5 things you need to know about ‘La La Land’ 

There’s something so intriguing about a Hollywood movie about Hollywood. Director Damien Chazelle’s last film (which, coincidentally, was also his first feature) won three Academy Awards, so we’re expecting big things from his new one, branded “a love letter to L.A.” by its star, Emma Stone. Here’s what you need to know about “La La Land” before it screens at the Toronto International Film Festival.

1.  Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, reunited

How many times have you re-watched “Crazy, Stupid, Love” since it came out in 2011? Finally, there’s a second Gosling/Stone romance to add to the rotation (not that seeing them together in “Gangster Squad” wasn’t fun). “La La Land” also features John Legend and the super charming Rosemarie DeWitt. 

2. An Emma by any other name...

Harry Potter alum Emma Watson was originally slated to play the lead in this movie but chose to do Disney’s forthcoming live action “Beauty and The Beast” opposite Luke Evans instead. Irony: Gosling was offered the role of the Beast, but left it to Evans.  

3. This movie is very different from Chazelle’s last one… but also kinda the same

2014’s Oscar-winning “Whiplash” centered on an abusive relationship between a jazz instructor and his student. “La La Land” sees Gosling play a struggling jazz musician. Both movies have J.K. Simmons in them. 

4. Did we mentions it’s a musical?

“It’s a contemporary love story,” Chazelle told Vanity Fair last year. “It’s about two dreamers in Los Angeles who are trying to make it. Their dreams bring them together but also end up pulling them apart. It’s about how you kind of balance life and art and your dream life with reality, which to me is what musicals are all about.” 

5. ‘La La Land’ doesn’t get a wide release until December 16.

Which means if you catch it at TIFF, you can see it on the big screen twice. (At least.)
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