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‘La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)
By: Carson Blackwelder
It’s beginning to look like La La Land is going to sweep the entire awards season all the way through the Oscars — and to make history in the process. The L.A.-set musical that is chock full of Hollywood magic has been dominating every major awards show thus far and is poised to tie the record for garnering the most Oscar nominations — and potentially wins — for a film ever.
At this point La La Land has bested its closest competition — such as Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea — at the biggest award shows. For the Critics’ Choice Awards it led the pack with 12 nominations (ultimately winning eight of them) and for the BAFTAs it overshadowed the others with 11 nominations (with results coming on February 12). La La Land’s biggest achievement thus far, though, is probably becoming the most-awarded »
- Carson Blackwelder
“Una” earned largely favorable reviews upon screening at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals last fall, but as of yet Benedict Andrews’ film starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn has yet to find a stateside distributor. The wonders of the internet being what they are, Americans can nevertheless get a sense of the Australian theater director’s silver-screen debut thanks to a new trailer occasioned by the movie’s imminent release in Singapore. Watch it below.
Mara and Ben play two characters who encounter one another years after a sexually abusive relationship that no one in his new life knows about. “Una” is based on David Harrower’s play “Blackbird,” which the playwright adapted on his lonesome. Andrews has previously directed stage productions of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The »
- Michael Nordine
A forbidden affair that ruined the lives of a man and a young girl is explored by both parties once again in the first trailer for Una. Rooney Mara stars as the title character, with Ben Mendelsohn starring as Ray, the man she ran away with 15 years ago, before their affair came to a sudden end. As you can see in this trailer, the re-emergence of Una threatens to destroy the new life that Ray has built for himself in the years following the affair.
Una, based on David Harrower's play 'Blackbird', follows a young woman's journey to reclaim her past. Fifteen years earlier, Una (Rooney Mara) ran away with an older man, Ray (Ben Mendelsohn), a crime for which he was arrested and imprisoned. When she comes across a photo of him in a trade magazine, Una tracks him down and turns up at his workplace. Her abrupt »
3 items from 2017
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