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.

New TV Spot for Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

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Paramount Pictures has released a new TV spot for writer/director Jason Reitman’s new film Labor Day, a movie that feels like it’s being unveiled unceremoniously despite the fact that it’s very, very good.  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.  The narration in this one-minute spot is absolutely terrible, but it does highlight the excellent romantic chemistry between Winslet and Brolin.  The pic marks Reitman’s most mature work to date and is an impressive departure devoid of any cynicism or sarcasm; it’s also surprisingly thrilling.  I’m honestly befuddled as to why Paramount seems to be burying the film, as it’s well worth seeing.

Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from TIFF.  The pic also stars Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons, and James Van Der BeekLabor Day is now playing in limited release and opens in wide release on January 31st.

Production Begins on Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Starring Adam Sandler and Rosemarie Dewitt; Full Cast Revealed

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Though writer/director Jason Reitman’s latest feature Labor Day doesn’t open in theaters until later this month, production is already underway on his follow-up film Men, Women & Children.  Based on the novel of the same name by Chad Kultgen, the film “follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.”  Reitman co-wrote the screenplay with Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary), and the ensemble cast includes Adam Sandler, Rosemarie Dewitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, J.K. Simmons, Ansel Elgort, and Emma Thompson.

Filming is currently underway in Austin, Texas, with Paramount onboard to distribute.  No word on when the film might hit theaters, but one imagines Reitman could make the fall festival circuit with the finished pic next year.  Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the cast list and extended synopsis.

Two Trailers for Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

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Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for writer/director Jason Reitman’s new film Labor Day.  Based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name, the film takes place over the course of a Labor Day weekend and tells the story of a fugitive (Josh Brolin) who takes a 13-year-old boy  (Gattlin Griffith) and his reclusive mother (Kate Winslet) hostage, but the relationship between the three becomes more complicated in the following days.  The trailer does a good job of selling the dreamy, idyllic quality while maintaining the undercurrent of danger running throughout the story.  I thought the movie was great when I saw it at TIFF earlier this year, but I’m eager to see if it holds up on a second viewing.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars J.K. SimmonsClark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, and Tobey Maguire.  Labor Day opens in limited release on December 25th before expanding wide on January 31st.  [Update: Paramount has released a second trailer, which we've added after the jump.  However, I strongly recommend not watching it because it gives away a lot of the film.]

Help Jason Reitman Cast a Role in His New Film

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While some celebrities turn to social media to help raise funds for their independent movies, Jason Reitman (Labor Day) is looking for a purer form of assistance, in the currency of information.  On his Twitter account today, Reitman posted a bit of dialogue and a character description for a role in his upcoming, and as of yet untitled film.  From what Reitman posted, it sounds as if he’s looking for a younger version of Quinton Aaron, whose breakthrough role came by playing Michael Oher in The Blind Side.

Hit the jump to see if you’ve got what he’s looking for or know someone who does.

Oscar Beat TIFF 2013: Jason Reitman Back in the Awards Race with Excellent LABOR DAY

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Filmmaker Jason Reitman is no stranger to Oscar attention.  His second directorial feature, 2007’s Juno, landed nods for Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay, with Reitman finding himself a surprise nominee for Best Director.  His next feature, Up in the Air, once again landed a number of nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, but after a rigorous campaign the film went home empty handed.  Following a more minor turn with 2011’s Young Adult, Reitman enters the fray this year with a wholly different kind of film: Labor Day.

I caught Labor Day earlier this afternoon at the Toronto International Film Festival and can attest that it is an excellent picture all around that just might be Reitman’s best to date.  Hit the jump for my rundown of the film’s Oscar prospects in a special TIFF edition of Oscar Beat.

Jason Reitman to Write and Direct MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN Adaptation; Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner and Cameron Diaz Circling

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With his upcoming directorial feature Labor Day screening in Toronto, news is already breaking about Jason Reitman’s next effort.  It looks like Reitman will write and direct an adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s novel, Men, Women & Children.  Financed by Indian Paintbrush, the film would follow a “family with junior high school students [that] deals with the navigation of sexual awakenings in a digital age where the internet has made pornography, blogs and social networking just a few clicks away.”  None of the parties are locked in at this point, but the possible talent lined up both behind and in front of the camera makes this one worth watching.  Hit the jump for more.

First Image from Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

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It may only be August, but studios are already starting to make moves with regards to their awards fare.  Today, the first official image from Thank You for Smoking and Up in the Air writer/director Jason Reitman’s upcoming drama Labor Day has been released.  Based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name, 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 to take in a drifter, who turns out to be an escaped convict on the run.  Kate Winslet plays the mother and Josh Brolin plays the convict, and Labor Day sees Reitman navigating decidedly different territory as he weaves the character drama with shades of a thriller.  The film also involves flashback and flashforwards, with Tobey Maguire playing the grown-up version of the young boy.  Given its pedigree, the pic is sure to be a contender in this year’s awards race.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Gattlin Griffith, J.K. Simmons, Clark Gregg, and James Van Der BeekLabor Day opens in limited release on December 25th before expanding wide on January 31st.

ASSASSIN’S CREED Set for May 22, 2015; Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic EXODUS Lands December 12, 2014; Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY Arrives December 25th

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We’ve got a few release dates to share today.  Briefly:

  • Labor Day – Writer/director Jason Reitman’s drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin will hit theaters in limited release on December 25th of this year (just in time for awards season, natch), before expanding wide on January 31st.
  • Exodus – Director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic about the life of Moses has been dated for a prime holiday release of December 12, 2014, confirming that this will indeed be Scott’s next project.  Christian Bale may star.
  • Assassin’s Creed – The feature film adaptation of the popular video game series has been dated for Memorial Day weekend of 2015, with a firm May 22, 2015 release date.  Michael Fassbender is producing the film and will also star.

Hit the jump for much more on all of the aforementioned projects.

Josh Brolin Talks OLDBOY Remake and Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY; Says They Shot Long Improvised Takes for OLDBOY Motel Scenes

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When it was first announced that an American remake of director Park Chan-wook’s South Korean revenge film Oldboy was in the works, fans were understandably wary of the prospect.  Then Spike Lee signed on to direct.  If anything can be assumed of a Spike Lee film, it’s that it’s definitely not going to be a commercial cash-in.  Lee cares deeply about artistic integrity, so it’s with cautious optimism that his remake of Oldboy is being anticipated.

Steve sat down with star Josh Brolin last weekend to talk about his upcoming crime drama Gangster Squad, and the actor also took some time to discuss Oldboy.  During the interview, Brolin talked extensively about how Lee’s Oldboy differs from the original, reaching out to Park Chan-wook for his blessing, the action scenes, and he revealed that Lee shot some extended, improvised takes for Brolin’s scenes in the motel room.  The actor also talked a bit about writer/director Jason Reitman’s upcoming adaptation of Labor Day, in which he stars alongside Kate Winslet.  Hit the jump for the full comments.

Russell Brand May Replace Jim Carrey in Larry Charles Comedy PIERRE PIERRE

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When last we reported on the comedy Pierre Pierre, it had Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) attached to star and Larry Charles (Borat) on board to direct.  Now it looks as if Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) is in early talks to displace Carrey.  Pierre Pierre centers on an obnoxious Frenchman who steals the Mona Lisa and attempts to transport it to from Paris to London.  Along the way, he runs afoul of “French police inspector, a serial killer named Pigeonshit and his own brothel-owning mother.”  Hit the jump for more on Brand and Pierre Pierre.

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