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Interview: ‘Young Adult’ Director Jason Reitman on Open-Ended, Non-Message Directing

18 December 2011 1:58 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Instead of trying to fill giant shoes in the shadows of his legendary filmmaker father Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters”), Jason Reitman has been successfully blazing his own path of films without message that are designed to incite your thoughts and question your actions.

Following the Golden Globe-nominated “Thank You For Smoking,” Oscar-winning “Juno” (with writer Diablo Cody) and Oscar-nominated “Up in the Air,” Reitman’s second collab with Cody switches to the journey of a “Young Adult” who seemingly learns to change her wicked ways but fails to.

Jason Reitman defiantly poses for the HollywoodChicago.com lens on on Dec. 7, 2011 for “Young Adult”.

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

That, Jason Reitman says, is reality more often than not. He says people typically don’t make drastic improvements with themselves unless, for example, it’s part of a 12-step program. “Young Adult” stars Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Disappointing Debuts From 'Sherlock,' 'Alvin' Sequels

18 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

While franchise titles did claim the top three spots at the box office this weekend, it wound up being a very mixed frame for sequels. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked both tallied solid grosses, though they were notably down from their predecessors. On the other hand, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol had a robust start in limited release. Even with all of these established brands entering the marketplace, the Top 12 wound up down roughly 13 percent from the same period last year. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opened to an estimated $40.02 million, which is way down from the original Sherlock Holmes's $62.3 million over Christmas weekend in 2009. In what could be an even more concerning comparison, the movie wound up lower than Tron Legacy's $44 million start at the same time last year. That's shocking, considering Game of Shadows opened just two years »

- Ray Subers

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‘Young Adult’ Director Jason Reitman Gives ‘Kinda Truthful’ Answers

16 December 2011 6:53 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Getty Images New York, NY – November 28: (L-r) Actors Patton Oswalt, Charlize Theron and director Jason Reitman on November 28, 2011 in New York City.

Director Jason Reitman, just like his films, is hard to classify. Is he a serious director with a sense of humor or a humorist with a touch of seriousness? He loves to talk about what makes a joke work on screen, but he’s just as interested in the inner workings of heavy dramas. His movies–including “Up in The Air, »

- Christopher John Farley

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Young Adult – The Review

15 December 2011 9:59 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Why is it that some people never grow up? Unfortunately, I do not have the answer to this question, but it does serve to explain the premise of Young Adult. This most recent screenplay written by Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer.S Body) is directed by Jason Reitman, the man who brought us films including Juno, Thank You For Smoking and Up In The Air.

Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is a struggling author of a once popular series of young adult fiction. Think something along the lines of the .Wimpy Kid. series, but for high school girls, rather than Harry Potter or the Twilight series. Mavis is currently writing the last book in her discontinued series, but is experiencing writers block. As an adventure, or more accurately as she sees it, as a calling of fate, Mavis returns home to her small hometown to win back Buddy Slade, played by Patrick Wilson »

- Travis Keune

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Interview: Young Adult Press Conference With Director Jason Reitman

15 December 2011 5:12 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Thank You for Smoking, Juno and Up in the Air; can director Jason Reitman do no wrong? Thanks to his latest feature, Young Adult, I’m inclined to believe so. The film stars Charlize Theron as Mavis Gary who quite literally is a young adult. She’s a professional living in the big city, but Mavis hasn’t shaken her high school years. Still believing she’s the popular girl, Mavis heads home to Mercury, Minnesota to claim what she thinks is rightfully hers, her high school sweetheart Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson). Former nerd Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt) attempts to talk some sense into her, explaining Buddy’s married with a kid, but thanks to »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Jason Reitman talks Young Adult

14 December 2011 11:32 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Last weekend Young Adult opened on 8 screens with a solid $40k per screen average and it expands to wide release tomorrow. I recently attended a press junket for the film written by Diablo Cody & directed by Jason Reitman. Below are the highlights from the press conference with director Jason Reitman.

Jason Reitman on Charlize Theron:  I was only going to make this movie if I could make it with Charlize. I had read the script and I thought it was phenomenal, but I knew how tricky this character was and I knew how easily it would be to misinterpret this character.  You know on the page she was written perfectly. She was nuanced and complicated and she wasn.t just some mean girl.  She was a woman with deep wounds that like anybody wanted to be loved and was searching for her place in life who really only knew »

- Jerry Cavallaro

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Young Adult opens this weekend - new interviews with Patton Oswalt

10 December 2011 4:59 PM, PST | CapricaTV | See recent CapricaTV news »

Young Adult opens in a limited release this weekend and Patton Oswalt has given a gazillion interviews in the last couple of weeks.

