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Director Jason Reitman traveled across Los Angeles from the premiere of his new film Young Adult Thursday night to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to host the third of his Live Read series. Each show features a different cast of actors playing roles popularized in the featured movies: for his first event, he chose The Breakfast Club, with Jennifer Garner, Aaron Paul, and more in the leads. His second, the Billy Wilder classic The Apartment, starred Natalie Portman and Steve Carell. For The Princess Bride, Reitman brought together his largest cast yet - and the whole evening was pretty damn magical.
Paul Rudd read the part of Westley, and Mindy Kaling (Kelly from "The Office") played Buttercup. Rudd was fantastic, his natural charm a perfect fit with Westley's droll humor and witty retorts. Kaling was regal and composed as the princess, taking a cue from original Buttercup Robin Wright »
Clip joint comes right back at you with a snappy selection of cinema's wittiest ripostes and most scathing putdowns
Like a slam dunk smash in tennis, or a sudden knockout in boxing, the ability to come up with a scathingly witty riposte to a rhetorical attack – to conjure a killer comeback – results in an instant win. The old saying about sticks and stones is all wrong: an acerbic remark can do more damage than a right hook, and the sting from an incisive jibe can last a lifetime.
The French use the term 'L'esprit de l'escalier' ('staircase wit') to describe the agony of coming up with a comeback when it's just too late. Of course, ever since the dawn of the 'talkies', movie stars have relied on screenwriters to supply them with urbane repartee, and a film without snappy dialogue would be about as much fun as an alcohol-free martini. »
We've been enjoying your responses to our My favourite film series, for which Guardian writers have selected the movies they hold closest to their hearts.
Commence to dancing! For in the sixth week of our My favourite film series you achieved something pretty much unheard of – a Guardian article that provoked absolutely no dissenting opinion whatsoever. Just 156 comments worth of awe and affection for Laurel and Hardy with the odd smattering of praise for Jonathan Glancey's take on their "happily inconsequential" classic Way Out West. Debate be damned! We could get used to this.
"Strung between songs and a creaking plot are gags aplenty and a gloriously wayward score," said Glancey of James W Horne's collaboration with the pair, which sees the boys pop »
Robert here w/ Distant Relatives, exploring the connections between one classic and one contemporary film. Nice Guys Who Don't Finish At All Consider the Romantic Comedy as made for men. In this day and age, the genre is so associated with being poor in quality and aiming only for a female demographic, you could easily forget that they used to make 'em good and with male protagonists. Of course, Hollywood making movies by men for men shouldn't be a surprise. And even today, most romantic comedies made to appeal to women are made by men (which is one small part of why they're so bad). That said, the male hero of a Romantic Comedy is quite different from the male hero of any other kind of movie. "Nebbish" is the word that comes to mind. Possibly also "schmuck." Both 1960's The Apartment and 2004's Sideways subscribe to this setup. »
The Young Adult and Up in the Air filmmaker has created a phenomenon in Los Angeles with his first two live readings of classic movies, starting with The Breakfast Club (featuring Jennifer Garner, Aaron Paul, and Patton Oswalt in the roles originated by Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, and Anthony Michael Hall). His second installment was The Apartment, with Steve Carell, Natalie Portman, and Pierce Brosnan in the Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray parts.
Next Thursday, will mark the third film in »
- Anthony Breznican
Chicago – Does it say something about the current market of Blu-rays that nine of our top ten releases of the year (and, honestly, most of the runner-ups considered) are for catalog releases and special editions instead of films produced in the current era? More and more often, modern releases seem kind of lackluster. Throw on a featurette, maybe a deleted scene or two, and put it on the shelf.
More often, it is the anniversary editions, special release, and, of course, The Criterion Collection that lives up to the true potential of the format. Critics Matt Fagerholm and Brian Tallerico have assembled their ten best of 2011, all of which should be added to your collection as soon as possible. Or ask Santa if you think you’ve been good enough this year.
Matt Fagerholm’s Five Best Blu-rays of 2011
5. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Photo credit: Paramount »
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By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Jason Reitman’s Live Read series is so simple, and yet, so brilliant. He recasts classic works of cinema with inspired acting choices, and has them read the script for live events that have been held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (or Lacma).
To date, he has attempted Live Read stagings of John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club” and Billy Wilder’s “The Apartment.” (And if you ever doubted Wilder’s influence on Reitman’s directorial efforts, just wait until you’re able to see “Young Adult” in a few weeks.) While attending the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City Monday night, Reitman revealed to EW the next planned Live Read project.
