Composer Justin Hurwitz On The “Excitement” & “Pressure” He Felt Entering New Space With ‘First Man’

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Progressing to the upper echelon of film scoring with admirable speed, Justin Hurwitz had a predicament with First Man, setting out to craft music unlike any he’d composed before. Collaborating with director Damien Chazelle since his days at Harvard, H…

The Evolution of Ryan Gosling: From ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ to ‘First Man’ (Photos)

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Ryan Gosling traveled to New Zealand in 1998 to film the kids series “Young Hercules,” in which he played the titular son of Zeus during his warrior training. Shortly afterwards, Gosling decided to move from TV to film and take on more adul…

Lionsgate And Universal Music Group Set First-Look TV Deal

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Building on their collaborations on the scores and soundtracks to La La Land, Hunger Games and Divergent, Lionsgate and Universal Music Group have set a multi-year, first-look television deal.
Lionsgate and Polygram Entertainment, UMG’s film and televi…

How Denzel Washington Saved the 2017 Oscars (Video)

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The 2017 Oscars already exist in infamy for their “Moonlight”-“La La Land” Best Picture snafu, but the awards show was rescued from ending on an even more awkward note by an unlikely hero: Denzel Washington.

Washington guested on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday, when the ABC late-night talk show host publicly thanked “The Equalizer 2” star for saving his butt.

“I was confused, as was everyone — except for you,” Jimmy Kimmel recalled that fateful night, his first effort as Academy Awards emcee. “I didn’t know what exactly to do, and I looked out in the audience and you were looking at me and you… point at Barry Jenkins, the director of ‘Moonlight,’ and you go, ‘Bring him to the mic.’”

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“And I was like, ‘Uh, yeah, OK’ and then I went and got Barry,” the comedian continued. “You saved me and the Oscars.”

“I didn’t win an Oscar, I just saved the Oscars,” Washington countered.

Chill, Denzel, you’ve got two of those awards.

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Watch their conversation on the video above.

Back then, an envelope mishap led presenter Warren Beatty to call up Lionsgate musical “La La Land” for the 2017 awards show’s top honor — which actually belonged to A24 picture “Moonlight.

Washington’s new movie “The Equalizer 2” hits theaters on Friday, July 20.

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The final scene from Whiplash is even better with music from F-Zero

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It’s pretty clear from the scripts for both Whiplash and La La Land that Damien Chazelle really wants his audiences to get into jazz. But a cursory glance at the Billboard Hot 100 charts would confirm that, so far, he hasn’t been successful. Despite th…

Benj Pasek & Justin Paul On Their Way To EGOT Status With Grammy Wins

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The musical team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul won a Grammy tonight for Dear Evan Hansen, which adds the “G” to a foreseeable EGOT in their future.
Pasek and Paul won tonight for Best Musical Theater Album for Dear Evan Hansen — which also won for Best Original Score and Best Musical Theater Album at last year’s Tony Awards. With their Grammy and Tony wins, along with their La La Land Oscar win (and another potential win for their song “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showma…

Damien Chazelle Drama Picked Up to Series at Apple

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“La La Land” write and director Damien Chazelle is about to move his magic from the silver screen to the small one. The Academy Award winner has landed a straight-to-series order at Apple for an “innovative” new drama.

Chazelle, who has also inked a deal for musical TV drama “The Eddy” at Netflix, will write and direct every episode of the drama at first. Other details on the series, including an episode count, have not been disclosed.

“La La Land” executive producers Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger are on board to join Chazelle on the untiled project. Both will executive producer under their Original Headquarters and Automatik banner. Media Rights Capital will produce in the company’s first project with Apple.

More to come…

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‘Hostiles’ Editor Tom Cross On Cutting Scott Cooper’s Psychological Western

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Shortly before winning his first Oscar and an ACE Eddie award for La La Land, absorbed in the limelight of one of the year’s most highly acclaimed films, editor Tom Cross was in a very different headspace as he cut Scott Cooper’s dark, often brutal Western Hostiles, attempting to bring a depth and a psychological dimension to Cooper’s take on a classic American genre.
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‘Battle Of The Sexes’ DP Linus Sandgren Courted ’70s American Cinema Styles In Filming Period Drama

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Coming off a triumphant year with an Oscar in hand for La La Land, Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren is back in awards contention this year with a very different project, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ biographical drama Battle of the Sexes. Chronicling a historic moment in the world of tennis, in which world champion Billie Jean King faced off against self-styled chauvinist pig Bobby Riggs in a high-stakes match—setting a precedent for the way women would be…

‘The Greatest Showman’ Songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul On The Revitalization Of The Original Hollywood Musical

