Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone in “Whiplash” Director’s “La La Land” Musical Jumps into Oscar Race


Reviews are in this morning from the Venice press screening for Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” And they are terrific across the board.

Chazelle’s first film was “Whiplash,” at age 28 and now two years later, he’s apparently outdone himself.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone soar in this dreamy, romantic musical that The Guardian likened to Woody Allen’s “Everyone Says I Love You.” J.K. Simmons, who won an Oscar for “Whiplash,” is featured, along with actual singer John Legend.

“La La Land” becomes the first real Oscar race entry, although there are some others floating out there. The Oscar season has begun.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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