John Legend wants La La Land sequel

John Legend plans to ask La La Land director Damien Chazelle about the potential for a sequel when he attends his holiday party.The Ordinary People hitmaker had a small but significant role as jazz musician Keith in the acclaimed 2016 musical movie, wh…

John Legend plans to ask La La Land director Damien Chazelle about the potential for a sequel when he attends his holiday party.

The Ordinary People hitmaker had a small but significant role as jazz musician Keith in the acclaimed 2016 musical movie, which landed Damien the Oscar for Best Director.

Speaking to British newspaper The Sun about the film recently, John admitted he’d be interested in a sequel that explored what happened to its two lead characters, played by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, after the bittersweet ending to their relationship.

“I might see Damien soon because I think we may go to a party that they’re throwing, so I’ll ask him. It was a beautiful film and I was so happy to have a small role in it,” the 40-year-old commented. “I’ve never heard him talk about a sequel, I’ll ask him next time I see him.”

Despite the film’s success, earning $446 million (£345 million) at the global box office, Damien hasn’t indicated any interest in a sequel. Yet, John added that he’s happy to work with him on another project if a follow-up isn’t on the cards.

“Damien, I think, is a brilliant filmmaker and has already made two great music films with Whiplash and La La Land,” he explained. “He has a great ear for music and a great way of portraying music in film. That is a rare ability. If he ever wanted me to do anything else with him, I’d love to.”

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Emma Stone was in best shape of her life when playing Billie Jean King

Emma Stone “never felt more beautiful” than when she played Billie Jean King in a movie.The Oscar-winning actress portrayed the tennis ace in 2017’s Battle of the Sexes, and in a new interview with Vogue.com, confessed that training for the movie trans…

Emma Stone “never felt more beautiful” than when she played Billie Jean King in a movie.

The Oscar-winning actress portrayed the tennis ace in 2017’s Battle of the Sexes, and in a new interview with Vogue.com, confessed that training for the movie transformed her body and her self-confidence.

“That role required me to get physically strong. I’ve never felt more beautiful or powerful than I did when I felt strong and capable in my body,” the La La Land star explained. “It was an incredible experience and one I take with me daily.”

She went on to explain that while she’s not diligently kept up with the training, feeling strong helped change her perception of beauty.

“Admittedly, I’m a hell of a lot weaker than I was then, but it reinforced the truth that beauty comes from how you feel, not how you look. People looking aesthetically pleasing, which is entirely subjective anyway, is just a bonus,” she added.

Emma, who currently serves as the face of Louis Vuitton’s fragrance campaigns, then shared how perfume helps her get into character.

“I’ve been using fragrance to help me define each character I’ve played since I was 16. Even now, I can smell that scent and be taken straight back,” the 31-year-old shared. “Scent has always been the quickest sense-memory for me. I remember most of the time periods in my life through scent.”

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Emma Stone in talks to reunite with Damien Chazelle for Babylon – report

Emma Stone is in talks to reunite with director Damien Chazelle for his next movie Babylon.The new project is set in the 1920s, and will be the filmmaker’s biggest production – and budget – to date, according to Variety. Plot details are scarce, bu…

Emma Stone is in talks to reunite with director Damien Chazelle for his next movie Babylon.

The new project is set in the 1920s, and will be the filmmaker’s biggest production – and budget – to date, according to Variety.

Plot details are scarce, but sources told the outlet that Babylon will take place during the transition in Hollywood from silent films to “talkies”, and similarly to Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, it will feature a mix of real-life and fictional characters.

Stone is in early talks for a starring role in the movie, and Chazelle is said to be on the hunt for an all-star cast to join her, with Deadline reporting that Brad Pitt is circling the project as well.

Seabiscuit actor Tobey Maguire, Chazelle’s wife Olivia Hamilton, Matt Plouffe and Marc Platt are producing the film.

The Oscar-winning director is currently working on his Netflix musical drama series, The Eddy, and is also developing a secret TV project for Apple.