On the news front, last week Patton was nominated for a Grammy for Best Comedy Album for "Finest Hour" - big congrats! - and, this week, Deadline included him among the frontrunners for an Oscar in the best supporting actor category, along with - brace for a holy frak - Ben Kingsley, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Spacey, Max von Sydow and Christopher Plummer. From the article:

Patton Oswalt, Young Adult

Perhaps best known as a stand-up comedian and the voice of the lead rat in Pixar’s Ratatouille, Oswalt is quickly establishing his credentials as a serious actor, first in the critically acclaimed indie film The Big Fan and now on a larger scale as a lonely man whose life was defined by an unfortunate incident in high school. »

- fanshawe

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Young Adult Has 2011's Strongest Female Performance Yet

9 December 2011 2:19 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

I hope you, dear reader, are somewhere that you get to see Jason Reitman’s Young Adult this weekend. It’s really something that hits hard in the Millennial and Gen-x age group because we’ve all know the type of person Mavis is. I suppose I’m getting ahead of myself. Young Adult is the new film from Jason Reitman (the last one was Up In The Air with George Clooney), written by Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body) and co-starring comedian Patton Oswalt. Charlize Theron plays Mavis, a young adult fiction writer who decides to go back to the town she grew up in and steal back her high school boyfriend who has recently had his first child with his wife. I got to be present for some chats with the folks I’ve mentioned above and really hooked into the character of Mavis, someone who doesn’t seem »

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Unseen Movie Review: Young Adult

9 December 2011 8:32 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Why is it we like some films and we hate others? It.s not really because we don.t like the story but more often it.s because we don.t like how the story is told. In most cases films don.t really offer a unique or original thought. There are very few Keyser Sozes popping up on the screen, so if you come across a director who can tell a really good story no matter what the content it.s worth noting. Jason Reitman is that director. His past three films have all (in my opinion) been expertly told. Juno thrust him into the limelight (and an Oscar nomination) but check out Thank You For Smoking, a great film that pulled a »

- Adam D.

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‘Young Adult’: Review Revue

9 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

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Writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman came together in their second collaboration for “Young Adult.” The film tracks 37-year-old Mavis Gary, played by Charlize Theron, as she heads back to her hometown in Minnesota to try and win back her high school boyfriend, played by Patrick Wilson. Two problems. He’s married and has a newborn. Mavis, a struggling author, is also fresh off a divorce and her latest manuscript is being canceled.

This film fulfills a classic »

- WSJ Staff

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Jason Reitman Says He Wouldn’t Have Made ‘Young Adult’ Without Charlize Theron

6 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Director Jason Reitman has been riding high ever since his directorial debut in 2005, “Thank You For Smoking.” That picture brought him critical acclaim, and soon after he would become the director of two heavily Oscar-nominated films. 2008’s “Juno” earned itself four Oscar nominations including Best Picture, and “Up In The Air,” arguably his most mature effort to date, scored itself six Academy Award nods including Best Director and Best Picture. Not too shabby for a guy who was all of 32-years-old at the time. For his fourth feature-length effort, Reitman has changed things up again. “Young Adult” teams him up once again with screenwriter Diablo Cody, and it’s an unflinching and raw look at a misguided 37-year-old woman (Charlize Theron) that is a far cry from the sweet and quippy tone of “Juno.” While still comical, “Young Adult” is dark, at times almost bleak, and therefore arguably »

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Cs Video: Young Adult 's Diablo Cody & Patton Oswalt

6 December 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Four years ago, director Jason Reitman found a screenplay by a writer named Diablo Cody and decided to make it his second movie after his acclaimed debut Thank You For Smoking . The resulting movie Juno was an enormous hit, garnering multiple Oscar nominations and an unprecedented win for Cody's very first produced screenplay. Now, Cody and Reitman have reunited for Young Adult , a dark comedy that has Charlize Theron playing fiction writer Mavis Gary, whose impending divorce leads her back to her small hometown of Mercury, where she plots to get her ex-boyfriend Buddy (Patrick Wilson) back even though he's married with a new child. After arriving in town, Mavis ends up connecting with Patton Oswalt's Matt Freehauf, an old acquaintance from high school who is as damaged »

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Director Jason Reitman Discusses His New Film Young Adult Starring Charlize Theron

1 December 2011 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Spoiler Warning: The Juno and Thank You For Smoking director recently sat down at a press panel in New York City to talk about making his latest film which also stars Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson and Elizabeth Reaser and is scheduled for theatrical release on December 9th, 2011. Academy Award winner Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either Can you talk about the casting process, did you have Charlize in mind (from the beginning)? Jason Reitman: I was »

- Zoë Gulliksen

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Movember Mustache Movie Madness: Manly Mustaches From The Wild West

30 November 2011 12:14 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

by Jim Gibbons

Whether you're watching a cattle drive crew cook some baked beans over a campfire or a shootout in front of a saloon, odds are you're going to see a striking 'stache somewhere in that scene peeking out from under the brim of a Stetson. For our final Movember Mustache Movie Madness column during the international men's health fundraiser where hombres grow mustaches for a month to benefit the Livestrong and Prostate Cancer Foundations, let's focus on some of the most memorable mustaches to mosey across the big screen.

