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OSCARS Q&A: Kate Winslet On ‘Labor Day’

Pete Hammond

Since Kate Winslet was first nominated for her supporting role in Sense And Sensibility in 1995, she has been up for Oscars five more times, finally winning a statuette for 2008’s The Reader. But take a look at her four other Oscar-nominated turns — 1997’s Titanic, 2001’s Iris, 2004’s Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and 2006’s Little Children — and you will find no discernible thread linking these performances. Each is truly unique and thoroughly Winslet, much like her current Golden Globe-nominated role AwardsLine.LogoBWin Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, in which she plays Adele, an agoraphobic single mom caught up in an unexpected and dangerous relationship with con on the run Frank (Josh Brolin). In some ways, the film is an old-fashioned romance like that “other” love story she did that was set aboard a sinking ship, and it once again proves Winslet is an actress who likes working without a net.

kate-winslet-in-labor-day-movie-10AwardsLine: How is Labor Day different from your last few roles?
Kate Winslet: I’m often drawn to characters that are more obviously one thing. They’re passionate, and there is always an element of strength because I think every person possesses that in some way, even if they’ve experienced hardship in their lives. I could see the challenge for me with (Adele) was that I didn’t want her to be just one thing. I didn’t want her to be just the shaky-handed person who didn’t like going outside. She is a woman who has a gigantic heart, and, certainly in her past, it beat much fuller and faster. I felt very strongly that through Frank and falling in love with him some of those sides of her would come back to life a little bit. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 9:52am PDT

Kate Winslet plays a reclusive single mom whose 13-year-old son struggles to be the man of the house. Their lives change when they meet a guy (Josh Brolin) who persuades them to take him in. Little do they know he’s an escaped convict. Writer-director Jason Reitman‘s film, which debuted at Telluride en route to Toronto, is adapted from Joyce Maynard’s novel. Paramount releases Labor Day wide January 31 after a limited run in December. Here’s the first trailer:

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Hot Clip: Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’

By | Saturday September 7, 2013 @ 6:29pm PDT

The romantic drama starring Kate Winslet as a single mom and Josh Brolin as the convict who invades her and her 14-year-old son’s lives debuted at Telluride before heading to Toronto. Jason Reitman directed and adapted the pic from Joyce Maynard’s novel. Paramount releases Labor Day wide on January 31 after a limited run in December. Watch the first clip:

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Toronto: Jason Reitman Circling Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt For ‘Men, Women And Children’

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 5:37pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Jason Reitman, who’ll launch his film Labor Day in Toronto and preside over a reading of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights script there, is fast mobilizing his next film. I’m told that Indian Paintbrush is looking to finance an adaptation of the Chad Kultgen novel Men, Women and Children, with Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner and Rosemarie DeWitt circling the lead roles. There is talk that Cameron Diaz might take part as well in a film that is eyeing a November start.

Related: Telluride: Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’ Debut

The book focuses on a family with junior high school students and deals with the navigation of sexual awakenings in a digital age where the Internet has made pornography, blogs and social networking just a few clicks away.

If the pieces come together the way I’ve described them, this would amount to a reteam of the parties that made Labor Day, as Right Of Way is producing with Mr. Mudd. Spokespersons say nothing is done, and Indian Paintbrush is not committed. Stay tuned.

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Telluride: Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’ Debut

By | Friday August 30, 2013 @ 4:08am PDT
Pete Hammond

The Telluride Film Festival‘s first big official movie was the Thursday afternoon patron’s screening of Jason Reitman‘s Labor Day. Reitman has previously debuted his films Juno and Up In The Air at Telluride and gives this latest a contemporary spin with a completely faithful adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s novel. (She is here, too). It’s about an escaped con (Josh Brolin) who invades the life of a single mom (Kate Winslet) and her 14-year-old son (Gattlin Griffith). Not only is it a complete departure for Reitman but he delivers with style and fine performances from his leads. Paramount plans to open it limited in late December and then go wide in January. But it was a no-brainer to bring a movie called Labor Day to this Labor Day gathering of cinephiles. As Reitman said to laughter, “I know this is going to be a very tricky transition for you. You are going to have to somehow step out of this beautiful town on Labor Day weekend and walk into this beautiful town on Labor Day weekend.” He thanked Paramount and Indian Paintbrush for supporting him as a filmmaker. “This is probably the truest adaptation I will ever write. I wanted to make the movie that reflected my experience of reading the book Labor Day for the first time. It’s a movie about inexplicable decisions and the unusual — … Read More »

