Sunday, September 2, 2012

Jason Reitman presents live reading of American Beauty at TIFF [UPDATED]

September 6 at 6 pm at Ryerson Theatre

Toronto — The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced a unique audience experience as Jason Reitman and an all-star cast join together for a live table read of Alan Ball’s screenplay for American Beauty. This unique experience is part of Reitman’s “Live Read” series, in which classic movie scripts are read by contemporary actors. With no rehearsal, the actors will come together for a one-take read-through and will revisit this Academy Award®-winning script, with Reitman narrating stage direction. The cast for Thursday’s reading will be announced by Reitman on Twitter in the days leading up to the event. The Festival has a close connection with American Beauty — the film launched here many Septembers ago on its ride to the Oscars.

“This is one surprise we couldn’t wait to share with Toronto,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, TIFF. “Jason Reitman is like family to us and the Ryerson Theatre is his Festival home.”

“We’re excited to offer Festival audiences the opportunity to watch the creative process unfold in front of their eyes,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “With actors of this calibre being guided by Jason Reitman through Alan Ball's Oscar-winning screenplay, this will be a unique experience to remember.”

The table read will be held at the Ryerson Theatre on September 6 at 6 pm. Tickets on sale today. $19.69 for adults and $15.04 for age 25 and under. Purchase Festival tickets online at, by phone at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, and in person at the Festival Box Office located at 225 King St West. TIFF prefers Visa. The 37th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 to 16, 2012.

Jason Reitman created the “Live Read” in October 2011, in collaboration with Elvis Mitchell for the film society of Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA). The six month hit series featured "Breakfast Club" (Jennifer Garner and Aaron Paul), “The Apartment” (Steve Carell and Natalie Portman), “The Princess Bride” (Paul Rudd), “Shampoo” (Bradley Cooper and Kate Hudson), “The Big Lebowski” (Seth Rogen), and “Reservoir Dogs,” featuring an all-African American cast with Laurence Fishburne and Terrence Howard. The LACMA series will begin again this October 2012, with all movie titles and cast as a last-second suprise.


Announced Cast

Adam Driver in the role of Ricky Fitts originated by Wes Bentley.
Sarah Gadon in the role of Angela originated by Mena Suvari.
Nick Kroll in the role of Buddy originated by Peter Gallagher.
Mae Whitman in the role of Jane originated by Thora Birch.
George Stroumboulopoulos in the role of Jim originated by Scott Bakula.
Paul Scheer (replacing Woody Harrelson) in the role of Col Frank Fitts originated by Chris Cooper.
Christina Hendricks in the role of Carolyn originated by Annette Bening.
Bryan Cranston in the role of Lester originated by Kevin Spacey.

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