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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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Before Midnight

Last month we got the very welcome news that Richard Linklater‘s Before trilogy would be joining the Criterion Collection. While the director’s SlackerDazed and Confused, and Boyhood are all part of the lineup already, it took Criterion a while to get around to tackling this one. But then again, Before fans are surely used to waiting — after all, it took nine years to get from each chapter of Jesse and Celine’s love story to the next.

Now, the wait is almost over. With just a couple of months to go until the trilogy hits shelves, Criterion has released the cover art for all three movies as well as the box set. Check it out below. Read More »

La La Land - Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

La La Land is a bittersweet feast for the senses. Damien Chazelle‘s (Whiplash) original dance musical stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as struggling artists and lovers. Thankfully, their love story is registering with both audiences and critics right out of the gate. The film just had a hugely successful opening weekend and won Best Picture at the 2017 Critics Choice Awards.

Below, learn how well La La Land performed at the box-office and the Critics Choice Awards.

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A UNITED KINGDOM

If you find yourself in the mood for love next February but aren’t really feeling the kinky thriller vibe of Fifty Shades Darker, consider waiting a week for A United Kingdom. The new drama by tells the story of Seretse, the king of Bechuanaland (present-day Botswana), who meets and falls for Ruth Williams, a white commoner from England. But don’t mistake this for a fairy tale. A United Kingdom is rooted in real-life history and chronicles not just the sweet, sweeping romance between the couple, but also the controversy and hardships that follow after Seretse and Ruth decide to marry.

David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike play the central couple, so you know A United Kingdom will be incredibly well acted, and Amma Asante (Belle) is behind the camera, so you know it will also be beautifully directed. A new trailer has just arrived thanks to Fox Searchlight, and you can check it out below.

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King Arthur release date

While Warner Bros. has plenty of heavy-hitters like The Lego Batman MovieWonder Woman, Justice League, Dunkirk, and Kong: Skull Island coming out next year, they have a few other notable titles that have a chance at success. There’s Guy Ritchie‘s King Arthur: The Legend of the SwordDax Shepard‘s R-rated CHiPs movie, a romance called Everything, Everything, and, a film guaranteed to make some bucks, Annabelle 2 — and these four films all have new release dates.

Below, learn the new King Arthur release date and more.

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Fifty Shades Darker trailer

Fifty Shades of Grey ended with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) reconsidering the terms of her complicated relationship with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), but to the surprise of absolutely no one, Fifty Shades Darker finds the couple slipping right back into their old kinky habits. After all, there’s no sequel if they break up for good. And if there’s no sequel, there’s no opportunity for Universal to make another gazillion dollars off this hot property.

However, there are a few key changes this time around. For starters, the new installment sees James Foley replacing Sam Taylor-Johnson as the director behind the camera. And then there’s the fact that this one looks less like a romantic drama than a thriller, what with all the creepy stalkers appearing in bedrooms and all the helicopters crashing in forests. Watch the Fifty Shades Darker trailer below.

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passengers clip

Sony has released a couple new bits of marketing for next month’s other big space movie, Morten Tyldum‘s Passengers. The sci-fi romance stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as two people who wake up 90 years early on an interstellar journey. They kill some time by falling madly in love with one another (because even in the future, human beings are powerless to resist the charms of Jennifer Lawrence or Chris Pratt) before realizing they’re screwed because their spaceship is about to fall apart.

But that disaster comes a bit later, it seems. The new Passengers clip and the new Passengers music video (with music by Imagine Dragons) show the pair in happier times, as they dive headfirst into their whirlwind romance. Click on through to check ’em out. Read More »

La La Land Featurette

Decades ago, musicals were all the rage in Hollywood. Some of the biggest stars in the world were actors and actresses known for their impressive pipes and mesmerizing dance steps, like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Now Whiplash director Damien Chazelle is bringing back that classic style in the modern musical La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and a new featurette goes behind the scenes to show how they’re making it happen.

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Steven Knight Interview

Screenwriter Steven Knight‘s latest film, Allied, has shootouts, impeccable costumes, exotic locations, and two appealing movie stars, but there’s a fine conflict to go along with all the eye candy. Over 30 years ago, Knight was inspired to one day write about a Canadian intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) who learns his wife, a former French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard), might be a spy for the Germans.

Allied is based on a true story Knight was told in his 20s, but his version of the story plays out differently. Knight took the premise he heard, ran with it, and turned it into the movie we see today. His script ended up in the hands of director Robert Zemeckis, who crafted some top-notch sequences in the film we recently asked Knight about.

The screenwriter behind Eastern PromisesDirty Pretty ThingsPeaky Blinders, and next year’s Taboo took the time to discuss setting up challenges for himself, directing, rules, and some of Allied‘s standout scenes.

Below, read our Steven Knight interview.

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