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Jason Reitman To Direct Bank Heist Movie Written By Nick Hornby

20 November 2014 12:18 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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 […]

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- Germain Lussier

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Jason Reitman & Nick Hornby Teaming Up for New Bank Heist Film

20 November 2014 12:17 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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

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J.K. Simmons to receive Palm Springs Film Festival’s Spotlight Award

18 November 2014 10:58 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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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J.K. Simmons, Oscar Contender for 'Whiplash,' Will Receive Palm Springs Prize

18 November 2014 9:16 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne. Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. The Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and the Festival runs Jan 2-12, 2015.  Currently a Best Supporting Actor Oscar frontrunner, J.K. Simmons plays unconventional jazz instructor Terence Fletcher who uses punishing methods to push gifted jazz prodigy Andrew (Miles Teller) to the brink. Simmons earned high marks in 2007 for his supporting role in Jason Reitman's "Juno" and if nominated for an Academy Award, this would be his first. Earlier: The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Julianne Moore with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past actress recipients include Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Halle Berry and Marion Cotillard. Focus World's abrupt 2015 placement of »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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J.K. Simmons Receives Big Honor from Palm Springs International Film Festival

18 November 2014 8:39 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

He has been Spidey's boss, a mean prisoner in "Oz," Juno's daddy, and lately, Farmer's Insurance spokesperson, but now, J.K. Simmons is going to be a Palm Springs International Film Festival awardee.

The actor is currently making waves for his brilliant performance in "Whiplash," just in time for the Academy Awards season. Simmons will be joining previously announced winners, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.

Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 18, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present J.K. Simmons with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.

.Throughout his career J.K. Simmons had played a wide range of »

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Palm Springs International Film Festival to Honor J.K. Simmons

18 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor “Whiplash” actor J.K. Simmons with its Actor Spotlight Award, the festival announced Monday. The actor will accept the award at the awards gala presented by Cartier on Jan. 3, 2015.

Simmons, who will join previously announced award recipients Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore, receives the honor for his role as jazz instructor Terence Fletcher in “Whiplash,” a tormenting figure to Miles Teller’s character in the film.

“Throughout his career J.K. Simmons had played a wide range of roles from tough guys in ‘Oz’ and Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ films to nicer guys in ‘Juno’ and ‘Up in the Air,’” said Harold Matzner, Psiff chairman. “In ‘Whiplash,’ Simmons shines with his tough guy portrayal of a music teacher, who physically and emotionally terrorizes a young drummer, and gives a captivating performance that is alternately hilarious and terrifying. We are honored to present »

- Kevin Noonan

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Palm Springs to honour Jk Simmons

18 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

In what has become a reliable bellwether of Oscar nominations, the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Jk Simmons with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual awards gala.

Simmons will attend the January 3 ceremony and is earning the reviews of his life for his portrait of the fierce music conservatory instructor in Whiplash.

“Throughout his career Jk Simmons had played a wide range of roles from tough guys in Oz and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films to nicer guys in Juno and Up in the Air,” said Psiff chairman Harold Matzner.

“In Whiplash, Simmons’ shines with his tough guy portrayal of a music teacher, who physically and emotionally terrorises a young drummer, and gives a captivating performance that is alternately hilarious and terrifying.

Previous Spotlight winners include Julia Roberts, Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams and Helen Hunt. All four received Oscar nominations in the year they were honoured in Palm Springs.

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Film Review: ‘The Rewrite’

13 November 2014 4:27 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A screenwriter has to be mightily confident in his script to christen it “The Rewrite,” a title that begs jaded critics to suggest it may have needed another pass or two. Marc Lawrence’s affable but under-inflated romantic comedy does little to fend off such punchlines: The story of a faded Hollywood scribe seeking to regain his creative mojo via a small-town teaching job, the film finds its own writer-helmer struggling to match the bubblegum snap of earlier works. What it does have is Hugh Grant — a standby collaborator for Lawrence, and not an asset to be underestimated. Happily paired with the ever-game Marisa Tomei, the British star hardly tests himself with yet another study in high-class bumbling, yet his breezy effortlessness is precisely the kind that’s in overly short supply here.

