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Tom Hanks Praises ‘La La Land’ During ‘Sully’ Q&A at Telluride Film Festival

He calls Damien Chazelle's musical something "brand new that you can’t imagine."

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Best Director (Clint Eastwood, contender)

Best Actor (Tom Hanks, contender)

Following the world premiere of “Sully” at the Telluride Film Festival, star Tom Hanks took a moment to heap praise on another movie screening at the intimate Colorado gathering: Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” Seated next to “Sully” director Clint Eastwood, Hanks called the musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone something “brand new that you can’t imagine.”

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“This is not a movie that falls into some sort of trend,” he continued, joking that “Sully” distributor Warner Bros. would be none too pleased with him praising a movie other than his own. “I think it is going to be a test of the broader national audience, because it has none of the things that major studios want. Pre-Awareness is a big thing they want, which is why a lot of remakes are going on…but if the audience doesn’t go and embrace something as wonderful as this then we are all doomed.”

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Hanks took a moment to acknowledge that, while financial concerns are an ever-present reality in the industry, “there’s always that chance where the audience sees something that is brand new, that they never expected, and embraces it, and celebrates it…we all go to the cinema for the same thing, that is to be transported to someplace we have never been before.” He’s hardly alone in his effusive praise, as “La La Land” has won near-universal raves so far. Whether viewers respond in kind remains to be seen. (Deadline)

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