La La Land

Whiplash was 2014’s little film that could: the $3 million picture took Sundance by storm, won three Oscars and got nominated for two more, grossed $49 million in all, and put director Damien Chazelle on the map as an up-and-comer to watch. No surprise, then, that Lionsgate is hoping Chazelle will be able to work a similar magic with his next film, La La Land. The studio has pushed the musical romance, which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, from July 15, 2016 to December, putting it right in the thick of awards season.  Read More »

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Most Anticipated 2016 Movies

Now that 2015 is over, we’re in a bit of a dead zone for movies with a lot of junk being dumped in January. Usually this period of disappointing options on the big screen lasts through February and into March, but for me, next month brings three of my 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016. But what about the rest of the year? Find out what other movies I’m looking forward to with the full list after the jump! Read More »

Angie Han’s 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016

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There’s so much about the process of putting together a “most anticipated” list that just isn’t fair. Films that have already put out trailers have a distinct advantage over those that haven’t. New installments of familiar franchises are easier to get hyped for than completely unknown quantities. And in any given year, some of the very best films are the ones that come out of seemingly nowhere, crafted by filmmakers and stars we haven’t even heard of yet.

So I’m not going to pretend there’s anything close to an even playing field here. This isn’t a merit-based competition, because by definition I don’t know what merits any of these films have yet. It’s simply an excited look ahead at the year to come. Here are the films that make me glad, even in the freezing doldrums of January, that we’ve finally arrived at 2016.  Read More »

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One of the many sins committed by 2013’s Gangster Squad (pictured above) was the way it totally squandered the pairing of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The stars had just lit up the screen together in 2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love., but none of the crackling chemistry they demonstrated in that movie carried over to Ruben Fleischer’s tedious crime drama.

They’ll get another chance to shine together in 2016, though. Gosling and Stone have re-teamed for La La Land, a contemporary yet old-fashioned musical from Whiplash director Damien Chazelle. And if the first image from the film is any indication, they’ve definitely got their romantic mojo back. Get your La La Land first look after the jump.  Read More »

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The last time J.K. Simmons and Damien Chazelle teamed up, their movie Whiplash scored five Oscar nominations including a Best Supporting Actor win for Simmons. No wonder, then, that they’re looking to join forces again.

Simmons has just signed on for Chazelle’s upcoming musical La La Land. He joins Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, who play a pair of star-crossed lovers. Get all the details on the JK Simmons La La Land casting after the jump.  Read More »

Power Rangers director

Lionsgate have announced a whole slate of new release dates, and also some date changes. The films in question include American Ultra, Criminal, Dirty Grandpa, Gods of Egypt, La La Land, and Power Rangers. Hit the jump to find out the latest release date announcements.
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La La Land cast

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have teamed for a film twice before. One was Crazy Stupid Love, and that worked out alright. The second movie was Gangster Squad (above), and the less said about it, the better. But that film’s problems weren’t related to the casting, and we’d be happy to see them work together again. Now they’re looking at La La Land, the musical that Whiplash director Damien Chazelle is assembling as his follow-up to the conservatory nightmare that blew minds in 2014. Read More »

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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.

Read more about the La La Land movie below. Read More »

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Damien Chazelle, who wrote Grand Piano and wrote and directed Whiplash, certainly has a musical bent. While both of his films so far have had thriller elements, they have also had significant musical influence. Grand Piano follows a concert pianist, played by Elijah Wood, who is warned that any missed note in one particular performance will have violent consequences. Whiplash (above) follows a student jazz drummer who seeks greatness under the tutelage of an unusually stern taskmaster. (Read my review here.)

Now Chazelle will make a film called La La Land,  which keeps the musical element, still with a jazz inclination, and sounds like it could even edge into thriller territory. Read More »