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The Black Swan's Going to Be Fran Kubelik

Photo of Dana Harris By Dana Harris | Indiewire November 16, 2011 at 8:28PM

Jason Reitman's monthly staged readings at LACMA (part of the screening series curated by Elvis Mitchell) have quickly become one of the hottest tickets in Los Angeles. (Tomorrow's performance is sold out.) In October it was John Hughes' shooting script for "The Breakfast Club" (with Patton Oswalt giving a standout performance as nerd Brian Johnson -- don't know if he was auditioning back then, but the Anthony Michael Hall role went to the wrong guy); this time it's Billy WIlder's "The Apartment." The reason these performances generate such heat is a combination of warm nostalgia and the slow burn that comes with Reitman's Twitter-feed reveal of who's playing what. This time we have return performances from "Breakfast Club" cast members JK Simmons (he's going to make an awesome Jeff D. Sheldrake) and Mindy Kaling (Miss Olsen) as well as Ken Jeong (the slimy Joe Dobsich) -- and Natalie Portman as Fran Kubelik, the role that got Shirley MacLaine her second Oscar nomination. Still to come: Who's taking the Jack Lemmon role of ambitious-schnook-turned-romantic-hero C.C. Baxter. Personally, I'd love to see Oswalt get the shot.
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Jason Reitman's monthly staged readings at LACMA (part of the screening series curated by Elvis Mitchell) have quickly become one of the hottest tickets in Los Angeles. (Tomorrow's performance is sold out.)

In October it was John Hughes' shooting script for "The Breakfast Club" (with Patton Oswalt giving a standout performance as nerd Brian Johnson -- don't know if he was auditioning back then, but the Anthony Michael Hall role went to the wrong guy); this time it's Billy WIlder's "The Apartment."

The reason these performances generate such heat is a combination of warm nostalgia and the slow burn that comes with Reitman's Twitter-feed reveal of who's playing what. This time we have return performances from "Breakfast Club" cast members JK Simmons (he's going to make an awesome Jeff D. Sheldrake) and Mindy Kaling (Miss Olsen) as well as Ken Jeong (the slimy Joe Dobsich) -- and Natalie Portman as Fran Kubelik, the role that got Shirley MacLaine her second Oscar nomination.

Still to come: Who's taking the Jack Lemmon role of ambitious-schnook-turned-romantic-hero C.C. Baxter. Personally, I'd love to see Oswalt get the shot.
 

This article is related to: LACMA Screening Series, Elvis Mitchell , Natalie Portman, Jason Reitman