Posts Tagged ‘Jason Reitman’

2009 has been a banner year for Hollywood – and with yesterday’s announcement of the Golden Globe nominees, it’s officially awards season.  Before you watch the nominees work the red carpet (and, perhaps, get tipsy during the broadcast), hear how they got there in the first place.

Check out Kurt’s candid conversations with some of the nominees about being (and staying) creative in Hollywood.


Kathryn Bigelow was nominated for Best Director for “The Hurt Locker” (which is also nominated for Best Picture and Best Screenplay)


Jason Reitman’s also up for Best Director for “Up in the Air” (which is also nominated for Best Picture and four other awards), based on the book by Walter Kirn.


Marvin Hamlisch was nominated for his killer score for “The Informant!


Gabourey Sidibe was nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her break-out performance in “Precious.”


And coming up…

James Cameron was just in the studio to talk about his new movie “Avatar” – listen for that interview this weekend.  And later this month, we’ll talk to David Shore (creator of the nominated TV series “House”) about his hero’s not-so-secret resemblance to Sherlock Holmes.

See the full list of nominees HERE.

– Jenny Lawton


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Considering who his father is, you might think Jason Reitman left the womb grasping a sound boom in his tiny hand.  Jason was still a toddler when dad Ivan Reitman was making Animal House (1978) and other classic comedies like Meatballs (1979) and Stripes (1981).  By the time Reitman hit his stride with Ghostbusters in 1984 the path to the director’s chair for young Jason might have seemed inevitable.

But Jason told Kurt Andersen that he was wary of following in his father’s footsteps. “I was terrified of becoming a director.”  In this piece of tape from the cutting room floor, Jason says he initially wanted to be a doctor, “a job that no one will ever question.”  But his father thought otherwise.

Considering Jason’s talents, it seems he picked the right path.  And in honor of his father’s legacy, here’s an early gem from the Reitman catalogue: Bill Murray’s screen debut in Meatballs.

Listen to Kurt Andersen’s full interview with Jason Reitman and writer Walter Kirn about their new movie Up in the Air:

– Jess Jiang

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