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Friday, Mar. 3, 2023
Composer Justin Hurwitz is a four-time Oscar nominee, the latest nod coming in January for Best Original Score on the strength of writer-director Damien Chazelle’s Babylon (Paramount Pictures). Hurwitz’s first three nominations came in 2017 for Chazelle’s La La Land with the...
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022
"Perhaps the ballyhoo meant nothing," Kevin Brownlow wrote in his defining history of the silent film era, "The Parade's Gone By…"
It's probably true that even avid moviegoers have increasingly drifted away from the films of what Brownlow called, with good reason, "the richest in cinema's...
Wednesday, May. 6, 2020
Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis wandered along the Seine and felt free. Louis Armstrong sought refuge from the Jim Crow American South at the Hôtel Alba Opéra. Dancer Josephine Baker wowed audiences at the Folies Bergère before joining the French Resistance during World War II.
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
The first time he cut a feature--Whiplash--for director Damien Chazelle, Tom Cross, ACE wound up winning the Best Editing Oscar. The second film on which they collaborated, La La Land, yielded another Oscar nomination for the editor. And now Cross has again teamed with Chazelle...
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
Making a movie about Neil Armstrong may not necessarily be on par with, say, successfully landing on the moon but the pressure involved isn't a giant leap from that either.
There are astronauts who were there, for one, in Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, in addition to all the people who...
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
Nearly a half-century has passed since the majestic moment when Neil Armstrong stepped carefully onto the lunar landscape, left foot first, taking that giant leap for mankind.
Whether you were alive then and glued to the TV, or relived it later through that iconic, grainy NASA footage,...
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
Damien Chazelle's last movie, "La La Land," was about a man clinging to nostalgia. His new one, "First Man," doesn't merely flirt with the past. It throttles back in time.
But Chazelle's reason for revisiting NASA's 1969 mission to the moon isn't to polish the shining legend of Neil...
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017
On the strength of La La Land, Damien Chazelle won the DGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film on Saturday night (2/4) at the Beverly Hilton, making him the odds-on favorite to take the Best Director Oscar. All but seven of the DGA winners since 1948 have gone on to garner...
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017
With an all-time record tying high 14 Oscar nominations, La La Land (Lionsgate) continued to build Academy Awards momentum on Saturday (2/4) night as Damien Chazelle won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. All but seven of the DGA winners since 1948...
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
At the forefront of this year's Oscar race are two filmmakers in their 30s with seemingly limitless careers ahead of them: Damien Chazelle, the 32-year-old wunderkind behind "La La Land," and Barry Jenkins, the 37-year-old writer-director of "Moonlight." The combined nominations of their films...