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Casting Standouts: 'Up in the Air'

9 December 2009 6:02 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Jason Reitman, the Oscar-nominated director of "Juno," says he is not interested in an actor's range, much preferring honesty. "I suppose I don't really enjoy acting," he admits frankly. "I find the most memorable and impressive roles are the ones in which actors magnify elements of their own personality and are forced into a kind of self-examination." Indeed, he says he writes screenplays with specific actors in mind, writing the part tailored not only to a voice but also a similarity with the performer or his persona.Based on the novel by Walter Kim, "Up in the Air" was no exception. For Reitman, George Clooney was the obvious choice for Ryan Bingham, a corporate downsizer and relentless business traveler who, after years of an unattached life, suddenly finds himself ready to make a romantic connection. Well, sort of. As with the protagonists in other Reitman films, Ryan's life choices and »

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Ten greatest Films about America

4 July 2009 6:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

1)Nashville (1975) Robert Altman’s Masterpiece captured America in the 70s like one else: All its confusion, disappointment, and uncertainty. The film follows 24 different characters over a period of as few days in Nashville just before a political fundraising concert. We take a peak in the lives of country music superstars, hippies, aspiring singers, mothers, producers, liberals, conservatives, radicals, Christians. We see how America has changed and how our moral system had been skewed by Vietnam, Watergate, the Kennedy assassinations and the sexual revolution. Illustrates perfectly what john Lennon sang “Strange Days Indeed.” 2)Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) There are few scenes in movie history more powerful than Jimmy Stewart’s impassioned speech on the house floor. He says what every American wanted to say. These politicians are more loyal to their parties and think of people as numbers they need to get reelected. Frank Capera’s idealistic film has not »

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