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‘La La Land’ & ‘The Greatest Showman’ Songwriters Writing Two Songs...

The “Aladdin” remake is coming. There’s nothing you can do about it, now. But at least, there might be some great new music in the film. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are two songwriters that should definitely be on your radar by now. The duo is responsible for some of the biggest songs heard in […]

Pasek And Paul On ‘Greatest Showman’ And What They Learned From...

Unless you’ve just emerged from a two-year coma or completely block out anything dealing with musical theater you’re probably well aware of Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, aka Pasek and Paul.  The songwriting duo have taken Broadway by storm with their Tony-Award winning phenomenon “Dear Evan Hansen” and won the Best Original Song Oscar for […]

Is ‘The Shape of Water’ Your Slam Dunk Best Picture Winner?...

After Guillermo del Toro won the DGA Award this weekend for “The Shape of Water” it would appear the Fox Searchlight fantasy is on its way to ruling Oscar night.  It’s incredibly rare for a film to win both the DGA and PGA Award as “Shape” has and not win Best Picture although it’s not […]

‘BPM’ Leads 2018 César Award Nominations, ‘Dunkirk’ & ‘La La Land’...

While we still have a month to go until the Oscars, that hardly means the awards season is over. This morning, the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma unveiled its nominations for the César Awards aka France’s Oscars. Leading the pack with 13 nominations each was the AIDS drama “BPM” and Albert Dupontel’s WWI drama […]

Paul Thomas Anderson Says ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Is His...

Dear Paul Thomas Anderson, please get an official Twitter account. Yesterday afternoon, the filmmaker continued his “Phantom Thread” promotional run with an absolutely terrific stint answering questions on Twitter through the film’s social media account. Both hilarious and illuminating, the whole thing is worth scrolling through, but we’ve got the highlight below. READ MORE: Paul Thomas […]

The Biggest Entertainment News Stories Of 2017

It seemed improbable that anything could top the dramatic ups and downs of 2016, but 2017 found a way. And for Hollywood, it was a year where it often felt like the entire town was on fire (and we’re not just referring to the annual wild fires that smolder in the hills).  Especially in the […]

Taylor Swift Crashes The ‘La La Land’ And ‘Moana’ Rematch In...

The nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards were announced very early this morning and there were some positives and some negatives. For the first time in 19 years there are no white men nominated in the Best Album category. Unless you’re an Ed Sheeran fan that’s not necessarily a bad thing. “Despacito” earning a Record […]

Miles Teller Says His Exit From ‘La La Land’ “Played Out...

Miles Teller must have a weird feeling of deja vu. Around this time last year, while on the circuit for “Bleed For This,” the actor addressed rumors that he turned down $4 million to star in “La La Land,” and that as negotiations dragged out, his scheduling window basically closed, leaving him to go off […]

The Melancholy Music Of ‘Umbrellas Of Cherbourg’ Vs. ‘La La Land’...

Welcome to another edition of Over/Under Movies, the podcast in which we choose one overrated film and one underrated film — similar in tone, genre, style, or however we may see fit — and we discuss them. On this episode, my co-host Oktay Ege Kozak is joined by fellow Playlist writer Andrew Crump (I am absent for […]

Emma Stone Is 2017’s Highest Paid Actress

Now that the Academy has honored Emma Stone with a much-deserved Oscar for her performance in “La La Land,” she has become a hot commodity and, if advanced buzz is any indication, her performance as Billie Jean King in this fall’s upcoming “The Battle of the Sexes” might land her another nomination. So it comes as […]

Christopher Nolan Saw ‘La La Land’ 3 Times In Theaters

Every year, one major Oscar contender becomes the punching bag for critical and/or Film Twitter backlash, and in 2016 that dubious honor fell to “La La Land.” For whatever reason, a segment of cinephiles went from swooning over the musical to loathing it, but one person who didn’t fall under the sway of awards season […]

Look At ‘La La Land’ Helmer Damien Chazelle’s Love of Whip-Pans

While current Best Director Oscar winner Damien Chazelle certainly didn’t invent the whip-pan, he’s made it a trademark of his first three films, as shown in this video essay from Alejandro Torriggino. A whip-pan, a rapid horizontal movement of the camera, can imbue a scene with a frenzied, kinetic energy and can also give the […]

Watch Lots Of Jokes About Jazz In The Honest Trailer For...

Popularity is no measure of quality. “Transformers” makes billions of dollars, people continue to watch “The Walking Dead” and the Honest Trailers phenomenon remains one of the most popular in the movie internet. Now years in the making and with six million subscribers on YouTube, their sarcastic takedowns of popular blockbusters go from strength to strength, […]

MTV Movie & TV Awards Adds Two New Categories With Five...

It was already pretty unclear how the producers of the MTV Movie & TV Awards plan on incorporating the announcement of 16 categories into a two-hour telecast.  A challenge that would is obviously more difficult considering the program that will also include performances from Big Sean, Pitbull and Noah Cyrus, among others.  Well, the Adam […]

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