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So much for Men, Women And Children being a comeback for Jason Reitman. After a tepid reception at its world premiere in the Toronto International Film Festival, the drama that stars Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt tanked hard at the box office this weekend. Box Office Mojo reports Men, Women And Children made just $320,000 this weekend. That's not a good figure for a limited release, much less the expanded nationwide release the drama saw last week. Men, Women And Children was playing in 608 theaters. Meaning a per theater average of $526. By contrast, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman earned $415,000 as it debuted in limited release this weekend. And that title played in just four theaters, averaging $103,750 per screen. What does all this mean for Jason Reitman and Men, Women And Children? Nothing good. When its first trailer hit, the buzz for Men, Women And Children was good. And »
“It’s great to be back. This is so much more fun than directing movies, I can’t even begin to tell you.”
So quipped Jason Reitman at the start of the fourth season of Film Independent’s Live Read at Lacma series on Oct. 16. Tackling Alan Ball’s Oscar-winning screenplay for “American Beauty,” the director recruited a clutch of actors from his most recent film, “Men, Women and Children.”
Adam Sandler took on Kevin Spacey’s signature role of Lester Burnham, with Rosemarie DeWitt once again playing his wife in the part originated by Annette Bening. Olivia Crocicchia read for Mena Suvari’s teenage sexpot; Travis Tope limned pot-dealer/videographer/amateur-philosopher Ricky Fitts; and Kaitlyn Dever, Dean Norris and Phil Lamarr rounded out the cast.
It would be easy to read the casting as a sort of crypto marketing stunt — as Reitman noted in an aside, “go see the film, »
- Andrew Barker
Now playing in theaters is director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) latest feature, Men, Women & Children. Starring Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, J.K. Simmons, Elena Kampouris, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Crocicchia, Dennis Haysbert, and the voice of Emma Thompson, the drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age. Loaded with great performances and a smart script, Men, Women & Children is able to tap into the zeitgeist of our tech-obsessed culture yet it doesn’t feel pedantic or forced. It was definitely one of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. For more on Men, Women & Children, read Matt’s review, watch some clips or the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage. Recently I landed an exclusive phone interview with Dean Norris. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
.Kill the Messenger. arrives in theaters near you but is this film worthy of Jeremy Renner.s performance? Here.s what I can tell you. The movie is scary! Why? Because it happened in real life! Take a look at my review!
Official .Kill the Messenger. Synopsis
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Bourne Legacy") leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets...and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. »
A better title for Men, Women & Children might be The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Internet. Another might be The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Movie.
I had hoped Jason Reitman's latest film would be up to the lofty standards of his best work, Juno and Up in the Air. But what could have been an insightful look at how the Internet has shaped our lives is instead a slight, heavy-handed and melodramatic cautionary tale about the dangers (at least from the film's point of view) that lurk online.
Shot in Austin, Men, Women & Children follows a group of teens and adults whose online activities land them in a heap of trouble. Among them are a mostly happy couple, Helen (Rosemarie DeWitt) and Don Truby (Adam Sandler), who let their sexual boredom get the better of them; Helen finds extramarital action thanks to hookup site Ashley Madison, »
- Don Clinchy
If you were hoping for a gritty, bloody, violent remake of 1982’s haunted house story Poltergeist, you are in for some disappointment: the MPAA has just given it a PG-13 rating. This cannot be much of a surprise: the original film was even the subject of a ratings controversy when it was originally slapped with an R. Producer Steven Spielberg managed to argue it down to a PG, but I think we can all agree that the film is a bit scarier than that.
The new Poltergeist appears to be following in its predecessor’s wake without quite being a straight remake, though. Jared Harris plays the host of a TV cable show called “Haunted House Cleaners,” bringing him into contact with a family living in a haunted house (played in part by Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt). The film, directed by Gil Keenan and produced by Sam Raimi, is »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The original film was rated PG, and it was absolutely terrifying. What's funny is that this PG-13 remake probably won't be as scary as the original movie. The remake was directed by Gil Keenan, who has directed films such as the CG animated family horror film Monster House and City of Ember.
