'Up in the Air' director speaks at Franklin Institute

The last time Jason Reitman was in Philadelphia, he was directing an NHL spot with former Flyers center Peter Forsberg.

Last night the filmmaker spoke at a private screening of his Academy Award-nominated hit "Up in the Air" at the Franklin Institute that was open only to invited Chase Sapphire cardholders.


Reitman, who also directed "Juno" and "Thank You for Smoking," says he's taking some time off to write and develop scripts. He's working on adapting Joyce Maynard's novel "Labor Day," but isn't rushing himself.

The filmmaker, who resembles Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl, says he gets told that a lot and was once offered the chance to direct a Foo Fighters video but was busy on "Up in the Air."

Reitman says the worst case of mistaken identity he's had was after this year's Oscars. "Mark Boal, who wrote 'The Hurt Locker,' and I look a lot alike," Reitman told us last night. "He had won an Oscar and I hadn't and my wife and I were at In-N-Out Burger after the awards and an old woman came up to me and asked, 'Didn't you just win an Oscar?' I told her, 'Nope, I'm afraid not,' " he said.

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