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Thanks for playing.) During awards season, that bastion of expensive politicking, offscreen narratives supersede art. This years narrative goes like this: La La Land is the escapist swoon needed to distract from Trumps horror show, Moonlight is a socially vital tale not seen often enough, and Hidden Figures is a healthy blend of escapism and import. Put another way, some journalists and Twitter objectors accuse La La Land of being a mansplain-y letdown with subpar dancers and a misguided homage to old-school musicals . They argue its simply not the movie Trumps America needs, at least not when competing against stories about the very sorts of people our government would rather marginalize. The objectors objectors call them killjoys who fail to appreciate Damien Chazelles colorful flourishes and bittersweet enchantment .
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For his Oscar-nominated role in La La Land, Ryan Gosling spent three months learning to play the piano so its somewhat of a compliment that many people ask if there was a hand double involved. Its all Ryan, says writer-director Damien Chazelle, adding that there was initially going to be someone on deck just... Read more »
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Damien Chazelle is a director whose critically applauded work pulses with life. Whether he's telling the story of an overbearing music teacher or one about two singing-and-dancing lovers in Los Angeles, his vision is clear. His artistry is evident. And his skills as a "creator" are undeniable.
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As usual, the five directors nominated for Best Directing did so with unconventional projects that did not exactly scream commercial success. In the case of the science fiction drama Arrival , director Denis Villeneuve took the alien genre and turned it inside out. For Hacksaw Ridge , Mel Gibson came back from being a Hollywood outcast to direct a World War II story that remarkably had never been told. Damien Chazelle had a dream of bringing back the musical form in a...
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The director of the Academy Award-nominated film dishes on the making of the movie.
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Working together on films including Wild and We Bought a Zoo , sound editors Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan were among those making Oscar history on January 24, as the Academy unveiled the 2017 nominations. Helping Damien Chazelle's original LA musical La La Land tie the all-time Oscar record of 14 nominationsheld by Titanic and All About Eve the pair became the first female team to ever be nominated in their category. (Lee, in fact, took two of those nominations...
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At one point in “La La Land,” the elaborate dance numbers literally lift the story’s star-crossed lovers off their feet. When he directed his homage to Los Angeles and its creative dreamers, Damien Chazelle knew that the dancing would be just as critical as the music in moving the story forward. He met with nearly... Read more »
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La La Land” is deceptively innovative. It evokes classic musicals while pushing the genre forward; it’s old-fashioned and modern at the same time. Damien Chazelle makes his bold intent clear from the outset: Drivers stuck on a jam-packed freeway ramp exit their cars to sing and dance in a dazzling pyrotechnic display. When the music... Read more »
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The director tells "GMA" why it almost didn't make the cut.
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With his three Oscar nominations for La La Land in the areas of Best Original Score and Best Original Song composer Justin Hurwitz can count one for each film currently on his resume. In the span of just eight years, Hurwitz has collaborated with college peer and longtime friend Damien Chazelle on three music-based films and two audacious, original jazz musicalsprojects in which the value of the composer's contributions cannot be underestimated. While some may see a...
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True to its title, La La Land seems to be inspiring the kind of head-over-heels reverie usually only displayed by those who have either fallen in love or joined a religious cult.Presented in the style of an old-school MGM musical with a dash of Umbrellas of Cherbourg-style Nouvelle Vague cool Damien Chazelle's follow-up to Whiplash has already collected multiple accolades and is now the bookies' favourite to clean up at the Oscars at the end of this month.It's not hard to see the...
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Damien Chazelle’s film takes five key awards in evening of surprises which sees major wins for Lion and Manchester by the Sea but Moonlight shut out entirely The script predicted that La La Land would clean up at the Baftas. Instead the unashamedly old-fashioned feelgood musical – an antidote to the age – came away from the 2017 ceremony with five awards, including the top prize of best film. Related: Baftas 2017: full list of winners Continue reading...
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.along with British royalty, at the Royal Albert Hall for the 2017 Baftas. All the heat and all the talk has been about Damien Chazelle's musical homage to Hollywood, his film La La Land, which has got 11 nominations. But the last couple of weeks there has been a bit of a backlash, with commentators and critics saying maybe don't believe all the hype, maybe it is not as good as people say, which means perhaps tonight, at the Baftas, we could get a surprise or two.
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.along with British royalty, at the Royal Albert Hall for the 2017 Baftas. All the heat and all the talk has been about Damien Chazelle's musical homage to Holywood, his film La La Land, which has got 11 nominations. But the last couple of weeks there has been a bit of a backlash, with commentators and critics saying maybe don't believe all the hype, maybe it is not as good as people say, which means perhaps tonight, at the Baftas, we could get a surprise or two.