Robert Redford as Henry Longabaugh, a.k.a. the "Sundance Kid," in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"

Unarguably one of Hollywood's handsomest leading men, people forget that Redford's good looks were aided by a thick mustache in his breakthrough role. And, while we're on the topic of truisms, let's take a look at that manly mustache. This 'stache »

- MTV Movies Team

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Best Soundtracks Of 2011

30 November 2011 1:11 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I didn’t think I would have to insult the intelligence of our readers by pointing out a very simple fact, but based on the first comment we received, I guess I should make something clear. This is a list of our favourite soundtracks of 2011. We are currently working on a list of the best original scores, which should be posted sometime within the week. Let us know if you think we left out any soundtracks you would recommend. Enjoy!

10 – Young Adult

One of the themes of Jason Reitman’s upcoming film Young Adult, is the idea of being stuck in the past, and trying to relive your glory days, and so it’s no surprise that the soundtrack to the film is loathed with 1990s alt-rock cuts. Due December 6th via Rhino Records, the fifteen-track disc features the Replacements, the Lemonheads, Dinosaur Jr., Teenage Fanclub, Cracker, 4 Non Blondes, Veruca Salt and many more. »

- Ricky

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‘Young Adult’ Red-Band Spot: Sample Charlize Theron’s Unhinged, Anti-Social Tendencies

29 November 2011 8:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In the spirit of accepting that Jason Reitman's new film, the Diablo Cody-penned Young Adult, is about a really terrible, damaged woman, here's a new red-band spot that seeks to show off just how abrasive she can be. Charlize Theron plays Mavis, a successful youth-lit writer who can't quite manage to grow up, and who travels back to her hometown to try and win back an old ex, despite the fact that he is now married with a kid. The film looks like a left turn from films like Juno, Thank You For Smoking and Up in the Air. All of those offered comedy with a certain edge, but none were as deeply dark as Young Adult seems to be. The highlight here, as this spot suggests, is going to be the performance from Charlize Theron, who gets to slink through the movie wielding the sort of unrestrained »

- Russ Fischer

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Top 10 Directors Of The Noughties

20 November 2011 12:47 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

We all know the importance of the director, they are the heart and soul of a film (in layman terms… we don’t want to go into the auteur theory here) and few have careers that flourish decade after decade, yet the Spielberg’s and the Scorsese’s are still going strong.

The future of cinema is folly to guess, but below are a list of ten of the best visionaries in the industry from the past eleven years, filmmakers I hope go on to define the 21st century. I’ve decided to look back on the last decade, and moving forward into the current, to see what filmmakers have made the greatest impressions and gone on to take the world by storm, with the future of cinema in the back of my mind.

Here’s a look at what new talent I think has grown and will flourish from »

- Adam Lock

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Jason Reitman, Charlize Theron Sneak 'Young Adult' Narcissism

2 November 2011 10:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Paramount has been sneaking screenings of “Young Adult,” Jason Reitman’s droll new film that could be a black comedy, but then again could be an outright tragedy merely punctuated with moments of hilarity. The sneaks are probably a good idea, because this is not the kind of film that you just want to throw out there. It’s certainly darker than any of Reitman’s previous work, including the ingeniously misanthropic “Thank You For Smoking,” and as noted, it’s kind of hard to categorize. But it’s daring. The film, written by Diablo Cody (“Juno”), »

- Sharon Waxman

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James Gandolfini may join Steve Carell, Jim Carrey in Burt Wonderstone

30 October 2011 2:37 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Burt Wonderstone has James Gandolfini in talks as billionaire. "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini may join New Line Cinema's comedy, playing Doug Munny, a billionaire owner of the Aztec Casino where Burt Wonderstone (Carell) and his partner perform. In Burt Wonderstone, Carey's character, a hot-shot street magician with dangerous tricks, is pitted against Carell's once-successful Las Vegas performer Wonderstone and his partner New Line is looking at Olivia Wilde and Sarah Silverman for leads in the film helmed by Don Scardino. Chad Kultgen wrote the spec script which was then rewritten by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) and later polished by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking). »

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James Gandolfini may join Steve Carell, Jim Carrey in Burt Wonderstone

30 October 2011 2:37 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Burt Wonderstone has James Gandolfini in talks as billionaire. "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini may join New Line Cinema's comedy, playing Doug Munny, a billionaire owner of the Aztec Casino where Burt Wonderstone (Carell) and his partner perform. In Burt Wonderstone, Carey's character, a hot-shot street magician with dangerous tricks, is pitted against Carell's once-successful Las Vegas performer Wonderstone and his partner New Line is looking at Olivia Wilde and Sarah Silverman for leads in the film helmed by Don Scardino. Chad Kultgen wrote the spec script which was then rewritten by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) and later polished by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking). »

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