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The Coolest Father/Son Filmmaking Duo In School

The are certain families—like, say, the Coppolas and the Gyllenhaals—where coolness seems to be infused in the DNA. I’d like to add another to the list: the Reitmans. Papa Ivan is the producer behind flicks like “Ghostbusters” and “Animal House,” and son Jason grew up on his sets. “I was on the set of ‘Animal House’ when I was 11 days old. It had a profound effect on me,” Jason joked this week on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” When he was in his early teens, Jason started working as a production assistant and his dad even cast him in a few small roles. “I was 13 and my dad gave me a scene in ‘Kindergarten Cop’ kissing a girl—and that was in fact my first kiss,” said Jason. “My first kiss was directed by my father. You don’t know what it’s like to have to do eight takes of your first kiss while Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pointing a gun at you and your dad’s like, ‘Grab her a little more.’”
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Peer Pressure: Go See “Up In The Air”

When I first heard about “Up In The Air,” it sounded a lot like “The Terminal,” only with George Clooney instead of Tom Hanks, which is an instant, mega-upgrade. Now that the flick from 32-year-old writer/director Jason Reitman (“Thank You For Smoking,” “Juno”) has been out for a week, everyone is going “Up in the Air” crazy. It has already been named Best Film of 2009 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures—which means it’s essentially the “Slumdog Millionaire” of 2009. The movies the Board of Review picked the last two years (“Slumdog” and “No Country for Old Men”) both got Oscars for Best Picture. The movie has also received Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Supporting Actress (Anna Kendrick of “Twilight“), and Best Adapted Screenplay. Keep reading »

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