Emma Stone Auditioned for All That

This weekend, Emma Stone returns to Saturday Night Live to host the late night sketch show for a third time. However, she almost starred in an entirely different sketch comedy show much earlier in her career, one that would have had her crossing paths with a certain SNL cast member at a young age.

While appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the 28-year-old actress revealed that she auditioned for the Nickelodeon kids sketch comedy show All That when she was 12 years old. Even though she didn’t end up getting the job, her audition sounds rather entertaining.

Find out what happened when Emma Stone auditioned for All That after the jump. 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.

Watch the La La Land featurette after the jump. Read More »

La La Land Song

As we’re winding down to the end of the year, there are still plenty of great movies to see in theaters, especially films that are looking for some awards attention early next year. One of those films also just happens to be one of my most anticipated movies of the year, and now we get a wonderful new piece of it.

The first song from the modern musical La La Land has just debuted online, and it’s a beautiful duet titled “City of Stars” sung by the film’s stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. It has a classic feel to it, and there are some beautiful moments that feel very candid and natural, helped by the fact that it doesn’t sound like a super polished studio recording.

Listen to the La La Land song “City of Stars” after the jump, and if you’re lucky, you might just see some new footage from the movie as well. Read More »

Beauty and the Beast - Belle (Emma Watson) in window

As a live-action remake of an animated movie practically everyone has seen, Bill Condon‘s Beauty and the Beast probably doesn’t have too many shocking revelations in store for us. Still, fans have been dying to know what Emma Watson and Dan Stevens would look like as the central pairing, and today we finally get to find out. A new Beauty and the Beast first look photo shows Watson and Stevens recreating one of the most iconic moments from the 1991 film, Beauty and the Beast’s ballroom dance. Check it out below.

UPDATE #1: A new batch of photos shows Gaston, Lefou, Maurice, Cogsworth, Lumiere, Plumette, and Mrs. Potts. Click through to take a look.

UPDATE #2: Disney has released hi-res photos from Beauty and the Beast. See them all below.

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La La Land trailer

We’re guessing a large number of you have been in the bag for La La Land since the moment it was announced, based solely on the talent and premise. It’s an old-fashioned musical romance (albeit one set in the modern day) from Whiplash wunderkind Damien Chazelle, starring two of the most appealing actors working today, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. What’s not to like, right?

So for those of you, this La La Land trailer probably isn’t so much a chance for you to make up your mind about whether you want to see this thing, as it is an opportunity for you to get excited all over again. And the good news is that it still looks great. Watch the La La Land trailer below. Read More »

David Blaine: Beyond Magic Trailer

David Blaine is a magician best known for making magic cool again in the late 1990’s with his street magic specials. His detour into crazy stunts that seemingly tested his body’s limits was not quite as interesting as his personal slight of hand wizardry, and in recent years he has television appearances have become rarer. He returned in 2013 with the ABC special David Blaine: Real or Magic, which featured Blaine performing his trademark magic for celebrities and public figures.

He returns with a new special next month entitled David Blaine: Beyond Magic, which takes the same approach, featuring the likes of Emma Stone, Johnny Depp, John Travolta, Margot Robbie, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patrick Stewart, and more. The first David Blaine: Beyond Magic trailer has been released, watch it now after the jump.

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La La Land Review

“They don’t make ’em like this anymore” is a frequent lament when it comes to movies, but it couldn’t be truer in the case of La La Land, an unabashedly old-fashioned musical directed by Whiplash‘s Damien Chazelle. Set in contemporary Los Angeles — with just enough modern-day flourishes to remind you that this is a movie made and set in the 2010s, not the 1950s — La La Land follows a struggling pianist and an aspiring actress who fall in love but find their separate dreams threatening to pull them apart. It’s a story as old as Hollywood and jazz, and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone feel like a pairing for the ages.

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La La Land Reviews - Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

Last night, Damien Chazelle‘s musical romance La La Land premiered at the Venice Film Festival on the other side of the world. The film is one of my most anticipated films of the year, so I couldn’t be happier to hear all the positive buzz coming from the premiere.

The first La La Land reviews reaffirm what we’ve observed from the trailers, calling the film a loyal homage to classic movie musicals, shot magnificently, and acted superbly by stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone with some astounding original music. However, for all the praise that calls the film audacious, exciting and passionate, some reviews also point out that the film has difficulty balancing the fantastical nature of the musical style with the raw, emotional drama that comes between musical numbers, making the film a little uneven.

Read some the early La La Land reviews have to say after the jump. Read More »

La La Land trailer

The first trailer for Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land treated us to the musical stylings of Ryan Gosling, as he sang the poignant ballad “City of Stars.” The new one puts Emma Stone in the spotlight, as she performs the equally wistful “Audition.”

Stone and Gosling play a couple of striving artists — she an actress, he a musician — who meet and fall for each other in Los Angeles. Though the film is set in the present day, there’s an unmistakably old-fashioned feel to it, from the colorful sets to the fanciful dance sequences. The very idea of releasing a classic movie musical in 2016 may seem kind of nuts, but just as Stone sings, “Here’s to the ones that dream, foolish as they may seem.” Watch the latest La La Land trailer below.  Read More »

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La La Land

How about a bit of wistful longing to go with your coffee this morning? Summit Entertainment has just unveiled the dreamy first trailer for La La Land, the new musical romance by Whiplash director Damien ChazelleRyan Gosling and Emma Stone (so great together in Crazy, Stupid, Love.; a shame that chemistry was squandered in Gangster Squad) play a pair of aspiring artists who have the gorgeous and terrible luck of falling for each other in a city that’s known for crushing spirits — that is, Los Angeles. Check it out below.  Read More »