BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Ariana Grande & John Legend song

It’s a tale as old as time, or at least as old as Disney’s original Beauty and the Beast. The 1991 film kicked off Disney’s long-running tradition of commissioning pop versions of their own songs for their soundtracks — think Demi Lovato’s “Let It Go” on the Frozen soundtrack, or Alessia Cara’s “How Far I’ll Go” on the Moana one. Now the studio’s coming full circle with their new live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, bringing in John Legend and Ariana Grande to record a new take on the title song.  Read More »

La La Land Featurette

Last weekend, La La Land won all of the Golden Globes it was nominated for, setting a new record for the most Golden Globes won by a single film with seven trophies taken home. There’s a good chance that the movie, including stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will get plenty of Oscar nominations when they’re announced on January 24th too.

In the meantime, more and more people are seeing the musical now that it’s in wide release across the country. That means there’s no better time for a new La La Land featurette to show how director Damien Chazelle blended his love for classic musicals from decades ago with a contemporary romance set in the heart of Los Angeles.

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la la land stage musical

We’ve reached the point where everyone should be getting pretty sick and tired of hearing about the greatness of La La Land, but here’s the thing: it is pretty darn great. Damien Chazelle‘s second film was one of my favorite movies of 2016, ranked number three on the overall /Film top 15, and has been making bank at the box office while picking up awards right and left. It’s probably going to win a bunch of naked golden men at the Oscars next month.

In fact, I like La La Land so much that not even the news that Lionsgate may capitalize on its success by transforming it into a stage musical can dampen my enthusiasm.

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new the space between us trailer

The Space Between Us, the teen sci-fi romance starring Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson, was originally scheduled to come out last month, but it got pushed back to this February. The fish-out-of-water story sends a Martian, a teenager who was born on Mars, to Earth for the first time, where he’ll look for his father with a little assistance from an Earthling friend.

Below, watch the very earnest new trailer for The Space Between Us.

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santa clarita plot

Timothy Olyphant is an actor we’re happy to see is starring in a new series. He’s the kind of performer you’re pleased to see show up in any medium, but with a show, it means our time isn’t limited with the Justified star, who has such a relaxed, natural charisma. With his new show, Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet, he’s acting alongside the equally charming Drew Barrymore, whose character undergoes a surprising change.

Below, learn what the Santa Clarita Diet is really about.

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The Lovers trailer

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a longtime couple finds that the spark has gone out of their marriage, and begin seeking satisfaction in outside affairs. One thing leads to another, the new relationships grow more serious, and it looks like the marriage is about to be over for good. So far, so familiar, right?

But then Azazel Jacobs‘ The Lovers throws a curveball. In this film, the couple, played by Tracy Letts and Debra Winger, unexpectedly find that their extramarital activities have rekindled the passion within the marriage. It’s not long before the spouses find themselves cheating on the people that they were cheating on each other with (played by Aidan Gillen and Melora Waters. Watch The Lovers trailer below.  Read More »

Between Us Trailer

Romance is a staple of cinema. But while movies about love have often painted a portrait of happily ever after, some filmmakers have decided to deliver more realistic portrayals of romance — the good and the bad, the whimsical and the disappointing. Between Us is another one of those films.

The indie romance from Mexican director Rafael Palacio Illingworth focuses on Ben Feldman (Superstore) and Olivia Thirlby (Juno), a couple that has been together for six years and feels the pressure of settling down so much that they decide, perhaps too fleetingly, to tie the knot. They soon find that the “forever” part of their marriage vows is more of a struggle than they anticipated.

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Passengers

It’s taken almost a decade for Passengers to hit the big screen. Now that the film is out in theaters, I thought we could discuss how the ending of the film failed its premise, and how the original Passengers ending from the screenplay was different from the final film.

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la-la-land

This news story begins with an anecdote. I arrived early for an interview during The Edge of Seventeen press and found myself killing time with the local PR folks. They told me they were working on a promotional campaign for the upcoming film La La Land. I suggested they take advantage of the fact that it’s an old-fashioned musical. To my surprise, they ended up taking me very literally. So I’m pleased (and a little shocked!) to help premiere this lovely video, where a key scene from Damien Chazelle‘s Oscar frontrunner is recreated in public, with the Austin, Texas skyline as a backdrop.

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Passengers Reviews

Just a few days before Christmas, the sci-fi adventure romance Passengers will hit screens, putting Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence at the center of a story that feels like Titanic in space. While we’ll have to wait a little longer to see this one, some members of the press have already seen the movie ahead of time, and the first Passengers reviews have started to hit the web.

While both Pratt and Lawrence get acclaim for their performances, the consensus seems to be that their talents are wasted on a movie that never quite reaches its full potential, seemingly because director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) doesn’t really know how to keep Jon Spaihts‘ script (which made the Black List years ago) as interesting as it should be on screen.

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