The “Up in the Air” director wouldn’t spill his cast, though he did say the “Bride” roster was »
- Sean O'Connell
One film cover stated that ‘movie-wise there has never been anything like “The Apartment”, love-wise, laugh-wise or other-wise!’ This was undoubtedly true of Billy Wilder’s film when it was released in 1960, but has been thoroughly disproved in 2008 by How to Lose Friends & Alienate People. In The Apartment, a man is bullied into allowing colleagues to use his apartment, partly due to the promise of a promotion. In How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, a film writer struggles between his integrity, and the possibilities of fame, money and dating a glamorous movie star, when he’s given a job at a high ranking film magazine. These would seem to be two different films, not overly similar, except in that they both contain a guy who is making some »
Jonathan Hastings: "Metropolis or Moonfleet?" Guy Maddin: "Hate to say it, but Moonraker." Happening once more tonight at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York: "A unique live cinematic and musical event, Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed pairs acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin's classic first feature film with a live performance — directed by Maddin himself — of a new score created by composer Matthew Patton, a superstar group of Icelandic musicians, acclaimed Seattle-based musical collective Aono Jikken Ensemble, and live electronics engineer Paul Corley."
Los Angeles. Jen Yamato, taking notes for Movieline: "Part of the wave of initiatives in Elvis Mitchell's rebooted Film Independent at Lacma programming is a series of live script reads directed by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno), who kicked things off last month with a star-studded rendition of The Breakfast Club. [Thursday] night's second script read of the 1960 multiple Oscar-winner The Apartment, »
Part of the wave of initiatives in Elvis Mitchell's rebooted Film Independent at Lacma programming is a series of live script reads directed by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno), who kicked things off last month with a star-studded rendition of The Breakfast Club. Last night's second script read of the 1960 multiple Oscar-winner The Apartment, with Natalie Portman and Steve Carell in the Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon roles, respectively, demonstrated how the marriage of cherished movie memories, live theater, and fresh talent is such an inspired idea to begin with. »
Natalie Portman made one her first public appearances last night after welcoming her son, Aleph Millepied, earlier this year. Joining other stars like Mindy Kaling, director Jason Reitman, and Steve Carell, Natalie participated in the Film Independent At Lacma series with a live reading of the 1960 Billy Wilder film The Apartment in La. Rounding out the cast were Collette Wolfe, Jake Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Ken Jeong, and Nick Kroll. Mindy tweeted about Natalie's good looks postbaby with her characteristic humor. She wrote, "Surprised to see Steve Carell and Natalie Portman both looking like teenagers. Ugh, so unfair - kill me." Natalie has been on the West Coast with her young son Aleph as well as her fiancé Benjamin Millepied. The family of three caught up with West Coast-based friends following a whirlwind Fall of traveling that included time in NYC, France, and Switzerland. Natalie and Benjamin have made sure to »
- Allie Merriam
Natalie Portman made one her first public appearances last night after welcoming her son Aleph Millepied earlier this year. Joining other stars like Mindy Kaling, director Jason Reitman, and Steve Carell, Natalie participated in the Film Independent At Lacma series with a live reading of the 1960 Billy Wilder film The Apartment in La. Rounding out the cast were Collette Wolfe, Jake Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Ken Jeong, and Nick Kroll. Mindy tweeted about Natalie's good looks post-baby with her characteristic humor. She wrote, "Surprised to see Steve Carell and Natalie Portman both looking like teenagers. Ugh so unfair - kill me." Natalie has been on the West Coast with her young son Aleph as well as her fiancé Benjamin Millepied. The family of three caught up with West Coast-based friends following a whirlwind Fall of traveling that included time in NYC, France, and Switzerland. Natalie and Benjamin have made sure to »
- Allie Merriam
Natalie Portman won an Oscar for Black Swan and then disappeared, primarily because she was pregnant and had her first child. Mama is making her first major public appearance since then tonight at the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, for Jason Reitman's staged reading of Billy Wilder's 1960 masterpiece, The Apartment. Portman will read the role of Fran, made famous by Shirley McClane. She'll star alongside Jk Simmons as Jeff, the role Fred MacMurray originated, as well as Collette Wolfe, Ken Jeong, Nick Kroll, Jake Johnson in the other roles. Oh, and the lead role of Cc Baxter, originally played by Jack Lemmon, will be played by a little up and coming actor named Steve Carell. Read more after the jump. Reitman himself has been tweeting  the casting of these readings, which was then picked up by Vulture . This reading of The Apartment is an incredibly impressive follow »
