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. Simmons, Clark 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.]
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.
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.
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.
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 Beek. Labor Day opens in limited release on December 25th before expanding wide on January 31st.
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.
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.
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.
Director Jason Reitman has commenced production on his next feature, the drama Labor Day. The film is based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name and centers on a 13-year-old boy who convinces his reclusive mother to take in a drifter over Labor Day weekend. It’s later revealed that the man is an escaped convict and the three spend a weekend together that will “shape them for the rest of their lives.” Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star as the two leads, and Reitman felt so strongly about his cast that he pushed the production schedule back a year until both Winslet and Brolin were free.
Reitman wrote the screenplay himself and is directing Labor Day as his follow-up to last year’s Young Adult. As a big fan of Reitman’s past work (Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air), I’m eager to see him tackle this weighty dramatic material. Clark Gregg and James Van Der Beek also star in the film. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the updated synopsis.
Some end-of-the-week casting notes for your enjoyment. Here they are in brief:
Hit the jump for more on each film.
Coming off of last year’s excellent (and sadly underseen) Young Adult, director Jason Reitman is gearing up to begin production on his next project, Labor Day, this summer. Reitman scripted the adaptation of Joyce Manard’s novel himself, and Kate Winselt stars as a lonely mother whose 13-year-old son convinces her to take in a drifter (Josh Brolin) who turns out to be an escaped convict. The three spend Labor Day Weekend together and, obviously, bond. THR now reports that James Van Der Beek has joined the cast as a police officer investigating a missing person’s case ($10 says he shows up on Winslet’s doorstep at some point in the film).
Additionally, a separate report from THR reveals that, following an extensive search, Reitman has settled on Gattlin Griffith (Changeling) to play Winslet’s son in the film. The deal isn’t closed, but the actor has entered negotiations. The role is crucial as the story is told from the boy’s point of view. I’m a big fan of Reitman so I’m eager to check this one out. The director will have waited nearly a year to start production so that Winslet and Brolin’s schedules could free up, so clearly he’s passionate about what he’s put together. [Update: Feeling left out by the Labor Day casting party, Variety now adds that Brighid Fleming has landed the young female lead in the film, a character who acts as the object of Griffith's affection.]
We’ve got two bits of casting news to update you on today. Here they are at a glance:
- Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) has signed on to topline Haunter, a supernatural mystery that features Breslin as teenage ghost, Lisa, who attempts to prevent a girl living in her former home from falling victim to the same mysterious death.
- Tom Lipinski (Suits) will join Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, in which an escaped con (Josh Brolin) hides out with a single mom (Kate Winslet) and her teenage son over Labor Day weekend.
Hit the jump for more on both projects.
Even though Jason Reitman is the director of Young Adult, and Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt are the leads, writer Diablo Cody comes across as the star and auteur of the film. She wrote Juno – which won her an Oscar and was a huge success – helped create The United States of Tara, and wrote Jennifer’s Body. As to be expected with any success from a larger than life female artist, the backlash was severe and cruel. In many ways Cody is commenting on her haters in Young Adult, a pitch black comedy about a ghost writer (Theron) who goes back to her hometown in the hopes of wrecking a marriage. Our review of the film on Blu-ray follows after the jump.
The Alamo Drafthouse has a strict no-texting policy. They have this weird theory that losing one shitty customer is alright because you’re getting so many more sensible, polite customers in return. It makes the theater experience better, makes people want to come to the theater, and then profits happen. Everbody’s happy. They also make warnings/PSAs that actually work. When you go to a multiplex, you get a cellphone company like Sprint or AT&T doing a cutesy PSA telling people they shouldn’t talk and text during the movie. No one pays attention, and they act like ass-holes anyway because the theater isn’t going to enforce anything.
By comparison, the Drafthouse does really catchy PSAs. Their best was using an angry voicemail from a patron who was kicked out for texting. Young Adult director Jason Reitman and star Patton Oswalt built off this hilarious voicemail for a new PSA and you can check it out after the jump.
“Magical” may be an odd word to describe a dark comedy as intentionally depressing, uncomfortable, and mean as Young Adult. But there is a magic in watching a writer, a director, and an actor craft a captivating character who keeps the audience guessing to what’s in her head. In creating Mavis Gary, screenwriter Diablo Cody, director Jason Reitman, and actress Charlize Theron do far more than simply put a mean girl from high school under the magnifying glass. There’s inarguably a state of arrested development for Mavis, but what keeps her interesting is if she knows how pathetic she really is. Throughout the movie, I kept wondering, “Does she know she’s deluding herself? Does she know how much she’s embarrassing herself and is she just trying to ignore it?” Mavis could have easily turned into a David Brent-type where the obliviousness is both hilarious and cringe-inducing. Cody, Reitman, and Theron provide a dramatic weight to that obliviousness. Young Adult only stumbles when the film tries to take a shortcut at the end to force her in a particular direction. But everything that comes before is a nasty, delightful piece of work