April 20, 2014

Jason Reitman reveals focus of his next Live Read


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Jason Reitman’s Live Read series is so simple, and yet, so brilliant. He recasts classic works of cinema with inspired acting choices, and has them read the script for live events that have been held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (or LACMA).

To date, he has attempted Live Read stagings of John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club” and Billy Wilder’s “The Apartment.” (And if you ever doubted Wilder’s influence on Reitman’s directorial efforts, just wait until you’re able to see “Young Adult” in a few weeks.) While attending the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City Monday night, Reitman revealed to EW the next planned Live Read project.

He’ll tackle Rob Reiner’s “The Princess Bride.”

The “Up in the Air” director wouldn’t spill his cast, though he did say the “Bride” roster was almost complete and his roster is “perfect, it’s just perfect.”

On being able to reimagine these classics, Reitman added to EW, “It’s kind of a film nerd’s dream to be able to cast these movies with modern day actors and listen to them read out live in front of audiences. It really makes my heart swell to do it.”

If you are in the L.A. area, the Live Read of Reiner’s “The Princess Bride” will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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