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Is It Time to Revive the Animated Live-Action Movie?

17 March 2017 6:52 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

As the major studios tinker with photorealistic character designs, can Hollywood find the future of animation in its past?

This weekend, families with hit their local multiplex to relive the wonder of Beauty and the Beast in its new live-action format. And whether the film is a runaway hit or only a modest success, Disney shows no signs of plugging its pipeline of live-action remakes. According to this 2016 Time piece, Disney is currently working on no fewer than twelve (that’s one-two) remakes of their popular animated films, meaning twelve more movies featuring up-and-coming actresses, revamped musical numbers, and CGI creatures that take a deep, deep dive into the uncanny valley.

While this brand new surge of Disney movies are likely to each be a technical wonder, for my money, there’s something oddly pedestrian about converting the beautiful Disney animated character designs into a series of photorealistic CGI models. While »

- Matthew Monagle

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Hello, Bette! See the First Photo of Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! Broadway Revival

14 March 2017 2:57 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Bette Midler is the lady in red!

The legendary actress is starring in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! as she steps into the titular role of Dolly Gallagher Levi. The musical starts preview performances on March 15, with opening night set for April 20 at the Shubert Theatre.

The musical follows Dolly as a widow in her middle years who has decided to begin her life again.

Midler last hit Broadway for the hit one-woman play I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers in 2013. She made her Broadway debut in Fiddler on the Roof in 1966 and went on »

- Ale Russian

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Baby Driver Review [SXSW 2017]

12 March 2017 6:20 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

To achieve success (no matter your profession), one must stand out from the crowd. No filmmaker understands this better than Edgar Wright. His movies take on this life of their own, defined by calculated ingenuity. A booze soaked sci-fi invasion? Easy. A satirical zombie homage? Try overnight classic. Wright doesn’t just play in a sandbox, he creates living, breathing worlds out of lines in the sand – but even for Mr. Wright, Baby Diver boasts ambition at irreplicable volumes.

Ansel Elgort leads Wright’s action-comedy-heist as Baby, a getaway driver who suffers from tinnitus (a ringing noise only Baby can hear). This leads to constant iPod usage that keeps him focused (distracted), which Wright cues every single movement in Baby Driver to. Yes, you read correctly. We watch Baby Driver from Elgort’s perspective, where actions are fluidly choreographed to whatever track he’s currently blasting. Gunshots match with bass drum beats. »

- Matt Donato

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Three Fittings: Haute Couture Hallucinations in "The Pirate"

9 March 2017 6:20 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

New Series! Three Fittings celebrates costume design in the movies.

The whitest Caribbean ladies of all time! And why is Judy wearing a kilt balled up on her head?

We kicked off with La La Land and Allied but after a break for Oscar madness we're back with an old classic. Or perhaps this movie is better described as a notorious curio though that doesn't have the same blurb power. Regardless, Vincent Minelli's The Pirate (1948) has to be seen to be believed.

You must watch it while sober for the movie is its own pharmaceutical enhancements. I'm still having sudden flashbacks. Which is all well and good since hallucinations and fever dreams are plotted right in. 

Stay with me through this elaborate but crucial plot point. When travelling actor Serafin (Gene Kelly) hypnotizes the newly-engaged Manuela (Judy Garland) he realizes that she romantically fantasizes about the infamous pirate Macoco »

- NATHANIEL R

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Oscars: 'La La Land,' Just How Musical Is It Really?

26 February 2017 12:23 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

La La Land, which arrives at Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony with 14 nominations, proudly pays homage to the classic movie musicals of the genre’s golden age. It’s hard to watch Damien Chazelle’s jazzy work without hearkening back to the films of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Gene Kelly. But La La Land differs from its ancestors in one notable way: It contains fewer instances of characters singing songs than most musicals in history.