Jared Harris stars in the film as a character named Carrigan, described as "a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show 'Haunted House Cleaners.'" The movie also stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, and Jane Adams as a family whose suburban home is invaded by a poltergeist. The attacks of the terrifying spirit escalate, and the youngest daughter is taken by them. »
- Joey Paur
Chicago – When journalists were heroes and exposed those in power for their sins, movies were made like “All the President’s Men.” Gary Webb of the San Jose Mercury News was one of those journalist heroes during the 1990s, but he wasn’t celebrated in his time. The indictments, induced paranoia and outright lies against him are distinctly chronicled in the luminary “Kill the Messenger.”
Jeremy Renner gives a riveting performance as Webb, who broke the story that the CIA partnered with drug lords to flood poor, minority neighborhoods in Los Angeles with crack cocaine, in order to fund the anti-communist Contras in Nicaragua (Central America). This Ronald Reagan administration effort was essentially true, as reported by Webb, but the corporate powers that had changed and controlled their media holdings since Watergate wanted the story to go away – and therefore wanted Webb to be brought down. Filled with head-smacking revelations, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
By the end of its theatrical run, Jason Reitman's Internet drama "Men, Women & Children" will likely amount to the director's least financially successful picture. No, not every film can click with the zeitgeist like "Juno" and haul in $143.5 million. But when Reitman's Kate Winslet-Josh Brolin drama "Labor Day" tapped out at $13.4 million this past winter, analysts considered it a disappointment. This weekend's specialty box office reports pin "Men, Women & Children" just under $128,500 after its second weekend — something beyond mere disappointment for Reitman and Paramount Pictures. The silver lining: With "Men, Women & Children," Reitman found actors that ignite him and perhaps vice versa. The door for future collaborations appears to remain open, with the first already in motion. As part of his on-going live-read series with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Reitman is set to direct a staged reading of Alan Ball's Academy Award-winning script "American Beauty. »
- Matt Patches
Entertainment Weekly reports that Jason Reitman will kick off his annual L.A. Live-Read series with a performance of American Beauty — which he did once before in 2012, starring Bryan Cranston — performed by the cast of his recent film Men, Women & Children. The reading will take place October 16 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and features Adam Sandler as Lester Burnham, in the role that won Kevin Spacey an Oscar, and Rosemarie DeWitt as his wife Carolyn, originally played by Annette Bening. Reitman also revealed some of the other live readings he plans to perform this year, including The Empire Strikes Back in December, Goodfellas in January, and Dazed and Confused in March. All starring Adam Sandler, we hope. »
- Anna Silman
Jason Reitman’s live read series is about to launch with the cast of his recent drama and a ’90s Oscar winner.
Reitman, who hosts a live read series every year in which actors perform classic scripts, has set his “Men, Women & Children” cast to perform the “American Beauty” screenplay for one night only. The performance will take place Oct. 16 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Adam Sandler will play Lester Burham, which nabbed Kevin Spacey an Oscar, and Rosemarie DeWitt will play Carolyn, originally portrayed by Annette Bening. Kaitlyn Dever has been cast as the couple’s daughter Jane (played in the film by Thora Birch), Olivia Crocicchia will play Jane’s friend Angela (played in the film by Mena Suvari) and Travis Tope will take Wes Bentley’s role as Ricky.
“I had a such a great experience working with the cast that I was looking »
- Alex Stedman
Jason Reitman is kicking off a new Live Read season with an Oscar-winning '90s classic. Reitman will host a one-night reading of American Beauty's screenplay, to be performed by the cast of his recent drama Men, Women & Children. The reading takes place Oct. 16 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Adam Sandler will take on the role of Lester Burham, which won Kevin Spacey his second Oscar. Rosemarie DeWitt will inhabit the role of his fastidious wife Carolyn, played in the film by Annette Bening. American Beauty, released in 1999, grossed $356 million worldwide
- Ryan Gajewski
Director: Jason Reitman; Screenwriter: Jason Reitman, Erin Cressida Wilson; Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever; Running time: 120 mins; Certificate: 15
Sex and other intimacy issues are ripe for re-examination in the age of social media, and writer/director Jason Reitman gives the subject epic treatment in Men, Women & Children. Adam Sandler does his serious face in one of multiple strands and he's fairly convincing. Unfortunately, Reitman and co-writer Erin Cressida Wilson (adapting Chad Kultgen's novel) fumble through the plot like groping teenagers.
