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“Welcome to the first live screening of ‘The Interview!’”
So teased Jason Reitman at the start of Thursday’s live reading of “The Empire Strikes Back” held in downtown Los Angeles. The event, part of Film Independent’s Live Read series, was moved from its previous home at Lacma to the larger Ace Hotel Theatre due to audience demand.
“We needed a few more seats for this one,” quipped Reitman, who directs the events.
Costumed characters dressed as Stormtroopers and X-Wing Pilots entertained fans outside the historic theater, while a fully-motorized R2-D2 posed for photos inside the lobby as John Williams’ classic theme music played in the background.
But it was the surprise appearance of beloved Star Wars icon Mark Hamill, reading the roles of Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Emperor, that brought the audience to its feet for a spontaneous standing ovation.
“I hope I pass the audition,” Hamill joked as the applause continued. »
- Matthew Chernov
Jason Reitman will be bringing Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back back to life in a live-reading that he plans to put on tonight. Yesterday Reitman released the names of a majority of his cast, but there were two casting announcements noticeably missing: the roles of Han Solo and Leia Organa. We finally, finally have the names of the two actors who will be reading for Han and Leia. While the actress reading for Leia--Jessica Alba--might not surprise you, the casting for Han certainly might. Juno star Ellen Page will be Leia.s stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerfherder, Han Solo. I.ll admit, I had just assumed Reitman would cast a guy for the role of Han since Han was originally portrayed by a guy, Harrison Ford, in the film version of The Empire Strikes Back. However, after Entertainment Weekly initially broke the news of Page.s casting, and »
Really, there's nothing that says "Han" can't be a woman's name. Ellen Page will be taking on the part of Han Solo in director Jason Reitman’s live stage-reading of The Empire Strikes Back Thursday night, and Jessica Alba has been cast as Princess Leia—the royal revolutionary who thinks the smuggler is nothing but a "stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerfherder." Until, of course, she doesn't. The whole point of Reitman's live-read series is to take classic scripts and turn them into something we've never seen before, but he tells EW that casting his Juno star as the sardonic captain »
- Anthony Breznican
Tonight, director Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult, Up In The Air) stages his monthly live performance of a popular movie script. What makes this one special is that it's the film many (most?) consider to be the best of the Star Wars saga instalments, The Empire Strikes Back. We found out yesterday that the parts of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader would be filled by Aaron Paul and J.K. Simmons respectively, but and now EW have revealed that Ellen Page (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) will play Han Solo, and Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four) will play his lover, Princess Leia Organa. Easy there tiger! Here's what Reitman had to say about his choices. "In casting Han, the most important thing is: Who has the most interesting, ironic approach to life? And when I think of that, I think of Ellen Page. She’s a small human being who has the »
From Quentin Tarantino's all-star Hateful Eight table read to Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin emulating Michael Jordan in Space Jam, live script readings are now the Off-Broadway shows of Hollywood. On Thursday, December 18th, Juno director Jason Reitman will stage a reading of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back at Los Angeles' Ace Hotel with Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul taking on the role of Luke Skywalker.
The one-night-only event is the latest in a series of Reitman's monthly live script readings. "The first thing I »
In case you weren't aware, director Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult, Up In The Air) stages monthly live performances of movie scripts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has previously put on readings of the likes of The Princess Bride, American Beauty, and The Apartment, but his latest is a bit of a departure: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Reitman has revealed several of his cast members to EW, and they include Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker and the great J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash) as his dear old daddy, Darth Vader. There's also Stephen Merchant as C-3P0, Kevin Pollack as Yoda, and Dennis Haysbert as Lando Calrissian. Apparently we'll find out who'll play Princess Leia, Han Solo and the rest later today. You can hear from Reitman on why he chose that particular cast at the link below, and you can purchase »
Academy Award® nominated* director Jason Reitman (Up In the Air, Juno) delivers the powerful and provocative Men, Women & Children, debuting on Digital HD and On Demand December 16, 2014, four weeks before it's available on disc, from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD January 13, 2015, and to celebrate, we have an exclusive sneak preview.
