Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Team Up for Musical 'La La Land'

Well, it's now the time for Oscar season movies to start getting their trailers out there. This will definitely be one of them, from Whiplash director Damien Chazelle, as it was selected to play the opening night of the Venice film festival, which means it will then go on to play the other fall festivals...thinking about last year's Spotlight, that's certainly the way to do it. I'm always wary of throwback movies though- they run the risk of feeling overly artificial and keeping viewers at a distance, like something that plays for a film buff crowd only. And since this is obviously kind of a tribute to 1950's musicals, I wish they would get actors who can actually sing and dance, since those movies were populated by real musical performers like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, etc. These two won't pull off any kind of genuinely impressive dance or musical numbers, I can tell you that much. It's all on the director, which makes it more of an exercise in style than anything else. But a beautiful one I'm sure.