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Jason Reitman Pic ‘Labor Day’ Gets Christmas Release

By | Friday May 17, 2013 @ 4:47pm PDT

Another Jason Reitman movie is getting prime awards-season placement. Paramount said the Juno and Up In The Air director’s latest, Labor Day, will open in limited release December 25 this year before expanding January 10 and going wide January 31. Tobey Maguire, Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, J.K. Simmons, James Van Der Beek, Brooke Smith, Gattlin Griffith, and Brighid Fleming star. The studio is also co-financing the pic, which Reitman also wrote as an adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel. The story centers on a 13-year-old boy (Griffith) from New Hampshire who learns valuable life lessons over a five-day Labor Day weekend after an escaped convict (Brolin) seeks shelter with the boy’s single mom (Winslet). Mr. Mudd’s Lianne Halfon and Russ Smith are producing along with Helen Estabrook and Reitman. Indian Paintbrush is exec producing. The date obviously is chock-full of big pics including Paramount’s own Jack Ryan, Universal’s 47 Ronin, and Fox’s The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty as well as expansions for The Weinstein Company’s Grace Of Monaco and Fox Searchlight’s Twelve Years A Slave.

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HBO Orders Comedy Pilot From Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jason Reitman And Lorne Michaels

By | Friday December 14, 2012 @ 11:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

HBO has picked up People In New Jersey, a half-hour comedy pilot written and executive produced by Bruce Eric Kaplan, with Juno and Up In The Air helmer Jason Reitman set to executive produce and direct the pilot and Saturday Night Live chief Lorne Michaels on board to executive produce. People In New Jersey is described as a hilarious, poignant look at life today as seen through the prism of an adult brother and sister living in New Jersey. They each struggle to get through the day, asking themselves the big questions, the little questions, and everything in between. Kaplan wrote People In New Jersey on spec and took it to Reitman and his producer Helen Estabrook, who loved it and came on board. Kaplan, Reitman, Michaels and Estabrook executive produce with Andrew Singer. Read More »

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Tobey Maguire Joins Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tobey Maguire has joined the cast of the Jason Reitman-directed Labor Day, which begins shooting this month in Massachusetts. Mr. Mudd’s Lianne Halfon and Russ Smith are producing along with Helen Estabrook and Reitman. Indian Paintbrush is exec producing. Maguire is the final major piece alongside Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, J.K. Simmons, Brooke Smith, Gattlin Griffith, and Brighid Fleming. Paramount is co-financing and distributing worldwide.

Reitman wrote the script, an adaptation of the Joyce Maynard book. The story centers on a thirteen year old boy, Henry, from New Hampshire who learns valuable life lessons over a five-day Labor Day weekend. Maguire will play the adult version of the boy, and Maguire also narrates the film.

After stepping out of Spider-man, Maguire has been busy. He’ll next be seen starring in the Jacob Aaron Estes-directed black comedy The Details, which The Weinstein Company releases September 7, followed by the Baz Luhrmann-directed The Great Gatsby, which Warner Bros opens on Christmas Day. Maguire plays Nick Carraway opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton in the adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary masterpiece.

Maguire will not appear in the upcoming Ang Lee-directed Life of Pi. To be consistent with his other casting choices for the film, the director decided to go with an entirely international cast. He’s repped by CAA and Management 360.

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Berlin Fest Adds Special Screenings Of Jason Reitman’s ‘Young Adult,’ Keanu Reeves’ ‘Side By Side’

The upcoming Berlin Film Festival has added titles to its Berlinale Special 2012 program including Jason Reitman’s Young Adult and Barnaby Southcombe’s I, Anna. Restored versions of classics like Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1943 The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp will also screen. According to the festival, discussions will be held following some Special screenings including Werner Herzog’s documentary series Death Row and Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut In The Land Of Blood And Honey, which were previously announced as Special titles. A talk will also be held after the screening of the Keanu Reeves-produced documentary Side By Side that includes interviews with Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, the Wachowskis and Lars von Trier among others. In a European premiere, Mark Cousins will show his 900-minute-long documentary The Story Of Film: An Odyssey. Berlin runs Feb 9-19. A full list of the just-added titles follows:

Berlinale Special Gala screenings at the Friedrichstadt-Palast:
Young Adult
USA
By Jason Reitman
With Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elisabeth Reaser
German premiere

