Posts tagged as jason reitman

Michaela Watkins to Star in Jason Reitman-Produced Hulu Series 'Casual'

Benched co-creator and SNL/Trophy Wife alum Michaela Watkins has new starring role lined up. Deadline reports that Watkins has signed on to star in an upcoming single-cam Hulu comedy called Casual with Jason Reitman onboard as executive producer and director for the pilot episode. Written by Zander Lehmann, the series follows "a dysfunctional family with a bachelor brother, Alex Cole, and his newly divorced sister, therapist Valerie Cole (Watkins). Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating (online and off), while living under one roof again and raising a teenager, Valerie's daughter Laura (Tara Lynne Barr), who has taken on the role of adult in [...]

Jason Reitman Is Staging an All-Female Live Reading of 'Glengarry Glenn Ross'

Filmmaker Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno) is staging a live reading of the movie Glengarry Glenn Ross in LA with an all-female cast. It's the latest in a series of live readings of famous movies Reitman has held at LACMA, and like his all-black reading of Reservoir Dogs last year, this one switches switches up the dynamic by turning the all-male cast female. Here's who's reading what role:

Robin Wright – Ricky Roma (Al Pacino) Catherine O’Hara – Shelley Levene (Jack Lemmon) Maria Bello – Dave Moss (Ed Harris) Allison Janney – George Aaronow (Alan Arkin) Mae Whitman – John Williamson (Kevin Spacey)

No word on [...]

Patton Oswalt Just Wanted to Text a Friend How Great He Is in Young Adult

In this excellent PSA for the Alamo Drafthouse, Jason Reitman kicks Patton Oswalt out of a theater for texting during the movie. "There's no need for you!" It's followed by an incredible reading of a customer voicemail that uncovers the massive scam perpetrated by the theater to rip people off by …kicking them out of movies when they're breaking the rules! This would NEVER happen in a reglear theater. Because that isn't a word.

Hulu Orders Jason Reitman-Produced Family Comedy 'Casual'

Director Jason Reitman just landed his first (streaming) TV show. THR reports that Hulu has given a 10-episode order to Casual, a comedy about a "dysfunctional family with a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating (online and off), while living under one roof again and raising a teenager." Up-and-coming writer Zander Lehmann will write the script, and Reitman will direct the series premiere episode and serve as executive producer. Production on Casual will begin this year, and the show is expected to debut sometime in 2015. "I've long looked for the right first step into episodic [...]

Jason Reitman on Bill Murray: "He's Like a Jazz Musician"

“While almost all of the dialogue in original [Ghostbusters] screenplay is echoed on screen, the Venkman character is completely improvised. It's as if Bill Murray was given a mumblecore-style essay about each scene and then permitted to say whatever he wanted as long as he got the point across… He's like a jazz musician who knows, 'I have eight measures here and have to hit this note here and as long as I follow those rules everything else is up to me.'"

– Writer/director Jason Reitman to EW about the improvisation skills of Bill Murray in his dad Ivan's movie Ghostbusters.

Charlize Theron Is a Terrifying Mean Girl in Young Adult

This red-band scene from Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman's Young Adult is short, but it's so densely packed with middle school-type trauma that it should be viewed with caution by anyone who has ever chosen to color-coordinate the little rubber bands on their braces in honor of every month's holidays, or had a terrible short haircut and slicked the top back with gel but let the bottom poof out like a panoramic mullet. Oh, god. I've entered a cave of unhappy memories triggered only by Charlize Theron's line at the end of this tiny clip. I'm probably gonna pee my pants when the whole movie comes out on Dec. [...]

Adam Sandler Is Starring in Jason Reitman's Next Movie

Adam Sandler can add another acclaimed director to the list of acclaimed directors he's worked with. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno) is close to casting Sandler as a lead in his next movie, Men, Women & Children, an adaptation of the 2011 Chad Kultgen novel of the same name, THR reports. Sandler, Jennifer Garner, and Rosemarie DeWitt are "circling" the lead parts in the movie, and there's a possibility Cameron Diaz will come onboard as well. The movie is a dark satire about a group of families falling apart for a variety of reasons. The main family consists of a porn-addicted father and a [...]

The Lost Roles of Rainn Wilson

Lost Roles is a weekly column that takes a particular comedic performer or writer and dives deep into all of their movie and TV projects that came close to happening but didn’t for one reason or another. This week, we turn our attention to The Office's Rainn Wilson.

On The Office, Rainn Wilson created one of the most beloved sitcom characters of the past decade with Dwight Schrute, a character that’s proven so popular that he’s been chosen to be the show’s Frasier Crane (and hopefully not its Joey Tribbiani). Outside of The Office, however, he’s had a tough time making his mark in the movie industry. When [...]

Young Adult Trailer Makes Mean Charlize Theron Look Super Fun to Watch

Behold, the trailer for Young Adult, the upcoming dark comedy directed by Jason Reitman, written by Diablo Cody, and starring Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt. That group of people alone was exciting, but the trailer has me looking forward to the December 9 release date even more. Theron's lying, adultering, small-dog-having protagonist looks to be – if not exactly likable – original and funny, two traits we've come to expect from Reitman and Cody.