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Jason Reitman Finds ‘The Possibilities’ In New Book From ‘The Descendents’ Writer

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 28, 2014 7:30 PM
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Jason Reitman
It’s been no secret and filmmaker Jason Reitman has never been shy about the fact that his movies are heavily indebted to the films of Alexander Payne. They both have a very particular humanist tone and often a quiet, deadpan one at that. Reitman put on a double feature of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and Payne’s “Election” back in 2010 at Los Angeles’ New Beverly Cinema in tribute to the films (Reitman sees “Election” as a sort of unofficial sequel to ‘Ferris Bueller’) and he’s gone on the record often about Payne’s influence.

Grammys: 'The Muppets,' 'The Artist,' 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Dragon Tattoo' & More Nominated For Soundtrack & Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2012 11:53 AM
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We haven't paid attention to the Grammys in years, mostly because it's irrelevant, these days we're barely familiar with half the nominees, and the show is usually pure tedium. (Don't even get us started on that Beach Boys tribute thing last year.) But for movie buffs looking to maintain their awards season high, yesterday's announcement of Grammy nominees did bring with it some films that are looking to collect gold from their pals in the music biz.

Win 'The Descendants' On DVD Plus Check Out The Book To Film Study Guide

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2012 10:57 AM
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It has been a helluva run for "The Descendants." The return for filmmaker Alexander Payne not only earned critical raves, but it did remarkable business at the box office taking in over $150 million worldwide. And the industry sat up and took notice too, with the film earning numerous honors on the award circuit include a Golden Globe victory for George Clooney and Spirt Award wins for the screenwriters (Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash) and newcomer Shailene Woodley. The picture also went to the Oscars where it took home a statue for Best Adapted Screenplay as well.

'The Artist' Sweeps Spirit Awards Taking Best Picture, Director, Actor & Cinematography

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2012 7:44 PM
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The awards season train continues for "The Artist," and while in years past the Spirit Awards have tended to honor edgier or more decidedly independent fare, this year it looks like even they have the fever for the silent movie sensation. Taking home the big prizes for Best Picture, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Best Cinematography (Guillaume Schiffman) it looks like the stage has been set for the film to repeat these honors, and maybe more, tomorrow night at the venue formerly known as the Kodak Theater.

The Amazing Race: Our Predictions For The 2012 Spirit Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2012 2:30 PM
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This weekend isn't just about the Oscars, for the record. Saturday night, as is traditional, sees the warm-up for the big show with the 2012 Spirit Awards, Film Independent's antidote to the Academy Awards, intended to honor the best of independent cinema. With recent winners of the top prize including "Juno," "The Wrestler," "Precious" and "Black Swan," they've provided the opportunity for films that are perhaps a little too dark, small or offbeat to win Best Picture from the Academy the chance to grab some gold.

'The Descendants' & 'Midnight In Paris' Win Top Prizes At WGA Awards, 'Caesar Must Die' Takes Golden Bear At Berlin

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 20, 2012 9:02 AM
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A week from now, the Oscars will be done and dusted for another year, and the movie conversation will drift away from prestige pictures to the "John Carter" and "Wrath of the Titans" of the world. And as of this weekend, the last of the major precursor awards have wrapped up. Did we see, as has been the overwhelming trend of the season, more success for the juggernaut that is "The Artist?"

Shocks Abound As Oscar Noms Are Announced; 'Hugo' Leads With Eleven, 'Tree Of Life' Gets Picture & Director Nods

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 24, 2012 8:58 AM
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It's Oscar nomination morning! You know, like Christmas morning, if you spent most of the rest of Christmas Day bitching that you didn't like your presents. And if your presents were chosen by a group of elderly sound mixers. And if an entire industry developed around guessing what you were going to get.

The Amazing Race: At Long Last, My Final Oscar Nomination Predictions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 20, 2012 3:54 PM
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It's crunch time. The Globes are done, the guilds have wrapped up, the critics have all had their say, and the BAFTAs have picked their nominees. In four days, the nominations for this year's Academy Awards will be announced, and we can finally stop talking about who's going to be nominated, and start talking about who's going to win.

BAFTA Nominations Buck The Trend With Strong Showings For 'Drive,' 'Tinker Tailor' & 'My Week With Marilyn'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 17, 2012 3:09 AM
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BAFTA nominations were announced early/late/unreasonably late this morning by Daniel Radcliffe and Holliday Grainger, and after a pretty shoddy longlist, which serves mainly to drain the suspense from the nominations list and to let Emma Watson tell her friends "I was this close to a BAFTA nomination!," the organization redeemed itself to a degree.

69th Annual Golden Globe Winners: 'The Artist' & 'The Descendants' Lead The Way

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2012 8:11 PM
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Okay, a few comments until our deeper analysis tomorrow. First thing, "The Descendants" -- while taking two awards -- dosen't jump to immediate frontrunner status. "The Help," with its civil rights theme, was never a movie that was going to connect in a big way with the HFPA so it can't be counted out yet. That said, "The Descendants" is undoubtedly going to be player at the Oscars, with Clooney looking more and more like Best Actor material. But if anything, the Globes tonight proved Harvey Weinstein is always a force to be reckoned with. His films took home six awards -- including 3 for "The Artist" -- more than any other studio. And he knows exactly how this game is played, so watch The Weinstein Company work hard over the next few weeks.

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