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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Mondo has done it again with their First Man vinyl. The company enlisted artist Marc Aspinall to create a beautiful piece of art that captures the essence of Damien Chazelle‘s new Neil Armstrong biopic, and the moon-themed design of the record itself and the eerie interior photo makes this presentation arguably even better than composer Justin Hurwitz‘s score. Take a closer look below. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, the voice cast of the Netflix animated series Big Mouth recaps the first season for those who want to catch up. Plus, director Damien Chazelle breaks down a scene from First Man, and Bad Times at the El Royale star Dakota Johnson sits down for a lie detector test interview. Read More »
This weekend brings First Man to theaters, the latest film from Whiplash and La La Land director Damien Chazelle. However, this time around the director trades in jazz for the wonder of space as he tells the story of Neil Armstrong’s journey from the Earth to the moon. And he does it all with the help of IMAX.
A new First Man IMAX featurette has arrived online to show how Damien Chazelle and his cinematographer Linus Sandgren wanted to immerse audiences in the intensity and excitement of the moon landing through the IMAX format. The wonder of this historic event in history is made all the more powerful on the screen when the film switches from the Super 16mm film used to shoot the rest of the film to the massive IMAX format.
However, before you watch the featurette, beware that it spoils how IMAX is used in the movie and also shows a lot of the moon landing itself, which is from the end of the movie. Read More »
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We’re still a few weeks away from the release of First Man, which will be one of the first major Oscar contenders to arrive in theaters this awards season. That’s wholly appropriate since the entire movie is about NASA’s attempts to be the first astronauts on the moon. Now, thanks to a new First Man trailer, we finally get to see and hear that iconic moment when Neil Armstrong (played by Ryan Gosling) first stepped foot on the lunar surface. Read More »
First Man has been making the rounds on the film festival circuit, paying both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. However, general audiences won’t be able to see the movie about NASA’s first mission to the moon until the middle of October. Thankfully, a new international trailer comes with plenty of new footage to show off the raw intensity that accompanies blasting into space and stepping foot where no man has gone before. Read More »