×

‘La La Land’ Director’s Ex-Wife Gets Last-Minute Executive Producer Credit (EXCLUSIVE)

Only the most astute viewers of “La La Land” will notice a slight change to the final cut of a movie that many expect will be a formidable Oscar contender. That’s because Jasmine McGlade, the ex-wife of director Damien Chazelle, has quietly been given a last-minute executive producer credit on the upcoming musical.

The change was made to the final print and now appears in the end credits, according to multiple sources who attended “La La Land’s” glitzy Los Angeles premiere this week. McGlade has also added a new footnote on the biography of her personal website, explaining that she executive produced the picture. A source close to the studio says that the change was made because Chazelle wanted to acknowledge McGlade’s collaborations over the years.

The credit didn’t appear in the version of the film that played on the festival circuit, including Telluride and Toronto last fall, as well as its AFI Fest screening last month. It is highly unusual for a change like that to be made so close to a film’s theatrical release. An executive in the post-production industry said that a change of this nature can be costly. “La La Land” has received glowing reviews. It’s the story of an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and a jazz musician (Ryan Gosling) who fall in love while trying to make it in Los Angeles.

McGlade’s  IMDB credits still don’t show her “La La Land” work, nor does the page for the film. However, McGlade’s IMDB page says that she was “a key figure in the development and production of Chazelle’s ‘Whiplash’ and the development of ‘La La Land.'” Similar language previously appeared on her personal website, but was later modified. McGlade produced “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench,” Chazelle’s first feature, and received a “special thanks” in the credits for “Whiplash.” The two met while students at Harvard.

More Film

  • FX's 'Snowfall' Panel TCA Winter Press

    John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

    UPDATED with statements from John Singleton’s family and FX Networks John Singleton, the Oscar nominated director and writer of “Boyz N’ the Hood,” has suffered a stroke. Sources confirm to Variety that Singleton checked himself into the hospital earlier this week after experiencing pain in his leg. The stroke has been characterized by doctors as [...]

  • 'Curse of La Llorona' Leads Slow

    'Curse of La Llorona' Leads Slow Easter Weekend at the Box Office

    New Line’s horror pic “The Curse of La Llorona” will summon a solid $25 million debut at the domestic box office, leading a quiet Easter weekend before Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” hits theaters on April 26. The James Wan-produced “La Llorona,” playing in 3,372 theaters, was a hit with hispanic audiences, who accounted for nearly 50% [...]

  • Jim Jarmusch in 'Carmine Street Guitars'

    Film Review: 'Carmine Street Guitars'

    “Carmine Street Guitars” is a one-of-a-kind documentary that exudes a gentle, homespun magic. It’s a no-fuss, 80-minute-long portrait of Rick Kelly, who builds and sells custom guitars out of a modest storefront on Carmine Street in New York’s Greenwich Village, and the film touches on obsessions that have been popping up, like fragrant weeds, in [...]

  • Missing Link Laika Studios

    ‘Missing Link’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

    In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Annapurna Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Missing Link.” Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $5.91 million through Sunday for [...]

  • Little Woods

    Film Review: 'Little Woods'

    So much of the recent political debate has focused on the United States’ southern border, and on the threat of illegal drugs and criminals filtering up through Mexico. But what of the north, where Americans traffic opiates and prescription pills from Canada across a border that runs nearly three times as long? “Little Woods” opens [...]

  • Beyonce's Netflix Deal Worth a Whopping

    Beyonce's Netflix Deal Worth a Whopping $60 Million (EXCLUSIVE)

    Netflix has become a destination for television visionaries like Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, with deals worth $100 million and $250 million, respectively, and top comedians like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle ($40 million and $60 million, respectively). The streaming giant, which just announced it’s added nearly 10 million subscribers in Q1, is honing in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content