It will be the first time that Stone has reunited with Chazelle since she won an Oscar for her role in his musical La La Land back in 2017, which also landed him the Academy Award for Best Director.

The 30-year-old actress was last seen in Yorgos Lanthimos’ period comedy The Favourite, which earned her another Best Actress Oscar nomination, but she lost out to her co-star, Olivia Colman.

Stone recently completed production on the upcoming Zombieland sequel, which will be released later this year, and has been cast in comedy-horror The Menu and Cruella, in which she will play classic Disney villain Cruella de Vil.

Chazelle reunited with his La La Land leading man Ryan Gosling for last year’s Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man.

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Marc Webb in talks to direct Disney’s live-action Snow White

Marc Webb is the frontrunner to direct Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Snow White.Back in 2016, it was reported that studio bosses were developing a new take on the story, inspired by the Brothers Grimm version and Walt Disney’s 1937 animated m…

Marc Webb is the frontrunner to direct Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Snow White.

Back in 2016, it was reported that studio bosses were developing a new take on the story, inspired by the Brothers Grimm version and Walt Disney’s 1937 animated movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Now, editors at Variety have claimed that Webb is in negotiations to helm the feature. The filmmaker made his directorial debut with 2009’s 500 Days of Summer and has since overseen movies like 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and its 2014 sequel, as well as 2017’s The Only Living Boy in New York.

The Girl on the Train screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson is also in talks to adapt the script for the project, while Marc Platt is to serve as a producer.

Additionally, songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, known together as Pasek and Paul, have been recruited to pen new tunes. The pair’s original songs have featured on NBC TV show Smash, Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen and films like The Greatest Showman and La La Land, with their tune from the latter, City of Stars, winning them an Oscar for Best Original Song.

Disney executives are yet to comment on the report, and no casting details have yet been announced.

There have been numerous adaptations of the Snow White fairy tale over the years, with recent interpretations including 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, and Mirror Mirror, with Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer.

In recent years, Disney has unveiled a string of live-action remakes of animated classics, including Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast.

So far in 2019, Tim Burton’s Dumbo and Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin have hit cinemas, while Jon Favreau’s The Lion King is set to be released in July.

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Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes to star in dark comedy The Menu

Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes have signed on to star in director Alexander Payne’s upcoming movie The Menu. The Descendants director will be helming the dark satirical comedy, which focuses on an eccentric culinary event at an exclusive restaurant on a…

Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes have signed on to star in director Alexander Payne’s upcoming movie The Menu.

The Descendants director will be helming the dark satirical comedy, which focuses on an eccentric culinary event at an exclusive restaurant on a remote tropical island that becomes “the hot ticket to die for”, according to Deadline.

The Harry Potter star will play a world-class chef who sets up the event and “adds some unexpected ingredients to the menu planned”, and the Oscar-winning La La Land star will play one half of an A-list foodie couple which takes part in the event.

According to the publication, the movie has been described as a Quentin Tarantino-style take on 2006 documentary The One Percent, which explores the gap between the wealthy elite and the general American public. It has been tagged as both a comedy and horror on the IMDb movie database.

The script is being penned by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver staff writer Will Tracy and Late Night with Seth Meyers’ writer Seth Reiss. It is being produced by Gary Sanchez Productions, run by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who announced over the weekend (06-07Apr19) that they were ending their 13-year production partnership. Existing projects at the firm will be developed until completion, with the same attached producers in place, before they go their separate ways.

The Menu will mark Payne’s next feature after 2017’s Downsizing. He is also known for films such as Nebraska, About Schmidt, and Election.

Stone, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar this year for The Favourite, recently completed filming Zombieland sequel Double Tap and has also reprised her voice role in The Croods 2.

Fiennes is attached to many projects in development. He is currently filming Bond 25 and Kingsman prequel The Great Game.

