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Chicago – Bringing the musical movie genre back requires a bit of nostalgia, a nod to modernity and always old fashioned star power. Writer/director Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”) combined all three to produce “La La Land,” with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as star-crossed lovers. Rosemarie DeWitt also has a featured role.
Set in the mythical land of Los Angeles, the story features actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) as artists who are trying to reach their own peaks in their respective professions. The tale feeds off the time-honored musical tradition of lovers trying to connect, often through song and dance, and the film embraces its soaring music and touchingly romantic choreography.
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You know that brief window of time after Thanksgiving, but before December? When you're still digesting your food but not quite ready for holly, jolly holiday movies? Enter Freeform's annual Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas. The marathon features tons of feel-good movies, from Toy Story to Despicable Me. Of course, it's appropriate for kids . . . but even better for adults. It'll be the perfect follow-up to the Gilmore Girls marathon! Take a look at the schedule, and check out the official 25 Days of Christmas lineup. Thursday, Nov. 24 11:30 a.m. - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2:05 p.m. - Mulan 4:10 p.m. - Brave 6:20 p.m. - Toy Story 8:20 p.m. - Toy Story 2 10:30 p.m. - Toy Story of Terror! 12 a.m. - Dennis the Menace Friday, Nov. 25 11:30 a.m. - Little Rascals 1:40 p.m. - The Odd Life of Timothy Green 4:10 p. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Disney’s upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will be the first film in the “Pirates” franchise not to feature composer Hans Zimmer. Yet the fifth entry will nonetheless stay within the same musical family, tapping Geoff Zanelli, one of Zimmer’s longtime protégés, to take over.
Zanelli’s composer credits include HBOs “The Pacific” and TNT’s “Into the West” (for which he won an Emmy), as well as “No Stranger Than Love,” “Mortdecai” and his breakout score for 2012’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” As part of Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions, Zanelli composed themes for several of Zimmer’s previous “Pirates” scores, most notably “On Stranger Tides” in 2011.
“What Hans did for the ‘Pirates’ movies redefined the sound of the entire genre,” Zanelli says. “It has been very fulfilling to work alongside him and [producer] Jerry [Bruckheimer] on the past four films. ‘Dead Men »
- Andrew Barker
It seems very strange to me that it took until 2016 for me to meet David Lowery face to face. Not because I expect I should meet every single working filmmaker. That’s just silly. I’ve met a staggering number of writers, directors, actors, and people working at every other level in film and television over the years, but there are are plenty of people I’ve never run into, and I’m fine with that. With David, though, I have a history. You see, he used to be a spy for me. More accurately, he was a regular reviewer at Ain’t It Cool under the name “ghostboy,” and his beat was the festival circuit. I edited dozens and dozens of his pieces over the years, and I came to rely on him as a guy with a very strong sense of what he does or doesn’t like, »
- Drew McWeeny
Even before it has officially been released Suicide Squad is already breaking records as it will premiere in over 4,250 theaters nationwide making it the widest August release of all-time. Next is the August opening weekend record, which is currently held by Guardians of the Galaxy with $94.3 million, a number that will surely be blown away come Sunday evening, as Suicide Squad looks to become the third superhero film to break an opening weekend record in 2016. Earlier this year it was Deadpool taking the February opening weekend record with a massive $132.4 million debut. A month later, Warner Bros' DC Comics adaptation Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice broke the March record with a $166 million opening despite largely negative reviews and a mixed audience response. Suicide Squad is Warner's latest attempt to breathe life into their DC Comics Universe, this time relying on a Dirty Dozen-esque team of antiheroes. Director David Ayer »
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Miranda is producing the project, which had been set at Universal with Kenny Ortega attached to direct and Miranda starring before the studio put it into turnaround in 2011.
Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the musical and starred in the show’s lead role, earning him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. “In the Heights” is set in Washington Heights in New York City and focuses on a bodega owner who’s closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.
Miranda is performing on Broadway in the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in the hit musical “Hamilton,” for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics. “Hamilton” was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards, »
- Dave McNary
Disney's Mary Poppins sequel is moving forward in the right direction, with Emily Blunt entering talks to play the magical nanny last week. Today, Variety has word that Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star and creator of the hit Broadway sensation Hamilton, has engaged in talks with the studio to play Jack. This character is said to be a lamplighter, who resembles Dick Van Dyke's character Bert from the original Mary Poppins.
This new Mary Poppins project will be set in the 1930s, 20 years after the events of the original movie, in Depression-Era London. The plot follows the adult Michael Banks, who now has children of his own. When his big sister Jane returns to town, after falling on hard times, their beloved Mary Poppins comes back to help. The story will be pulled from author P.L. Travers' eight literary sequels, including the first follow-up Mary Poppins Comes Back, but »
Israeli actress Odeya Rush, who starred in both “Goosebumps” and “The Giver,” has signed with management company Mgmt Entertainment, TheWrap has learned. She joins an impressive crop of talent at Mgmt, which also represents Melissa McCarthy, Michael B. Jordan, Keira Knightley, Ethan Hawke and Aubrey Plaza, among many others. Rush landed on Hollywood’s radar after she secured a role in Disney’s family film “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” which led to a supporting turn in Jim Mickle‘s cannibal movie “We Are What We Are.” Also Read: 'Goosebumps' Author R.L. Stine on Movie Cameo, Stephen King »
- Jeff Sneider
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