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Damien Chazelle Named Venice Film Festival Jury President

La La Land, Babylon, and Whiplash director Damien Chazelle will head up the international jury for the 80th Venice International Film Festival, Venice unveiled on Friday. A regular on the Lido, Chazelle premiered both La La Land and the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man in competition in Venice. “For 10 days each year this city […]

‘Babylon’ Director Damien Chazelle Says He Knew Film Would “Get Some People Mad”

Damien Chazelle says he appreciates when a film is met with a polarizing reception, which certainly describes the critical reaction to his most recent effort, Babylon. The Oscar-winning filmmaker spoke to Insider for an interview published online Monday ahead of the film’s U.K. release, and he was asked how he felt about the film currently […]

Can ‘Babylon’ Bounce Back From Box Office Bomb?

When MGM’s Singin’ in the Rain, Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen’s musical valentine to Hollywood’s silent film era as it transitioned into the world of talkies, opened in the spring of 1952, it instantly won over moviegoers. Writing in The New York Times, critic Bosley Crowther enthused, “Compounded generously of music, dance, color spectacle and […]

Justin Hurwitz on College Band Days With Damien Chazelle, Finding Musicians on YouTube for ‘Babylon’

Almost two decades ago during his freshman year at Harvard, Justin Hurwitz wanted to form a rock band and heard of an incredible drummer named Damien Chazelle. “Somebody gave me Damien’s phone number,” Hurwitz recalls, “and I called him up cold and asked, ‘Do you want to be in a band?’ And we started a […]

Box Office: ‘Avatar 2’ Rocks New Years With $86.3M, No Redemption for ‘Babylon’

Avatar: The Way of Water is a powerhouse. James Cameron’s tentpole is expected to finish the long New Year’s weekend with an estimated $444.4 million domestically, well ahead of the first Avatar, which finished the year-end holidays with $352 million on its way to earning north of $750 million domestically. The 2009 film still ranks […]

Brad Pitt, Damien Chazelle on Shooting ‘Babylon’ Movie’s Wildest Scenes: “A Lot of Nudity”

Babylon, Damien Chazelle’s star-studded exploration of the depravity and excess of 1920s Hollywood, had its world premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday alongside stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Diego Calva. Chazelle first came up with the concept, which focuses on the era when Hollywood transitioned from silent films to talkies, 15 years ago when […]

‘Babylon’ Review: Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt Get Blitzed by Damien Chazelle’s Nonstop Explosion of Jazz-Age Excess

Diego Calva, Jean Smart, Li Jun Li and Jovan Adepo also star in this feverish look at Hollywood’s transition from silents to talkies, as depravity was edged out by moralism.

Damien Chazelle Signs First-Look Directing, Producing Deal With Paramount

Paramount Pictures has signed a multiyear, first-look directing and producing deal with Damien Chazelle and producing partner Olivia Hamilton’s Wild Chickens Productions, the studio announced Tuesday. Chazelle is the filmmaker behind Babylon, the studio’s period Hollywood drama that stars Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie and opens Dec. 23. Chazelle is also known for the Oscar-winning […]

‘Babylon’ Trailer Sees Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt Get Tangled in Hollywood Debauchery

Margot Robbie makes a scene as a 1920s Hollywood bombshell actress in the latest trailer for Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, which dropped on Monday. “We are going to be more than they ever bargained for,” Robbie’s character declares at one point in the trailer to Diego Calva, who plays Manny Torres, a Latino character in Hollywood’s silent era. […]

TIFF: Damien Chazelle, Viola Davis, Eddie Redmayne to Keynote Film Fest

The Toronto Film Festival has unveiled the lineup for its In Conversation With… series, to be headlined with appearances by Damien Chazelle, Viola Davis and Eddie Redmayne. Oscar-winning writer-director Chazelle will discuss his career that stretches from Whiplash and La La Land to his upcoming film Babylon, which stars Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. Davis […]

Jennifer Aniston on “Pinch Me” Moment of Landing Damien Chazelle to Direct Product Line Ad

As chief creative officer for Vital Proteins, Jennifer Aniston jumped in head-first to help the brand perfect a new line of protein bars by spending a year consulting on the right formulas to land on Peanut Butter Fudge, Cold Brew Coffee and Dark Chocolate Coconut. And when it came time to direct a commercial, she […]

Chloe Fineman, Jeff Garlin Join Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie in Damien Chazelle’s ‘Babylon’

Saturday Night Live breakout Chloe Fineman and The Goldbergs’ Jeff Garlin have joined the sprawling all-star cast of Babylon, the ode to Hollywood’s golden age that Damien Chazelle wrote and is directing for Paramount Pictures. Troy Metcalf, who appeared in The Middle, has also been added to the call sheet of the production that is […]