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Costume designer Mary Zophres: ‘Damien Chazelle is there whenever you need him’

Director Damien Chazelle collaborates closely with the wardrobe department on his films.Costume designer Mary Zophres has worked with Chazelle twice now; first on his Oscar-winning spectacular La La Land, and then again on new film First Man.And while …

Director Damien Chazelle collaborates closely with the wardrobe department on his films.

Costume designer Mary Zophres has worked with Chazelle twice now; first on his Oscar-winning spectacular La La Land, and then again on new film First Man.

And while the two films dealt with totally different stories, Chazelle’s style remained the same.

“It was very much like La La Land. It was just a different subject matter, but his approach is very much the same,” Zophres said at the Gold Derby Meet the Experts: Costume Designers panel. “He knows exactly what the film is going to look like. He’s very much a collaborator and is very open to ideas and to meetings and discussions and meetings and show and tells. He’ll be there whenever you need him to be there.”

Zophres herself landed an Academy Award nod for 2016’s La La Land, and she was also nominated for True Grit in 2011.

Her other credits include Catch Me If You Can, Fargo and Gangster Squad, among many others.

In First Man, which stars Ryan Gosling as space hero Neil Armstrong and Claire Foy as his wife Janet, Zophres opted for a lot of natural fibres.

“Cottons and wools,” she explained. “And to be able to pull back some of the colour so it would have the effect of a Kodachrome photograph. That’s how we wanted it to look. And I knew we were going to shoot on 16 mm. Some of it’s 16, some of it’s 35 and some of its IMAX. You don’t know what it’s going to look like. That was a little intense and intimidating, but in the end, it really makes the movie make a lot of sense story-wise to me.”

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The Favourite’s Yorgos Lanthimos was nervous helming an all-female story

The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos has admitted he had reservations about taking on the story of three women.The period comedy-drama stars Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, and Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone as two cousins competing to win the monarch’s a…

The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos has admitted he had reservations about taking on the story of three women.

The period comedy-drama stars Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, and Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone as two cousins competing to win the monarch’s affections so that they can gain power. Female sexuality proves to be a key part of the plot, but in the light of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements still dominating conversation in Hollywood, Lanthimos worried that critics may deem it inappropriate for a male director to tell this story.

“I had a fear initially, and I think I overcame it by saying ‘it doesn’t matter that they’re women,” the Greek filmmaker explained to The Guardian. “It is interesting because of that, but it should be made as if it isn’t an issue. I’m a man and I’m going to tell this story about these women, and I obviously don’t know much about it – but if they’re shown as human beings, there’s no judgment.”

Though the lack of strong female representation on screen and behind the camera is another Hollywood talking point, The Lobster filmmaker added that he was not aiming to tick boxes and decided to tell the story of these women as “just an instinctive thing.” Colman, Weisz and Stone have all received critical acclaim for their respective performances with all three achieving Golden Globe nominations for the forthcoming ceremony on 6 January (19).

Lanthimos singled out Stone’s portrayal in particular during the interview, whom he attached to the film even before her Oscar-winning turn in La La Land.

“I don’t think she’s out of her comfort zone yet – she has a lot of room there. I’m not sure how I knew that, but I kind of knew it,” he smiled. “She was very confident from the beginning – physically, she was immediately on it from the rehearsals.”

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Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin features two new songs

Disney’s live-action Aladdin movie will feature two brand new songs, as well as plenty of classics from the original feature.Mena Massoud, who is playing the titular character in Guy Ritchie’s project, spilled details on the red carpet at the GQ Men of…

Disney’s live-action Aladdin movie will feature two brand new songs, as well as plenty of classics from the original feature.

Mena Massoud, who is playing the titular character in Guy Ritchie’s project, spilled details on the red carpet at the GQ Men of the Year party on Thursday (06Dec18), and insisted that cinemagoers are in for a treat when it comes to the music.

“We’ve got all the original music in there, plus a couple of new songs,” he explained to Variety reporter Marc Malkin. “They’re really empowering. I gotta say one is very empowering for women, I think people are going to really, really dig it. The other one is awesome as well. We got the same guys who did La La Land and The Greatest Showman, we’re in good hands.”