Berlinale Special screenings at the Kino International:
Glück (Bliss)
Germany
By Doris Dörrie
With Alba Rohrwacher, Vinzenz Kiefer, Matthias Brandt, Oliver Nägele
World premiere
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VIDEO: New ‘Young Adult’ TV Spot

By | Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 5:49pm PST
Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: After going out last weekend on its modestly wide break to nearly 1000 screens where it grossed $3.4 million and cracked the box office Top 10, Paramount’s Young Adult is shifting its emphasis in TV spots airing starting on Thursday. It’s the same thing Paramount did last year when it transitioned the campaign for The Fighter from its consumer emphasis to one that was “Oscar-centric.” With Academy ballots going to members early next week, the distributor wants to emphasize the awards-worthiness of the film directed by four-time Oscar nominee Jason Reitman, written by Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno) and starring Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster). Although the spots are not full of the usual “sell” for films of this type, Paramount is obviously hoping Academy members will be sold on the merits of this dark comedy, which has already earned Theron nominations for Golden Globes and a Critics Choice Movie Award –  the group that also nominated Cody’s script and supporting actor Patton Oswalt. Here’s the new ad:

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Hot Trailer: Jason Reitman’s ‘Young Adult’

By | Thursday October 6, 2011 @ 7:21pm PDT

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Gotham Awards Career Tributes To Charlize Theron, David Cronenberg, Gary Oldman

By | Thursday September 22, 2011 @ 2:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Career tributes will be awarded to Charlize Theron, director David Cronenberg and Gary Oldman at the 21st Gotham Independent Film Awards  on Nov. 28. That trio will join Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman/CEO Tom Rothman, who was previously announced by the awards organizers at the Independent Filmmaker Project. The tributes will be added to the usual seven competitive awards for films, filmmakers and actors.

All three of the honorees have films that are expected to figure in awards season. Theron stars in the Jason Reitman-directed Young Adult from Paramount, Cronenberg directed A Dangerous Method for Sony Pictures Classics, and Oldman is the star of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the Tomas Alfredson-directed adaptation of the John Le Carre novel for Focus Features. The Gotham Award nominees will be announced Oct. 20. The event will be held at Cipriani Wall Street.

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Paramount Takes On Jason Reitman’s Next Film ‘Labor Day’

By | Friday September 9, 2011 @ 9:09am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has come aboard to distribute Labor Day, the adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel that was scripted and will be directed by Jason Reitman, who is making this his next film. The studio joins Indian Paintbrush and Reitman’s Right of Way to produce the romantic drama, which stars Kate Winslet as a single mother who takes in a stranger with a dangerous past, played by Josh Brolin, and she falls in love with him over the course of Labor Day Weekend. Production is expected to start in June 2012. Paramount and Indian Paintbrush already have partnered on Like Crazy and Jeff Who Lives at Home, the latter of which is playing here at Toronto. UPDATE: Paramount just made it official with a release: Read More »

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Paramount Schedules Jason Reitman’s ‘Young Adult’ For December Bow

Paramount said today that it will bow Jason Reitman’s Young Adult in limited release on Dec. 9, 2011 and take it wide on Dec. 16. The pic, which reunites the Juno team of Reitman and scribe Diablo Cody, stars Charlize Theron as a ghostwriter of young-adult novels who dips into some adolescent behavior in an effort to reclaim her identity. Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt and Elizabeth Reaser also star. Paramount acquired worldwide rights from Mandate in October.

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Kate Winslet To Star In ‘Labor Day’ For Jason Reitman

By | Thursday June 16, 2011 @ 8:29am PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Josh Brolin’s reps tell me he will be in the movie, too, playing the guy who engages in the weekend affair with Kate Winslet’s character.

EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Kate Winslet will be set shortly to star in Labor Day, the adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel that was scripted and will be directed by Jason Reitman.

The Oscar-winning Winslet, who’s just coming off HBO’s Mildred Pierce, will play a single mother of a young son who takes in a stranger with a dangerous past. She falls in love with him over the course of Labor Day Weekend. The project is set with Indian Paintbrush and Reitman’s Right Of Way, and they will now  set it with a distributor. CAA-repped Winslet just wrapped the Steven Soderbergh-directed Contagion and Carnage, the Roman Polanski-directed adaptation of the hit play God of Carnage.