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Upon cursory examination of the films taken on by Broadway songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, a theme emerges. Oscar winners last year for La La Land, whose P.T. Barnum pic The Greatest Showman bows later this year, the pair are suckers for larger-than-life stories of show business trials and triumphs, who have played an integral role in reviving the original Hollywood musical. While the films are both enamored with the glow of showbiz, The Greatest Showman is also a…

‘La La Land’ Spoof ‘So Long Boulder City’ Gets Off Broadway Run

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“So Long Boulder City,” the solo stage spoof inspired by the recent Oscar contender “La La Land,” has lined up an Off Broadway run in December following a well-received premiere in L.A. earlier this year. Starring Jimmy Fowlie (“Go-Go Boy Interrupted”), who co-wrote the show with director Jordan Black, “So Long Boulder City” imagines the […]

Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone Reunite in Epic ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘La La Land’ Mashup (Video)

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Some genius created a mashup of “Blade Runner 2049” and “La La Land” and had Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling meet in a dystopian version of the nightclub Seb’s.

Gosling walks through the orange mist of “Blade Runner 2049,” but this time, the music from “La La Land” is laid on top of the video. He then comes across Seb’s, the bar that Gosling’s character starts in “La La Land,” and meets Stone inside.

At one point, Gosling even hits the keys of a piano in sync to the song, “Mia and Sebastian’s Theme,” created by composer Justin Hurwitz for the 2016 film directed by Damien Chazelle.

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“Here’s to the fools who dream of electric sheep,” the creator captioned the video, referring to the lyrics of Stone’s “Audition” song from “La La Land” as well as the 1968 novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick, on which the first “Blade Runner” was loosely based.

“Blade Runner 2049” starred Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright and Jared Leto and was released on Oct. 6.

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Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film, set 30 years after Ridley Scott’s original “Blade Runner,” earned $32.7 million its opening weekend.

It has since earned $64.2 million domestically, but has a fresh score of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Watch the trailer above.

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Netflix Teams With Damien Chazelle on Paris-Set Musical Series ‘The Eddy’

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VENICE, Italy — Netflix is joining forces with Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of “La La Land,” for “The Eddy,” a Paris-set musical drama series which will mark Chazelle’s first venture into TV. Chazelle will direct two episodes of the series, on top of exec-producing. The eight-episode show comes from IMG and will premiere exclusively… Read more »

How ‘La La Land’ Singer Angela Parrish Overcame Her Fears (Guest Blog)

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It’s no secret that Hollywood is a tough place to succeed — and tougher still if you are a woman. The discussion is ongoing, and it’s true that efforts are being made to promote inclusion, such as mentorship programs and specific grants for female writers and directors. Still, continuing studies on women in film show a stubborn lack of progress in addressing Hollywood sexism.

Any woman who has worked in the industry is familiar with the harsh realities of struggling to find paid work and retaining a certain momentum to keep their careers afloat. Statistics are one thing, but the reality is, Hollywood is full of innovative female creators in all aspects of the industry — and each and every one of them have a unique approach to embracing an industry that is both chaotic and comfortable, rewarding and devastating, or inspiring and discouraging.

I spoke with Angela Parrish, a singer-songwriter from Wichita, Kansas, about what inspired her to get started in this challenging industry — and more importantly, what inspires her to keep chasing her dreams. Her first EP, “Faithful and Tall,” was released in 2015 but she may be best known for singing the opening song in Damien Chazelle’s hit movie “La La Land.” (Dancer Reshma Gajjar lip-syncs the words on screen.)

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What inspired you to go into the music industry?
I never really wanted to do anything else, other than a life in the arts. I never considered another career beyond something artistic and something involving music…. There was always the knowledge I’d wind up doing something like this. At one point I thought I’d go into music education, but I knew that I had to give myself a shot at performing full time, because it’s the only thing I’ve really loved to do.

What was the first accomplishment in pursuit of that goal? Did anything make you think, ‘Yes, this is the feeling I’m chasing’?
I was a finalist in the John Lennon songwriting competition in 2013. A lot of people enter that competition, and even though I knew that I wouldn’t go on the next level of the competition, I still knew that somebody in the music industry thought that what I did was valid. I think that was the first moment where I thought, ‘Maybe there’s something to this, and maybe I’m not just giving this a crazy shot for nothing.’

Do you remember your first disappointment, or something that challenged you?
At my first major industry showcase two or three years ago, I was showcasing my music and I was alongside almost all label artists. They’d been showcasing in the industry for a really long time, and there was a confidence and assuredness that I observed in all these fairly well known label acts and I just wasn’t at that point yet. I knew that I would have to do that many, many more times before I reached that level of comfort like those artists had.

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Has there been a moment in your career that you would define as your big break?
“La La Land.” Having that solo has been the first time that things have felt like they’re moving in a different direction or achieving a different level. That’s the moment to me and I’m really proud of it, and I’m enjoying this moment for what it is.

