The Bizarre Loss of Reitman’s Screenplay Oscar

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...
Posted On 29 Mar 2010

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

To be fair, we should try to find videos teasing all the supporting actress nominees. But screw ‘fair’.
Posted On 01 Mar 2010

Writers Guild Winners

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...
Posted On 20 Feb 2010

Reitman and Son – Filmmaking is a Family Business

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...
Posted On 19 Feb 2010

Up in the Air Wins the Scripter Award

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
Posted On 06 Feb 2010

Best Picture – of Frontrunners and Potential Upsets

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.¬†...
Posted On 06 Feb 2010

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

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...
Posted On 05 Feb 2010

DGA: The Real People of Up in the Air

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...
Posted On 30 Jan 2010

Up in the Air Screenwriting Flap

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...
Posted On 22 Jan 2010

Only One Film

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...
Posted On 16 Jan 2010