La La Land - 2017 Critics Choice Awards

Awards season has officially begun, and we’re going to be hearing a lot about which movies are garnering accolades from various critics groups, guilds and eventually the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. The Independent Spirit Awards were first out of the gate with their nominations last week, and now the 2017 Critics Choice Awards nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association have arrived.

What’s fun about this particular line-up of nominees is that in addition to the usual powerful dramas that typically get nominated for awards, the BFCA also hands out awards for Best Action Movie, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Best Comedy, and the latter category isn’t full of movies pretending to be comedies like at the Golden Globes.

Check out the full list of 2017 Critics Choice Awards nominations 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 »

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 »

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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2016 fall movie preview

This 2016 fall movie preview was written by Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux.

The summer is over and the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting milder and (fingers crossed) the movies are going to start getting better. The next four months offer an embarrassment of cinematic riches, with new films from Martin Scorsese, Damien Chazelle, Tim Burton, Gareth Edwards, Paul Verhoeven, Mel Gibson, Robert Zemeckis, Park Chan-Wook, Terrence Malick, J.A. Bayona, Jeff Nichols, Ang Lee, Denis Villeneuve, Kenneth Lonergan, and other filmmakers of note waiting in the wings.

We’ve narrowed down the list of must-see movies to 32 titles and have ranked them from “We really want to see this!” to “We will push you out of the way at a sprint to see this!”

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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 »

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 »

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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 »