Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone Musical ‘La La Land’ Grabs Oscar Season Debut

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La La Land,” Damien Chazelle’s attempt to recapture the magic of movie musicals, will hit theaters next December.

Lionsgate, the studio behind the film, is moving “La La Land” from a previously scheduled July 15, 2016, launch. It will now open in limited release on Dec. 2 before expanding on Dec. 16. That puts it right in the heart of awards season, a sign that the studio thinks it could have an Oscar contender on its hands.

Expectations are high for “La La Land” because it marks Chazelle’s follow-up to “Whiplash,” the 2014 best picture nominee about a drumming prodigy and a very volatile jazz instructor. In addition to adding in some song and dance elements, “La La Land” reunites Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, last seen setting hearts aflutter in 2011’s “Crazy Stupid Love.”

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The new date means that “La La Land” will expand on the same day that “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” a spin-off to the space opera saga, and the Will Smith drama “Collateral Beauty” hit theaters. In its old perch, “La La Land” would have faced off against the reboot of “Ghostbusters,” which swaps out Bill Murray and company for Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy.

In addition, Lionsgate announced that Black Label Media has come on as a co-financier. Lionsgate worked with Black Label on last fall’s acclaimed drug thriller, “Sicario.”

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  1. Tam Francis says:

    I’m so excited about this dance movie. It has my fave dance and I hope it will help push interest and sales for my own vintage fiction writing! The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress. I hope the actors and director get the dancing right. I know a lot of Lindy Hoppers will be watching!

  2. jkdfslaksfjklad says:

    Why do studios keep moving movies to December as Oscar season? A Best Picture winner hasn’t been released in December in, like, almost a decade. December isn’t Oscar season anymore, it’s just crammed with stuff now.

  3. Bill says:

    Gosling is very talented and very good looking and I’ve always liked him, but the Oscars are the second time now that I have seen him act like an asshole. Beginning to wonder how much I do like him.

  4. Robbie says:

    Let’s hope this does for Chazelle what “I’ll Do Anything” did for James L. Brooks.

  5. Tre says:

    Emma makes good choices, except Androssi Cole-Fink Garfield the Con-Man of The ‘Mazing Spider-Mann. She knew Ghostbusters 3 aka the Fem-Force Remake-Reboot sucked bigtime. Anything she does is cool!

  6. DougW says:

    Another 8 months before we see Emma Stone again? That’s too long a wait.

  7. John Shutt says:

    I honestly think this is a mistake. This movie could have easily done well against the summer blockbusters.

  8. Walter says:

    How exciting!

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