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Exclusive: Russell Levine’s production, development and financing company and the screenwriters resource group announced on Tuesday the winner of their first annual film and television competition.
Route One will take an 18-month option with a view to developing the winning entry Sabiya written by Dorothy Bertram.
Route One CEO Levine (pictured) will produce the project and vice-president of production and development Sophia Dilley, who championed the partnership with Roadmap Writers, will serve as co-executive producer alongside Roadmap Writers founder Joey Tuccio.
Sabiya follows two young Yazidi women who struggle to survive after they are kidnapped by Isis.
Roadmap Writers launched in April last year as a resource for screenwriters and arranges access to seminars, pitch sessions and workshops and connects new talent with producers »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Critical darling and fan favourite musical La La Land is making big waves at the UK Box Office.
The film from Damien Chazelle, the director of Whiplash, has stormed out of the gates in UK cinemas and has already accumulated an impressive sum of £6 million. That’s a bigger haul than Lionsgate’s Hunger Games opening of £4.9 million.
Should, as is expected by many, the Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone led romance go on to win the Best Picture Oscar, La La Land could become the highest grossing Best Picture winner since The King’s Speech.
La La Land’s current world wide tally is $132.1 million.
See Also: Read our review of La La Land here
Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, La La Land tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in »
- Samuel Brace
We’re closing in on the Oscar nominations, which arrive next week, and as Film Twitter and pundits debate and argue about which movies deserved merit or not, it’s easy to forget the struggle filmmakers go through just to get anything made. And the latest directors roundtable from THR reminds everybody that a film is a mere stop on a life-long journey for each moviemaker.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The following content has been sponsored by Lionsgate. “The parts of Mia that I related to were going on audition after audition and walking into a room where everybody’s kind of dressed like the character, they look like you, you’re saying one line and then they ask you to leave because they know you’re not right for it,” says Emma Stone of her role in “La La Land.” She adds, “I’ve had that experience many times!” Sound familiar? Working actors in Los Angeles and beyond can relate to the plight of Stone’s character, a young woman with talent no one else seems able to recognize. Lionsgate’s “La La Land” is both an ode to the Golden Age of movie musical stardom and artists chasing that dream of stardom today. In the scene below, Mia has undertaken one of those emotionally strenuous auditions after a »
It’s the heat of the awards season, so you know the drill. The Hollywood Reporter gets one too many moderators and misses out on a number of actual contenders for a certain award, but gathers whoever is easily available to discuss their craft in an extensive roundtable. The latest in this series is for the directors and although there’s no Denis Villeneuve, Martin Scorsese, Kenneth Lonergan, Jim Jarmusch, Mike Mills, Kelly Reichardt, Paul Verhoeven, etc. in sight, they have gathered a few of the top helmers of the year.
Most notably we have Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Damien Chazelle (La La Land), and Denzel Washington (Fences), who are joined by Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), along with the directors of a few early fall releases that have all but been forgotten by now, Mira Nair (Queen of Katwe) and Oliver Stone (Snowden). They discuss when they first fell in love »
- Jordan Raup
Golden Globe-winning musical La La Land has opened strongly at the UK box office, taking well over £6m in its first weekend to dominate the charts. No other film comes close, with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in second place on £1.8m – though the latter film is in its fifth week of play.
Director Damien Chazelle’s homage to the Hollywood musical, which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is distributor Lionsgate’s widest ever UK release, with 606 screens. It proved justified, as the film achieved a site average over £10K after near-universal rave reviews. However, it still fell short of the record figures for a musical achieved by Les Misérables, which opened in 2013 with £8.12m.
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- Andrew Pulver
La La Land, 2016.
Directed by Damien Chazelle.
Mia is an aspiring actress working as a barista on the Warner Bros. lot. Sebastian is a musician who harbours dreams of opening his own jazz club. The two meet and fall head over heels in love, only for dreams and ambitions to get in the way.
