It doesn’t hit theaters until Dec. 16, but “La La Land” is already being viewed as an Oscar contender by many industry insiders — and IndieWire has gone so far as to label it a frontrunner. Set in Los Angeles, the musical opened the 2016 Telluride Film Festival and dazzled audiences, receiving two standing ovations during the film and a 20-second one at the end.
Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, “La La Land” tells the story of young lovers struggling to pursue their dreams in the competitive capital of the entertainment industry. If seeing Gosling and Stone together feels like deja vu, it’s probably because the pair also appeared in “Gangster Squad” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
“La La Land” is already primed to be a box office smash, but it faces some tough competition on opening day. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Collateral Beauty” and “The Founder” also debut on Dec. 16.
Find out why “La La Land” is still expected to rise to the top of the charts and make millions.
‘La La Land’ Follows Stone-Gosling Film Successes
One of Hollywood’s favorite onscreen couples, Gosling and Stone star in “La La Land” as jazz pianist Sebastian and aspiring actress Mia, respectively. The romantic musical explores the trials involved in pursuing dreams and the stresses the couple faces in trying to make a relationship work amidst the madness of the movie business.
The success of earlier Stone-Gosling collaborations suggests that “La La Land” will also be a hit at the box office. Check out the details behind the pair’s previous collaborations:
‘Gangster Squad’ Earnings: $105.2 Million
Set in Los Angeles in 1949, “Gangster Squad” tells the story of the LAPD’s quest to take down mob boss Mickey Cohen. In the film, Gosling plays Sergeant Jerry Wooters, and Stone is Grace Faraday, an aspiring actress willing to do anything for fame. Things get complicated when Faraday — who is dating Cohen — falls for Wooters. “Gangster Squad” was released on Jan. 11, 2013.
‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ Earnings: $142.9 Million
In “Crazy, Stupid, Love.,” Cal, played by Steve Carell, is a 40-something family man forced to make some major changes after his wife cheats on him and asks for a divorce. He befriends smooth-talking ladies’ man Jacob Palmer — Gosling — who helps him ease back into the dating pool. Things go south when Cal discovers that Palmer is dating his oldest daughter, Hannah, played by Stone. The film premiered on July 29, 2011.
Ryan Gosling Net Worth: $30 Million
Ryan Gosling is known for his handsome face, which helped inspire the famous “Hey Girl” memes, and his serious acting chops. His extensive resume has helped the star score fans in almost every age bracket, many of whom will likely flock to see “La La Land” in theaters.
Gosling got his start on “The All New Mickey Mouse Club,” appearing alongside singer Justin Timberlake. In 1997, he landed a starring role in the television series “Breaker High,” following by another leading gig on “Young Hercules.” The actor then transitioned to the silver screen, where he has starred in a slew of hits, including “The Notebook,” “The Ides of March,” “The Big Short” and “The Nice Guys.” While “La La Land” is his final film of 2016, Gosling won’t be out of the spotlight for long. He already has two projects — “Weightless” and “Blade Runner 2049” — which will be released in 2017.
In 2005, Gosling and his “Notebook” co-star Rachel McAdams won the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss. Gosling also received a Best Actor Oscar nomination in 2007 for “Half Nelson” and earned four Golden Globe Best Actor nods for his work in “The Ides of March,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Blue Valentine” and “Lars and the Real Girl.”
Gosling has many hit films on his resume, but his five highest-grossing projects are:
- “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” — $142.9 million
- “The Big Short” — $133.3 million
- “The Notebook” — $115.6 million
- “Gangster Squad” — $105.2 million
- “Fracture” — $91.4 million
Emma Stone Net Worth: $18 Million
From comic book movie heroine to Oscar nominee, Stone boasts an impressive list of accomplishments and an even more impressive fanbase.
Since she launched her career just over a decade ago, with guest-starring roles on “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Malcolm in the Middle,” Stone has become one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. She landed a leading role on the television series “Drive” in 2007 but has since shifted her efforts to the silver screen. Stone’s slew of film hits includes “Superbad,” “The Croods,” “The Help,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” and its sequel.
After “La La Land,” next up for Stone in 2017 is a stint on the television series “Maniac” and a starring role in the film “Battle of the Sexes.”
Stone won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work on “Birdman” in 2015, which joined the one she earned in 2012 for “The Help.” She was honored with a Trailblazer Award at the MTV Movie Awards in 2012, and she won the Best Comedic Performance award for “Easy A” in 2011. In 2015, her work on “Birdman” earned her both an Oscar nod and a Golden Globes nomination. The actress also received a Golden Globes nomination in 2011 for “Easy A.”
To date, the actress’ five most lucrative films are:
- “The Amazing Spider-Man” — $757.9 million
- “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” — $709 million
- “The Croods” — $587.2 million
- “The Help” — $216.6 million
- “Superbad” — $169.9 million
With the combined star power of Stone and Gosling, “La La Land” might just join this string of successes.
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