Using the soundtrack listing, and disregarding reprises and instrumental-only songs, La La Land has just six unique numbers: “Another Day of Sun,” “Someone in the Crowd,” »

- Ben Zauzmer

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Eye Say by Anne-Katrin Titze

26 February 2017 5:01 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Emma Stone shines with Ryan Gosling in Damien Chazelle's La La Land Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Take the opening number from Jacques Demy's Les Demoiselles De Rochefort mixed with Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 and copy to Los Angeles. Put girls in traffic light-colored dresses that vaguely resemble those from Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly's On the Town. Add an introspective song, channeling Claudine Longet, from Blake Edwards' The Party - plus an elephant and mix in some Esther Williams underwater fun. Make a melody sound like the one given by Michel Legrand to Michel Piccoli's M Dame. Borrow from Fred Astaire: Sand Under Shoes in Mark Sandrich's Top Hat, A Fine Romance of George Stevens' Swing Time, and the lift in Charles Walters' The Belle Of New York. From Kelly: Seine dance, paintings coming to life, studio setting and It's Always Fair Weather - without the war. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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From Gene and Debbie to Ryan and Emma: The Movie Musicals That Influenced ‘La La Land’

23 February 2017 2:12 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

From its opening, traffic-stopping number to its romantic ending, La La Land is a love letter to the city of Los Angeles — as well as to the classic movie musicals of the ’40s and ’50s.

In his six-year quest to get the film — which earned a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations — made, director Damien Chazelle called upon those original MGM song and dance numbers for inspiration.

Some of the film’s homages are more overt — for example, there’s a scene in which Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) have a date at the Griffith Observatory after attempting to watch »

- Julia Emmanuele

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Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds Are Singin’ In The Rain at The Hi-Pointe This Saturday Morning

22 February 2017 9:20 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“She can’t act, she can’t sing, she can’t dance. A triple threat!”

Singin’ In The Rain screens this Saturday morning at 10:30am at the fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117). Admission is $10 and this is a fundraiser sponsored by Health Projects – St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society Alliance, Loyola Academy – St. Louis, St. Louis University Medical School (Match Day Scholarships), and Voices of Excellence.

Singin’ In The Rain is part musical, part comedy, and part romance, but it is always all of these things at the same time. The story follows Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly), a famous silent movie star, and his friend Cosmo (Donald O’Connor) as they brace for Hollywood’s transition into the Age of Sound. This period in film history serves only as a backdrop for one of the most lavish films ever made. In addition to the comedy, what makes »

- Tom Stockman

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‘La La Land’: How to Shoot a Musical Number — Watch Exclusive Video

15 February 2017 2:58 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Even after “Whiplash” turned him into a hot filmmaker, Damien Chazelle kept his eyes on his own goals. He maintained a monk-like focus and intensity, which was shared by his composer, collaborator, and chum, fellow Harvard grad Justin Hurwitz. Film student Chazelle got school credit for his thesis movie, black-and-white jazzy Nouvelle Vague musical homage “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench” (2010, Variance Films), although music major Hurwitz did not.

Read More: 10 Musicals to Watch on Netflix If You Just Can’t Get Enough ‘La La Land

“It was a musical,” Chazelle told me, “the really low-budget, student laboratory for this. It had somewhat similar ideas about the genre, and at the time I was loving old Hollywood musicals, Fred and Ginger, and Gene Kelly, but also loving documentary film and trying to think of a way to make a realistic musical: combine a modern look at a city with the old musicals. »

- Anne Thompson

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‘La La Land’: How to Shoot a Musical Number — Watch Exclusive Video

15 February 2017 2:58 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Even after “Whiplash” turned him into a hot filmmaker, Damien Chazelle kept his eyes on his own goals. He maintained a monk-like focus and intensity, which was shared by his composer, collaborator, and chum, fellow Harvard grad Justin Hurwitz. Film student Chazelle got school credit for his thesis movie, black-and-white jazzy Nouvelle Vague musical homage “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench” (2010, Variance Films), although music major Hurwitz did not.

