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This Weekend, See Oscar Shut-Outs 'Labor Day' and 'Tim's Vermeer'

The steady stream of Oscar prestige movies has finally cooled, so with the end of an era come two last-minute Academy shut-outs, "Labor Day" and "Tim's Vermeer," as well as a romantic comedy for the guys, "That Awkward Moment."
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 31, 2014 4:41 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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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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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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TIFF In the Works: Jason Reitman Circling 'Men, Women and Children,' with Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt

Jason Reitman is bringing his latest film "Labor Day," starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, to Toronto, but he's also reportedly lining up his next project. The director is circling an adaptation of Chad Kultgen's novel "Men, Women and Children," with Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner and Rosemarie DeWitt in talks for lead roles.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 5, 2013 1:06 PM
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Telluride XL Day 2: 'Ida,' 'Labor Day,' Coens Music Tribute, 'Natan'

Here's my recap of a long and rather unbelievably rich festival day at Telluride.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • August 31, 2013 2:05 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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TIFF: Brody Day One - 'No,' 'Anna Karenina,' 'Kinshasa Kids,' 'On the Road' & Reitman's 'American Beauty'

A leisurely (if lengthy) trip from Telluride to Toronto on Tuesday, intending to get me to the Toronto International Film Festival more than a full day in advance of its Thursday, September 6 opening, hit a snag, after a three-hour van ride to Grand Junction and an hour plane trip to Denver...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 7, 2012 12:57 PM
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TIFF: Jason Reitman to Lead Live Reading of 'American Beauty,' with Adam Driver, Sarah Gadon, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Woody Harrelson UPDATED

Jason Reitman brings his "Live Read" series to the Toronto International Film Festival with a table read of Alan Ball's screenplay for "American Beauty," the Oscar-winner that premiered at TIFF in 1999. The director of "Thank You for Smoking" and "Up in the Air" will announce the cast of the table read via his Twitter account over the next few days leading to the September 6 event. So far, Reitman has cast Adam Driver from "Girls" as Ricky Fitts (played by Wes Bentley in the film) and Sarah Gadon, from "Cosmopolis," as Angela (Mena Suvari's character). He announced that Mae Whitman will play Thora Birch's character and actor Nick Kroll from "Community," will read Peter Gallagher's part. For Lester Burnham, the lead role played by Kevin Spacey, Reitman just added Bryan Cranston. Christina Hendricks is set to play his wife (originally played by Annette Bening), and Woody Harrelson will read the part of his neighbor, Col. Frank Fitts.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 5, 2012 2:02 PM
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Now and Then: The Evacuee's Guide to Movies

Living in New Orleans sometimes means leaving it. That's why, with Hurricane Isaac bearing down on the city, I hit the highway last Monday for an extended Florida sojourn. And since a film buff's road trip is nothing without a screening schedule, here's a handy guide to movies for your next evacuation...
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • September 4, 2012 2:43 PM
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