Adam Sandler (Grown Ups), Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club) and Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) lead an amazing ensemble cast in this film about love and human connection in the modern world. Men, Women & Children tells the story of high school teenagers and their parents who attempt to navigate their complex relationships in an era defined by social media, online exchanges, and instant gratification. Discover how little you know about the people you know in the film critics are calling a movie that could change your life!
The Men, Women »
Back in September, Legendary revealed that Tom Hiddleston (demigod Loki in the Thor films and The Avengers) will play the lead role in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island, and now another name has been attached to the cast. J.K. Simmons (Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Juno, and most recently Whiplash) is set to co-star in the film that will bring the king of the apes back to the big screen.
Deadline reports that J.K. Simmons is set to co-star alongside Tom Hiddleston in Kong: Skull Island, a Legendary film that Universal Pictures recently re-scheduled to come out in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 10th, 2017. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will direct off a screenplay by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (2014’s Godzilla). We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on Kong: Skull Island as more announcements are made.
- Derek Anderson
Spider-Man/Juno/Whiplash star J.K. Simmons is the second actor to be officially cast in Universal and Legendary Pictures’ King Kong reboot Kong: Skull Island. Hit the jump to learn more about the Jk Simmons Skull Island news. Deadline broke the news of Simmons casting. We have no details on Jk’s character at this time as the story is being […]
- Peter Sciretta
Deadline report that the awesome J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Oz, Juno, Whiplash) will be joining Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor when we return to King Kong's home next year. His exact role is unspecified however. The movie recently backed away from its original release date -- and Marvels Doctor Strange -- and will now hit theaters March 10th, 2017. Details on the story are slim, but we do have this brief description. "Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions." Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings Of Summer) will direct with a script by John Gatins and Max Borenstein. »
Movie fans have known how awesome J.K. Simmons is even before he was cast as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-man trilogy. Roles on HBO's Oz and NBC's Law & Order through films like I Love You Man and Juno, Simmons has been a character actor of high caliber. It is awesome that he is being touted for all sorts of awards for his performance in this year's Whiplash, but at the very least it is getting his name out there for more roles. One role that could be due to the buzz around »
- Alex Maidy
A contender for film of the year? Not even if you hadn't seen anything else, says Mark...
Stop searching - there's only a few weeks left of this year, but we've found the 2014 recipient of the Rick Deckard Award for Worst, Most Pointless Voiceover in a Motion Picture. The winner, by some distance, is Emma Thompson's omniscient chorus in Men, Women & Children.
Originally titled Pale Blue Dot, this relationship drama opens with a confounding galactic vista that looks more like something from Interstellar than the film promised by the trailers (and we'll get to those) as Thompson's narrator recounts how the Voyager space probe was loaded up with music, pictures and greetings from Earth when it was launched in 1977, and quotes Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot while referring to our planet.
The film then refers back to the satellite's progress through space throughout, while also juggling the stories »
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• Erin Cressida Wilson on her education in erotica
There’s a funny YouTube compilation from dozens of modern thrillers and horror films, simply showing panicky people all saying: “My cellphone! I can’t get a signal!” Modern movie-making is unhappy about modern digital devices messing up traditional plot devices. Cyber-interconnectedness is spoiling solitude, ruining jeopardy. So this movie from director Jason Reitman and his co-writer Erin Cressida Wilson (which they adapted from the 2011 novel by Chad Kultgen) is an interesting, spirited, if finally rather sentimental attempt to tackle this issue and set it to rest. It wants to show 21st-century lives being lived out on screen and online, with both older and younger generations now dependent on the web. »
- Peter Bradshaw
We're so excited to present Visionaries, a new video series that explores the creative process one fascinating person at a time. The series will include filmmakers, TV producers, musicians and other entertainment masterminds.
First up is Scott Cohen, a photographer and filmmaker who is making his directing debut with Red Knot, a brutal, evocative study of a new marriage. Cohen shot the entire film over about a month on board a research vessel steaming its way from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Antarctica. Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser and Olivia Thirlby (Juno) star as newlyweds Peter and Chloe, who join the voyage when Peter, a writer, is offered the opportunity to interview a famous marine biologist. As a result, the trip also acts as their honeymoon, but as the seas grow more treacherous, so does the tension between them.
