After taking a detour to space for his most recent film, First Man, filmmaker Damien Chazelle is returning to a Hollywood setting for his newest movie, Babylon. Emma Stone, who won an Oscar for her performance in Chazelle’s terrific 2016 movie La La Land, has had to drop out of playing the lead role in his upcoming feature – and Margot Robbie (Birds of Prey) is being eyed to replace her. Read More »
Movies shot on the smartphone are becoming all the rage in Hollywood, as auteurs test the limits of what that little piece of handheld technology can do. Sean Baker and Steven Soderbergh proved that iPhone movies could play on the big screen, but what about the format that has become so commonly associated with that handheld device: the vertical video? The format that makes us all want to scream “Turn the camera, Susan,” the vertical video is the bane of many a movie lover’s existence. The fact that Quibi is trying to pioneer the vertical video isn’t helping either.
But Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle is here to prove that vertical video can actually become “vertical cinema” with the help of a few clever camera angles, multiple expensive sets, and some very willing stuntmen.
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In case Whiplash and La La Land weren’t enough evidence that Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle loves jazz, he has a new Netflix series that will reinforce his passion.
The Eddy is an eight-episode series taking place in various neighborhoods of Paris, following New York jazz pianist Elliot Udo (André Holland of Moonlight) as he runs a struggling club called The Eddy, which features a house band that includes his on-again-off-again girlfriend Maja (Joanna Kuling). Plenty of drama unfolds among these characters and more in Paris, but there’s also a lively jazz soundtrack, which has been teased in The Eddy featurettes that Netflix recently revealed. Read More »
When he was only 32 years old, Damien Chazelle became the youngest person to ever win the Academy Award for Best Director. After winning that prize for La La Land, he directed the Neil Armstrong-centric First Man and then did what most high-profile filmmakers seem to be doing these days: took a trip to the world of streaming. The result is The Eddy, an upcoming Netflix series about Chazelle’s passion/obsession: jazz.
Now a new trailer has arrived, and while the teaser seemed to hint at a series which basked in the inherent romance of musicians playing their hearts out at a Parisian jazz club, this full trailer shows what can happen when flights of fancy come crashing down to reality. Read More »
You may already know this, but Damien Chazelle is a big fan of jazz. His movies Whiplash and La La Land are chock-full of jazz, baby, and he’s not ashamed to keep those sweet, sweet jazz tunes swinging into his next project – The Eddy. The Netflix series was created by Chazelle, who also directs some episodes, and follows a once-celebrated jazz pianist played by André Holland who owns a struggling jazz club in Paris. Watch The Eddy trailer below.
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Damien Chazelle, who became the youngest person to win the Best Director Oscar for La La Land, his love letter to Hollywood, is returning to Tinseltown for his next movie. Babylon will be a tale set in the film world in the late 1920s, as the industry transitions from silent features to sound. Brad Pitt and Emma Stone are still in talks to play the lead roles, and now the project has found a studio home at Paramount. Read More »
Director Damien Chazelle didn’t get nearly as much acclaim as he deserved for last year’s biographical historical drama First Man. The chronicle of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon and the key moments that led to it was much more than your average account of NASA’s exploits in the space race, but the film only garnered a few technical award nominations at the Oscars. But this is Hollywood, and Chazelle will likely have another chance at Oscar gold with his next project.
After drumming up praise with films like Whiplash and bringing classic musical flair with La La Land, Damien Chazelle is shopping a new project called Babylon around Hollywood. If Chazelle by himself isn’t enough to excite you, maybe a reunion with Oscar nominee Emma Stone will help sweeten the deal. Read More »
Sooner or later, everyone goes to Netflix. Damien Chazelle, director of La La Land and First Man, is developing the new musical series The Eddy for the streaming service, and he’s just found his leading man. André Holland will star as the owner of a failing jazz club in Paris. Chazelle will executive produce the series, and direct the first two episodes, marking his first foray into TV.
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When all is said and done, First Man may be one of the most underrated movies of 2018. Even I myself was slightly lukewarm on it until I watched it a second time, and was won over. First Man hits 4K, Blu-ray and DVD today, January 22, and in honor of the home video release, we have an exclusive First Man clip. This behind-the-scenes footage reveals the amount of detail that went into creating the film’s NASA sequences, and more. Watch the clip below.
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First Man isn’t an average biopic. Damien Chazellle‘s drama is not a collection of CliffsNotes or an aggrandizing portrait of its subject, the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, who’s played with steel and vulnerability by Ryan Gosling. For a story as sprawling as the race to the moon, Chazelle and screenwriter Josh Singer crafted a thrillingly stripped down, point of view-driven, and as Singer says, repetitive and frustrating story more about loss than victory.
The emphasis on character and mood, not just major events and facts we all know, is a breath of fresh air in the time of the year where we generally sit through mind-numbing and by-the-numbers bio films. Those movies tend to be very easily digestible and risk-adverse stories, but First Man, on the other hand, is uncompromising in its vision and willing to challenge its audience. The journey for Neil Armstrong wasn’t easy, so why would the movie be? It’s another unshakable experience from Chazelle and screenwriter Josh Singer, who won an Academy Award for co-writing Spotlight.
Singer recently told us about his collaboration with the La La Land director, his tireless research and depicting the moon landing, and the haunting final image of First Man.
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