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Jason Reitman’s Live Read returns to TIFF 2022

The Toronto International Film Festival® today revealed that Jason Reitman’s Live Read will return to the Festival for an all-star event featuring a surprise cast. This year, the Montreal-born filmmaker will present a surprise screenplay in honour of his father, Ivan Reitman.

The live read is a unique event in which classic movie scripts are read by contemporary actors. A beloved film will be performed for audiences in a one-take read-through with Reitman narrating stage direction on Friday, September 9 at 3pm in the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre. This year’s cast and film title will be announced in the coming weeks. 

“The Jason Reitman Live Read delivers the pure nostalgia we love about our favourite movies, but charged with the excitement of live performance,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF CEO. “This year we’re honoured to host one of his father’s movies for our audience. We can’t wait to see this event unfold!”

TIFF has previously welcomed Reitman and all-star casts for live table reads of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights, Alan Ball’s American Beauty, John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club, and William Goldman’s The Princess Bride.

Jason Reitman created Live Read in October 2011, in collaboration with Elvis Mitchell, for the film society of Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA). The hit series featured The 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, which featured an all-African American cast including actors Laurence Fishburne and Terrence Howard.

For more information, please see tiff.net. Tickets to Jason Reitman’s Live Read 2022 will be available to purchase starting September 3 for TIFF Members and September 5 for the public, subject to availability. 

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