Given its easy digestibility and an ensemble speckled with familiar faces — including erstwhile “Juno” spouses Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons, »

- Guy Lodge

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Ellen Page, Sam Smith Talk Coming Out as Gay, Honored as Out Magazine's OUT100 Cover Stars

11 November 2014 1:58 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Coming out on Valentine's Day 2014 marked the start of a new chapter for actress Ellen Page. And the Juno star's brave decision to make the announcement at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive has earned her not only a great deal of respect in the Hollywood community, but a new accolade: Out Magazine's Entertainer of the Year. Appearing as one of four cover stars for the magazine's annual OUT100 double issue, Page talked to the publication about the pressure actors feel to remain closeted in [...] »

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Casual: New Comedy Ordered by Hulu

30 October 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Hulu has ordered a new comedy series, Casual, from Jason Reitman. It will debut some time next year.

Here are the details:

Hulu Announces Ten Episode Straight-to-Series Order for Casual, a Comedy Series Executive-Produced and Directed by Oscar® Nominee Jason Reitman

Casual, from Lionsgate Television, Joins Growing Slate of Original Programming that Will Debut in 2015 on Hulu

Los Angeles (October 30, 2014) — Hulu has given a ten episode straight-to-series order to Casual, a single-camera, half-hour comedy series from Lionsgate Television to be executive-produced by Oscar® nominated director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno), series writer Zander Lehmann and Reitman’s production partner Helen Estabrook (Whiplash, Young Adult), the company announced today. Casual will debut on Hulu in 2015, with Reitman set to direct the premiere episode.

Casual follows the story of a dysfunctional family »

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AMC Acquires Spy Drama The Night Manager Starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie; Hulu Orders Original Series Casual from Jason Reitman

30 October 2014 11:18 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We have a couple of brief TV acquisition stories for you today.  First up, as we reported earlier this month, the BBC is developing a limited-series adaptation of the John le Carre novel The Night Manager.  The espionage drama, which will star Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston, revolves around a former British soldier who teams up with intelligence operatives to go undercover in order to avenge the death of a friend.  Given the lead actors, the source material's author, and the premise, it's no wonder that the series ignited a bidding war.  According to THR, AMC has won the U.S. distribution rights, which is good thing for the cable network considering they're hard up for quality programming now that Breaking Bad is gone and Mad Men is almost finished (Better Call Saul might be good, but it will be compared to one of TV's greatest shows right out the gate).  Granted, »

- Matt Goldberg

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TVLine Items: The Sons Storm Conan, Devious Maid Visits Virgin and More

30 October 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Sons of Anarchy are making a pit stop on their final ride.

Series creator Kurt Sutter and the show’s cast — including Charlie Hunnam, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Smits, Drea de Matteo andMark Boone Junior — will visit Conan on Nov. 11.

The reunion marks the FX ensemble’s first-ever joint late-night appearance.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Hulu has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to Casual, a half-hour comedy produced by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno), who will also direct the pilot. It follows a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister as they coach »

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Hulu Orders Straight-To-Series Comedy From Jason Reitman

30 October 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Hulu’s slate of original programming just got bigger. The streaming video-on-demand subscription service just put in a series order for comedy series Casual from Jason Reitman. Reitman, nominated for Oscars for his directing work on Up in the Air and Juno, will direct the premiere episode of Casual. The series focuses on a bachelor brother and his recently-divorced sister as the two live together under the same roof. The siblings help each other navigate the world of online and offline dating, all while raising a teenager. Rietman and his production partner Helen Estabrook (Whiplash, Young Adult) from Right of Way Films will both executive produce Casual, which comes from Lionsgate Television. Zander Lehmann has signed on as the lead writer. Production will begin on the ten episodes this year for release sometime in

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Jason Reitman to bring 10 episode comedy series Casual to Hulu

30 October 2014 7:10 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

The Oscar nominated director of Juno and Up In The Air, Jason Reitman, will now lend his skills to the small screen in a new series entitled Casual for the Hulu network. Casual will be a ten episode, single-camera, half-hour comedy series that will follow the story of a dysfunctional family consisting of a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister. Together, they will coach each other through the crazy world of dating (on-line and off) while living under one roof and raising a teenager. »

- Sean Wist

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Interview: Director Jason Reitman on His Passion for Honest Stories

27 October 2014 1:41 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It has been a while. So, how are things? Over the many years I've been running this website I've had a few amazing chats with Jason Reitman. I first met Jason way back in 2007, interviewing him for his second film Juno at the Toronto Film Festival. That was followed up with the legendary gondola interview from the Telluride Film Festival, where Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm and I talked with Jason about making Up in the Air as we slowly rode a gondola up the mountain and back down. It has been five years since I've sat down for a formal interview with Jason, despite meeting up at film festivals for Labor Day last year and Men, Women & Children this year, but as always it's so much fun to talk with him. Here's our latest chat. Jason's last two films, Labor Day and Men, Women & Children, are much more sensitive than his others. »

- Alex Billington

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Sebastian Stan cast alongside Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash

25 October 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sebastian Stan has been cast in upcoming movie Ricki and The Flash.

