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FIRST LOOK: Jason Clarke Faces the Elements in 'Everest'

A first-look image has arrived from Universal's "Everest," starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal as climbers in two different expeditions faced with one of the fiercest snowstorms ever recorded on the daunting mountain face.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 12, 2014 1:31 PM
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Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' Is a Suspenseful Romantic Heart-Tugger (TRAILER)

Jason Reitman saw a movie in Joyce Maynard's 2010 novel "Labor Day." And what a movie it is. Fair to say it works as a tearjerker. Reitman pulls off a deceptively straightforward romance that seems old-fashioned given the current studio antipathy toward dramas.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 27, 2014 9:23 PM
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'Mandela' Opens Strong with Weak Reviews, Spike Lee's 'Old Boy' Collapses, '12 Years a Slave' Passes 'Blue Jasmine' as Year's Best Indie Performer

With so many adult-oriented films playing in wide release over the holiday weekend, it was more difficult for narrower releases to gain traction. One, the second Weinstein potential awards contender in a row to open in just two cities, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," exceeded expectations while the other, Spike Lee's remake of "Oldboy," performed weakly in several hundred theaters.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 1, 2013 4:16 PM
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WATCH: Two Trailers for Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day,' Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

The first official trailer has arrived for Jason Reitman's "Labor Day," starring Kate Winslet as a small-town single mother whose life is upended when a stranger (Brolin) insinuates himself into her and her adolescent son's home. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 31, 2013 1:01 PM
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WATCH: McConaughey, Whitaker, Gyllenhaal, Leto, Brolin and Jordan Talk Acting for THR Awards Roundtable

It's that time of year again when the Hollywood Reporter kicks off its round table discussions. First up, the Actors. Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker, Josh Brolin and Michael B. Jordan talk everything from flubbed auditions to leg waxing. Watch the full video below, plus read highlights from the interview.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 31, 2013 12:21 PM
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Toronto International Film Festival, Day Two: from Penn & Teller's 'Tim's Vermeer' and Fiennes' 'Invisible Woman' to Reitman's 'Boogie Nights'

An almost perfect film festival day, including two excellent documentaries, one feature that surprised and delighted me, another that was interesting and novel, and one of Jason Reitman's patented table reads: the cherry on a sundae. Began with "Tim's Vermeer," the documentary about a wealthy, eccentric multi-millionaire, Tim Jensen, who spends lots of money and time trying to duplicate a Vermeer by using a camera obscura and mirror contraption. The movie is directed by Teller and features jovial, whimsical commentary by Penn Jillette.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 9, 2013 1:18 PM
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First Look: Jason Reitman On Set in Upcoming 'Labor Day,' Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

Jason Reitman's latest, "Labor Day," was just announced as part of the TIFF 2013 lineup, making its world premiere at the fest. The film stars Gattlin Griffith as a New Hampshire pre-teen who learns some tough truths over the five-day Labor Day weekend. Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin play the boy's mother and an escaped convict, respectively.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 23, 2013 2:45 PM
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First Look: New Red Band Trailer and Poster for Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake

Spike Lee's remake of Chan-wook Park's 2003 South Korean visceral thriller "Oldboy" arrives on October 25 (Film District scooped up U.S. rights in September). Lee released "Red Hook Summer" last summer; his Michael Jackson doc "Bad 25" played well on the fall fest circuit in advance of its Thanksgiving broadcast on ABC. Also in the works are the HBO film of the stage play "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" and a sequel to "Inside Man."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 10, 2013 5:22 PM
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Warner Bros. Pushes 'Gangster Squad' Release from September to January in Wake of Aurora Shootings

As expected, in the wake of the "Dark Knight Rises" Aurora shootings on July 19, Warner Bros. has opted to push back the release from September to January of Ruben Fleischer's "Gangster Squad." The film features a climactic sequence in which machine-gun-wielding gangsters surprise an audience from behind a movie screen and shoot into the theater.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 27, 2012 1:43 PM
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'Men In Black III' Reviews: Better Than The Second, But Still Irrelevant

The arrival of "Men in Black III" on May 25 is exciting mostly because Will Smith hasn't been on the big screen since 2008's "Seven Pounds." Bill Desowitz also finds it's 3-D a revelation for the comedy genre...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 22, 2012 1:46 PM
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