Friday, October 19, 2018

Damien 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...

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

The five nominees for the DGA Award recognizing Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2016 are: Damien Chazelle for La La Land; Garth Davis for Lion; Barry Jenkins for Moonlight; Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea; and Denis...

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

Choreographer Mandy Moore was lying under a car on the hot pavement while more than 100 dancers above her twirled through gridlocked LA freeway traffic during the opening number of "La La Land ."

The sequence was months in the making - the most complicated ever undertaken by Moore, who's...

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

Musical lovers, take a bow. Your favorite art form is having quite the cultural moment.

On Broadway, of course, we've got the "Hamilton" phenomenon, making the stage musical feel more vital and relevant than it has in years. And we have popular live TV revivals like "Grease" and "...

Monday, Sep. 12, 2016

Movies aren't what they were. I'll wait for it on Netflix. Television is so much better right now.

Those kinds of sentiments can feel ubiquitous to anyone who cares deeply about movies, as well as for those whose love has waned. Writer-director Damien Chazelle has heard them all and he...

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