Oscar-nominated film, "Up in the Air," tells a story made for the recession. George Clooney plays a corporate grim reaper, flying all over the country to lay off his clients' employees. Director Jason Reitman ("Juno") based it on the 2001 novel by Walter Kirn. Reitman and Kirn told Kurt that the project ended up having more resonance in the real world than either could have anticipated.

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