Is it too much to ask for a movie to simply make us feel good? Apparently not as far as the glorious La La Land is concerned. In this era of self-consciously gritty and overblown blockbusters, in waltzes Damien Chazelle’s vibrant homage to the classic movie musical, one whose emotional acuity and storytelling parameters couldn’t be better defined, and whose jubilant spirit is ultimately impossible to resist.
- Sean Wilson
Looking back at director Damien Chazelle’s back catalogue, debut feature Guy and Madeline on a Park bench, his script for Grand Piano, and the film that made his name, Whiplash, it’s clear to see that his tastes in movies veer towards the musical. His latest feature, the seemingly unstoppable award winning juggernaut La La Land, sees all those loves and influences come to a head in an old school throwback that pays loving homage to an age of cinema where bright colours and the cast regularly burst into song. But does this romantic musical comedy/drama deserve the universal acclaim and record setting seven Golden Globe awards? Short answer: yes. A hundred times yes. Set in a Los Angeles (as much a character as the two leads) where the golden age of Hollywood bumps against the modern day, La La Land wastes no time in letting the audience »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The Hollywood Reporter’s Directors 2017 Oscars Roundtable is finally online in full. Below, watch Join Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Oliver Stone (“Snowden”), Denzel Washington (“Fences”), Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”), Mira Nair (“Queen of Katwe”), and Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) in… Continue Reading → »
It’s won more Golden Globes than any other film, and took a projected £6m at the UK box office in its first weekend. Deservedly so? Here’s your chance to discuss the film without blowing the plot for others
Few films have raised expectations quite so headily as Damien Chazelle’s third feature. Right from its Oscars-launchpad premiere on the opening night of Venice (where Gravity and Birdman had both debuted in past years), this one was tipped for the top. Hollywood has predictably gone gaga over it; reviewers followed suit. On Sunday, it won seven Golden Globes, more than any other film ever. Were you suitably swooning after you saw it? Or does such buildup inevitably lead to an anticlimax once you’re actually sitting in front of it?
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- Guardian Film
Ryan Lambie Jan 17, 2017
Writer-director M Night Shyamalan talks about his new film, Split, its making, themes and lots more...
Following the expensive Will Smith sci-fi vehicle After Earth in 2013, M Night Shyamalan returned two years later with lean, found-footage horror thriller, The Visit. Made for a tiny fraction of After Earth's investment, it marked something of a turning point for the writer-director: tense, quirky and at times blackly amusing, it was Shyamalan's lowest-budget film since the 90s, and also his most warmly received piece since 2002's Signs.
The partnership between Shyamalan and prolific indie producer Jason Blum - who's also taken such filmmakers as Barry Levinson, James DeMonaco and Damien Chazelle under his creative wing - is clearly an effective one, since the two have reunited for another movie, »
Author: Zehra Phelan
Seven time Golden Globe winner La La Land, has seen audiences waltz their way into cinemas for its opening weekend making it the number one film in the UK completely blowing away its opposition. Lionsgate UK are expected to see a huge £6 million from its opening weekend after being released at a record 606 sites.
With a tremendous amount of rave reviews and the fact that La La Land won all seven Golden Globes they were nominated for and a further eleven BAFTA nominations – which were revealed directly after the Golden Globes – which include Best Film, Director (Damien Chazelle), Leading Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Leading Actress (Emma Stone) general audiences were quite clearly sucked in by the buzz that so rightly so surrounds the film.
What’s even more surprising is that this truly original film, which wears its tribute to the Golden age of Hollywood proudly on its sleeve, »
- Zehra Phelan
La La Land UK box-office: The film has taken an estimated £6 million in its opening weekend across the land.
Read more about the La La Land UK box-office below.
La La Land triumphed at the UK box-office this past weekend, taking a huge £6 million in its opening four days from Thursday. It is officially the biggest opener of 2017, and even though we’re just a couple of weeks in, it’s still very impressive.
The film, a modern-day musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, was released on a huge 606 sites, and many were sold out back-to-back. This news comes after the film swept a record breaking 7 Golden Globes from 7 nominations last weekend along with 11 BAFTA nominations, including nods for Best Film, Director, Leading Actor and Leading Actress.
