warren beatty and faye dunaway

It was the biggest awards debacle of in all of Oscars history. You know what I’m talking about: the La La Land/Moonlight mix-up.

At the 2017 Oscars, La La Land was mistakenly awarded Best Picture before panicked producers announced that Moonlight was the real winner, resulting in candid photos of shocked celebrities that could rival a Renaissance painting. And the poor presenters, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, received the brunt of the blame. Now, a year later, Beatty and Dunaway are returning to the Oscars to present Best Picture once again.

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The Princess Diarist - 2018 Grammy Winners

Last night saw the 2018 Grammy Awards air on CBS. Since that’s music’s biggest night, it’s not something we usually cover, but the Grammys also honor achievements in music from the world of cinema, as well as work that is cinema-adjacent.

Even though La La Land is old news to us by now, the Grammy Awards’ very different deadlines meant the Damien Chazelle musical ended up taking home the Grammy for both Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media and Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media. Meanwhile, the late Carrie Fisher and the great John Williams also took home awards.

Find out more about the (movie relevant!) 2018 Grammy winners below. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Clip

Hollywood and the music industry have occasionally crossed paths throughout the years — a pop star sings on a romantic-comedy soundtrack, a musician takes a dip in the acting pool — but in the era of needle drops and “Hans Zimmer is a rock god” takes, these intersections will only become more frequent.

Now that the Grammy Award nominations are out, Hollywood has scored big, raking in several nods for prolific blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (best compilation soundtrack) and La La Land (best score soundtrack for visual media), as well a spoken word album nomination for the late and great Carrie Fisher. And of course we can’t go a year without Mr. Rock God himself, Zimmer, scoring two nominations for both Dunkirk and Hidden Figures.

Read on to see more of the Hollywood Grammy nominations.

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Damien Chazelle

The Academy Award-winning director behind La La Land and WhiplashDamien Chazelle, is joining forces with Netflix and screenwriter Jack Thorne (Star Wars: Episode IX) for a musical called The Eddy. Chazelle will direct two of the eight episodes, which are all set in Paris, France. After how lavish and dreamy Chazelle made Los Angeles look in La La Land, I can’t wait to see what he does with Paris.

Below, learn more about the Damien Chazelle Netflix musical series.

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a christmas story live tv musical

There’s no place like TV for the holidays. At least, that’s where FOX wants you to spend your Christmas, according to the announcement of its latest live TV musical.

The network announced that Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) will be starring in a live performance of A Christmas Storythe 2012 Broadway musical based on the classic movie of the same name. And FOX is bringing in the big guns to help move A Christmas Story to the small screen: A Christmas Story Live will be produced by the songwriting and producing team behind La La Land.

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Christopher Nolan La La Land

Unless it’s Steven Soderbergh publishing his exhaustive lists of all of the media he consumes in a given year, or someone like Quentin Tarantino dropping his always-eclectic annual list of favorite movies, we often don’t get much insight into what working filmmakers spend their free time watching. But thanks to a new interview, we know that Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan spent at least six hours watching Damien Chazelle‘s Hollywood throwback musical La La Land, because he says he saw the film three times in theaters.
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La La Land Opening Sequence

La La Land is now available on home video for you to watch over and over again if you like being lifted up with “Another Day of Sun” and then having your heart torn out by the final, romantic but tragic musical sequence. But today, we’re going to stick with the brighter side of La La Land with an extensive breakdown of the lively, bright, upbeat opening musical number that takes place on a real Los Angeles highway.

Choreographer Mandy Moore (no, not the star of Tangled) participated in a detailed, close look at the “Another Day of Sun” musical sequence, talking about what went on behind the scenes, providing insight from what director Damien Chazelle was trying to achieve, and even telling where there are some hidden cuts. Watch the La La Land opening sequence breakdown after the jump. Read More »

La La Land Honest Trailer

La La Land became the most Oscar nominated film of all time this year, but it made an even bigger splash at the Academy Awards when it was mistakenly given the award for Best Picture when it should have gone to Moonlight. That’s something that the folks at Screen Junkies didn’t forget when they put together the Honest Trailer for the musical sensation, which takes an interesting twist about three-fourths of the way through and doesn’t waste any time leaning into Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s characters for apparently not knowing how to compromise.

Watch the La La Land Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

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 »

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2017 oscars mistake

After this year’s 89th Academy Awards aired last month, all anyone could talk about was the unprecedented mistake that happened when the wrong Best Picture winner was announced live on the air. After presenter Warren Beatty was confused by the award envelope he was given to read, La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner when Moonlight was supposed to be rewarded with the honor. Thankfully, the mistake was fixed on the air and Moonlight received their prize.

Following this huge gaffe, everyone was wondering what led to such a mishap. The official answer was that the wrong envelope was handed out to the presenters, and while that’s where the mistake originated, there’s a way this could potentially be avoided if superior typography work on the Oscar winner envelopes was used instead.

Find out how Oscar winner envelopes typography can be improved after the jump. Read More »