First Looks: Jonah Hill & Miles Teller in ‘Arms and the Dudes’, Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling in ‘La La Land’

Over the Holiday’s saw a whole bunch of new goodies released from a variety of different sources. While a number were new looks at some of 2016s biggest movies, others were the very first looks at some of 2016s biggest movies. Below you can check out just two of those, Arms and the Dudes and La La Land.

First up, Arms and the Dudes. The latest, incredibly heavy-issue of Entertainment Weekly included what is my first look at the upcoming dramedy thriller from The Hangover and Due Date director Todd Phillips. The film stars Jonah Hill as Efraim Diveroli and Miles Teller as David Packouz who won a $300 million contract with the Pentagon to supply America’s allies in Afghanistan with arms, who were later arrested and charged with 71 counts of fraud. Sounds like a pretty interesting film for this director and dudes like Hill and Teller to tackle, right? Her’s the first photo:

Jonah Hill & Miles Teller in ARMS IN THE DUDES

What I’ve come to learn is that the film is based on a Rolling Stone’s article titled “The Stoner Arms Dealers: How Two American Kids Became Big-Time Weapons Traders,” with it later expanding into a book.  This is the first I’ve heard of the project, a project which is apparently still very much of a mystery to the public. Thanks to Collider, Hill described it as “one of the craziest movies I’ve ever been in — in a great way.” His partner-in-crime Miles Teller compared the film to both Goodfellas and American Hustle, which is a pretty exciting comparison. The film opens on August 19th, 2016.

Whiplash was one of 2014s greatest overall films, it was nearly a masterpiece. There’s no doubt that fans were blown away by both Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, especially the latter. And while I was also, I was very much more interested in what the next project for writer/director Damien Chapelle would be. Come to find out, it’s the Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling led La La Land.

I’ll admit it, I’m not a big fan of musicals. Never have been, probably never will be. But for some reason, I find myself very interested in this project, and that’s all because of Chapelle. Just as Arms and the Dudes, this is the first time I’ve heard of this project. From what I know, it’s a Los Angeles set musical love story starring a pair of names who are starting to become one of the favorite on-screen couples. We saw Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love, we saw them in Gangster Squad, but our first look at them in La La Land is something very new for the pair.

Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling in LA LA LAND

The idea of these two singing, dancing, and falling in love from a story written and directed by someone like Chapelle is pretty damn exciting. Whiplash showcased Chapelle’s love for incredible story-telling and musical numbers, and it feels like La La Land is very much going to continue that trait.

If you’re wondering why Chapelle chose L.A. as his setting, here’s what he had to say about that (via Collider): “There’s an incredible romanticism in L.A. that you don’t always see when you’re stuck in traffic on the 405.” The film also stars J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Rosemarie DeWitt, and John Legend while having a July 15th, 2016 release date.

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