The film captivated UK audiences by a long stretch, taking more than three times the second place film as well as beating »
- Paul Heath
Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is not only one of the most acclaimed films of 2016; it has just walked away with 7 Golden Globe awards leaving us wondering why the film has been given an ‘Adults Only’ censor certificate in India. Once again the chairperson of the censor board Pahlaj Nihalani is in the eye of storm. However thisRead More
- Subhash K. Jha
The Australian film-maker Stephan Elliott once jokingly told me that he’d made The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to bring screen musicals back from the grave into which Xanadu had put them. Yet despite reports of their death, musicals have never gone away, providing the backbone of the movie business in key territories such as India, and regularly flourishing elsewhere across the globe. In 2008, Phyllida Lloyd’s film of the Abba-fest Mamma Mia! became a record-breaking UK hit (paving the way for Sunshine on Leith et al), while stage-to-screen adaptations, from Chicago to Les Misérables, have consistently charmed Oscar voters in America.
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
MaryAnn’s quick take… A marvel. Funny and exuberant and bittersweet and cliché-busting and unexpected as hell. We are going to need more movies like this one. I’m “biast” (pro): loved Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, love Gosling and Stone
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Hopeful yet pragmatic. Fantastical yet down-to-earth. Revolutionary yet traditional. Old-fashioned in the best way and totally modern at the same time. Pure escapist cinematic joy that you don’t need to turn your brain off to get thoroughly lost in. La La Land is a movie to make you fall in love with movies all over again, just when, I suspect, we’re going to be leaning on movies a lot merely to maintain our sanity. This is an instant comfort movie, one that wraps you in its warm embrace and never lets you go. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Ocean's Eight: James Corden (Trolls, above) has joined the cast of Ocean's Eight. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter are set to star. Corden will play a suspicious insurance investigator in the crime caper spin-off, to be directed by Gary Ross. [Deadline] Directors Guild: Damien Chazelle (La La Land, above with Emma Stone), Garth Davis (Lion), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea) and Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) have been nominated by the Director's Guild of America for their annual feature film award. Nominees for first-time features include Davis, Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen), Tim Miller (Deadpool), Nate Parker (The Birth of a...
- Peter Martin
Friday the 13th. Talk about the proper time to update some predictions, right? After the Golden Globes and the Directors Guild announcements, the race for Academy Award nominations is perhaps beginning to come into focus. With ballots being due today for the Oscars and only a few weeks to go before the nomination results are announced, this is when you really need to have a feel for the race. I do think I know more or less what’s going to happen, at least in broad strokes, but between now and then the updates will seek clarity. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again…it’s crunch time. What you’ll see below is more than a slight tinker, mainly taking into account the recent precursors. As such, there’s some small changes almost everywhere. Probably most notable is the upward mobility of Arrival and Lion, »
- Joey Magidson
13 January 2017 11:39 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Really, though — why do movies and television matter?
"Art matters now, more than ever," said La La Land writer-director Damien Chazelle in the newly compiled video. Hell or High Water star Chris Pine added, "It's the modern equivalent of men and women around the campfire, telling stories."
- Ashley Lee
Over the past few weeks, La La Land has become a force to be reckoned with. Between its seven Golden Globe wins (and a slew of other accolades) and strong numbers at the box office, the film’s director, Damien Chazelle, has truly outdone himself, a seemingly impossible task seeing as how his previous film, Whiplash, set the bar very high. In fact, if there’s been one constant between the two films, besides Chazelle’s adeptness in crafting unforgettable movies, it’s actor J.K. Simmons.
Simmons earned an Oscar for his role as jazz instructor Terence Fletcher in Whiplash and, while he most likely won’t be taking home another one in February, had a smaller role in La La Land as a restaurant owner named Bill. According to THR, Simmons signed on to the project before the film’s leads, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, were attached and had his choice of roles. »
- Justin Cook
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