It would be inaccurate to say there’s never been a film like La La Land — there have been movies like it many times before — but it’s been a while. Movie musicals these days are mostly lifeless exercises in prestige and Broadway adaptation, The original movie musical — with songs writing explicitly for the screen — is about as rare a species as the South China tiger.
Do you like music? How about romance? What about both of those amidst gorgeous sceneries? Then ‘La La Land’ will probably be your most anticipated movie of the year. If not, just watch the new teaser trailer for an express ticket to swoon city.
Just yesterday during a Periscope Q&A, someone asked me for my most anticipated movies of the fall. The clear #1 choice: La La Land, the latest film from Whiplash writer and director Damien Chazelle. One day later, the first teaser for the film is here, and I’m even more excited to see the movie, which opens later this fall following a premiere next month at the prestigious Venice Film Festival.
Just when you thought Fred Armisen’s deleted SNL finale sketch the last of Season 41 to hold you over for summer, in swoops a bonus round of celebrity Star Wars auditions! SNL dusted off the November sketch for another round, this time including Matthew McConaughey, along with impressive impressions the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Shia LaBeouf and more.
Once word broke that True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga had in mind to direct talent like Jonah Hill and Emma Stone in a new dark comedy series, we knew the premium outlets would move fast. Unsurprisingly, Netflix managed to snap up the trio’s Maniac with a full series order.
A beloved superhero. A promising young director. A perfect pair of romantic leads. A dream supporting cast. What could possibly go wrong?
Cary Fukunaga may not ever return to True Detective (assuming True Detective returns at all), but the Beasts of No Nation director has another major TV project in mind. Fukunaga has been tapped to direct a new series adaptation of dark comedy Maniac, already set to star Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
Disney began developing a Cruella De Vil movie a few years ago, but with the success of the similarly villain-oriented Maleficent and their live-action Cinderella redo, the Cruella project has been put on the fast-track with Fifty Shades of Grey scribe Kelly Marcel penning the screenplay. Although the project does not yet have a director, it may be close to signing a star, as Emma Stone is in talks to portray the iconic 101 Dalmatians villain and demented fur connoisseur.
Five words: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, musical. Still not sold? Throw in Damien Chazelle, one of 2015's most talked about filmmakers and the guy behind Whiplash. Excited yet?
This larger-than-life story will form the basis of The Battle of the Sexes, a planned film with Emma Stone and Steve Carell in the starring roles. Variety reported on Stone’s involvement with the picture late last night, confirming that the star of Easy A and Aloha would replace Brie Larson (who had to drop out to star in The Glass Castle) for the Billie Jean King part.