What was it like seeing the movie for the first time and hearing yourself on the big screen?
I was nervous — so nervous that I almost threw up. Which makes no sense, because I’d already recorded it and I wasn’t performing, but I was equally as nervous as a major performance. Maybe because I couldn’t control it, it had already been done. Not knowing what to expect or what it would sound like…but I was also super excited. It was surreal and terrifying and wonderful, a mix of all of those things.

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What’s next for you?
I’m working on a full-length album, it’s called “Vehicle.” It’s my first full-length — my first album was an EP — and I’m continuing to do some live performances with “La La Land.”

The lyrics to the portion of “Another Day of Sun” that you sang were particularly meaningful to you. Can you tell me about that?
The character that I sang for leaves her hometown and hops on a bus with no money and goes for it to try and make it in Los Angeles. And I did that when I was 26 — I left Kansas with a car full of my belongings and very little money, and just went for it and left things behind and started anew with no real footing. I knew a few people but not a lot and I had to make it work. I felt like I related to her story and it was like I was singing about my own story.

This is part of a blog series by We Do It Together, a nonprofit film production entity created to produce films, documentaries, TV and other forms of media uniquely dedicated to the empowerment of women. 

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Watch Jay-Z’s Full ‘Moonlight’ Short Film – Yes, the Black ‘Friends’ One (Video)

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Jay-Z’s full “Moonlight” short film has made its way from TIDAL to VEVO, which should excite fans of the rapper’s music, and of free stuff.

The seven-and-a-half-minute movie, directed by “Master of None” alum Alan Yang, reimagines the classic NBC sitcom “Friends” with an all-black cast.

Of course, there’s a far-deeper message about race relations, cultural appropriation and intellectual property not-too-buried among the music and laughs. The short ends with a nod to the feature-length “Moonlight” and the now-infamous Academy Awards’ snafu that initially named “La La Land” last year’s Best Picture.

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The cast of “”Friends”” (extra quotation marks intended around that one) features Issa Rae (“Insecure”) as Rachel, Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”) as Phoebe, Tessa Thompson (“Dear White People”) as Monica, Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out”) as Joey, Lakeith Stanfield (“Atlanta”) as Chandler and Jerrod Carmichael (“The Carmichael Show”) as Ross.

Jay-Z released “4:44” exclusively through his TIDAL streaming service on June 30. The album was certified platinum less than a week after its release.

Watch the full video above. Previously, only a 15-second teaser was made available for non-TIDAL users.

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Lionsgate’s Feltheimer on Q1: Film Still Key But “No Priority Higher” Than Starz

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UPDATED 4:50 PM with comments from execs during conference call with analysts: Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told Wall Street analysts during today’s earnings conference call that developing programming for Starz was the company’s biggest priority for the rest of 2017 and beyond.
The company earlier had posted solid results in its fiscal first quarter, with gains from the sale of its Epix stake and strong film revenue being overtaken by higher marketing costs and fewer new…

‘John Wick 2,’ ‘La La Land’ Power Lionsgate to Strong Q1 Earnings

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Lionsgate got its fiscal 2018 off to a strong start behind a massive increase in movie profits led by strong home entertainment performances from the Keanu Reeves action-adventure sequel “John Wick 2” and almost-Best Picture winner “La La Land.”

Tuesday afternoon, the mini-major studio reported revenue of $1.01 billion and earnings of 52 cents a share for the three months ended June 30, which the company classifies as its fiscal first quarter.

Analysts had projected $996 million in revenue and earnings of 33 cents a share, according to an individual with knowledge of the estimates.

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Although Lionsgate only had two theatrical releases in the quarter, “All Eyez On Me” and “How to Be a Latin Lover,” massive home entertainment revenues from “John Wick 2” and “La La Land” helped its motion picture division increase its revenue by 16 percent and its profit by a whopping 173 percent compared with the same time the previous year.

Lionsgate also enjoyed the welcome combination of higher revenue and lower marketing costs. TV revenue dipped 19 percent due to the timing of episodic show deliveries, but television profits still jumped a healthy 31 percent.

On the company’s earnings call, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told investors that Lionsgate renewed its theatrical distribution agreement with CBS Films for three more years. CBS released Oscar nominee “Hell or High Water” last year.

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“We are pleased to report strong first quarter financial results that have gotten fiscal 2018 off to a great start,” Feltheimer said in a statement accompanying the earnings release. “With our second straight billion-dollar revenue quarter, combined with strong bottom line profits, the scale of our global content platform is reflected in our financial results as well as our operational achievements.  We continued to grow our content business in the quarter by launching significant new premium properties, expanding the reach of current brands and adding to the Lionsgate-owned or controlled platforms across which we monetize our intellectual property.”

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