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The Bizarre Loss of Reitman’s Screenplay Oscar

The Bizarre Loss of Reitman’s Screenplay Oscar

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One of the strangest developments of last year’s Oscar, probably the thing that was most difficult to predict, was Jason Reitman’s loss for Adapted Screenplay. I have to say that this kind of thing rarely happens. I haven’t actually looked at the history closely enough, but I can say that in the past when someone has won as many awards as Jason Reitman did – Golden Globe, WGA, Critics Choice,…

Anna Kendrick’s Twilight co-stars react to her Oscar nom

Anna Kendrick’s Twilight co-stars react to her Oscar nom

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To be fair, we should try to find videos teasing all the supporting actress nominees. But screw ‘fair’.

Writers Guild Winners

Writers Guild Winners

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Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner for Up in the Air Long form original – Georgia O’Keefe Long form adapted – Taking Chance Documentary – The Cove Comedy Series – 30 Rock Episodic Comedy – 30 Rock and Modern Family Comedy Variety – The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live Full list of winners after the cut.

Reitman and Son – Filmmaking is a Family Business

Reitman and Son – Filmmaking is a Family Business

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Up in the Air is the stealth snake in the grass for this year’s Oscars. In Contention‘s Kris Tapley keeps saying that two films could really upset the apple cart and they are Up in the Air and Up. Up in the Air is exactly the kind of film that could benefit from a strategic three-way split between Avatar, The Hurt Locker and Inglourious Basterds. It is a film everyone…

Up in the Air Wins the Scripter Award

Up in the Air Wins the Scripter Award

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Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, and Walter Kirn have won the USC Scripter award. The USC Scripter Awards will be held tonight in Los Angeles. They will be live on their website

Best Picture – of Frontrunners and Potential Upsets

Best Picture – of Frontrunners and Potential Upsets

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Two big differences this year will ultimately affect the outcome of the race. The first is that there were ten Best Pic nominees.¬† The second is that they moved the Oscars back to March, not quite late March like they used to be – but at least they’re in March.¬† Changing the date changes the pattern of the way the Academy chooses its winners because there is more time to…

Five Reasons Why Up in the Air is for Grown-Ups

Five Reasons Why Up in the Air is for Grown-Ups

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The Huffington Post’s Delia Lloyd on why maturity enhances one’s appreciation the Jason Reitman film – this post is a couple of weeks old but since I had seen it, it’s news to me: 1. It’s about the economy. As my former colleague Michelle Brafman notes, this is a movie where the recession plays a starring role. It’s a movie about downsizing, lay-offs and the way in which technological advances…

DGA: The Real People of Up in the Air

DGA: The Real People of Up in the Air

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Jason Reitman took to the Oprah Winfrey show on Friday and brought with him some of the folks who had been fired in real life and whom appeared in his film. The Oprah.com site has more in depth writing on it than it used to have, making it a little more like a blog (which makes me wonder if Oprah may be gone but not forgotten next year when her…

Up in the Air Screenwriting Flap

Up in the Air Screenwriting Flap

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You know, I wasn’t going to bother with this story because it didn’t seem important enough to talk about — it seemed to me like it wasn’t a big deal. But it’s being talked about here and there so perhaps it’s time to talk about it a bit. The story started with an LA Times piece about Jason Reitman trying to get sole credit for having adapted Up in the…

Only One Film

Only One Film

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It’s worth noting, at this stage of the game, that only one film has hit every marker necessary to win Best Picture. Does that mean that The Hurt Locker is the only film that can win Best Picture? No. Most are predicting that Avatar will win the Golden Globe for Best Picture tomorrow and that may have an effect. Avatar will likely win the Producers Guild, while The Hurt Locker…