Read More: 10 Musicals to Watch on Netflix If You Just Can’t Get Enough ‘La La Land

“It was a musical,” Chazelle told me, “the really low-budget, student laboratory for this. It had somewhat similar ideas about the genre, and at the time I was loving old Hollywood musicals, Fred and Ginger, and Gene Kelly, but also loving documentary film and trying to think of a way to make a realistic musical: combine a modern look at a city with the old musicals. »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Hail, Caesar!’: How the Coen Brothers Made Their Hollywood Valentine

10 February 2017 11:07 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like Josh Brolin’s problem-solving studio head in “Hail, Caesar!,” the Coen brothers’ love letter to ’50s Hollywood, production designer Jess Gonchor was also a Fixer of sorts. And he did it the old-school way with hand-crafted plastering, sculpting, molding, and scenic painting.

“Hail, Caesar!” was shot mostly on the stages of the old Goldwyn Studios/Warner Hollywood (now called The Lot), but they also built outdoor sets on such famous locations as the Big Sky Movie Ranch in Simi Valley and Vasquez Rocks Natural Park.

However, the highlight was using the old tank on Stage 30 that was originally built for Esther Williams at MGM (now Sony) for all of the synchronized swimming work starring Scarlett Johansson. They opened up the pit and filled it with water but also used it for the submarine sequence.

“To be able to go back in time as a production designer and do the »

- Bill Desowitz

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New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Hollywood Musicals, Sunday February 12, State Theatre, New Brunswick

10 February 2017 9:37 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra gets a jump-start on Valentine's Day with a concert inspired by the great Hollywood musicals, including songs popularized by Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and "The Queen of Tap", Eleanor Powell.  The concert takes place at the historic State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 Pm. For more info and tickets, click here. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Original Screenplay Nominations Balance Serious and Light Subjects

7 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Drama and comedy split spotlight in writing category.

Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water

Writer: Taylor Sheridan

Heist thriller, modern Western, social commentary — Sheridan’s tart, observant script, which first drew industry attention as a 2012 Black List title, about a pair of bank robbers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) with a personal score to settle and the savvy Texas Ranger (Oscar nominee Jeff Bridges) on their trail draws elements from all three genre types to both inform and deepen its central, character-driven storyline. The result is at once a crowd-pleasing crime picture and a pensive study of people struggling to maintain their dignity in a landscape in which honesty and respect fail to take root. The crisp, often wry dialogue, rich with Southwestern lingo and delivered with relish by the solid cast (especially in the salty exchanges between Bridges and partner Gil Birmingham and the brittle closing talk between Bridges »

- Variety Staff

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Oscar Directing Nominees Help Us Trace Their DNA

7 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Directors influence each other with their work. Sometimes that influence is overt — “La La Land” clearly evokes “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Umbrellas of Cherbourg” — but other times it is more unexpected, hinging on storytelling choices or structure.

Variety asked this year’s directing nominees to help us trace the DNA of their movies, and all were happy to oblige.

Arrival

Paramount

In Villeneuve’s alien-invasion tale, humans eventually discover that the aliens “want to help you help us.”

Villeneuve’s choices:

“2001: A Space Odyssey” 1968: “Definitely ‘2001’,” Villeneuve says, of Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic in which Earthlings, searching for signs of intelligent life, are nearly outwitted by artificial intelligence.

Jaws” 1975: “It was Spielberg’s idea that you unveil slowly the entity, to create suspense,” Villeneuve says. “That very slow striptease is something I stole from ‘Jaws.’ ”

Our choices:

The Day the Earth Stood Still” 1951: Aliens caution »

- Marshall Fine

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Then and Now: Close-Up on Jean-Luc Godard’s "Le gai savoir"

6 February 2017 10:55 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Jean-Luc Godard's La gai savoir (1969) is showing from January 18 - February 17, 2017 in many countries around the world as part of the retrospective For Ever Godard.Le gai savoir (Joy of Learning, 1969) is a film by Jean-Luc Godard which, unlike classics such as Breathless (1960) or Contempt (1963) is hardly a household name. Godard’s Weekend (1967) gives us an inkling of what is to come in its postscript production credit: What translates to mean “End of story” and then “End of cinema” flashes in blue lettering on a black backdrop; a moment later, we see that this word game has been created using a statement of the film’s visa control number. Of course, Godard had already been engaging in this kind of word play for years in his credits and intertitles. Although these statements could also be taken as being typical, »

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Oscars: How Often Do Musicals Result in Best Actor and Best Actress Nominations and Wins?

