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‘La La Land,’ with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, to get Vanguard Award, plus more movie news

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in "La La Land." Credit: TNS / Dale Robinette

THE MOVIE “La La Land”

THE DEAL The upcoming musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling continues its march toward the best-picture Oscar. The film, by director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz, will receive the Vanguard Award for outstanding creative ensemble at next month’s Palm Springs International Film Festival, marking the latest in a string of accolades. “La La Land,” about two dreamers who fall in love in Los Angeles, recently won the Audience Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival and is the top bet for the top Oscar at It arrives in theaters Dec. 9.

WHO Reese Witherspoon

THE DEAL The Oscar-winning actress has launched a new media company, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Witherspoon already had a hand in producing the movies “Wild” and “Gone Girl” with her company, Pacific Standard, which will now be part of a new, farther-reaching venture called Hello Sunshine. It will focus on telling female-driven stories using film, television, short-form online videos and social media under the guidance of CEO Kerry Tucker, a former executive at Victoria’s Secret and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. The company will begin sharing its content at next year.

WHO Alex Gibney

THE EVENT Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival

THE DEAL The Oscar-winning filmmaker will appear in person at this four-day film festival that opens next week. On Dec. 3, Gibney will host a screening of his film “Zero Days,” about Stuxnet, the computer worm reportedly developed by the United States and Israel that accidentally escaped into the cyberatmosphere. The festival, now in its ninth year, includes features, shorts and Q&A sessions with many other filmmakers.

INFO Thursday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $15-$50; passes are $150. Call 631-725-9500 or go to


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