, and their love lives.  Aside from the wonderful folks at Mondo, the world of official movie poster art has been frustratingly dull over the past decade or so.  Thankfully, Reitman understands that the one-sheet can be an extension of the film’s creative expression itself, giving us this beautiful and slightly haunting Men, Women & Children poster.  More of this, please.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Men, Women & Children poster in full, and check back for Matt’s review of the film itself from TIFF later this week.  The pic stars Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever, Jennifer Garner, Adam SandlerRosemarie DeWittJudy GreerDean NorrisJ.K. SimmonsTimothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 1st and expands wide on October 17th.

Jennifer Garner Surfs the Web in New MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Images

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Judging by the film’s first trailer, Men, Women & Children is going to be a rather striking departure for Up in the Air and Young Adult filmmaker Jason Reitman.  His previous feature, Labor Day, showed that Reitman was in the midst of evolving as a director, but Men, Women & Children looks to be worlds away from his other films, teasing a deeply dark, dramatic, and intense chronicle of living life in the digital age.  Based on the Chad Kulten novel of the same name, the picture revolves around high school students and their parents, and how their relationships, self-image and quality of life are affected by the internet.  A pair of new Men, Women & Children images have been released that feature stars Jennifer Garner and Ansel Elgort, and the photos continue the sober tone that was prevalent in the film’s teaser trailer.  I’m incredibly curious to see what kind of film Reitman has put together here, and I look forward to catching the world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival later this week.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Men, Women & Children images.  The film also stars Kaitlyn Dever, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, J.K. Simmons, Timothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia and Emma ThompsonMen, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 3rd.

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Trailer: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Ansel Elgort and More Have Internet Issues in Jason Reitman’s New Drama

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Our very first look at Jason Reitman’s latest is here and based on the tone of the trailer, Men, Women & Children could be one of his darker, most somber films yet.  In fact, I don’t think there’s a single smile in this entire thing.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but when you fall for laugh-heavy films like Juno and Young Adult (and also manage to forget that Labor Day even exists), this feels like quite the switch.  This is only a teaser trailer so it’s impossible to pass much judgment, but Reitman could have the performances to support it, with The Fault in Our Star’s Ansel Elgort being a standout here.  The piece also doesn’t offer up any concrete story details, but from the official synopsis and Chad Kulten’s source material, we know that Men, Women & Children will focus on high school students and their parents, and how their relationships, self-image and quality of life are affected by the internet.

Hit the jump to watch the Men, Women & Children trailer.  The film also stars Adam SandlerRosemarie DeWittJennifer GarnerJudy GreerKaitlyn DeverDean NorrisJ.K. Simmons, Timothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children will have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and opens in limited release on October 3rd.

Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Release Date Set for October 3rd

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We now know when director Jason Reitman’s next film will be arriving in theaters.  In Contention reports that the Men, Women & Children release date has been set for a limited bow on October 3rd, with a wider expansion planned for October 17th where it will square off directly against Gone Girl.  Men, Women & Children revolves around a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their lives.  Adam Sandler leads an ensemble cast that includes Rosemarie DewittJennifer GarnerJudy GreerDean NorrisJ.K. SimmonsAnsel Elgort, and Emma Thompson.

Reitman’s 2013 film, Labor Day, was somewhat abandoned by Paramount and dumped in January, but it appears that the studio is taking good care of the Up in the Air filmmaker’s next effort as it and Interstellar are Paramount’s only Oscar prospects this year.  It’s certainly possible Men, Women & Children could be in the awards conversation, and I look forward to catching its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in a couple of weeks.  Check back tomorrow to watch the first trailer.

Jennifer Garner Talks DRAFT DAY, Working with Kevin Costner, Cleveland Sports Fans, Jason Reitman’s PALE BLUE DOT, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Garner.  She talked about working with Costner, when she first realized Cleveland is a crazy sports town, what happened when Costner went to a baseball game in Cleveland, getting in trouble for what she said about Batman vs. Superman, and Jason Reitman’s Pale Blue Dot (previously called Men, Women and Children).  Hit the jump to watch.

Ansel Elgort Talks DIVERGENT, Working with Director Neil Burger, Deleted Scenes, Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, and More

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With Divergent opening this weekend, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Ansel Elgort.  During the interview he talked about working with directorNeil Burger, deleted scenes, why the police were called so many times to the apartment building where the cast was staying, his thoughts on Phil Jackson being the president of the Knicks, Jason Reitman‘s next film Men, Women & Children, and more

For those unfamiliar, the film is based on the Veronica Roth novel of the same name and takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities.  Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”  Hit the jump to watch the interview.  Divergent also stars Theo James, Ashley JuddRay StevensonZoe Kravitz, Tony GoldwynMaggie QBen Lloyd-HughesChristian Madsen, and Kate Winslet.

Weekend Box Office: Remains on Top For Third Week with $12.2 Million

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For the third weekend in a row, Ride Along is the top draw at the domestic box office.  The comedy earned an estimated $12.2 million on Super Bowl weekend, which comes in as the lowest first place total in more than a year.  That Awkward Moment opened in third behind the incredibly long-lived Frozen.  Thanks to Disney’s new sing-a-long version, the musical jumped back up to second place and is now achingly close to topping Despicable Me 2’s final North American gross.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Ride Along $12,214,000 $92.9
2.  Frozen $9,310,000 $360
3.  That Awkward Moment $9,010,000 $9
4.  The Nut Job $7,613,000 $50.2
5.  Lone Survivor $7,161,000 $104.8
6.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $5,400,000 $38.9
7.  Labor Day $5,300,000 $5.3
8.  American Hustle $4,300,000 $132.1
9.  The Wolf of Wall Street $3,550,000 $104
10.  I, Frankenstein $3,520,000 $14.4

Jason Reitman to Direct THE POSSIBILITIES Adaptation from THE DESCENDENTS Author

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Though director Jason Reitman took his time with his first few features, he’s certainly been picking up steam as of late.  His latest pic, Labor Day, opens wide this weekend, he’s already in the middle of production on his follow-up, the ensemble dramedy Men, Women & Children, and now he’s set to direct what could be his third book adaptation in a row, The PossibilitiesTHR reports that Indian Paintbrush and Reitman’s Right of Way Films have optioned The Descendents author Kaui Hart Hemmings’ upcoming novel The Possibilities with Reitman attached to direct.  The story takes place in a Colorado ski town and follows a mother struggling to overcome her son’s death who is visited by a strange girl “with a secret that will change them both.”

There’s no word on whether Reitman will pen the adaptation himself, but he’ll surely put together a swell cast.  Labor Day paired Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet, and Men, Women & Children stars Emma Thompson, Adam Sandler, and Jennifer Garner.

27 New Images from Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

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Paramount Pictures has released a batch of new high-resolution images from writer/director Jason Reitman’s adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel Labor Day.  The film takes place over the course of a Labor Day weekend and tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who convinces his reclusive mother (Kate Winslet) to take in a drifter (Josh Brolin), who turns out to be an escaped convict on the run.  Despite the fact that the film is being released without much fanfare, it’s actually quite good.  It’s a significant departure for Reitman and marks his most mature work to date, and Winslet and Brolin both give excellent lead performances.

Hit the jump to check out the new images and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons, and James Van Der BeekLabor Day opens nationwide on January 31st.

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