Emma Watson Miles Teller

Miles Teller and Emma Watson are in talks to co-star in a modern-day Los Angeles musical from the red-hot director of Whiplash. That’s a cool sentence. The film is called La La Land and Damien Chazelle will write and direct with Lionsgate attached to distribute. It’ll follow two artistic, romantic Los Angeles residents who fall in love but find the cutthroat nature of the city so brutal on their relationship, they’re pushed into song.

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Made in America trailer

Ron Howard looks to Jay-Z and other performers to find the power of music in Made in America. The documentary (no relation to the Ted Danson/Whoopi Goldberg movie of the same name) finds Howard looking at the creation and execution of Jay-Z’s Made in America festival, which took place last year in Philadelphia. Not only does Howard spend time pointing a camera at the people organizing the fest, he shoots most of the performers, which included Jay Z (of course), Miike Snow, Janelle Monáe, Pearl Jam, Run-D.M.C., Santigold, Skrillex, Kanye West, D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, and The Hives.

And so we get moments such as the bit when the organizers talk about how Skrillex has to perform from inside his spaceship, and then we see Skrillex in his spaceship. That’s cinema, folks. The film premiered at TIFF last year and aired on Showtime not long afterwards, but has been picked up for theatrical distribution in the US this year. Watch the Made in America trailer below.  Read More »

‘Annie’ Trailer: Jamie Foxx Is Kinda Like Batman

Annie trailer

Jamie Foxx got to play a supervillain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 earlier this year, but in this winter’s Annie, he’ll be more like a superhero. Batman, to be specific. Or so his character claims in the new Annie trailer.

Meanwhile, he also seems to think taking in Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) will be kind of like owning a turtle. So if you think about it, the updated Annie is sorta-kinda the heartwarming story of Batman adopting a turtle. Aww. Watch the latest Annie trailer after the jump. Read More »

Pitch Perfect 2 Skyler Astin Ben Platt

Briefly: The two newest members of the Barden Treblemakers are now officially returning for Pitch Perfect 2. Roommates turned a capella singers Jesse (Skylar Astin) and Benji (Ben Platt) have now both officially signed to return for the currently in-production sequel. Directed by Elizabeth Banks, almost all of the original cast is returning – including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine – as well as newcomers Haliee Steinfeld and Katey Segal. It’s scheduled for release May 15, 2015. [Deadline and Twitter]

get on up trailer 2

James Brown tells you who he is in this new trailer for the biopic Get on Up. Either a short theatrical trailer or a long TV spot, this look at the film opens with Brown (Chadwick Boseman, 42) talking about his parents, and we flash through some moments of success before coming back around to a heated conversation between mama and her son. Much of this footage is the same as what we saw in the first trailer, but there’s definitely some new stuff, and a different emphasis, and additional voiceover. Check out the Get on Up trailer 2 below. Read More »

Pitch Perfect 2 Katey Sagal

Pitch Perfect 2 reunites several beloved Barden Bellas, but it’s also introducing some fresh voices into the a cappella sound mix. Following the addition of Hailee Steinfeld last month, Sons of Anarchy star Katey Sagal has just boarded the musical comedy sequel. Get details on her role after the jump.

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Frank featurette Michael Fassbender

One of my favorite films so far in 2014 is Frank, the movie in which Michael Fassbender plays a musician who spends every minute of every day wearing a giant fake head. That’s a pretty good way to get some attention for the film, but Frank is a very funny and genuinely wonderful movie about the process of creativity, and the fact that some of us are simply no good when it comes to making music and art.

Still, it’s a weird concept to get your, um, head around to some extent, so how about a clip featuring Fassbender’s title character in conversation with the musician (Domhnall Gleeson, of About Time and soon of Star Wars Episode VII) who desperately wants to be his musical equal? That will get across the tone of the film pretty well. If you still have questions (and you will) there’s also a great ten-minute featurette that gives a lot of background without giving too much away. Read More »

Almost Famous

It’s no secret Cameron Crowe had problems giving his 2000 semi-autobiographical film a title. At one point it was actually called Untitled, a clever nod to the musical story held within, as well as an admission of defeat. The studio wouldn’t let that fly, so Crowe went through many different titles before settling on Almost Famous. And it’s a perfect title.

For a contribution to the 300th issue of Empire Magazine, Crowe dug up the original notebook pages where he brainstormed all kinds of different titles for the movie, much like William Miller does during the credits of the film. Check out Cameron Crowe’s alternate Almost Famous titles below. Read More »

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