The Captain America: The Winter Soldier actor will star in the rock and roll film alongside Meryl Streep, reports Deadline.

Ricki and the Flash follows a woman (Streep) who lost her family while chasing her dream of becoming a rock star.

Ricki is then given one final chance at stardom and to make things right with her family. Stan, who has also been cast in Ridley Scott's The Martian, will play her estranged son Joshua.

Directed by Jonathan Demme, the film also stars Kevin Kline, Rick Springfield and Emily Owens, M.D actress Mamie Gummer. The screenplay was penned by Juno's Diablo Cody.

Ricki and The Flash is scheduled for a 2015 release at cinemas. »

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Sebastian Stan To Star Alongside Meryl Streep In Ricki And The Flash

24 October 2014 2:42 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sebastian Stan is on his way to becoming just as much of a household name as his Captain America co-star Chris Evans. After his badass performance as the titular badguy in The Winter Soldier, it looks like his stock went up considerably. Just yesterday we brought you the news that the actor had joined the immense cast of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adaptation, The Martian, and today he’s gone and signed onto another corking pic! Thanks to Deadline, we now know he’ll be joining Meryl Streep in Ricki And The Flash.

In the film, set to be directed by Jonathan Demme (Silence Of The Lambs), Stan will play Streep’s estranged son. The Oscar-winning actress will topline the movie as ageing rocker, Ricki, who plays in a local dive bar with her band The Flash. After a chat with her ex-husband (Kevin Kline), she decides she wants to »

- Gem Seddon

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Jennifer Garner Speaks Out Against Sexism in Hollywood

24 October 2014 11:22 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Jennifer Garner shares her firsthand experience with sexism in Hollywood.

The super-sweet Jennifer Garner is calling out Hollywood's treatment of women.

Attending the Elle Women of Hollywood event Monday night, Garner, 42, got blunt when sharing her sexist experiences in the business.

In particular, she recalled a recent press junket she did, as compared to her husband Ben Affleck's experience doing press for David Fincher's Gone Girl.

"We got home at night and we compared notes," she explained. "And I told him every single person who interviewed me, I mean every single one... asked me, 'How do you balance work and family?' And he said the only thing that people asked him repeatedly was about the tits on the Blurred Lines girl [model Emily Ratajkowski, his co-star in Gone Girl]."

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She goes on, "As for work-life balance, he said no one asked him about it that day. As a matter »

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Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons on 'Whiplash,' Drumming and Stoking Passion

24 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Much of the power of the extraordinary film "Whiplash" comes from the interaction between two remarkable performers. This is a star-making role for Miles Teller, an actor who has previously appeared in films like "Rabbit Hole" and the "Footloose" remake, and he's soon to make a further splash in the big-budget "Fantastic Four" reboot and "Divergent" sequel.

J.K. Simmons may be known to most as the dad from "Juno" or J. Jonah Jameson in the previous "Spider-Man" series, but his roles in a series of films by the Coen Brothers, or his inimitable portrayal of Vernon Schillinger on HBO's "Oz" has ably demonstrated his capacity to play almost any role. With a fearsome, nuanced performance, Simmons' role of Terrance Fletcher should, with any justice, garner J.K. a nod at Oscar time.

Moviefone Canada spoke to the two performers during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

This film's director, Damien Chazelle, »

- Jason Gorber

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Diablo Cody: But What I Really Want to Know Is...

20 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Diablo Cody is an Oscar-winning screenwriter, an acclaimed author, and one of the big reasons Twitter is worth tolerating, but we mainly love the "Juno" scribe because she's a great interviewee. On the first episode of HitFix's new interview series But What I Really Want To Know Is..., we caught up with Cody (a.k.a. Brook Maurio) to discuss her least favorite screenwriting cliches, the filming of her next movie "Ricki and the Flash" with Meryl Streep, and the woman who warned her to put her Oscar away for good.  We also play a round of our favorite game called Who's In Your Coven? Pick five living women who represent, for lack of a better term, your "spirit animals." Mine are Jane Fonda, Jane Curtin, Lesley Ann Warren, Lee Grant, and Cynthia Nixon. Who did Diablo Cody pick? Your head will spin.    »

- Louis Virtel

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