John Legend is in negotiations to join the cast of the musical dramedy “La La Land,” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
The pic is written and directed by “Whiplash” helmer Damien Chazelle with J.K. Simmons also on board to star.
Gosling is portraying a jazz pianist and Stone will play an aspiring actress in the story, in which the duo fall in love but face difficulties as they become more successful. Chazelle is directing from his own script.
Producers are Fred Berger, Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt. Lionsgate has dated the film, which will go out under its Summit label, for July 15.
Given Legend’s background as an R&B singer, it can be expected that he will have some sort of musical presence in the film.
Legend has not acted much but did win an Academy Award along with Common for the song “Glory,” which appeared in the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic “Selma.” He made his acting debut in the Samuel L. Jackson pic “Soul Men.”
Sony Pictures have unveiled the first trailer for Cameron Crowe-directed romantic comedy, ‘Aloha’, featuring Emma, Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams and John Krasinski. Watch the debut trailer below! The movie opens in theaters on May 29th.
INDIEWIRE.COM – The Independent Spirit Awards now in their 30th year, have just announced four presenters for this year’s ceremony. Emma Stone, James Corden, Jessica Chastain and Miles Teller will all present awards on February 21, the day before the Oscars.
Chastain is an Spirit nominee this year for her powerful turn in JC Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year.” Though snubbed for male lead, Miles Teller’s “Whiplash” is an Independent Spirit heavy hitter this year with four nominations. English comedian Corden is set to succeed “Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson beginning March 23. Emma Stone is a Spirit nominee for “Birdman.”
As previously announced, Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell will cohost the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which will air for the first time live on IFC at 2:00pm PT/5:00 pm ET on February 21.
Emma Stone was blown away to be nominated for a SAG Award today.
In spite of being so surprised, however, she kept her sense of humor.
“This is a huge honor and I’m pretty much stunned. To be in a category with three women I respect so much – and one I’ve never heard of but I’m sure is also great (Meryl Streep?) – is just incredible,” the “Birdman” star said in a statement to ABC News.
“The fact that these awards are voted on by other actors makes it even more exciting. As a thank you, I hope to work with every single one of them one day in a giant, one-take movie I’m planning, starring this upstart Meryl Streep.”
Stone, 26, was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, alongside Streep, Patricia Arquette, Keira Knightley, and Naomi Watts. Meanwhile, two stars who were nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role were equally flattered by the honor.
“This is the best 6 a.m. wake up call ever,” gushed Jennifer Aniston, who was recognized for her role in “Cake.”
“Words can’t describe how blessed I feel to be recognized like this by my peers for this film. What an enormous feeling of joy and gratitude.”
“Birdman” recently premiered at Venice Film Festival and many reviewers are praising Alejandro G. Inarritu’s brilliantly directed dark comedy with thanks mostly to Michael Keaton’s performance. As always, avoid reading them if you want to watch the movie spoiler-free.
Hollywood Reporter (Todd McCarthy on August 27, 2014):
The film’s exhilarating originality, black comedy and tone that is at once empathetic and acidic will surely strike a strong chord with audiences looking for something fresh that will take them somewhere they haven’t been before.
IndieWire (Erick Kohn on August 31, 2014):
During one lively scene in Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s unclassifiably nutty showbiz satire “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” someone labels a dangerous form of theatrical performance “super-realism,” which is the best word to explain the attraction of this utterly unpredictable movie. Starring Michael Keaton as an aging actor attempting to reclaim his flagging celebrity (sound familiar?), Iñarritu’s screenplay and restless formalism at once convey aspects of real life and depart from them in dramatic fashion.
Variety (Peter Debruge on August 27, 2014):
In a year overloaded with self-aware showbiz satires, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s fifth and best feature provides the delirious coup de grace — a triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution, that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career.
Emma Stone has finalized plans to make her Broadway debut in “Cabaret,” stepping into the show when Michelle Williams exits in November.
The deal — reached following earlier reports of negotiations — sees Stone kick off her run in show Nov. 11 and stick around through Feb. 1. That timing puts Stone in the production during the end-of-the-year holidays, traditionally the most profitable time during the Broadway season.
Alan Cumming, who currently stars in the show opposite Williams, will stick with the production through March 29, as will co-stars Linda Emond and Danny Burstein.
Williams finishes up her stint in “Cabaret” Nov. 9.
Emma finally accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and she posted the video online. She was challenged by Taylor Swift and later nominated Bill Murray, Andrew Gar-field-of-dreams and Dame Maggie Smith. Check out the cute clip below.
Haha! MTV unveiled 12 new emojis (or ‘Emma-jis’) Thursday featuring Emma Stone depicting different emotions in each one. You can download them individually from their website.
Ever find yourself in that mood where you feel like Emma Stone, except with an animated thunder cloud and a lightning bolt over your head and a cartoony little doodle where your real person lips should be? We know what it’s like. Actually, we don’t.
Because now that we have custom Emma Stone emojis — Emma-jis, if you will — we can express how we truly and specifically feel. Check out the full set below, followed by individual pics that you can download and share with your friends, or just print out and carry in your wallet to look at when you really and truly feel that Emma Stone and Emma Stone alone knows how you feel.
The 25-year-old actress is in negotiations to make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles—the role currently played by Michelle Williams—in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Cabaret, EW has confirmed. Williams recently extended her run in the classic 1966 Kander and Ebb musical through November 9, 2014; the show itself is slated to play a limited engagement through January 4, 2015.
Stone would replace Williams as Sally, the flirtatious, intoxicating showgirl who steals the heart of an American writer visiting the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin at the dawn of the 1930s. It’s not just Sally’s show; Cabaret‘s other flashy role belongs to Alan Cumming, reprising his award-winning turn as the club’s—and the show’s—extravagant Emcee.
Stone had previously been associated with the production back in 2013, when Roundabout announced the intention of bringing a replica of the 1998 Tony-winning production back to Broadway. Stone’s name was attached to play the role of Sally, but film scheduling conflicts prevented her from making her expected Broadway debut. Should the deal work out, Stone would ostensibly begin her run in Cabaret on November 11.