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- TV Guide News
With Horrible Bosses 2 right now in theaters, it’s probably a good time to take a look at Jason Bateman’s past hits, including movies like Juno, Hancock or Paul. Jason Bateman has been around cameras (generally in front of them) for over 33 years (he’s 45 now), but we’ve come to really notice him only […]
Read Box Office: Top 10 Most Successful Jason Bateman Movies on Filmonic.
Scott Cohen’s directorial feature debut, Red Knot, was helmed on a 23-day jaunt along the coasts of Argentina and Antarctica. Sounds like quite the feat, especially considering it’s Cohen’s first shot at a feature. However, his prior work as a photographer enabled him to harness the beautiful landscapes explored by his two stars, Vincent Kartheiser and Olivia Thirlby.
As a pair of adventure seekers, the newly-married couple opt to take a belated honeymoon cruise. I say cruise loosely because their trip actually takes place on board a research vessel headed for Antarctica. Like all flicks set at sea, or in confined spaces (or both if we’re talking about a submarine pic), tension begins to chip away at the happy couple.
This first preview offers at glimpse at the sheer breathtaking locales Cohen was able to lens. His choice of destination for the shoot is winning, as »
- Gem Seddon
Now that we've gotten all the buzz about the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens out of the way (see where it's playing this weekend right here), it's time to look at a little indie romance on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. "Mad Men" star Vincent Kartheiser and Juno supporting actress Olivia Thirlby star in the film chronicling the rocky relationship of a newly married couple as they take a trip on a research vessel bound for Antarctica. There's beautiful imagery and a promising, quiet and intimate drama here as what starts as a makeshift honeymoon slowly begins to unravel a couple's love. Watch the trailer! Here's the first trailer for Scott Cohen's Red Knot from the film's YouTube page: Red Knot is directed by Scott Cohen, making his feature directorial and writing debut. Peter (Vincent Kartheiser of "Mad Men") and Chloe (Olivia Thirlby »
- Ethan Anderton
As it stands, Jason Reitman‘s career can be divided into two phases: Fox Searchlight and Paramount. His first two movies, Thank You For Smoking and Juno, were released by Fox Searchlight and the four since have all been at Paramount. For an upcoming project, the director of Up in the Air will transition back to […]
- Germain Lussier
He's headed back to Searchlight. After releasing his latest film Men, Women & Children this fall, filmmaker Jason Reitman is lining up projects to jump into next. THR has announced one of them that he's now attached to direct, an adaptation of the Texas Monthly true-life story I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family written by Skip Hollandsworth. The project was picked up by Fox Searchlight with Nick Hornby on the script. Reitman worked with Searchlight previously distributing his early films Juno and Thank You For Smoking. However, his most recent films – Up in the Air, Young Adult, Labor Day and Men, Women & Children – were all released by Paramount. Honestly I'm glad to see Reitman back at Searchlight yet again. The entire article can be read here on TexasMonthly.com, but the story behind "I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family" involves a "seemingly ordinary Texas family who pulled »
- Alex Billington
A successful, vibrant career as a character doesn’t always translate to awards. Take J.K. Simmons, who hasn’t received many accolades over his 20-plus year career, while being one of the most reliably energized performers working today. He’s appeared in multiple films for the Coen Brothers, Jason Reitman, Woody Allen, and anchored Sam Raimi’s "Spider-Man" trilogy. He’s no stranger to television, where he’s done everything HBO’s "Oz" to recent sitcom "Growing Up Fisher" to Nickelodeon’s "Legend of Korra." He’s even validated video games with his talent, voicing characters in "Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3" and "Portal 2." Casting Simmons in "Whiplash," as the vicious jazz band instructor Fletcher, was as much a gift to director Damien Chazelle and his fans as it likely was to the hard-working thespian. When handed a meaty role, Simmons sinks his teeth in as deep as they go. The »
- Matt Patches
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