6 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in ‘La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Not only is La La Land breaking records as the most-nominated musical in Oscar history but that haul of 14 nominations for its lead pair, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Musicals don’t often get that much love from the Academy Awards and getting recognition in both the best actor and best actress categories is even rarer. Let’s take a look back at the history of this happening and see how Stone and Gosling’s nominations — and potential wins — are important.

Taking a look at this year’s nominations, Stone is favored to win more than Gosling is for their work in the Damien Chazelle-directed musical. Gosling is up against Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), and Denzel Washington (Fences) — with the latter expected to reign supreme. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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What a Way to Go!

31 January 2017 11:22 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

What a Way to Go!

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1964 / Color B&W / 2:35 enhanced widescreen 1:37 flat Academy / 111 min. / Street Date February 7, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Robert Cummings, Dick Van Dyke, Reginald Gardiner, Margaret Dumont, Fifi D’Orsay, Maurice Marsac, Lenny Kent, Marjorie Bennett, Army Archerd, Barbara Bouchet, Tom Conway, Peter Duchin, Douglass Dumbrille, Pamelyn Ferdin, Teri Garr, Queenie Leonard.

Cinematography: Leon Shamroy

Film Editor: Marjorie Fowler

Original Music: Nelson Riddle

Written by: Betty Comden, Adolph Green story by Gwen Davis

Produced by: Arthur P. Jacobs

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson

Want to know what the producer of Planet of the Apes was up to, before that milestone movie? Arthur P. Jacobs was an agent for big stars before he became a producer, which positioned him well for his first show for 20th Fox, What a Way to Go! »

- Glenn Erickson

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Singin' in the Rain Impacted La La Land More Than You Think

27 January 2017 11:10 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

While soaking in the sweet romance of a lovely film like La La Land, it's nearly impossible not to think of the musical movie classic, Singin' in the Rain. That sunset scene alone is positively dripping with memories of of Old Hollywood. Ryan Gosling has all the charm, whimsy, and ease of Gene Kelly. Hell, he even swings around on a streetlamp! Of course, the fact that the award season darling draws inspiration from so many classic movies, especially Singin' in the Rain, is far from a secret. The thing is, you may not quite realize how big the impact truly was. On a surface level, it's not hard to see what other scenes (besides the twilight duet) in the film pull from Singin' in the Rain. In one sequence, Sebastian (Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) stroll past an active movie set. The same thing happens during a scene in Singin' in the Rain. »

- Ryan Roschke

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Garth Jennings interview: Sing, Roald Dahl and more

25 January 2017 10:37 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Brendon Connelly Jan 27, 2017

As Sing arrives in UK cinemas, we chat to its director, Garth Jennings, about lunchbreaks, the movie, and Roald Dahl.

I’m a huge fan of Garth Jennings’ work, from his milk-carton music videos to funny monkey TV ads, and into his feature films, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy and Son Of Rambow. It’s been a long time coming but, after five years of work, Jennings’ third feature, Sing, is about to get its UK cinema release. When we caught up to chat last week, we talked about those five long years of hard work, about the projects that didn’t come together beforehand, and just a little of the plans that Jennings has for now. Here’s how our conversation went.

See related  Luc Besson interview: Valerian, sci-fi, Adele Blanc-Sec Valerian: first trailer for hugely ambitious sci-fi film

Before you got Sing started, »

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Nocturnal Animals snub is failure of nerve as La La Land steamrolls Oscars | Peter Bradshaw

24 January 2017 8:34 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It’s odds-on for a La La Land triumph at the Oscars ceremony, but there have been some baffling omissions – principally Tom Ford’s brutally explicit thriller

•The full list of nominations

Every Oscar nomination list precipitates its single lead story, the apparently natural and irresistible emergence of a frontrunner. That of course this year is Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. This gorgeous romantic musical, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and recalling the classic work of Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly or Jacques Demy, has a record-equalling 14 nods, matching the Academy nomination score for Titanic and All About Eve. It includes picture, director, actress, actor, screenplay, cinematography and even two entries in the Cinderella category of best song: City of Dreams and Audition.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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