Does ‘La La Land’ Deserve the Hype?

The emotional payoff at the end of the La La Land—which just won a Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy (along with six other awards, including Best Screenplay)—could have been huge. Many of the elements for a powerful climax are there: rich cinematography, good actors, and a steady and talented director. There’s only one … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Finally, a Movie that Gets Romance Right: “La La Land”

The new movie La La Land is hoovering up nominations this awards season. Critics are cheering its stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and it’s an event whenever Hollywood makes another movie musical. But that’s not why people should rush out to see it. Director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) delivers the most unabashedly romantic movie in … Continued

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Hollywood Needs a Biology Lesson

A dear friend of mine declined to attend the (superb) Broadway play Skylight because, she said, it was “gross” that Carey Mulligan, who is 30, plays the love interest of Bill Nighy, 65. Vulture has a piece headlined, “Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence Have an Older-Man Problem,” castigating moviemakers for assigning each of … Continued

Celebrities

The Do’s and Don’ts of Personal Space (Oscars Edition)

This year’s Academy Awards were unforgettable—and mostly for the wrong reasons. Even setting aside the performance of host Neil Patrick Harris, who pretty definitively “bombed,” and the surprise winners (Birdman) and losers (Boyhood, save for Patricia Arquette), Sunday night’s event highlighted a couple of social faux pas worth recording—particularly as they relate to personal space. … Continued

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The Wonderfully Tragic World of ‘Birdman’

The most interesting, unique and creative film of 2014 is, without a doubt, Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). I promise you this: you have never seen anything else quite like it. Michael Keaton heads an impressive ensemble of unforgettable characters in this dark comedy about fame, family, and the strange (however sincere) things … Continued

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Wise Words from Celebrities on Body Image

Pop culture has been recently filled with celebrities talking about body image. Body image isn’t a new topic of interest in Hollywood, but the recent comments made by various celebrities are refreshing. In Hollywood, there are women of all sizes. Celebrities like Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling are a little more voluptuous. Then there are … Continued

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