With its loosely interwoven stories, the structure represents the most complicated aspect of the film, otherwise the individual threads lead to numbingly obvious points about the way we relate to each other in the modern world.
Opening the action with images of space and clipped, cutting narration by Emma Thompson is the first (worrying) sign that Reitman is aiming for profundity. »
Rosemarie DeWitt stars opposite Jeremy Renner in “Kill the Messenger,” the dramatic thriller based on the true story of investigative journalist Gary Webb who uncovered what should have been a career-making story about a conspiracy that reached to the highest levels of the U.S. government. DeWitt plays Webb’s loyal wife Sue who stands by him […]
- Sheila Roberts
Jeremy Renner and director Michael Cuesta braved the red carpet on Thursday night for the premiere of their gritty new docudrama “Kill the Messenger,” based on the life of late San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb.
Webb’s stories exposed connections between South Central crack cartels, and CIA-funded paramilitaries in Nicaragua and solicited a shaming campaign from other papers (and, by some reports, government intimidation) before he took his own life in 2004.
“The thing is, Gary actually wasn’t a whistleblower,” said “Homeland” veteran Cuesta. “He was a journalist. He was just doing his f—ing job. Before the script came to my attention, I didn’t know the grind that he went through, the discreditation campaign, the price that he paid; so that really made me want to make this movie. There’s a sense of knowing that this thing he’s tapped into is way bigger, but he doesn’t stop. »
- Steve Macfarlane
Chances are Jennifer Garner realized early on that the two films she was starring in this fall would appeal to two very different audiences. What she probably didn't expect was that the Disney family film "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" would be the one that would have the bigger impact on her career, especially considering her other movie, "Men, Women & Children," features an ensemble cast with talent such as Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer and up-and-comer Ansel Elgort. Oh, and did we mention that movie is directed by four-time Oscar nominee Jason Reitman, who she previously collaborated with on Best Picture nominee "Juno?" Yes, sometimes life has a way of throwing expectations completely out the window. "Alexander" is currently headed toward a $20 million-plus weekend at the box office. "Men, Women & Children," on the other hand, opened in 17 theaters last weekend with a tepid $47,553 for »
- Gregory Ellwood
Jason Reitman's L.A. Live-Read series is kicking off its new season with a cast swap. Each year, The Young Adult and Up in the Air filmmaker hosts a series of one-night-only live performances of classic movie scripts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a new round begins Oct. 17 with Alan Ball's Oscar-winning screenplay for American Beauty. The readings are like artistic science experiments, following the recipe of a previous film but mixing in new ingredients, so the twist this time is that Reitman has filled the roles with actors from his latest film, Men, »
- Anthony Breznican
Opening this weekend is director Michael Cuesta's (Homeland, Dexter) dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger. Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California. His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family. The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega. For more on Kill the Messenger (which I thought was really well done), watch the trailer. Last week I sat down with Michael Cuesta for an extended video interview. He talked about balancing fact and fiction while bringing this story to the screen, his first cut, deleted scenes, working with Renner, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Kill the Messenger, out Friday, asks Jeremy Renner to portray Gary Webb, the San Jose Mercury News Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist as he undergoes a controversial investigation into a CIA conspiracy in Nicaragua that led to America's cocaine epidemic. Also starring Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Robert Patrick, Paz Vega, Rosemarie DeWitt and Ray Liotta, the cautionary tale marks Michael Cuesta's first big-screen feature since his major television success with Homeland. The Focus Features title opens in 374 theaters in select markets. Watch more 'Kill the Messenger': Jeremy Renner Deconstructs Journalist Gary Webb's
- Ashley Lee
When it comes to Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children," you can feel all the films that came before it (movies that tackled technological unease, marital stress, and burgeoning love), but he never goes out of his way to tip his hat to one film or another. It feels very much like a product of its time and not a pastiche or throwback.
Still, when we chatted with the director recently, we had to get his #5WorthWatching when it came to the films that influenced his new comedic drama, which stars Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Dean Norris, and Judy Greer (among many others). Some of his answers might fall in line with the tone or atmosphere that "Men, Women & Children" struck, while others are agreeably out-of-left field. »
- Drew Taylor
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