Here’s to the Ones Who Dream: Essential Life Lessons From ‘La La Land’

Bursting onto the big-screen with a high note of retro glamour, glitz and style, La La Land is one of the most daring original movie musicals in a long time. In addition to vibrantly illustrating stylized trimmings of Hollywood musicals from the ‘40s and ‘50s blended with an ardent Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers flair, it’s no wonder this breathtaking, heartfelt homage to silver screen classics is one of the best films of 2016.

Winner of seven Golden Globes, recipient of 11 BAFTA nominations and soon to be the expected winner at the 89th Annual Academy Awards for Best Picture, La La Land is not just any musical though with beautiful costumes and twirling. It’s a luscious and vivacious look into the world of dreamers who power through reality to accept change.

Following the lives of two dreamers, La La Land is quick to highlight its character-based plot with two artists and their respective dreams. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a jazz pianist hoping to open his own jazz club, while Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress attending audition after audition. Drawn together by their common desire to do what they love, the two begin a love affair complete with song and dance that’s reminiscent of Astaire and Rogers dancing “Cheek to Cheek.” But as they each find success, their decisions begin to fray at the fragile fabric of their relationship and threaten to rip them apart.

In his multicolored and impassioned third feature, director, Damien Chazelle portrays love at its finest. But the 31-year-old filmmaker also asks young, driven millennials who dream beyond the norm, is it possible to have it all?

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10 of the Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

Though 2016 delivered an incredible roster of film with a few hits and misses, we like to think with the releases coming out this year, that was just the industry taking a casual stretch before the biggest marathon of movies hits 2017. While there is still plenty of new year to go and we’re really just get started, it’s never too early to get excited about all the upcoming releases.

There’s no denying with the trailers released today, we are definitely looking forward to moving on and diving into a brand new year of filmography bound to break box office records. This year promises fun and thrill from a big ape, mummies, superheroes, vigilantes, and of course the one and only, Wonder Woman.

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6 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

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With the holidays officially here, there is no better tradition than cozying up on the couch in your comfy PJs, indulging in festive treats and cocoa, watching a film inspired by the season. But while so many movies have been released over the years specifically for the Christmas season, no film has created quite the impact on our culture than Frank Capra’s 1946 classic, It’s A Wonderful Life.

Considered a game-changer in the festive film genre, the film is among a list of Hollywood’s greatest movies thanks to its powerful message that allows us to understand life’s most valuable lessons through the eyes of the iconic, George Bailey, played by James Stewart.

Whether you love it or hate it though, it’s a masterpiece that has stood the test of time each and every year. Moreover, with its deep meaning and solid characterizations, it’s truly an evergreen classic, bearing great similitude to our evolving social climate and the relationships we forge throughout our life.

In honor of the film’s 70th anniversary and its immense richness in pop culture, we pay our love and respects to the film with six very interesting facts you might not have ever known about the richest film in town.

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David S. Pumpkins Is Our Favorite Look This Halloween

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For over 40 years, Saturday Night Live has been bringing us hilarious and memorable characters that branch out into the occasional Halloween costume. From the Spartan Cheerleaders to Wayne’s World, to The Coneheads or even Chris Farley’s iconic motivational speaker and traveling salesman, Matt Foley who lives in a van by the river — SNL has been the inspiration behind so many clever costumes.

And if you watched this past weekend’s episode, that sentiment definitely continued with the night’s guest host and Academy Award winner, Tom Hanks at the helm of something gloriously bizarre. Of course with the way this year has been though, there’s nothing scarier and often times, funny than that which we do not understand.

Enter David S. Pumpkins — an icon that is bound to be the best thing that came out of 2016. And frankly, it’s going to be a cult costume for the years to come because it’s so random. Already hailed a legend and cult favorite from critics and fans alike, Pumpkins brings a bizarre joy to the screen with his random silliness and a unparalleled gleeful tone in his voice.

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In The Key of B: Cheek to Cheek

Cheek to Cheek

As I sat with full despondence tonight on my couch with an ugly blanket, I began aimlessly channel surfing and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the 1935 film, Top Hat. It’s always been one of my favorites, but lately memories catch up and stir a pot of emotions—and it isn’t easy on the heart. I suppose some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest memory. (more…)

Film Noir with a Touch of Class: TCM’s “Summer of Darkness” Now in Session!


School’s not out for summer just yet. This month, class just got a whole lot cooler by letting students and cinema lovers dive deep into the world of film by devoting two to four hours a week, simply watching television. That’s right—you read correctly. Watch television and learn something?

In mid-May, it was announced that the Peabody Award-winning television network, Turner Classic Movies would collaborate with one of the nation’s best public institutions, Ball State University on the Canvas Network for a free online course open to the public. Leaping into the world of film noir with the help of social media, the course is one of several interactive efforts from the television broadcaster in hopes to connect audiences from around the world to study and appreciate the roots of this beloved, classic genre.

As a life-long fan of Turner Classic Movies and a student at Ball State, I truly believe this groundbreaking course redefines the medium of education, setting a definitive precedent for advanced learning that is open to all. It’s a big step forward into the tech-driven classroom culture and with the blend of television, this makes the experience all the more fun for everyone involved. Online education has exploded in recent years, giving students the chance to explore beyond the classroom and interact with technology, but this course is different in the sense that it’s not as isolating. With the combination of video lessons and lectures with social media, students will not just focus on the films itself, but gain knowledge from public discussion with others. The nine-week course running concurrently with TCM’s Summer of Darkness programming event (an annual tradition first introduced in 1999) will air 120 noir classics in 24-hour marathons every Friday in the month of June and July.

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Happy Batman Day!

Happy Batman Day! Seventy-six years ago today, Batman (created by artist, Bob Kane and writer, Bill Finger) made his first ever appearance in Detective Comics #27. On account of those early comic book appearances that catapulted the Caped Crusader into stardom, today Batman has become one of of the most well known characters in the history of our American pop culture. As one of the world’s beloved and recognizable fictional characters, the Dark Knight has become a mega icon that embodies what it means to be a hero and someone that truly matters.

Up until he watched his parents get gunned down during a mugging in Gotham City, like Richie Rich, Bruce Wayne was just a young boy living a privileged life, unaware of the realities in the world around him. However, that incident changed him, opening his eyes to a life he never imagined. Crime would soon define his life and set him up for altruism, as the millionaire would dedicate himself to becoming the weapon known as Batman. Over the years, he would prove that a single man doesn’t need to have superpowers to be a superhero, just a moral compass and dedication to what is right.

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Rediscovering Classic Films Through Books

The trend of adapting novels to film is not at all a recent one. For years and long before the popular Harry Potter series or The Hunger Games, Hollywood has been taking note of some of our most profound novels and turning to these illustrious literary works for inspiration on the big screen.

For movie buffs, the “classics” are films that are watched over and over, with each viewing broadening appreciation and revealing a new meaning to viewers as the times progress. Publishing giant, Random House has taken notice of that adoration and is treating classic movie fans care of their Vintage Books imprint by creating a series of novels under the “Vintage Movie Classics” banner and putting a spotlight on some of the greatest novels that have stood the test of time.

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