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Paramount Buys ‘First Man’ For Johnny Knoxville, Ramps Up ‘Mustache Riders’ For The ‘Jackass’ Gang

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has acquired a new project and  made forward progress on another that will star Johnny Knoxville, who has made the studio huge money with the Jackass films. Best of all for Knoxville, both comedies are scripted, which should spare his body at least some abuse.

The studio has preemptively bought First Man, a pitch that Matt Spicer & Max Winkler will write, with Knoxville’s Dickhouse Entertainment producing. Knoxville will play a man whose wife is elected president. A natural hellraiser, he has totally behaved himself during his wife’s presidential campaign, only to find the dynamic of their relationship changes after he moves into the White House and becomes First Man. He is prompted to return to  rowdy form. Dickhouse Entertainment and Priya Swaminathan are attached to produce. Winkler wrote and directed, and Spicer produced Ceremony, which Magnolia will release April 8 with Uma Thurman, Michael Angarano and Lee Pace starring. Winkler & Spicer also scripted The Adventurers Handbook with Jonah Hill and wrote Whispers In Bedlam for Jason Reitman to direct at Fox Searchlight.

Paramount is also reconfiguring Mustache Riders, a project the studio bought in 2008.  This comedy is about three small-time crooks who set off on an adventure to find a buried treasure with a grizzled old outlaw. Knoxville and his Jackass cohorts Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn [who died in a car crash since this news was posted] are attached to star along with singer Willie … Read More »

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Paramount Gets Custody Of ‘Young Adult’

Mike Fleming

Paramount Pictures acquired world rights to Mandate Pictures’ Young Adult, the pic that reteams Juno scribe Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman. Deadline broke the story about the film and that they had landed Charlize Theron to play the lead role, a ghostwriter of young adult novels who dips into some adolescent behavior. Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt have also joined the cast, per the studio’s announcement. The movie begins production in New York this month.

While the release mostly repeats material Deadline already covered, here’s a new wrinkle I can report: Elizabeth Reaser, who plays Esme Cullen in the Twilight Saga films, has sunk her teeth into a significant role in Reitman’s film. She plays the wife of the man (Wilson) that Theron’s character is trying to steal away. Reaser is also starring in the indie Homework with Emma Roberts and Michael Angarano.

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‘Juno’ Reteam Puts Charlize Theron At Center of Jason Reitman-Diablo Cody Pic

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The Juno team of director Jason Reitman, screenwriter Diablo Cody, Mandate Pictures and the production company Mr. Mudd are teaming again on Young Adult with Charlize Theron starring. The film’s being produced by Cody, Mason Novick, Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith of John Malkovich’s Mr. Mudd banner. Mandate’s Nathan Kahane and Malkovich are exec producers. I’m told that Reitman has brought in Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales to possibly co-finance with Mandate and he will be an exec producer as well. Several studios are interested in making the picture, but it hasn’t crystallized yet. The plan is to get the film into production in New York on November 10 if all works out, with Reitman directing. Cody won an Oscar for her Juno script and Reitman was also nominated. Read More »

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Larry Charles To Direct Jim Carrey Comedy

Mike Fleming

larrycharlesEXCLUSIVE: Larry Charles, who steered Sacha Baron Cohen through audacious comic turns in Bruno and Borat, is now ready to do the same for Jim Carrey. Charles has signed on to direct Pierre Pierre, a comedy that has Carrey playing the role of a Frenchman who transports a stolen painting from Paris to London, behaving more obnoxiously than any waiter you’ve ever encountered at Cannes. jim_carrey_me_myself_&_irene_001

This project is moving forward again after weathering some serious setbacks. Two years ago, the script by then-unknowns Edwin Cannistraci and Frederick Seton made the Black List and sold for $1 million, with Carrey to star and Juno‘s Jason Reitman attached to direct. AceVenturaNatureCalls14Fox Atomic’s Debbie Liebling and Peter Rice won the bidding battle over three others. Then: Reitman dropped out; Fox Atomic imploded; Liebling moved to Universal; Rice moved up in the Fox hierarchy. Sans champion, Pierre Pierre fell into turnaround. With Charles aboard, the comedy will be shopped again by its producers, Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch, and Category 5′s Brian Sher. They plan to make the movie for just over $20 million. dumbdumber1

As a connoisseur of physical comic performances, I salivated over the prospect of Carrey playing Curly Howard (each the best physical comic of his generation) in the Farrelly Brothers-directed The Read More »

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