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, … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … 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 … Read More »

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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 PaintbrushRead More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … 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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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