GREAT MOMENTS FOR UP IN THE AIR AT THE TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL AND TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL: Reading Roger Ebert’s review and strolling the streets of Toronto at 3 a.m., wondering if life could get any better.FAVORITE HOBBY: Long drives with good music.
DREAM LOCATIONS TO SHOOT FUTURE FILMS: I’ve wanted to write my love letter to Los Angeles ever since I can remember.
FAVORITE TRAVEL MOVIE OF ALL TIME: Sullivan’s Travels.
BEST TRAVEL ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED … AND TOOK: Put your shoes through the X-ray machine before your carry-on. That way you can re-lace as your bag comes through.
A FAVORITE MOMENT IN UP IN THE AIR: Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga comparing what kind of men they want to date.
MY HOME AWAY FROM HOME: Mann’s Village Theatre in Westwood, California.
NIGHT OWL OR EARLY BIRD?: When I’m making a movie? Both.
BEST PART ABOUT “DIRECTING” AIRPLANES IN UP IN THE AIR: They have zero use for backstory.
FILM ICONS: Kubrick. Wilder. Sturges. Payne.
SEA OR SKI IN WINTER?: Ski.
BEST WAY TO STAY CONNECTED TO FAMILY/FRIENDS WHILE ON THE ROAD:
Casual Friends: E-mail
Distant Friends: Twitter
FAVORITE PLACE TO CHILL AFTER A LONG DAY OF SHOOTING: In bed watching Adult Swim.
BEST PART ABOUT WORKING WITH GEORGE CLOONEY: He just smells great.
KEY TO A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR: Always be open-minded. The difference between tragedy and comedy is perspective.
The December release of Up in the Air looks poised to increase director Jason Reitman’s tally of hits to a perfect trio (Juno and Thank You for Smoking being the predecessors). Of course, we think it’s cool that many of the “extras” in the movie happen to be dispatched from the American Airlines fleet. Did we mention George Clooney also stars? Here, the spotlight is on Reitman, who gives a glimpse at what makes him tick.