'La La Land' Scores Awards-Season Release in China

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'La La Land'

'Arrival,' 'xXx' and 'Sing' also have landed upcoming release dates in China, the world's No. 2 film market.

La La Land is on a roll.

After winning a record seven awards at the Golden Globes on Sunday, Damien Chazelle’s modern musical just received some more good news — this time from China, the world's second-largest film market.

The Lionsgate movie has gotten the official green light for local distribution from China's film regulators, according to multiple local media reports.

No release date has yet been announced, but a source with knowledge of the decision at state-backed distributor China Film Group tells THR the plan is to open La La Land on Valentine's Day — Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Chinese-language posters and trailers for the film were put out earlier this week. The film's title has been translated into Chinese as "爱乐之城" or Aiyue Zhicheng, roughly meaning "Music Lovers' City."

China Film Co. will distribute the film, with Shanghai-based Baian Film and Joy Pictures handling marketing, say local reports. Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling will visit China in late January to promote the movie. Emma Stone may not be able to attend, due to a scheduling conflict.

La La Land will be Gosling's first film released in China, but Stone is a familiar face to moviegoers there, thanks to the Amazing Spider-Man franchise.

Other Hollywood titles recently cleared for release in China include Amy Adams' sci-fi Arrival on Jan. 20, Vin Diesel's xXx: Return of Xander Cage and video game adaptation Assassin's Creed on Feb. 10, and Universal's animated musical Sing on Feb. 17.

Chinese New Year, the country's largest holiday period, runs Jan. 27-Feb. 2 this year — between the release of Arrival and xXx — during which time a rush of high-profile local movies will be released, including the Stephen Chow-produced Journey to the West: Demon Chapter on Jan. 28. Chow's The Mermaid set an all-time box-office record after its release during Chinese New Year in 2016, earning $528 million.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story currently is topping the Chinese box office, with $37 million after five days. Sony's Passengers and Laika's Kubo and the Two Strings open in the country on Friday.

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