First Man cast

No surprise here: a trio of very talented actors want to work with Whiplash and La La Land director, Damien ChazelleKyle Chandler (Bloodline), Corey Stoll (Café Society), and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) have signed up to star alongside Ryan Gosling in Chazelle’s First Man, which is about NASA’s attempt to put astronauts on the moon. They’ll start shooting the Amblin Entertainment project in the Fall.

Below, learn more about the First Man cast.

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Blade Runner 2049 Trailer Comparison

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the original sci-fi noir thriller Blade Runner from director Ridley Scott. Therefore, it’s only appropriate that this year also marks the long-anticipated sequel that fans have wanted for decades.

As for what secrets lie in Blade Runner 2049, we don’t know, but we do know that the visuals of the sequel magnificently recreate the production design and art direction of the original film, at least as far as we can tell from the first trailer. If you’d like to see them side-by-side, a new video compares footage from the new trailer with comparable shots from the original film.

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blade runner 2049 trailer

The original 1982 Blade Runner isn’t just one of the best science fiction movies ever made – it’s one of the most influential, with its overcrowded, rainy, beautiful, bleak, and neon-lit vision of a future Los Angeles continuing to inform how the genre looks to this very day. A sequel is a risky proposition. How do you follow-up a movie whose very aesthetic has become commonplace to the point of cliche?

Well, you can start by hiring director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins, who look to have taken Ridley Scott’s original vision and fine-tuned it for 2017 audiences in a big, bold away. At the very least, the new Blade Runner 2049 trailer makes it pretty clear that this long-gestating sequel will look stunning.

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blade runner 2049 posters

Returning to the Blade Runner series that helped cement his legacy as one of Hollywood’s most reliable action stars must have been a walk in the park for Harrison Ford. Maybe too much of a walk in the park, if these new Blade Runner 2049 posters are anything to go by.

Two new posters for Denis Villeneueve‘s sequel to the Ridley Scott sci-fi classic were released today, one featuring franchise newcomer Ryan Gosling,  who plays a hotshot blade runner Officer K, and Ford, who returns as former blade runner Rick Deckard.

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La La Land Prints

Today brings the Best Picture nominee (and mistaken winner) La La Land to Blu-ray and DVD for audiences to watch over and over again. Personally, I know that I’m excited to watch that uplifting opening musical number, even if it means getting my heart broken at the end of the movie. In addition to bringing La La Land into your home, there’s another item that you can purchase to show your love for the classic-style musical.

Hero Complex Gallery has release three gorgeous La La Land prints, two by Stan & Vince and one by Patrick Connan, each paying tribute to the movie starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Check out out after the jump along with details of where and when to get them. Read More »

song to song review

Late in Song to Song, a character strums an old guitar, noting that she could play the same chord for hours straight. Read it as another odd musing in a film filled with them or read it as director Terrence Malick summoning a nugget of self-awareness. Whatever it is, this moment sums up this film (and Malick’s recent output): this is the work of an artist willing to do the same thing over and over and over again, not because it makes a crowd-pleasing song, because it pleases him. These are his chords. His monotonous, frustrating, repetitive and undeniably distinctive chords.

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La La Land concert

La La Land In Concert: A Live-to-Film Celebration is coming to the Hollywood Bowl this summer. If you don’t live in Los Angeles, fret not my fellow La La Land fans: the concert will visit some major cities in the United States before making a few stops in Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, and other countries. However, La La Land‘s Academy Award-winning composer, Justin Hurwitz, is conducting the live shows at the Hollywood Bowl.

Below, learn more about the La La Land musical.

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Song to Song trailer

Over three years ago, Val Kilmer pulled out a chainsaw at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Music Festival when he was performing on stage with The Black Lips. Kilmer wasn’t a new addition to the band gone mad or anything; he was shooting a scene for Terrence Malick‘s long-awaited upcoming film, Song to Song, previously titled Weightless. While Malick often cuts great actors out of his films, thankfully Kilmer and his chainsaw made the final cut of Malick’s new love story, which stars Ryan GoslingRooney MaraMichael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman.

Below, watch the Song to Song trailer.

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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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Ryan Gosling as Doctor Strange

Even though Marvel Studios ended up picking Benedict Cumberbatch to play the title role of Doctor Strange in the second theatrical release this year, there were several options that were on the table at various times. Actors like Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto and Ryan Gosling were once in the running, and now we get to see what it might have been like to have one of those actors wearing the cape of The Sorcerer Supreme.

Concept artist Court Chu has shared two pieces that he created when Marvel Studios was hoping to land Ryan Gosling as Doctor Strange. It sounds like maybe their desire was short-lived, or maybe Gosling quickly turned down the role, because he says, ““I worked probably not even a day on some version of Doctor Strange years ago, and back then they wanted Gosling.”

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