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A trip to La La Land
Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to his critical hit Whiplash is a musical set in modern Los Angeles. Emma Stone stars as an aspiring actress, while her Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad co-star, Ryan Gosling, plays a jazz musician who survives by playing piano in dingy bars. Drawn to each other, the ambitious artists find that success threatens their love. Coming to theaters December 16, La La Land also stars J. K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Meagen Fay.
Celebrate Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars Celebration Europe began today, but fans didn’t get a new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer. Instead, a three-minute featurette about the making of the film satiated the crowd. Check it out below, and to watch the director and stars discuss the movie, go three hours into the live stream here (beware of spoilers).
Critics are Loving it
After the release of the sci-fi family drama Midnight Special earlier this year, writer-director Jeff Nichols returns to theaters on November 4 with Loving, based on the true story of Virginia couple Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga). They married in Washington D.C. in 1958 but, upon returning to their home in Virginia, were jailed for violating that state’s prohibition against interracial marriage. Over the next nine years the Lovings fought for their marriage, taking their case all the way to the Supreme Court. Good early reviews from the film’s debut in Cannes and timely subject matter makes it one to watch for during awards season.
Warren Beatty’s return to directing
Few were expecting Warren Beatty’s “Howard Hughes picture” (his first film as writer-director since 1998’s Bulworth) to be a comedy, but Rules Don’t Apply is exactly that. The November 11 release may be more specifically described as a romantic comedy between stars Lily Collins, playing contract actress Marla Mabrey, and future Han Solo Alden Ehrenreich as Howard Hughes’ driver Frank Forbes. Coming between the pair is Beatty’s Hughes. The strong supporting cast includes Haley Bennett, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Annette Bening, Oliver Platt, Candice Bergen, and Steve Coogan.
White Girl stars Homeland’s Morgan Saylor as Leah, a pleasure-seeking college girl who falls for a young Puerto Rican drug dealer named Blue (Brian ‘Sene’ Marc). As their passion for each other increases, they begin selling drugs to Leah’s rich friends, but their high comes to an end when Blue is arrested, leaving Leah with a large amount of coke. After earning good reviews at Sundance earlier this year, this debut feature from writer-director Elizabeth Wood hits theaters August 26th.
Edge of Seventeen
In The Edge of Seventeen, the life of high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) only gets worse when her older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). But the possibility of a friendship with Hayden Szeto’s Erwin provides Nicole a glimmer of hope. This directorial debut from writer Kelly Fremon also stars Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick and comes to theaters September 30th.
Seven years after the premiere of his debut feature, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, John Krasinski returned to Sundance this year with his sophomore effort, The Hollars, based on a script by James C. Strouse (People Places Things). Krasinski stars as John Hollar, a frustrated graphic novelist with a pregnant girlfriend (Anna Kendrick), who is called back to his hometown when his mother (Margo Martindale) is diagnosed with a brain tumor. Early reviews are mixed for this August 26 release.
In SNL writer Chris Kelly’s debut feature, Jesse Plemons stars as David, a comedy writer who moves back home to take care of his cancer-stricken mother (Molly Shannon). Bradley Whitford plays David’s father and Maude Apatow and Madisen Beaty are his sisters in a strong cast that also includes June Squibb, Paul Dooley, Matt Walsh, Kerri Kenney, JJ Totah, Retta, John Early, and Zach Woods. With mixed reviews from Sundance, Other People hits theaters on September 9.
A Monster Calls
In the October 21 release A Monster Calls, 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) deals with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a world of monsters and fairy tales. Featuring Liam Neeson as the voice of the monster and Sigourney Weaver and Toby Kebbell in supporting roles, this adaptation of the award-winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness is directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible).
The September 9 release Transpecos follows three border patrol agents (Johnny Simmons, Gabriel Luna and Clifton Collins Jr) as a routine stop changes their lives forever.
News and notes
- Javier Bardem is in talks to play Frankenstein in Universal’s series of movies based on classic monsters that begins with the June 9, 2017 release of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Russel Crowe. - Variety
- Charlie Plummer (King Jack) will star opposite Steve Buscemi in Lean on Pete, 45 Years director Andrew Haigh’s adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s 2010 novel. - Deadline
- Colin Farrell is in talks to join Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning in Sofia Coppola’s remake of director Don Siegel’s Civil War drama The Beguiled. - Variety
- Misty Copeland will be the lead ballerina in Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Nutcracker. - THR
- Kiersey Clemons could reunite with her Dope director, Rick Famuyiwa, to play the female lead in The Flash. - Variety
- Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) will direct an adaptation of the video game Rent a Hero. - Variety
- Woody Harrelson is in talks to star in the Iraq war movie Shock and Awe for director Rob Reiner and writer Joey Hartstone. - Deadline
- Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3) will make the jump to live action and direct an adaptation of the young-adult series Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. - Heat Vision
- In Garth Davis’ Mary Magdalene, Chiwetel Ejiofor will play the apostle Peter opposite Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene and Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus.- Deadline
- Ben Stiller will star in writer-director Mike White’s Brad’s Status, a comedy about a family man who must confront his failures while on a tour of colleges with his son.
- Thomas Middleditch has joined Keanu Reeves and Alice Eve in the sci-fi movie Replicas. Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor) will direct the screenplay by Chad St. John about a scientist (Reeves) who is obsessed with bringing his dead wife (Eve) back to life. - Heat Vision
- Jason Schwartzman and Jacki Weaver have joined Jack Black in The Man Who Would be Polka King, based on the true story of Jan Lewan. - Deadline