Massoud refers to songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, known together as Pasek and Paul, who won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for their La La Land song City of Stars, and received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe win for This Is Me from The Greatest Showman.

Aladdin, which is scheduled for a 24 May 2019 release, also stars Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar and Will Smith as the beloved Genie. And Mena felt very privileged to share so much screen time with the I Am Legend star.

“It was amazing. (Will’s) one of the most generous, grounded people in the industry,” he gushed. “I’m just so lucky, megastar that he is.”

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Emma Stone couldn’t breathe while wearing corsets in The Favourite

Emma Stone did not enjoy wearing corsets in new drama The Favourite. The La La Land actress is currently promoting director Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest project, which focuses on the behind-the-scenes politics between two cousins jockeying to be court fav…

Emma Stone did not enjoy wearing corsets in new drama The Favourite. 

The La La Land actress is currently promoting director Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest project, which focuses on the behind-the-scenes politics between two cousins jockeying to be court favourites during the reign of Queen Anne, as played by Olivia Colman, in the early 18th century.

Rachel Weisz takes on the role of Sarah Churchill and Emma plays her cousin Abigail Masham, with the star now explaining that she found the period costumes very difficult to work with.

“For the first month, I couldn’t breathe and I would smell menthol and it would make me think I was in a wide-open space and could breathe for a moment in time,” she shared during an interview on The Graham Norton Show, which airs in the U.K. on Friday evening (26Oct18). “After a month, all my organs shifted – it was gross and if you don’t have to, don’t do it!”

Emma went on to explain that The Favourite marked the first time she had to act in a corset and the tight costumes made her empathise with the women of the period.

“Women existed like that for such a long time, which gives you a lot of sympathy for that time period and what they were going through,” the 29-year-old added.

Shooting of the film took place in Hertfordshire, England last year, with Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss and James Smith also featuring in the cast. Accordingly, Emma felt a lot of pressure to master a British accent on set.

“Being the only American I thought if I messed it up it would stick out like the sorest thumb. It would maybe ruin the entire movie so I tried to work hard on it,” she smiled of her accent.

The Favourite hits cinemas in the U.S. on 23 November and in the U.K. in early 2019.

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Emma Stone cried over a bunny on The Favourite set

Emma Stone started crying for “about an hour” over a scene involving a bunny in her new movie The Favourite.The actress stars in Yorgos Lanthimos’ 18th century period drama, in which she plays one of two women competing for the affections of Queen Anne…

Emma Stone started crying for “about an hour” over a scene involving a bunny in her new movie The Favourite.

The actress stars in Yorgos Lanthimos’ 18th century period drama, in which she plays one of two women competing for the affections of Queen Anne of Great Britain, played by Olivia Colman. Having debuted at the Venice Film Festival in August (18), the film went on to receive positive reviews from critics, with Olivia even winning the prestigious Volpi Cup for Best Actress. However, on the red carpet of The Favourite’s U.S. premiere, Emma admitted that she experienced an upsetting moment during the filming period.

“Well, just in the end – I don’t want to give anything away – but I have to be a little bit aggressive in the end with a bunny,” the 29-year-old recalled in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “I cried my eyes out for about an hour.”

The scene in question features Emma’s character, Abigail, growing fed up with one of Queen Anne’s many furry pets, and though the animal lover insisted that the rabbit was “totally fine,” the thought of any creature in distress was too much for her to bear.

“They (the crew) sort of talked me through it and how it would be a gentle and okay thing but, no its very, very upsetting,” she explained. “Any idea of ever harming an animal in any way is crushing to me.”

Though the bunny was unharmed, the same can’t be said for the La La Land star, whose character gets into several aggressive confrontations with Sarah, a role played by Rachel Weisz. As a result, both movie stars were required to take a few hits, but Emma insisted that the physical element comes with the territory.

“I think dishing is easier than taking it, but at the same time, it’s all a part of the job,” the Oscar winner joked.

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