Oscar buzz surrounds "Up in the Air"

January 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
It's a film that is already receiving Oscar buzz. Meet director Jason Reitman and actress Anna Kendrick from George Clooney's latest flick, "Up in the Air."

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About the film:
From Jason Reitman, the Oscar®-nominated director of Juno, comes Up in the Air, the timely odyssey of Ryan Bingham (Oscar® winner GEORGE CLOONEY), a corporate downsizer and consummate modern business traveler who, after years of staying happily airborne, suddenly finds himself ready to make a real connection. Ryan has long been contented with his unencumbered lifestyle lived out across America in airports, hotels and rental cars. He can carry all he needs in one wheel-away case; he's a pampered, elite member of every travel loyalty program in existence; and he's close to attaining his lifetime goal of 10 million frequent flier miles - and yet . . . Ryan has nothing real to hold onto. When he falls for a simpatico fellow traveler (VERA FARMIGA), Ryan's boss (JASON BATEMAN), inspired by a young, upstart efficiency expert (ANNA KENDRICK), threatens to permanently call him in from the road. Faced with the prospect, at once terrifying and exhilarating, of being grounded, Ryan begins to contemplate what it might actually mean to have a home.

Paramount Pictures Presents in Association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios, A Montecito Picture Company Production in Association with Rickshaw Productions in Association with Right of Way Films A Jason Reitman Film Up in the Air starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick and Danny McBride. The film is directed by Jason Reitman. Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner. Based upon the novel by Walter Kirn. The producers are Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman, Daniel Dubiecki and Jeffrey Clifford. The executive producers are Tom Pollock, Joe Medjuck, Ted Griffin and Michael Beugg. The director of photography is Eric Steelberg. The production designer is Steve Saklad. The film editor is Dana Glauberman, A.C.E. The costume designer is Danny Glicker. The music is by Rolfe Kent. The music supervisors are Randall Poster and Rick Clark. This film has been rated R for language and some sexual content.

About Jason Reitman:
Jason Reitman is an Oscar®-nominated director who has established himself as an original, smart and funny storyteller known for his pitch-perfect commentaries on society. Reitman recently produced the horror comedy Jennifer's Body for Fox. The Diablo Cody-scripted film was directed by Karyn Kusama and stars Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox. In addition, Reitman executive-produced Atom Egoyan's Chloe starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore, which debuted at this year's Toronto Film Festival and has been picked up for release by Sony and is set for release in 2010. Reitman is also set to executive-produce Max Winkler's directing debut Ceremony and is currently at work on an adaptation of Joyce Maynard's novel Labor Day. Through his company, Right of Way Films, Reitman is developing new scripts by Jenny Lumet and the Duplass brothers. He is also developing a feature film based on the cult children's television show Yo Gabba Gabba. He made his feature film directing debut with the 2006 hit Thank You for Smoking, based on the acclaimed novel by Christopher Buckley, which Reitman adapted for the screen. The film had its world premiere at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, where it was acquired by Fox Searchlight. Thank You for Smoking went on to earn a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay and a WGA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2006, Reitman was named Best Debut Director by the National Board of Review. In December 2007, Fox Searchlight released Reitman's second feature, Juno, which follows the story of a pregnant teenager. Juno has earned widespread praise since its debut at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival, and has grossed over $230 million worldwide. Reitman was nominated for an Academy Award® for directing Juno. The film earned one win for Diablo Cody's screenplay and additional nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Ellen Page). Juno won three Independent Spirit Awards and a Grammy Award. Reitman was born in Montreal on October 19, 1977. At age 19, his first short film, Operation, premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Reitman's short films have played in over a hundred film festivals worldwide. Reitman is half of the mash-up turntable band "Bad Meaning Bad."

About Anna Kendrick:
Anna Kendrick is an acclaimed young actress who is rapidly making her mark in theatre, film and television. She made her feature film debut in Todd Graff's Sundance Film Festival hit Camp and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the Someone to Watch category, as well as a best supporting actress nomination at the Annual Chlotrudis Awards. She is starring in Summit Entertainment's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the second installment of the Twilight franchise, as Jesssica Stanley. She recently filmed Scott Pilgrim vs. the World for director Edgar Wright. She also appeared in Rocket Science, from Oscar®-nominated Jeffrey Blitz, the filmmaker behind the documentary Spellbound. Last summer, she starred in The Marc Pease Experience for director Todd Louiso. Kendrick became the second youngest Tony Award nominee ever when she was nominated as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Dinah in the Broadway revival of High Society. She was also honored with Drama League and Theatre World Awards, as well as Drama Desk and FANY Award nominations. Kendrick was featured in the New York City Opera House production of A Little Night Music starring Jeremy Irons, directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Susan Stroman. She was a lead performer in the Cabaret segment of "My Favorite Broadway/The Leading Ladies" at Carnegie Hall Live, and workshopped Jane Eyre and The Little Princess for Broadway.


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