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La La Land’s Oscar-nominated
director Damien Chazelle

By Iain Blair

Writer/director Damien Chazelle may only have three feature films on his short resume, but the 32-year-old is already viewed by Hollywood as an acclaimed auteur and major talent. His latest film, the retro-glamorous musical La La Land, is a follow-up to his 2014 release Whiplash. That film received five Oscar nods and three wins, including Best Supporting Actor.  

Now officially crowned as this year’s Oscar frontrunner, Lionsgate’s La La Land just scored a stunning total of 14 nominations (including Best Director), matching the record held by All About Eve and Titanic. It also recently scooped up seven Golden Globes, a record for a single movie, as well as a ton of other awards and noms.

Set in the present, but paying homage to the great Hollywood musicals of the ’40s and ’50s, La La Land tells the story of jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), who meets aspiring actress, playwright and fan of old movies Mia (Emma Stone). They initially ignore each other, they talk, they fight — but mainly they break out of the conventions of everyday life as they break into song and dance at the drop of a hat. They also take us on an exuberant journey through their love affair in a movie that’s also an ode to the glamour and emotion of cinema classics. It’s also a love letter to the Los Angeles of Technicolor dreams.

To bring La La Land to life, Chazelle collaborated with a creative team that included director of photography Linus Sandgren (known for his work with David O. Russell on American Hustle and Joy), choreographer Mandy Moore, composer Justin Hurwitz, lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and editor Tom Cross who cut Whiplash for him.

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Elle director Paul Verhoeven
By Iain Blair

Director Paul Verhoeven has never been afraid
to go where most other directors fear to tread, especially in the thorny areas of sex, violence
and gender politics.

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Behind the Title: OutpostVFX Founder/CEO Duncan McWilliam

When this visual effects veteran started his own studio, he opted for the quiet seaside town of Bournemouth instead of London's Soho.

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Blue Sky’s Mikki Rose
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Whitehouse editor Lisa Gunning moves to LA

A one-man production band… on wheels
By David Hurd

Steve Holyhead joins AJA from Fox Broadcasting

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