- Germain Lussier
Tonight, Jason Reitman will direct a live table-read of Billy Wilder’s classic 1960 film, The Apartment, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to benefit Film Independent. Last month, Reitman kicked off his series with a celeb-studded performance of The Breakfast Club. Reitman had been announcing tonight’s cast via his Twitter feed — yesterday, he revealed that Natalie Portman will read the Shirley MacLaine role — but the role of C.C. Baxter, originated by Jack Lemmon, remained a secret. Until now. I’ll give you a hint: He once ate a big red candle. Your Baxter for a night is… »
- Jeff Labrecque
When it comes to getting back to work, Natalie Portman is taking baby steps. While the Black Swan star has been focusing all her time and energy over the last five months on her little boy, Aleph, the new mom has decided to flex her acting muscle a bit. So what exactly is she doing? Portman will be participating in a live reading of the 1960 Billy Wilder film The Apartment. The event, hosted by director Jason Reitman at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art this Friday, will find Portman taking on the Shirley MacLaine-originated role of Fran Kubelik. Joining the Oscar winner onstage will be J.K. Simmons, Ken Jeong, Jake Johnson, Nick Kroll and Mindy Kaling. A very pregnant »
Nearly five months after giving birth to her first child, Natalie Portman returns to Hollywood tomorrow night to take part in Jason Reitman's live reading of The Apartment at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Oscar winner will play Fran Kubelik, "the fetching elevator operator" that Shirley MacLaine played (and earned an Academy Award nomination for) in the 1960 Billy Wilder film. J.K. Simmons, Ken Jeong, Nick Kroll, Mindy Kaling and Jake Johnson will round out tomorrow night's cast. [@JasonReitman, Vulture] »
Trevor Hogg delves into Writing with Hitchcock by Steve DeRosa to explore the collaborations of director Alfred Hitchcock and screenwriter John Michael Hayes in the second of a two part feature... (read part one here)...
During the preparation for To Catch a Thief (1955), Alfred Hitchcock handed a book to his screenwriter composed by first-time novelist Jack Trevor Story; The Trouble with Harry (1955) revolves around the discovery of a corpse and the comedic mayhem it causes in a small town. “It was rather faithful to the novel. I added touches of my own, but still wanted to deepen it somewhat,” stated John Michael Hayes who was instructed by the filmmaker to change the setting from Britain to America. “It was a relief from the pressures of trying to make a big box office success. We were just trying to make a good picture and enjoy it. I don’t think Paramount »
Billy Wilder’s career is a lengthy one, full of highly acclaimed features. But out of all the great films that he made over the course of forty some years, Some Like It Hot may be the most famous. And when you talk about what his masterpiece was creatively, it’s often mentioned right up there with movies like Sunset Boulevard and The Apartment. But I guess that’s no surprise, it’s got Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis acting like ladies and Marilyn Monroe slinking around in cocktail dresses. That’s memorable stuff. Ted Kotcheff’s career was a lengthy but unspectacular one. He mostly did TV work and is probably best known for being the guy who directed the original Rambo film First Blood. But what I best remember him for is a movie about two guys and a dead dude called Weekend at Bernie’s. I must have watched it about a million times »
- Nathan Adams
For a director who specialises in cute comedies about men unravelling, Alexander Payne is an unruffled chap. Taking to the stage to introduce his new film, The Descendants, at the mayor's gala, the maker of Sideways and Election sported a bright blue suit — how else should you dress to outshine George Clooney? – and told the audience to forget they'd ever seen an Alexander Payne film (or a George Clooney performance) before. "Look at it as if it's the first time you've discovered us," he said. Judging by the film that followed, these two will go far. The Descendants emerged from the London film festival a very strong awards contender, the audience giving it one of the »
- Jason Solomons
Michael C from Serious Film here with the closing night film of the New York Film Festival.
It is at times like this when I feel a pang of envy for those people out there who are oblivious to the world of obsessive cinephiles like myself.
These are the people who saw and loved Sideways in 2004 and went merrily on with their lives, unaware that there were folks like me waiting through an excruciating seven-year hiatus for Alexander Payne to settle on his next project. Film lovers like myself saw Sideways as the culmination of an incredible eight-year run of movies that positioned him to be this generation's answer to Billy Wilder, and who was basically alone out there making comedies for adults with intelligence, heart and wit in such strong measure.
So it is not exactly fair that The Descendants has to live up to that incredible weight of expectations. »
- Michael C.
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