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Mushy Labor Day Doesn't Work

Critics rip Jason Reitman's romantic melodrama

(Newser) - Jason Reitman (Up In the Air, Juno) is a respected filmmaker, and Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin are respected performers. But critics definitely don't respect their new collaboration Labor Day, a melodramatic romance between a depressed single mother and an escaped convict, based on a Joyce Maynard novel. Here'... More »

Young Adult Painfully Funny

Charlize Theron stars in Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody film

(Newser) - Young Adult, from the writer/director team behind Juno, stars Charlize Theron as a selfish thirtysomething returning to her hometown with the belief that she can win over her high school boyfriend—who's now married with a kid. Critics love it, though it can be hard to take:
  • The film
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Up in the Air 'Darkly Hilarious'

Melancholy downsizing dramedy deftly captures this era

(Newser) - George Clooney stars as a frequent-flying corporate axeman-for-hire in Up In the Air, a dramedy that was too slick for some critics but was ranked among the best of the year by many.
  • "It's rare for a movie to be at once so biting and so moving," writes
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Movie-Biz Insiders Worth Following on Twitter

(Newser) - Though movie stars are the most publicized of Hollywood's Twitterati, fans can get some real insider dirt from directors and producers using the site, too. Mashable runs down 20 who Tweet often, and honestly:
  • @Jon_Favreau is ... Jon Favreau: The Iron Man director's "Tweets don’t reek of continual self-promotion,
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Forget Oscar—Who Were 2008's Rainmakers?

(Newser) - The Oscars are coming up, but that orgy of self-congratulation doesn’t celebrate what really matters in Hollywood: money. Forbes crunched the numbers for 2008 and selected the winners of a different award: the Rainmaker.
  • Best Actor: Robert Downey Jr. returned $52.60 to Paramount for every dollar it spent
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Juno Barbs Prompt Protests

Adoptive parents hurt by 'iPod scene'

(Newser) - Angry viewers are lobbying to axe "hurtful" lines from the trailer of quirky adoption flick Juno before showing it at the Oscars, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The offending scene—televised at the Golden Globes—has the title character quipping the Chinese "give away babies like free iPods.... More »

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